A One-day Course in Beekeeping

Saturday 29th April 2017 – Start 9.30am 

This is a one-day course for those who are thinking about taking up, or have just started, beekeeping or are simply interested in learning a little more about bees.

Venue: High Mead Farm Ham Lane (B3073) Longham Wimborne BH22 9DR

The cost of the course for each adult is £40.00 but this will also include associate membership in the association until 30th September 2017. Children under the age of 16 coming with their parent/s will be very welcome and are free.

There is full information here.

For more information and to book, please contact Helga Aldersey at


British Beekeepers Association Basic Examination Course 2017 

This course will consist of nine sessions each lasting approximately two hours.

The six sessions covering the theory syllabus of the BBKA Basic Examination will be held from 10.00am to 12 noon on Saturday mornings as follows: Jan 21, Feb 4, Feb 18, Mar 4, Mar 18 and Apr 1The classes will be held at the association apiary which is at High Mead Farm, Ham Lane (B3073), Longham, Wimborne BH22 9DF. There is ample parking.

The six sessions of theory will be followed by three sessions  covering the practical syllabus of the BBKA Basic Examination. These sessions will be held at 12 noon on May 6, May 13 and May 20 at the association apiary at Dudsbury.

To be eligible to take the exam you should have kept bees for a whole year. However, if you are new to beekeeping, you are still very welcome to join us. You will find the content of the course very useful to you when you start keeping bees.

There is full information here.

If you wish to join us, please contact Helga Aldersey at or on 01202 763923.

Module 3 – Honeybee Diseases, Pests and Poisonings

This winter the Association is arranging a course to cover the subject matter of Module 3.  This is entitled “Honeybee Diseases, Pests and Poisonings”. The course is aimed at those of our members who have been keeping bees for 3 years or more and who wish to expand their understanding and knowledge of this vital subject.

The six 2 hour sessions will be held on the following Thursday evenings starting at 7.30pm:

10th November, 24th November, 8th December 2016.

19th January, 2nd February and 2nd March 2017.

Numbers on the course will be limited to between 10-12 and all enrolled will be expected to give a commitment to attend all sessions.

The course will be led by Kelly Smith and Helga Aldersey.

The cost will be £30 but members of the Association who attend all sessions and who decide to sit the Module exam will have the exam fee paid by the Association. In addition for those taking the exam a revision session will be held on Thursday 9th March. If you want to attend please contact Helga Aldersley at