Events Calendar

The Vale and Downland Beekeepers’ Association Programme 2019

Indoor Meetings are held on a Friday evening at East Challow Village Hall, Main Street (A417), East Challow, Wantage OX12 9SR, COMMENCING AT 1930 HOURS  Parking facilities are available on the site adjacent to hall.

Apiary Meetings are held on a Saturday afternoon and commence at 1500 hours at the Teaching apiary.  Sunday afternoon meetings at hosted apiaries, addresses will be sent by email nearer the date.

Friday 1930
The Asian Hornet

Talk by Regional Bee Inspector, Peter Davies, followed by a practical workshop to make an Asian Hornet Monitoring Trap to complete and take home.
East Challow Village Hall
Main Street (A417)
East Challow
OX12 9SR
Saturday 11:00 - 15:00
Practical Workshop for Beginners

This workshop is being held to help guide our new beekeepers through the process of assembling their equipment ready for the new season, if anyone is interested in helping please contact Lilian on 01235 767524.
The King Alfred Scout Hall
Saturday 10:30 - 16:00
Bucks County BKA Spring Seminar 2019

The 23rd annual spring seminar hosted by Bucks County Beekeepers will take place at the Wendover Memorial Hall
More Info and Bookings
Friday 1930
The Colony Mind or If Heath Robinson was a Beekeeper

Talk by Grahame Royle
East Challow Village Hall
Saturday 9:00 to 16:30
BEE TRADEX at National Agricutural Ground Stoneleigh.

This is an opportunity to purchase your beekeeping equipment for the coming season.
Friday 19:45*
How to use an External Automatic Defibrillator

Talk and demo by Matt Richards
Steventon Village Hall
OX13 6RR
APRIL 12-14Spring Convention and Trade Show

Lectures and Workshops are held on Friday - Sunday. Trade Show will be Saturday only. Cost of entry to BBKA members can be found on the Web site:
Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB.
Saturday 15:00
First apiary meeting at the Association’s apiary.
This meeting will give us a chance to assess how the bees have come through the winter and to do any tidying of the apiary.
V&DBKA Apiary
Every Saturday 15:00
Association apiary.
Association apiary meeting for Beginners and Improvers.
V&DBKA Apiary
MAY 19
Sunday 14:30
Apiary Meeting - Members.
A sunday meeting at Sam and Heather Burford’s Buscot apiary.
Sam & Heather Burford
Every Saturday 15:00
Association apiary.
Association apiary meeting for Beginners and Improvers.
V&DBKA Apiary
(time TBC)
Berkshire Bee Health Day

A day concentrating on Bee Health run by the NBU.
Earley St Peter’s Church Hall
Sunday 14:30
Apiary Meeting - Members.
A Sunday meeting at at John and Daniel Gillett’s apiary.
John and Daniel Gillett’s apiary.
Every Saturday 15:00
Association apiary.
Association apiary meeting for Beginners and Improvers.
V&DBKA Apiary
Sunday 14:30
Apiary Meeting - Members.
A Sunday Apiary Meeting at David Mead’s apiary
David Mead’s apiary
Every Saturday 15:00
Association apiary.
Association apiary meeting for Beginners and Improvers.
V&DBKA Apiary
Sunday 25 & Monday 26 AugustUffington White Horse Show

The V&DBKA has a stand at this event and needs volunteers to help out on the stand to make it work. Please contact Lilian if you are able to help. Despite the weather, we had a very successful stand last year let us make it even better this year.
Saturday 15:00
Association Apiary

We will be inspecting the bees at the site and preparing them for winter.
V&DBKA Apiary
Saturday 15:00 - 20:00
Fun Honey Show

Further details to Follow
As always there will be plenty of room to show your exhibits and chat amongst yourselves.
Drayton Village Hall

Lockway, Drayton


OX14 4LG
Friday 1930
Annual General Meeting

Your chance to vote in new Trustees & committee members. If you think you would like to serve as a Trustee or on the committee, or you have an item to be added to the agenda please contact Caroline Simmonds, Association Secretary. To be followed by a series of members’ short talks.
East Challow Village Hall
Main Street (A417)
East Challow
OX12 9SR
OCTOBER 24-26The National Honey Show - Sandown Park Racecourse

This is a chance to see many types of honey and new experimental equipment - an event not to be missed!
Esher, Surrey, KT10
Friday 1930
DIY Evening

Members’ DIY sharing ideas/inventions
East Challow Village Hall

Evening Summer Meetings for Beginners and Public

The Vale & Downland Beekeepers’ Association will once again hold 4 evening meetings during the season for beginners and public.  These meetings will be held on Wednesday 2 May, Wednesday 6 June, Wednesday 4 July and Wednesday 1 August, all starting at 1900.  If you know of anyone who would be interested in attending any of these meetings please contact Lilian Valentine 01235 767524.  Venues for these meetings will be decided upon nearer  the time.

Saturday Beginners and Improvers apiary meetings – 3pm at Association apiary
These meetings are held every Saturday afternoon from April to the end of season.  Any member with beekeeping problems is quite welcome to attend.

Evening Classes for Beginners
As a follow on from the summer meetings we will be holding 6 evening classes with a mix of theory and practical beekeeping , plus one day practical equipment making..  You will also have an opportunity to study bees and disease under the microscope.

Refreshments for meetings
It would be appreciated if members could provide sandwiches or cakes, on a voluntary basis, for our summer meetings.  Please contact Lilian at .

Mentors for new beekeepers
Please contact Lilian and John Valentine 01235 767524


If you suspect any brood disease in your bees (EFB or AFB) please contact our Regional Bee Inspector, Southern Region – National Bee Unit:

Peter Davies
Mobile No: 07900 292160

If you suspect anything wrong with your bees please contact John Valentine (01235 767524).  Arrangements will then be made for one of our experts to inspect them for you.  Travel costs by arrangement.

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