MBKA Events for 2021

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 events 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.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Our new series of Winter Talks begins this week on the 13th OctoberThe series this winter will be a mix of talks on Zoom, and occasions where we meet together in our local hall to listen to an invited speaker. If you are not a member please go to the home page for information on how you may join these meetings. 

December 2021

7.00pm, Wednesday 8th December 2021
St Stephen’s Church (at the junction of Walderslade Rd and Maidstone Rd Chatham)
Maidstone Rd, Chatham, ME4 6JE

Phillip Argyle’s talk is “An evening with a wayward beekeeper’.

Following this talk we will be presenting the prizes and awards from this year’s Honey Show.


January 2022

8.00pm, Wednesday 19th January 2022

A Zoom talk by David Evans, writer of The Ariarist Blog

David’s talk is ‘Preparing for the season ahead ’

 

February 2022

8.00pm, Wednesday 16 February 2022
Wainscott Memorial Hall
16-18 Holly Road, Wainscot, Rochester, ME2 4LG

Murray McGregor will talk about his life as a bee farmer with around 4000 hives in the Scottish Highlands.

Saturday 19 February 2022

MBKA AGM

Wainscott Memorial Hall
16-18 Holly Road, Wainscot, Rochester, ME2 4LG

Minutes and Agenda will be circulated closer to the time.


 

March 2022

8.00pm, Wednesday 2nd March 2022
Wainscott Memorial Hall
16-18 Holly Road, Wainscot, Rochester, ME2 4LG

Adam Leitch will talk about ‘Why anatomy matters to practical beekeeping’.

8.00pm, Wednesday 16 March 2022
Wainscott Memorial Hall
16-18 Holly Road, Wainscot, Rochester, ME2 4LG

Sarah Wyndham Lewis will talk about honey in its many complexions and her work as a Honey Sommelier, with chefs, bartenders and honey producers all over the world.


Beginners Course – Session 1

23 March 2022
8 – 10pm
Wainscott Memorial Hall
16-18 Holly Road, Wainscot, Rochester, ME2 4LG


8.00pm, Wednesday 30 March 2022

A Zoom talk by Richard Rickitt, co-editor of BeeCraft

Richard’s talk is ‘From Rolls-Royce to Rajasthan’, during which we go on a jaunt around the UK – and even further afield – as he talks about more of the fascinating places he has been and the people he has met while working as co-editor of BeeCraft magazine.


Beginners Course – Session 2

30 March 2022
8 – 10pm
Wainscott Memorial Hall
16-18 Holly Road, Wainscot, Rochester, ME2 4LG


April 2022

Beginners Course – Session 3

6 April 2022
8 – 10pm
Wainscott Memorial Hall
16-18 Holly Road, Wainscot, Rochester, ME2 4LG


2022

Beginners Course – Session 4

24 August 2022
8 – 10pm
Wainscott Memorial Hall
16-18 Holly Road, Wainscot, Rochester, ME2 4LG


Beginners Course – Session 5

31 August 2022
8 – 10pm
Wainscott Memorial Hall
16-18 Holly Road, Wainscot, Rochester, ME2 4LG


Beginners Course – Session 6

7 September 2022
8 – 10pm
Wainscott Memorial Hall
16-18 Holly Road, Wainscot, Rochester, ME2 4LG