UPCOMING EVENTS

Dates for your diaries - 2022/23

For the present Covid has become less of an issue but all planned events may be subject to change should a flare up occur.

Group Meets

 

Throughout the year we get together as a Group .. Each meeting focuses on a particular aspect of beekeeping usually with an experienced beekeeper providing a presentation to prompt discussion and an exchange of views.

The next Launceston Beekeeping Group Meeting is on Friday 22nd April, subject: The Asian Hornet.

 

On the following dates visits are planned to members Apiaries in Pipers Pool, Trelabe and Lawhitton:

21st May

19th June

9th July 

 
Observation Apiary Visits 2022. 

We are offering a series of Observation Apiary Visits for new or inexperienced beekeepers on each Saturday between 1100 and 1300 through April to July.

The visits are to an Apiary near Launceston run by our former chair, a highly experienced beekeeper.

 

They provide the opportunity to see hives develop through the busiest part of the year and seek guidance and advice.

 

Numbers are limited to 8 attendees. If numbers allow, the sessions are open to prospective members of the LBG and general members of public who want a "taste" of beekeeping.

Attendance is strictly by booking only and subject to the prevailing Covid rules. As a non member to book please contact us on launcestonbeekeepers@gmail.com e-mail address.

 

There is a nominal charge of £2 per visit. With all payments going to LBG funds.

Royal Cornwall Show 9th to 11th June 2022. 
Bee School

 

Through October and November 2022: Bee School...an Introduction to Beekeeping via a series of 7 x  2 hour sessions provided for novice beekeepers by experienced members of the Group.

Basic Assessment Training

 

We hope to run a series of course in early 2023 to prepare candidates who plan to obtain the Basic Certificate in Beekeeping later that year. More Detail will follow in due course.

Annual Luncheon

 

This is planned for a date late in January 2023.. date to be confirmed.

BBKA Spring Convention. 

With just over two weeks to the BBKA Spring Convention at Harper Adams University, TF10 8NB, a reminder that Advance ticket sales (£10 - £30) close in ONE week, on 29th March. Thereafter, Full Convention tickets (£15 - £35, card payments only) will be available ‘On-the-Day’. Free entry for under-18s. 

The Convention is again on-track to be the sociable event many of us have enjoyed before.  Three days immersion in ‘all things’ honeybees, with the opportunity to meet and mingle with old friends and make friends we don’t yet know.  All in Harper Adams’ spacious campus, with plenty of parking, in the Shropshire countryside.  Plus, there is Harper Adams’ legendary (and reasonably priced) catering to look forward to!

Though workshop bookings have been brisk, there is no need to pre-book the 25-plus lectures over the three days of the event.  With a three-day or single-day Wristband Ticket (not Trade Show only) there is no further charge for lectures.  These cannot be booked - just be at the lecture theatre in good time. The lecture programme starts at 10.00 each day.

Although several workshops are now fully pre-booked, some extra ones have been opened.  Any places remaining after 29th March can be booked at the Convention from Friday 8th.

Saturday 9th April 08.30 – 16.30 – Convention Trade Show - One Day Only.

THE major Trade Show of the year. Meet the traders; inspect the kit; handle the hive tool; try on that new bee-suit; trade-in beeswax; collect pre-orders and so much more.  Tickets available only on-the-day, just £6.  Card payments only please.

For full details, see: https://www.bbka.org.uk/spring-convention-2022-updates

 

This will once more be held at Harper Adams in Shropshire, 8-10 April 2022. This is a unique opportunity to bring the national beekeeping community together again, after two years of lockdowns, cancellations and virtual events.

 

Choose from more than 20 lectures and 40+ workshops, together with the Trade Show and the usual opportunities to meet old (and make new) friends from around the country. 

Bookings open on 31st January!

https://www.bbka.org.uk/bbka-spring-convention-2022

BBKA Training Courses

Advanced Husbandry Assessment Preparation Training 2022 - Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

A programme of three days will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of the Advanced Husbandry Assessment, aiming to give the participants an understanding of what the assessment entails and what they need to do to be successful. 

An intensive residential course, with high tutor to student ratio, providing time and space for both tutor to student, as well as student to student interactions.

The participants are required to hold the BBKA General Husbandry Certificate and to be eligible to take the Advanced Husbandry assessment in the near future.

Venue Location:        Stoneleigh, Warwickshire 

Course Dates:           Friday 15th July, Saturday 16th July and Sunday 17th July 2022

Course Fee:               £350.00 per person - including accommodation and meals

Maximum number of participants is 12

 

General Husbandry Assessment Preparation Training - Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

A programme of 20 hours over three days will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of the General Husbandry Assessment, aiming to give the participants an understanding of what the assessment entails and what they need to do to be successful. 

