Contact Us

Posted on: November 24th, 2011 by

General Contacts:  Kate Bowyer

President: Lindsay Bryning

Chair: Kate Bowyer

Secretary : Val Hitchman


An Hes Editor :

Librarian: Jenny Lewis

Treasurer: Graham Caines

Membership Secretary Mac Rowley Hawkins

Education Coordinator and Apiary Manager Anne McQuade

members wishing to borrow equipment should contact the Chairman.


35 Responses to Contact Us

  1. Bob Black had this to say about that:

    You had a great article on simple swarm control at : but its now disappeared. whats the new link ?

  2. Rosie Schneider had this to say about that:

    I wonder if you can help me? I am currently a student at Camborne College doing a project and exhibition piece on Colony Collapse Disorder. I wondered if any of your members may have any dead bees that they are able to save for me? Also some honeycomb? I would be most grateful for any assistance that you can give me.

    My phone number is 01736 787872.

    Kind regards,

    Rosie Schneider

  3. Rose had this to say about that:

    Have hive of bees in stack of round bale silage which became exposed when top bale was removed. Bees seem calm to be near and took a sample of honey comb- very nice.Have covered with ply wood but will be using silage over winter. Your advice would be welcome.Rose

    • Bernie had this to say about that:

      Please contact our swarm co-ordinator Tamsin Harris 01736 850692 who will be pleased to help.

  4. Hazel Vallis had this to say about that:

    Hi this is a good site which is easy to use thank you.

    This is by way of a small reminder – In the events & meetings section there is only mention of the Rosewarne apiary. I was looking for details of the new apiary site near Penzance. It would be useful to have the address with postcode and/or map ref / directions.
    I realise it is alot of work to ensure the web-site is current, please regard this reminder as positive feed-back. Thanks Hazel

    • Barbara had this to say about that:

      Hi Hazel – just trying to work out how to do this – advanced content management (for me anyway!)

  5. Medina Jarrett had this to say about that:

    Hi, This is just a quick enquiry. Malletts will be taking part in a Garden Festival on Lemon Quay in July and would very much like to use the opportunity to help raise awareness of ‘the plight of the humble Bee’.

    I wondered if you would be able to supply us with any leaflets that customers could help themselves to with regard to Keeping Bees, or at least to educate them on how to help them in their hour of need, and to draw their attention to the fact that they have such a huge effect on all of our lives. Would you be able to supply us with anything like that at all? Even some membership forms they could take away with them would be good. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in antisipation.
    Medina Jarrett

    • Barbara had this to say about that:

      Hi Medina. Can you let me have an address and I will see what we can find for you – what is the date of your event? Barbara

  6. Karen Llewellyn had this to say about that:

    Hi there,

    I work at a Community Allotment Garden, in Penzance. We would like to have some bees/hives on site would anybody like to come and give us some advice or have an out apiary on our site? We look forward to hearing from you.
    kind regards, Karen

  7. Sue Harrison had this to say about that:

    We spoke to someone at the RCS last week and mentioned that we had a very bee-friendly garden and would be very happy if one of your members would like to place a beehive here. We have apple trees, are surrounded by approx 40 acres of grassland with 30 odd horses, untended hedgerows and plenty of wildflowers around. Water also. Our phone number is 01736 732201 number. We have some common land and this has plenty of brambles, self-seeded buddleia etc

  8. Hilary Harris had this to say about that:

    I am looking for a ‘taster’ day as a gift. Are there any available in Penzance area please.

  9. Heather hearl had this to say about that:

    We have honey bees in our bedroom fireplace chimney it is disused but we could unblock it .do you know of anyone that could help us please 01726860441

    • Anne had this to say about that:

      Judging from your phone number, I think you are in the St Austell area, while we are in WEst Cornwall.
      It is not easy to get bees out of a chimney especially if they have been there for a while. Have they just arrived?! if so, unblocking the chimney and lighting a fire might persuade them to go elsewhere (perhaps someone else’s chimney!)
      I would suggest that you contact Cornwall Beekeepers’Association which might have a member in your area who could offer advice, or google the British Beekeepers’ Association, go to the swarm page, put in your post code and you should learn of the nearest beekeeper who collects swarms. But if you can’t live with a swarm in your chimney, you might have to resort to a pest control officer.
      Good luck

  10. Sheena Thomasson had this to say about that:

    I am currently keeping an eye on the house of an old (92) friend who is in hospital and have discovered that there are a very large number of bees in one of her bedrooms. They seem to be getting in somewhere around the guttering of her dormer window. I have no idea what to do about them. Help!! My phone number is 01736 761904

  11. Anne had this to say about that:

    Details of the 2015 Bit of a Do will be published on the website in March.

  12. Paul wesson had this to say about that:

    I am based near PorthTowan and St Agnes and wondering I am able to join the west cornwall club? I am in the carrick and kerrier as default in location. YOur Web site is very good plus you have novice meetings and offer mentors.

    Please let me know



    • Bernie had this to say about that:

      You would be very welcome. I’d suggest you come along to one of our meetings – check out the calendar – and we would love to help you get started or improve your beekeeping.

