The 2017 New Beekeepers Course will give new and aspiring beekeepers a good working knowledge of both the theory and practice of beekeeping.
The theory part of the course will consist of lectures held in Aylesbury every Monday evening for six weeks (from 20th February until 27th March 2017) and covering: the colony, equipment, the beekeeping year, swarms, keeping bees healthy, hive products and “getting started”.
There will then be a series of regular practical sessions on weekday evenings from the end of April until the end of July 2017 at our Teaching Apiary near Aylesbury. These will give you the opportunity to handle bees under the guidance of an experienced beekeeper, and you should aim to attend at least three of them. You will be able to book dates for the practical sessions once the classroom part of the course has started.
There will also be a Woodworking Day offering the chance to learn how to build a hive from a flat pack. Depending upon the nectar flow, there may also be an opportunity to participate in a honey extraction workshop.
We encourage you to commit to attending the whole course. If you are under 18 years you are welcome to join it but you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
If you are not already a member of the MBBKA the cost of the course is £75, including a year’s Associate Membership of the Association. If you are already a member of the MBBKA the cost is £63. Membership of the MBBKA entitles you to attend our monthly meetings (and seek advice from other members), to use our specialist beekeeping library, to receive our regular newsletter and to attend other Association training events.
Subscriptions for membership of the MBBKA run from 1st January to 31st December, but if you register for the course as a non-member before the end of 2016, your Associate Membership will be carried over into 2017.
Once you get bees, you must upgrade Associate Membership to Full or Family Membership. (Please see the MBBKA web-site for details.)
If you live outside the Mid Bucks Area we recommend that you contact your local beekeeping association for details of local courses. You can find details of other associations in Buckinghamshire on the Bucks County Beekeepers Association web-site. For beekeeping associations outside Buckinghamshire please refer to the British Beekeepers Association.
The MBBKA is a charity and as such is able to reclaim tax on donations and subscriptions paid as Gift Aid. If you pay income tax please indicate on the registration form if you would like the Association to reclaim the tax paid on your subscription.
In ticking the Gift Aid Box on the registration form you will:
confirm I have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that I donate to will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year. I understand that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. I understand the charity will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.