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
BeeCraft Magazine
 www.bee-craft.com
Northern Bee Books
 www.northernbeebooks.co.uk
 Broomley Bee Project
 

We are delighted to announce that there will be a RAFFLE held on the day, with over 20 amazing prizes to win. And this year we will also be holding a SILENT AUCTION giving you the chance to bid for some fabulous goods.
We are indebted to the following supporters who have so generously donated to this year’s Convention:

Bee Craft Magazine
www.bee-craft.com

The Pollen Basket
www.thepollenbasket.com

Bee Basic Ltd
www.beebasic.co.uk

Maisemore Apiaries Ltd
www.bees-online.co.uk

Vita Europe
www.vita-europe.com

Abelo
www.abelo.co.uk

Cain Scrigmour
www.cainscrimgeour.co.uk

Gemini Foods

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 Hiver Maker
www.thehivemaker.co.uk

Northern Bee Books
www.northernbeebooks.co.uk

Becky's Bees
www.beckysbeesonlineshop.co.uk

Bee Good
www.beegood.co.uk

Freeman & Harding
www.freemanharding.co.uk

Thornes
www.thorne.co.uk

Spinks ComPak
www.spinkscompak.com

BBKA
www.bbka.org.uk

BBWear
www.bbwear.co.uk







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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