At the meetings groups of members examine the various hives under the guidance of experienced members. Everyone gets the chance to see what is going on in the colony, what is needed and to handle the bees, especially beginners. We do have a range of bee suits, veils etc that can be borrowed during the meetings, but if you have your own then please bring them.
Visitors must make sure that their suits and boots are clean and also bring clean washing-up or disposable gloves if they wish to handle bees. These measures are to prevent, or at least minimise, the spread of disease.
For security reasons the locations of non-divisional apiaries are not published. Directions to Divisional apiaries are given on the secure page. Contact Gerald for access to this.
The Brighton & Lewes Division of the SBKA cannot accept any responsibility for loss, injury or damage sustained by persons in consequence of their participation in activities arranged.
Busy entrance Examining colonies
Access to the location of the out apiaries is available via user name and password to members only. Contact gerald[at]chelifer.com
D I A R Y
Summer Meetings start at 1.30 pm; the first hour is for beginners only; the main meeting will be from 2:30 pm onwards. Please bring a mug for tea and something to share to eat.
Occasionally dates and venues do change and will be updated.
Please Note: If the weather forecast for the outdoor event is bad, such as steady rain, then it will be cancelled. If weather is marginal any changes will be emailed beforehand so please check your emails before leaving. If still in doubt ring the number given.
These are at the Cliffe Church Hall (also known St Thomas’s Church Hall) in Lewes and open 7-0 pm for 7- 30pm start. Maps to winter venue.
Education and Training (more information under Training and Assessment)
For course dates – please see the Training and Assessment page.
Winter and Summer Meetings and Event Dates 2019
20th February Tom Moore, Wisborough Green BKA: Good Record-keeping – Pros, Cons and Pitfalls
23rd February: West Sussex Beekeepers Association Annual Convention, Lodge Hill, Pulborough.
2nd March: SBKA Spring Meeting and AGM, Peredur Centre, East Grinstead, RH19 4NF
20th March Mike Cullen, Master Beekeeper: Small Scale Queen Rearing in my Backyard
31st March: Grassroots Amanda Working party to prune back vegetation
7th April: Barcombe Heather: Spring cleaning in the apiary
12-14th April: BBKA Spring Convention, Harper Adams University, TF10 8NB.
13th April: Hove Mary: Setting up an apiary
27th April: WSBKA Annual Bee Market and Auction, Brinsbury College, Pulborough.
28th April: Cooksbridge Ian: Building supers and frames etc
11th May: Barcombe Heather: Swarm Control
18th May: SBKA Annual Bee Market in Heathfield.
19th May: Newick Heather: Queen rearing
1st June: Hove Mary: What do I see in my hive?
23rd June: Grassroots Amanda: Supering
6th July, Hove Mary TBA
21st July: Grassroots Amanda: Harvesting honey
1st September: Grassroots Amanda: Winter prep
8th September: Newick Heather: BBQ