Kent Beekeepers Association Orpington Branch

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Bromley Beekeepers and Orpington Beekeepers Honey Show 2014

The Bromley and Orpington Beekeepers are holding their annual honey show on Saturday 20th September at Emmanuel Church, The Grove, West Wickham, BR4 9JS. The show opens to the public at 10am and admission is free. As well as candle making, a raffle, home made refreshments and honey tasting this year the beekeepers are staging two free talks for would-be beekeepers and bumblebee lovers. The talks last for an hour and take place at 11.00am and 2.30pm, all are welcome.

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Members honey for sale all locally produced.

Bromley and Orpington Beekeepers are holding their annual honey show on Saturday 20th September 2014 at Emmanuel Church, The Grove, West Wickham, BR4 9JS.

The show opens to the public at 10am and admission is free. As well as candle making, a raffle, home made refreshments and honey tasting this year the beekeepers are staging two free talks for would-be beekeepers and bumblebee lovers. The talks last for an hour and take place at 11.00am and 2.30pm, all are welcome.

If you would like to take part in the competitive classes download our 2014 Schedule and Entry Form from the the Bromley Beekeepers Honey Show TAB.

Two FREE talks in the Hewitt Room:

Bromley and Orpington Honey Show 2009
Viewing a honeybee colony safely behind glass.

11:00am Talk: Beekeeping for beginners - Kit Erhardt (1 hour)
Brief summary
1. Attractions of beekeeping: honey, other products, Insect biology, history of beekeeping.
2.Time commitment.
3. Bees don't interfere with holidays usually.
4. Equipment needed.
5. Costs.
6. Some interesting things about honeybee biology.
7. How to learn: branch meetings, national honey show, exams, books.
8. What local associations do.
Biography
Kit is the current Chairman of Orpington Beekeeper's.

2:30pm Talk: Bumblebees - The short-haired bumble reintroduction project - Rob Jones (1 hour)
Biography
Rob Jones has been a volunteer on The short-haired bumblebee project for 5 years he co-ordinates wild flower maintenance, management and sowing. He regularly joins the Swedish queen collection, completes bumblebee surveys and helps out on stalls. He has previously worked for the RSPB for 6 years and has volunteered for over 20 years.

Final Thoughts

Bromley beekeeper Steve Turner said “The Bromley and Orpington Honey Show goes from strength to strength. Last year the talks on beekeeping were a huge success; I’m delighted to say that interest in beekeeping remains high. In addition to the talks it’s a fun event for all the family with home made refreshments that are enjoyed by all the visitors.

People are worried about the fate of bees and often want to know what they can do to help, and maybe how to keep bees themselves. It’s a marvellous hobby and we hope these talks will show people that keeping bees in London is perfectly possible as long as you get some advice from established beekeepers. Bromley Beekeepers has a beginners group which includes classroom sessions and the chance to handle bees at the club apiary in Sydenham”.

Websites

Bromley Beekeepers Branch: www.kentbee.com/bromley
Orpington Beekeepers Branch: www.kentbee.com/orpington

Photograph copyright free by Steve Turner