The BeeHolder, Winter 2014

This may well be the last BeeHolder to roll off the presses at Llanidloes Resource Centre. A stalwart of Llani life, the LRC is having to close its doors at the end of November after providing computer, photocopying, printing, laminating and other services for the best part of two decades. There is a group of concerned residents trying to put together a rescue plan, but I decided for the BeeHolder that the safe thing to do would be to print off the Winter 2013 edition a few weeks early.

There have been some interesting developments with the Black Bee Breeding group (see this report). The Stiperstones and Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme is a vast scheme with several millions of pounds of grant money at its disposal. A small part of this scheme is to re-introduce the black bee into the area (cunningly called Back to Black, nothing to do with Australian band AC/DC). MBKA has put in a bid for a small part in the scheme which could see funding for some breeding projects, mentoring of bee keepers in the area concerned (east Montgomeryshire on the Shropshire border) and perhaps some bee related training. It is too early to say for sure, but there could be some useful benefits for all of us in the association. Thanks must go to Heather Venis as principal mover in this, supported by several other committee members.

Chris Leech