Nuneaton and Atherstone Beekeepers are involved in events in the local area & are available to make presentations to interested groups.
We welcome visitors to our meetings – to try before you buy. We have a dynamic membership, of all ages & backgrounds, covering North Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Staffs & Derbyshire. We are always pleased to welcome new members to the branch and pass on our experiences, which are wide and varied. You will usually find an experienced beekeeper to advise you through the adventures of your first season – although you will need to do your own research & information-seeking.
As with all volunteer organisations, you will find you are able to support the branch from day one – building frames & maintaining the apiary for instance. Then as your confidence & skills grow, you will be able to be more involved – talking to visitors at Open Days, & after training, collecting swarms for your own apiary.
From April to August, apiary meetings are held fortnightly on Thursday evenings, from 5 to 7:00 pm. Last of the year are Thursday 10th & 24th August 2017.
These are at our apiary to Dobbies Garden World, Cross Lane Farm, Nuneaton Road, Mancetter Near Atherstone, CV9 1RF. Entrance via Plantasia. Dobbies staff will control free entrance to our apiary so you need to sign in. Visitors, please call Secretary, Stan Rooney, 01455 619123 in advance.
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: Access will be through “Plantasia” between 5.00 and 5.30 PM, Plantasia closes at 7.30 PM.
A number of spare veils etc. are kept on hand so that visitors and potential new members can experience bees ‘up close’ and decide if beekeeping is for you before making an investment in your own protective clothing.
You will need your own gloves – Marigolds are just right – and stout, enclosing footwear – many wear wellies. Thickish baggy trousers – not fluffy – that tuck into your wellies also. Refreshments cost 50p. There are no toilet facilities at the apiary.
Because we don’t know what the weather/bees will be doing at each meet, we don’t have a set summer programme, but plan to provide opportunities to manipulate bees, mark queens, practice swarm prevention, treat for disease etc. We have a number of working hives & ask learners to work in set groups around a specific hive.
In autumn & winter, indoor meetings are held on the first Tuesday in the month at 7.00 for 7.30 pm. We meet at Hatters Space, Upper Abbey Street, Nuneaton, CV11 5DN – see http://www.hatters-space.co.uk/. The first one of Autumn 2017 is 5th September.
There is generally a programme of bee-keeping & related presentations over autumn & winter and we usually manage to fit in a tea-break (50p) and discussion around personal & branch bee-keeping. Sometimes, we do something practical too, like making frames or wax. Oh, and we always enjoy a cracking social evening before Christmas.
Training & Support
members have recently asked for a range of support:
- a pack with details of the beekeeping year, equipment & consumables needed
- a training course
- a named mentor
Please let me know if you are able to produce materials, deliver courses, be a mentor, or help in any way . In the meantime, please consider joining other branch courses on the WBKA website. At the time of writing, one is about to begin, & you can expect further opportunities over the winter & spring. Also, check out the Start Beekeeping on WBKA web site and on the BBKA web site http://www.bbka.org.uk/learn/. The BBKA book has also been found most useful: http://www.bbka.org.uk/shop/product/bbka-guide-to-beekeeping/. For calculation on setting up costs, the Thornes website, usually advertised in your WB is an adequate overview.
Hatters Space Community Centre, Upper Abbey Street, Nuneaton, Warks, CV11,5DN
52° 31′ 35.2128″ N, 1° 28′ 27.3036″ W
Dobbies Garden World, Cross Lane Farm, Nuneaton Road, Mancetter Near Atherstone, Warks, CV9 1RF
52° 33′ 38.6604″ N, 1° 30′ 58.9284″ W