Lancaster Beekeepers

Love your Bees

Lancaster Beekeepers

Who we are
Lancaster Beekeepers is friendly and growing group of hobbyist beekeepers who meet regularly throughout the year to share experiences and develop their beekeeping skills. Membership currently exceeds 140 members.

The Club offers all newcomers a comprehensive training package to ensure that they become competent beekeepers. Throughout the year, we hold a diverse range of talks and workshops, on a wide range of topics suitable for people new to beekeeping, those just interested in beekeeping and more experienced beekeepers. We also have a number of social events, where there is the opportunity for exchange of experiences with the highs and lows of beekeeping. Some events are held at members' apiaries and practical demonstrations are held at the Club’s apiary.

The benefits of membership do not end here. Experienced Club members are always available to provide guidance and practical assistance when necessary. Club membership also includes public liability insurance, bee disease insurance, the six times yearly magazine of the British Beekeepers' Association and invitations to the shows and conventions of other beekeeping clubs in the region.  The Club also provides a monthly newsletter which is available on this website.

Contacts:

Chairman: Dr Fred Ayres, 01524 811978  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Secretary & Membership Officer: Pip Merriman, 01524 382323  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2015 EVENTS 

SWARM ALERT - SUNDAY 12th APRIL 2015

The season is already under way and swarms will soon be on the agenda. We are running a members’ workshop on:

 

THEORETICAL SWARM MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
(theory only – no bees.)
Venue: Truckhaven Times: 9.30 – 12.30

 

Topics covered :-
• Pre-emptive swarm control – methods to minimise swarming
• Different ways of dealing with swarm cells
• Setting up bait hives
• Collecting and hiving a swarm

 

All members welcome. There is no charge but donations to the cost of the room are will be appreciated. There is no need to book but if you can let me know beforehand to organise tea/coffee it would be helpful.
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Thursday April 16th (evening) Venue: Lancaster House Conference Centre, Lancaster, LA1 4GJ

 

Time 7:30 pm


Professor Keith Deleplane (Prof. of Entomology at Louisiana State University, USA).
Keith is the Keynote Speaker at the British Beekeepers Association’s (BBKA) 2015 Spring Convention and Lancaster Beekeepers have been fortunate in having been able to arrange for Keith to come to Lancaster to speak as part of his Pre-Convention Tour.

We are the only location in the North that he will visit so this will be a unique opportunity to hear a world class renowned expert in our local area.

Keith oversees honey bee research, instruction and outreach at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences USA. He is a frequent lecturer on behalf of bee science across the English speaking world. In 2014 he was recognised by Her Majesty The Queen as an honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his research and outreach efforts in the United Kingdom.


Some of Keith’s specialist interests include the pathological effects of parasitic mites on honey bees, integrated control of parasitic mites, interaction of comb substrate on bee sociobiology and bee conservation biology.

 

Book form please click here.

BUILDING ALTERNATIVE HIVES - SUNDAY, 17TH MAY 2015

Venue: Club Apiary Times: 9.30 – 1.00

 

During this workshop we will build and set up a DZ hive, two Warré hives and a long-shallow hive ready for the introduction of bees.

 

All members welcome. There is no charge or need to book but it would be helpful if you could let me know if you intend to attend. 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 01524 811978

 

QUEEN REARING FOR ALL - SATURDAY 6TH JUNE AT THE CLUB APIARY

 A full one day HANDS ON workshop for beekeepers of all abilities to show both simple and advanced methods of rearing your own queens.

 

Led by Master Beekeeper David Raynor, the workshop will be held at the club apiary, commencing at 10.00am and finishing around 4.30 pm. Please bring your own lunch and beesuit.

 

ALSO, as part of the course involves grafting larvae, a one hour follow up session will be held at 2.00pm on SUNDAY 7th at the apiary to check your success at starting queen cells.

 

Limited places. Please contact Peter Stephens to reserve your place.

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Sunday, 21st June 2015 at 2-00pm
Wildflower Meadow Walk, Meet: Catholic Church, Caton

 

Saturday, 27th June 2015 at 10-00am
Workshop – Preparation for Basic Examination (1), Venue: Club Apiary

 

Saturday, 4th July 2015, at 10-00am
Workshop – Preparation for Basic Examination (2), Venue: Club Apiary

 

Sunday, 19th July 2015 at 10-00am
Apiary Open Day, Venue: Club Apiary

 

Saturday, 25th July 2015 – time TBC
Basic Examination, Venue: Club Apiary

 

Saturday, 8th August 2015 at 2-00pm
Garden Meeting, “Preparing for Winter” Speaker – Peter Stephens

Hosted by Helen & Roger Jump

 

Saturday, 15th August 2015 at 2-00pm
Annual BBQ, Organiser: Dawn Boswell-Challand, Venue: Club Apiary

 

Tuesday, 8th September 2015 at 7-30pm
Club Meeting, Speaker – TBC, Venue: Hala Carr Community Centre

 

Saturday, 17th October 2015 at 9-30am
Workshop – Honey Extraction, Venue - TBC

 

Tuesday, 17th November 2015 at 7-30pm
Club Meeting –Honey Tasting, Venue: Hala Carr Community Centre

 

2016

 

Tuesday, 5th January 2016 at 7-30pm
Members’ Forum and Wine & Cheese, Venue: St Paul’s Church Hall, Lancaster

 

Friday, 12th February 2016 at 7-30pm
Annual Dinner, Organiser: Jenny Gilpin, Venue – TBC

 

Saturday, 19th March 2016 at 2-00pm
AGM
Speaker TBC, Venue – St Paul’s Church Hall, Lancaster

OPEN TRAINING COURSES

 

Introduction to basic beekeeping.
Saturday, 14th March, 2015, 9-30am to 4-30pm, Venue: Truckhaven

 

Basic Beekeeping Competencies.
A four-week practical and theoretical course at the Club apiary, Yealand Conyers
Saturday, 2nd May, Saturday, 9th May, Saturday, 16th May, Saturday, 23rd May.

 

Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping Workshop.
Saturday, 14th November 2016, 9-30am to 4-30pm, Venue – Truckhaven

 

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETINGS

 

Tuesday, 7th April 2015                           Tuesday, 23rd June 2015

 

Tuesday, 15th September 2015                Tuesday, 15th December 2015

 

OTHER MEETINGS

 

BBKA Spring Convention

Fri. 17th Apr Members’ Day Sat. 18th Apr Public Day & Trade Show
Sun. 19th Apr Education Day Venue: Harper Adams University College

 

BBKA SDM
Sat. 20th Jun at 10-30am, Stoneleigh

 

Apimodia 2015
15th -20th Sept 2015, Daejeon, Korea

 

 

Any changes or additions to this programme will be notified to members by email and also shown on the Club web site

 

www.lancaster-beekeepers.org.uk