Events


Page last updated 26 February 2017

MARCH 4 – BEETRADEX
Even bigger in 2017. Hall H3, Stoneleigh Park CV8 2LG. 9am-4.30pm. Restaurant, free parking, free lectures. £4 if booked online, £5 on the day. Family tickets available, children under 10 go free. www.beetradex.co.uk

MARCH 10-11 – BEE GLOBAL
Ulster Beekeepers Association Annual Conference, Greenmount College, Antrim. Local beekeeping in a global context…. what practical lessons can we learn? Guest speakers: Prof. Steve Martin; Adam Leitch NDB; Pam Hunter; Ethel Irvine; Jim Loughrey; Ben Harden NDB; Ged Marshall; Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda. E-mail: ubkaconference@gmail.com

MARCH 11 – CAMBRIDGESHIRE BKA ONE DAY SEMINAR
Threats to bees and other pollinators. Nigel Semmence: Exotic pest update – Small Hive Beetle and Asian Hornet; Paulo Mielgo: The development of nutritional products for bees; Falko Drijfhout: Neonicotinoids: Are they a threat to honeybee survival?; David Knott: Bees and Agriculture in the Future. £22. E-mail: david.abson01@gmail.com Tel: 01223 834620. To book go to the website: cbka.org.uk/talks-open-to-all
MARCH 11 – READING BKA BEE-DAY
10:30 till 16:30 at Caversham Heights Methodists Church, Highmoor Road RG4 7BG. Displays, talks and demonstrations. Learn about Beekeeping. Taste honey. Children welcome. Refreshments available. Free entry. www.rbka.org
MARCH 18 – PORTSMOUTH & DISTRICT BKA CONVENTION
Trafalgar School, London Road, Portsmouth PO2 9RJ. Main Speakers: Maddy Harland Growing a Bee Friendly Garden with Permaculture; Roger Patterson Beekeeping – Can we make it pay? Workshops. £15 (£10 in advance) including lunch. E-mail: rlperry@talktalk.net Tel: 02392 468609

MARCH 24-26 – CORK INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR SERIES
At Cork International Airport Hotel. Speakers: Dr Maria Spivak; Dan Basterfield NDB. For full details visit: http://cocorkbka.org/events/international-seminar-series-2017

MARCH 25 – REIGATE BEEKEEPERS’ AUCTION OF BEES & BEEKEEPING EQUIPMENT
at Mickleham, Surrey RH5 6EE. For T&C’s, Registration and full information, visit www.reigatebeekeepers.org.uk

MARCH 25 – WBKA CONVENTION
Old Food Hall, Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground, Builth Wells LD2 3SY. Opens 8.30am, tea and coffee available from 8am. www.wbka.com

MARCH 25 – LINCOLN DISTRICT BKA ANNUAL AUCTION
Sale of Bees & Equipment. The Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln LN2 2NA.
The sale, now in its 34th year, has become one of the major sales in the region for beekeeping items. Bees and equipment accepted for sale from 1.30pm till 5.30pm on Friday 24th March and 8.30am till 10am on the day of the sale. Viewing from 9am Saturday. 12 ½% Sellers commission – 7% Buyers premium BUYERS CAN NOW PAY WITH DEBIT/CREDIT CARD
To sell or buy you need to register at the desk before the sale begins and obtain a customer number.
The Sale will start promptly at 10.30am. Auction of live bees will start at 1pm.

Further details from Ben Irving 07772954274 or email: beeauction.ri@gmail.com

APRIL 1 – AVON BKA SPRING DAY SCHOOL
at the Village Hall, Shipham, Somerset BS25 1SG. Lecturers include Jamie Ellis, Professor of Entomology, Florida University. Cost £10 (payable on the door) includes lunch and refreshments. Booking is essential – Contact Anne: annerowberry@gmail.com Tel: 07802 425929

APRIL 1 – NOTTS BEEKEEPERS
auction of bees and beekeeping equipment on Saturday 1st April at Newark Showground, Winthorpe, Notts NG24 2NY. Commencing 2.00 pm. Sale goods received 8.00 am onwards on day of sale. Further information: Andrew Barber 01636 671844 mobile: 07867 797812.

APRIL 1 – NORTHERN BEEKEEPERS CONVENTION

“Beekeeping Past, Present & Future”
The Northern Beekeepers Convention is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a stellar lineup of speakers plus 3 new awards for local beekeepers.

