MBKA Events for 2019

A Past Event

The English Festival:
Saturday 21st April 2018

Our thanks go to the members who helped set up and run our stall at the very successful English Festival held at the Riverside Country Park. The weather was very kind to us. A lovely sunny day, we had no problems rolling wax candles this year. The footfall was well up on last year as the sun really brought people out.

The festival opened at 11am and closed at 5.30pm, a long but very enjoyable day. Honey and wax sales were slow to start but picked up to a steady flow by midday. At the end of the day there were very few jars to pack away.

Candle rolling was the usual steady stream and lasted all day. Such was the demand that we actually ran out of pre-waxed wick and had to call it a day at around 4pm. Candle rolling took just over £190, well up on last year.

We also gathered the names of quite a few interested people for next year’s Introductory Course  and answered a large number of the usual questions about bees, beekeeping and our Association. People were genuinely interested in the plight of the bees, particularly  following the weather event


s of the past month or so. In all a great day for us and the bees!

Our thanks go to Medway Council and their staff for all of their efforts on this one-day event.

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Future Events:

Monday 18th March 2019 
Introduction to Beekeeping  2
Time: 7.00pm (7.30pm start)
Venue: Wainscott Community Hall, 16 – 18 Holly Road, Wainscott, ME2 4L


Monday 25th March 2019 
Introduction to Beekeeping  3
Time: 7.00pm (7.30pm start)
Venue: Wainscott Community Hall, 16 – 18 Holly Road, Wainscott, ME2 4L


Wednesday 27th March 2019
Bee Chat
Come and share your stories and hear everyone else’s!
4th Wednesday of the month at The Pier, Lower Upnor, ME2 4XA, at 7.30pm.


Saturday 30th March 2019
Introduction to Beekeeping:  Practical – Tools
 11am Association Apiary Site
You can find the apiary at 215a City Way, Rochester, Kent ME1 2TL


Saturday 6th April 2019
MBKA Apiary Open Day
 2 – 4pm Association Apiary Site
You can find the apiary at 215a City Way, Rochester, Kent ME1 2TL


Saturday 13th April 2019
Introduction to Beekeeping:  Practical – Tools
 11am Association Apiary Site
You can find the apiary at 215a City Way, Rochester, Kent ME1 2TL


12, 13, 14th April 2019
BBKA Spring Convention
Harper Adams University
Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB


Saturday 6th April 2019
English Festival
 11am until 5pm
Venue: Riverside Country Park, Lower Rainham Road, Rainham, Kent


Wednesday 24th April 2019
Bee Chat
Come and share your stories and hear everyone else’s!
4th Wednesday of the month at The Pier, Lower Upnor, ME2 4XA, at 7.30pm.


Saturday 27th April 2019
MBKA Outdoor Meeting – Queen Marking
2 – 5pm Association Apiary Site
You can find the apiary at 215a City Way, Rochester, Kent ME1 2TL


Saturday 4th May 2019
Introduction to Beekeeping:  Practical – Swarming
 11am Association Apiary Site
You can find the apiary at 215a City Way, Rochester, Kent ME1 2TL


Saturday 11th May 2019
Introduction to Beekeeping:  Practical – Uniting
 11am Association Apiary Site
You can find the apiary at 215a City Way, Rochester, Kent ME1 2TL


Saturday 18th May 2019
MBKA Outdoor Meeting 
 2 – 5pm Association Apiary Site
You can find the apiary at 215a City Way, Rochester, Kent ME1 2TL


Wednesday 23rd May 2019
Bee Chat
Come and share your stories and hear everyone else’s!
4th Wednesday of the month at The Pier, Lower Upnor, ME2 4XA, at 7.30pm.


Saturday 25th May 2019
Introduction to Beekeeping:  Practical – Mating
 11am Association Apiary Site
You can find the apiary at 215a City Way, Rochester, Kent ME1 2TL

Saturday 1st June 2019
Meeting: Asian Hornet – Reort on the experiences of nest removal in France.
 2pm Lenham Community Centre
Lenham, Kent


Saturday 15th June 2019
MBKA Outdoor Meeting 
 2 – 5pm Association Apiary Site
You can find the apiary at 215a City Way, Rochester, Kent ME1 2TL


Wednesday 28th June 2019
Bee Chat
Come and share your stories and hear everyone else’s!
4th Wednesday of the month at The Pier, Lower Upnor, ME2 4XA, at 7.30pm.


