East Lancashire Open Day 2019

posted 14 May 2019, 13:24 by

Saturday 18th May East Lancs BKA ” World Bee Day”
Venue: Off-Shoots Permaculture Project, Towneley Park, Burnley, BB11 3RQ
Time: 11am-3pm

It’s all about the bees as we and Off-shoots celebrate “World Bee Day”. We will be inviting the public in, to find out all about bees and beekeeping.

Spring Open Day At Alexandra Park

posted 14 May 2019, 13:22 by

Medlock bees will be attending the Spring open day at Oldham's Alexandra Park Hub on Saturday 18th May 2019 between 11am and 3pm

Introduction to beekeeping Course - 28th April 2019

posted 28 Mar 2019, 03:44 by   [ updated 4 Apr 2019, 10:29 ]

Medlock bees are pleased to announce that we will be running a short introductory course to beekeeping.

Introduction to beekeeping Course

Theory day

Sunday 28th April 10am-4pm 

Lunch will be provided. 
Course will look at the hive equipment needed to get started.

Honeybees lifecycle and why we inspect honeybees.


This course will provide you with the basic skills and knowledge needed to start beekeeping.

There will be 6 apiary sessions offered after this date. 

Contact our course coordinator for more details


Course cost includes Membership of the Branch, Lancashire BKA, and the British Beekeepers Association. 
Cost of course for full member of Medlock Bees £70 
Cost of course for non-members £100

Please complete the attached form to register.

BBKA Archive film screening (Sunday 15th February 2019)

posted 28 Feb 2019, 13:25 by

The film show started with a short film on the Asian Hornet.  It was quite shocking to see how the hornet hawks outside the hive and picks the bees off.  Interesting to see the actual size of the hornet in direct comparison to the honey bees. 

Following was a film on the life of the honey bee this was lovely film detailing the life cycle of the bees, the different castes and what they get up to both inside and outside the hive including communication and the famous waggle dance.

Next up the film Hive of Industry was a very informative look at the making of the hives and frames and the machines and people that churned them out this included a look at the Taylor girls as they wired the wax foundation not sure if it was the wax or the country living that kept them so young looking. 

Dade then instructed us on Acarine dissection with both diagrams and a microscopic look at the actual dissection and how to remove the collar to get a proper look at the mite that lives, multiplies and feeds in the bee’s breathing tubes (tracheae), primarily in the large prothoracic tubes.   

Asian Hornet ClipLife Of Honey Bee Clip

Taylor GirlsDade Dissection

Following lunch it was all about the queen with queen castles, selection, instrumental insemination (not for the faint hearted) then a two part film on queen substance and the experiments that took place to prove that the queen has this and what happens when it is took away.  A fantastic day, great company and a win for Medlock.

Instrumental inseminationBefore electronics
Queen SubstanceQueen Cage

Exam success for Catherine, Diane, and Luke

posted 3 Apr 2018, 05:32 by

At this month's bee chat evening, our Chairman John presented the certificates for last year's basic assessments and Diane's Module 7 Exam. Certificates are usually presented at the Lancashire spring convention, but none of the recipients could attend that, so we had our own little celebration of their success.
John surprised Catherine with the news that she has won the Leonard Ross trophy for the highest marks in the basic assessment, and I'm sure we are all proud of her achievement.
Diane, Catherine and Luke with their awards.

First Choice Homes Oldham gave us £369

posted 16 Mar 2018, 16:03 by

FCHO's Respect Our Community Awards gave us £369 towards aprons and a banner to help promote our group at the community events we present at. This money will also pay for a branding tool so that we can mark all the groups equipment
See Joanne White's tweet

Flowhive gave us a super

posted 16 Mar 2018, 15:47 by

The nice people at Flowhive gave us a super to try out this season.

At the meeting, we quickly assembled the box to see how it all worked.

It's since been properly fixed together and treated to try and proof it against the British weather. I'm sure we are all interested to see it's progress through the season.
It's first outing will be at the Community Growing Conference in March where we can show it off to the public.

Our Young Beekeeper Luke Charnock wins BBKA Presidents prize

posted 16 Mar 2018, 15:34 by

Outgoing BBKA president John Hendrie and current president Margaret Murdin visited our group in January to award Luke the Presidents Prize for his contribution to the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers last year.

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