Meeting Programme for March 2021 to February 2021

All meetings are held in The Village Hall, Aughton, LA2 8LU, starting at 7-30pm unless otherwise stated.

7th Mar – Apiary Working Party – Club Apiary 10-00am to 3-30pm
This will be a general tidying up of the apiary site after the winter including weeding, scrub clearance and the removal of fallen trees. If time permits, we shall also tidy the container so that everything is stored as tidily as practical and can easily be found. The more people we have, the easier this will be, so please come for all or part of the day if you can.

11th Mar – Thermoregulation in the hive – Speaker: Keith Bartlem
Keith is an airline pilot, and experienced beekeeper. His talk will help to improve our understanding of how, why, and when bees monitor and alter the hive temperature and is particularly relevant in our usage of insulated hives.

19th Apr – Spring Apiary Inspection – Club Apiary, 10-30am
An opportunity for all members, especially new members, to experience a Spring inspection and assess how well the bees have come through the winter.

14th Jun – Summer Apiary Inspection – Club Apiary, 10-30am
An opportunity for all members, especially new members, to experience a Summer inspection and assess how the colonies have built up.

24th June – Apiary visit by Brockholes Wood Community Primary School
Details to follow but helpers needed on the day.

17th July – Working party – Club Apiary 10-00am to 3-00pm
Working party to set up for Open Day.

18th July – 2020 OPEN DAY – Club Apiary 10-00am to 4-00pm
Details to follow.

19th July – Working party – Club Apiary 10-00am to 1-00pm
Working party to clear up after Open Day.

16th Aug – Relax and Chat – Club Apiary, 2-30pm to 5-00pm
Due to Covid-19 we have not had much opportunity for members to relax and socialise together. So come and join us for a glass of wine and talk about your beekeeping experiences. Feel free to bring your other half who can moan together about being a bee widow/widower! Members without bees are also very welcome of course.

22nd Aug – Meadow Mowing – Club Apiary 10-00am to 3-00pm
As part of the wildflower meadow management programme we need to cut the meadow and rake off all the cuttings. We have plenty of rakes but please bring your strimmer. We can even find you a safe area if you fancy yourself as Poldark and would like to try your hand at scything.

2nd September – Honey extraction – Speaker: Fred Ayres
Your bees have produced honey, so what do you do now? This practical workshop will demonstrate how to get your honey from comb to jar.

13th Sept – Autumn Apiary Inspection – Club Apiary, 10-30am
An opportunity for all members, especially new members, to experience an Autumn inspection and assess how well the colonies are prepared for winter.

7th Oct – Bee Stings – Speaker: Dr Julia Hoggard
Julia is a retired GP, our Seasonal Bee Inspector and runs the Brigsteer Bee Reserve, a private 17.5 acre wildlife reserve in the Lyth Valley, Cumbria.

4th Nov – Hedgehogs – Speaker: Rowan Worsman
Rowan runs a hedgehog rescue and rehabilitation service and will talk about her work and explain how we can improve the environment at our apiary for hedgehogs.

2nd Dec – The Asian Hornet – Speaker: David Wareing
David is our local Asian Hornet Coordinator and will talk about Asian Hornets, the threats they pose, and what is being done to reduce them.

2021

6th Jan – Social and Film Meeting
Wine and cheese evening and a showing of The Monk and the Honeybee, the remarkable true story of Brother Adam’s quest to create the perfect bee.

3rd Feb – Topic: TBC – Speaker: TBC

3rd Mar – Creating splits – Speaker: TBC
One of the easiest ways to increase your honey bee stocks is to split existing colonies. This meeting will focus on how to do it.