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Bee Farming with Native Bees

Saturday, 04 February 2017 18:11
Published in News

Willie Robson


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

At 2pm.

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.


Spring Convention 2017

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 10:17
Published in News

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

Friday, 20 January 2017 13:48
Published in News


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".

Course content

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


Course Outcome

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.

Materials Required

All materials will be supplied. Please bring an apron to protect clothing.

It is very difficult to remove beeswax from fabric!

Additional Information

Please ensure you wear sensible strong, flat footwear. Open sandals or shoes & high-heeled shoes are NOT


Additional Costs

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.




Microscopy Workshop

Monday, 09 January 2017 14:14
Published in News

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

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:

Another Gold at Tatton

Thursday, 01 December 2016 15:11
Published in Shows

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.



                                                                                                                        Pam Hatton