Alan Cole on September 26th, 2016

As you will know our Sept meeting was to visit Dave Wainwright’s Honey factory. I have just spoken to him today and due to the volume of work he has at the moment , it has had to be cancelled. Apologies.

Looking on the bright side!! This will give you more time to get your honey ready/ practice baking the honey cake recipe/ sort out photos for the competition for the October meeting on the 18th.

Alan Cole on September 24th, 2016

Please do come along and enjoy the fruits of your own and others labours!

At Waunfawr Community Hall, starting at 6pm on October 18th

Entry Fee 20p per item/class

Honey and Wax entries restricted to those not entered in any previous ABKA competition and should be from 2015 and 2016 seasons only

Honey tasting Please bring a sample of your honey for the competition.

Schedule

    1. Bottle of mead.
    2. Two one pound jars of light honey.
    3. Two one pound jars of medium honey.
    4. Two one pound jars of dark honey.
    5. Two one pound jars of granulated honey.
    6. Two one pound jars of heather honey.
    7. Cake of beeswax approx. 8oz in weight. 
    8. Four cakes of beeswax approx. one ounce each.
    9. A shallow comb of honey suitable for extraction.
    10. Ornamental display, incorporating wax.  Base of entry to be no more than 6inches in diameter.
    11. Fun class…… Best super frame of drawn out comb, with nothing in it –i.e. one full of potential, like the 2016 season of beekeeping!
    12. Cookery class – “The not much honey orange cake!”

“The not much honey orange cake!”

Preparation time: About 25 minutes. Cooking time: 25 to 30 minutes.

Please note this is an old recipe. Instructions use Imperial Measurements including Fahrenheit

  • 8 oz margarine
  • 8oz soft brown sugar
  • 3 standard eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of clear honey
  • Grated rind and juice of one small orange 6oz plain wholewheat flour
  • 3 level teaspoons of baking powder

Pre heat the oven to 375 deg F ( Mark 5)
Grease and line two 71⁄2 inch sandwich tins.
Cream 6oz of margarine and 6 oz of sugar together until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Beat in 1 tablespoon of honey and the orange rind.
Sift in the flour and baking powder and add any remaining bran left in the sieve. Lightly mix in 3 tablespoons of orange juice.
Divide the mixture between the prepared tins. Smooth the tops.
Bake in the centre of the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until firm to touch. Turn out the cakes onto a wire rack to cool.
Cream 2oz of margarine with 2 oz sugar and beat in one tablespoon of honey. Sandwich the cakes with this filling.
Decorate and present appropriately!
Keep for a week in an airtight tin.

Annual ABKA Photographic competition

It’s time to sort through your photos, the categories are:

  • Flowers for Foraging
  • Best Apiary Layout
  • An Impressive Swarm
  • Returning to the Hive
  • Other Insects

COMPETITION RULES

Up to 5 photos per member – can be in any category
(e.g. 1 in each category, all 5 in one category, 2 in one, 3 in another, etc.).
Printed pictures only 8 x 5 or less, colour or black & white.
All entries to be presented in one envelope with your name on it.
Each member present on the evening will vote for their favourite three pictures in each category and their overall favourite picture from all three categories.
The winners will be the photos with the most votes, if there is a tie then the number of second place votes will be used.

Alan Cole on July 16th, 2016

The date for our trip is 25th August. It is on a Thursday so it will be quieter for looking around .We go in our own transport, so if you are looking for or have space in your car for lifts please tell me and I will try to match you up

I am arranging a group price, we need 15 people, it can be made up of  National Trust members (who don’t pay) and non-members, who will be charged  £7:50 for the garden only, £5:50 for the castle only OR £10:30 to visit both. You decide on the day which you would like to do.

I only need numbers to book it now. So please look in your diary and see if you can come.

Surely by then it will have stopped raining!!

Ann

Alan Cole on June 19th, 2016

Our next meeting will be at Ian and Ann Mitchell’s home apiary, but not on the 17th July as on the programme, but a week later on the 24th.

Please change the date in your diaries. I will send details and directions closer to the date

Alan Cole on September 23rd, 2015

Please do come along and enjoy the fruits of your own and others labours!

At Waunfawr Community Hall, starting at 6pm on October 20th

Entry Fee 20p per item/class

Honey tasting Please bring a sample of your honey for the competition.

