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.
31st July: Closing date for branch photographic competition