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Farnham Beekeepers’ Association will again be running an introductory programme for beginners in 2019. First is a winter theory course, followed by hands-on practical sessions from spring right through the summer at our teaching apiary at the Rural Life Centre near Tilford.
It is aimed at people new to beekeeping who are thinking of starting with bees, or who are interested to learn more to enable them to decide whether it is for them, but also existing beekeepers who would like to learn through a structured course.
The aim of the winter theory course is to cover the knowledge needed to get started with bees. Topics covered include:
The theory course runs for 8 sessions on Saturday mornings from 9:30 am on: 12 Jan, 19 Jan, 26 Jan; (NOT 2 Feb); 9 Feb, 16 Feb, 23 Feb, 2 Mar and 9 March.
Each session lasts about 2 hours, with a break for tea/coffee. We combine British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA) beginners' courses with our own material and format, for a mix of tutor-led lectures, video, practical and hands-on demonstrations. No live bees though – it’s winter!
Lead tutors & course organisers
David & Rosalind Clague – Farnham Main & Apiary Committee members
Oliver Chadwick – Farnham Main & Apiary Committee member, BBKA General Husbandry certificate holder
John Fail – Farnham Apiary Committee member
Chris & Barbara Rushton – Farnham members
Alastair Welch NDB – Master Beekeeper
All tutors and demonstrators are experienced members of the British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA).
In spring, the course resumes with practical sessions at our teaching apiary at the Rural Life Centre near Tilford. The aim is to help you to put your knowledge of beekeeping theory into practice so that you're able to start keeping bees with confidence.
Colonies change substantially throughout the year and present a range of situations and puzzles that it are hard to cover on a short course held at one part of the season. Exposure to the range of colonies, situations and hive types at our apiary will give you the full picture about getting started with bees.
We aim to start in mid-late April and sessions continue throughout the summer on Saturday afternoons and on Wednesday evenings. Due to the typical size of the class and number of colonies available early in the season, initially there will be a choice of Wednesday or Saturday (ie one or the other). Once we get deeper into the season there should be more flexibility.
There are two stages:
It is not necessary to attend every week as the sessions soon become less of a course and more of an experience-building process.
Fees and Application
Fees covering tuition, course notes & handouts, and theory course refreshments:
If you just wish to learn about bees and beekeeping or are undecided if you want to keep bees, you can attend just the theory course and perhaps decide later about continuing with the practical sessions. Similarly, if you have already attended a suitable theory course, you may wish to join the practicals, but please contact us for advice first.
The course is always very popular and places are limited – early application is recommended!
For application or more information, please email David Clague via: email@example.com