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Building on the great success of the 2021 style of course we will be offering 50 places on our 2022 Course which will begin on Monday the 31st of January 2022.
The course will comprise:
6 weekly Zoom session on Monday evenings
This will be followed by 6 fortnightly practical session in the Apiary at the Dower House in Heaton Park.  This will include practical things like equipment assembly and maintenance and an introduction to Microscopy.  The 6 sessions will run in two separate groups on alternate Mondays.
The cost per person will be £140 which will include membership the Association and the BBKA for 2022 (this includes Insurance for Beekeepers and their hive(s) – terms and conditions apply. It also gives members access to the Association Shop where beekeeping equipment etc can be obtained at good prices).
A copy of the Associations Handbook will be provided which gives lots of useful information including contacts detail for suppliers etc.
Participants in the Practical sessions will need a bee suit, some wellingtons/protective boots and some nitrile gloves (which can be purchased at the Apiary).
Booking can now be made – see the Training section of the website.  You will need to create a training account first. On the top menu bar go to Login, then Training Login or use the link below.
PLACES ARE LIMITED TO THE FIRST 50 – First Come, First Served.
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MDBKA Annual Equipment Sale 

Saturday 23rd October 

12.00 till 15.00 

10% discount on all purchases 

(excluding clothing, medication and hive stands) 

Do not miss this opportunity to get ready for the 2022 

beekeeping season 

Advance orders only

Order online on the MDBKA website 

member’s equipment purchase area. 

Collect your order from the Association shop 

on 23rd October 

Pay by debit or credit card or cheque on collection 

Or pay by direct bank transfer to 

Manchester and District Beekeepers Association 

Sort code: 01 09 02 Account : 40245497 

If paying by BACS online please include your surname as a reference 

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MDBKA Spring 2021 Equipment Sale 15-05-21

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We will be holding our annual MDBKA spring equipment sale from Frank’s container at the rear of the Dower House on Saturday 15th May 2021. It will start at 12 noon through to 3pm, all orders to be placed online through the members section of the web site, prior to the day of the sale, masks to be worn as is our current protocol for collecting equipment and there will be a 10% discount on your entire order, please can we ask that you pay by card where possible. So Happy shopping.

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2021 Equipment Sales Opening Times

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January:           Thursday 7th and 14th (between 10.00-12.00)

February          Thursday 4th and 18th (between 10.00-12.00)

March              Thursday 4thand 18th (between 10.00-12.00)


I’d like to remind you that all equipment needs to be ordered prior to 9pm the day before you collect it, and you need to be guided by Frank whilst maintaining distancing protocols.  The sale of bee equipment is classed as an essential purchase by the Government so travelling to collect your purchase is within the current Lock Down rules.  However, great care must now be taken to ensure everyone’s safety and I can’t thank Frank and Keith enough for ensuring that this service is still available to our members.

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Manchester and District Beekeepers’ Association has been awarded for the 6th Year running by the Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government the prestigious Green Flag for Community Groups. This is awarded in recognition of the hard work the volunteers have done to support the environment and educate the public.


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Equipment Sale reopening Covid-19 Update (18/06/20)

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The association is reopening the Equipment Store for sales from 19/06/2020 onwards each Thursday between 10.00am and 12.00pm.

To ensure that everyone remains safe members are asked to follow the following guidance:

  • bring a printed copy of the order with them and check that all items are present on their copy
  • please note, equipment cannot be collected without a prior order
  • arrive at the car park to the rear of the Dower House and wait until there is room to park safely
  • maintain safe distancing (2 meters) at all times when getting out of the car and when moving around the car park etc
  • wear disposable gloves (beekeeping ones) when making the purchase
  • wait your turn for the collection of your purchase in your car, this may take a few minutes so please be patient
  • act as directed by Frank and maintain social distancing from him and the equipment store
  • pay for the purchase using a credit or debit card and a card machine
  • agree who will be placing your order in your car and keep your distance until all items of equipment have been collected

Contact Information in case of pick up problems:

Before pick up due date: 0743 462 7139 (please leave a text rather than a voice mail if the phone is not answered)

During pick up time:  0743 462 7139 (please leave a text rather than a voice mail if the phone is not answered)


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COVID-19 letter from the BBKA

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This letter is being sent to the Secretary of all Area Associations and Branches for you to distribute to your members.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The impact of the Coronavirus could not have been foreseen but the BBKA is working hard to support members.  We regret that all the BBKA training courses at Stoneleigh have been cancelled, this includes the Healthy Hive training, General Husbandry and Advanced husbandry training. The Exam Board have cancelled the Module Exams, the Assessor Training and will be publishing information on the Healthy Hive and Basic Exams.

We are suggesting that Beginners courses and other Branch or Association organised training courses are postponed. It is important to keep the health of members at the front of our minds. It may be possible to deliver some aspects of these courses online.  I would welcome suggestions as to the best way this could be achieved ; possibly some Associations have information that they would be prepared to share. We can post some ideas on our website so please share any that you think may help.

I am sure younger members of groups will support older members or those confined through association with family etc who have the virus by offering to check hives in out apiaries, making sure they are upright, have food and the bees are flying could be very helpful. Please follow the Government guidelines, we are asked to avoid social contact and unnecessary travel. This will mean considering carefully the swarm collection service and applying appropriate safeguards.

I have contacted Defra for advice on the position of beekeepers visiting their bees if the country moves into a more intensive ‘lock down’. At the moment bees will be considered as livestock and can be tended accordingly but we are following Government advice and need to address possible future directions. I have also been in contact with Alpha and the All Party Parliamentary Group and I  am writing to the Minister of Environment  asking about the position of beekeepers visiting bees I have also suggested that should there be a sugar shortage beekeepers have an allowance ( as I believe they had in the war). This may seem extreme but we need to be thinking now, just in case.

There are actions that the beekeeper can take to give their bees the best chance of survival and the most important is to feed them. Ensure they have plenty of food for any inclement weather, we can have snow in May and cold wet weather at any time may mean they starve. If you are concerned about visiting your bees put fondant above your supers, the bees will use it if they need it. If you do not have fondant then use syrup even if you have one or two supers on. They may move it to the supers which would mean you can’t sell it as honey but you will still have your bees and also food for the Autumn/Winter. We do not know how long this severe situation will last.

We will endeavour to give more information through our website and BBKA social media. Beebase will also be posting information.

I hope this situation passes quickly and is not as severe as is now being portrayed.

Anne Rowberry

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Bees, Pollinators and Plants Training

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To Be Held On 16/5/2020


This is a new short course (4 hours).  It is suitable for anyone who is interested in bees, (including honeybees) pollinating insects and their interaction with plants.  The main focus will be on the most common UK bees / pollinators, what they need to thrive; the plants which they rely on and how these can be used as part of a bee and people friendly garden.

Little or no prior knowledge is needed.  We hope that it will be fun as well as helping to address the issue of what each one of us can do to help prevent our pollinators face extinction.

This course is not intended for those who have decided to become or are beekeepers.  It does not address the skills or knowledge that are required to maintain a honeybee colony.


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