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Mendip & District Division



President: Alan Weaver, Netherleigh, Ham Lane , Paulton, Bristol 01761 417604


Chair: Mr Geoff Rowen, 22, Stanley Court, Midsomer Norton, Radstock BA3 2DU


Treasurer: Mike Jay, Web Style Farm, Coley Hill, Hinton Blewitt, BS39 5ED


Secretary: Mark Hitchens, Thistledown, Wells Road, Hallatrow, Bristol, BS39 6EN 01761 45346


Mendip Beekeepers Programme 2017


Saturday 14th January 2.00 pm

Asian Hornet Trap making afternoon at Chilcompton Church Hall, BA3 4HP.  Phone 01761 453496 for details.


Saturday 18th February 9.00 am to 5 pm

Somerset Beekeeping Association lecture day at Edgar Hall, 8 Cary Court, Somerton Business Park, TA11 6SB.


Saturday 11th March 12 noon to 5pm

SBKA Annual General Meeting at Cameley Lodge, Cameley Rd, Temple Cloud, Bristol BS39 5AH.


Friday 24thth March 7.30 pm

"What is the Judge Looking For?" Suzette Perkins will talk on the subject of showing honey and hive products at Chilcompton Church Hall, BA3 4HP.


Saturday 22nd April 2.30 pm

David Maslen, will demonstrate Spring Management at Ross Thompson’s Laurel Farm Apiary, Carlingcott. For directions, see www.laurelfarm.org.uk


Friday 12th May 7.30pm

Quiz evening, including one round of beekeeping questions at Chilcompton Church Hall, BA3 4HP.  Fish supper to follow. For details phone Alan on 01761 417604


Saturday 20th May 2.30 pm

A visit to Bath Beekeepers Teaching Apiary has been arranged (BA2 9JA, detailed directions on www.bathbeekeepers.com ). Friends and relatives are invited and bee suits and gloves will be provided (but bring boots). Lynn Sykes, President of Bath Beekeeping will demonstrate swarm control.


Saturday 17th June 2.00 pm

David Maslen will carry out seasonal management at Alan Weaver’s Goosard Apiary. Meet at the public car-park opposite the Red Lion Pub, Paulton.


Saturday 22nd July 2.30 pm

David Charles, Past Chairman and President of BBKA and SBKA, will assess apiary progress at Liz Currell’s Old Stables Apiary, East Harptree.


Saturday 12th August 2.30 pm

Dr Ivor Davies, NDB, Past Chairman of BBKA will discuss the control of  varroa  and other pests and diseases at Rob Cooke’s apiary, 1 Wellington Farm, Priddy. A Barbeque will follow the demonstration. For more details ring 01749 870004


Saturday 16th September 2.30pm

John Smythe will assess apiary progress and demonstrate preparing hives for the winter and spring 2018 at Geoff Rowen’s new Cameley Road apiary. For directions ring 07922 153067


Saturday  21st October 2.30 pm

Mendip Beekeepers Association Annual General Meeting. Julian Willford will lecture on ‘Beekeeping Abroad’. At Chilcompton Church Hall, BA3 4HP.


Mendip Beekeepers Association will run displays at the Midsomer Norton Fayre Day on 8th July and the Writhlington Flower Show on 19th August. Volunteers welcome.


Please Note

At most outdoor meetings food and drink will be available.

In the event of rain please ring Mark Hitchens  (01761 453496) for information of alternative arrangements



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