Training Update

The BeeHolder, Summer 2014

Congratulations to the five candidates that took their Basic Beekeeping Assessment on 14 June in the apiary at Gregynog. All five have passed: Dave Yaffey, Nicole Aarons, Eifion Thomas, Keith Rimmer and Tony Shaw. Huge thanks to the assessor, Lynfa Davies, for managing to complete 5 assessments in one day, and also to Roy Norris who managed the day at the apiary.

The feedback from the day has been really good, with candidates feeling that it was an excellent practical experience and worth all the swotting. Lots was learnt on the day, and it has also made the Committee think about how we might be able to incorporate more hands on training for new beekeepers into future apiary meetings.

More congratulations to Ruth Stafford who has passed her Module 2 Exam with credit (Honey Bee Products and Forage).

We are going to have an “Introduction to Beekeeping” day at Gregynog on Saturday Aug 30th. This is a one day course run by MBKA from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. It is aimed at the new/novice beekeeeper (and those that don’t yet have bees). Roy Norris, our Apiary Manager, will take a session in the classroom in the morning, covering the basics of what you need to know when starting beekeeping, and then in the afternoon there will be a practical session in the apiary. With the help of the apiary team it is intended to ensure that all attendees get a chance to handle some bees and hopefully see in practice what they have read about in the books. The plan is to end the day back in the classroom to answer any questions from the practical session.

This is the first time that MBKA have run this course and we are hoping that we can pitch it right for you – but do let us know if there are subjects that you particularly want us to cover. We hope that this course is a great way to get a flying start to your beekeeping career.

The course fees include coffee and tea & biscuits, but please bring along lunch (or use the Gregynog cafe).

The course represents great value at £35. Note that the courses are subsidised by MBKA and hence are available to members only. Please fill in an application form (download it from the web-site or contact me) and send it, together with a cheque made out to MBKA, to the address given on the form. For more information, phone me or send an e-mail.

Julie Pearce