Our Spring  Events in 2019


Venue: Whittington Moor Methodist Hall, Scarsdale Rd, Chesterfield, S41 8NA (Main Hall- use lower entrance)

11 February 2019

Dhonn Atkinson (RBI) - Update from the NBU

11 March 2019



A Special Event on the 17th March 

BIBBA Event - "Bees and Queens for Everyone" using simple, low cost methods

 Dear Beekeeper.

 C&DBKA are hosting this event on behalf of BIBBA on Sunday 17th March 2019 and Roger Patterson will be running the event.

Please see the link below for more details of the day, and if you would like to come along, there is a booking link on the web-site.…/sustainable-bees-and-queens-ch…/

Look forward to seeing you there.

NOTE: Although tea, coffee & light refreshments will be available on the day, please bring something to eat during the lunch break.


Robin Bagnall 
C&DBKA - Secretary


Date: 17 March
Time:10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: £11
Venue: -Heritage High School, Boughton Lane 
Clowne, Derbyshire S43 4QG United Kingdom + Google Map



8th April 2019

C&DBKA Queen Rearing Group – Methods of Queens rearing for beginners

 to "Find where we  have our meetings" > Click here > "About The CDBKA"

Microscopy Meetings (Wednesday Nights) 

Venue: Whittington Moor Methodist Hall, Scarsdale Rd, Chesterfield, S41 8NA (Room 3) 





20 February 2019

Opportunity to set up a microscope & test samples of honey/pollen & bees

20 March 2019

Opportunity to set up a microscope & test samples of honey/pollen & bees

17 April 2019

Opportunity to set up a microscope & test samples of honey/pollen & bees



A write up of the Xmas Social is  by Asst.Editor Martyn Belcher. 

Natural Beekeeping

With the informal meeting and Social Night at the club night on the 10th Dec from the guest speaker “ Ian Glastonbury – speaking about Natural Beekeeping, I found this most informative. Demonstrating the least obtrusive methods to make the concept of beekeeping easier for both us and the bees.

The principles of this method work very well for me in my role with re homing the bees as the majority of the involvement with these insects I come across in my Pest Control role are both Swarm collection and removal of already established colonies in chimneys, wall voids and roofs of buildings. Both of which are very often in the summer months when the bees are most active.

I’m also very busy at this period with Rodents, Flies and Wasp calls so very little time is spared for beekeeping as a hobby. Hardly any honey is collected from my hived colonies leaving their stores to build to ensure a strong future.

Once new colonies are secured I feed them to get going then simply leave alone with minimal interruption apart from inspections to expand to provide more room when required. My liquid rewards of golden honey come from the residual stores left from the cut outs I carry out all year round.

The club meetings are most valuable not only to network with other “Old Hats” and catch up on gossip but also to tease you with new ideas, legislation updates and generally periodical chore reminders, and of course to welcome new members.

Martyn Belcher . 


A dssection taking place by one of our Microscope Group

Come and "Meet the Bees"

Our "Meet the Bees" pagoda.

During the Summer months, the CDBKA pagoda can be seen at many 'Open Days', Summer Festivals, and large Agricultural Shows around Derbyshire.

There is always great interest from the visiting public who can ask questions of our experienced beekeepers who man the events. 

We sell 'Local Honey' from our own association apiary at reasonable prices.

There are interesting features for all ages, with specials such as demonstration of candle rolling which you can have a go at,then purchase and take home your effort. 

Especially for the little ones, we have stickers which state "I've seen the Queen". This is where children have the opportunity to look for the Queen Bee in a special "Observation Hive", in which a working colony of bees can be seen safely behind glass. 

There are lots of A4 printed sheets of bee-related things for the kids to take home to colour in.