Romford’s teaching apiary gets much needed makeover

Romford Beekeepers held a working day on Saturday 16 February as part of the project to resurface the teaching apiary.

The surface had become heavy and uneven underfoot, particularly when carrying bee boxes.

This was the first stage of improvements, to spread and bed down a layer of sharp sand. At least one further work party is needed to spread soil, with a third proposed to lay some turf.

There are six hives at the teaching apiary and the bees behaved impeccably throughout this ‘disturbance’.

Click HERE for a short video of the volunteers firming up the sand. Or dancing – you decide.


Become a beekeeper – taster session Sunday 9th September 2018 at 1:30pm


Have you ever thought of taking up beekeeping? Romford Beekeepers is running a session in September for those interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping.

Our taster session will introduce you to:

• how bees work;
• what beekeeping entails;
• the fun and benefits.

• What is a honey bee? Topics include honey bees, bumble bees, solitary bees, wasps.

• The honey bee home – types of beehives, hive components.

• Managing the bees – essentials: basic tools, protective clothing

• The beekeeping year

• Getting started in beekeeping
• Apiary set up, starter kit, ongoing costs and much more.

The experience includes a LIVE HIVE DEMONSTRATION, giving you the opportunity to get close up and acquainted with the bees (protective jacket & veil provided).

All this for just £10 per adult (children 13-16 free but every child must be accompanied by a paying adult). CLICK HERE for a copy fo the flyer.

Venue: Thames Chase Forest Centre Pike Lane, Upminster, RM14 3NS


To book your place on the Taster Session, contact:

Pat Allen 01708 220897

Romford Honey Show 2017

If you haven’t already read the September newsletter, simply click the link or look under the newsletter section of the navigation bar above.
The most important thing to remember is that the Romford Honey Show is being held on Saturday 14th October.
To enter, you need to return an entry form to Angela Mander no later than 12 October 2017.
If you’re not sure what categories you might enter, take a look at the 2017 schedule to see which ones may suit you best.
Forms may be handed in at the October meeting on Thursday 05 October or sent to the address.
If you won a trophy last year, please don’t forget to return it in good time for the show. And please make sure it comes back clean.
It’s a bit of fun, so why not enter some of your honey, hive products or baked goods this year?

EBKA Ted Hooper Memorial Lecture 2017

Following the success of last year inaugural event, this year our speakers are Professor Dave Goulson, founder of the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust and Darren Lerigo, a local horticulturalist and gardener with a true love of plants and interest in how the landscape affects the way we live.

This is the second EBKA Ted Hooper Memorial lecture and an important event in the beekeeping calendar. Members will have the opportunity to hear the presentations from key speakers on topics that are of interest and relevant today. It is also a good opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet in the convivial surroundings of Marks Hall.


2pm on Sunday 2 April 2017


The Coach House, Marks Hall, Coggeshall, CO6 1TG (Google map)


Dave Goulson is interested in pollinators and pollination more generally, and particularly in the sustainable management of pollinators in agro-ecosystems. In recent years he has been heavily involved in studies of the impact of pesticides on bumblebees. His group is heavily involved in various “Citizen Science” projects to engage large numbers of people in conservation and in science more generally.

A former award-winning playwright, radio scriptwriter and stand-up comedian, Darren Lerigo was mentored at Kew Gardens. He has spoken around Essex to different groups and was a guest speaker at last year’s National Flower Show. He is keen to continue sharing his love of gardening and plants and will wish to bring that enthusiasm to the local beekeeping community.


The ticket price, including refreshments, has been held at £8 and must be purchased in advance.

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EBKA conference 2016 – get your tickets

Tickets for the EBKA annual conference 2016 have been on sale to EBKA members for some weeks, but are now available to non-members, too.

So if you haven’t already bought your tickets for the highlight of the beekeeping calendar, you had better get your skates on.

There are three excellent speakers lecturing on practical beekeeping matters and tickets – including lunch and refreshments – are only £25 each.

You can find more details about the event HERE.

Don’t miss your chance of being there – order now and pay by cash, cheque or online.