Autumn Gathering 2013

HWBKA’s Autumn Gathering on Saturday 12th October 2013

Honey Show Entries: Even if you are not attending the event they can still enter the Bucks County honey show but entries need to be dropped off and registered between 8.00am and 9.00am and collected between 4.00pm and 5.00pm. Any entries left at close of the AGM at 5.00pm will be disposed of. Unfortunately collection can not take place before 4.00pm.

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Download the Bucks County Beekeepers Honey Show Schedule 2013

Autumn Gathering 2013 Flyer

Traditionally, the Autumn Gathering is Bucks County Beekeepers Honey Show and AGM, however recent years have seen local associations take it in turns to host the event, making it a ‘ not to be missed’ on a beekeepers’ social calendar. This year sees High Wycombe Beekeepers Association playing host and it promises to be a fun packed day. With exclusive use of Trinity Church in High Wycombe, every room will have an activity, be it one of the three master classes or a practical workshop. To incorporate the local heritage, HWBKA will also be using the grounds of Pann Mill on the Rye, opposite the church, for the base for the skep making workshop, hive sterilisation and bumble bee walk. The Pann Mill restoration team will also be on hand to demonstrate milling as well as allowing us to see the mill working. The Association’s Events Committee’s aim is to deliver an event that is hands on with participants learning crafts such as making candles and honey based beauty products rather than attending the usual passive lectures. Even the guest speaker hopes to interact with the audience when demonstrating live bee microscopy.

The day will start with registration and honey show entries for both Bucks County and HWBKA followed by a formal introduction from HWBKA’s Vice Chairman and one of the event’s organisers, Scott Rutland. After registration participants will disperse to one of the master classes, however if they have opted for one of the practical workshops they will attend these.  While Skep making is expected to take all day the option is there to pop back for a master class after lunch if participants want to (booking essential). The woodworking workshop to make an amazing must have bee toolbox is expected to finish at lunch time therefore allowing participants to book an afternoon master class. The morning will include two master classes followed by a hot lunch. During lunch they will be able to view honey show entries and vote for some of the categories. The day will then continue with the final master class of the day, afternoon tea and the guest speaker. Lastly, the day will conclude with the traditional honey show presentations and Bucks County’s AGM.

Tickets for this amazing one off event are on sale for a mere £15.00 (pre-booking essential), a bargain for such a day.   These tickets are on a first come first served basis so book early to avoid disappointment. Please contact Olwyn French on 01494 565621 or e-mail [email protected] for more information and a booking form. The day promises to be an excellent opportunity to learn something new and spend time with fellow beekeepers, HWBKA are a friendly bunch and look forward to seeing you on the 12th October.

Lisa Rutland