Calendar 2024

As well as meeting on the first Thursday of every month, we also offer a busy agenda of activities.

Date/EventVenue:
February 8th. Beer & Bees. 8.00pm.The Open Ditch Public house. Sinton Green, WR2 6NW
April. Beginners training course.SEE DETAILS BELOW
April 12th-14th. National Spring Convention. 7.00p.m.Harper Adams College.
Newport
Shropshire TF10 8NB
April 19th. Worcestershire County A.G.MPowick Village Hall, Worcester WR2 4RT
May 9th-12th. RHS Malvern Spring Show.Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW UK
 Summer 2024. Watch this space for dates. Bee safari.

Great Witley Beekeepers Association

‘Beekeeping for Beginners’ Course 2024

We will be running a beginners training course aimed at anyone who might be interested in keeping Bees.
The course takes the form of 6 x 13/4hr sessions – 4 sessions in the spring and 2 sessions in the autumn – covering all the basic knowledge required to start Beekeeping.

We will also hold 2 practical sessions where instruction and demonstrations will be given working with live bees!

Session 1:           Introduction and History of Beekeeping

Session 2:           The Colony in the Hive

Session 3:           The Hive Components

Session 4:           The Beekeeping Year

Session 5:           Practical ‘Looking in a Hive’ – Late April /early May (Bee-suits can be provided by GWBKA)

Session 6:           Second Practical   Late May / Early Jun. Inspection & Preparing for your Bees

Later in the Autumn
Session 7:           Swarm Control and Collection

Session 8:           Queen Rearing plus Pests and Diseases

Costs / Dates / Venue
Cost:   The cost of the training course is £60.00. If you are certain that you want to keep bees from the outset then for a further £29.00 you can join Great Witley Beekeepers Association which will cover the first 12 months membership and insurance.  It will also link you up with The National British Beekeeping Association (BBKA), our nationally recognised supporting organisation for amateur beekeepers, and you will start to receive their monthly magazine.

The training will be given by David Edmonds, chairman of Great Witley Beekeepers, (former College lecturer and beekeeper for over 20 years) – with all notes being e mailed out to you beforehand.

Dates: for the first 4 sessions are confirmed as follows.

Week day evening – 7.45pm to 9.30pm

Monday April 8th,

Monday April 15th,

Monday April 22nd,

Monday April 29th.

VENUE: Little Witley Village Hall, Bank Road, Little Witley WR6 6LS.

This will be immediately followed by the first practical training session over the weekend of May 4th or 5th and the second session on the weekend May 25th or 26th – obviously dependant on the weather and your availability.

Please contact Dave Edmunds either by email or phone to confirm your interest or if you have any questions.

David Edmunds  (Chair /Tutor)     
Phone: 07850 302410. E-Mail: david.edmonds111@btopenworld.com