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Download  2019 Summer Meetings Programme (PDF file)

Events Colour Code:
Green = external site of beekeeping or general interest
Red = Beginners Event, Things you Must Know in Year 1 and beyond
Black = Things you Should Know and Practice

Summer Programme 2019





Thursday 7th March 1930hrs
Kilmington Village Hall
‘Bees: importance of diversity and relationships with flowering plants’ Talk by Brigit Strawbridge
Nationally known ecologist, broadcaster and beekeeper, Brigit explains that no single species has it all, either as a pollinator or a food source. Diversity is essential but under-appreciated.
Thursday 4th April 1930hrs
Kilmington Village Hall
‘Dance Like Nobody’s Watching’ Talk by Lynne Ingram
Master Beekeeper and Psychologist, Lynne considers the role of dance communication in colony wellbeing. Come, learn and enjoy this insight into the colony mind from a knowledgeable beekeeper and able communicator.
Saturday 6th April 1430hrs
Hunthay Apiary (subject to weather)
Beginners Course – Opening hives, lighting smokers,first aid
Apiary Team. Committee: Richard Simpson
Friday 12th – Sunday 14th April
Harper Adams University College, Salop TF10 8NB
BBKA Spring Convention
See: www.britishbee.org.uk
Saturday 13th April 1430hrs
Hunthay Apiary
Do you need help? – Winter Rescue, Spring Options
Alasdair Bruce. Committee John Badley
Saturday 20th April 1430hrs
Hunthay Apiary (subject to weather)
Beginners Course – Getting Started, handling bees
Apiary Team. Committee: Keith Bone
Saturday 27th April 1430hrs
Hunthay Apiary
Queen Cells.Uh-Oh or Thank Goodness
Simon Foster. Committee Mary Boulton
Saturday 4th May 1430hrs
Hunthay Apiary
Beginners Course – Inspecting for Disease
David Packham, SBI. Committee: Alastair Bruce
Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th May
Devon County Show
Stewards needed. Contact: harriet.brooks-007@hotmail.co.uk
Saturday 18th May 1000hrs – 1600hrs
Hunthay Apiary
Improvers’ Workshop Booking required
Leaders: John Badley, David Shale, Colin Sherwood, Richard Simpson
Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th May
Park Farm, Raymonds Hill Road, Nr Axminster EX13 8TB
River Cottage Food Fair
Branch Marquee, Stewards wanted. Contact Mary Boulton: mary.boulton@btinternet.com
Saturday 1st June 1430hrs
Hunthay Apiary
Kit Clean Up, repair & sale, wax recovery
David Shale. Committee: Hilary Kirkcaldie
Sunday 9th June 1200hrs for 1330hrs
Drone Congregation Update (and demo)
Saturday 15th June 1430hrs
Hunthay Apiary
Queen Assessment
John Badley. Refreshments: Kath West
Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd June, 1000 – 1800hrs
Axminster Show Ground
Axevale Garden Festival
Branch Marquee. Stewards needed. Contact: Rosemary Maggs rosemary.maggs@hotmail.com
Saturday 29th June 1430hrs
Hunthay Apiary
Migratory Beekeeping: next up, heather
TBA Committee Ralph Cox
Saturday 6th July 1630 1900hrs
Hunthay Apiary
Eat, Drink and be Merry – Social
Committee, all
Saturday 13th July 1430hrs
Hunthay Apiary
Beginners Course – Varroa Control. All members, Asian hornet update
John Badley. Committee: Peter Weller
Thursday 1st August
Honiton Show Ground
Bees & Honey Marquee, Stewards wanted. Contact Keith Bone: charandale@gmail.com
Saturday 10th August 1430hrs
Hunthay Apiary
Beginners Course – Extracting and Preparing Honey
David Shale. Committee: Richard Simpson
Saturday 7th September 1430hrs
Hunthay Apiary
Beginners Course – Preparing for Winter Checking stores, feeding, queen assessment,combining colonies
David Chambers. Committee: Colin Osborne
Saturday 21st September 1430hrs
Hunthay Apiary – All Members
Cleaning & storing equipment
David Shale. Committee: Val Bone


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