This year’s programme

The BeeHolder, Spring 2012

In response to members’ requests we have put on far more training sessions this year. The Courses have all been sold out and there has been a good attendance of novices at all of the Gregynog apiary sessions. Note that the June and September apiary Meetings will start at 2pm rather than 10am, and at these meetings there will be shared teas as we have had in previous years. June’s meeting, on the 17th, will be devoted to the whole family. We have been given a grant of £500 to buy protective bee clothing for children. Do bring your children and grandchildren along. There will be an opportunity for children to go into the apiary and handle bees if they want, or they can watch the proceedings from the apiary hut or the boundary net fence. No bouncy Castle this year, but we are going to encourage local schools to organise visits to the apiary that day. We want local kids to be asking their parents “Why cannot we go into the apiary like those other children?” Come along that day and help us push the idea of beekeeping in Schools.

There will be apiary visits to John and Joy Shearer on Saturday 21st July and Tom Brown’s apiary near Machynlleth on Sunday 26th August. This has always been a popular venue with members in awe at the strong rapport that Tom has with his bees.

The Novice, Intermediate and Microscopy courses will be repeated next year. We are hoping that Brian Goodwin will continue the tradition of giving his inspired courses on beekeeping for novices and experienced beekeepers. The Microscopy course was a first for us and will be upgraded next year. Lecturer Jim Crundwell and his two assistants were excited about the potential of the video cameras used in conjunction with microscopes, screens and projectors. It was remarked that the three “tutors” learnt more and had more fun than the students.

A number of other courses were proposed in the questionnaire circulated by Michelle. Please note that indoor courses do need a minimum of 8 people attending. We have yet to reach that number demanding a Queen rearing course.