Non-members are welcome to come along to any of our winter meetings; just turn up and introduce yourself. The Village Hall in Whiddon Down is on the road exiting the A30 in the direction of Moretonhampstead. The Village Hall is next to the Post Inn pub and there is a good-sized car-park.
If you are considering taking up beekeeping and want to see what it's like to work with live bees then you will be welcome at an apiary meeting. However, you will need to contact us beforehand so we can arrange for suitable protective clothing to be provided
Okehampton branch doesn't have its own apiary so our summer meetings are held at members apiaries. One advantage of this is that meetings are held all over our area so there should be a meeting nearby to all members at some time during the summer. Another advantage is that we get to see different styles of beekeeping in action.
Okehampton Branch Summer Programme.
May 12th, our first Apiary visit of the season is to Juliane and Charles Montgomery at Nymet Wood.
May 17th -19th Devon County Show.
Come along, help out on the Stevenson’s Display, this year’s theme is pollination.
Sunday June 17th. Bee safari, a new idea to try. Led by seasonal Bee inspector Martin Hann we will visit a number of Apiaries in the South Zeal area. This is a day of beekeeping, meeting in the morning stopping for lunch in South Zeal.
July 14th. Apiary visit to Road Park and the bees of Ray King. Ray is probably the most experienced beekeeper in the branch.
Thursday August 9th. Okehampton Show.
Visit the bee tent, support the branch by entering exhibits or talk bees to the public. Your entry is important to the show’s success. Classes include extracted or comb honey, beeswax, mead, candles and several classes for honey cookery. There is also a class for novice beekeepers so please talk to a member of the committee if you are new to showing.
Go on! Have a go, and get your entries to show secretary Malcolm Craig by the end of July please.