Charitable Incorporated Organisation
Thursday, 11 October 2018
The area associations are to be asked at the Annual Delegate Meeting (ADM) to approve the conversion of the British Beekeepers’ Association from the current unincorporated status to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). The CIO structure was developed specifically for charities that need to employ people, own property and/or enter into contracts but do not want the added burden of being subject to company law by becoming a company Limited by Guarantee. According to a recent review conducted by the Government, there are currently 12,500 charities registered as CIOs and 50% of all new charity registrations are CIOs. It is also understood that some area associations have already formed a CIO.
Subject to approval by the delegates at the ADM, the Trustees will confirm the appointment of specialist solicitors that have already been identified through the tendering process. The cost would be a minimum of £3,000 capped at £5,000. This work would involve the applicati...
Defra Minister praises beekeepers for raising alarm about Asian Hornets
Thursday, 11 October 2018
11 October 2018
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State responsible for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, Lord Gardiner, has written to BBKA President Margaret Murdin to thank the BBKA for raising awareness about Asian Hornets. 6 nests have been destroyed since 2016 and most were identified by vigilant beekeepers.
The letter also says Lord Gardiner is 'very encouraged' that some of our "most concerned members have initiated Asian Hornet Action Teams to help beekeepers take samples/photographs of hornets to enable the National Bee Unit (NBU) to act swiftly to deal with this pest."
The Minister points out that October is when any nests are reaching maturity and sending out foundress Queens to raise the next generation of hornets. This increase in activity as the leaves are falling off the trees should make their nests more prominent.
Lord Gardiner says thanks for your continued vigilance and please pass on any sightings as quickly as possible to the NBU.
Jersey has found 52 Asian Hornet nests so far
Thursday, 04 October 2018
4th October 2018
The island of Jersey's local Asian Hornet Hunters, with the assistance of trainee hunters from across the UK, have found, destroyed or prevented 52 primary and secondary Asian Hornet nests so far this year with almost equal numbers being in trees and buildings.
1.5 million hornets
Nigel Errington, the recently appointed States of Jersey Asian Hornet Co-ordinator, estimates that "thee 52 nests would have produced around 10,400 queens (based on the generally accepted figure of 200 queens produced by each nest).
"Given the high winter mortality of queens and if only 2.5% survived the winter this would have potentially led to Jersey having 260 nests next year.
"Based on 260 nests having an average hornet content, at high season, of 6000 hornets per nest this would mean they could, hypothetically, produce a hornet count over a year of around 1.5 Million hornets!
Each hornet starts life as a grub who only eats protein in the form of ...
Wednesday, 03 October 2018
Notification letter v2 from Stephen Barnes, Chair of Governance & Standing Orders Committee
Guidelines for BBKA 2019 ADM Meeting – Nominations & Propositions
Trustee Nomination Form
Examination Board Member Nomination Form
What does being a Trustee of the BBKA involve?
Delegate Nomination Form
Minutes of ADM 2018
Application Form for Area Association Membership of the BBKA
Guidance Notes for Area Association Membership of the BBKA
The timescales for various administrative processes are prescribed by the BBKA Constitution and we therefore ask you to return all completed documentation, to be at the BBKA Office, by Friday 19th October 2018 at the latest. An earlier submission would be very helpful if at all possible.
Last year some Nomination and Proposition forms were received without an original, hand written, signature. This year we are asking that the original of any Proposition or Nomina...