North of England Beekeepers' Convention


Welcome to the North of England Beekeepers' Convention 2015

After a wonderful summer, most beekeepers celebrated 2014 as the best beekeeping year for a decade.  What can we do to retain the strength of our colonies? Sue Cobey is renowned for her knowledge about the selection and maintenance of strong bee stocks and is travelling from California to share her expertise with us. Pollination is vital too and Rinke Vinkenoog celebrates the value of Himalayan Balsam to bees. Patience is a virtue in beekeeping and an essential for photographing our friends in flight, as Simon Croson will explain.

 
The following organisations have confirmed that they will have exhibition/trade stalls at our event. Please contact them direct to order in advance for collection on the day.

Abelo
www.abelo.co.uk
Gemini Foods
sales@geminifoods.co.uk
Honeyliscious www.honeyliscious.co.uk
Mann Lake UK www.mannlake.co.uk
Oakwood Soaperie www.oakwoodsoaperie.co.uk
Solway Bee Supplies www.solwaybeesupplies.co.uk
Stamfordham Bees
www.stamfordham.biz
The Bee Business
www.thebeebusiness.co.uk
The Hive Maker
www.thehivemaker.co.uk
Spinks ComPak
www.spinkscompak.com

During the day there will be a raffle of some amazing beekeeping prizes and our thanks go to the following organisations who have provided prizes:

BeeCraft

www.bee-craft.com

The Honey Bee Around  & About (Celia Davis)

The Pollen Basket

www.thepollenbasket.com

Teddy Bear

Bee Basic Ltd

www.beebasic.co.uk

Bee Vest

Abelo

www.abelo.co.uk

tba

Cain Scrigmour

www.cainscrimgeour.co.uk

Photographic print

Gemini Foods

sales@geminifoods.co.uk

1kg Fondabee

Honeyliscious

www.honeyliscious.co.uk

a 'very special' hamper!

Oakwood Soaperie

www.oakwoodsoaperie.co.uk

toiletaries

Solway Bee Supplies

www.solwaybeesupplies.co.uk

tba

Stamfordham Bees

www.stamfordham.biz

tba

The Bee Business

www.thebeebusiness.co.uk

Honey filters x 2

Becky's Bees

www.beckysbeesonlineshop.co.uk

£10 online voucher

Freeman & Harding

www.freemanharding.co.uk

voucher for jars

Maisemore Apiaries Ltd

www.bees-online.co.uk

1 X £30  / 1 x £20 gift vouchers

Thornes

www.thorne.co.uk

£50 on-line Voucher

Spinks ComPak

www.spinkscompak.com

to be confirmed

BBWear

www.bbwear.co.uk

£20 voucher

Northern Bee Books

www.northernbeebooks.co.uk

Subscription to Beekeepers Quarterly / £20 book token



We also plan to hold a silent auction of the following items also generously donated by convention sponsors:

Mann Lake UK

www.mannlake.co.uk

Hive /  Box of 10 paties

The Bee Business

www.thebeebusiness.co.uk

Honey filters x 2

The Hiver Maker

www.thehivemaker.co.uk

Nuc box

Bee Good

www.beegood.co.uk

Bee Good Range / Hand Cream & lip balm







Confirmed Speakers for 2015:
  • Dr Sue Cobey

    Dr Sue Cobey International authority on honey bee breeding and instrumental insemination. Working with Washington State University, she aims to improve breeding stocks by increasing colony vitality and tolerance to disease and says genetic  diversity enhances colony fitness.


  • Rinke Vinkenoog

    Rinke Vinkenoog, Senior Biology Lecturer, Northumbria University. Plants and pollinators are his passion, particularly  Himalayan Balsam. He spends weeks in summer watching pollinators in action along the river banks of the Tyne valley whilst dodging ‘Balsam Bashers’



  • Simon Croson

    Simon Croson, from Lincolnshire is a world-wide traveller for Bees Abroad, a commercial beekeeper and has won Apimondia medals with his wildlife photography. His top tips include planting to attract insects, anticipation and keeping still.  His advice will help us all get better photographs no matter how basic our cameras may be.


How to buy tickets
The brochure and application form for the 2015 convention is available via the Current Convention link to the left.

To be sent  a paper copy or to be added to our mailing list, please call Les Cain on 07760 44080007760 440800 or email Lescain@aol.com.



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