Annual Report 2019

CYMDEITHAS GWENYNWYR CYMRU

THE WELSH BEEKEEPERS’ ASSOCIATION

Sefydlwyd/Established 1943     Registered Charity – No 509929

Annual Report

1st January 2019 to 31st December 2019

Chair: David John Bowles

Vice Chair: Jill Wheeler (co-opted June 2019)

Treasurer: Graham Wheeler (elected SGM 7.11.15)

General Secretary: Stephen Cox (Appointed April 2018)

Trustees:

David John Bowles        (re-elected AGM 2017)

Graham Wheeler           (re-elected AGM 2017)

Christopher Clarke        (elected AGM 2016)

Peter Elvis                  (elected AGM 2017)

Gordon Lumby            (elected AGM 2017)

Keith Davies                 (confirmed SGM June 2017)

Stephen Cox               (co-opted June 2018. Resigned)

Rachel Kellaway            (co-opted June 2018)

Jill Wheeler                  (co-opted June 2019)

Officers:

President: Jenny Shaw                                         (elected Nov 2019)  

Vice-president: Fred Eckton

Membership Secretary: David Kennedy

Minutes Secretary: Jill Hill

Events Secretary: Jill Wheeler (Acting)                  (appointed 11.09.15)

Exam Secretaries: Caroline Mullineaux

Basic Assessment Secretary – Nicola Oulton

Website Manager: Nigel Dailey                            (appointed June 2017)

Editor: Nigel Dailey

Sub-editor: Elin Meek                                         (appointed 7.12.15)

Technical Officer: Wally Shaw

Insurance Officer: John Bowles

Health & Safety Officer: John Pilgrim                   (appointed 2016)

Publicity & Press Officer: Vacant

WBKA Archive: Vacant

WBKA COLOSS officer: Garth Evans                     (appointed AGM 2017)

Theft Liaison officer: Lee Vickers                         (co-opted April 2018)

All trustees, WBKA officers and other helpers give their time voluntarily and receive no remuneration or other benefits. The WBKA is indebted to these volunteers for their continued goodwill and efforts on behalf of the Association. The Trustees have had regard to the guidance issued by the Charity Commission on public benefit and the Welsh Beekeepers’ Association Constitution.

Our Aims & Objectives:

The encouragement, improvement and advancement of beekeeping throughout

Wales by:

Developing co-operation amongst all beekeepers throughout Wales and interchanging ideas and experiences,

Improving the standard of beekeeping by:

Publication of literature,

Providing and supporting the provision of apicultural educational aids and materials

Encouraging the training and qualification of beekeepers,

Arranging for national examinations at various levels,

Encouraging community participation in observing and learning about bees in safety,

and developing an appreciation of the value of bees in the environment.

Administration:

A list of meetings during the year can be found at the end of this report.

The Trustees met with the WBKA Council three times (March, June & November) to report on the actions of the Management Team and to seek guidance from the membership.  Council Meetings are only  quorate if 50% of Associations are represented.

We warned in the 2018 Annual Report that at some meetings we were approaching this level and that a further drop similar to that from 2017 to 2018 would threaten the viability of the WBKA. It is with some relief that I am able to report that the situation has remained stable with no meeting dropping below 60% representation but this level of involvement by all Associations continues to be a worry. Some associations are represented at ALL Council meetings, some never attend. The Management Team have offered in the past to come to talk to member associations to explain what we do and how we could be helped but the response to this offer has been poor. This offer still stands.

Minutes of all Management Team meetings have been circulated via association secretaries.

Council meetings are scheduled for at least three times in 2020 the first meeting being on March 7th  following the AGM. Then on June 27th and November 7th 2020.  The venue currently used is Plas Dolguog in Machynlleth which seems to meet with the approval of delegates. We always seek to select venues which can cater for us at a reasonable cost as well as those which reflect where regularly attending delegates hail from. Regrettably, due to the logistics in Wales, this frequently falls under the heading of “mutually inconvenient” .

