What Beverley Beekeepers can do for you
Below are some of the things we can do for you but please check this website for more details on specific events.
Members are welcome to attend our winter meetings which take place usually on the first Monday of the month from October to April. They are held at the Darby & Joan Hall, Finkle Street, Cottingham from 7.30 until 9.30. There is usually a talk from a visiting speaker followed by questions.
Summer meetings are held on an ad-hoc basis at members’ homes/apiaries. Some aspect of beekeeping is usually highlighted.
Open days are held at our apiary to describe some beekeeping technique and show it being carried out. These are always popular so book ahead and remember to bring your protective clothing!
Held in late April at Woodmansey Village Hall, our auction is open to everyone. Colonies of bees and a host of second hand equipment are sold off. There is also a chance to buy brand-new equipment if you got outbid.
Held in the Driffield show, a chance to see what your honey should look like. A whole range of classes including novice classes so bring along your produce and have a go!
Colony of bees from our apiary
Each spring we sell our surplus stocks to members. These are sold “on-the-frame” so you will need a hive to put the frames of bees in. A good way to get started.
Swarms collected for you
Beverley Beekeepers collect swarms during May & June as a service to the community. If there are an excess to the collectors needs they are offered to other members. Let the collectors know and go with them to collect your own swarm – its good fun and once you have got the hang of it you will be able to collect your own and build up your apiary.
Free loan of beekeeping books and DVDs
We have an extensive library with books covering every aspect of beekeeping. Have a look at the list on this website and let the librarian know which one you want. It’s free just pick them up and return them at our winter meetings. Not sure what you want? Come to the meeting and have a browse or ask the librarian for advice.
Free loan of extracting equipment
We have two extractors for free loan when you have finally managed to have some honey to extract. All we ask is you return it promptly in a clean state so the next member can borrow it.
Free loan of honey warming cabinet and refractometer
Similarly a warming cabinet and refractometer can be borrowed free of charge so you can remove crystallization and check on the moisture content of your honey.
BBKA organize a series of examinations from a basic test of beekeeping skills right through to becoming a Master Beekeeper. We can help advise you and organize a mock basic so you know what it is all about.