Beekeeping Convention – A Bit of a Do

Posted on: June 17th, 2014 by

Jointly organised by Cornwall Beekeepers Association and

West Cornwall  Beekeepers Association

Saturday 10th September 2016,

Fal Building,

Truro and Penwith College, Truro,


10am to 5pm

Registration from 9am

Bookings open 1st July 2016

Click here for a pdf version of the Application Form 2016

Click here for a word version of the Application Form 2016

Click here for directions to the Fal Building, Truro College

Click here for the 2016 Programme

Tickets £12 in advance or £15 on the door. Booking in advance is needed for the morning short sessions.

At lunch time Pasties are available for an additional cost & must be ordered in advance.

Our speakers this year include:-

Glyn Davies – His lecture will be ‘Honeybee Mating Processes; Evolution and Consequences” this will include details of observations from the Drone laying queen study. Glyn is a Master Beekeeper and has kept bees for 40 years. A BBKA examiner, on the BBKA Executive for 8 years and elected President of BBKA in 2002. Past chairman of Devon Beekeepers Association. International and national lecturer/teacher. Glyn was Project leader of the DARG Vita Award winning project on Drone Laying Queens. Currently concentrating on rearing locally selected queens.

Ged Marshall – He will talk on commercial queen rearing. Ged and his wife are proprietors of ‘British Honey Producers Ltd’, producing high quality queens, honey products and pollinating services. Ged has been beekeeping since he was 15 years old when he worked in France with a commercial beekeeper running 3000 colonies. He became a full time beekeeper in 1989. Ged has also worked with Brother Adam at Buckfast Abbey and in Tenerife and Denmark. His many roles in beekeeping have included – committee member of Bee Farmers Association for 12 years, worked on the Honey Working Party in Brussels and served on the Bee Health Advisory Panel of the Ministry of Agriculture. Ged is currently a member of the Healthy Bees Plan set up by FERA.

Dr. Michael Keith-Lucas – Formerly Senior tutor in Plant Sciences at the University of Reading. His academic career has focussed mainly on various aspects of pollen. His lecture on forensic uses of pollen is much sought after by beekeepers. He is chairman of local region of The Wildlife Trust, President of Reading and District Gardeners Association,Vice President of Reading and District Natural History Society and Reading Tree Wardens

Bridget Clemoes will be sharing her experience of Top Bar Beekeeping, she says “In June 2010 I developed a passion for bee conservation and began reading all I could. Top Bar Hives drew my attention and I built my first one in the living room from cedar. Today I have 7 occupied Top Bar Hives, 1 insulated deep National, and 3 swarms in bait boxes. My approach is Balanced Beekeeping, with minimal inspection or interference, no treatment, and reproduction by swarming. Honey is not my aim – it is a bit of a nuisance really!”
The short sessions in the morning must be booked in advance when you purchase your ticket. In the afternoon our speakers corners will have wide range of topics which you can choose to attend without booking.

What else?

This year our exhibitors include Northern Bee Books, BB Wear, Bee-Bay, Modern Beekeeping, Nine Maidens Mead, Beehive Supplies. So we will have the biggest display of bee related books in the country for you to peruse, a bumper raffle with prizes from Thornes, Maisemore, Mann Lake, Beehive Bits, Brunel Microscopes, BBKA and Trewithen. Some wonderful trade stands with just the bits you need to have to make your beekeeping complete; plus we are running our very popular Gadget Competition once more with a prize for the most ingenious idea.

Refreshments will be available upon arrival and during the day.

We have something for all levels of beekeeping experience and interest and we welcome everyone, you do not need to be a member of a Beekeeping Association to attend.

So why not come along and meet other beekeepers from Cornwall and the West Country and have a fun bee packed day?

2016 leaflet