The Management Team will meet at least four times in 2020, the first of which will be on Friday 24th January at The Royal Ship Hotel, Dolgellau. This reflects the current changes to the Management Team but this will be reviewed following the AGM to consider the home addresses of those elected.

Difficulty in ensuring that the Management Team is quorate continues to be a major factor and for this reason we only managed three meetings last year. This is mainly  due to  illness  of  Trustees  and  thus unavoidable. Gratitude must be expressed to those Trustees and Officers who regularly attend Management Team meetings.  Significant changes during the year include the resignation of our General Secretary, Stephen Cox. Our thanks go to Steve for his work on ABKA’s behalf. Also we must thank Jill Wheeler who has agreed to take on the role of Vice Chair to ensure continuity when a new Chair takes over in March. Due to our inability to recruit an Events Secretary to replace her Jill has also carried on organising our events, particularly the Convention for the coming year.

Membership has remained relatively stable but it is encouraging to note that the trend is still upwards with our overall membership now standing at 1943, up form 1900 last year.

Welsh Beekeepers’ Association Patron

Some members of the WBKA believed that the we had Prince Philip as our patron however, when we enquired as to who might replace him when he stood down from public duties, his Secretary said that knowledge of this duty had come as something of a surprise.

This did leave a void and while this was not directly linked to our asking Robert Pickard to be our Patron you requested at the the 2019 AGM that that we ask him if he would agree. He was considered ideal for the role given his contribution to beekeeping in Wales and his performance at our 75th Anniversary event endeared him to anyone who saw it. Thankfully  he did agree and we are lucky to have him.

Asian Hornet arrangements

2019 saw a number of further incursions of the Asian Hornet into the UK although, thankfully, not into Wales although Tamworth in the West Midlands is getting a bit too close for comfort. The NBU, as in previous years have done an excellent job of responding to these incursions and to date no further nests have been reported and this would be the time of year when they would be more visible in the now naked trees. I believe the Tamworth report, like other inland incursions should be a warning to us that it is not just incursions along the South Coast that we need to be wary of – the Asian Hornet will be opportunistic and hitch a ride on lorries or caravans coming in from the Continent. New Guidance has been issued to all our member associations and the majority have now appointed AHAT Coordinators to liaise with the NBU and other associations in the event of a local incursion. Part of this process has been to join forces with the BBKA to ensure that contact points for the public are made easily available on a map of the UK which is on the internet. Those associations who haven’t responded have been made aware of their shortcomings.

Financial  Reserves:

The Reserve policy  states  that the Charity  (WBKA) shall maintain a reserve of £10,000-£13,000. This  reserve is  required  by Charity Law to cover operational and contractual expenses should the need arise. This policy is monitored and updated annually.

Monies held  on  the HSBC  current account are used to  not  only cover the running costs of the Association but to fund various projects such as the running of courses and the dissemination of information, by various means, such as the website, publications and booklets.

A detailed financial report accompanies this document. (Appendix A).

Governance:

 As mentioned above we have lost Steve as Secretary and trustee but otherwise our Management team has remained stable with Nicola Oulton kindly volunteering to take on the role of Basic Beekeeping Assessment Officer.

Membership:

The WBKA has nineteen Member Associations & one special association which represent !,943 Indirect Members. As part of the annual capitation fee levied on each Member Association the Indirect members benefit by receiving four editions of the ‘Welsh Beekeepers’ and third party Public and Product Liability Insurance. There are currently twenty six Individual and seven Honorary Members of the Welsh Beekeepers’ Association. A detailed breakdown of membership accompanies this report. (Appendix B).

Website:

Nigel Dailey continues to juggle the role of Webmaster with that of Editor for which we are very grateful. Nigel is very competent at assembling content but feels less confident when dealing with the building blocks of the website. Nigel has tended to deal with such issues with assistance from family but our Membership Secretary has also agreed to assist if Nigel finds himself in extremis. The Management Team have also agreed that, if necessary, we would pay for expert help. Any suggestions you might wish to make with regard to the website and its accessibility would  be gratefully received.

