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apiculture  n. beekeeping

apiarist n. one who keeps bees

apiary n.  a place where bees are kept

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 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

Apiary Meetings


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 Winter Programme.


October Thursday 11th; Jo Widdicombe, Bee Improvement, how to raise queens and improve your stock.7.30 Whiddon Down Village Hall

November 4th; South Devon Beekeepers Convention. Details can be found at www.devonbeekeepers.org.uk

November Thursday 8th; Okehampton Branch A.G.M. followed by a bring and share tea, Beekeeping quiz (Something for all levels of experience) and a demonstration by John Barrie-Smith of his new hive stand design.7.30 Whiddon Down Village Hall.

December Thursday 13th; It’s Film night. ‘The Honeybee’ A film by Gill Sentinella ‘Honeybees live in a highly complex and social community and their world is beautifully illustrated in this remarkable film’ 7.30 Whiddon Down Village Hall.

December Saturday 15th; Devon Beekeepers Day and AGM.Details www.devonbeekeepers.org.uk

January Thursday 10th; Bridget Knutson, Master beekeeper from Somerset will talk to us about Bees wax, how to extract it, refine it and its many uses.7.30 Whiddon Down Village Hall.,

February Thursday 14th; Bee Diseases, Seasonal Bee inspector, David Packham. 7.30 Whiddon Down Village Hall.

 March Thursday 14th; ‘Hornet hunting in Jersey’ The experiences of members of the branch who went to Jersey to help with their Asian hornet problem, what we have learnt from them and how we need to organise to face the threat when it comes.7.30 Whiddon Down Village Hall.


April; Branch Annual Dinner, place and time to be decided.


For further details contact Simon O’Sullivan on 01363 82838 or Margaret Harris on 01363  776873 margaretharris@phonecoop.coop