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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.
This will be held on September 28th 2019 10.00am to 4.30pm at Trafalgar School London Road Portsmouth PO2 9RJ
Tickets £12.50 in Advance or £14.00 on the Day (Lunch Included)
(Please inform us of special Dietary requirements)
Programme of the Day
9.30 - 10.00 - Coffee / Tea on arrival in Dining Room. Registration and Workshop Choices.
10.00 - 10.15 - Welcome by Mike Cotton Chairman of PDBKA in Main Hall
10.15 - 11.00 - Dr. Michael Keith-Lucas - Pollen in Forensic Science
11.05 - 11.50 - Christine Coulsting: Asian Hornet
12.00 - 12.45 Lunch in Dining Hall
Workshops: Session 1 - 1pm - 1.45pm Session 2 - 2pm - 2.45pm (Choose 2, one for each session)
Workshop 1 Led by Celia Rutland - "Marketing of Honey Products"
Workshop 2 Led by David Rutland - "Late Summer Colony Management"
Workshop 3 Led by Cliff McGauhey - "Microscopy"
Workshop 4 Led by Rosy Raines - "1st Responder Anaphylactic Shock"
Workshop 5 Led by Terry Mullarney - "Making Hornet Traps"
Workshop 6 Led by Alan Warren - "Wicor Primary School Bees (Bees at Schools)"
15.00 Coffee / Tea in Dining Room
15.30 Raffle and Closing Address
Dr Michael Keith Lucas Ph.D - Michael, a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, who has now retired, was formally Senior Tutor in Plant Sciences at the University of Reading. His career was initially centred mainly in looking at pollen on Archaeological sites. He then progressed into Forensic Science. He has had to give evidence in a number of high profiles cases. He recently moved away from the area so handed over his Presidency of Reading & District Gardeners Association.
Christine Coulsting started beekeeping in the Test Valley in 2011. Having taken the Basic Assessment, she started working through the modules one at a time, each one opening a different area of beekeeping interest. So far she holds the BBKA's General Husbandry and Advanced Theory Certificates. Christine is now a BBKA Assessor for the Basic Assessment and a correspondence Course Tutor for the modules.
Christine is chair of Romsey & District Beekeepers, teaches beekeeping and keeps her own apiary in the Test Valley with 17 colonies. It was on cycle tour along the Canal Du Midi that she first came across an Asian Hornets and saw them darting around ivy in late summer.
Being situated near the South Coast, we are very much in the front line of an Asian Hornet Invasion. After two Hampshire AH nests were found last Autumn, Romsey Beekeepers formed an Asian Hornet action team and set work to raise awareness of the Asian Hornet to beekeepers around Hampshire and also the public in our area.
The Asian Hornet is a fascinating creature but one which will challenge both bees and beekeepers in the years to come.
Please support the Trade Stands
Lin: Thorne's Stockbridge
The HBA Library with Avril Tillman
Where to find us: Trafalgar School, London Road, Portsmouth, PO2 9RJ.
Tickets will be on sale at the shop every Saturday - from this Saturday 27th and you can pay Cliff by card, cheque or cash.
The Tuesday meeting at The Sustainability Centre is now full however we will bring tickets if you wish to purchase one then, by cheque or cash. You can of course pay on the day but this will cost you more.
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 24th February until end of September 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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PDBKA currently has around 149 Members.
"The majority of beekeepers do not give sufficient insulation and no beekeeper ever gave too much " Everertt Phillips Franklin
September to June meetings will be held in the larger room, at the Porchester Parish Hall, on the fourth TUESDAY of each month.