Club Meeting Programme 2018 – 2019


Club Meetings

Club meetings are for members and guests. There is no charge for attending club meetings but those that do are requested to donate £2 each for refreshments.

Sun 16th Sept – Preparing for winter – Club Apiary, 10-00am to 2-00pm  

There will be a short talk on preparing colonies for winter followed by practical inspections of the colonies at the apiary.

29nd Sept – Scything course – Club Apiary, 10-00am to 4-30pm

Tutor: Steve Tomlin

Steve is recognised as the leading scythe teacher in the UK and the author of the ‘Learn to Scythe’ book. The course will explain the parts of a scythe, how to set it up to suit you and how to maintain your scythe, followed by practical experience of scything. The course will cater for beginners and improvers. See the notice for more information.

Wed 10th Oct  Speaker meeting Scarthwaite Hotel, 7-30pm

Topic: Keeping bees in long hives  Speaker: John Vendy

John took up beekeeping in 2009 and since then has become a regarded expert in natural beekeeping. He was a speaker at the “National Natural Beekeeping unConference” in 2013, the “Northern Natural Beekeeper’s Gathering” in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and has occasionally worked alongside Phil Chandler (The Barefoot Beekeeper) during his training courses at Brinscall Hall.

Wed – 14th Nov – Speaker meeting – Scarthwaite Hotel, 7-30pm

Topic: Gardening for Bees -Speaker: Dr Julia Piggot – This is a joint club and open meeting

In addition to being our Seasonal Bee Inspector, Julia runs the Brigsteer Bee Reserve, a private wildlife reserve in the Lyth Valley, Cumbria. The 17.5 acre reserve is made up of limestone pasture, meadow and woods. The woodland is planted with trees used by bees for nectar, honeydew and resin for propolis and the grassland  is managed to favour a flower rich flora and to provide nest sites for bumblebees and solitary bees.


Wed 9th Jan – Social Evening – Scarthwaite Hotel, 7-30pm

Wine and cheese evening. We shall also be showing More than Honey, a documentary film made in 2013 by the Swiss filmmaker Marcus Imhoof, which looks into the fascinating world of bees, and showing small family beekeepers and industrialised honey farms. More than Honey is a film on the relationship between mankind and honey bees, about nature and about our future.

Wed 13th Feb – Speaker meeting – Scarthwaite Hotel, 7-30pm – Topic:  Trees for Bees – Speaker Dr Phillip Donkersley

Phillip achieved his doctorate from Lancaster University three years ago after carrying out his research in the hives of local beekeepers! He is now  a post- doctoral research assistant at the University and has published a  number of academic papers on bees. His talk will outline some of his research findings and    may even contain some data gained from the research project started at the meadow at our club apiary.

Open Courses