Club Meeting Programme 2018 – 2019

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.

Wed 14th Nov – Speaker Meeting – Topic: Bees and the Law – Scarthwaite Hotel, 7-30pm – Speaker: Dr Fred Ayres
Thankfully, cases of beekeepers falling foul of the law are not common, but they do occur and beekeepers need to be aware of them. Fred’s talk will review the various areas of risk in an understandable manner and indicate what steps can be taken to minimise or avoid them.

Wed 5th Dec – Speaker Meeting – Topic: Trees for Bees – Scarthwaite Hotel, 7-30pm – 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.


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 – Open Speaker Meeting – Topic: Gardening for Bees – Scarthwaite Hotel, 7-30pm – Speaker: Dr Julia Piggot
Julia is our Seasonal Bee Inspector. She also 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 bumble bees and solitary bees.

Wed 13th Mar – Speaker Meeting – Topic: The hive as a processing centre – Scarthwaite Hotel, 7-30pm – Speaker: Pete Sutcliffe
Pete has been keeping bees for over thirty years, is a “Master Beekeeper”, has held a number of senior positions with BBKA and Cheshire BKA.

To ensure the colony survives in a healthy state, honey bees collect everything they need from the surrounding area in the form of relatively simple, readily available, natural products. They then process these in sophisticated ways into such diverse items as building materials, miracle foods, antiseptic paints, and store them where necessary for future use. The abilities required for these processes have evolved over millennia to a level of amazing sophistication, but how do they do it? This lecture will describe those processes in a way that helps beekeepers understand the requirements of their colonies better.

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