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 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

Please note that due to Government instructions concerning Covid-19 control measures, we have had to cancel all events and meeting for 2020. Please check carefully for any updates to this situation:

However, we have organised a series of Zoom presentations:

Watch the space below to see how to apply to take part in these presentations if you are not a Member of MBKA.

September 2020

23 September 2020 at 8pm

A Zoom presentation by the renowned Celia Davis, author of The Honey Bee Inside Out and The Honey Bee Around and About.

Celia is an engaging speaker and easy to listen to. Her talk will be ‘Beekeeper v Bees: how our activities as beekeepers, impact on the natural life of the honey bee colony’.

October 2020

22nd – 24th October 2020
National Honey Show – Online 
The Honey Show may be cancelled but you can still have a virtual experience.
Look on the National Honey Show website for details.

Monday 12 October 2020

Jim Vivian-Griffiths  The Dancing Bees: Research by Karl von Frisch on the waggle dances of honey bee

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Marin Anastasov  Nutritional requirements of bees and supplemental feeding

November 2020

Monday 9 November 2020

Norman Carreck  Global pandemics, bee imports and native bee

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Gerry Brierley  ‘Apitherapy: A journey into the healing hive’

December 2020

Monday 14 December 2020

Nicola Bradbear  The work and philosophy of Bees for Development – values for a sustainable future

January 2021

Wednesday 27 January 2021

Wally Shaw  Simple methods of making increase – making one hive into two and making a small number of nucs (up to 4) from a colony.