Education Programme 2020 Summer Schedule

Our RBKA On-Line Education Programme commenced on the 22nd April … in place of previously ‘normal’ weekly Summer Evening Wednesday meetings at the Henfold Apiary … from April through to the end of September.

Invitations and joining instructions to join each Zoom Meeting are delivered about 5 days beforehand from rbka-online@hotmail.com to ALL our RBKA paid-up members with email addresses.  The instructions are ESSENTIAL for you to follow to be able to either log-in via smartphone or computer for 2-way video & audio capability, or by standard phone for audio only.  Reminders may also be sent on the day of, or the day before each Zoom Meeting.

[If you have not received your invitation, click to go to the foot of this post 

Wednesday evening events have been scheduled for the rest of July, August and September, taking us to the end of the Summer season.

  • Wednesday 30th September – No. 24 ‘Preparing for Winter’ Guidance about what to be doing to ensure your colonies get throeugh the winter ahead, presented by Geoff Blay and our other Master Beekeepers , followed by Q&A’s with our panel of Master Beekeepers and other experienced Members. Commences at 7:00pm.
  • Wednesday 23rd September – No. 23 ‘Perilous Journeys – how do bees avoid crashing or getting lost’ by guest presenter Joanna Brebner, Phd student at Queen Mary University of London, working on a project ‘Bee Navigation and Orientation’; with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 16th September – No. 22 ‘How to Jar Your Honey‘. Demonstrated by Anna Slade, with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 9th September – No. 21 ‘Bee Friendly Plants‘ presented by Mark Tuson, RHS , with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 2nd September – No. 20 ‘These Work & Cost Next to Nothing’. Presented by various members, contributors will show and describe pet widgets, gizmo’s and diy builds used in their beekeeping, with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 26th August – No. 19 ‘Beekeeping this September’ Guidance about what to be looking out for in nature and your colonies, presented by Bob Maurer, Master Beekeeper, followed by Q&A’s with other experienced Members. Commences at 7:00pm.
  • Wednesday 19th August – No. 18 ‘Knowing Your Enemy’ a talk about tracking down and confronting the Yellow Legged Hornets, presented by guest speaker Lynne Ingram, Master beekeeper, from the Somerset AHAT, who has been working with scientists from Exeter University and Jersey beekeepers.  With Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 12th August – No. 17 ‘Showing & Telling about My Apiary’ More presentations of their own apiaries by Peter Scroggs, Sue Scales, Gavin & Axel, with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 5th August – No. 16 ‘First Aid and Health & Safety’ presented by Dr Andrew Carne, NHS Chief Clinical Information Officer. With Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 29th July – No. 15 ‘A Conversation with Stephen Fleming’ The Co editor of BeeCraft will chat about the history of BeeCraft and stories of beekeeping, with Vince ‘Parky’ Gallo taking the part of chat show host; followed by Q&A’s with our Master Beekeepers and other experienced Members adding to the answers offered to YOUR questions. Commences at 7:00pm.
  • Wednesday 22nd July – No. 14 ‘Extraction’ Instruction and demonstrations about how to literally get the best out of your supers, presented by Andrew Cornwall, with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7:00pm.
  • Wednesday 15th July – No. 13 ‘Viruses‘ A talk and presentation provide by guest speaker Pam Hunter, (Master Beekeeper, member of BIBBA and the Central Association of Bee-Keepers, BBKA Manager of Research, Technical and Environmental matters and a past Chair of the BBKA Examinations Board), with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7:00pm.
  • Wednesday 8th July – No. 12 ‘How to Get Entries Ready for Showing’ Guidance and Tips for the preparation and presentation of Honey Show exhibits, presented by Celia Perry, with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7:00pm.
  • Wednesday 1st July – No. 11 ‘Queen Rearing’ A talk and presentation provided by Bob Maurer, with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7:00pm.
  • Wednesday 24th June – No. 10 ‘ Beekeeping this July’ Guidance about what to be looking out for in nature and your colonies, presented by Geoff Blay, followed by Q&A’s with our panel of our Master Beekeepers and other experienced Members. Commences at 7:00pm.
  • Wednesday 17th June – No. 9 ‘Showing & Telling about My Apiary’ Presentations by Suzy Stevens, Colin Clement & Karen Ford, with Q&A’s to follow and maybe a Quiz for afters. Commences at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 10th June – No. 8 ‘Life Cycle and Anatomy’ Presentation by Celia Perry, with Q&A’s to follow.Commences at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 3rd June – No. 7 ‘Varroa Control with a DIY Queen Cage’ Presentation by Vince Gallo, building on a Winter Talk last December by Steve Riley (Westerham BKA’s Education Officer) about a project evaluating chemical free control of varroa. Commences at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 27th May – No. 6 ‘Beekeeping this June’. Guidance about what to be looking out for in nature and your colonies, presented by Simon Ford,followed by Q&A’s with our panel of our Master Beekeepers and other experienced Members. Commences at 7:00pm.
  • Wednesday 20th May – No. 5 ‘Handling Skills’ – practical advice about the approach to basic manipulation methods presented by Master Beekeeper Geoff Blay, (A sequel to Geoff’s well received ‘pre Coronavirus’ March 4th Winter Meeting presentation at Henfold.) Commences at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 13th May – No. 4 ‘Virtual Tour of Vince Gallo’s Apiary’, Vince has been taking videos of his apiary and will share his insights and also talk about his exciting bee research. Commences at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 6th May – No. 3 ‘What’s going on in my Hive?’ – A simple guide to recognising pests and diseases. Presented by Master Beekeeper, Bob Maurer who promises to not be too technical and no latin names!
    Commences at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 29th April – No. 2 ‘Beekeeping this May’, Guidance about what to be looking out for in nature and your colonies, presented by Adam Leitch, Master Beekeeper, NDB, followed by Q&A’s hosted by a panel of all our Master Beekeepers, Celia Perry, Bob Maurer, Geoff Blay and Adam Leitch. Commences at 7:00pm.
  • Wednesday 22nd April – No. 1 ‘Swarms’,  An illustrated talk by Vince Gallo; commences at 7:00pm and will be followed by Q&A’s arising, from participating viewers and listeners

More Wednesday evening events are being scheduled for the rest of August and beyond as needed …

Each RBKA OnLine ‘meeting’ will commence promptly at the scheduled time, proceeded only by a very few minutes of general notices and announcements. Do aim to log into the Zoom conference 5 to 10 minutes before the published start time to ensure your video and audio settings are working OK and to not miss any announcements and introductions.

Note that a new, unique, Meeting ID will be issued ahead of each successive RBKA On-Line Meeting via Zoom.

All event details and timings remain subject to amendment at short notice. Keep in touch by referring back to the Members Website. 


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