Tuesday 13th August 2019 DYB – Honey Tasting

We have a meeting this Tuesday 13th August at 7.30 pm in the back hall at Trinity Church, High Wycombe HP11 1BJ.

This month we will be reviewing the past beekeeping year. A good opportunity to compare your experiences with other beekeepers in our Association.  Do come along to discuss how your bees performed and anything different about this season.  If it’s your first season with bees we’d love to know how you got on.

We will also be doing honey tasting, so if you took off honey this year please bring a small sample for tasting.  It definitely doesn’t need to be show standard !
Refreshments available, hope you can make it.


Sunday 11th August – Extraction Day

We are holding an apiary honey extraction event on Sunday 11th August 10.00 to 13.00 for Association Members.

We have some supers of honey from our training apiary to extract and prepare for sale. So we will be demonstrating methods of uncapping, manually spinning and settling.

Light refreshments will be available. If you would like to come along, learn and have a go, please email Cathy Briant at vicechair@hwbka.co.uk for her to collate numbers and let you know the venue.

This is particularly important for our beginners, even if they have no bees yet, and a good social opportunity.

Hoping to see you there,

Graeme Summers – Chairman HWBKA

Saturday 10th August – Taster Day

A one day event for people interested in learning more about keeping bees:

Day includes:

  • Presentations on the life cycle of the bee, basic beekeeping husbandry and a year in the life of a beekeeper
  • Practical activities of frame-making, extracting honey from the comb and bottling it into jars
  • A Visit to Saunderton Apiary in the afternoon for inspection of hives (weather dependant)

For more information or to book, follow the link:



Tuesday 9th July – Seasonal issues

This month we will be dealing with seasonal issues.

This is a busy time in the beekeeping year, both for the bees and the beekeepers, so we will be looking at the important jobs that need to be done in the next few weeks, principally taking off the supers, extraction of the honey, and varroa treatment.

Refreshments available.

7.30 pm in the back hall at Trinity Church, High Wycombe HP11 1BJ

Tuesday 11th June – DYB: Hot Topics

This month we will be trying something different and  having a general discussion of “hot topics” chosen by you.  If you have a question or some burning issue with your bees or beekeeping here is an opportunity to raise it  with with your fellow beekeepers and get some interesting answers or explanations.  It may not be the answer you want, but I am sure we will all go home with something to think about.

Remember the old adage “ask two beekeepers a question and get three answers” –  then consider what happens if you ask three dozen beekeepers a question!

This is going to be an interesting evening,  bring a question to put to the meeting if you can.

7.30pm Trinity (back hall) Refreshments available, hope you can make it

Friday 31st May – Pollen, Superfood for Honey Bees

Join us on 31st May for a talk by guest speaker, Robert Smith, discussing Pollen, the superfood for honey bees.

Friday 26th April – Nuc It!

Celia Davis, author of The Honey Bee Around and About, and The Honey Bee Inside Out, and many articles in Bee Craft on honey bee biology and related topics.

Celia has been keeping bees since 1980 and obtained a National Diploma in Beekeeping in 1994. We will learn about making and using nucleus colonies

DYB – 9th April – Seasonal Tasks

On 9th April the Develop your Beekeeping Skills session will be looking at the seasonal tasks we should be focusing on at this time of year.

7.30pm – 9.30pm at Trinity Church.

Mon 18th March – Apiary clean up

Monday 18th March 2019 Apiary cleanup
Anything goes at the apiary, weeding, pruning, tidying. General apiary management and may even involve some beekeeping.
10.00 to 13.00 – Bring along some lunch for a picnic if weather suitable!