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The Portsmouth Beekeepers’ Association exists to promote the craft of beekeeping and increase public awareness of bees and their contribution to the ecology around Portsmouth in Hampshire, UK.
2017 Annual Honey Show and Competition at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire 7th & 8th Oct
Hampshire Beekeepers Association annual honey show will be held at:
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey SO51 0DA
The winter beekeeping course begins on the 23 rd February 2018 and runs for eight weeks until the 20th April 2018 (not Good Friday). It will also include an additional two sessions later in the year at the PDBKA out apiary, to get you used to the idea of handling bees. The course will be held on a Friday evening at Portchester Community Centre in Westlands Grove, Portchester and will run from 7:15 pm until 9:15 pm.
Our winter course for beginners is being run by John Perry who has been keeping bees for some years. He has several apiaries of his own which he runs with the help of his wife, Rita. He has previously been swarm co-ordinator for the Portsmouth Beekeepers, and also holds the position of Deputy Chairman for our club.
The course is aimed primarily at new beekeepers, novice beekeepers or anyone who has bees and has never done a theory course. Whilst the course is mainly theory there is also some practical work. The course is based around the British Beekeepers Basic Assessment Syllabus and whilst we do not expect you to take the exam on completion of the course it will ensure that you have all the knowledge you need to become a competent beekeeper. It will also give you the opportunity to talk to experienced beekeepers and meet like-minded people at the same level as yourselves and share your experiences with them.
Bookings for the course will be taken from 1st September 2017 and places will then be allocated on a first come, first served basis. There is a limit on the number of people we can accommodate and we are usually over- subscribed. You do not need to be an existing member of the Portsmouth and District Beekeepers Association to enrol as one years membership is included in the course fee The charge for existing members is £35.00 and for non- members *£52.00 or *£65.00 (which will include 1 years membership of PDBKA and BBKA)
If there is anything else you would like to know please contact me.
Education Secretary * without or with bee colonies
PDBKA is pleased to announce that our Vice President Geoff Piper has agreed to become the new Out Apiary Manager at the Meon Valley Sustainability Centre with immediate effect.
Geoff has been an active member of PDBKA for many years , has over 40 year’s beekeeping experience and currently runs approximately 25 hives of his own. Geoff will also be conducting practical hands-on training sessions, and act as our liaison with the Management Team of the Sustainability Centre.
As a direct response to the results of the recent member’s survey, Geoff has agreed to hold Apiary Meetings at a more convenient time for a trial period on
Tuesday Evenings starting at 6pm, meeting at the Sustainability Centre main reception. All PDBKA members are cordially invited to attend, regardless of experience, as this is a great opportunity to share experiences and learn from one another to the benefit of all.
Apiary meetings are a natural progression from the winter beekeeping course and are suitable for not only new Beekeepers who are expecting the arrival of their
first colony but for those who may have only just started looking after their own hives, to those wishing to develop their skills further or maybe to take the BBKA
It is also an opportunity for people looking to become new Beekeepers who would like the opportunity to understand what’s involved and to handle Bees for the
first time. If you know of anyone you fits this criteria please feel free to invite them along, we have several bee suits available, it would be advisable to
let Geoff know in advance, just in case.
Geoff offers a warm welcome to anyone wishing to attend and hopes that many members will take up this learning experience.
The Apiary has a variety of hives and is intended that beekeepers new and old have the opportunity to review the relative merits of these hive types, gain experience of handling bees, and exchange opinions in an informal setting.
The Out-Apiary at the Sustainability Centre near East Meon is open on Tuesday evenings. Meet in the car park at 6pm if the weather is suitable. Check with Geoff Piper Telephone 02392 593760 if unsure.
Attendees are expected to wear clean bees suits. A limited number of suits are available for loan to new members for the session. All sessions are of course totally dependent on the weather and may be cancelled at short notice. Please contact the Apiary Manager on the day to check.
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The shop manager is Cliff McGaughey. The address is "The Skep", The Bastion, Portsmouth.
Please note, that for the winter period (October to March) the shop will not be routinely opened, but goods can be obtained by contacting Cliff as below.
No money is ever left in the shop and the premisis are alarmed.
The shop will be opening every Saturday from 1st April 2017 between 10.00 and 11.00 a.m. There are good supplies of wax, jars etc. etc. so please do make use of this Club facility. The shop is for the benefit of all members, hopefully saving them long journeys to other suppliers or having to pay postage (as well as money on your purchases). Every effort will be made to keep prices as low as possible by making bulk purchases, so it’s up to you to let us know your requirements. At present the stock of some items is limited, but we do have plenty of frames and foundation in anticipation of the spring honey flow. So, the success of this venture is really up to you – your patronage is all that is needed, so I look forward to your orders.
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The P&DBKA newletters are published on this website and they contain lots of up to the minute information. Please read them!
"The majority of beekeepers do not give sufficient insulation and no beekeeper ever gave too much " Everertt Phillips Franklin
September to April meetings will be held in the larger room, at the Porchester Parish Hall, on the fourth TUESDAY of each month.