The participants are required to hold the BBKA Basic Certificate and to be eligible to take the General Husbandry Assessment in 2023.

Venue Location:        Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

Course Dates:           Saturday 30th April 2022 - Theory

                                    Sunday 1st May 2022 - Theory

                                    Sunday 22nd May 2022 - Apiary Practical

Course Fee:               £150.00 per person

Participants must provide their own lunch.

Maximum number of participants is 12.

 
Honey Bee Health Course - Stoneleigh, Warwickshire - Saturday 30th July 2022 

Qualification to attend the course – Preferably possess the BBKA Basic Certificate and have kept bees for at least 2 years

Aims of the Course

This course is tailored to the BBKA Honey Bee Health Assessment and will be delivered by Master Beekeepers; tutors who have expertise in this area. They are designed to give beekeepers confidence in their skills and knowledge which will be useful for assessments. They will provide practice in manipulations (without bees), a forum for discussion; and recommend relevant reading, in addition to improving individual recognition of honey bee pests and disease. The course will equip individuals with understanding of the management of honey bees diseases that may affect colonies.

Date:   Saturday 30th July 2022 (1 Day)

Venue: BBKA Head Office, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LG

Cost:  £25.00 - Lunch is NOT provided

Maximum number of participants is 12

To book a place please go to the BBKA webshop:

https://www.bbka.org.uk/pages/shop/department/training-courses

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations in writing will be accepted up to 14 days prior to commencement of the course. After this date, no refund will be given, unless the place can be filled.

BBKA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule this course. If this is necessary, a full refund of course fees will be given.

Convention at Harper Adams University 

With just five weeks to the Convention at Harper Adams University, TF10 8NB, we are on track for a repeat of the sociable event that we have enjoyed before.  Three days immersion in ‘all things’ honeybees, with the opportunity to meet old friends and make friends we don’t yet know.  All in Harper Adams' spacious campus in the Shropshire countryside and fuelled by their excellent, and reasonably priced, catering.

 

Your three-day or single-day Wristband Ticket (not Trade Show only) gets you admittance to all the day's lectures. These cannot be booked - just be at the lecture theatre in good time.

Many workshops are now fully booked, so several extra have been opened to meet demand.  Any places remaining after 29th March (when bookings close)  can be reserved at the Convention from Friday 8th.

Key dates:

10th March – last date for accommodation held at Telford’s Southwater Hotels: Ramada & International. 

29th March – last date for advance bookings of Wristband Tickets, Workshops, Dinners & Tent/Camper/Caravan pitches. Whilst Wristbands are available on-the-day, these are cheaper in advance.

Saturday 9th April 08.30 – 16.30: Convention Trade Show - One Day Only

THE major Trade Show of the year. Meet the traders; inspect the kit; handle the hive tools; try on that new bee-suit; trade-in beeswax; collect pre-orders; learn from Speakers Corner, and so much more.  Tickets available only on-the-day, just £6.

 

NB Card payments only at the Convention for Wristbands, Catering etc. 

For full details and to book, see: www.bbka.org.uk/spring-convention-2022-updates

Bee Events!

What are you planning for World Bee Day, Bees Needs Week, and any of the other events listed on the Bee calendar? BBKA would like to share what you have planned to inspire other associations. 

For example, Harrogate BKA is opening its new apiary at RHS Harlow Carr on World Bee Day. Whether you're just planning to have a stand at the local market to tell people about the importance of bees or hold an event, please let us know as soon as possible. We would like to have a page where we can share all our member's events for these celebrations of bees. 

Dates for your calendar 
World Bee Day 20th May 
Bees Needs Week  11th-17th July TBC
Asian hornet week 5th -11th September 

Additional Event weeks of note
Pollinator Week 20-26th June 
Solitarybeeweek.com 27-3rd July

Spring and Summer 2022 Events

April

Asian Hornet identification- Mary Charteris

 Friday 22nd April, Tregadillett Community Hall

May

Apiary Visit – Peter Hicks

21st May 2022, Pipers Pool

June

Royal Cornwall Show

Apiary Visit - Nick Bentham Green

9th - 11th June, Wadebridge

Sunday 19th June, Trelabe

July

Apiary Visit – Tim Dathan

Launceston Show

9th July 14:00 – 16:00,Lawhitton

28th July

August

Barbecue- Sue and Pat Byrne 

Date TBC - Polyphant

September

 Apiary Visit - 

 Date and host TBC

October

Callington Honey Fair

5th October 2022