Welsh Beekeeper Magazine:

Nigel continues to make an excellent job of editing the Welsh Beekeeper having very little input from an Editorial Team which consists of the Chair and Chris Clarke , Trustee , who makes an excellent job of proof reading. The Magazine is the opportunity for members to have their say in print whether in the form of a letter to the Editor or an article on some aspect of beekeeping. Please contribute what you can. If we could fill the magazine with local contributions that would be really good.

Publications:

Once again we have to thank Wally Shaw for revising the Swarm Control booklet which will be distributed with the Spring Edition of the Welsh Beekeeper and updating the Making an Increase booklet which has been reprinted as stocks had diminished. Wally is also working on a new Feeding guide to replace the original Welsh Government/WBKA booklet. This will be issued in the coming year. The Welsh Government will contribute financially to this publication.

The Healthy Bees Plan

The UK  10 year Healthy Bees Plan has now come to an  end and a review of the achievements under it will be made before a further plan is developed and published. As part of that review the Welsh Government has been assessing what contributions to advance the cause of beekeeping have been made in Wales both in partnership with the Welsh Government and independently. While it is not always clear what has been stimulated by the Plan and what would have been achieved without that stimulus, the following are a few of the contributions identified.

   ⁃    work on winter losses and varroa tolerance in Welsh honey bees

        ⁃       publication of educational booklets/ guides to essential beekeeping activities and processing honey

        ⁃       guidance on disease/pest recognition by the NBU and WBKA

        ⁃       encouragement of beekeeping by a younger generation and in schools.

        ⁃       contribution to the Welsh Government’s Pollinator Task Force

These are in addition  to research by associations independently as well as in partnership with universities and other institutions.

Partnership work with the Welsh Government

In addition to the above, worthy of note is a much closer working relationship between the WBKA and the Welsh Government. Kathleen Carroll is the person who represents beekeeping at the WG . in addition to training as a beekeeper Kathleen now also attends our Council meetings.

International Meeting of Young Beekeepers (IMYB)

2019 saw the first entry of a WBKA sponsored Welsh team of young beekeepers in to the international meeting of Young Beekeepers competition.

The usual size of team is three but we were only able to field two youngsters this year – Dafydd Pett and Tomos Evans. They both acquitted themselves well in all the tests and associated activities but given that they could only ever score a maximum percentage of 66 against full teams they were not expected to win. What we did gain, however was an insight into what form the competition takes and the differences in other countries’ bees and beekeeping methods which I hope will stand us in good stead if we are able to put together a full team for this year and/or future years. The other gain was that the father of Dafydd Pett, Richard returned enthused about the competition and wanting to do what he could to encourage the entry of other young beekeepers into the competition. He has agreed to become the IMYB Officer for the WBKA and both he and Tomos and Dafydd are happy to provide whatever insight they can to help others. Emma Davies from Cardiff has also agreed to become our Schools Officer and we hope that they can work with the Education and Development Committee in the future to develop young beekeepers in Wales.

National Diploma in Beekeeping:

The National Diploma in Beekeeping is the highest formal academic beekeeping qualification available in the UK. The awarding body is independent of all National Beekeeping associations and its award is highly regarded nationally and internationally. Since the inception of the NDB in 1954 only 92 diplomas have been awarded. To get to the level that enables you to undertake the final two day exam entails a huge amount of hard work so it is a pleasure to report that “one of ours”, Lynfa Davies, passed her final exam in Scotland earlier in 2019 and so has joined this illustrious group.

This is not only a personal achievement for Lynfa but will be of advantage to the WBKA as, with her agreement, we will be able to run more home grown advanced level courses in Wales.

WBKA Internal Meetings 2019:

January 9th – Management Team – Trustees and other Officers (Machynlleth)

2nd  March – AGM, Council meeting and Event Committee meeting – (Machynlleth)

26th April – Management Team Meeting – Trustees and other Officers (Machynlleth)

29th  June – Council and Events Committee meetings– (Machynlleth)

6th September – Management Team  – Trustees and other Officers  (Machynlleth)

2nd  November – Council and Events Committee meetings (Machynlleth)

External Meetings

The Trustees and other Officers worked with a number of different organisations during 2019 to ensure that the WBKA and its members were well represented and informed at both  UK and Welsh Government levels . We also work with organisations who have similar or aligning interests to ensure that we can act cohesively when necessary.

