Bee

ABOUT US

We are a friendly and welcoming group of beekeepers who meet in the Launceston area, although our members come from a wider geographical area. 

Our members range in age, experience and ability from beginner beekeepers through to those who have many years experience. 

 

We meet up nearly every month, in the winter meeting at Tregadillett on a Friday evening and focussing on educational topics or matters arising. Recent meetings have looked at beekeeping basic knowledge,  pollen under the microscope and the Asian Hornet. 

We have an annual social in January at a local venue which is always well attended. 

February sees our Honey Tasting evening when we get a chance to sample each others’ produce. It is always interesting to find how honey tastes are different even from only a few miles between hives. 

During the main "bee" season, from April until September, we try to meet once a month at a member's apiary to look at bees and discuss/action any topics that arise. New beekeepers can have a very close look inside the hives, or even take part in these sessions.  These are always very interesting and informative occasions followed by refreshments and socialising. The ‘teas’ are always worth looking forward to as there are some very good cooks among us. 

 In addition for new beekeepers we offer a series of observational apiary visits throughout the Spring and Summer. Attending these is an excellent way to become familiar with beekeeping and other new members of the Launceston Beekeeping Group. For those then wishing to pursue beekeeping and obtain their first bees we will look to assign an experienced beekeeper as a mentor.

We enjoy the Royal Cornwall Show in June, the Launceston Show in July and the Callington Honey Fair in October and try to support them by helping out with the running of the shows or entering our honey or other items in the competitions. Please check the calendar for forthcoming dates. 

We are all members of Cornwall Bee Keepers Association (CBKA) and receive their magazine “Gwenyn Kernow” regularly. New members are expected to join the CBKA after two 'taster' visits. 

Meet the Team

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Paul Hine

Chair 

I have always had a desire to keep bees, but a military career and bee keeping were never mutually compatible occupations.

 

Having retired from the Royal Navy after a 32 year career I was in a position to consider bee keeping as a hobby.  So, I tentatively approached Sue Hoult about bee keeping and how to go about learning.

 

I went to a couple of Launceston Beekeepers meetings, joined the CBKA and attended a very informative and well run theory course that was organised and run by Launceston Beekeepers' very own Dennis Scott - with the added benefit of excellent post tutorial cake provided by his wonderful wife Anne.

 

I got my first hive in 2016.  I now have 2 apiaries and several hives.