. Coventry & District Branch . of the Warwickshire Beekeepers Association
.               Coventry & District Branch.                         of theWarwickshire Beekeepers Association

Branch Diary for 2017-18

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.

Directions on how to find apiary.pdf
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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: - cbka.membership@hotmail.co.uk 


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.

Summer Meeting Dates 2017

Date Activity
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

Winter Meeting Dates 2017-18

          DATE                                                  EVENT                                                    
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

Current News!

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!


Branch Apiary

Take a look at our branch apiary and view the programme of activities.


Local Honey

If you wish to purchase local honey, please follow this link.

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