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payable on first evening. Fee the course, students will have Tutors: Sarah Weaver, John Chudley,
covers ten weeks theory the knowledge to be able to Paul Mann
followed by practical sessions set up their own apiary and Date: 11 May to 24 June
all season. manage their bees for the first Time: 18.00–20.00
few seasonsSOUTH-WEST ENGLAND Venue: Kinson Community Centre,
Millams Lane, BournemouthCornwall Devon
and Association apiaryAssociation: Devon, East Devon Branch
Association: Cornwall Cost: £10Course Title: Beginners Course
Course Title: Beekeeping for Beginners Contact: Paul Mann, 5 Moorings Close,Tutors: Peter West, David Wiscombe et al
Tutor: Jo Widdicombe Poole BH15 4ALDate: 2 February to 11 April
Date: 12 January to 23 March Telephone: 01202 773844Time: 19.30
Time: 19.00 Email: bpmann@ntlworld.comVenue: Kilmington Village Hall and
Venue: Duchy College, Stoke Information: Theory at Kinson CommunityHawkchurch Apiary
Climsland Centre on Monday evenings.Cost: £20 plus Membership £27.50
Repeats on: 15 January to 26 March Practical classes will be heldContact: Peter West, Delphinium at the association apiary on
Time: 10.30 Cottage, Cotleigh, Honiton, Wednesday evenings. You will
Venue: Liskeard Bowling Club, Varley Devon EX14 0HD be encouraged to take the
Lane, Liskeard Telephone: 01404 831641 BBKA Examination
Cost: £65 Email: pgfw@btinternet.com
Contact: Jo Widdicombe, 4 West Street, GloucestershireInformation: Five meetings in Village hall
Millbrook, Torpoint PL10 1AA followed by afternoon Apiary Association: Gloucestershire, Dean Forest
Telephone: 01752 822335 meetings from April onwards Branch
Email: jowid@idnet.com Association: Totnes and Kingsbridge Course Title: Basic Beekeeping
Information: Ten week course covering all Course Title: Basic Beekeeping Tutors: Jim Vivian-Griffiths
you need to know to get Tutor: Brian Gant Date: 2 February to 10 March
started in beekeeping Date: September 2008 to 1 June Time: 19.30–21.30
including equipment; hives; Venue: Staunton Village Hall,
life cycle of colony; managing Time: 9.00 Staunton, Coleford, GL16 8NX
bees through the year and Venue: Buckfast, Devon
producing your own honey. Cost: £45 (members £35)Contact: Brian Gant, 2 Abbey Grange
Contact: Jim Vivian-Griffiths, Catkins, Association: Cornwall Close, Buckfast, Devon
17 The Kymin, Monmouth NP25 Course Title: Introduction to Beekeeping TQ11 0EU
3SFTutor: Colin Rees Telephone: 01364 642233
Telephone: 01600 714428Date: 10 January Email: brian.gant@which.net
Email: jimvg@jimvg.f2s.comTime: 10.00–15.30 Web: www.southdevonbees.org
Web: www.deanbeekeepers.co.ukVenue: Probus CP School, Truro, Dorset
Information: For potential beekeepers andCornwall
Association: Blandford and Sturminster those with an interest inCost: £25 beekeeping. Six lectures
Course Title: Practical Beekeeping Year 1Contact: Colin Rees followed by four practical
and Year 2Telephone: 01872 501313 sessions in the branch apiary
Tutor: Lesley GassonEmail: colinbeeman@aol.com in April. The course contains
Date: 4 April to 29 August all the elements needed forWeb: www.cbka.co.uk
Time: 14.00–16.00 the BBKA Basic AssessmentInformation: This is a one-day course giving
Venue: Shillingstone, Dorset which can be taken at thea brief overview of beekeeping branch apiary
describing its importance Contact: Lesley Gasson, The White
ecologically and detailing the House, Candys Lane, Somerset
steps necessary to move Shillingstone, Dorset DT11 0SF
towards becoming a keeper of Telephone: 01258 861690 Association: Somerset, Central Division
bees. Email: lmgasson@btinternet.com Course Title: Beekeeping for Beginners
Association: Cornwall Information: There is a first-year course for Tutor: Gerald Fisherpeople who want to keep bees Date: 6 January to 24 March
Course Title: Introduction to Beekeeping and a second year course for Time: 19.30
Tutor: Colin Rees those who have bees and Venue: Whitstone School, Shepton
Date: 12 January to 23 March need help in knowing what to Mallet
Time: 19.00–21.00 do and how to do it Cost: Free
Repeats on: 24 January, 7 & 28 February & Association: Bournemouth and Dorset Contact: Kevin Knowles, Rock Cottage,
14 March South Moorwood, Oakhill, Radstock
Time: 10.00–15.30 Course Title: Beginners One Day Taster BA3 5BN
Venue: Probus CP School, Truro, Date: 25 April Telephone: 01749 840368
Cornwall Repeats on: 2 May (subject to demand) Email: kevin.knowles2@btinternet.com
Cost: £65 Time: 9.30–16.00 Information: The above dates are not
Contact: Colin Rees Venue: Kinson Community Centre, consecutive. There will not be
Telephone: 01872 501313 Millams Lane, Bournemouth meetings on 13 January and
Email: colinbeeman@aol.com and Association apiary 17 February
Web: www.cbka.co.uk Cost: £10 Association: Somerset, Wedmore and
Information: The course follows the BBKA Contact: Paul Mann, 5 Moorings Close, Cheddar Division
syllabus in teaching how to Poole BH15 4AL Course Title: An Introduction To Beekeeping
embark upon the craft of Telephone: 01202 773844 Tutors: Terry Andrews, Caroline Butter
beekeeping, describing the Email: bpmann@ntlworld.com Date: 22 January to 26 February
lifecycle of the honey bee and
its castes; hive types; apiary Association: Bournemouth and Dorset Time: 19.30
siting; diseases of the honey South Venue: The New Memorial Hall,
bee and so on. By the end of Course Title: BBKA Basic Draycott, Cheddar, Somerset
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