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Shropshire Beekeepers' Association

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1. Local

The biggest event of our year is the Shrewsbury Flower Show, which takes place in the Quarry Park in Shrewsbury early in August every year. There is a major display of bee products, with competitive classes for honey, mead, beeswax items and so on. Bees can be seen in the Observation Hive and there is often a chance to watch demonstrations by beekeepers of their skills. The best honey from all over the County is also available to taste and/or buy. The next Show will take place on the 14th & 15th August 2015.

Complementing it this year there is going to be a BEE DAY - an exciting new venture at the Greenwood Centre in Coalbrookdale on Sunday August 23rd . There will be a celebration of honey bees and their products, organised by the SBKA in conjunction with Cherry Events. Further information will be posted here as the day approaches.

In addition, every year the Shropshire Beekeepers Association also takes part in activities and displays run by other organisations. We sometimes have products for sale. If you would like to discuss having us take part in your event during 2015 please contact our Public Liaison Officers, Paul & Sandy Herbert - contact details on the Committee page).

2. Other Events

On Saturday 30th May, Cheshire Beekeepers will be running a Healthy Bee Day, in collaboration with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). There will be presentations and workshops from Ian Molyneux and some of the seasonal bee inspectors. It is a full day's training, particularly aimed at second/third year beekeepers, which will include the opportunity to see foul brood combs, and also demonstrations in the apiary at Norton Priory. There will also be an emphasis on exotic pests, particularly Asian hornet and small hive beetle. There is a flyer/booking form available here.

For anyone interested in finding out more about beekeeping, our President, Brian Goodwin, is running a one day course at Acton Scott Farm Museum in June. Further details here.

The National Diploma of Beekeeping organises a number of short courses for beekeepers every year, details of which are on their website. Similar courses are offered at other venues from time to time. Details will be published here when they become available.