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May 2020

Beginners Course – 2020 – 3

May 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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*** Due to government guidance this event has been cancelled *** For those registered on the 2020 beginners course. Handling bees. At 4:00pm - introduction to your bee buddy for those of you who have got bees or who are about to get bees.  

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SBKA Bee Market – 2020

May 16, 2020
Heathfield Community College, Cade Street
Old Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 8RJ United Kingdom
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*** Due to government guidance this event has been cancelled *** Details at: https://sussexbeeorguk.wordpress.com/bee-market-2020/  

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Bee Disease Day – Ringmer Village Hall

May 25, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bee Disease Day - Ringmer Village Hall - Sandra Gray - 9am-5pm

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Bee Banter – Crow and Gate, Crowborough – 2020

May 26, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every 2 months that begins at 7:30 pm on day Last of the month, repeating until November 24, 2020

Crow and Gate Pub, Uckfield Road
Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 3TA United Kingdom
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*** Due to government guidance this event has been cancelled *** No need to book in - just turn up! All are very, very welcome. Nothing formal, just friendly chat about our bees.

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Beginners Course – 2020 – 4

May 30, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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*** Due to government guidance this event has been cancelled *** For those registered on the 2020 beginners course. Dealing with swarming. How to take the Queen out into a nucleus box.  

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June 2020

Taster Day

June 6, 2020
Heath House, St. Raphaels
Buxted, East Sussex TN22 4JS United Kingdom
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£50

Spend a wonderful day learning about these amazing creatures ...called honeybees. This will be in one of our members apiaries where you will have the opportunity to handle bees and learn from experts about the fascinating life of a colony. Equipment, lunch and a delicious afternoon tea will all be provided.

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Beginners Course – 2020 – 5

June 20, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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*** Due to government guidance this event has been cancelled *** For those registered on the 2020 beginners course. Handling bees. Feeders. Robbing.  

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Bee Banter – Rose and Crown, Mayfield – 2020

June 30, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every 2 months that begins at 7:30 pm on day Last of the month, repeating until October 27, 2020

Rose and Crown, Mayfield, Fletching Street
Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6TE United Kingdom
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*** Due to government guidance this event has been cancelled *** No need to book in - just turn up! All are very, very welcome. Nothing formal, just friendly chat about our bees.

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July 2020

Crowborough Summer Fair – 2020

July 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Goldsmiths Recreation Ground, Eridge Road
Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 2TN
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The Summer Fair for 2020 will be held on AREA 1 at Goldsmiths Recreation Ground on Saturday 11th July between 1-5pm

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Beginners Course – 2020 – 6

July 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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*** Due to government guidance this event has been cancelled *** For those registered on the 2020 beginners course. Bee Safari. Make sure you come for the whole day as it is only those who see all the scenarios who really improve as beekeepers. We will be visiting as many of your apiaries as possible.  

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August 2020

Beginners Course – 2020 – 7

August 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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*** Due to government guidance this event has been cancelled *** For those registered on the 2020 beginners course. Honey extraction. Discussion of treatments to maintain the health of your colony. Volunteers will be needed to place the honey supers back on the hives. This will be done at about 7:00pm.  

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September 2020

Beginners Course – 2020 – 8

September 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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*** Due to government guidance this event has been cancelled *** For those registered on the 2020 beginners course. Feeding, preparations for winter, insulation, quiz.  

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Bee Banter – Crow and Gate, Crowborough – 2020

September 29, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every 2 months that begins at 7:30 pm on day Last of the month, repeating until November 24, 2020

Crow and Gate Pub, Uckfield Road
Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 3TA United Kingdom
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*** Due to government guidance this event has been cancelled *** No need to book in - just turn up! All are very, very welcome. Nothing formal, just friendly chat about our bees.

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Cutoff date for BBKA November 2020 written exam modules

September 30, 2020
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October 2020

Bee Banter – Rose and Crown, Mayfield – 2020

October 27, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every 2 months that begins at 7:30 pm on day Last of the month, repeating until October 27, 2020

Rose and Crown, Mayfield, Fletching Street
Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6TE United Kingdom
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*** Due to government guidance this event has been cancelled *** No need to book in - just turn up! All are very, very welcome. Nothing formal, just friendly chat about our bees.

