Meridian’s January Newsletter

From all of us at Meridian we wish you a Happy & Prosperous New Year

Your monthly newsletter from the Meridian Committee and Guests.

Newsletter Index

  • Meridian AGM (Sat 14th January 2023)

  • News & Notices (AGM, Membership Fees, New Workshop & Storage Area)

  • End Of Year Survey

  • Members Area & Calendar

  • Communications (What’s App)

  • Education Updates

  • Meridian Shop

  • January Free Online Talk

  • Meon Valley Events: Newsletter Sign Up

  • HBA Updates (Facebook, Honey Show, Amazon Smile & Bee Suit Badges)

  • BBKA Updates (Petitions / British Beekeeping Show)

  • Useful Links

  • Bee Inspector Contact Details

Meridian Annual General Meeting

Saturday 14th January 2023 @ 13:30 - 16:30

Botley Market Hall, 11 High Street, Botley, SO30 2EA

All members will receive the AGM documents via direct email. Please register you intention to attend on this link. You can also supply any questions you may wish to ask on the day in advance, this will ensure you are given as full an answer on the day as possible.


Queens Colours & Sugar Feeding

This years queens colour is RED. Remember the mnemonic Will You Raise Good Bees (White 1/6 Yellow 2/7 Red 3/8 Green 4/9 Blue 5/0)

The basic sugar syrup recipe is:

Thin syrup – 1:1 ratio of sugar to water, ie, 100g sugar in 100ml water

Thick syrup – 2:1 ratio of sugar to water, ie, 200g sugar in 100ml water

Membership Fees

Annual membership fees for MBKA season 2023/2024 will remain the same as last year’s and we will confirm any changes to the fees paid to BBKA, Hampshire Beekeepers and Bee Disease Insurance premiums as soon as we have them.

Membership renewal requests will be with you all this month. Remember that you are only insured for the number of hives you pay for, so calculate your fees carefully and make sure you pay promptly.

New Storage & Workshop (West End)


End Of Year Survey

Meridian is conducting an end of year survey. In order to plan for the year ahead and make sure that all our volunteers time is as productive as it can be. We also want to hear from our membership as to what you want. In order to do this we ask that each member completes the survey.

If you have already completed this from our Christmas Message to you, please don’t fill it out again, however, if you can’t remember please complete. It is so important that we hear from you.


Members Area & Calendar

Check out the members’ area on our website, there you will find the events calendar. Never miss out on an event from HBA, Meridian and Meon BKA

Members Area



Meridian Members What’s App Group for notifications of an urgent nature and notification of events. Just click the link Sign Up

Meridian Education Updates

BBKA Basic Assessment / Bee Health Certificate

Interested in taking your Basic Assessment or Bee Health Certificate next year. The cut off dates are in February which is fast approaching.

Please make contact with your Education & Training Secretary Louise at

January Apiary Jobs

  • Inspect the outside of your hives for damage from Mice, Woodpeckers and other animals

  • Feed Fondant (Due to the warmer weather the bees are still flying and eating through their stores)

  • Remove dead bees from the entrance.

  • Continue Planning for Spring, it comes quickly

  • Study for your Basic and Bee Health Certificate

Meridians’ Shop

EventBrite Free Online Talks

January’s Free Bee Talks

Meon Valley BKA

Please sign up to buddy association MVBKA Newsletter for the latest updates and notification of events.

Meon Newsletter Sign Up

Meon Valley Winter Talks & Activities

Hampshire Beekeepers Association

HBA Facebook Page

It’s true after 140 years, HBA now has a Facebook page. We ask you to join the group and follow for information, news on events, partners news and events and much more…

HBA Facebook Private Members Group

HBA has now created a private Facebook group were they update on all events, BBKA & BDI circulars and events from other associations. This private group is used for notification only and there is no junk mail, private selling and commenting on all post is switched off. This is a good way to be notified of upcoming HBA Events as soon as they are released. They have several talks coming over the winter period which has already been advertised on the group. Click on the link below or scan the QR Code.

HBA Winter Talk - ASÍAN HORNET TALK - The Jersey Trip - Tuesday 31st January 2023 at 19:00

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 969 957 9024 Passcode: HBA2023

HBA & Amazon Smile

If you shop Amazon, you can do more than discover great deals: Simply shop at or with AmazonSmile on the Amazon Shopping app, and AmazonSmile donates to HBA at no extra cost to you.

Make sure you change your dedicated charity to Hampshire Beekeepers Association

HBA Bee Suit Badges

Update: We have had an amazing response across HBA with over 120 badges sold so far. Especially, as our initial order was only for 100. Don’t worry more are being printed as you read this.

HBA Badges Order Form

BBKA News & Updates

Circulation; Area Association and Branch Secretaries

(More Signatures needed for a response from the Government)

I am writing to ask all Associations and their members to support our new honey petition which calls on the Government to change the Honey labelling rules so consumers can easily recognise all countries of origin of the honey contained in a jar sold here in the UK.


British Beekeeping Show

Following the success of Bee Tradex, we have made the decision to re-brand our established annual show. The British Beekeeping Show will be a step forward for BeeTradex, keeping the trade show feel with strong supplier backing and expanding into new pollination and beekeeping areas.

Over 2000 of you attended BeeTradex this year to browse new suppliers which is the biggest turn out we have ever had firmly establishing our show the biggest national beekeeping show. Thank you for attending free talks and lectures, meeting fellow beekeepers and make the first physical show since 2020 even better than we could have imagined!

Tickets for the British Beekeeping Show are available now at this years BeeTradex prices...

You can get 2 for 1 tickets using the code

British Beekeepers Show 2023 Tickets

Useful Links