Events Calendar


The Vale and Downland Beekeepers’ Association Programme 2018

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.

Date/TimeEventLocation
JANUARY 20
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
JANUARY 26
Friday 1930
Ratios of colony mass to thermal conductance

By Derek and Elaine Mitchell
East Challow Village Hall
Main Street (A417)
East Challow
OX12 9SR
FEBRUARY 23
Friday 1930
Plants for Bees

An illustrated talk by Rosy Rollings (Rosybee)
East Challow Village Hall
MARCH 3
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.
www.beetradex.co.uk
MARCH 23
Friday 1930
Making Mead & Traditional Honey Drinks

Talk and demo by Chris Parks.
East Challow Village Hall
APRIL 13-15Spring Convention and Trade Show

Lectures and Workshops are held on Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15. Trade Show will be open from lunch time on Friday to Saturday pm only. Cost of entry to BBKA members can be found on the Web site: britishbee.org.uk
Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB.

www.britishbee.org.uk
APRIL 28
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
MAY
Every Saturday 15:00
Association apiary.
Association apiary meeting for Beginners and Improvers.
V&DBKA Apiary
MAY 20
Sunday 14:30
Apiary Meeting - Members.
A sunday meeting at Sam and Heather Burford’s Buscot apiary.
Sam & Heather Burford
JUNE
Every Saturday 15:00
Association apiary.
Association apiary meeting for Beginners and Improvers.
V&DBKA Apiary
JULY 1
Sunday 14:30
Rosybee Meeting - Members.
A visit to the Rosybee apiary and gardens.
Rosybee Plants
Steventon Rd
East Hanney
OX12 0HS
JULY
Every Saturday 15:00
Association apiary.
Association apiary meeting for Beginners and Improvers.
V&DBKA Apiary
JULY 22
Sunday
(time to be confirmed)
TBC.
TBC
AUGUST
Every Saturday 15:00
Association apiary.
Association apiary meeting for Beginners and Improvers.
V&DBKA Apiary
Sunday 26 & Monday 27 AugustUffington White Horse Show

Volunteers required to help with the stand. Please contact Lilian if you are able to help. We had a very successful stand last year let us make it even better this year.
Uffington
www.whitehorseshow.co.uk
SEPTEMBER 9
Saturday 15:00
Association Apiary

We will be inspecting the bees at the site and preparing them for winter.
V&DBKA Apiary
OCTOBER 6
Saturday 15:00 - 20:00
Fun Honey Show, Bring & Share and Games

This year we will have a 'Bring & Share' and games plus there will be plenty of room to show your exhibits and chat amongst yourselves.
Drayton Village Hall
Lockway
Drayton
Oxon
OX14 4LG

OCTOBER 19
Friday 1930
Annual General Meeting

Your chance to vote new members onto the committee. If you think you would like to serve on the committee or have an item added to the agenda please contact Caroline Simmonds, Association Secretary. to be followed by a talk and demo by Michael Havard-Bilton making Hand Salves.
East Challow Village Hall
Main Street (A417)
East Challow
OX12 9SR
OCTOBER 25-27The 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
9AJ
www.honeyshow.co.uk
NOVEMBER 23
Friday 1930
Jenny Morgan – Microscopy

A talk and demonstration by Jenny Morgan on Microscopy
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 lilian@valeanddownlandbees.org.uk .

Mentors for new beekeepers
Please contact Lilian and John Valentine 01235 767524 lilian@valeanddownlandbees.org.uk

GENERAL INFORMATION

BROOD DISEASE
If you suspect any brood disease in your bees (EFB or AFB) please contact Regional Bee Inspector:

Julian Parker julian.parker@apha.gsi.gov.uk
Tel No: 01494 488393
Mobile No: 07775 119469

BEE PROBLEMS
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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