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Workshop on ‘Bee Improvement for All’

An all day event aimed at encouraging all beekeepers to improve their bees.  The purpose is to help all beekeepers to continuously assess their colonies, so they have a good idea of which queens to cull, and which colonies to take queen cells from when they need new queens.

There will be tuition on how to raise queens using queen cells that bees often present us with during the summer, as well as some simple ‘artificial’ techniques that may be suitable for the more advanced beekeeper, or those working in groups.

Further details can be found on

Date:- Saturday 16th November 2013

Time:- 9.30-4.30

Venue:- Pulborough Village Hall, Pulborough, West Sussex

Cost:- £15/head. £8/head for under 18, but must be accompanied by a fee paying adult. To include refreshments, but not lunch.

Bookings to:- Daisy, 23 Hayes Lane, Slinfold, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0SQ.

A Booking Form can be downloaded here.

For those who are busy on that date there is another event at Bracknell, Berkshire on 9th November.

New courses on offer

Via email from Bob Smith:

“Dear Kent Beekeepers,
Four of this season’s courses have now been completed and forward bookings for the remainder of the events are looking good.
There were two fairly obvious omissions from the originally released courses – there was nothing on swarm control or on Varroa, two rather important topics!

So I am pleased to be able to say that these gaps have been addressed and Julian Audsley has agreed to lead a course on swarm prevention and control in May, while I will be talking about some of the recent develpments in our understanding of Varroa, in June.

As ever, further details are on the website  –

which is also the place to book places for these and other courses on offer.   Hope to see you soon.

Julie, Adrian, Bob”

News of forthcoming events, and the SE 2012 Report

Some items of interest, to distract us all from these chilly days. Click on the links to download.

a) The West Sussex BKA Annual Convention, 23rd February 2013 (West Sussex BKA)

b) The South of England Bees and Honey Show, at Ardingly, 6 – 8 June 2013 (Ardingly Show).     Entries are warmly invited from Kent beekeepers, see attachment for details.

c) The South East Region Annual Report for 2012 (South East Region Annual Report 2012)