The Convention is held in Newcastle and attracts people from as far south as the Lincolnshire and the Midlands as well as Scotland because of its consistently high calibre of speakers. This year, the organisers have gathered a remarkable range of experts who can look to the future as well as reflecting on the past.
Our speakers are: Prof Jurgen Tautz a world leader in bee science, Philip McCabe President of Apimondia, Prof Robert Paxton expert in deformed wing virus, Dan Basterfield famed for “reading bees,” and John Hobrough combines a lifetime’s experience with the latest empirical data.

The 60th anniversary celebrations include 3 new awards for the unsung heroes of beekeeping associations. Members of local associations are invited to send nominations for the awards. The prizes are vouchers worth £100 each from Thorne and Abelo beekeeping suppliers. Information and nomination forms can be found on www.nebees.org. The awards are:

• Diamond Beekeeper – for someone who has contributed most to beekeeping for several years.
• Beekeeping Star of the Future – for someone with great potential for the years ahead (aged 18 or under).
• Beekeeping Star of the Future – for someone with great potential for the years ahead (aged 19 or over).

Saturday April 1st 2017
The Beacon, Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne NE49PN
8.45am – 5.30pm

Tickets £28, or £44 including 2-course lunch.
Plus stalls – equipment, books, cosmetics, food.

Contact: Les Cain, ConventionTreasurer, 07760.440800
lescain@aol.com
or book online at www.nebees.org

APRIL 7-9 – BBKA SPRING CONVENTION
Harper Adams University TF10 8NB. Lectures, courses, workshops, trade show, accommodation, dinners. Enquiries to: tim-lovett@bbka.org.uk

APRIL 16 – PDBKA ANNUAL AUCTION OF BEEKEEPING EQUIPMENT
The Training Centre, Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre. (At A1/A47 junction). Entries from 10.00 am. Auction 2.00 pm. Contact F.Daynes on 01733 241767.

APRIL 22 – WEST SUSSEX BEEKEEPERS’ ASSOCIATION
Annual Bee Market and Auction. Auction of bees and equipment at Brinsbury Campus, Pulborough. Full details and entry form can be found at www.westsussexbeekeepers.org.uk/auction.html or from Graham Elliott at secretary@westsussexbeekeepers.org.uk. Phone 01403 752493 or Mobile 07761 349281

APRIL 30 – BEVERLEY BEEKEEPERS ANNUAL AUCTION
of bees and beekeeping equipment. Woodmansey Village Hall, Long Lane, Beverley, HU17 0RN. Reception of entries Saturday 18.00-21.00, Sunday 08.00-10.30. Viewing and administration 10.30-12.00. Auction commences 12.00. Details: www.beverleybeekeepers.co.uk. E-mail: auction@beverleybeekeepers.co.uk. Tel: 07875 393588

MAY 6 – MEON VALLEY BKA 38TH ANNUAL AUCTION OF BEEKEEPING EQUIPMENT AND BEES.
Commencing at 1pm at the Greatham Village Hall, Hampshire. GU33 6AD. Items for inclusion in the sale are now welcome: the first 300 lots will be accepted. Entries should be received by 23rd April; late entries only accepted at the organisers discretion. Further information: Margaret Pallant, Quest Lodge, Portsmouth Road, Fishers Pond. Hants SO50 7HF Tel 07784 773345 email margaretpallant@btinternet.com

MAY 13 – HALIFAX & DISTRICT BKA AUCTION
Sale of beekeeping equipment at Brickhill Farm (off Scholes Lane), Scholes, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire BD19 6LY. Bees may be for sale if made available. Viewing from 10.30am. Auction at 12 noon. Lots accepted from 9am on the day of the auction and from 5pm-7pm the previous evening by prior arrangement only. Sellers commission 10%. Buyers commission 5%. For further details please contact: Phil Gee 01422 886114 or 07769 650059, or Barbara Beardsworth: 01274 869644 or 07522 194657.

JULY 8 – HEALTHY BEE DAY
Myerscough College, Preston. 9:00-16:30. All sessions delivered by Bee Inspectors. £10. Send cheque, made out to Lancs and NW BKA, Preston Branch, to Paul Noblet, 12 Rose Cottages, Cartgate, Preesall, Poulton. FY6 0NR. Details: www.prestonbka.org.uk

OCTOBER 27 – COACH TRIP TO NATIONAL HONEY SHOW
Pick up Baldock Herts 9 am, Letchworth 9.15, Hitchin 9.30. Times traffic dependent. WC on board. Leave show 4pm. Cost per head £10. Pick up points near railway (London/Cambridge). Contact: louisejutsum@gmail.com.

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