The Dorset Convention Sunday 21st October 2018

The Dorset Convention

When: Sunday 21st October

Where: At the Blandford School, Milldown Road Blandford Forum DORSET

Blandford School

Programme for the day

9.30 Doors Open

10.00-11.00 Celia Davis to speak on  In Self Defence

11.00 -11.30  Coffee/ tea

11.30- 12.30 Pam Hunter to speak on The Evolution Of Plants and Insects

12.30- 1.30 Lunch

1.30 -2.30 Dan Basterfield to speak on Reading Bees

2.30-3.00 Tea and cake

3.00-4.00 Anne Rowberry to speak on Shopping for the Colony, where, why how and what bees forage for.

Tickets for the Dorset Convention are now available for purchase online, and the link to the booking site is  Details of the event are given on the booking site, and you can buy tickets for either admission only or admission plus lunch. The lunch provided includes cold meats, cheese, different salads and a pudding it costs £12

The tickets will be emailed to you – and please make sure you bring them with you.

You can also pay £15 on the day at the door but you will not be able to buy the lunch as this has to be booked in advance. Alternatively you can bring a packed lunch.

Other attractions

Lin Coleman from Stockbridge Thorne’s shop will have a stall selling beekeeping equipment. If you order it before hand I am sure she will bring anything you need with her.

Northern Bee books will have a stall of books on Beekeeping; if you want a particular book let me or Jerry Burbidge know to include it in the collection of books

Tea and cake provided by Blandford and Sturminster BKA in the afternoon.

BIBBA Conference in Cirencester, Gloucestershire Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September 2018

BIBBA have just released further details of their September conference.

BIBBA stands for Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association and their goal is to promote the conservation, restoration, study, selection and improvement of native or near-native honeybees of Britain and Ireland.

The conferences are very good with talks by many experts and give you a chance to gather good knowledge on breeding your own queens, general bee husbandry and to make new friends in the Beekeeping world.

BIBBA Humm August 2018

BBKA Plan for Nationwide Queen Rearing Training

25 July 2018

The British Beekeepers Association ( BBKA) which represents more than 25,000 beekeepers has set out plans for a nationwide system of training beekeepers to rear new Queen bees.There has been a lack of commercial bee breeders in the UK and a consequent reliance on imported Queens. These queens, although checked for health, are not adapted to our climate. There is an increasing interest in the qualities of native black bees too.

High Mead Apiary Inspection followed by Club BBQ 14th July 14:00

On Saturday 14th July from 14:00 at the High Mead Farm Apiary there will be an inspection of the hives by Seasonal Bee Inspector Kevin Pope.

This is always extremely interesting and informative. Kevin points out tings to look for in your hives and current problems that the Bee Inspectors are finding locally and Nationally.

Following on from Kevin’s inspection the club will hold a BBQ at High Mead.

Please notify our club secretary Shiela Orr ( asap if you intend to be there so that we can buy a suitable amount of food.

BADS BKA Convention Saturday 24th February


Kirsty Stainton (FERA) – “Biology and Detection of Asian Hornet”

Celia Davis – “Beekeeper v Bee”

Margaret Murdin (BBKA) – “The Queen”

Sebastian Owen (Vita Bee Health) – “Honey bee nutrition … it ain’t all about the sugar, honey.”


West Parley Memorial Hall,
275 Christchurch Road, West Parley, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 8SQ.

Parking is available on site.

Payment Instructions

  • Cheque: Please make your cheque for £24 per person payable to “Bournemouth & Dorset South Beekeepers’ Association” and send to:

Mrs Alla Neal
28 Berkeley Avenue
Poole, BH12 4HZ

Note: Please write on the back of your cheque which beekeepers division you belong to and your name.

  • Online banking: “Bournemouth & Dorset South Beekeepers’ Association “

Sort Code 30 93 25
Account number 00782758
Ref: “Convention 2018

Note: If you use online banking, please e-mail Alla Neal to or call 07900805355 when you have made the payment indicating your name and BKA division.


