Thanet Beekeepers Association (TBKA), Programme, 2016

Non members welcome, please contact one of us (below), for further details.  Members will find details of the apiary location in the monthly email newsletter from Bill.dma-16-meeting

June 5th Farm Sunday 11 – 4pm at Goldstone Farm (Chandler & Dunn), Cop St, Ash CT3 2DY.  We need helpers to talk about bees to visitors, help with the Observation Hive and man the stall. Its a good day! Lots of animals, stalls etc.

June 18th 2.30 pm  APIARY MEETING  Roger and Kevin’s Wagtail Apiary, St Nicholas at Wade – Bee diseases in the hive

June 25 and 27th Kay Wreford Bee Tour Safari – book a spot for your apiary

July 7 / 8 / 9th Kent Show

July 16th APIARY MEETING Sue Clark’s Apiary, Chislet – Precautions for wasp /hornet control and various form of varroa treatment – Rowena Pearce and Richard Blight. 

Sue will lay on a bar-b-que with sausages and asks that members bring additional items for the hot coals(chicken, burgers, etc.)   Sue also suggests the following:-

Members with surname A –M  bring salad and other savoury dishes

Members with surname N – Z  bring a dessert.

July 23rd Minster Flower Show (includes honey and mead classes)

August 14th 2.30 pm APIARY MEETING Ian and Kerry’s Apiary – Assessment for winter feeding

September 7th  Committee Meeting, The Bell Inn, Minster, 7.30pm

September 11th 2.30pm APIARY MEETING at Drapers Mill Apiary – Winter Preparation with Roger and Kevin

September 24th 2.30pm TBKA Honey Show with Acol Horticultural Society

September 28th East Kent Ploughing Match and Show, Grange Farms Ltd., Mill Lane, Nonington, Dover CT15 4HW

October 12th  7.30 pm Hive Construction & Husbandry, a hands on practical  session led by Roger  Thompson and Bill Yeoman with time at the end for members to bring in an item to suggest one tip for this topic.  Salvation Army Hall, 13 Tothill, Minster CT12 4AG.  Parking available at the Hall or at the public car park behind the New Inn car park, 3 mins away.

October 22nd 2.30pm  Dover and District Beekeepers’ Association Honey Show & Competition  held at Bruderhof Community Hall, Beech Grove, Forest Drive, Nonington CT15 4FB.  Open classes for other associations.  Charlotte has some schedules/entry forms. Entry forms must be in by 15th October and at venue by 9.15 on day of show.

October 28th Friday  Minibus trip to National Honey Show 2016 at Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ.  Pickup at 8.30 am from the public car park (free), next to the Bell Inn, Minster, opposite the church. Coach will leave Sandown at 4pm.

November 6th Sunday 2.00pm Kent Beekeepers’ Association Autumn Lectures.  Lenham Community Centre, Groom Way, ME17 2QT tickets £5 in advance (from Charlotte), £6 on door.                                                                                                      Prof. Phil Stevenson (University of Greenwich/ Kew Gardens), “Sex, drugs & pollinators – the ecology and impact of toxins in nectar and pollen”                                 Prof. Dave Goulson (University of Sussex), “Saving our Bumblelees”

November 28th  7.30pm Annual General Meeting at Taddy’s Barn, East Northgate Farm, George Hill Road, Margate CT9 3TS.  All welcome.

December 7th 7.30 pm Committee Meeting Bell Inn, Minster.

If you would like to join us for an outdoor meeting to experience what beekeeping is all about please contact us.  Protective clothing can be borrowed from the Association but we need to know in advance.  Contact Charlotte or Richard.

Charlotte Tagart 07765 174637 or Richard Blight 01843 597646 or email blighty@btinternet.com