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2017 Programme - Quantock Division

The Brymore School Bee club has a separate (negotiated) programme – usually fortnightly during school terms.


The rent-a-hive group programme is negotiated to suit the course members and the season.


The 5 Microscopy Sunday sessions will cover the whole BBKA syllabus, and is intended for those who will take the Microscopy exam in November 2017.

It is open to members in the region and numbers may be limited. Apply to the secretary. Sets of high quality microscopes are available, or you can use your own.


Drop in sessions are on the second Wednesday evening from March to October at the Apiary.


Jan           Tue 24  Beginners  6   7.30 pm (Brymore)

                 Sun 29   Microscopy start  9.30 am  (Apiary)

                 Tue  31  Beginners  7   7.30 pm (Brymore)

Feb          Tba  Social event

                 Tue 7  Beginners 8 - Swarm Control - Mike Sealey 7.30 pm (Brymore)

                 Sat 18  Lecture Day at Somerton

                 Tue 21  Beginners 9   7. 00 pm (Brymore)

                 Sun 26  Microscopy 2  9.30 am (Apiary)

                 Tue 28  Beginners 10  7.30 pm (Brymore)

March      Tue 7  Asian Hornet Briefing 10.00 am (Apiary)

                 Wed 8  Drop in (Apiary 7.00 pm)

                 Tba  Asian Hornet update and traps

                 Sat 11  Practical 1 - Hive building  2.00 pm (Apiary)

April         Sat 1  Skep making  - Fred Jones 2.00 pm (Apiary)  

                 Wed 12   Drop in  7.00 pm (Apiary)

                 Sun 23  Microscopy 3  9.30 am (Apiary)

                 Tues 25  Nether Stowey Gardening Club visit to Apiary  

                 Sat 29     Practical 2 – Nuc’ making plus visit by South East Division 2.00 pm (Apiary)  Rent a hive start

May          Sat 6  Practical 3  Queen raising  2.00 pm (Apiary)

                 Wed 10   Drop in  7.00 pm (Apiary)

                 Sun 14  DARG – pollen loads – 12.00 am (Apiary)

                 Sat 27   Open Day  2.00 pm (Apiary)

Wed 31 – 3 June  Bath and West

June        Sat 3  Practical 4   Swarm Control 2.00 pm (Apiary)

                 Wed 14   Drop in  7.00 pm (Apiary)

                 Sat 17  Apiary meeting – 2 Apiaries at Goathust.

                 Sat 24   Brymore Open Day

                 Sun  25   Microscopy 4  9.30 (Apiary)   

July         Wed 12  Drop in 7.00 pm (Apiary)

                 Sat15  Practical 5   Assessing colonies  2.00 (Apiary)

                 Sat 29  Searching for Drone Congregations 2.00 pm (Apiary)

Aug          Wed 9   Drop in 7.00 pm (Apiary)

                 Sat 19  Practical 6   Summer varroa control  2.00 pm (Apiary)

                 Fri 25/ 26 Bridgwater Flower Show, Town Hall, Bridgwater

Sept         Sat 2   BBQ at Bush Cottage 6.00 pm

                 Wed 13  Drop in 7.00 pm (Apiary)

                 Sat 16  Practical 7   Feeding 2.00 pm (Apiary)

Oct           Wed 11   Drop in 7.00 pm (Apiary)

                 Sat 14  Honey and Cider Harvest with Barry and Trish Hulatt  2.00 pm at Berhill

                 Sun 22   Microscopy  5   9.30 (Apiary)  

                 Sat 21  Practical 8 - Winter closedown 2.00 pm (Apiary)

Nov          Sat 11   Handling scrap wax and Foundation making  2.00 pm (Apiary)

                 Fri 24  AGM – Guest speaker  Spaxton Village Hall  7.30 pm

Dec         Sat 16  Winter varroa treatment  2.00 pm (Apiary)


The Rent-a-hive programme and the Brymore School programmes will be negotiated with the course members and pupils.



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