Positive Thinking 2019

Margaret Wilson – Chair and Chair of Finance

Margaret Wilson – elected January 2019 ADM for a second 3 year term

“I got into beekeeping by attending a training course on what I thought was an endangered species,  the Honey Bee,  it was held in a barn on a farm where there was absolutely no heating at all and we were warned to attend in warm clothing. We were provided with a hot drink mid-morning but continued to shiver, by lunch time I decided that something must be done, so I went to the car and got two blankets.  After a lunch of hot soup and a sandwich,  we sat in our chairs, muffled up with clothing and then wrapped the blankets round us to try to keep warm. I have to say, after that year all training courses were in centrally heated accommodation.

My biggest work achievement has been building up a security business from nothing into a multi million pound company that is still growing.  My experience and business skills have been very useful to me whilst serving as a trustee.”

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Asian Hornet Trap Video

This video shows you how to make a monitoring trap for Asian hornets and is designed to complement the NBU’s step-by-step fact sheet: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/downlo…

Find out how to identify Asian hornets using this helpful guide: https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/nonn…

If you think you have seen an Asian hornet, please notify the Great British Non-Native Species Secretariat by emailing alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can report sightings via their website: http://www.nonnativespecies.org/home/…

Beekeepers can find more information about the Asian hornet on the National Bee Unit’s website: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index….

Emulsified thymol premix

Place 30g Thymol crystals in a honey  jar, add 5ml of isopropyl  alcohol to the crystals, place jar into a water bath of boiling water to speed up the dissolving process.

In another jar, pour in 140 ml of boiling water and add 1 teaspoon of lecithin granules, stir well, and place this jar into a water bath of boiling water, stirring often for about ten minutes or so until most of the lecithin granules have dissolved, you can then strain this mixture through a tea strainer or similar to remove any granules that have not dissolved fully.

Simply add the dissolved thymol to this mix and shake well. It will look just like a jar of milk.

To use add 5ml to each gallon of syrup and stir well. The syrup will go milky.

If the mixture forms any crystals at a later date, tip into an old pan and reheat (outdoors) or place the jar into a hot water bath reheat.

This mixture will keep indefinitely.

John Whitaker