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Contact: Field Studies Council, Flatford Tutor: Martin Smith hive of bees and know how to
Mill, East Bergholt, Suffolk Date: 4–5 April get the help of your local
CO7 6UL Time: 9.45 Beekeeping Association with
Telephone: 0845 330 7368 whom we can put you inVenue: Rufford Old Hall
Email: enquiries.fm@field-studies- touch.Contact: Martin Smith, 137 Blaguegate
council.org Lane, Skelmersdale WN8 8TX North Yorkshire
Web: www.field-studies-council.org Telephone: 05601 484388 Association: Barkston Ash
Information: This practical weekend course Email: ormskirk_beekeepers Course Title: Introduction to Beekeeping
is intended for those @hotmail.com (theory)
wondering whether to keep Web: www.ormskirkbeekeepers.
honey bees and complete Tutor: JM Whitakerco.uk/course.html
novices. We shall look at the Date: 4 February to 4 March
place of bees in the natural Information: Our short course uses the Time: 19.30
environment and what the British Beekeepers' Venue: Church Fenton Village Hall
hobby of beekeeping has to Association’s Introduction to Contact: John Whitaker, Eastfield
offer. The bulk of the weekend Beekeeping teaching House, Ryther Road, Ulleslelf,
will be spent looking at and materials. The course’s North Yorks LS24 9DY
choosing the equipment objectives allow people to be
required to start keeping able to understand and Telephone: 01937 834688
honey bees; studying what is recognise the basic parts of a Email: johnmartinwhitaker@hotmail.com
happening in the hive and hive; understand the life cycle Information: A five-week introduction to
learning how to site, start and of a honey bee; understand beekeeping covering the
care for a small apiary. We what is involved in keeping biology of the honey bee;
shall discover the basics of bees; be able to make an management; diseases and
processing honey and informed decision as to pests and honey and wax
beeswax and taste different whether or not beekeeping is processing. A practical course
honeys. By the end of the for them. will follow for participants in
course, participants should Manchester April and May
know whether the hobby Association: Harrogate and Rippon
interests them and have Association: Manchester and District Course Title: Theory Plus
enough knowledge to start Course Title: Beekeeping for Beginners
keeping a couple of hives. Date: 27 January for 13 weeksTutors: Ian Molyneux, John Gresty,
Information on how to develop Keith Hibbert Venue: Harlow Carr Gardens,
beekeeping skills and where HarrogateDate: 7 to 8 March
to obtain help and support as Cost: £65Repeats on: 18 to 19 April
a new beekeeper will be Contact: Judith Hart, Kintail, Brearton,
available. Time: 9.30–17.00 Harrogate HG3 3BX
Association: Suffolk, Ipswich and East Venue: Heaton Park, Prestwich, Telephone: 01423 865873Manchester
Suffolk Email: r27.jm22@virgin.netCost: £100
Course Title: Beekeeping for Beginners Web: www.hrbka.org.ukContact: Maggie Bohme or Keith
Tutors: Roy Ramsey, Jeremy Quinlan Hibbert Information: Covers the syllabus for the
Date: 9 March to 10 May Basic Assessment, plus hiveTelephone: 0161 747 7292 or 01204
Time: 19.30 building class and 2 practical468717
Venue: Dallinghoo Village Hall sessions. Price includesEmail: keith.hibbert1@ntlworld.com membership, subsidy on a
Contact: Jeremy Quinlan, The Old Web: www.mdbka.com hive kit and a mentor to help
Rectory, Dallinghoo, Information: Cost includes membership; you start.
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 0LA library; use of extraction room
Telephone: 01473 737700 Association: Harrogate and Ripponand excellent association
Email: jeremyq@tiscali.co.uk Course Title: Weekend Coursesvenue and facilities.
Web: www.suffolkbeekeepers.co.uk Date: 4 to 5 JulyMiddlesborough
Repeats on: 25 to 26 JulyInformation: Only a few places left. Two in
Association: Clevelandone household pay the price Venue: Harlow Carr Gardens,
of one. Course Title: First Steps in Beekeeping Harrogate
Date: 6 to 7 June Cost: £40NORTHERN ENGLAND
Time: 10.00–15.00 Contact: Judith Hart, Kintail, Brearton,
Durham Venue: Newham Grange Leisure Farm, Harrogate HG3 3BX
Coulby Newham, Telephone: 01423 865873Association: Durham
Middlesbrough Email: r27.jm22@virgin.netCourse Title: Beginners classes
Cost: £37 including tea or coffee Web: www.hrbka.org.ukTutor: Trevor Green
and biscuits Information: Two-day courses giving anDate: 7 May to 16 July
Contact: Rob Andrews introduction to beekeepingTime: 18.30
Telephone: 01642 781639 including both theory andVenue: Finchale College, Durham
Email: robandrews@tesco.net practical. Price includes drinks, Contact: George Eames, 11 Sharon lunches and a Saturday
Web: www.teesbees.co.ukAvenue, Kelloe, Durham evening barbecue, protective
Information: Places limited to 12. This short DH6 4NE clothing. Bed and breakfast
course is mainly a hands-onTelephone: 07970 926250 available with a member at a
course and deals with theEmail: beeseames@btinternet.com reasonable cost.
basics of beekeeping aimed at
Information: This course will run for ten the complete beginner with SCOTLAND
Thursdays. It is aimed at total the object of introducing Ayrshire
beginners. people to the craft. It aims to
provide an introduction to Association: Ayr and DistrictLancashire
beekeeping so by the end you Course Title: Beekeeping for Beginners
Association: Ormskirk & Croston should feel confident enough Tutors: Phil McAnespie, Ian Jamieson,
Course Title: Introduction to Beekeeping to start looking after your own Tony Riome
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