Hampshire Beekeepers Association Convention 2021

The Hampshire Beekeepers Association Committee is pleased to welcome its members to its 2021 Convention to be held on Saturday 20th November 2021 from 09:00 to 16:30.

This year’s event will be held in Westley Court at Sparsholt College in Winchester.

General Admission Tickets cost only £20 per guest which includes refreshments and a buffet style lunch. Tickets are limited to 100 to allow spacious and safe seating for the size of the venue, and are expected to sell out fast!
You can book yours now at

For our members who are still having to shield or are unable to travel, the convention will also be streamed via Microsoft Teams at an Online Ticket price of £10. We have limited these tickets to 50 in order that a good quality connection can be maintained via our partners at Sparsholt.

Both tickets can be purchased through a dedicated link that has been provided to all Hampshire Associations via the Secretaries.

There is a wonderful line-up of guest speakers this year including:
David Evans (“The Apiarist”) will discuss “The importance of bait hives”: the natural and effortless way of taking a swarm, whether the bees are your own or just passing
Andrew Durham (Cambridgeshire Beekeepers) who will be updating us on the threat to the UK from the Asian Hornet, and the French Experience (the arrival and spread of Asian hornet, its impact on beekeepers and options for defence against the hornet)
Ed Straw will talk about his fascinating research on pesticides: the formulation and effects of the weedkiller/herbicide glyphosate, and how its co-formulants and additional ingredients affect bee health.

These will be hosted by your colleagues within the Hampshire Beekeeping Associations:
Janet McKenzie will be taking us through the various uses of the Snelgrove Board including swarm prevention and making increase.

We welcome representatives from Beecraft, Vita Bee Health and Hampshire Beekeepers Library.

Prize Raffle
A number of organisations – Thornes, Northern Bee Books, Vita Bee Health and BeeCraft – have donated prizes for the raffle, so don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets on arrival.


09:30 – 09:50 Arrival and Refreshments
09.50 – 09:55 Welcome by HBA Chair John Lauwerys
09:55 – 11.00 David Evans – Bait Hives
11:00 – 11.20 Refreshments & Comfort Break
11:25 – 13.00 Andrew Durham – The Asian Hornet
13:00 – 14.00 Buffet Lunch & Get Together
14:00 – 14.30 Workshops – Snelgrove Board
14:30 – 14:50 Refreshments & Comfort Break
14:55 – 15:40 Edward Straw – Insecticides and Bees
15:40 – 16:00 Raffle & Prize Presentation
16:00 – 16:30 Convention Closure HBA Chair John Lauwerys

COVID Precautions & Restrictions
Under current guidelines, all members are able to meet for the purposes of this event. If this changes, the HBA Committee will notify attendees of any changes.
Hand gels and sanitisers will be provided by the college and will be available to all.
Face Coverings – we ask all members attending to wear face coverings in both the communal areas and whilst talks are taking place in the hall.
Covid Flow Test – members are reminded that the NHS provides free lateral flow tests which you can order from www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests. A test can be used on the day before attending the event and will produce a result within 20 minutes. This is a recommendation only.

Refunds: These will be based on a case-by-case basis by the organising committee.