The next club meeting :

Please join us on Thursday 11th October 2018 at 7:30pm.
Meeting venue: The Fleetwood Hesketh Social Club, Fylde Road PR9 9XH.

David our education officer has put together a list of events and training sessions for 2018 find details below.

Regular Monthly Meetings

In my experience a great place to start is always talking to our fellow beekeepers, and to support this I encourage you to come along and join us at the Fleetwood Hesketh club – usually the second Thursday of the month. It is an informal affair that gets a good turn out and gives lots of opportunity to discuss all sorts of issues and ideas.
We are looking to include a presentation spot at the monthly meetings to focus on key topics;

- Feb 8th : Artificial swarming
- March 10th 10:30 am : Demonstration of wax melting and sterilisation
- April 12
th : Visiting speaker
- May 10th : How to enter the honey show
- June : Vist to RHS Harlow Carr, 
- July 12
th : Varroa treatments
- Aug  9th : Visiting speaker - Topic: Asian Hornet 

- Sept 13th : Winter preparation 

Other training sessions and events throughout the year.

Attending Talks & Events

Hearing speakers present brings new ideas.
There are regular events at other Lancashire districts that are open to us to attend, for example;

[1] Monday 12th February at 7:30pm the Ormskirk group have a branch meeting with a talk by Maureen Little entitled “Keep your Garden Buzzing” Further details on the Ormskirk website.

[2] And there’s the Bee Tradex event at Stoneleigh on Saturday 3rd March (http://

[3] There is the Lancashire Spring Convention on Saturday 10th March in Preston. There’ll be trade stalls and presentation, details are at convention

[4] Sunday 18th March @2pm “Defence of the Hive”
Venue: North Valley Community Centre, Birtwistle Avenue, Colne, BB8 9RR
Julia Hoggard, Seasonal Bee Inspector and beekeeper of over 20years, will be telling us all about

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how bees defend the hive. Julia, along with her husband, runs Bee Ed” which gives lectures and teaches nationally working to interest children and adults in the importance of bees in the environment.

[5] Sunday 15th [email protected] “Commercial Bee Farming”
Venue: North Valley Community Centre, Birtwistle Avenue, Colne, BB8 9RR
Willie Robson, renowned bee farmer and speaker, of Chain Bridge Honey farm, will be talking to us about commercial bee farming.

[6] A highlight for the summer will be our Club Excursion to RHS Harlow Carr on Saturday 23rd June at Harrogate.
We’ll have time to look around the gardens followed by a meet up with the Harrogate & Ripon beekeepers and the deputy chairman and her husband who will show us around their apiary within the gardens. This trip includes partners and we are hoping for a good attendance, please support this trip and respond by the end of Feb (Look out for Duncan’s email 29th Jan or contact me [email protected])

Further details are here:

BBKA Training

The BBKA supports two training styles. For the practical approach there’s the Basic Certificate and the General Husbandry assessment. And for study/exams there are the Modules 1-8 which covers the following topics;

Module 1 - Management
Module 2 - Products & Forage
Module 3 - Pests, Diseases & Poisoning Module 5 - Biology
Module 6 - Behaviour
Module 7 - Selection & Breeding
Module 8 - Management, Health & History

Anyone who is interested in any BBKA exams is welcome to contact me and I will help to get you underway.

The Basic Certificate deserves a bit more focus. Many of you will have heard me encourage taking this exam – the reason being that the syllabus covers the knowledge that really is the basis for any beekeeper to be successful. It can be a very rewarding experience to confirm your knowledge by passing the Basic.

There is also another reason I recommend joining a Basic Preparation Course, besides taking the exam – attending the course provides an ideal refresher of your key knowledge, which is helpful at the start of the season.

I am proposing to host a Basic Preparation Course over three evenings in April; - Tuesday 10th April 7-9pm

- Tuesday 17th April 7-9pm

- Tuesday 24th April 7-9pm
The location to be confirmed once I have an idea of numbers.

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Please will you confirm your interest straight away so that I can understand the numbers. There will be a one-off £5 charge to cover all 3 nights payable on the first evening to cover admin & consumables. 

Ian Turner-Bone,
28 Nov 2016, 04:24
Ian Turner-Bone,
4 Feb 2018, 02:24
Ian Turner-Bone,
17 May 2017, 06:00