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Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom

February 2015

Apiary Meeting

February 1, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Working Party - primarily to assist with apiary maintenance. Please feel free to come along for as much time as you can spare - every little helps !

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March 2015

Working Party

March 1, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Working Party - primarily to assist with apiary maintenance. Please feel free to come along for as much time as you can spare - every little helps !

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April 2015

Working Party

April 12, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Working Party - primarily to assist with apiary maintenance. Please feel free to come along for as much time as you can spare - every little helps !

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Beginners’ Taster Course – 4

April 25, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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(4) Saturday 25th April. 2.00 pm Tutors; KO, BH, MW, CC, CS. Inside the Hive (In the Apiary) Situation of the Apiary and the hives. Apiary hygiene. Apiary ‘etiquette’. Clothing and equipment. Attitude towards opening hives. Demonstration of bee space and the moveable frame hive principle. Identify the 3 castes of bees, honeycomb, pollen, open and capped brood, etc. Appearance of normal healthy brood & chilled brood. Foraging activity of bees. Organisation of the colony, division of labour, worker’s various…

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May 2015

Working Party

May 3, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Working Party - primarily to assist with apiary maintenance. Please note this particular working party has been cancelled as many folk are occupied over the Bank Holiday weekend !

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Beginners’ Taster Course – 5

May 10, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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(5) Sunday 10th May. 2.00 pm Tutors; KO, CC, HH, CS. Inspecting the colony; (In the Apiary) Handling the Bees. Record keeping. Natural instinct of bees to swarm. Queens & queen substance. Swarm prevention; - early signs & reasons for swarming, how to reduce the risk of losing swarms. Swarm control – one basic method; artificial swarm – NBU method When things go wrong; Signs of queenlessness / failing queen. Recognition of a drone-laying queen & laying workers. Bee diseases.…

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Beginners’ Course – 6

May 23, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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(6) Saturday 23rd May. 2.00 pm Tutors; KO, MG, CC, HH Preparing for a Honey crop Oil Seed Rape honey, characteristics of various honeys. Preparations for taking off the crop. Honey production & supering. Honey harvesting & extracting the crop. Preparation & bottling for sale or home consumption. Cut comb production. Feedback on the course so far

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June 2015

Beginners’ Course – 7

June 6, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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(7) Saturday 6th June. 2.00 pm Tutors; KO, BH, CS, Making increase; Swarms & Swarming. Natural swarms / Shook Swarm. Use of nuclei Finding the Queen. Two methods of swarm control; Artificial swarm & Queen-right nucleus Collection of swarms. Bees in buildings. Signs indicating swarming has taken place. Capturing a swarm. Hiving & feeding. Dealing with the colony that has swarmed. Other seasonal routine jobs: supering, comb replacement, sacrificial drone comb, Practise handling bees.

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Beginners’ Course – 8

June 20, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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(8) Saturday 20th June. 2.00 pm Tutors; KO, AS, RS. Pests & Diseases 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 and normal behaviour of the bees. Checking for other pests & diseases:…

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July 2015

Beginners’ Course – 9

July 4, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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(9) Saturday 4th July. 2.00 pm Tutors; KO, CS, HH, Summer management. More on integrated pest management, monitoring varroa numbers by mite drop & drone uncapping. Virus disease & varroa. Routine seasonal tasks: supering, checking for queen cells, eggs, etc. Introduction to queen raising, use of nuclei. Drones and bee breeding. Uniting colonies, introducing queens. Practise handling bees. Question & Answer session Wet Weather sessions which can be used at any time of the year when required; (W1) Buying new…

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Beginners’ Course – 10

July 18, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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(10) Saturday 18th July. 2.00 pm Tutors; KO, CS, HH, BH Summer management. Routine seasonal tasks: supering, checking for queen cells, queen-rightness, etc. More on integrated pest management, monitoring varroa numbers by drone uncapping. Virus disease & varroa. Practise handling bees.

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August 2015

Beginners’ Course – 11

August 1, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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(11) Saturday 1st August. 2.00 pm Tutors; KO, MW, A S, Pests & Diseases Revision Checking for brood disease. Notifiable diseases & the National Bee Unit. Learning how to recognise healthy brood comb and normal behaviour of the bees. Checking for other pests & diseases: wax moth, chalk brood, sac brood, acarine, nosema, etc. Importance of brood comb renewal. Adult bee diseases and pests. Link between varroa & virus’. Assessing natural mite drop counts and the need for varroa and…

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Beginners’ Course – 12

August 15, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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(12) Saturday 15th August. 2.00 pm Tutors; KO, MW, CC, & AS. Taking the honey crop. Routine seasonal tasks: supering, checking for queen cells, queen-rightness, etc. Preparation for taking the honey crop Taking off honey, methods for clearing bees from supers. Estimating what is surplus. Care & prevention of robbing. Removing the crop & extracting, Straining & bottling for sale. Labelling regulations. Check weighing the hive.

