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Training 2019 / 2020

A number of training courses are available. These include Beginners’ Theory & Practical courses, Microscopy, preparation for the Basic Assessment, and learning study groups for the BBKA exam Modules 2, 3 & 7. Other courses will be announced.

Beginners’ Theory & Practical Courses

The Theory course for 2020 will be held at Frodsham Community Centre WA6 7QN on Monday evenings 7.30 - 9.30pm from 13th January to 16th March (TBC. 8 sessions).

A copy of the 2019 Theory Course Schedule can be downloaded in PDF format.

             ****** THE THEORY COURSE IS NOW FULL FOR 2020 ******




A New Starters Evening will be held on the 20th August 2020 at 7.30pm to give an overview of what is involved to those who are looking to take up beekeeping. The venue has yet to be confirmed.


If you wish to register your interest for any of the courses operated by the North Cheshire Branch or require further information about them, please contact the Branch Training Coordinator using the form below.


In the meantime, you are welcome to attend our Branch meetings held on the third Thursday of the month except for January (AGM).

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The associated Practical course is offered at the Branch Apiary, Walton, and at trainers' apiaries in our area (currently Chester, Hartford, Hatton). This will be delivered during the 'flying season' (normally April – July), usually at weekends, and by arrangement with the trainers.


The fee for each course is £50 to include all course materials, refreshments and the support of the training team throughout. Places are still available. Use the contact form below if you are interested.

 


Basic Assessment

A three session theory course will be run by North Cheshire in April and May followed by a practical session to prepare candidates for the BBKA Basic Assessment.

The date for the associated practical examination is still to be arranged.

Please contact Stuart Hatton, 01925 263023, mobile 07778 592835 or email hattonstuart1@gmail.com to register for the course.

Module 2, 3 & 7 Study Groups

The study groups are run as part of the Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association Education Programme and are loosely based on the Syllabuses for the Module Examinations of the BBKA.

Each course will consist of about nine sessions, beginning in October/November 2019 and ending in February/March 2020 in time for people to prepare to sit the examination if they so wish. There is no pressure on participants to take the exam or any expectation that they should do so.

The Study Groups are open to any member of Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association who has at least three years’ experience of keeping bees and has passed the BBKA Basic Assessment.

The study groups for the 2019/2020 Winter programme cover Module 2 (Honey Bee Products & Forage), Module 3 (Honey Bee Diseases) and Module 7 (Queen Rearing). Further details can be found by selecting the desired module.

Microscopy

The Microscopy Day on 29th March has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

A one-day microscopy workshop, organised by CBKA and run by Graham Royle, will take place at Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, WA6 7QN on Sunday 29th March 2020 from 9.30am till 4.00pm. There will be space for 12 candidates. This will be an opportunity to carry out honeybee dissection as well as pollen analysis and Nosema & Acarine detection. No previous experience required. The cost is £15 per person. Tea & coffee will be provided but you will need to bring a packed lunch.

Book online or contact contact Stuart Hatton, 01925 263023, mobile 07778 592835 or email hattonstuart1@gmail.com to register for the course.



Beginners' Theory Schedule 2019

 IMPORTANT NOTICE



Due to COVID-19 and the Government’s advice it has been deemed appropriate to suspend all monthly meetings and training courses until further notice.