Some of the external meetings attended include those of:

BHAF (UK)

The Bee Health Advisory Forum is a UK Government arranged meeting where all National Beekeeping Associations are represented as well as the NBU, APHA, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Bee vets etc. It offers an opportunity to discuss and influence current and forthcoming issues which may threaten the welfare of our bees. The items covered in the last year are included in more detail in the Technical Officer’s report.

CONBA

The Council of National Beekeeping Association is a group attended by all the National Associations of the British Isles (including Southern Ireland) and gives the opportunity for such Associations to discuss issues likely to affect beekeeping.

It gives us the opportunity to develop joint strategies to deal with a variety of issues including government plans both home grown and European.

The WBKA Chair currently also chairs CONBA. CONBA meets twice annually face to face and several times by teleconference.

Wales Pollinators Forum

This is a Welsh Government sponsored forum which brings together a variety of groups who represent organisations who have an interest in protecting the wild environment and improving land management for the benefit of pollinators of all types varying from butterflies, overflies to bumble bees and honeybees.

We believe that whatever can influence and improve the physical landscape and the management of land for any pollinator will also benefit honeybees. The forum meets twice or three times per year, usually in Newtown.

WBKA representation at External Meetings 2018:

Jenny Shaw (J.S.), John Bowles (J.B.),  Wally Shaw (W.S.), Keith Davies (K.D)

B.H.A.F – 25th February W.S and J.B

CONBA – 12th April JS and JB

BDI  – 12th April WS

Pollinators – 16th April  JB and KD

BHAF – 21st June WS and JB

Pollinators – 14th October  KD

CONBA – 24th October WS

BHAF   –  5th December WS and JB

REPORTS:

Events Committee: Jill Wheeler

The Spring Convention was attended by  517 delegates from across Wales and the borders, this was a slight increase on 2019.   This year 47 Stewards helped to ensure that the convention was a success. The stewards prize was donated by B.J. Sherriff and won by David Culshaw. All the lectures were well attended. The convention made a surplus of £733.60.

The Spring Festival was supported by 15 members stewarding the stand alongside the Bee Inspectors.  The stand was again very popular with both the general public and beekeepers from Wales and beyond. Candle rolling and bee aerial sales raised £75.50 for Bees Abroad. This was a fantastic amount as the show seemed quieter than previous years.

The RWAS 22nd to 25th July saw us in the Horticultural tent filling the space taken up by the Feature County stand as the featured county has been unable to gain sufficient support.  21 members stewarded the stand

The planning for the 2020 Spring Convention is almost completed. The Opening and main speakers have been booked:

Paul O’Brien – President of The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations.

Professor Stephen Martin – Understand the evolution of natural Varroa-tolerance

mechanisms in various beekeeping populations, BDI sponsored lecture.

Laura Jones – Investigating the foraging preferences of honeybees using DNA metabarcoding.

Filipe Salby – Upstairs, downstairs hive.

Kevin Williams – The History and Traditions of the beekeeping in Wales.

The committee did have a chair for most of the year as Jill Wheeler took on the role of Vice-chair in June . However the WBKA are still looking for an Events Secretary to work alongside Jill.

Education and Development:

During the year courses have been arranged. A BBKA sponsored Queen Rearing Course in August 2019 and a WBKA sponsored General husbandry course to run in March 2020.

Both will be hosted by Montgomery Beekeepers at Gregynog.

Developments towards encouraging younger beekeepers include the appointment of of Emma Davies as Schools Officer and Richard Petts as International Meeting of Young Beekeepers (IMYB) Officer.

The survey of training provision undertaken earlier in the year to which roughly two thirds of Member Associations responded will form a firm basis for  for developing support for education and training by the WBKA in Wales.

