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Queen Rearing Course

Friday, 27 April 2018 10:33
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Queen Rearing Course with Mark Phillipson

Saturday 19th and/or Sunday 20th May

Mark will be running a full day queen rearing course on the above dates. 

The course will be a full day going through different methods used to raise good queens. It will be hands on, so participants can try their hands at grafting and other methods used.

The training will take place at:

1 Halton Station Road, Sutton Weaver, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA73EL

Starting time 9:00 for 9:30.

Participants should bring their own lunch as well as bee suits and protective footwear etc. but there will be plenty of tea and biscuits throughout the day!

For more information, please contact Mark on 01928 713065 or mobile 07804 796435 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Thursday, 26 April 2018 09:41
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Cheshire Beekeepers Association Honey Bee and Equipment Auction

SATURDAY 28th April 2018

To be held at:

Lowes Farm Shop, Shanty Farm, Moss Lane, Byley, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 9NG

Acceptance of lots between 8:30 am–10:00am

Auction commences 11:00am

All equipment for sale MUST be registered before the day. Any bees for sale MUST be registered by April 21st.

Please register using the attached form or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The rules of, and guidance for the auction are attached.

Hatton Lodge Apiary will be on site as well as the National Bee Unit.

Refreshments available on site.

Bee Dating Agency 2018

Saturday, 17 February 2018 15:02
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The Bee Dating Agency 2018

My name is Lesley Parker and I will once more be running the Bee Dating Scheme for 2018. The purpose of this scheme is to put suppliers in touch with those members who have no bees, either because they have lost their bees or because they are just starting out in beekeeping. 

The scheme is entirely voluntary and free but to participate you must be a paid-up, registered member of Cheshire Beekeepers. 

Most purchasers will be beginners looking to buy a five-frame nucleus. For this reason the scheme is not intended for package bees or swarms, but some buyers may consider a full colony.

Sellers can register an intention before they have the bees ready for sale. I will not pass on your details until you are ready, but I would like some idea of what is likely to be available. Please don’t sell more than one colony to each buyer. 

The principle of “first come, first served” will apply.


The following guidelines are based on BBKA advice (leaflet L014, which can be read in full on the BBKA website) and intended to ensure beginners get a good start. They are meant for standard National nucs and some adjustment can be made for hives with larger frame sizes.

Criteria for a suitable nucleus.

• Standard brood frames with wired combs in good condition.

• Not less than five frames, combs all fully drawn, with a minimum of three containing brood and two with stores to last at least two weeks.

• Brood at all stages and bees covering all frames.

• Not less than 30% sealed brood, a good brood pattern, less than 15% of the total area drone comb and no active queen cells.

• All brood to have been laid by the queen provided.

• Locally raised queen marked Yellow for 2017 or Red for 2018.

• The bees to be normally good tempered, when handled by a competent beekeeper.

• Adult bees and brood should show no signs of disease, though, as varroa is endemic, a very small number of mites seen on adult bees is acceptable.

• The supplier to provide a written record, with dates, of any treatments administered to the nucleus.

• The bees to be in a hive, ready for moving. Suppliers are advised to charge a returnable deposit on the hive.

• Buyers to collect the bees and transfer to their own hive after the bees have settled down a few days later.

• Empty hive to be returned to the seller within an agreed period.

• Any after-sales problems to be resolved between buyer and seller. 

Beginners should consider seeking help at their local branch, for inspection of the bees before purchase and when transferring the nucleus to their own hive.

Finally, a word of caution to buyers; be wary of nucs offered before June. In this area, in most seasons, nucs with a locally reared queen, raised in the current year, are unlikely to be available before June. Unless you can be sure it is a genuine over-wintered nucleus, headed by a queen reared during the previous season, then you may be buying a nucleus headed by an imported queen.  CBKA discourages the importation of queen bees and colonies from outside the UK.  Buyers should satisfy themselves of the origin of bees offered for sale.

It will be assumed that those registering for the scheme, will be buying or selling bees on standard British National frames, unless advised otherwise. 

To register

Contact Lesley Parker on 01829 760695 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information: -


Your name, `phone number, email address if you have one, the area where you are based and any other info you think pertinent. 


Your name, `phone number, email, area the bees are situated and how many colonies you are likely to have available. Price and other details of the sale are to be negotiated between the buyer and seller. (The price of commercial nucs currently varies between £165 and £255.)


