Kendal & South Westmorland Beekeepers’ Association Meetings 2017

All apiary meetings start at 2.30pm

June 17th Saturday

We are invited to Crosthwaite SchoolApiary

July 15th Saturday

We are invited to Chris Crowder's apiary at Levens Hall

August 12th Saturday

We are invited to Ann & Charles Dale's Apiary at Burton in Kendal

September 10th Sunday

We are invited to Judith & Ron Bayne's Apiary at Barrows Green

7th October Saturday 7.15

Club dinner at the Joshua Tree Bistro please contact secretary for details and to reserve a place

10th October Tuesday 7.30pm please note the Honey show is now in November

 ‘Swifts in the Community’ – a project based in N Lancs & S Cumbria to preserve and enhance the traditional nesting sites of swifts in our towns and villages – project coordinator and speaker is Peter Morton.

14th November Tuesday 7.30pm

Honey Show to be held at Abbot Hall Social Club. Entries can be taken from 7pm

Ruth Dalton will talk while the honey show is being judged 
Title of talk - "Amazing grazing - a place for rare breeds in meadow management".

12th December Tuesday 7.30pm

Jacobs Join & Quiz to be held at Abbot Hall Social Club, Dowker Lane, Kendal


16th January Tuesday 7.30pm


13th February Tuesday 7.30pm

Speaker to be confirmed

13th March Tuesday 7.30pm

Speaker to be arranged

10th April Tuesday 7.30pm

Speaker to be arranged




 Andrew's Apiary Meet. June 14th 2016


About 15 members met at Andrew’s apiary just south of Milnthorpe in fine weather conditions. The bees are in one corner of a lovely stretch of land that runs alongside the River Bela, tucked out of sight behind a hedge. The bees share the field with a number of happy hens, near to a small lake fed by the river, with a couple of horses away at the other end of the compound. Apiary visits make you realise that all beehives are different and have their own characteristics, and Andrew was happy to let us go through them all on the look out for unmarked mated queens. It was that time of year. After much searching one was found, carefully removed, positioned, and marked. The second proved extremely difficult to find. Amongst other ideas, in exasperation, we thought there may be enough of us present to mark all the workers, and the one left blank must be the queen. Eventually it was agreed that there were good signs of her being present so she could be left and found at the next visit. It was of interest to all how the hives varied from being extremely calm to fairly agitated, and we agreed this was common to others present.

We then retired to the limestone table and chairs under the ash tree by the river and shared sandwiches, scones, and cakes, as the skies properly cleared. Thanks Andrew. It is nice to have another part of our lovely landscape tucked away in our minds.