The Brighton and Lewes Division of the Sussex Beekeepers Association is open to anyone interested in beekeeping. We cover an area of Sussex ranging from Portslade in the west to Newhaven in the east and as far north as Haywards Heath. Our membership consists of beginners, who are most welcome, as well as old-timers full of wisdom and help! We aim to promote the interest in beekeeping and provide ways and means of teaching the art as well as educate the wider public on all things bees.
There are about 18 meetings each year of which 12 or so are out-doors, visiting our own apiaries as well as those of members. During the winter there are six indoor meetings with talks, discussion and plenty of tea, coffee and good company. Managed by members the Division has three main out-apiaries: one nestles in the corner of a wood near Plumpton; a second is tucked under the Downs near Clayton; and a third is located near Burgess Hill. Other Divisional apiaries are at Barcombe, Devils Dyke, Preston Manor Brighton and Stanmer Park Brighton. They are important for teaching the science, art and craft of beekeeping as well helping our funds through the sale of honey produced during the year.
If you are interested in joining then pop along to a meeting and introduce yourself. You can also download a membership form here.
Taster/Basic Bee Keeping Courses
For those interested in training and learning the art/craft of beekeeping details will be posted as and when.
Members Only Area
Members can access the latest newsletter and details of the out-apiaries from the Members Area - see side menu. For password and user name contact Gerald Legg.
South East Region Annual Report for 2013
The National Bee Unit, SE Region has produced the South East Region Annual Report of 2013 which can be downloaded here. It makes interesting reading; let us hope we have a better year this year.
Improving honey bee health
The Government has produced a consultation document and is seeking our views on proposed changes to managing and controlling pest and disease risks to honey bees in England and Wales including American and European Foulbrood (AFB and EFB), Varroa and Nosema which are already present in the UK and exotic pests such as Small hive beetle (SHB), Tropilaelaps mites and the Asian hornet. Please take the time to read this and respond.
Tudor Hawkins 1934–2014
Tudor was a long time member and president of the Brighton and Lewis Divsion and for very many years wrote monthly 'bee notes' for the newsletter. He drew on his long experience as a bee keeper to write topical tips and guidance, much enjoyed by the members especially those very new to the craft. He was ever helpful to all who requested help. Some of his Notes are reproduced in his memory.
Our thanks to Sussex Community Foundation for the allocation of a Grassroots Grant, the Co-operative for a grant from their Community Fund and Waitrose for their Community Funding.