Beginner’s Course

In 2019, the South Cheshire Beekeepers will be running a course commencing January 23rd 2019, and running for 7 sessions.

  • Wed Jan 23rd
  • Wed Jan 30th
  • Wed 13th Feb
  • Wed 20th Feb
  • Wed 27th Feb
  • Wed 13th March
  • Wed 20th March

Fiona Sloyan will take the sessions, and they will be held in the room above Sandbach library, starting at 7.15pm and finishing at about 10pm with a break for tea and biscuits.

Notes  will be sent electronically after each session so that students are not required to take many notes during the sessions.

By the time you have completed the theoretical course you should have gained sufficient knowledge to consider having your own bees. At the end of the course, if someone is planning to acquire their own bees later on that year, (small colonies usually become available May/June each year) we arrange a mentor for them who lives fairly close, and who they can call upon for advise if they have any problems during their first year.

We also run practical sessions at the Club Apiary at Bradwall Village Hall, (just outside Sandbach) once a month during the summer months, where beginners can get some hands on experience, with expert beekeepers leading the sessions, and demonstrating some of the more complicated procedures.

The cost of the course is £80 and includes membership of the BBKA (British Beekeeping Association) and this means that amongst other things students will receive the monthly magazine, which contains loads of very useful information and interesting articles.

If you think that this is the sort of course that you would like to join please email Di Lyne at