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The Vale and Downland Beekeepers’ Association Programme 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated: 14 April 2021

Please note that we will be operating an Apiary Rota for meetings from 24 April through to 29 May 2021, after which time we will review and update according to the latest government advice.

For the time being we will limit the number of members per session, which will run from 11.30am to 1pm. We will have our apiary co-ordinator and another trustee on site to assist with the sessions. Places will need to be booked in advance and we will hold a list of members details attending for Track and Trace purposes. In order to register your interest in attending a meeting please contact Sam or Michael.
Date/TimeEventLocation
JANUARY 22 2021
Friday 1930
Marin Anastasov NDB

Topic to be confirmed
If Covid-19 restrictions are still in place this meeting will take place Online
FEBRUARY 19 2021
Friday 1930
National Honey Monitoring Scheme, CEH

Talk by Dr Ben Woodcock
If Covid-19 restrictions are still in place this meeting will take place Online
or at East Challow Village Hall
MARCH 19 2021
Friday 19:30
Dr Martin Bencsik

Topic to be confirmed
If Covid-19 restrictions are still in place this meeting will take place Online
or at East Challow Village Hall
APRIL 24 2021
Saturday 11:30
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 11:30
Association apiary.
Association apiary meeting for Beginners and Improvers.
V&DBKA Apiary
JUNE
Every Saturday 11:30
Association apiary.
Association apiary meeting for Beginners and Improvers.
V&DBKA Apiary
JUNE 20 2021
Sunday 14:00
Public Meeting
Interested in Beekeeping? We are holding an open session for anyone interested in beekeeping. You'll have the chance to put on a bee suit and explore the inner working of a beehive and learn what beekeeping is all about.If you know of anyone who would be interested in attending any of these meetings please contact us via our contact page here.
V&DBKA Apiary
JUNE 20 2021
Sunday 15:00
Apiary Meeting - Members.
A Sunday meeting at the association apiary. Queen marking & clipping. Please see Newsletter for updates. Please bring your own refreshments.
V&DBKA Apiary
JULY
Every Saturday 11:30
Association apiary.
Association apiary meeting for Beginners and Improvers.
V&DBKA Apiary
JULY 18 2021
Sunday 14:30
Apiary Meeting - Members.
A Sunday Apiary Meeting at Simon and Judy Rogers’ apiary. Simon & Judy will be talking us through Queen Rearing by Grafting
Simon & Judy Rogers' apiary
AUGUST
Every Saturday 11:30
Association apiary.
Association apiary meeting for Beginners and Improvers.
V&DBKA Apiary
August 22 2021
Sunday 14:00
Public Meeting
Interested in Beekeeping? We are holding an open session for anyone interested in beekeeping. You'll have the chance to put on a bee suit and explore the inner working of a beehive and learn what beekeeping is all about.If you know of anyone who would be interested in attending any of these meetings please contact us via our contact page here.
V&DBKA Apiary
August 22 2021
Sunday 15:00
Apiary Meeting - Members.
A Sunday meeting at the association apiary. Please see Newsletter for updates. Please bring your own refreshments.
V&DBKA Apiary
SEPTEMBER 4 2021
Saturday time TBC
Association Apiary

We will be inspecting the bees at the site and preparing them for winter.
V&DBKA Apiary
OCTOBER 9 2021
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 catch up with your fellow beekeepers.
Drayton Village Hall

Lockway, Drayton

Oxfordshire

OX14 4LG
OCTOBER 29 2021
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 Moraig Lowman, Association Secretary. To be followed by a talk by our BBKA Link Trustee or a Quiz (with prizes!).
East Challow Village Hall
Main Street (A417)
East Challow
OX12 9SR
NOVEMBER 26 2021
Friday 1930
Swarm control without 9 day checks

Talk by Ged Marshall.
East Challow Village Hall

Evening Summer Meetings for Beginners and Public 2021

The Vale & Downland Beekeepers’ Association are holding several evening meetings during the season for beginners and the public in 2021.  You’ll have the chance to put on a bee suit and explore the inner working of a beehive and learn what beekeeping is all about. These meetings will be held at our association apiary on the following dates and times:

• Wednesday’s 2nd June, 7th July and 4th August, starting at 1900hrs

• Sunday’s 20th June, and 22nd August 1400hrs-1500hrs.

If you know of anyone who would be interested in attending any of these meetings please contact us via our contact page here or call Michael Havard-Bilton on 01235 523420 between 6pm-7pm Mon-Fri evenings.

Evening Classes for New Beekeepers – An Introduction to Beekeeping 2021

As a follow on from the summer meetings, we are running an all encompassing beekeeping course which will start on the 7th Oct 2021 and will run for 11 weeks, ending on 16th Dec. There will be 10 sessions, with a 1 week break over half-term, starting at 7.30pm and lasting no more than 2 hours with a tea break. The theory course is followed by practical beekeeping training spread over several sessions, plus a one day practical equipment making session. A fantastic introduction into the world of beekeeping. Numbers are limited and we are booking up quickly so for more information and to add your name to our waiting list please contact us via our contact page here.

Members Summer Proficiency Classes 2021

In addition to our public sessions and introduction to beekeeping courses, we offer ongoing hands-on training for members during the Spring and Summer at our Association apiary.  Proficiency classes are delivered by our members and details will be published in advance in our newsletter.

Mentors for new beekeepers

Please contact Michael Havard-Bilton (01235 523420) if you’d like to mentor a new beekeeper.

GENERAL INFORMATION

BROOD DISEASE
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 peter.davies@apha.gov.uk
Mobile No: 07900 292160

BEE PROBLEMS
If you suspect anything wrong with your bees please contact Michael Havard-Bilton (01235 523420).  Arrangements will then be made for one of our experts to inspect them for you.  Travel costs by arrangement.

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