Lecture sessions are from 10am to 12.30pm at the Moulton Community Centre, Sandy
Hill, Reedings, Moulton, Northampton NN3 7AX.
For directions go to: moultoncommunitycentre.org.uk/find-us/
All classroom sessions take place on Saturdays from January to March.
NBKA 2019 Beginners’ Course Programme
19th Jan Bee Biology – presented by Richard Knott
A brief explanation of the honeybee’s lifecycle from egg to grave.
26th Jan Equipment – presented by Brian Dennis
An introduction to the extent and type of equipment used, including demonstration
of how a hive is designed and why it works.
9th Feb Overwintering and Spring Development – presented by Trevor Minett
An explanation of how a colony survives the Winter and builds up in the Spring for
16th Feb Swarm Management – presented by Brian Dennis
Why bees swarm, the problems this may cause for the beekeeper, and techniques for
16th March Pests and Diseases – presented by Patsy Hollingum
How bees become sick, what the beekeeper can do to avoid it and the effect pests
and diseases have on the colony.
NB – THIS SESSION TAKES PLACE AT THE ABBEY CENTRE, OVERSLADE CLOSE, EAST HUNSBURY,
NORTHAMPTON NN4 0RZ
23rd March Honey – presented by David White
How the bee makes honey, techniques for extraction and watchpoints for the beekeeper.
30th March Hive building – this is a hive building training event and must be individually
booked once the Beginners’ Course has started
This session will take place at Ravensthorpe Village Hall in the afternoon and is
optional. Places are restricted to those who are taking part in the 2019 Beginners’
Course, and there will be a limited number of places available.
Two practical sessions
These will take place on Sunday afternoons. They are scheduled for April 28th and
May 5th but dates may be changed as opening hives is dependent on suitable weather
It is especially important to gain hands-on practical experience.
The practicals are not just add-ons, we ask you to make sure you can attend them
barring a definite prior engagement or a genuine reason for being unavailable.
Late July – Varroa treatment and Winter feeding and First Season Q and A Session.
Date is to be confirmed
In order to complete the course you need to have attended all the mandatory sessions
The optional training session in hive building is charged separately to the Beginners’
Course. It is open solely to participants on the course and there will be a limited
number of places. Included in the fee for the hive building session is a National
Modified hive, which will be supplied by the Association. The participant will learn
how to build this flat-packed hive in the course of the session.
In the Spring the final sessions of the course consist of two practical sessions
which take place “in the field”. These are run by association members in their own
apiaries. Trainees are able to look inside “live” bee hives, to handle frames of
bees, observe the bees at work in their home environment, and gain a fuller understanding
of what has been learned in the preceding sessions.
These practical sessions are an essential part of the Training Course. Beginners
who are unable to attend must find the time on alternative dates to attend the Association
Apiary. No amount of book-learning can substitute for this hands-on experience.
Because the spring weather governs exactly when beekeepers are first able to open
the colonies after the winter it is difficult to fix dates for the practical sessions
until the Spring is underway. For this reason the dates we have suggested will be
subject to change if the weather is against us.