Examinations:

Examination Secretary 2019 Annual Report

Basic Assessments

23 candidates passed the Basic Assessment (BA) in 2019 and it is pleasing to note that the number of entries was up on 2018 – a trend which we very much hope will continue.

Paul Godsman – Anglesey

John Mosedale – Bridgend – Distinction

John Rayner – Bridgend – Credit

Lynnette Rayner – Bridgend – Distinction

Thomas Bean – Bridgend – Distinction

Jane Finch – Cardiff – Credit

Nigel Clark Cardiff

Nicholas Mensikov Cardiff Credit

Alun James – Cardiff

Stuart Williams – Flint – Distinction

Anna Jans Flint – Distinction

Melanie Hough Flint – Distinction

Sarah Dunn – Flint – Credit

Keith Roberts – Flint

Alan Horner – Flint

E Margaret Horner – Flint

Robert Sharples – Meirionnydd – Credit

Bernie Bartrum – Meirionnydd

Claire Heath – Meirionnydd – Credit

Sally Dutton – Meirionnydd – Credit

Dylan Hughes – Meirionnydd – Credit

Neil Miller – South Clwyd –  Distinction

Kevin Haeney – West Glam

These are an excellent set of results.  Congratulations and very well done to all the candidates, and thanks to those in their local associations who have supported and encouraged them.

Please do continue to provide this encouragement and support and let us know if any further information is needed.

Applications to take the Basic Assessment in 2020 should be submitted to Nicola by 1 May. 

Modules

The November modules were taken on 9 November. 

The results arrived mid-January and, out of 11 modules taken, there were 2 distinctions, 1 credit and 4 passes.

Here is a summary of all the 2019 module results (i.e. March & November).  Once again, these are excellent results with an overall pass rate for candidates in Wales of 76%.

Well done to all the candidates and, to those who didn’t get the result they were hoping for, we do hope you will try again.

Module 1

Martine Hewitt – Teifiside

Bertina Edwards – Teifiside (Credit)

Simon Fielding – Flint & District

Martin Charlesworth – Anglesey

Module 2

Martine Hewitt – Teifiside (Credit)

Mary Ratcliffe – Conwy (Credit)

Bertina Edwards – Teifiside (Credit)

Module 3

Kevin Jones – Conwy

Jane Webber – Conwy (Credit)

Tracy Harper – Aberystwyth (Distinction)

William Warren – Conwy

Kathleen Keirle – Aberystwyth

Keith Hall – East Carmathenshire

Bertina Edwards – Teifiside (Distinction)

Module 5

Tracy Harper – Aberystwyth

Module 6

Phoebe Close – NGW

Grace Skinner – NGW (Distinction)

Lynda Christie – NGW (Credit)

David Whiteley – NGW

Additionally, Tracy Harper (Aberystwyth) has been awarded the Intermediate Theory Certificate, with credit.

A look ahead

There are currently 7 confirmed entries in for the March 2020 modules with a couple more weeks to go before the application closing date.  A reminder of the application closing date has gone out to local associations.

The General Husbandry preparation course which WBKA are running in 2020 is close to fully subscribed so this bodes well for the future.  Having more beekeepers in Wales with the General Husbandry Certificate will support the succession planning of Basic Assessors and this will be essential if we continue to succeed in getting more beekeepers to give the Basic Assessment a try.

Summary

We reiterate congratulations to all the successful 2019 BA & Module candidates and thanks to everyone who was involved in facilitating these, whether by invigilating and/or providing venues etc.  Your help is very much appreciated. 

As always, we are more than happy to provide further information to prospective candidates for either the BA, Modules or Higher Practical Assessments.  Email us at education@wbka.com

Caroline Mullinex & Nicola Oulton

Exam Secretary & Basic Assessment Officer

January 2020

for completion…….

Publicity Officer:

No report, position vacant.

