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Bee Disease Day - 24th June 2017
If you haven’t already signed up for this, please do so in the next few days.
We have planned two sessions – 9.00 (for a 9.30 start) till 12.30 and 1.30 till 4.30.
David and Celia Rudland are leading the sessions. David was a seasonal bee inspector for many years and Celia a teacher. Both are established beekeepers who keep over 200 colonies and run many excellent courses. David is licensed to handle frames of EFB and AFB and will bring some along for us all to see.
The event will be held in East Meon Village Hall (Workhouse Ln, East Meon, Petersfield GU32 1PF).
The cost is £10 and includes a simple ploughman’s lunch with homemade cake to finish. If you are on the afternoon session, lunch is provided for you before the start of your session. Refreshments throughout the day will be provided.
The Meon Valley Beekeepers are a friendly group of enthusiastic beekeepers covering a wide area from Waterlooville in the east to Alton and Basingstoke in the north, Wickham and Bishop's Waltham in the south and across to Hedge End and Durley in the west. We were established in 1938 and our aim is to help and encourage people to learn the craft of beekeeping, to keep their bees healthy and strong, so that they will bring in a good honey crop and provide pollination.
We offer a huge range of support and advice to new and experienced beekeepers and we run our own association apiary which is used as a teaching aid and as an area to house swarms.
Monthly association meetings provide an opportunity to meet other beekeepers and share knowledge and experiences. We provide interesting and stimulating speakers on wide varity of topics from products of the hive and the history of beekeeping through to bee disease and environmental issues.
Every new beekeeper can attend our theory course which commences every January and runs for 6 weeks. A practical course then follows at our apiary and provides an opportunity to apply all the theory and get familiar with handling bees. All new beekeepers are assisted with setting up their first colony and are given a mentor to guide them through their first year of keeping healthy bees.
All members can join the swam list and are also encouraged to assist with swam collection Our apiary is used to house swarms and check their health before they are rehomed by members. A charge of £50 is made for swarms from the apiary.
Our annual beekeeping auction, held early in May, is an opportunity to buy and sell equipment with over 200 lots available.
A highlight of the year is the Summer Safari where members open up their apiaries for visits by other beekeepers supported by a bee inspector. This event is a great way to learn new techniques and to see some beautiful Hampshire countryside and have some fun. The day finishes at the association apiary with refreshments.
All members are signed up to the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA) and have Bee Disease Insurance (BDI)
We support a number of shows throughout the year and we encourage all members to come along and help. They are a fantastic way to promote bee keeping with the wider community and they are a really good way to network with fellow bee enthusiasts and learn more about the craft of beekeeping.
We welcome all members and are always looking for ways to improve the support we provide and the range of events we hold.