Programme 2020 (subject to change)

Date Venue Speaker Topic
Feb 5th QMH John Vendy Natural Beekeeping Top Bar Bee Hive
March 4th QMH Jane Medwell Swarm Catching
April 2nd Bradwell VH Graham Royle Skyscraper Beekeeping
May 6th QMH Matthew Ingram TBC
July TBC Lymestone Brewery Helen Lawton Tour of Brewery/hives+Lunch
Sept 2nd Hanchurch VH Clive & Shan Hudson 12 years of Treatment Free Beekeeping – Our Experience
Oct 7th QMH M. Teasdale Honey Show
Nov 4th QMH Pete Sutcliffe
Dec 2nd QMH Vincent Smalley A hive for all occassions?

Beginners Evening Course 2020

a series of 7 evening classes on Tuesdays, 8:30 – 9:30pm. 21st January until the 3rd of March

From 8:30 until 9:30

At Leek Community Fire Station

These 1 hour sessions will be run by experienced beekeepers from the NSBKA. They are to give beginners an introduction to the honey bee and the basics that you need to know to keep bees. If you sign up to these then you must commit to come to all 7 of the sessions. The following topics will be covered;

  1. An introduction to honey bees and the beekeeping year.
  2. Beekeeping equipment.
  3. Manipulations – inspecting your hive.
  4. Managing your bees at different times of year.
  5. Natural history.
  6. Colony health and diseases.
  7. Beekeeping and the public.

There will be a series of 7 evening classes on Tuesdays, 8:30 – 9:30pm. Starting on the 21st January running until the 3rd of March. They will be run by different people from the North Staffordshire Beekeepers Association who have a vast range of experiences and stories to tell. There are 20 places available.

Book Tickets


John Vendy - Natural Beekeeping Top Bar Bee Hive

From 7:00 for 7:30

At The Friends Meeting House

Miller Street, Newcastle under Lyme ST5 1QJ


Beekeeping for Beginners 2020

This course has been designed to give a detailed introduction to those attracted to this hobby.

From 10.00am until 5.00pm

At Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Keele University ST5 5BG

The one-day course will enable complete beginners to make a confident start, whilst enhancing the skills and knowledge of those who have started recently.