I sincerely hope that you are all well and staying well away from this terrible virus that is amongst us all at the moment .
I am pleased to say I have not had word that any of our members have contacted Covid 19 ,let us all hope that it stays that way .
As you well know we should have been meeting tonight for our monthly meeting and the speaker was Clive Stuart who was going to talk to us about collecting swarms from unusual places. I have spoken to him and rearranged it for Monday September 21st , hopefully by then we will be out of lockdown .
I hope you are all managing to look after your bees , they are classed as livestock so you are not breaking any laws by travelling to inspect them but please remember to maintain social distancing where necessary .
Unfortunately our teaching apiary has suffered a set back again, first it was the rain and wet ground, now Covid 19 . Everything is in place so as soon as our government gives us the all clear we will be off and running .
If any of you are having difficulty with your bees or beekeeping you can contact us via email , telephone or website, although a site visit will not be possible we can probably give advice .
Our shop is open and with careful social distancing you can pick up any equipment you may need from our home at Walton,
we are well stocked with most of the day to day items you may need so drop me an email or phone .
We also have sugar available if you require it ,contact as for the shop .
On a personal front as most of you know I had my right hip replaced on Feb 14 th , All has gone well and progressing nicely until last Tuesday when doing a bit of gardening on our allotment at Ticknall I stepped back and to the right and immediately felt my hip pop out .
I found myself lying on my back amongst the weeds looking up at a blue sky . However fear not, it either went back in on its own or got pushed back in when I hit the floor , not sure which ? Feeling rather bruised and now sporting a limp I think I got away with it lightly.
However made me think and being a lot more careful now.
Wishing you all a very safe and secure time during this period of uncertainty for us all and looking forward to seeing you all once we are through this .
Stay safe .
Dave Coates , Chairman Burton and District Beekeepers Association.