Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Honey Show at Hagley Village Hall on September 7th 2019

It was a wonderful honey show at Hagley Village Hall this year. It represented an incredible demonstration of the wide range of honey products that honeybees produce. The show comprised mead, wax candles, honey cake, frames of honey, liquid and soft set honey. The forage that the bees have been working provided the whole range of colours of honey through from very light to black honey from tree sap.

The judge commented he was impressed by the standard and as a result it was a challenge to pick out the winners. The NEWBKA members provided some great entries and as per the pictures there were some excellent wins by our local members - well done to all who took part.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Dates for the diary & social meetings

There are some great events coming up and these include:

  • Thursday 29th August from 7.30pm: speaker evening in the upstairs room of the Hanbury Turn public house - Dave Bonner on 'preparing bees for winter'
  • Saturday 7th September: The local honey show for NEWBKA held at Hagley Village Hall. Booking in of entries from 8.30am - 10am. Awarding of prizes from 1.30pm. (see Ed Payne's e-mail of 20.08.)
  •  7.30pm Monday 9th September: The next social meeting at The Bowling Green Inn - please bring along a sample of your honey for general tasting
  • Saturday & Sunday 28th & 29th September Malvern County Honey Show (see entry forms attached to Ed Payne's e-mail of 28.08.)

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Summer 2019

At last the summer has arrived. We trust your bees are enjoying the warmer weather. Through the membership e-mails there is syrup for sale at discounted rates, the apiary meetings continue at Avoncroft & the Jinney Ring and the extractor group is just starting to whir into motion as the honey is starting to be extracted.

 The season has been busy so far with swarms reported and caught. The swarm to the left had decided to settle into an underground hole so needed a good amount of encouragement to return to a new upturned swarm collector prior to being rehomed.
 The queen in the righthandside picture is from another swarm and is starting to lay well with the onset of more settled weather and the signs of a good honey flow. A valued NEWBKA member mentioned to me that as a result of increased colonies it is always a good idea to check how many stocks you are insured for and adjust your insurance as necessary - a good reminder.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Beekeeping equipment for sale

One of our Beekeepers, Peter Clarke is giving up keeping Bees due to ill health.

He is selling his Hives comprising Roofs, Brood, Super, Crown Boards, Floors and Stands.

There are also several Nuc Boxes in need of some attention.

Prices to reflect condition.

Anyone interested please contact Bob Pargeter on 07857264851

Monday, 26 November 2018

Jinney Ring apiary visit by the West Midlands branch of the Royal Society of Biology

We are pleased to be able to share with you some pictures kindly provided by Rob Greenaway the apiary manager of the Jinney Ring further to a recent visit by the West Midlands branch of the Royal Society of Biology.

The bees and new equipment are all looking very healthy...

Thursday, 22 November 2018

The Annual General Meeting announces your new committee. Honey Tophies are awarded & we celebrate our home grown Master Beekeeper.

The Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday 21st November and the new committee has been agreed comprising:

Chairman      Alan Woollhead
Treasurer       Bob Powell
Secretary       Ed Payne
Education      Chris Tomlin

and with the following committee members:

Dave Lantsbery
Tim Vivian
Rob Greenaway

Martyn Cracknell, the President of the Worcestershire Beekeeping Association presented Honey Show trophies to Alan Woollhead and Bob Powell for their award winning honey entries consisting of liquid and soft set honey and blocks of wax and mead and Alan Woollhead was congratulated and awarded his Master Beekeeping Certificate.

We believe Alan Woollhead is the first home grown Master Beekeeper from the North East Worcestershire branch of the Worcestershire Association so this is particularly special.

Thanks were given to Kate Chase in her role as Chair over the previous twelve months and to Ann Winspear for her sterling work as Secretary over the last four years.

Monday, 5 November 2018

NEWBKA Annual General Meeting to be held at Hanbury Village Hall, on Wednesday 21st November, from 7.30pm

Please come along to the NEWBKA AGM to be held at

Hanbury Village Hall
Hanbury Road
B60 4BY

on Wednesday 21st November from 7.30pm

Link to the location:

The Association is calling for nominations for the Chair position and Association Secretary along with at least two new committee members.

Please send your nominations through to: and

We look forward to hearing from you.