Calendar of events in 2022


This page will be updated as we know more about what we can offer to branch members and friends, although most information will continue to come through the regular email news updates.

Online events will start at 2.30 pm but where a decision is made to hold an event at a branch apiary or other venue then the individual start time will be listed here and circulated in the week before the event. All events listed below are online unless specifically updated to be at an apiary or other venue.

Events held on the afternoon of the first Saturday in each month are those for all branch members and Friends. Dates for Beginner Course sessions and any other training or social events will be added in as they are finalised.

8th January: Online talk from Joyce Nisbet, Master Beekeeper, on ‘Cut Comb, Chunk Honey and Sections’. 

12th February: Online discussion and information update on monitoring for Asian Hornets in the coming season, together with general news. An identification poster, supplied by Bee Craft, can be viewed here – BeeCraft Asian hornet poster . Starting at 2.30 pm.

5th & 6th March: Beginners’ Course – theory weekend. Participants will have been notified separately of the arrangements for this.

12th March: Beeswax soap making – a presentation (on zoom) of soap making methods, with Q&A.

*** covid-aware in-person Branch meetings are planned to recommence at Kent University Campus Apiary with effect from the April Branch meeting and, subject to the circumstances, these meetings will include an opportunity to participate in Branch hive inspections ***

2nd April: “Hands on the hardware”- demonstrations and practise in making up new equipment / making good old equipment / how does that piece of kit work?  Members are welcome to bring along items that they are having maintenance trouble with and, with luck, won’t get too many conflicting views/advice!  At the campus apiary, starting at 2.00 pm.

7th May: making a split – a practical session on how to increase the number of colonies, whether as a swarm control technique or otherwise. Starting at 2.00 pm.

11th June:  Disease and hygiene – guidance and demonstration on inspecting a colony for disease, together with good practise for maintaining apiary hygiene. Starting at 2.00 pm.

9th July:  hive inspections and information sharing. Starting at 2 pm.

31st July: Closing date for branch photographic competition

6th August: ‘preparing for the winter’ – guidance and discussion on getting your colonies, and the hives that house them, into suitable condition to face the winter ahead. Starting at 2 pm.

9th August:Beekeeping – an overview‘ talk for the general public on Tuesday 9 August at 18:30 in St Alphege Church High Street Whitstable – all welcome, no booking required, suggested contribution to Branch funds by attendees of £3 per head

12th August: For members of the general public – ‘a practical taster session in beekeeping’ – 90 minutes (or a little over) at our teaching apiary, which is accessible by car from Whitstable and on-site parking is available – we can offer two sessions on Friday 12 August, one starting at 10:00hrs and one at 13:00hrs for up to 6 visitors (a strict limit on numbers) in each session; attendance at a session must be booked and paid for in advance and appropriate paperwork completed, price £25 per head (no concessions).  If you are interested please contact roger simpson for more information on

13th August: Branch stall at the Eco Fair which is being held on the Saturday as part of Wild About Whitstable Festival Week; the Eco Fair will be held in the United Reform Church, Middle Wall, Whitstable from 12:30 to 16:30.  Come along and talk to local beekeepers, receive information on bees and beekeeping, buy some local honey

3rd September: Branch members’ social event – in Beltinge, bring and share for food and drink (note this is not BBQ), members and partners with accompanied children welcome. Please let us know if you intend to take part. Further details soon.

1st October

5th November

3rd December