SBKA Beginners' Course 2020 Registration

The Beginners' course is designed to give you all the knowledge and skills required to start keeping bees this year. It comprises 8 classroom sessions, seven theory and one practical, and two apiary sessions.

The following theory sessions all start at 7.30pm and continue until 9.30pm
Tuesdays 3,10,17 & 24 March 2020
School holiday break
14, 21 & 28 April 2020

Honey extraction depends on availability of honey: 16 June, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, unless otherwise advised.

apiary sessions 10am-12 noon, 1pm-3pm
any two of :
9 & 10 May
16 & 17 May

Since so many new beekeepers make expensive mistakes making hives from flatpacks we may run a practical session to instruct people on how to make up a hive. Possibly Sunday 3 May.

The dates for the practicals are notional since we are dependent on the weather behaving itself. The dates will hold unless we have hurricane and tornados....

All sessions will take place at the JG Graves Woodlands Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods off Abbey Lane.

The course fee is £85 and is open to Sheffield BKA members only. This means that applicants have to join SBKA if they are not already members. Minimum membership is Social membership at £19.
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Please note that we run a bulk purchase scheme early in the year wherein members can benefit from discounted equipment and bees. If you are just starting out and looking to buy equipment you may wish to consider waiting until we have opened our on line bulk purchase scheme. Talk to us first.
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Emergency contact & number *
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Previous experience *
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Payment (£85) *
Due to the high demand we regret that payment is necessary to secure your place but even so we cannot guarantee everyone will have a place. If you are unsuccessful we will of course return your payment! You can pay by Go Cardless - , cheque, made payable to Sheffield BKA, and sent to RJ, Treasurer SBKA, 43 Holbrook Road, Sheffield S13 8AW, or pay by BACS: The Co-operative Bank a/c name: Sheffield Beekeepers’ Association sort code: 08 92 99 a/c no. : 65843891 (please reference your BACS payment with reference BGN & short name e.g. "BGN Phil K")
Membership *
Please indicate your membership status. If you are not already a member, you will need to join since the course is only open to members. The minimum membership for eligibility on the course is "Social" - at £19. However, you may need a higher form of membership if you intend to keep bees before 1 Oct 2020 and need the insurance. The membership application forms are available on our web site.
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