Schedule

  1. Bottle of mead.
  2. Two one pound jars of light honey.
  3. Two one pound jars of medium honey.
  4. Two one pound jars of dark honey.
  5. Two one pound jars of granulated honey.
  6. Two one pound jars of heather honey.
  7. Cake of beeswax approx. 8oz in weight. 
  8. Four cakes of beeswax approx. one ounce each.
  9. A shallow comb of honey suitable for extraction.
  10. Ornamental display, incorporating wax.  Base of entry to be no more than 6inches in diameter.
  11. Cookery class – Greek Honey Cake

Ukrainian Honey Cake

  • 1 cup  flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • ¾ cup butter
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and orange rind. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Stir in the walnuts.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then cut into diamond shapes. Pour honey syrup over the cake.

For the Honey Syrup: In a saucepan, combine honey, 1 cup sugar and water. Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.

Annual ABKA Photographic competition

It’s time to sort through your photos, the categories are:

  • Foraging for pollen
  • The Beekeeper in action
  • Inside the hive
  • Other insects
  • Swarm!

COMPETITION RULES

Up to 5 photos per member – can be in any category
(e.g. 1 in each category, all 5 in one category, 2 in one, 3 in another, etc.).
Printed pictures only 8 x 5 or less, colour or black & white.
All entries to be presented in one envelope with your name on it.
Each member present on the evening will vote for their favourite three pictures in each category and their overall favourite picture from all three categories.
The winners will be the photos with the most votes, if there is a tie then the number of second place votes will be used.

Alan Cole on May 15th, 2015

Just thought I’d post a quick thank-you that we saw on Facebook to members of ABKA. It was posted a few days after they volunteered to spend some time teaching the children at Aberystwyth University Nursery a few things about bees and beekeeping recently.

Thank You Message

Thank You Message

 

Alan Cole on March 19th, 2015

Hallo All

You will be aware that ABKA are running a Beginners course and one of the talks is on bee diseases

We are opening this lecture to all members of the ABKA, please come along at 7pm , on Wednesday 25th March to IBERS in Penryncoch,the room next to the canteen

Mike is well known to us, and you can be assured to have a well presented and informative talk.

Hope to see you there.

Ann

Alan Cole on November 1st, 2014

ABKA will be running a Skep Making Workshop on March 1st. (NOTE change of date)

Aimed at beginners and improvers, and those who started a skep last year but never finished it, it will be a fun and social day for all and a chance to learn a new skill too.

See the Skep Making Workshop Calendar Entry for more details.

Alan Cole on September 10th, 2014

Please do come along and enjoy the fruits of your own and others labours!

At Waunfawr Community Hall, starting at 6pm

Entry Fee 20p per item/class

Honey tasting Please bring a sample of your honey for the competition.

 

Schedule

  1. Bottle of mead.
  2. Two one pound jars of light honey.
  3. Two one pound jars of medium honey.
  4. Two one pound jars of dark honey.
  5. Two one pound jars of granulated honey.
  6. Two one pound jars of heather honey.
  7. Cake of beeswax approx. 8oz in weight. 
  8. Four cakes of beeswax approx. one ounce each.
  9. A shallow comb of honey suitable for extraction.
  10. Ornamental display, incorporating wax.  Base of entry to be no more than 6inches in diameter.
  11. Cookery class – Ukranian Honey Cake

Ukrainian Honey Cake

  • 220g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 100g honey
  • 100ml strong coffee
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • Juice of 1 orange and rind of 2 oranges

Icing:

  • 100g icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey

Preheat oven to 350F  180c. Sift flour, soda, baking powder, spices, and salt together into a bowl. Whip the eggs until thick and light, about 5 minutes, gradually adding the sugar. Beat in honey, coffee, and oil. Add the dry ingredients and beat on low until combined. Pour into greased and lined two x one pound loaf tins and bake ~ about 50minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool a few minutes and unmold.

Mix together all the icing ingredients until it forms a thin paste and drizzle over the cakes  to give it that honey and orange flavour.

You can then choose the best one to enter theshow

Alan Cole on May 23rd, 2014

ABKA will be hosting a Comb and Disease Workshop on July 5th, Please book your place as space is limited.

Comb-and-Disease-Workshop-flyer-2014.pdf

Tags: , , ,