Meetings and Events

Apiary Meetings
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.

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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] 

Summer Meetings
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.

Winter Meetings
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.

Summer Meetings and Event Dates 2018

29th April Cooksbridge, Ian, Bailey Comb Change
6th May Barcombe, Swarm Preparation led by Heather
12th May at Heather’s house at Newick, Reading the Bees led by Heather. NOTE: limited parking – if possible please park in front of the hedge next to the bungalow as it is a narrow road.
19th May 2018 – Sussex Beekeeper Association Festival of Bees, Heathfield Community College.
26th May 2018 at Bob’s house in Woodingdean, Different Types of Hives and Setting up an Apidea, led by Bob.
3rd June Grassroots, Burgess Hill, Monitoring Disease, Parasites, Stores etc. led by Amanda
7th-9th June South of England Show
23rd June Ovingdean Fair
24th June Cooksbridge, Queen rearing led by Ian
30th June Saltdean Primary School Fair
8th July Barcombe, ‘Supering’ led by Heather
29th July Grassroots, Amanda Removing surplus honey stores
4th August Rottingdean Fair
2nd September Newick, BBQ Heather