Oct
5
Sat
WDBKA Apiary Visit @ Netherbury
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The final meeting for all members at the WDBKA Apiary this year.

There will be equipment to clear and a general tidy up of the site … so all help gratefully received!

Hope to see you there … with the usual clean boots and gloves … with suits available to loan before they are packed away until next year.

Oct
8
Tue
WDBKA Lecture Programme @ Bridport Christian Fellowship Hall, East St carpark,
Oct 8 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We look forward to welcoming Dan Basterfield to our programme of winter lectures.

Dan will enthrall us with his fascinating presentation –

‘Dissecting Bees Explained’

Come and find out what’s going on inside our bees and how we can help them to stay healthy.

Oct
24
Thu
National Honey Show 2019 @ Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher. KT10 9RT
Oct 24 – Oct 26 all-day

Don’t forget about the National Honey Show … it makes a great day out and is easy to navigate.

See www.honeyshow.co.uk for further details

Nov
12
Tue
WDBKA AGM @ Christian Fellowship Hall, East St Car park, Bridport. DT6 3QD
Nov 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Our AGM provides a good opportunity to catch up with the latest news in the bee world. We look forward to welcoming Kevin Pope, our Seasonal Bee Inspector, who has agreed to give us an overview of his year … and if time permits to take questions from the floor.

Peter Crabbe, our Asian Hornet Action Team Co-ordinator will also provide an update on the preparations that are in hand pending the arrival of any reported local sightings of this pest …

The key officers from the Committee will also be presenting their annual reports.

See you there!

Dec
10
Tue
WDBKA Christmas Meeting @ Christian Fellowship Hall, East St Car park, Bridport. DT6 3QD
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Carole and Sarah have been to Montreal in September ’19 to attend the international Apimondia event … they have offered to share some stories and observations from their experience during our annual Christmas social get together.

Please bring along a small plate of festive fare to share with friends … we will provide the drinks and mince pies.

See the December newsletter for further details.

Jan
14
Tue
WDBKA and EDBKA Annual Lecture @ Christian Fellowship Hall, East St Car park, Bridport. DT6 3QD
Jan 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

For the last several years West Dorset and East Devon Bee Keepers have enjoyed a joint annual lecture in January.

This year it has been the turn of WDBKA to organise the event. We are pleased to invite members to join us for a talk by Wally Shaw. Please note that we have changed the venue from Whitchurch C to the Christian Fellowship Hall in Bridport. We hope that the event will be popular and well attended.

‘Self-sufficiency Locally Adapted Bee and Apoicentric Beekeeping’ is his subject for the evening.

Please come and share what promises to be an entertaining and informative session.

It is our turn to provide refreshements … so all contributions will be gratefully received.

Jan
19
Sun
WDBKA New Year Luncheon @ Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club DT6 4PS
Jan 19 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Advance notice of this popular event on the WDBKA calendar … save the date!

Further details will appear in the newsletter nearer the time.

Feb
6
Thu
East Devon BKA Talk @ Kilmington VIllage Hall EX13 7RF
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Our beekeeping friends from East Devon have invited members from WDBKA to join them for their programme of talks.

Lynne Ingram will be delivering her presentation  – ‘Managing bees for  Oilseed rape’

Feb
15
Sat
Somerset BKA Lecture Day @ Edgar Hall, Somerton. TA11 6SB
Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The annual Somerset BKA Lecture day is always interesting.

Key talks this year include –

‘Through Winter into Spring’ – Clive de Bruyn

‘Honey Bee Mind/Navigation’  – Prof Lars Chittka

‘Bee Stings’ – Dr Nikos Tsiougkos

‘How to make Mead and Melomels’ – Dinah Sweet

‘What I’ve learned from beekeeping in the past 50 years’ – Clive de Bruyn

Please see the email sent on 18.01.20 for full details… or check the Somerset BKA website.

Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite.

Feb
18
Tue
Frame making and Fish and Chip Supper @ Fellowship Hall Bridport DT6 3QD
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Come along for an entertaining evening of frame making, bee chatter and a fish and chip supper … delivered from Long’s Fish and Chip restaurant … piping hot and tasty!

Please see the latest newsletter for menu options and be sure to let Carole know what you would like.

This is a good opportunity to get to know the students on this years course .. as they hone their frame making skills as we prepare for the season ahead.