Technical Officers Report  – Wally Shaw

Bee Inspection Service

WBKA has continued to work closely with the Bee Inspection Service. An extremely comprehensive report from the Regional Bee Inspector (Frank Gellatly) was published in the winter edition of the Welsh Beekeeper and there is nothing I can add to this. There remains one SBI post to be filled in Wales but, thanks to the Welsh Government, there is no embargo on recruitment as there is in England.

Queen Problems

I have heard of no reports (complaints) about queen failures this year. The weather in early June was not particularly favourable for queen mating and we found re-queening to be somewhat delayed compared with our expectation but eventually there was a high level of success.

Small Hive Beetle (SHB)

There is full account of developments with SHB in Southern Italy in Frank Gellatly’s Annual Report in the Welsh Beekeeper.

Asian Hornet (AH)

Again there is a full report on this year’s activity with AH in Frank’s report. The latest evidence is that there are no established nests of AH in the UK but, as beekeepers, we need to remain ever-vigilant as it could crop-up almost anywhere.

Bee Health Advisory Forum (BHAF) Meetings

Again, a lot of the discussion at BHAF this year has been about BREXIT. Now that is has nearly happened we may get some clearer information about how this will affect beekeeping but I suspect it is a case of ‘don’t hold your breath’ because we are likely to be fairly near the bottom of the list of extravagant promises that have been made to the electorate.

Again I have been unable to obtain any figures concerning the number of queens and colonies imported to the UK in 2019, so we have no idea whether there has been another increase or not.

The Annual Hive Count was repeated this year. All beekeepers on BeeBase were contacted but only about half of them even bothered to open the email. Of these again only about half  (25% of all those contacted) co-operated by updating their apiary records. A much more user-friendly system for updating was in place this year, so there really is no excuse for this poor response.

Discussion on Bee Health Plan II (to be introduced in 2020) has continued but I have nothing definitive to report. Most of the recent activity has been devoted to identifying the successes of the previous 10 years and the proof (what are referred to as metrics!). As ever, it is difficult to distinguish between what has happened because of the Plan and what would have happened anyway.

Varroa Levels 2019

In my experience Varroa levels are up this year but I have no clear idea as to why. Perhaps there was more brood mid-winter (2017-18), when the oxalic acid treatment was applied, and this resulted in larger mite populations at the start of the season but, basically, I’m clutching at straws.

WBKA Technical Publications

The stocks of two of the WBKA Booklets are running low and new editions have been prepared for publication. An Apiary Guide to Swarm Control has been quite extensively up-dated as a result of further experience and also feed-back from users. This should be distributed to all members of WBKA with the Spring edition of the Welsh Beekeeper. Simple Methods of Making Increase has also been slightly up-dated but not enough to warrant a re-distribution to all members but copies of the new version can be obtained on request through your association’s WBKA Council representatives. There is a supply of all booklets at Council Meetings so that new beekeepers can be supplied with a full set. An entirely new booklet on feeding bees is under preparation and should be distrusted later this year.

Wally Shaw (WBKA Technical Officer)

21st January 2020

Insurance Officer:

The Welsh Bee Keepers  Association Insurance Policies were renewed through the same Brokers – Coversure Insurance as from the 1st October 2020. The premiums for the year had risen by a little under 2%.

Details of the Combined Liabilities Policy which provides protection for members against risk arising from their hobby and any posed by their products are available on the WBKA Website.

I make no excuse for reminding all Committees, Boards or whoever runs your organisation to ensure that they take the health and safety of any member who is acting on behalf of the Association very seriously and ensure that they are properly equipped for the work they undertake. It has been the subject of discussion at many Council meetings as to whether volunteers to an organisation such as the Local Association are covered by legislation.

What cannot be argued against is the fact that our insurers have included a stipulation for a number of years now which requires that volunteers working on behalf of an association must be properly equipped and working to safe working practices. Working with oxalic or formic acids can be dangerous if not used correctly

There is also a duty of care when they undertake other functions such as the  use of motorised equipment, pesticides e.g. weed-killers, oxalic acid and manual handling.