  • Registration: 09:00am
  • Start: 09:30am
  • Finish: 04:30pm

Lunch, tea & coffee are included. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.

Attendance only by pre-booking.

For any enquiries please contact: Alla Neal,, 07900 805 355

Death of Josie Teresa Mann – Friday 1st December 2017

Sadly this news item is to report the death of Josie Teresa Mann, wife of Paul Mann.

Josie was born Friday 20th December 1928 and was 87 years 49 weeks old. Josie had not been well since suffering a mild stroke in December 2015 but recently her condition deteriorated badly after a fall in November. She died in Poole Hospital just before midnight on Friday 1st December 2017.

For those of you who know Paul, I am sure you would wish to join us all in expressing heartfelt sympathy at this sad time. Paul has contributed an enormous amount over many years to the support and running of the club.

Paul would like to give a very big thank you to Poole hospital, Dr Mowbray, at the Adams practice and all the hospital staff who have been marvelous.

Josie’s funeral will be on Tuesday 19th December at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wimborne Road, Poole BH15 2EG at 12:00 noon. It will be a requiem mass. All denominations are welcome. Afterwards, there will be a private cremation at Harbour View Burial Ground.

Totnes, Devon – Open Meeting on ASIAN HORNETS

We are beekeepers near Totnes, in South Devon, who are responding to the fact that Asian Hornets were found in North Devon this autumn, as well as Tetbury and North Somerset in 2016.

Having read Martyn Hocking’s article that was published in both the November editions of ‘Bee Craft’ and ‘Beekeeping – Devon Beekeepers’ magazine’ about his experience of finding Asian Hornets in his apiary near Woolacombe in North Devon this autumn, we have been in touch with him.

See page 196 at this link:

As a result, we have called an:

Open Meeting on ASIAN HORNETS

2.00pm – 5.00pm on Saturday, 20th January, 2018

Harberton Parish Hall, TQ9 7SD

Afternoon Tea and Cakes will be served (stop, you have got me there). Martyn Hocking will be the guest speaker and there will be an opportunity to discuss a range of issues that have arisen.

Beekeepers from across SW England and representatives of organisations with a special interest in the Asian Hornet have been invited. Parking is available, though to help reduce numbers of cars, if possible, please share lifts.

Please contact Jill & Ken Beagley via email if you would like to attend
and state which BKA branch you are representing.

As we are expecting much interest in this meeting, we would appreciate being contacted by anyone wishing to attend, so can have sufficient refreshments available at the hall during the meeting and we can put anyone needing accommodation in touch with the local B&B’s in the area.

There are already beekeepers coming from Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Bath BKAs, as well as DARG, Bio Bees + university research projects, and although only advertised in the South West, Dover BKA!! Simon Jones, the SW NBU representative has kindly accepted our invitation to come to the meeting and take part in the discussion.

A follow up article has since been written by Martyn, in which he makes various suggestions about how beekeepers can be given better support should they find themselves in his situation, that is in the December/January edition of ‘Beekeeping – Devon Beekeepers’ magazine’. Martyn feels that there is only a short time in which to get organised and prepared for the arrival of the next Asian Hornet queen, if we are to have any chance of keeping this invasive non-native species out of the UK.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Jill & Ken Beagley

Christmas tree festival St Aldhelms’s Church, Branksome

About Face is a local Head and Neck Cancer charity based in Poole and they are decorating a Christmas tree for the St. Aldhelm’s Church Christmas tree festival.

The theme for the festival is “Work, Rest and Pray” and the members from About Face have knitted Bees to decorate their tree. Last year there were over 60 trees decorated for the festival.

This year the Festival is being held from 9th – 24th December and is open daily from 10 am – 7 pm.

The web address is for further information.

Why not go along and get into the spirit of Christmas, you will be most welcome!

Kind regards

Sheila Orr
BADS Secretary