Beginners Sessions at the Apiary – 2018
In 2018 we again intend to hold some informal, basic, beginners’ sessions at the apiary. They will take place most Sunday afternoons at 2pm starting mid May.
You don’t need to have bees to attend – just an interest in seeing what it’s all about. The sessions are open to Hexham members, both beginners and those with some experience, who would like to see a range of different beekeeping skills and ways to deal with what you may find in your own hive when you open it.
The things we will cover are briefly:
• Bee & brood identification and health of the colony
• Feeding – what to feed, how & when
• Equipment – what you need and how to use it
• Swarm control – recognising the symptoms and managing the process
• Disease diagnosis and control – varroa and other common diseases
The sessions will depend to some extent on weather and availability of demonstrators. A full list of 2018 sessions will be provided below. Once the dates are confirmed, anyone wishing to attend should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the dates they would like to attend so that we know how many people are interested. I will then email out information for joining the sessions. Please check the website or our Facebook page for up-to-date details of the sessions.
Practical Beginners Sessions held in 2017 – (Meetings for 2018 will follow a similar pattern)
Date Type of meeting
30-Apr Beginners Frame Making
14-May Beginners Practical #1
21-May Beginners Practical #2
28-May Beginners Practical #3
18-Jun Beginners Practical #4
25-Jun Beginners Practical #5
09-Jul Beginners Practical #6
30-Jul Beginners Practical #7
06-Aug Beginners Practical #8
13-Aug Beginners Practical #9
20-Aug Beginners Practical #10
Beginners Frame Making Session
To get our Beginners’ Sessions off to a good start we will organise a frame making afternoon. We will also talk a bit about preparing for the coming season.
Learn how to make frames and how to prepare your kit for the coming season. This is a practical session so please bring a small hammer, pliers, strong bladed knife and wooden chopping board (to protect the Village Hall tables). Don’t worry if you don’t have all these things just bring what you can, we will have a few spare.
All beginners and new members welcome, you don’t need to have bees, plus anyone who feels they need a bit of practice at frame making. Experienced frame makers welcome to help, instruct and make frames – we need lots for the coming season. Tea, coffee, biscuits and a good chat provided.