Lesley Parker


Spring Convention 2018

Friday, 16 February 2018 11:57
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Details of the Spring Convention



Spring Convention 2018

(To include Cheshire Beekeepers’ Assoc. AGM)


Saturday 10th March 2018

At Vale Royal Abbey, Whitegate, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2BA

9.30 am to 4.30 pm (approx.)



Dr Karin Alton (LASI) ~ How to Improve our Green Spaces for Bees and Other Pollinators

Dr Michael Keith-Lucas ~ Pollen in Forensic Science

Dr Shuayb Elkhalifa, Senior Registrar in Immunology, Manchester Royal Infirmary ~ Managing Allergic Reactions


Convention Ticket Admission ~ £20 in advance (£25 on door)

to include Lunch and Refreshments

(AGM free to attend)


Tickets available from Branch Secretaries or direct from:

Pam Hatton, 2 Hatton Lodge Cottages, Warrington Rd.,

Hatton, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 5NZ

Tel: 01925 263023 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(Please make cheques payable to CBKA and include a S.A.E.)


Also: Grand Raffle ~ Trade Stand ~ Books




Cheshire Beekeepers Association - Microscopy Workshop 2018

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 12:44
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Cheshire Beekeepers Association

Microscopy Workshop

The workshop is scheduled to take place on Sunday 4th March 2018 9:30 – 4:00 at Frodsham Community Centre and will be led by Graham Royle.

There will be the opportunity to carry out honeybee dissection as well as pollen analysis and Nosema/Acarine detection.  

The cost is £15 per person which will cover the cost of room hire plus the materials we will use (slides, cover slips, stains, etc), and tea/coffee.

Lunch is not included so please bring a packed lunch.

Please pay with cash or by cheque payable to 'Cheshire Beekeepers Association' on the day.

In addition to lunch, please bring with you:

  1. Microscopes together with lighting (if you have your own).
  2. Sample of bees – 30 bees (dead!). The sample should be no more than 2-3 days old. Place live bees in a freezer for a minimum of 24 hours to kill them.
  3. Honey samples for pollen analysis.
  4. If you have any early flowers available for pollen analysis in your garden please bring them.

There will be some microscopes available to borrow if you do not have your own. Numbers will be limited on this workshop,

so please book early by contacting Stuart Hatton, Tel 01925 263023. Or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The venue address is:

Frodsham Community Centre

Fluin Lane



 More details of the venue can be found at: Frodsham Community Association

Beginners Course 2018 - North Cheshire Branch

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:55
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North Cheshire Beekeepers Association

Beginners Course in Beekeeping

The course comprises two parts, Theory and Practical

The 1st Theory session is on 15th January 2018

2nd Session 29th January

3rd Session 5th February

4th Session 12th February

5th Session 19th February

6th Session 5th March

7th Session 12th March

8th Session 19th March

The Practical Sessions begin Late April / Early May. Start dates are weather and  bee dependant and will be announced at a later date.

The cost is £40.00 for the Theory course and £40.00 for the Practical Course.

Contact Maria Heywood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information and joining the course.

Beginners Course 2018 - Stockport Branch

Monday, 06 November 2017 13:31
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The Stockport Beekeepers’ Beginners Course for 2018 will be in 3 parts:


1) The Technical part will cover knowledge of bees and beekeeping and provide the basic knowledge needed to start keeping your own bees. It begins on 8th January 2018 for 9 weeks. The venue is Aquinas College, Stockport and runs from 7 - 9pm. Refreshments will be provided. The cost is £75.


2) The practical course, over several weeks in late spring and summer, enables you to handle bees, in the presence of experienced beekeepers, and understand the day to day process of beekeeping. The venue will be at the Woodbank Apiary, Stockport on dates to be decided.


3) Later in the year there will a honey extraction night demonstrating the best way to harvest your honey. Date to be decided . The cost of the practical course and extraction evening is also £75.

Alan Towse is the course co-ordinator and he can be contacted, for more details or an application form, on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Phone: 0161 439 2937.

Beginners Course 2018 - South Cheshire Branch

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 13:24
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South Cheshire Beekeepers Beginner’s Course

Are you interested in keeping bees?

 We will be running a Beginner’s Course on Monday evenings, 8 - 10pm at Sandbach Library, commencing Jan 22nd for 7 weeks.

The course will cover the basic knowledge you will need to start keeping your own bees, and will include practical sessions at the Club Apiary during the summer.

Cost for the course - £80 including membership of the Beekeeping Assoc.


If interested email Di Lyne:- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.