Chain Bridge Honey Farm,
Will give a talk:
‘Bee Farming with Native Bees’
At Frodsham Community Centre,
Fluin Lane, Frodsham WA6 7QN
On Saturday 25th February 2017
The talk will be sponsored by CBKA
with a charge of £1 only for refreshments
This is a one-off, not-to-be-missed talk by Willie Robson, whose family have farmed bees commercially in Northumberland for three generations, keeping up to 1800 colonies of indigenous bees in the North East of England and the South of Scotland, as well as developing a successful visitor’s centre selling a wide range of hive-based products. Willie has a lifetime of experience with bees and his talk will have something for everyone, from novice to experienced beekeeper.
Details of the Spring Convention
Spring Convention & Annual General Meeting
Saturday 11th March 2017
From 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
At The Woodford War Memorial Community Centre, Chester Road, Woodford, Stockport SK7 1PS
With presentations from:
Mike Brown (National Bee Unit)
Walter Shaw (Anglesey Beekeepers)
Tickets £20 in advance to include lunch and refreshments.
Tickets are be available from Branch Secretaries or directly from
Linda Towse, 30 Duncombe Close, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 3DD (0161 439 2937)
(Please make cheques payable to CBKA Stockport Branch)
Numbers strictly limited – please purchase tickets before the event.
Trade stands and Grand Raffle
Beeswax Candle Making Day
Sir John Deane's College, Monarch Drive, Northwich, Cheshire. CW9 8AF
Adult Education Department
Saturday 28th January 2017 - 10.00 - 3.30pm with a complimentary lunch - £38.00
Places are limited and booking up fast.
All bookings should be made by calling 01606 810020 and quoting "Beeswax Candle Making Day".
This is a basic introduction to making candles using beeswax. You will learn the candle making techniques as used
by hobby beekeepers i.e. rolled candles, moulded candles and, hopefully, dipped candles. You will take home any
candles you make and finish on the day, and also learn how beeswax is produced by honeybees, how it is
processed to produce wax suitable for candles and other uses, and, most importantly, safety when using and
melting beeswax to make candles.
Techniques covered in this class include:
Making rolled beeswax candles
Making moulded candles using silicone moulds
Making tea lights
Wick and the importance of using the correct size
Making dipped candles
Melting and using beeswax safely
You will take home any candles you make and finish on the day and
hopefully have the confidence to use simple candle making techniques at
home to make a variety of candles.
All materials will be supplied. Please bring an apron to protect clothing.
It is very difficult to remove beeswax from fabric!
Please ensure you wear sensible strong, flat footwear. Open sandals or shoes & high-heeled shoes are NOT
None – but there will be beeswax and wick available to buy for use at home if required.
Lunch and refreshments
A complimentary light buffet lunch is included. Hot drinks may be purchased from the foyer, so please bring some
small change with you. Due to Health and Safety regulations we are unable to allow hot drinks into the
classrooms. Unfortunately we are unable to cater for special diets.
The entire College campus is a no-smoking environment. Smoking is not allowed on the main College site or
Leisure Centre. Students and tutors who need to smoke are asked to do so away from the immediate vicinity of
the College, so as not to cause an obstruction at College entrances or on pavements.
Happy Candlemakers with their Beautiful Candles
The candlemaking day was a resounding success, with all participants enjoying the day and taking home their amazing work.
The workshop is scheduled to take place on Sunday 5th March 2017 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.
3. Honey samples for pollen analysis
The venue address is:
Frodsham Community Centre
More details of the venue can be found at: http://frodcomm.org.uk/cc/index.html
Another Gold at Tatton
The BBKA stand at RHS Tatton Flower Show which is designed, built and manned b Cheshire Beekeepers has once again been awarded a Gold Medal by the Judges. The plants, information, endeavour and overall impression were all rated excellent or very good by the judges. We had a slightly different design this year with new posters by Hammond Gosschalk of Stoke on Trent. The plants were grown by Stewart Hatton and of course the bees themselves! Special thanks to them and to the setup and breakdown teams, as well as everyone who stewarded over the five days of the show.