The Introductory Day is divided into two parts. In the morning there are talks, an exhibition of equipment and lunch; then in the afternoon there is a visit to the apiary where people can look inside a hive, suitably equipped with a bee-suit and assisted by an Association member. The afternoon is weather dependant, and if it is raining this part of the Introductory Day is postponed to the following weekend. As an example, fuller details of the 2017 event are given in the pdf document below. The 2018 Introductory Day will cost £50.
The subsequent Beginners Course lasts for 12 sessions from April - August, which is the main beekeeping season. It is a practical, hands-on course right from the start and covers all the main concerns of beekeeping. Theory is also introduced as part of the course. The course is held at Shillingstone Church Centre and at our nearby apiary from 2 - 4 pm most Saturdays in summer. It is hoped that during the course each member will acquire bees. The cost for 2018 will be £150, which includes the Introductory Day.
If you are interested in either the Introductory Day or the Beginners Course, please contact our Training Officer initially: Terry Payne, Tel 01747 811251 or use the contact page to email us. Places for 2018 can be booked from now; a non-refundable deposit will be requested to confirm a place. The Beginners Course has a limited number of places each year, but the Introductory Day is more flexible on numbers.