MVBKA Programme

We’ve put together the full programme events for the next 12 months.  Please put the dates in your diary now and more information will be available as the year progresses. 

Thursday 7th December – AGM and Christmas Party at Warnford Hall from 7.30pm.  This year we have decided to combine the AGM with the Christmas party – serious business with some fun. The AGM is your chance to have your say about the way your association works and maybe even volunteer to come onto the committee or a sub group. Fleur (MVBKA Chair) will be announcing the outcome of the members survey so we can all see what talks and other events have been planned in line with the results.

The Christmas party is a ‘Bring & Share’ event so do please bring a plate of finger food to share. We usually have a really good spread of food and we hope to also have some ‘entertainment’ so lots of fun as well as some serious stuff.

Thursday 11th January – Evening Event – There will be an informal gathering at Warnford Hall at 7.30pm for tea and cake.  Please come along and talk about the ups and downs of your 2017 beekeeping year.

Every Tuesday from 6th February – 17th March – 8 week Theory Course for New Beekeepers –  at Warnford Hall 7.30pm.  The first meeting of the beginners Theory course. The course will be advertised but if you know someone who would like to join the course, please let Jean know on . It will take place over eight Tuesday evenings at Warnford Village Hall (SO32 3LE) starting at 7.00 and ending around 9.00.

Thursday 8th February – Evening Event: Preparing for the Season Ahead – at Warnford Hall start 7.30am.

Saturday 17th March – South Hants Spring Convention  MVBKA are taking the lead to organise the event and more details will be available closer to the date but there will be something of interest for everyone.

Wednesday 11th April – Evening Speaker: Immunotherapy – Note this is not on the usual Thursday – Location TBA

Friday 13th April to Sunday 15th April BBKA Spring Convention – Harper Adams University, Newport TF10 8NB

Saturday 28th April Nosema Day and Microscopy with James Donaldson and Jean Frost – please advise Jean if you’d like to attend.

Saturday 5th May – Saturday 6th June – 6 week Practical Course at the Association Apiary for Beginners and Improvers 2.30pm

Saturday 12th May – Association Auction

Saturday 9th June – Bishops Waltham Carnival and Show

Saturday 23rd June – Apiary Safari with Adrian Kelly (To be confirmed)

Sunday 1st July – Preparation of Honey and Wax for Showing. A whole day devoted to preparing honey and wax for show with instruction from Tom Salter, the judge at our 2017 Honey Show.

Saturday 14th July – Curdridge Show

Saturday 21st July – Apiary Picnic – for members and their family at the Association Apiary.

Saturday 1st September – Alresford Show and the MBVKA Annual Honey Show

Thursday 11th October – Evening Talk: Gardens and Wild Flower Meadows for Bees – At Warnford Hall (Speaker TBA)

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October – Hampshire Honey Show at Sir Harold Hilliers Gardens Romsey

25th, 26th 27th October – National Honey Show – Sandown Park Race Course

Thursday 8th November – Evening Meeting – Nosema (Speaker TBA)

Thursday 6th December – AGM and Christmas Party – Warnford Hall 7.30pm