Milns Priscott was honoured by the BBKA for clocking up a fantastic 60 years of membership. He was presented with a commemorative certificate in front of 180 beekeepers at our lecture day yesterday (Feb 17) by Ken Tredgett, SBKA President.
But Milns, a member of Taunton Division, has been involved in beekeeping even longer. As a boy he helped his father keep bees at Broomfield on Exmoor.
In addition to beekeeping Milns has been an active member of Taunton and Somerset. He was a member of Taunton committee for 39 years and during this time was Honey Show Secretary from 1977 to 1985, was made Chairman in 1993 and President in 1996. In 1981 he became the Vice Chairman of SBKA for three years.
He has given many talks and demonstrations across the county and has been a very successful honey show exhibitor.
A few last minute tickets are still available for our Lecture Day on Saturday (Feb 17) - There's a great line-up of expert speakers and South West Regional Bee Inspector Simon Jones will give an update on Asian hornets.
Bee farmer Ged Marshall – ‘Queen rearing’ and ‘A year in the life of a bee farmer’ Michael Keith-Lucas – Pollen in Forensic Science
Paulo Mielgo, Vita (Europe) Ltd - ‘Honey bee nutrition is not only sugar’
Pam Hunter C.Biol. F.S.Biol. FLS. MB t – ‘The evolution of plants & insects’
When: 9am – 5pm on Saturday, February 17
Where: Edgar Hall, 8 Cary Court, Somerset Business Park, Somerton TA11 6SB
Tickets cost £5 and include light refreshments but not lunch.
Contact Ken Tredgett: 01373 464736 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you didn’t make it to the Asian hornet open meeting held in Devon last month, you may be interested to hear Martyn Hocking recount his experience of Asian hornets attacking his apiary in Woolacombe in the autumn. Martyn has some interesting observations to make about the actions he took, how he felt about identifying the hornets and working with the National Bee Unit, and suggests there are lessons we can all learn. The meeting was attended by 150 people from across Southern England - beekeepers, representatives of organisations with a special interest in the Asian hornet, university researchers and NBU officials.
This month, on Saturday, February 17, our regional bee inspector will be giving us an update at SBKA's annual lecture day. Tickets are still available!