Monthly Meetings

Our monthly meetings include beekeeping talks and demonstrations. We will also hold a question and answer forum during which members can pick each others brains for that useful tip.

We enjoy meeting new people and as a result non-members are welcome to come along to meetings to find out more and decide if you’d like to join our club.

As we are currently unable to meet in groups, we have started to use Zoom for our monthly meetings.

Hopefully this will change soon

2021 Meetings

Tuesday 23rd February @8pm ‘ Bumblebees and Solitary Bees’

Brigit Strawbridge Howard will talking to about Bumblebees and Solitary bees. She will discuss their life cycles and behaviour, their importance as pollinators, the reasons for their decline and what we can do to help them. This will be followed by a Q&A session.

Brigit is a bee advocate, wildlife gardener, naturalist and author of ‘Dancing with Bees’. As well as writing and speaking, she campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of native wild bees and other pollinating insects.

Wednesday 17th March @8pm ‘Spring is in the air’

You can never tell with the weather here but, hopefully spring is in the air and your bees have come through winter and getting ready to fly in earnest. We’d like to invite you to join an informal discussion forum to chat and ask questions if you’d like.

If you already have any questions to ask, please email the club beforehand and we can forward them (anonymously if you wish) to some of our more experienced members for the Hive mind to work its collective magic. As a result, we can make sure that any burning questions are answered as part of the general discussion

Wednesday 21st April 2021 @8pm ‘Queen Rearing on a Queenright Colony’

Dave Bonner, a Master Beekeeper from Warwickshire Beekeepers Association, will be giving us a Zoom talk on Queen rearing on a queenright colony using the Miller method and a Cloake Board.
This will be followed by a Q&A session about the talk

Wednesday 28th April @8pm ‘Association Queen Rearing Workshop’

The club is in the great position of having a Master Beekeeper in their ranks. Dave Rayner will be leading the workshop on queen rearing and it will be broken down into two parts.

The first part is a theoretical talk and as a result will be delivered over Zoom. This part will be open to all members to attend. This will take place on Wednesday 28th April @8pm.

The second part of the workshop will be a practical session in May.  The date is yet to be decided for this session. Due to COVID and the state of the apiary we can only open this to 6 members. The session would be best suited to beekeepers who are at an intermediate level and have more than one colony.

Wednesday 19th May @8pm ‘Well ’tis the season and all that’

Swarm season…it will be upon us before you know it, maybe before this meeting! So, we’d like to invite you to join an informal discussion forum to chat and ask questions about swarming and swarm control.

If you already have any questions to ask, please email the club beforehand and we can forward them (anonymously if you wish) to some of our more experienced members for the Hive mind to work its collective magic. As a result, we can make sure that any burning questions are answered as part of the general discussion

Wednesday 16th June @8pm ‘Asian Hornet – The Beekeepers’ Guide’

Andrew Durham is a Cambridgeshire beekeeper who has spent the last 6 years researching the Asian hornet. His research has three main objectives; to understand the effect of the hornet’s predation on honeybees, to quantify the threat, and to formulate a defence strategy that builds on the lessons learnt by French beekeepers since the arrival of the hornet in France in 2004.

Andrew became aware of the threat from the Asian hornet during his extensive travels in France and in 2015, realising that the hornet was on the verge of invading the UK, he focused his attention on France, determined that both he and UK beekeepers should benefit from the lesson learnt by the French.

He has reported his findings into a series of articles in the BBKA News, with the aim of ensuring that British beekeepers are fully informed on the threat from the Asian hornet and the defences available to the beekeeper. His latest update is in the March 2021 issue of the BBKA News.

Wednesday 25th August @8pm ‘In it to win it…’

Our association honey show is just around the corner. With the help of Chris Carey from Preston BKA, a very experienced honey show exhibitor, we hope to pass on some hints and tips about preparing for honey show. There are lots of different classes to enter so we hope this meeting will encourage you to give it a go.

Wednesday 8th September @8pm ‘The Dave and Janet Show’

Dave Heaton and Janet Murray will be giving a few short presentations on different subjects in beekeeping. Followed by a Q&A session.

Sunday 26th September ‘Association Honey Show’

Venue: Vanguard Community Centre, Bevington Close, Burnley, BB11 4SD
Time: 1pm – 5pm

Full details can be found on the Honey show page of the website

If you don’t have bees this year, or your honey crop hasn’t been brilliant, there are still classes to enter. Can you bake the loveliest honey fruit cake? Have you taken an interesting photo of something connected to beekeeping? Have you spent time this year on candle making or wax crafts?

We would love to see our members at our Honey Show.

Wednesday 17th November @8pm ‘Association AGM’

This years AGM will be via Zoom. This is your chance as members to say what you would like from the club so it would be great to see you at the meeting.

 

********************************************************************************Meetings for 2021 are being planned and will be published as soon as possible.