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Gormanston 2000
Gormanston 2001
Gormanston 2002
Gormanston 2003
Gormanston 2004
De Montfort Gardens 1987
Stoneleigh Show 2003
National Space Centre 2004
BIBBA Conference 2000
BIBBA Conference 2002
BIBBA Agm 2004

Reports on or about Beekeeping Meetings and Events

During the year there are various meetings and events that I regularly attend... The list at the left is not complete by any means, but is at least representative of events with a beekeeping interest that I enjoy.

Stoneleigh Show and Convention has been a regular event as I was originally an exhibitor/trader when I was in the beekeeping equipment manufacturing business, but lately it is just as a social event and an opportunity to meet and talk to many old friends and pick up those odd beekeeping items that one always seems to need. This event is turned into a two day session by some as the BIBBA AGM is usually held on the following day on the same site.

L&RBKA summer teaching meetings at the Brooksby bee yard (where I act as a clerk) are the place I am at on most Tuesday evenings throughout April to the end of July. These Tuesday evening meetings continue for me throughout most of the year as there is a group of dedicated volunteers that gather to clean up equipment and make it ready for the Summer teaching season or for sale to bolster the charity's funds. I take little part in the physical proceedings, but I have a coffee and chat and on at least three occasions through the year we have a sub committee meeting to sort out finances and programs for the teaching apiary.

The National Honey Show has become a regular feature in my calendar in recent years, I do not exhibit myself, but one of these days I am going to have a go at the cut comb and section classes. Apart from the honey show itself there is a stream of lectures that are provided, there are a few trade stands and there is ample opportunity to meet old friends. I find it a useful opportunity to browse through secondhand books and chat to some of the traders that I have known for many years.

The BIBBA Conference only occurs every two years and I regret that I have only attended the one in 2000 and the one in 2002. The 2000 event was memorable as I met Marla Spivak for the first time and renewed my acquaintance with Steve Tabor (known by many as Col. Sanders because of his looks and style of dress) I was very impressed by Marla Spivak's lectures which were candid and up to the minute.

The Cambridgeshire Beekeepers one day event is often the first major meeting in the year that I attend. I have been many times and have heard many polished lectures. However the ones that really stand out were presented by Prof. James Beamont... These stand out for their content rather than their presentation, I only wish that I could remember more of the details as I found the material fascinating and enlightening and I would like to pass on more of his thoughts via this website.

FIBKA Summer School and conference held in Gormanston in Ireland is something that I look forward to like a child anticipating Christmas... I have the intention of attending this event every year until I die. The year 2005 will be a double whammy in this respect as the Apimondia Conference will be held in 2005 in Dublin.

This week long gathering is very important and deserves to be more widely recognised by beekeepers... Many beekeepers know that it exists, but few realise how enjoyable and informative it really is. There are also facilities for family members that are not beekeepers and there is so much that you can do, you will wear yourself out enjoying it all. The 2003 and 2004 event reports have many pictures and will convey some of the flavour.

Written... 18 March 2003, New Domain... 17 December 2003, Upgraded... 17 November 2004,


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