County AGM

March 2018

A message from the President to the members of all the branches of Worcestershire Beekeepers Association

This year your County AGM is being hosted by Kidderminster branch as shown in the details below. This year’s talk will be given by Lynne Ingram who was one of the speakers at the Midlands Convention last year, and was much appreciated.

Last month we were sad to hear of the death of John Hill who has scrutinised the County accounts for several years, and had already done so for us, for this year. However we do have to appoint an independent financial scrutineer at the AGM so If you can suggest a suitable person, please get in touch asap.

Martyn Cracknell


Gives due notice of its



This will be held on

Saturday 7th April 2018

At 2.00pm

At Chaddesley Corbet Village Hall.


2.00pm Assemble and welcome.

The chairman to be in accordance with rule 3a of the constitution.

2.30pm Annual General Meeting (Draft Agenda below)

3.15pm Refreshments

4.00pm The Marjorie Homer Memorial Lecture ‘The Importance of Drones’to be given by Lynne Ingram

5.00pm Questions and Close of Meeting

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The host branch for 2018 is Kidderminster Branch.

For Sat Nav users Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall is near to DY10 4QA

The hall is on the A448 between Bromsgrove and Kidderminster opposite the entrance to Brockencote Hall Hotel.


  1. Apologies from members unable to be present.
  2. To consider the Minutes and matters arising of the 135th Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at Hanbury Village Hall.
  3. To consider the Annual Reports and Financial Statement
  4. To elect officers for 2018 in accordance with Rule 3b (i)): President, Vice President, Hon Secretary, Hon Treasurer. To appoint Hon. Financial Scrutineer,
  5. To elect any County Honorary Life Member
  6. A O B to be notified to the Secretary or Chairman before the meeting.
  7. Presentation of the County Honey Show Cups and Examination Certificates

Close of Official Business

Regional Bee Inspector's Report - Western England

Apr 2013

The annual report for 2012 can be download from:

Charles Millar

Regional Bee InspectorWestern England

News from Martyn in NZ

January 2013

Hi ,

Mike's notes made very interesting reading as I sat under the shelter of a grove of manuka trees in a sweltering 32 oC here in Sth island of New Zealand. Hives here are seen every few miles in small clearings along the roadside, perhaps 20 or so, often strapped to pallets, and all apparently Langstroths. All boxes are of the same size, i.e. deep langstroth, and while most have four of these deep supers, we have seen some with six. According to a bee farmer I met, each super should yield 35kg of honey. Incidentally he is a Romanian and is running 500 hives for a company that has 2000 hives.

Manuka grows like birch trees on an English heath along the coast and around lakes and seems to be an understorey tree in denser forest too. It is flowering now so that the whole tree is covered in small white blossom.

Elsewhere on mountain slopes the Rata blossom is about to open. This is a large tree with crimson flowers with very prominent stamens (a bit like a bottle brush ). It is pollinated by a bird, the Tui,which bites open the flower buds causing a shower of pollen, and then feeds on the abundant nectar, The bee farmers are hoping that the unusually warm weather may make this a year to remember. Certainly the bees are flying very strongly.

Varroa is a worry here, but has not had much effect in this area. They are relying on Bayvarol and Apistan and don't yet think that there are any resistant mites!!!

The scale of beekeeping is unlike anything I've seen before, and I hope to see some of the commercial honey processing later as well as meeting some local amateur beekeepers.

All the best Martyn