2017-18 Meeting and Event Dates
In the summer from May to August, we meet at our branch training apiary at Garden Organic, Wolston Lane, Ryton-On-Dunsmore, Coventry, Warwickshire CV8 3LG. These meetings are currently held on the third Sunday of each month from 3.00pm to 5.00pm.
Our winter meetings, are held on the third Monday of each month from September to April at All Saints Church Hall, Allesley, Coventry, CV5 9EQ from 7.30pm – 9pm
You are welcome to come along to any of our meetings.
A map showing the location of the Apiary at Garden Organic can be seen below. JPG image or pdf document available for download.
Summer Meeting Dates 2017
During the summer season Coventry Branch members will be meeting at the training apiary on the 3rd Sunday in the month. Which for 2017 is May 21st, June 18th, July 16th and August 20th. However, regular inspections, etc, will occur at the branch apiary from Sunday 2nd April 2017.
We meet at 3pm and the prime purpose will be to do a routine inspection of the colonies in the training apiary.
Experienced Beekeepers will be there to lead the inspections and also to answer any questions that members may have.
This meeting is an informal affair and a chance for members to meet socially. Refreshments are available. People can come to chat, there is no onus on taking part in the inspections.
Visitors are welcome to attend; however, it must be stressed that they do so at their own risk. The hives will be opened for inspections and there will be bees flying around the site, so there is a chance of being stung. However, there is a safe viewing position from the veranda of the branch hut.
Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible Adult, this applies to both members of Coventry Branch and Visitors to the apiary.
Weekly Inspections of the Hives
For swarm control and routine management of the bees the Colonies need to be inspected every week. This will, weather permitting, take place on each Sunday afternoon at 3pm.
At least one experienced Beekeeper will be present to lead the inspection and take responsibility for the session.
This is a good chance for the less experienced beekeepers to gain experience of handling bees.
We are looking for Volunteers from among members of the Branch to be added to the rota of these weekly inspections, if you want to take part in this please contact me on this email address: - firstname.lastname@example.org
The planned schedule for 2017 Summer Branch meetings is shown below.
Note - Live links are in green text. All events at Garden Organic unless expressly stated otherwise.
|Sun 23 Apr||Nosema Testing Day|
|Sun 14 May||Beekeeping Taster Day - Booking Only|
|Sun 21 May||Hive Inspections & Group Chat!|
|Sun 18 Jun||Hive Inspections & Group Chat!|
|Sat/Sun 8/9 July||Godiva Festival, Memorial Park, Coventry|
|Sun 16 Jul||Hive Inspections & Group Chat!|
|Sun 13 Aug||Fillongley Show|
|Sun 20 Aug||
Hive Inspections & Group Chat!
Celia Davis visiting
Sun 10 Sep
|Beekeeping Taster Day - Booking Only|
The planned schedule for 2017 - 18 winter meetings is shown below. All meetings are at All Saints Church Hall, Allesley, Coventry, CV5 9EQ from 7.30pm – 9pm
|Mon 18th Sept||
Branch Honey Show + Activity/Talk TBD
|Mon 16th Oct||
Honey Tasting Session
|Mon 20th Nov||
'Honey Bee Democracy' - Justice Klaar
|Mon 18th Dec||
Branch Christmas Social
|Mon 15th Jan||
'Plants for Bees' ? - TBC
Mon 19th Feb
Branch AGM - Talk on Swarm Prevention ? - TBC
|Mon 19th Mar||
'Commercial Bee Farming' - Sam Barber - TBC
|Mon 16th Apr||
'Adventures of a Swarm Collector' - TBC
TBD = To Be Determined
TBC = To Be Confirmed
CBKA Honey Show 2017
Information on this year's CBKA Honey Show is all available here!
Beekeeping Taster Afternoons 2017
Bookings are now being taken for these popular events that give you a first insight into Beekeeping. Click HERE for details.
Beekeeping Course 2017
We ran our annual full weekend Beginner's Beekeeping Course on 18/19 February 2017.
If you wish to register your interest in next year's course, please click HERE!
If you wish to purchase local honey, please follow this link.