Beginners Sessions

Beginners Sessions

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 is provided below. Anyone wishing to attend should email me at 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 scheduled for 2018

Date        Type of meeting
22-Apr     Beginners Frame Making
06-May    Beginners Practical #1
20-May    Beginners Practical #2
10-Jun     Beginners Practical #3
17-Jun     Beginners Practical #4
24-Jun     Beginners Practical #5
08-Jul      Beginners Practical #6
15-Jul      Beginners Practical #7
22-Jul      Beginners Practical #8
12-Aug    Beginners Practical #9
19-Aug    Beginners Practical #10


Beginners Frame Making Session – 22 April 2018

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.

Sue Robinson