Club Education & Training



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.
Due to Covid restrictions club meetings may take place via Zoom.
**See 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 manager’s discretion)

Courses and Events

Courses and events are aimed at people interested in learning about honey bees and beekeeping.

Mentoring

Download details of the Mentor policy.

Courses for 2021: following Covid 19 Restrictions & Regulations

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 19th 2021 Wiltshire Bee Centre, Old Yatesbury Airfield, near Calne SN11 8FA
  • 2 hours Theory
  • Break
  • 2 hours Theory
  • Lunch
  • 2 hours Practical
Sun June 20th 2021 Wiltshire Bee Centre, Old Yatesbury Airfield, near Calne SN11 8FA
  • 2 hours Theory
  • Break
  • 2 hours Theory
  • Lunch
  • 2 hours Practical

**Certain weather conditions prevent the beehives from being opened, in which case the afternoon apiary sessions will be rescheduled.

For further details regarding ‘Introduction to Beekeeping – Course 2’,  please contact Emma Morley, Education Co-ordinator, for the full details and an application form.
Click this link
or see Contacts page for contact details.
Completion of the Form with payment will confirm your place on the Course. 

The 15 hour course is divided into:-

Theory 10 Hours via Zoom online meeting These sessions will be each week (excluding weeks with bank holidays) on Thursdays,
between 7.30pm – 8:30pm.
Meeting dates:
1. February 25th.
2. March 4th.
3.
March 11th
4. March 18th.
5. March 25th.
6. April 1st.
7. April 15th.
8. April 22nd.
9. April 29th.
10. May 6th.
Practical 6 Hours at the Club ‘s Apiary,
close to Bishops Cannings
These sessions will be held mostly
Saturdays for 2 hours, either 12.00-2.00pm or 2.00-4.00pm.
Exact times and dates are weather dependent.
Meetings:
1. Sat. April 24th. (Alternative May 8th.)
2. Sat. May 8th. (Alternative May 15th.)
3. Sat. May 15th. (Alternative May 22nd.)

This course is now full!

For further details regarding ‘Introduction to Beekeeping – Course 1’,  please contact Emma Morley, Education Co-ordinator, for the full details and an application form.
Click this link
or see Contacts page for contact details.
Completion of the Form with payment will confirm your place on the Course. 

Please ensure you are available for all dates above before paying to reserve your place.

– Beekeepers who have managed at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 12 months.

The study group aims to help students prepare for this oral and practical assessment.

It will consist of 5 theory Zoom sessions and 2 practical sessions, followed by a complete practice of the exam, on all parts of the syllabus.

The theory will be led by Fee Cooke – Kennet Honorary member and Bee Farmer.
Fee and Richard Oliver – County Education Officer – will also offer Practical opportunities and a full mock assessment.

Dates:

Theory Thursday 7:30 – 9:30pm :
1. March 10th 2021 
2. March 24th 2021
3. April 7th 2021
4. April 21st 2021
5. May 5th 2021
Practical 1. Sunday – May 9th 2021 PM – Fee
2. Sunday – May 16th 2021  PM – Richard

The cost will be £20 for the Assessment fee to BBKA plus occasional minimal extras for handouts.

For further details regarding ‘Basic Beekeeping Certificate’,  please contact Emma Morley, Education Co-ordinator, for the full details and an application form.
Click this link
or see Contacts page for contact details.
Completion of the Form with payment will confirm your place on the Course. 

Please ensure you are available for all dates above before paying to reserve your place.

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