5th-7th July 2019 
Kent County Show

5th July 2019 
Kent Bees and Honey Show

Venue: The Kent Agricultural Showground, Detling

Sunday 14th July 2019
Cherry Picnic
 All day event
Venue: The Vines, Rochester, Kent


Saturday 20th July 2019
MBKA Outdoor Meeting 
 2 – 5pm Association Apiary Site
You can find the apiary at 215a City Way, Rochester, Kent ME1 2TL


Wednesday 24th July 2019
Bee Chat
Come and share your stories and hear everyone else’s!
4th Wednesday of the month at The Pier, Lower Upnor, ME2 4XA, at 7.30pm.


Saturday 17th August 2019
MBKA Outdoor Meeting 
 2 – 5pm Association Apiary Site
You can find the apiary at 215a City Way, Rochester, Kent ME1 2TL


Tuesday 20th August 2019 
Introduction to Beekeeping  4
Time: 7.00pm (7.30pm start)
Venue: Wainscott Community Hall, 16 – 18 Holly Road, Wainscott, ME2 4L


Tuesday 27th August 2019 
Introduction to Beekeeping  5
Time: 7.00pm (7.30pm start)
Venue: Wainscott Community Hall, 16 – 18 Holly Road, Wainscott, ME2 4L


Wednesday 28th August 2019
Bee Chat
Come and share your stories and hear everyone else’s!
4th Wednesday of the month at The Pier, Lower Upnor, ME2 4XA, at 7.30pm.

Tuesday 3rd September 2019 
Introduction to Beekeeping  6
Time: 7.00pm (7.30pm start)
Venue: Wainscott Community Hall, 16 – 18 Holly Road, Wainscott, ME2 4L


7th – 8th September 2019
MBKA Honey Show
Time: 2-Day Event
Venue: Elm Court Garden Centre Gillingham ME7 3JQ


Saturday 21st September 2019
MBKA Outdoor Meeting 
 2 – 5pm Association Apiary Site
You can find the apiary at 215a City Way, Rochester, Kent ME1 2TL


Wednesday 25th September 2019
Bee Chat
Come and share your stories and hear everyone else’s!
4th Wednesday of the month at The Pier, Lower Upnor, ME2 4XA, at 7.30pm.


Saturday 28th September 2019
Ploughing Match
Venue: to be advised.


Saturday 5th October 2019 
Autumn Fair
Time: 2 – 5pm
Venue: Wainscott Community Hall, 16 – 18 Holly Road, Wainscott, ME2 4L


Saturday 19th October 2019
MBKA Annual Supper and Prizegiving Evening
Time: 6 – 11pm
Venue: Wainscott Community Hall, 16 – 18 Holly Road, Wainscott, ME2 4LG


Wednesday 23rd October 2019
Bee Chat
Come and share your stories and hear everyone else’s!
4th Wednesday of the month at The Pier, Lower Upnor, ME2 4XA, at 7.30pm.


24th – 26th October 2019
The National Honey Show
Venue: Sandown Race Course, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ


Saturday 16th November 2019 
Indoor Meeting 
Time: 2 – 5pm
Venue: Wainscott Community Hall, 16 – 18 Holly Road, Wainscott, ME2 4L


Wednesday 27th November 2019
Bee Chat
Come and share your stories and hear everyone else’s!
4th Wednesday of the month at The Pier, Lower Upnor, ME2 4XA, at 7.30pm.


Saturday 7th December 2019 
Indoor Meeting – Bob Smith talking about Pollen
Time: 2 – 5pm
Venue: Wainscott Community Hall, 16 – 18 Holly Road, Wainscott, ME2 4L


Saturday 18th January  2020 
Indoor Meeting 
Time: 2 – 5pm
Venue: Wainscott Community Hall, 16 – 18 Holly Road, Wainscott, ME2 4L


Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Bee Chat
Come and share your stories and hear everyone else’s!
4th Wednesday of the month at The Pier, Lower Upnor, ME2 4XA, at 7.30pm.


Saturday 15th February 2020 
MBKA Annual General Meeting
Time: 2 – 5pm
Venue: Wainscott Community Hall, 16 – 18 Holly Road, Wainscott, ME2 4L