My first year returning to beekeeping this year and I must say this forum has been invaluable to me, the advice and the helpful comments have made a real differance. It's also good to know that there are so many helpful people out there willing to give their time so generously.
Big thankyou for the forum and it's users and keep up the good work
Mark does a sterling job.
Great organisation of forums, and lets the place largely run itself....
but steps in with clarity and decisiveness when needed.
Thanks Mark for all your work into maintaining this great site.
I for one have it bookmarked in my favourites and it is one of my daily sites to check!
I think it is always evolving and continues to improve with your (gentle) steering.
Many have ideas, but few step up to the plate to deliver. Mark does and it is to every credit of his character.
I dare say it has directly helped some peoples' social circles and personal affairs/ventures/livelihoods.
Yes congratulations...I normally avoid this kind of thread but since I only visit two sites daily (well actually several times daily!) I have to say thank you and well done. This is a great place to learn, ask questions, and be entertained.
In fairness as one of the non dippers, I should dip and will do. if everyone put a £1 in it would be a great contribuiton and would I guess then startan alternative main Association. I am not so sure we would all agree on many of the points, as it is it is a great place of learning and debate, and all congratulations to Mark for keeping it so, even the rants can be interesting if sidetracking... so keep it as it is- it works so dont fix it...
As one who probably comes into that category- I've never felt the need to dip as the amount collected is always in excess of the target, so I've thought 'that's alright then'. I'm not really sure of how and why Mark runs it, whether it's a public service, a hobby, or a business, but the target figure is all I have to go on. If either Mark were to raise the figure and there was a shortfall, or if some of the current contributors were to look to spread the load more widely, I would be happy to chip in (modestly), and I'm sure others would too, to support a valuable resource.
While it is suggested that £15 is a nice amount to start, if you ask Mark he will send details of how to pay whatever you can afford through Paypal instead of a designated sum. Being on DLA that is how I do it - what I can, when I can.