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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.