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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 to join one of our summer apiary meetings. 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. 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


Our winter programme from October through to March is a series of evening meetings held at Whiddon Down Village Hall, on the second Thursday of each month, starting at 7:30 pm. These will normally include a visiting speaker or Branch Member discussing a beekeeping related topic. The November meeting will be our Branch AGM, where we select/elect our committee for next year. Planned events during the next couple of months are listed below:  

Okehampton Branch Winter Programme

Details of further meetings in the New Year will be published once these are available.

Okehampton Branch are also planning to re-run the annual 8 session Basic Beekeeping Course from January to end April 2024. Course Sessions will be held at Whiddon Down Village Hall, alternate Wednesday evenings from 7 pm to 9 pm. Course session dates are as follows: January 17th (joining details and introductions), January 31, February 14, February 28, March 13, March 27, April 10 and finishing on April 24. These sessions follow the syllabus of topics required for the BBKA Basic Assessment Exam. These evening theory sessions will be augmented during May and June with the opportunity to gain practical exprience of handing bees at trainers’ apiaries.