Basingstoke & District have members from across North Hampshire. With about 100 active members of all ages, most keep but some are new members in or no longer keep bees but retain an interest.



This is an informal, non-examination course. No previous knowledge or experience is required.
There is no obligation to join the Association.



To provide prospective beekeepers with:

1 An understanding of the ecological and economic importance of the Honeybee
2 The basic theoretical knowledge required for the meaningful examination and successful management of a colony of honeybees
3 The practical skills necessary to handle bees with confidence

Note: Responsible, successful requires the weekly examination of colonies from April until July and fortnightly from August until October.


1. When: From 12.30 pm until 4.30 pm on Sunday 19 th February, Sunday 26 th February, Sunday 5 th March, Sunday 12 th March.
2. Where: Sherborne St John Village Hall (a map will be provided)
3. Tutors: (Provisionally) Richard Pettifer, Bill Prescott, David Purchase and Sharon Woodman
4. Course notes will be provided



1. Structure: The classes will form part of the Association’s monthly apiary meetings at which experienced beekeepers will be present
2. When: Weather permitting, 2.00pm on Saturdays 1 st April, 6 th May, 3 rd June, 1 st July, 5 th August, 2 nd September, 7 th October
3. Where: The Association Apiary in St. John’s Copse, St. John’s Road, Oakley (a map will be provided)
4. Protective Clothing: We loan a jacket and veil and you bring Wellington boots and Marigold-type household gloves. We can supply suitable gloves at £1/pair if preferred.
5. Principal Tutor: David Purchase



Please complete the enrolment form. The fee is £95, which includes refreshments, course notes and the loan of protective clothing. A recommended beekeeping text book will be given free-of- charge to attendees that require a copy. Applicants that complete the course will receive a BDBKA Certificate.


Please contact Bill Prescott: [email protected] or 0118 9813557 or 07757 270215.

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