Isle of Wight Beekeepers Association

  

JANUARY 11

WINTER CLUSTER 10:00-12:00
Quarr Abbey Tea Room, PO33 4ES

JANUARY 16

ASIAN HORNET BRIEFING FOR BEEKEEPERS
19:00 Online via Zoom, hosted by BBKA and Andrew Durham. Link provided in newsletter

FEBRUARY 3

ANNUAL DINNER 19:00-22:00
The Blacksmiths, Newport, PO30 5SS
Booking and pre-order required by 25th January

FEBRUARY 15

WINTER CLUSTER 10:00-12:00
Quarr Abbey Tea Room, PO33 4ES     

FEBRUARY 24

SEMINAR 09:30–16:00. £10 entry fee.
Arreton Community Hall, PO30 5ET
Open to non-members

MARCH 4

WINTER CLUSTER 19:00-21:00
Chequers Inn, Ventnor PO38 3NZ

APRIL 27

ANNUAL AUCTION 9:00-14:00
Quarr Abbey, Teaching Apiary, PO33 4ES
Set up: 9:00, Viewing: 12:00,  Auction: 13:00

 

SKEP MAKING - CANCELLED (may be re-arranged to a later date)

MAY 11

ASSOCIATION APIARY VISIT 10:30-12:30
Quarr Abbey, Teaching Apiary, PO33 4ES

MAY 18

MEMBERS APIARY VISIT 14:00-16:00
Richard Ridley, Newchurch. Contact: 01983407541
Booking required.

CANCELLED

JUNE 1

ASSOCIATION APIARY VISIT 10:30-12:30
Quarr Abbey, Teaching Apiary, PO33 4ES

JUNE 2

MEMBERS APIARY VISIT 14:00-16:00
Ian King, Porchfield. Contact: 07855246994
Booking required.

 
June 22 MEMBERS APIARY VISIT 10:00-12:00
Chloe Underwood, Wootton. Contact: 07577600414
Booking required.
JULY 6

ASSOCIATION APIARY VISIT 10:30-12:30
Quarr Abbey, Teaching Apiary, PO33 4ES

JULY 13 & 14

ROYAL IOW COUNTY SHOW
Association stand/booth; Newport Rd, Cowes PO31 8QU

AUGUST 3

MEMBERS APIARY VISIT 14:00 – 16:00
Lois Cooper, Freshwater. Contact: 07760146623
Booking required.

AUGUST 10

ASSOCIATION APIARY VISIT 10:30-14:30
Quarr Abbey, Teaching Apiary, PO33 4ES

SEPTEMBER 7

ANNUAL BBQ 15:00
Mandy Benton, Newchurch
BYO Bring your own food/drinks

OCTOBER 4

HONEY SHOW SET UP ONLY 17:00-20:00
Cowes Community Club, PO31 7NP
Entries taken from 18:00

OCTOBER 5

HONEY SHOW 14:00-16:45
Cowes Community Club, PO31 7NP
Open to non-members

NOVEMBER 11

WINTER CLUSTER 19:00 – 21:00
Woodmans Arms, Wootton, PO33 4RQ

NOVEMBER 25

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 13:00
Arreton Community Hall, PO30 5ET
Refreshments provided

DECEMBER 12

WINTER CLUSTER 10:00-12:00
Quarr Abbey Tea Room, PO33 4ES

 

 

 

Please Note:

  • IWBKA Teaching Apiary at Quarr Abbey.  The bee manipulations held during the year at the Teaching Apiary will be dependent on the weather and the current situation of the bee colonies at the time of the apiary meeting.  During the year it is anticipated the subjects covered will include: shook swarming, splitting colonies, queen marking and bee health monitoring.  The subjects of each meeting will be publicised in the IWBKA website and IWBKA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2125993507621711/), as well as in the periodical news updates.

  • Members' Apiary Visits. In order to assist the Beekeepers hosting private apiary meetings to ease any parking issues please notify them that you will be attending.  Details will be in the IWBKA website and IWBKA Facebook page, as well as in the monthly news updates.

  • Allergies.  If you need to carry an EpiPen, please always bring it with you to apiary meetings and always inform the beekeeper in charge.

Beekeeping hygiene.

  • Kindly observe basic bee-keeping hygiene avoid transmitting disease during visits, by ensuring that:

  • Bee suits are cleaned both before and after apiary visits.
  • bees or frames are to be handled, clean disposable gloves must be worn. If leather gloves are worn, please do not handle bees, frames or equipment. However disposable gloves may be worn over leather gloves
  • Please do not be offended if the beekeeper in charge of the meeting asks you not to participate if you fail to observe these requirements.

  • tools must be washed and disinfected before and after use at each apiary. Please check with the apiary beekeeper to ensure personal hive tools may be used at their site.
  • safety the correct footwear must be worn, e.g. boots that cover the ankles.
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