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November 2020

A Talk From Helen Hadley via ZOOM

November 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Here is a great talk and demo just in time to sort out those Christmas present blues. Helen Hadley is kindly going to share her knowledge and demonstrate some of the most interesting creations of hers. There is also a shopping list for those who would want to follow Helen in real time whilst she is giving the demonstration over the ZOOM. Let's join together to learn, create and have some fun. See you all on 21st November at 14.00…

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Bee Banter – Crow and Gate, Crowborough – 2020

November 24, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every 2 months that begins at 7:30 pm on day Last of the month, repeating until November 24, 2020

Crow and Gate Pub, Uckfield Road
Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 3TA United Kingdom
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*** Due to government guidance this event has been cancelled *** No need to book in - just turn up! All are very, very welcome. Nothing formal, just friendly chat about our bees.

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AGM 2020

November 28, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

This year's AGM of the High Weald Beekeepers' Association is to be held on the 28th November 2020 at 4:00pm. Due to the current exceptional circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic we will be holding the AGM this year on-line using ZOOM. For the same reason there will unfortunately not be a Honey Show this year. Should you wish to attend please inform me by replying to this email and complete the on-line form here (https://hwbka.org.uk/2020-agm-registration/)  on our website. You…

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February 2021

HWBKA Beekeeping Course – Session 1

February 27 @ 2:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 1 - Saturday 27th of February on  Zoom Introductions, Admin. (registration, name badges, fire procedure, etc,) Introductory Presentation – An overview of the world of bees and beekeeping Joining the association. Information about the local association membership, insurance & other benefits. Presentation of a hive and the functioning parts of a hive. Where to keep bees. Where to purchase, construction of hives, etc. Concept of Beespace. Impact on hive design & use one example of a basic moveable frame…

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March 2021

Session 1’ catchup on a Zoom call

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Session 1’ catchup on a Zoom call - Thursday 4th March This as the name suggests will an optional Zoom meeting hosted by one or more tutors. Holding it the week after the course, you will have had time to digest the information of the session and ask any questions that have arisen. It will also be an opportunity to meet other participants, if only virtually and possibly learn from their own questions.  The meeting will last from 30mins- 1hr…

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SBKA AGM

March 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Zoom United Kingdom + Google Map

https://sussexbeeorguk.wordpress.com/future-events-2021/

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HWBKA Beginners’ Course – Session 2

March 13 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 2 - Saturday 13th of March -  on Zoom The biology of the honeybee. CD about the life cycle of the honeybee. Bee Life cycle. Identification of the 3 castes. Development of bees from egg to adult. Functions of the 3 castes in the hive. Organisation of the colony - various worker tasks. Reproduction of the colony. The swarming impulse. The bee’s annual cycle. Bee products: honey, wax, pollen, & propolis; how & why the bees use them. Water.…

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The Challenges to Beekeeping a talk by the renowned Celia Davies

March 17 @ 7:15 am - 9:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

The challenges to beekeeping This talk covers a fairly wide range of topics, addressing some of the challenges that confront our bees and us, as their keepers. It will include weather, environmental changes, colony health and the problems that queens may experience. Finally it looks at some of the ways in which we can overcome these challenges and help our bees as well as still enjoying our beekeeping.

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Session 2’ catchup on a Zoom call

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 2’ catchup on a Zoom call - Thursday 18th March The meeting will last 30mins- 1hr and will start at 7:00pm  

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April 2021

HWBKA Beginners’ Course – Session 3

April 10 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session 3 - Saturday 10th of April (Slab Castle Apiary or in your / your tutor’s apiary) Inside the hive - An introduction to live bees and handling them. Situation of the Apiary and the hives. Apiary hygiene. Apiary 'etiquette', clothing, and equipment. Attitude towards opening hives. Demonstration of space and the moveable frame hive principle. Identify the 3 castes of bees, honeycomb, pollen. Open and capped brood, etc. Appearance of normal heathy & chilled brood. Foraging activity of bees.…

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Session 3’ catchup on a Zoom call

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 3’ catchup on a Zoom call - Thursday 15th April The meeting will last 30mins- 1hr and will start at 7:00pm  

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HWBKA Beginners’ Course – Session 4

April 24 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Horsted Green Park Apiary, Behind Horsted Pond Cottage
Horsted Green, East Sussex TN22 5TH United Kingdom
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Session 4  - Saturday 24th April (Horsted Green Apiary or in your / your tutor’s apiary ) A practical session Hive designs, and choice of hive & equipment. Building your own flat pack hive and frames Making hives & frames from flat-pack kits, Care & preservation of hives. Cleaning & sterilisation of used and second-hand equipment. We will have some hives available to buy and make up at this session.

