December Meeting and Quiz

Dear Beekeepers,

There are 2 very good reasons to come along to our December meeting next Monday 12th December at 7.30.

1. Christmas Quiz
It is our annual Christmas Quiz night, a very pleasant evening of chat and friendly competition. Its not a quiz about beekeeping but general knowledge – there might be 1 round on beekeeping. All are welcome so feel free to bring along friends and family. We would ask you to bring a contibution to the supper such as a plate of sandwiches, tray bakes etc but its more important that you come along. The new hall is much more spacious so we hope that we have a good turn out. A map is attached and the address is the Community Hall, Church View, Holywood. The entrance is opposite Trevor Street and beside the entrance to St Patrick’s Parochial Hall which is a good landmark to look out for but look for an entrance right at the end of the terrace of houses. We will also try to have a couple of people out on the street to direct anyone who looks lost.

2. Oxalic Acid
Please look up the post for the November meeting  for the slides of the presentation on the use of oxalic acid. Jonathan Getty will be making up a large quantity of Oxalic acid and we hope to distribute this at the meeting. If you are interested please bring along a small bottle, up to 500ml size will be fine. It takes a maximum of 50ml to treat a hive. We would ask that you contribute a £1 for a small quantity and £2 or £3 for larger quantites. This is a huge saving on any commercial price. We can also run over a quick overview of how to treat with oxalic. This is a weak acid but you should take care to keep it out of reach of small fingers. I will try to print off some warning labels. Oxalic acid treatment in winter, and it looks like winter is here, is a very effective addition to other treatments. It does need to be carried out in a broodless period and the current chill should stop most queens laying so some time later this month may be the ideal time to treat. I have more information about the treatment and will post this on the website and email later in the week.

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