Programme of Events

June 2022

Sat 4 – Baldwyns Apiary

1pm – Routine inspection of colonies, swarm prevention, Varroa entrapment frames check; marking and clipping the new queens.

Sat 11 – Ruxley Apiary

2pm – Routine inspection of colonies, swarm prevention, Varroa entrapment frames check; marking and clipping the new queens.

Sat 18 – Baldwyns Apiary

2pm – Routine inspection of colonies, swarm prevention, Varroa entrapment frames check. Supers added.

Sat 25 – Ruxley Apiary

2pm – Routine inspection of colonies, swarm prevention, Varroa entrapment frames check.

July 2022

Sat 2 – Baldwyns Apiary 

2pm – Routine inspection of colonies, swarm prevention, Varroa entrapment frames check.

Sat 9 – Ruxley Apiary

2pm – Routine inspection of colonies, last swarm prevention, last Varroa entrapment frames check.

Sat 16 – Baldwyns Apiary

2pm – Routine inspection of colonies, consolidation of frames with honey for possible extraction in two weeks’ time.

Sat 23 – Ruxley Apiary

2pm – Tidying up of the newest shed and of the pavilion prior the extraction, consolidation of frames with honey.

Thu 28 – Both apiaries

6pm – Separation of bees from their honey, transport of boxes with the honey from Baldwyns’ site to Ruxley.

Sat 30 – Ruxley Apiary

10am – 4pm Extraction of honey crop. 12:30 lunch with drinks.

August 2022

Sat 6 – Ruxley Apiary

2pm – Check up on stores and colonies fed with sugar syrup and with pollen substitute.

Sat 13 – Baldwyns Apiary

2pm – Colonies fed with sugar syrup and with pollen substitute.

Sat 20 – Ruxley Apiary

2pm – All colonies treated for Varroa

Sat 27 – Baldwyns Apiary

2pm – Top-up of food to all colonies

September 2022

Sat 3 – Ruxley Apiary

2pm – Varroa treatmenttopped up, only if Apiguard is used for Varroa.

Sat 10 – Baldwyns Apiary

2pm – Colonies fed as required, hedges trimmed.

Sat 17 – Ruxley Apiary

2pm – Colonies fed as required, elderberry bushes growth removed and hedges trimmed from inside. If Apiguard was used, all remaining                               treatment removed.

Sat 24 – Baldwyns Apiary

2pm – Last check on amount of stores in all colonies and topped up if required.

October 2022

Sat 1 – Ruxley Apiary

2pm – Removal of all Varroa treatment – only if Apistan, or Apivar, or Apitraz strips were used.

Sat 8 – Baldwyns Apiary

2pm – Repairs to hive parts, Tidying of apiary. Bring suitable tools.

Sat 15 – Ruxley Apiary

2pm – Repairs to hive parts, Tidying of apiary. Bring suitable tools. Bonfire.

Sat 22 – Baldwyns Apiary

2pm – Installation of mouse guards and chicken wire mesh protection against woodpeckers. Bring suitable tools.

Sat 29 – Ruxley Apiary

2pm – Installation of mouse guards and woodpecker protection cages.

November 2022

Sat 5 – Baldwyns Apiary

2pm – Cleaning of equipment, repairs.

Sat 12 – Ruxley Apiary

2pm – Cleaning of equipment, repairs.

Sat 19 – Venue TBA

2pm – AGM

Sat 26 – Ruxley Apiary

2pm – Early mince pies with mulled wine, final check before the apiaries are closed for the winter.

December 2022

Apiaries closed for winter.

Contacts

Chairman
Bob Smith : 020 8300 1807

Vice Chairman
David Rea : 07973 802 569

Branch Secretary
Lilian Oorthuysen-Dunne : 020 8301 2496

Apiarist
Rudy Repka : 01689 828062

Ruxley Apiary Managers
Tony Moore: 01322 434674
Phil Hanson: 07950 646622
Peter Jones: 020 8298 0611

Baldwyns Apirary Managers
Mike Hill : 020 8859 4990
Frances King : 020 8855 4535

Membership:
Colin Newton : 020 8301 0137

Swarms:
David Rea: 07973 802 569
Keith Dungate: 07909682080
Colin Newton: 020 8301 0137

General Enquiries
ruxleybeekeepers@yahoo.com