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Session 4’ catchup on a Zoom call

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 4’ catchup on a Zoom call - Thursday 29th April The meeting will last 30mins- 1hr and will start at 7:00pm

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May 2021

HWBKA Beekeeping Course – Session 5

May 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Slab Castle Apiary, Cherry Garden Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 5 - Saturday 8th May (Slab Castle Apiary or in your / your tutor’s apiary ) Inspecting the colony. Handling bees Activity at entrance. Attitude to opening and inspecting hives. Use of the smoker. Bee space. Comb: Worker cells Drone cells 3 castes: Queen, Workers, Stores: Nectar, Capped honey, Appearance of healthy brood and cappings Eggs, and Larvae (open brood) Sealed worker brood. Sealed drone brood Common early season brood problems. Chilled brood? Chalk brood?      Bald brood?        Wax moth?…

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Session 5’ catchup on a Zoom call

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 5’ catchup on a Zoom call - Saturday 15th May The meeting will last 30mins- 1hr and will start at 7:00pm

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HWBKA Beekeeping Course – Session 6

May 22 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Slab Castle Apiary, Cherry Garden Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 6 - Saturday 22nd May (Slab Castle Apiary or in your / your tutor’s apiary ) Making increase; Swarms & Swarming. Natural swarms / Shook Swarm. Use of nuclei. Finding the Queen. Two methods of swarm control; Artificial swarm & Queen-right nucleus Taking the Queen out on a nucleus. Dealing with Swarming. Signs indicating swarming has taken place. Dealing with the colony that has swarmed. Collection of swarms. Bees in buildings. Capturing a swarm. Hiving & feeding. Other seasonal…

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Session 6’ catchup on a Zoom call

May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 6’ catchup on a Zoom call - Thursday 27th May The meeting will last 30mins- 1hr and will start at 7:00pm  

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June 2021

2021 – Day Taster Course High Weald Beekeepers’ Taster Day – Saturday 5-Jun-2021

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Heath House, St. Raphaels
Buxted, East Sussex TN22 4JS United Kingdom
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HWBKA Beekeepers’ Course – Session 7

June 12 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Slab Castle Apiary, Cherry Garden Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 7 - Saturday 12th June (Slab Castle Apiary or in your / your tutor’s apiary ) Pests & Diseases. Diseases and treatments for Varroa. How to look through a colony for brood disease. Checking for adult bee diseases. Taking a sample for analysis. Notifiable diseases. Ministry system for bee disease control. Looking for Varroa: screen floors & mite drop, drone comb monitoring, other varroa treatments. Use of chemicals & resistance. Chemical poisoning Learning how to recognise healthy brood comb…

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Session 7’ catchup on a Zoom call

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 7’ catchup on a Zoom call - Thursday 17th June The meeting will last 30mins- 1hr and will start at 7:00pm

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July 2021

HWBKA Beekeeping Course – Session 8

July 10 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session 8 - Saturday 10th July Bee safari

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Bee Banter – The Blue Anchor – 7:30pm

July 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Blue Anchor, Beacon Road
Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 1BB United Kingdom
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An opportunity to meet other members of the association and chat about bees and beekeeping. It will be held at: The Blue Anchor Beacon Road Crowborough TN6 1BB Tel. 01892 319299 No need to register . . . just turn up and have a good evening . . .

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HWBKA Beekeeping Course – Session 9

July 31 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Slab Castle Apiary, Cherry Garden Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 9 - Saturday 31st July (Horsted Green Apiary or in your / your tutor’s apiary) Honey extraction. Treatments for Varroa. Methods of clearing bees from supers: Clearing boards Chemical fumigants Brushing bees off Blowers used by professionals Pros & Cons of each method Re-arranging full & part filled combs Estimating what could be taken. Practice “hefting” a hive – to gauge when supers are full Potential of robbing & preventing spread of diseases. After the honey is extracted the…

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August 2021

Session 9’ catchup on a Zoom call

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 9’ catchup on a Zoom call - Thursday 5th August The meeting will last 30mins- 1hr and will start at 7:00pm

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Bee Banter – Mayfield – Rose and Crown

August 31 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Rose and Crown, Mayfield, Fletching Street
Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6TE United Kingdom
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No need to book in - just turn up! All are very, very welcome. Nothing formal, just friendly chat about our bees.