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Beginners’ Course -13

August 29, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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(13) Saturday 29th August. 2.00 pm Tutors; HH, BH, MW, MG. Autumn tasks. Cleaning & storing supers. Wax moth precautions. Methods of recovering wax, and uses of wax. Other hive products; pollen, propolis. Autumn treatments for varroa and nosema control. Feeding bees. Estimating stores and sugar requirement. Check weighing the hive. Natural mite drop Mouse guards; Protection against robbing Question & Answer session Feedback on the course

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September 2015

Beginners’ Course – 14

September 12, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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(14) Saturday 12th September. 2.00 pm Tutors; KO, MW, BH, MG Preparing for Winter Preparation of the hives for Winter. Checking stores. Weatherproof. Mouse and woodpecker precautions. Insulation and ventilation of the hive for winter. Use of organic acids (lactic acid or oxalic acid) as winter treatments for varroa. Beekeeping Question & Answer session Feedback on the Course Cost of the Main Course is £100.00 Payable in advance please As this course is organised by the High Weald Bee Keepers…

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April 2016

BEGINNERS’ INTRODUCTION COURSE – Inside the Hive (In the Apiary)

April 23, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Situation of the Apiary and the hives. Apiary hygiene.  Apiary ‘etiquette’.  Clothing and equipment.  Attitude towards opening hives. Demonstration of bee space and the moveable frame hive principle.  Identify the 3 castes of bees, honeycomb, pollen, open and capped brood, etc.   Appearance of normal healthy brood & chilled brood.  Foraging activity of bees.  Organisation of the colony, division of labour, worker’s various tasks, dance communications, wax making & comb building, storing nectar & pollen. Identify nectar sources from pollen loads. …

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May 2016

BEGINNERS’ INTRODUCTION COURSE – Inspecting the colony; (In the Apiary)

May 7, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Handling the Bees. Record keeping. Natural instinct of bees to swarm.   Queens & queen substance. Swarm prevention; - early signs & reasons for swarming, how to reduce the risk of losing swarms. Swarm control – one basic method; artificial swarm – NBU method When things go wrong; Signs of queenlessness / failing queen. Recognition of a drone-laying queen & laying workers. Bee diseases.  Pest & disease management. Assessing natural mite drop counts and the need for varroa and nosema controls.…

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BEGINNERS’ MAIN COURSE – Preparing for a Honey crop

May 21, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Oil Seed Rape honey, characteristics of various honeys. Preparations for taking off the crop. Honey production & supering. Honey harvesting & extracting the crop. Preparation & bottling for sale or home consumption. Cut comb production. Feedback on the course so far Tutors; KO, CC, PC.  

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June 2016

BEGINNERS’ MAIN COURSE – Making increase; Swarms & Swarming.

June 4, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Natural swarms / Shook Swarm. Use of nuclei   Finding the Queen. Two methods of swarm control; Artificial swarm & Queen-right nucleus Collection of swarms.   Bees in buildings. Signs indicating swarming has taken place. Capturing a swarm. Hiving & feeding. Dealing with the colony that has swarmed. Other seasonal routine jobs:  supering, comb replacement, sacrificial drone comb, Practise handling bees.   Tutors; KO, CS, MW, RS

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BEGINNERS’ MAIN COURSE – Pests & Diseases

June 18, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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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 and normal behaviour of the bees. Checking for other pests & diseases: wax moth, chalk brood, sac brood, acarine, nosema, etc. Importance of brood comb…

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July 2016

BEGINNERS’ MAIN COURSE – Summer management.

July 2, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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More on integrated pest management, monitoring varroa numbers by mite drop & drone uncapping.  Virus disease & varroa. Routine seasonal tasks: supering, checking for queen cells, eggs, etc. Introduction to queen raising, use of nuclei. Drones and bee breeding. Uniting colonies, introducing queens. Practise handling bees. Question & Answer session Tutors;   KO, CS, HH, MW     Wet Weather sessions which can be used at any time of the year when required;   (W1)    Buying new equipment in the flat…

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BEGINNERS’ MAIN COURSE – Summer management.

July 16, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Routine seasonal tasks: supering, checking for queen cells, queen-rightness, etc. More on integrated pest management, monitoring varroa numbers by drone uncapping. Virus disease & varroa. Practise handling bees. Tutors;  KO, CS, HH.  

