News from British Bee Keepers Association and Yorkshire Bee Keepers Association

Summaries and links to the latest news, bulletins and announcements from the British Beekeepers Association [BBKA] and the Yorkshire Beekeepers Association [YBKA].

Summer Courses from YBKA

The YBKA have arranged two practical 2-day events; Queen Rearing and Bee Improvement. These will be with Roger Patterson of Bibba & Jim Pearson of YBKA.

They will be held on 22/23rd June and 24th/25th June at Huddersfield BKA apiary.

Roger has 50 years beekeeping experience and owns & runs the famous Dave Cushman website. Jim is a Master Beekeeper and has wide experience of raising queens and improving his bees.

The events are aimed at beekeepers with at least 3 years’ beekeeping experience, who run 4+ colonies and are interested in setting up a queen rearing group, or seriously keen to improve their bees and share their learning with others.

Further details may be found on the YBKA website, where you may also register.

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March and April Newsletters from YBKA

Technical issues have now been resolved and the March and April YBKA Newsletters are now available to view via these links.

The YBKA have organised two further events this year.

The first prepares beekeepers for the first stages of the General Bee Husbandry and is in the form of 3 sessions during May and June [see link for details] held in Doncaster, Huddersfield and Whitby.  This is a similar pattern of sessions as previously run but this time the emphasis is on practical hands-on work in the apiary.  The cost is £20 per session (including lunch and refreshments) or, if anyone wishes to attend all 3 the full cost is £50. The tutors have placed a restriction of 12 places at each session.

The 2nd is Mead and Melomel  course which will be held on September 14th at the Great Yorkshire Show ground in Harrogate.  The cost for this is £35.  Full details in the flier attached but there are only 24 places available so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for both courses can be made via the YBKA website

February  Newsletter from YBKA

The YBKA February Newsletter is now available to read online.

 Wax Course

As advertised in the January YBKA Newsletter, a wax and candle day titled From Comb to Candles and More is to be held in the Hives and Honey & YBKA Normanby Pavilion at the Great Yorkshire Showground over the weekend 4th and 5th May

This is a ONE-DAY course organised in conjunction with Harrogate BKA so you can book for EITHER Saturday OR Sunday.  Places will be allocated equally between the 2 associations.

Tutors are John Chandler, Janice Fulton, Shirley and Richard Bond and Sarah Haynes.

All bookings can be made via the YBKA website

Booking is now open (the cost is £40). There will be 20 places available for each day.  Until the end of February the places will be restricted to 10 places per day from each of HRBKA and YBKA.  Booking will be on a first come first served basis.  On 1st March any remaining places will be open to anyone, including people from associations further afield.

BBKA January Message from the Chair

The January Newsletter from BBKA is now available to read online.

January Newsletter from YBKA

The YBKA January Newsletter is now available to read online.

December Newsletter from YBKA and Spring Conference

The YBKA December newsletter is now available as well as the YBKA AGM minutes for 2018.

Please note that the booking facility for members wishing to reserve places at the Spring Conference [see below] is now operational.  YBKA members should go to the YBKA website to book.

2019 YBKA Spring Conference Update

The brochure for the 2019 YBKA Spring Conference may be viewed by following the links below:

Latest from BBKA

This link takes you to the latest bulletin from the Chair of BBKA concerning, amongst other things, the Honey Survey. See Chair’s statement…

News from BBKA

To read the latest news and information from BBKA…follow the link

Yorkshire Bee Keepers Association Study Days

Details of the Winter Training Modules provided by YBKA are now available, and can be viewed by following this link: 2018/19 winter module study days.

Great ideas for a knowledge-building day out!

Roger Patterson Bee Improvement Event

YBKA is organising a day with Roger Patterson entitled a Bee Improvement Event. This is being held twice, over the weekend of the 10/11 November. Details on the YBKA website.

New BBKA Forum Established

A new Forum for discussions on bees and beekeeping has been set up by the British Bee Keepers Association, it may be accessed here:  BBKA Forum