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The Somerset Beekeepers Association is organised into 12 divisions, each of which runs its own programme of events.

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The Royal Bath and West Show

31st May – 3rd June 2017

With the arrival of shorter days and colder nights, the time is right to start planning for the 2017 Show, the dates of which are as above.  Without your help and enthusiasm it would be impossible to maintain the high standards set in the Bee & Honey Marquee so please put these dates in your diary now.  

Setting up will take place on Sunday 28th May to Tuesday 30th May and stewards are required in the marquee on the following four days, Wednesday 31st May to Saturday 3rd June.  The rota for stewards is either all day, 9.00am to 6.00pm, or a half-day, 9.00am to 1.30pm or 1.00pm to 6.00pm.  

If you can help with setting up and/or stewarding, please contact me as soon as possible on 01373 464736 or email me at  The rotas should be completed before the end of March for submission to the Show Committee in April, so an early reply will be very much appreciated.  

Ken Tredgett

(Setting up on Sunday 28th May starts at 9.00am)

SBKA Special Lecture

Wednesday 26th April 2017. An evening meeting. Edgar Hall, Somerton.

Speaker: Giles Budge.

The foulbrood gang: Tracking and tracing honey bee killers

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Somerset bee health day

Saturday 17th June 2017

With Simon Jones et al

Limited number of spaces, so book your place now!

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Devon Apicultural Research Group (DARG)

An open invitation - On Sunday 2 April 2017

Vita have given an award to DARG ( led by Glyn Davies) towards the research of drone laying Queens.

A number of Queens (both drone layers and healthy) have been donated and their spermathecas removed. The spermatheca are then sectioned and mounted on microscope slides to observe abnormalities.

The Quantock Beekeepers Association with DARG will be hosting an afternoon where the various spermatheca will be assessed, using the microscopes and (extensive) equipment at the Durleigh apiary. (TA52NU on the Spaxton Road, Bridgwater).

Somerset and Devon Beekeepers are invited to observe this unusual form of investigation and (as usual) it will be free.

For beekeepers who are not yet aware of the ‘spermatheca’, it is a small vessel in the abdomen of the queen where up to 8 million sperm are stored.

Bring your own sandwiches for 12 o’clock for an informal start, down to business at 1.00pm

If you would like to join us contact either :-

Richard Ball (DARG secretary) 01395 567356

Ken Edwards (Quantock secretary) 01278 671544

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