Report of East Devon Beekeepers AGM, 2017
The reports discussed at the AGM show the branch has a full programme of activities and financially has managed to break even over the past year. The Chairman thanked the Committee for their hard work organising these activities for the benefit of members.
The Beginners Course was well attended in the classroom sessions and continued to attract good attendance at the practical apiary sessions.
The teaching apiary is now back up to strength after a poor start thanks to the work of David Shale, Andy Legg and helpers. The strimming team were also thanked for their efforts to keep the grass under control.
This year 5 candidates prepared for the Basic Assessment and took the exam with 5 passes, 2 with credit.
The Craythorne cup for the Basic candidate with the highest marks in East Devon went to Nick Silver. Congratulations to all of them.
Voting took place for Committee members. Chairman – John Badley, Secretary and Membership – Val Bone, Treasurer – Keith Bone, Committee – Andy Legg, Sue Babey, Mary Boulton, Alasdair Bruce, Ralph Cox, Rosemary Maggs, Colin Osborne and Richard Simpson.
After refreshments, Ruth and Ian Homer gave a fascinating talk on the 8th International Meeting of Young Beekeepers event, largely organised by them, that was held at Marlborough College in July of this year.
Planning was well under way 1½ years before the event and, as Ian and Ruth explained, there were many hurdles to overcome. In the end IMYB 2017 was attended by 19 teams speaking 13 different languages!
All the participants were divided up into small international teams, each team identified by their own coloured baseball cap. The tasks included activities such as frame making, grafting larvae, inspection and handling bees to show the competitors basic skills. Other tasks required problem solving with discussion and team working.
The assessments took place in the mornings. On the first afternoon the competitors were treated to a tour of Stonehenge and on the second afternoon they all departed for a DCA hunt on nearby Marlborough Downs. This proved to be the highlight of the event for some of the competitors as they had never witnessed the phenomenon before.
The accompanying adults were treated to tours of Stonehenge, Bath and Salisbury.
In conclusion, the weather was perfect, the bees behaved perfectly and the competitors and accompanying adults voted IMYB 2017 as the best yet.
It is now up to us to encourage more young beekeepers into the craft.