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Program for 2024

Meetings are usually held on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

 They are a blend of in-person get togethers and occasional virtual, using Zoom. 

Members should refer to their emails for details on how to join in.

Throughout the summer months we also run a programme at our Apiary site.

JANUARY

ASSOCIATION MEETING: 6/1/24:... (Sat)

Api-Bioxal Demo and BBQ at the apiary.

Details will be emailed to members.

ASSOCIATION MEETING:24/1/24:... (Wed)

Expert at your table

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FEBRUARY 2024

16-17/2/24:... (Fri/Sat)

UBKA Conference at Greenmount, CAFRE 

Book Your Ticket Here

ASSOCIATION MEETING: 28/2/24:... (Wed)

Presentation on Foul Broods with Chris Hodges

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MARCH 2012

ASSOCIATION MEETING: 27/3/24:... (Wed)

Presentation on Swarm prevention with Valentine Hodges

UBKA HEALTH WORKSHOPS

This year’s speakers are Jack Silberrad and Tom Williamson.

Thursday 21st March 
at 6.30pm in Enniskillen

Friday 22nd March
at 6.30pm in Derry~Londonderry

Saturday 23rd March
at 10.30am (11am start) in Belfast

All welcome and it is FREE.

Bee pests and disease education is an important

part of beekeeping. The UBKA runs bee health workshops around Northern Ireland to help beekeepers recognise the signs and symptoms of these ailments and how best to treat them.

These are free to members and one of our

member’s services.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL 

See here for further details

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APRIL 2024

ASSOCIATION MEETING: 24/4/24:... (Wed)

This will be held in 1st Comber Presbyterian Church Hall , High Street, Comber.

There is a car park on the opposite side of the road.

Find it here using this google link.

We have a busy evening planned, with some of our members sharing their expertise, all about Beeswax!

Conall McCaughey will give us a presentation about the science behind how honeybees make their wax alongside some of his wonderful photography.

Mervyn Warrington will share with us the methods he uses to clean his beeswax from frame to a large block.

Fred Warden is going to show us his device for melting and filtering the wax using a steamer.

Gwen Earnshaw is going to show us and share tips on how to give wax its final clean in preparation for showing or using as a skincare ingredient followed by a short demo on how to use your beeswax to make a lip balm. 

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MAY 2024

BALMORAL SHOW WITH THE UBKA: 15-18/5/24 ... Wed - Sat 

KBKA members will be manning the stand on Saturday 18th -

Please come and say Hello to us!

ASSOCIATION MEETING: 22/5/24:... (Wed)

This will be held in Finnebrogue Woods Bushcraft Tipi.

Details and directions will be emailed to members.

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JUNE 2024

Date SAT 26th June 2024

BBQ at Association Apiary

Details will be emailed to members

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JULY 2024

There will be no Association meeting this month.

FIBKA SUMMER BEEKEEPING CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS & NATIONAL HONEY SHOW

26th - 28th JULY

https://irishbeekeeping.ie/fibka-event-calendar/fibka-summer-conference-workshops-and-national-honey-show/

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AUGUST

ASSOCIATION MEETING: Date TBC... (Sat)

Apigard demo and talk about varroa treatment at our Apiary with BBQ

24th, 25th and 26th ... Sat - Mon

Hillsborough Castle & Gardens Summer Fayre 

Killinchy Beekeepers will have a stand at the "Bee Inspired" area.

Come and say Hello!

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SEPTEMBER 2024

THE COMBER HORTICULTURAL SHOW will be held again this year.

14th September ...(Sat)

Traditionally this has been the local honey show connected with Killinchy Beekeepers Association and we are keen to see as many members take part as possible. 

It is great fun to take part and who knows you may even win. There are multiple chances for KBKA members to win cash prizes and even silverware!

The show also has all the usual horticultural classes for fruit and Veg and flowers and jam etc.

Make sure to come along and support the show- it is a great event even if you are not entering honey and you can get a nice cup of tea and a bun or two.

The show schedule and entry details can be found attached to the email sent to members on Aug 11th.

Hope to see you there!

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OCTOBER 2024

ANNUAL UBKA HONEY SHOW AT GREENMOUNT AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE

Saturday 5th October

See here for further details

ASSOCIATION MEETING: 23/10/24:... (Wed)

Last Preparations before Winter.

A lot of bees returning to bee hive and entering beehive with collected floral nectar and
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NOVEMBER 2024

ASSOCIATION MEETING: 27/11/24… (Wed) 7.30pm

A presentation by David Morgan form Belfast beekeepers on City Beekeeping.

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DECEMBER 2024

ASSOCIATION MEETING: DATE TBC… (Wed) 7.30pm

CHRISTMAS evening bring and share / dinner. Kilmood Parish Hall TBC

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