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 2:00 pm. 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 2020
COVID19 – summer meetings are all cancelled until further notice
Summer Meetings and Event Dates 2020
4th April Barcombe Heather Spring Cleaning
19th April Grassroots Amanda Swarm prevention and control and making increase
25th April Ringmer Hilary Heather Disease Day 2nd May Hove Judith Brood inspection and ensuring colonies have sufficient room
16th May Heathfield Pat Bee Market
17th May Barcombe Heather Swarm Control
7th June Cooksbridge Ian Queen rearing
11th-13th June South of England Show; Bee Displays & Honey Show
20th June Hove Judith Feeding for June gap (if needed)
27th June Ovingdean Hilary Ovingdean Festival
5th July Piddinghoe Pat Check for disease and Varroa counting.
19th July Grassroots Amanda Honey management and winter preparation
1st August Rottingdean Hilary Rottingdean Village Fair
6th September Newick Heather BBQ
13th September Piddinghoe Pat How to make the hive ready for winter with Oxalic Acid demonstration