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      Chesterfield  & District Bee Keepers Association

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Welcome to Chesterfield Beekeepers! Our club has been active in Chesterfield for 70 years and now has over 150 members. We welcome those interested in keeping bees, who have not yet taken the plunge, beginners and novices as well as having a large number of members who have been keeping bees for many years.

We aim to cater for all abilities and have regular talks by experts and members (LINK TO MONTHLY PROGRAMME), workshops, mentoring and training sessions (EDUCATION PAGE). Our meetings are to provide a chance to chat to other beekeepers over coffee/tea and cake and are held at 7.30 pm on the second Monday of each month at Whittington Moor Methodist Church.

Too all members both new and old. Why not write a short post on why you started with bees. I will start.

In 2015 i was called to house with wasps, clearly these were honey bees in a ball on a bush in the garden. Not wanting to harm, i rang the local council who sent 2 beeks out. They came suited and booted and within a short space the bees were wrapped up and in a box. Ironically i watched this less than 6 ft away with no suit. Awesome.... i needed to try this. Todate i'm still as eager to help the bees thrive. MB.
I had always been fascinated by honey bees and wanted to keep them but with no idea what to do or how to start! When we moved house I found we were a few miles from a commercial bee farm. Me and my partner popped in to visit and some members of CDBKA happened to be there I got talking to Robin and he told me to come along to a meeting and told me about the beginners course. I managed to get a spot on the next course and started with my own bees that summer. JO.
On The First Warm Spring Day

A couple of week ends ago we had rare hot weather for March. The sort of day you could walka
round in a tee shirt, I decided to do my spring inspection.
All ok for the first 3 hives, they werestarting to build up and had some stores left, the bees were also
bringing plenty of pollen. But the final hive was a different story.
This was a swarm I collected after a call from Nev, it was not a big swarm and they had landed in a
crazy place on brickwork on the side of a block of flats, fortunately easily reached. The queen was
marked red, so only 2 years old. I tried to build them up in the autumn but they were fairly weak
over winter and I kept a close eye on them with fondant. So it was a relief to see them busily flying
in the warm sunshine.
On opening the colony it was obvious something was wrong – there was lots of drones –
in March !!
It was clear the queen was rapidly failing, she had run out of stored sperm. I found her and she
looked large and fine, but the brood was only a small patch on 2 frames and most of these were
drones in worker cells.
They had raised a queen cell on what must have been the last of the worker bee larve, but her
chances of successfully mating at the end of March was zero.
There were quite a few frames of worker bees, so I decided to unite them to another colony so they
would strengthen their flying force. I culled the queen, knocked down the queen cell, checked all
the frames in case there was another cell, then united them over newspaper. I had got to them in the
nick of time s
o the point of this little story is don;t delay your first inspection when the conditions are right, as in
my case I this colony would have dwindled to nothing very quickly.


For all new members, we offer support and guidance from your very first attendance up untill your comfortable with bees - click here for your Liason contacts, Martyn and Joanne.

Where to find us at our club nights.
We meet every 2nd Monday in the month, at Whittington Moor Methodist Church at 7.30pm with the exceptions of Bank Holidays.
Whittington Moor Methodist Church Hall S41 8NA
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