Branch meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month. We have now moved to a new apiary and summer meeting location in Reaseheath College from 18.30. The winter meetings are now held in Smallwood Village Hall (CW11 2UR) from 19.30.
To locate the Reaseheath meeting room, you need to turn off the A51 Nantwich – Chester road ( right if coming from Nantwich, left if coming from Chester) at a sign which says Wettenhall, Poole, Chomondeston). This is Wettenhall Road. Entrance 5 of Reaseheath College is on the right after turning at that junction, on the first bend. Enter through the barrier and bear left into the larger car park. The meeting room, FIC5, is a short walk straight on from the car park, on the left, adjacent to the dairy. It is part of the John Platt Centre. Please sign in here and you will be directed to the apiary which is 5 minutes walk from there.
South Cheshire Branch meetings, 2022
Jan. 13th – 7.30 Zoom: AGM followed by discussion on topical issues.
Feb. 10th – 7.30 Smallwood: Karl Colyer “Things I wish I had known earlier”
Mar 5th – all day CBKA Spring Convention, Vale Royal Golf Club.
Mar. 10th – 7.30 Smallwood: David Fray “Bee Pheromones and the Beekeeper”
April 14th – 7.30 Smallwood joint meeting with North Staffs BKA: Jane Medwell: “Working with your bees for swarm control”
April 24th – 4pm Reaseheath Apiary meeting: Disease inspection and start of year.
May 12th – 6.30 start. Reaseheath Apiary meeting: Disease inspection and diagnosis. Park in Entrance 5 car park – entrance on the right, on the first bend on Wettenhall Rd.(We’ll sign in at the classroom and walk to the apiary. Microscopy will take place while the apiary demonstrations are taking place then meet back at the room to finish off.)
Jun. 9th – 6.30 Reaseheath Apiary meeting: Inspection routine, when to give extra space, swarm prevention, swarm control, swarm collection? Starvation risk – May gap. Expensive Hoffmann frames for any hive other than standard National. Bulk buy of honey jars. Slugs in hives. Dealing with bad tempered bees.
July 14th – 6.30 Reaseheath Apiary meeting: Maximising the honey crop, finding & clipping the queen.
Aug. 11th – 6.30 Reaseheath Apiary meeting: Clearing bees from supers, feeding and feeders, varroa treatments, beginners’ corner
Sep. 7th – 7.30 (Joint meeting with North Staffs BKA at Hanchurch Village Hall, (ST5 4DG). Speaker & title TBA.
Sep. 10th – 4pm – Reaseheath Apiary meeting. Hefting, weighing, checking over winter, feeding fondant.
Oct. 13th – 7.30 South Cheshire Branch Honey Show. Judge: Mrs Joyce Nisbet, Judging starts at 7.00 pm
Nov.10th – 7.30 Smallwood: Speaker to be announced.
Dec. 8th – 7.30 Smallwood: Christmas Social? To be confirmed