  13. Caroline Peers had this to say about that:

    Hello. We have just acquired our first colony of bees and would like to join WCBKA. We live near Marazion. Could you let me know what is going on during the summer months please?

  14. Jackie Frost had this to say about that:

    I wonder if you can help. I have heard that there is a scheme where beekeepers can put their bees on your land and tend them and just pay the landowner the odd jar of honey. Do you know anything about this. We have 5 acres of land between Falmouth and Helston and are very interested in beekeeping, but do not feel ready or knowledgeable enough to take on a hive of our own. We would be happy to provide the land (and pollen) for a beekeeper.My email is

  15. Erica Duggan had this to say about that:

    Please can you give me the name and contact number for the West Cornwall Bee Inspector.
    Many thanks
    Erica Duggan

  16. hilary pooley had this to say about that:

    I’m not a beekeeper but would like to buy some local propolis. Do you know of anyone near Lamorna/St Buryan where I could buy some?
    Many thanks,
    Hilary Pooley

    • John Mills had this to say about that:

      I don’t know if you have had any success in your quest for propolis. I posted on our Facebook page and put an article in our monthly newsletter but I have had no feedback.

  17. John Mills had this to say about that:

    Sorry but we are a specific beekeeping association here in West Cornwall and we are confident that people who are looking for use will find us easily.

  18. angela peake had this to say about that:

    I have been given a hive and need help please.

    • John Mills had this to say about that:

      How can we help? Does the hive have bees or is it just an empty hive? If you now have a hive and want to keep bees I would suggest that you join a recognised Beekeeper Association such as our own which is affliated with the British Beekeepers Association. We hold regular (twice monthly) Tuesday evening meetings during the winter. One is held at Goldsithney called ‘Better Beekeeping’ and is primarily for less experienced beekeepers and one is held in Hayle and is aimed at the more experienced beekeeper. You would be most welcome to attend either of these meetings as a visitor. The Goldsithney meeting is next Tuesday 7th January (at 7:30pm) and the next Hayle meeting is a week later. If you would like to attend either meeting please let me know (telephone 07764291106 or and I will arrange for someone to meet you. If you want to discuss beekeeping more generally please feel free to give me a ring on the number above. We look forward to hearing from you. Regards John Mills

  19. terry brampton had this to say about that:

    I have bees in and around my home, i block the holes up and they come back only to find another place to hide and seek foods, now in front cover of porch roof, can some one come and take them away please, regards mr tab

    • John Mills had this to say about that:

      WCBKA members can only help if they are Honey Bees (there are many other types of bees in the UK). The best thing for you to do would be to go on the BBKA (British Beekeepers) website and find the ‘swarms’ page. If you put in your postcode it should give the contact details for beekeepers close to your address who might be able to help.

      John Mills

  20. Tegan Veal had this to say about that:

    Hello there, I was interested in inquiring on if you know any local bee keepers that are in need of extra space to house their bees, as I have a large garden, and would be keen to accompany any bees in the garden if possible. My location is around lelant downs Hayle area, in between John fowler holiday village and splattenridden farm. If so could you please contact me via email: thank you 🙂

    • John Mills had this to say about that:

      Hello Tegan
      Sorry for the delay in replying – I am afraid that our website does not send alerts to the right people when we get an enquiry.
      Thank you for your offer of space in your garden for bees. I think it is quite likely that one of our members, in your area, would be interested. We can put a notice on our closed group Facebook page and we can put a notice in our monthly newsletter. I will contact you on your e-mail address for further details.
      John Mills

  21. Sam had this to say about that:

    I am getting my first bee hive in June, would like to know the best place to get my nucleus of black bees, I live in St Ives. Also any extra guidance would be greatly appreciated.

    • John Mills had this to say about that:


      Sorry about the delay in responding to your post – we are in the process of developing a new website and I am afraid that this site has been rather neglected of late. Can I suggest that if you still need ‘guidance’ then you contact our Chairperson Kate Bowyer or our Secretary Val Hitchman. You would also be most welcome to one of our bi-monthly meetings which are now held on Monday evenings at Marazion Community Centre at 7:30pm. We hold two meeings per month one of which, called Better Beekeeping’ is especially geared to novice beekeepers. You would be welcome even if you are not, in the first instance, a member. The next Better Beekeeping meeting will be held on Monday 22nd October. Hope to see you there. Regards John Mills

  22. A.Nonymouse had this to say about that:

    I understand that Bridge Methodist church is closing and will no doubt be sold for building. In the roof of the building I understand there is a large colony of bees suspected to be the Cornish Black Bee. Once developers get in they won’t care about the bees and it would be a crying shame if a long term thriving colony of black bees was to be lost. I have nothing to do with either bees or the church, only an interest in wildlife & loss of habitats. I do not know who else to contact & I do not wish to give my details since the info was passed to me by a person connected with the church.

    • John Mills had this to say about that:

      Sorry about the delay in responding to your post. I have sent the text to a member of the WCBKA who is particularly interested in maintaining a black bee population here in Cornwall.