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Taunton 2017 Programme

    

January 14 Saturday  7 pm  New Year Meal  All welcome!  Pre-booking essential.  Await future email  

White Horse Inn, Bradford-on-Tone, Taunton, TA4 1HF


January 26 Thursday  7.30pm  Preparation for the New Season  Tutor: Ian Homer. The Apiary


January 28 Saturday  10am – 4pm  Introduction to Skep Making – part 1  Tutor: Mick Male

Cost: £27 per person.   Maximum numbers: 12.  Pre-booking essential await future email.  The Apiary


February 16 Thursday  7.30pm Managing your bees for oilseed rape  Tutor: Lynne Ingram. The Apiary


February 18 Saturday  9am - 5pm SBKA Lecture Day.  Full programme of talks.  Edgar Hall, Somerton, TA11 6SB


February 25 Saturday  10am–4pm  Skep Making – part 2   Tutor: Mick Male.  The Apiary


March 11 SBKA AGM   Hosts: Mendip Division

 

March 16 Thursday  7.30pm Preparing for swarming    Speaker: Adam Robbins.  The Apiary


March 26 Sunday  Items received from 10am; auction starts at 2pm  Our Annual Spring Equipment Auction

Refreshments, Raffle and Free car parking Ruishton Village Hall, near Taunton, TA3 5JD

 

April 7-9 The BBKA Spring Convention Harper Adams University


April 20 Thursday  7.30pm   Microscopy Nosema check    Tutor: Rosemary Burgess. The Apiary


April 29 Saturday  2.30 pm Tutorial about the BBKA Basic Assessment   Suitable for all applicants (must have managed at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 12 months)  Tutor: Suzy Perkins The Apiary


May 6 Saturday  2.30 pm Swarm control and splitting colonies  Tutor: Tony Richards.  The Apiary

 

May 31-3 June  Wednesday - Saturday  SBKA at the Royal Bath & West Show  Volunteer stewards welcome.

Await future email.  The Royal Bath & West Showground near Shepton Mallet


June 17 Saturday  9am - 4.30pm Somerset Bee Health Day  Cost £5, pre-booking essential. Details nearer the time

Tutors: South West Regional Bee Inspectors.  The Apiary + West Buckland Village Hall


July 15 Saturday  2.30pm President’s Day  This is a very special day in our annual calendar held in honour of this year’s President.  Enjoy a relaxed afternoon and a scrumptious tea!  Speaker: Graham Royle - “Heath Robinson as a Bee Keeper”.  The Apiary

 

July 29 Saturday 1pm Taunton Flower Show - getting ready!  Help needed!  The Apiary


August 4 & 5 Friday & Saturday all day Taunton Flower Show.  Our “Bees and Honey” marquee is one of the most popular at Taunton Flower Show. We stage the Somerset Honey Show in addition to our own Honey Show. Help is required!  Vivary Park, Taunton


August 9 Wednesday  6pm Clearing & feeding  Everyone welcome and help required!  The Apiary


August 11 Friday  6pm Removing supers  Everyone welcome!  The Apiary


August 12 Saturday  2.30pm First varroa treatment  Everyone welcome! The Apiary


August 26 Saturday  2.30pm Second varroa treatment  Everyone welcome!  The Apiary


August 30 Wednesday  7.30pm Extraction Day – brief theory session  Tutor: David Pearce  The Apiary

 

September 2  Saturday from 10am Extraction Day  Hosted by David Pearce in his well-equipped extracting room at his home  T 01984 623851.  Haddeo, Bathealton, TA4 2AG


September 16 Saturday 2.30pm  Hive insulation and ventilation  Tutor: Derek Mitchell.  The Apiary


September 16 Saturday  6pm  First feed  Everyone welcome! The Apiary

 

September 23 Saturday  6pm  Second feed  Everyone welcome!  The Apiary


September 30 Saturday  2pm  Clean up the equipment & put it away  Everyone welcome and help required! The Apiary


October 4 Wednesday  7.30pm  Autumn Improvers sessions  These sessions are suitable for all members, however experienced! The topics will be published nearer this time. Come for one session or come for them all!  The Apiary

 

October 11 Wednesday  7.30pm  Autumn Improvers sessions  The Apiary

 

October 18 Wednesday  7.30pm Autumn Improvers sessions The Apiary


October 21 Saturday  2.30pm  Bees in Mythology  Tutor: Chris Park. The Apiary


October 25 Wednesday  7.30pm Autumn Improvers sessions  The Apiary


November 1 Wednesday 7.30pm Autumn Improvers sessions  The Apiary


November 8 Wednesday  7.30pm Autumn Improvers sessions The Apiary


November 18 Saturday  2.30pm Our AGM! “The life of a bee farmer” Speaker: Ged Marshall. The Apiary


January 2018 Saturday  2.30pm Late Varroa Treatment  Date to be confirmed nearer the time The Apiary


The Programme is subject to change.