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BEGINNERS’ MAIN COURSE – Pests & Diseases Revision

July 30, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Checking for brood disease. Notifiable diseases & the National Bee Unit. Learning how to recognise healthy brood comb and normal behaviour of the bees. Checking for other pests & diseases: wax moth, chalk brood, sac brood, acarine, nosema, etc. Importance of brood comb renewal. Adult bee diseases and pests.   Link between varroa & virus’. Assessing natural mite drop counts and the need for varroa and nosema controls. Tutors; KO, MW, AS,

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August 2016

BEGINNERS’ MAIN COURSE – Taking the honey crop.

August 13, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Routine seasonal tasks: supering, checking for queen cells, queen-rightness, etc. Preparation for taking the honey crop Taking off honey, methods for clearing bees from supers. Estimating what is surplus. Care & prevention of robbing. Removing the crop & extracting, Straining & bottling for sale. Labelling regulations. Check weighing the hive. Tutors;  MW, CC,  AS.

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BEGINNERS’ MAIN COURSE – Autumn tasks.

August 27, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Cleaning & storing supers. Wax moth precautions. Methods of recovering wax, and uses of wax. Other hive products; pollen, propolis. Autumn treatments for varroa and nosema control. Feeding bees. Estimating stores and sugar requirement. Check weighing the hive.  Natural mite drop Mouse guards;  Protection against robbing Tutors;  BH, MW, AS. Question & Answer session Feedback on the course

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September 2016

BEGINNERS’ MAIN COURSE – Preparing for Winter

September 10, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Preparation of the hives for Winter. Checking stores. Weatherproof. Mouse and woodpecker precautions. Insulation and ventilation of the hive for winter. Use of organic acids (lactic acid or oxalic acid) as winter treatments for varroa.   Beekeeping Question & Answer session Feedback on the Course Tutors; KO MW, BH, HH  

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April 2018

Beginners’ Course – Equipment and Hygiene

April 7, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 2 of the "Full Course" and "Introduction Course" Bee suits, lighting a smoker, hygiene. If possible, opening a hive with an experienced beekeeper. This will be dependent on spring temperatures.

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Beginners’ / Improvers’ Session – Hives & Equipment

April 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Extra Session - for the "Full Course" and "Introduction Course" Advice for those who need it with building their flat pack hive. Building frames. Sterilising wooden hives and sterilising poly hives.

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Beginners’ Course – Handling bees

April 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 3 of the "Full Course" and "Introduction 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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May 2018

Beginners’ Course – Dealing with swarming

May 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 4 of the "Full Course" Dealing with swarming. How to do an artificial swarm. How to take the Queen out into a nucleus box.

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June 2018

Beginners’ Course – Handling bees; Feeders; Robbing

June 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 5 of the "Full Course" Handling bees. Feeders. Robbing.

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July 2018

Beginners’ Course – Bee Safari

July 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 6 of the "Full 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 2018

Beginners’ Course – Honey extraction

August 4, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 7 of the "Full 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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Improvers’ Session – Getting prepared for winter

August 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Varroa treatment, feeding, and preparation for winter

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September 2018

Beginners’ Course – Feeding; Prep for winter

September 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 8 of the "Full Course" Feeding, preparations for winter, insulation, quiz.

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November 2018

Apiary Working Party – Slab Castle

November 24, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Apiary Working Party on Saturday 24th November. from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Meet at the bee equipment shed in Cherry Gardens Farm If you can, could you send Keith a text or message so he has a rough idea how many are coming. 01892 863 658 or 07941 578 427

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April 2019

Beginners Course – 2019 – 2

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 2 of the "Full Course" and "Introduction Course" Bee suits, lighting a smoker, hygiene. If possible, opening a hive with an experienced beekeeper. This will be dependent on spring temperatures.

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Beginners Course – 2019 – Extra

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Extra Session - for the "Full Course" and "Introduction Course" Advice for those who need it with building their flat pack hive. Building frames. Sterilising wooden hives and sterilising poly hives.

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Beginners Course – 2019 – 3

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 3 of the "Full Course" and "Introduction 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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May 2019

Beginners Course – 2019 – 4

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 4 of the "Full Course" Dealing with swarming. How to do an artificial swarm. How to take the Queen out into a nucleus box.

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June 2019

Beginners Course – 2019 – 5

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 5 of the "Full Course" Handling bees. Feeders. Robbing.

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August 2019

Beginners Course – 2019 – 7

August 3 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 7 of the "Full 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 2019

Beginners Course – 2019 – 8

September 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cherry Gardens Farm, Cherry Gardens Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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Session 8 of the "Full Course" Feeding, preparations for winter, insulation, quiz.

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