We therefore need to ensure reasonable efforts are made to carry out and record effective risk assessments and provide our volunteers with protective equipment and try to safeguard against the more serious risks. This is not a particularly onerous task as beekeeping activities are generally low risk but failure to take reasonable steps may result in the rejection of a claim by our insurers.

Health and Safety Officer:

Another yearly reminder of our Duty of Care, and requirements of our Insurers, as volunteers continued preparation of suggested risk assessments

Reminder to ensure R/A’s revisited yearly at least and keep record of changes.

Subjects for review and consideration

Welfare provisions at Apiaries

Lone working

Discussions on provision of first aiders at Apiary and other meetings trained in Epipen and similar auto injectors in an emergency

Beware contact with Asian Hornets as they can “spit” venom similar to ants (wear eye protection).

Not a legal requirement but can we always add tamper evident labels to honey jars and polite notices regarding advice on not feeding to infants.

Affix Hazard labels to polish tins for sale & note that the rules on labelling have recently changed to a Euro symbol system. The old orange square and black cross is no longer acceptable.

The WBKA Safety officer welcomes information and examples of Association’s H&S arrangements.

Risk Assessments were prepared for use at Conventions and Shows by Departments planning these events.

The Welsh Beekeeping Association’s current Health and Safety Policy can be downloaded from the WBKA website at the following address: http://www.wbka.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Health-and-Safety-Policy-Version-1-23-October-2014.pdf (also available in Welsh on the website).

Chair’s note:

John has been extremely long suffering in taking on the poisoned  chalice that is Health and Safety Advisor to an organisation which can only advise its members to act in a safe manner but cannot enforce its rules. It is up to Local Associations how they conduct themselves but given that their insurers require that they follow certain rules, and also, purely out of concern for your fellow members who are volunteers, you should not unnecessarily put them in danger.

The cost of most items of basic protective equipment and its maintenance is not high and well within the means of Associations. If that is not the case, may I quote what a HSE inspector used to say “If you can’t afford to do it safely, stop doing it”.

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Declaration:  The Trustees declare that they have approved the trustees’ report

above

Signed on behalf of the Charity’s trustees

Signature:

Full name: 

Position:                                                     Date:

 

Appendix A.

 

Appendix B

Welsh Beekeepers’ Association End of Year Membership Report 2018

WBKA total membership:

2018:

1900

 

2017:

1765

 

Change:

+7.6%

Association members total

Other members total

 

2018

2017

Overall total

1900

1765

Report produced by David Kennedy, WBKA Membership Secretary.

All figures are for the last week of December in the relevant year and are taken from the WBKA Membership Database.

New and retired member figures for the Associations are approximate because lapsed members who rejoin during the year may not be counted correctly.

 

Others

Members at end of 2018

Members at end of 2017

New

Members

Retired

Members

Individual Members

26

28

2

4

Honorary Members

7

9

0

2

 

33

37

 

 

 

 

Association

 

Members at end of 2018

 

Members at end of 2017

New Members

 

Retired Members

 

 

Aberystwyth

57

52

12

23%

7

13%

Anglesey

125

122

30

25%

27

22%

Brecknock & Radnor

109

69

68

99%

28

41%

Bridgend

143

125

22

18%

4

3%

Cardiff, Vale & Valleys

188

173

56

32%

41

24%

Carmarthen

65

42

25

60%

2

5%

Conwy

156

164

19

12%

27

16%

East Carmarthen

68

59

32

54%

23

39%

Flint & District

87

78

23

29%

14

18%

Ceredigion

35

35

0

0%

0

0%

Lampeter

58

53

15

28%

10

19%

Lleyn ac Eifionydd

47

37

10

27%

0

0%

Meirionnydd

80

72

27

38%

19

26%

Montgomeryshire

101

108

19

18%

26

24%

Pembrokeshire

156

160

73

46%

77

48%

South Clwyd

155

146

38

26%

29

20%

Swansea

118

117

23

20%

22

19%

Teifiside

70

68

28

41%

26

38%

West Glamorgan

48

48

15

31%

15

31%

 

1867

1728