Meetings and Events

Winter Meetings

Venue: This season will involve a mixture of Zoom meetings and meetings at our old hall, the Cliffe Hall, Lewes - 28 Cliffe High Street, LEWES BN7 2AH.

A link for the meetings will be sent to you about 24 hours before the meeting..
7.15pm for 7.30pm until 9.00pm

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. Please bring your own Bee Sting medication (e.g. Antihistamine) if you need to treat your own bee stings when visiting the out-Apiaries. We cannot administer any treatment to visitors.
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 the Webmaster


10am Sat 21 MayBee MarketHeathfieldHilary Osman  07713 532285Help needed in setting up, clearing away, cake making, serving tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits.
1.30pm Sun 22 MayOut Apiary MeetingCooksbridgeIan White     07875 663665Swarm Control & Collection & hiving swarms
10am Tue 31 MayBee Disease DayLaughtonNorman Dickinson   07792 296422This is a ticketed event. Only available for members that have purchased in advance. Help needed with catering / making cakes / serving tea & coffees etc.
1.30pm Sun 12 JunOut Apiary MeetingIsfieldIan White     07875 663665Feeding for the June Gap (if needed) . Limited parking. Car share if possible
1.30pm Sat 18 JunOut Apiary MeetingBarcombeTony Birkbeck 07483 220419Check for disease and Varroa counting
1.30pm Sun 19 JunOut Apiary MeetingIsfieldIan White     07875 663665Check for disease and Varroa counting. Limited parking. Car share if possible
11am Sat 6 AugRottingdean Village FairVillage Green & Kipling GdnsBob Curtis Help needed in setting up / taking down + selling honey & hive products
1.30pm Sat 3 SepOut Apiary MeetingIsfieldIan White     07875 663665How to make the hive ready for winter. Limited parking. Car share if possible
1.30pm Sun 4 SepOut Apiary MeetingHoveJude New     07875 895285How to make the hive ready for winter. Pre booking to the chairman
16, 17 & 18 SeptBentley Wood FairBentley Estate, RingmerHilary Osman  07713 532285Setting up on 16th September, selling honey and hive products 16, 17th. 18th September Clearing away 18th September

Out Apiary Meetings

Start at 1.30pm. Bring a mug for tea / coffee and a cake to share.
Weather affects the visits. Check email / mobile phone beforehand in case of cancellation.
Wear a clean bee suit, clean wellies, and clean gloves. No aftershave or perfume – can affect the bees
We have a limit of people at Hove – so pre booking is necessary. We have limited parking at Isfield. A traffic marshal will be on site.