Westerham Beekeepers' Association

Meetings and Events

Last Spring Meeting

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 – Westerham Hall, at 8pm

Professor Norman Carreck, Science Director of the International Bee Research Association at the University of Sussex, will speak about ‘Latest Developments in Scientific Studies of Bees and Pollinators’

The talk will be followed by our usual refreshments (50p), with thanks on this occasion to Pam Francis and David Hathaway. Please bring your 50p.

Directions for Westerham Hall:

From the A 25 in the centre of Westerham (by the Green), take the London Road towards Biggin Hill; turn first right into Quebec Avenue; the car park and Westerham Hall is on the right hand side.

 

30 July-4 Aug - Gormanston, Ireland (week of bee seminars, workshops & Guinness)

Meetings in Autumn 2017

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 – Westerham Hall, at 8pm

Two months before our Annual Honey Competition, Maggi Pratt, of The Bee People, will tell us about ‘Preparing Honey for Showing’…

26-28 Oct - National Honey Show, Sandown Park

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 – Westerham Hall, at 8pm

Westerham Branch Annual Meeting and Honey Competition – followed by a Social.

 All our meetings are open to anyone interested in the topic and you will be most welcome to attend. It would be helpful if you will kindly to let us know that you plan to attend. You can let us know by telephone or E-mail any of the people on the Contacts page. When you do arrive please make sure that you introduce yourself to the Chairperson.

 

Summer Apiary Meetings 

Saturday, 20 May, at 2.30pm, followed by tea and discussion

Jane Rosam has kindly offered to host a meeting at her farm, Hever Brocas, Hever Road, Hever. Demonstrator to be announced.

 

Saturday, 17 June 2017 , at 2.30pm, followed by tea and discussion

At Jane Skinner’s apiary, Oakfield Farm, Main Road, Crockham Hill.
 

Saturday, 22 July 2017 , at 2.30pm, followed by tea and discussion

At Carol Taylor’s apiary, Piper’s Farmhouse, Piper’s Lane, Brasted Chart.

 

Training Apiary

The Association runs a Training Apiary for new beekeepers at weekends during the summer months.

Saturday 13 May 10.30-14.30 - Taster session, Crockham Hill Training Apiary

These sessions at the Training Apiary at Crockham Hill are on Sundays from 10am to 12pm. They will run fortnightly, weather permitting by Tracy Johnson and Steve Riley.

Taster sessions will again be run next season to attract new members and allow budding beekeepers first-hand experience of handling bees. Spare suits or jackets will be required, so please be in touch if you can help out.

A mentoring system will also be established to guide first-year beekeepers. So, seasoned beekeepers, please volunteer!

Tracy and Steve will be sending out an email nearer the time with further details. Meanwhile, new or beginning beekeepers who wish to register an interest in signing up for the Training Apiary are encouraged to contact our dedicated email address:wbkatrainingapiary@gmail.com (or alternatively phone Tracy Johnson on 07879 234253).

Directions to the Training  Apiary: About one mile north of Crockham Hill Village (just before the road goes down the hill when heading towards Edenbridge on the B2026 ) fork left/east into a private road onto Crockham Hill Common (there is a white sign saying No Motors except for The Red House, Larksfield and the Warren). Keep left at the first fork and again having passed the seat on your left continue up the left fork into the woods to reach the ‘The Warren’ TN8 6SX at the end!  OS Ref: 447515. Park in the clearing on the right before you reach the house.


Our thanks are due to Tracy, Steve and James for providing this training service in the ‘out apiary’.


And remember, we are always at the end of the phone if any one gets into trouble and needs help!

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