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September 2021

HWBKA Beekeeping Course – Session 10

September 4 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Slab Castle Apiary, Cherry Garden Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 10 - Saturday 4th September (Slab Castle Apiary or in your / your tutor’s apiary ) Preparing your hive for winter. Protection from the weather. Use of mouse guards. Protection from other animals. How to weigh a hive. Practice ‘Hefting’ a hive and using suitcase scales. Preparing sugar syrup. When to feed. Removing cleaned supers.

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Session 10’ final catchup on a Zoom call

September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom United Kingdom

Session 10’ final catchup on a Zoom call - Thursday 9th September The meeting will last 30mins- 1hr and will start at 7:00pm …there may be a quiz too !

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Gathering at the end of the Bee season

September 25 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Blue Anchor, Beacon Road
Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 1BB United Kingdom
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The BBQ event has changed in name and become "Gathering" still with the families and still in the same pub but rather than a BBQ, it's for everyone to order their own food and beverages from the bar and enjoy being together. Many members will be there. So please do come and join us for a fun afternoon from 12.30pm. Thank you for your understanding and support." Kind regards. Talha

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Bee Banter – The Blue Anchor – 7:30pm

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Blue Anchor, Beacon Road
Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 1BB United Kingdom
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An opportunity to meet other members of the association and chat about bees and beekeeping. No need to register . . . just turn up and have a good evening . . .

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October 2021

Apiary Working Party – Slab Castle – 10am

October 2 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Slab Castle Apiary, Cherry Garden Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Help is required at Slab Castle to prepare used equipment for winter storage. • empty the barn of all equipment and sweep through • all used frames to be scraped clean • all used brood and super boxes to be scraped clean and sterilised with flame • all smokers to be cleaned and training equipment washed in soda solution • complete stock take of all equipment • return all items into barn stacking where appropriate This is a major task…

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Bee Banter – The Rose and Crown – 7:30pm

October 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Rose and Crown, Mayfield, Fletching Street
Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6TE United Kingdom
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An opportunity to meet other members of the association and chat about bees and beekeeping. No need to register . . . just turn up and have a good evening . . .

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Sussex Beekeepers – SBKA – Autumn Convention

October 30
Robertsbridge Village Hall, Station Road
Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5DG United Kingdom
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The speakers will be: Michael Keith-Joseph - Forensics and Pollen Shona Blair - Medicinal Honey - a sweet solution against superbugs…? Christine Stevens - Springtime preparation and wax changing Celia Davis - Nuc It! Buckfast Abbey Speakers - What the Books don’t tell you Cost is £25 for the day including lunch or £5 for remote access. To book email info@sbkaconvention.org.uk

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November 2021

Wax Workshop

November 6 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Helen Hadley has arranged with Sandy Infield to accommodate a Wax Workshop in her studio on 6th November from 2pm to 5pm. Numbers will be limited to 20 and will be "first come first served". So please register with Talha promptly. There will be a £10 charge for the workshop payable on the day to cover costs. The plan is to make dipped candles, moulded candles, furniture polish, and hive lubricant. Tea, coffee and cakes will be provided. (Please bring…

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Annual General Meeting – and – Honey Show

November 28 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Five Ashes Village Hall, Five Ashes
Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6JA United Kingdom
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1:30pm Doors open for members and Honey Show entries 1:55pm Entries close for Honey Show. No entries accepted after this time 2:00pm AGM commences 3:00pm AGM closes 3:00pm Honey Show commences 4:00pm Results announced of Honey Show judging and prize giving 5:00pm Hall closes

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Bee Banter – The Blue Anchor – 7:30pm

November 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Blue Anchor, Beacon Road
Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 1BB United Kingdom
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An opportunity to meet other members of the association and chat about bees and beekeeping. No need to register . . . just turn up and have a good evening . . .

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