Club Meetings and Apiary Sessions
These are suitable for prospective and existing members who are encouraged to come to club meetings, mainly at Bishop’s Cannings village hall, when we have speakers and opportunities to informally share good practice.
**See the KBKA Programme or Calendar for details
At the club apiary visitors get a chance to meet the club’s bees and experience the joy of observing and handling honey bees on several Saturday mornings through the summer, whilst existing members gain additional practice and help newcomers.
See the KBKA programme for details(weather permitting). Anyone wishing to visit the apiary outside of these dates can contact the apiary manager – see contacts page. (Access is strictly at the apiary managers discretion)
Courses and Events
Courses and events are aimed at people interested in learning about honey bees and bee-keeping.
Download details of the Mentor policy.
Courses for 2018
– Starter Level
The 14 hour course is divided into:-
|Theory||10 Hours at Bishops Cannings Village Hall
2.5 miles from Devizes,
|These sessions will mostly be on alternate
weeks, on Wednesdays,
between 7.30pm – 9:30pm.Meetings:
1. February 21st.
2. March 7th.
3. March 21st.
4. April 11th.
5. April 25th.
|Practical||4 Hours at the Club ‘s Apiary,
close to Bishops Cannings
|These sessions will be held mostly
Saturdays for 2 hours between
11:00am and 3:00pm.
Exact times and dates are weather dependent.Meetings:
6. Sat. May 5th. (Alternative May 12th.)
7. Sat. May 12th. (if not needed for Meeting 6. Alternative May 19th.)
The 12 hour course will be over one week-end; both days consisting of mornings in the classroom and afternoons in the apiary:-
|Sat June 16th||Wiltshire Bee Centre, Old Yatesbury Airfield, near Calne SN11 8FA||
|Sun June 17th||Wiltshire Bee Centre, Old Yatesbury Airfield, near Calne SN11 8FA||
For further details regarding ‘Introduction to Beekeeping’, please contact – Dick Church, email@example.com
– Beekeepers who have managed at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 12 months.
The Study Group will be led by Richard Oliver, the Chairman and County Education Officer or Fee Cooke (nee Robinson).
It aims to help students prepare for this oral and practical assessment – the driving test for beekeepers.
Richard and Fee will also offer Practical opportunities and Alan Stonell will carry out a full Mock Assessment.
|Theory||Wednesday 7:30 – 9:30pm :
1. March 14th
2. March 28th
3. April 4th
4. April 18th
5. May 2nd
|Practical||1. Saturday – May 5th PM
2. Sunday – May 13th PM
|Sunday May 27th PM
(alternative Sunday June 3rd PM)
For further details regarding ‘basic-assessment-study-group’, please contact – Dick Church
His email address is: – firstname.lastname@example.org
These courses are restricted to maximum of 8 participants, so please ensure you are available before signing up!
In addition to the Club’s seasonal meetings at the Apiary and sessions run by the Apiary Team there will be THREE sessions this Summer, similar to recent years, designed to help members improve normal apiary procedures.
Last year the courses included material suitable for our more experienced beekeepers as well as basic manipulations for newer beekeepers. This balance seemed to hit the right spot and we hope to repeat it in 2018
Detailed programmes will be issued for each course later.
The cost is £3.00 per course to cover the hire of the Hall & any handouts.
|Sun. May 13th
9.00am – 12.00pm
|How to handle Swarming successfully.||Richard Oliver & David Brown
Supported by members of the
|Sat. July 21st
9.30am – 12.30pm
|How to Extract Honey – from hive to jar.||Sophie Chalmers & Dick Church|
|Sat. Aug 18th
9.30am – 12.30pm
|Winter Preparations||David Brown & Rachael Banyard|
For further details regarding ‘Apiary Skills courses’, please contact – Dick Church, email@example.com
Previous Courses in 2017
– Beekeepers who have managed at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 2 years and have Basic Certificate.
The initial study group for this Module was led by Sally Wadsworth and Alan Stonell, the fourth Module in the recent past, where they have successfully led students and took place in Autumn 2016. They focused on the next examination in March 2017 but their main aim was to expand student understanding.
Content : Module 6 revision study group helps to answer some of these questions and many more.
– How can a colony of 50,000 bees live in harmony – most of the time – in an area roughly 18”X18”X27” (1 brood & 3 super boxes)?
– Who makes the decisions in the colony? How?
– How do bees communicate? Once inside the hive there is little that they can see.
– How do they know where to get to the best forage?
– What alerts them to vary the type of forage – it may change daily.
– How is nectar, with possibly 70% water content changed to honey with under 20% and with added enzymes?
– What leads to swarming?
– How is a new “des res” chosen?
Revision Study Groups
Whilst some prefer to revise individually, others find working in a small group helpful.
These are only intended for members who have already studied Module 6 in some detail.
There are two groups, one based in Seend, the other in Chippenham, 7.30 – 9.30pm
The dates for the groups are:-
|Seend OR Chippenham Group||Monday 7:30 – 9:30pm :
1. January 9th
2. January 16th
3. January 23th
4. February 6th
5. February 13th
6. February 20th
|Combined Group (in Devizes)||Tuesday 7:30 – 9:30pm :
1. January 31st
2. February 28th
If you are interested please contact – Dick Church, firstname.lastname@example.org