Bee Times


Editor:   Ian Gregory


(Views expressed in this newsletter are those of the editor and do not necessarily represent those of  the CBKA)

The ‘Bee Times’ was originally the creation of William Dodd who came from a farming family at Ousby.  He started it the late 1950s as a means of keeping members of the Branches of the Cumberland and Westmorland Beekeepers Association informed about beekeeping events, and as a source of advice on beekeeping matters.  William Dodd was one of the people who revived the Association after the Second World War and served as Secretary, President and Past-President until his death.

William Dodd produced four or five issues of the Bee Times every year using an ink duplicating machine from typed stencils; the copies were distributed by hand to all the members of the Association by the Branch Secretaries. He wrote 100 editions of the Bee Times over a period of many years and then decided, sometime in the late 1970s, that it was time for someone else to take over.

Following the retirement of William Dodd, John Skinner agreed to edit and issue the Bee Times. He used a computer and printer to produce the copies for distribution and, over a 20-year period, edited 100 issues of the newsletter.  David Bates, the then Secretary of the Penrith Branch, became the next editor until the responsibility was passed to Val Sullivan, and then Ian Gregory, the current editor.

Ian is always on the lookout for interesting articles and content to add to the next edition. If you have some content you would like considered for publication, please forward it to Ian.

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