HBA Web-Vention, Saturday 14 November 2020


On a wet and windy day, we welcomed beekeepers from Hampshire and beyond to our “Web-Vention” on the morning of Saturday 14 November.
Renowned experts Celia Davis and Bob Smith talked about “Queens” and “Forage”. There were prizes to be won and other features.
Please click on the links below to navigate around the highlights quickly!
Read about our speakers and their topics
The programme
Suppliers’ Lucky Dips
The HBA Draw
Our aim to have a second event in spring

The Speakers

Celia Davis – “The world of the honey bee Queen”

Bob Smith – “Forage for Honey Bees”

Celia covered the structure and life of the honey bee Queen; practical ways to ensure that colonies are headed by fertile, productive QueensBob talked about forage for honey bees including how far they go, what they forage on, what is best for them, etc
Celia Davis BSc, NDB
Celia started beekeeping in 1980 and now runs two colonies having recently moved house. She has been actively involved with beekeeping education since the early 1990s, serving for six years on the BBKA Examinations Board and continuing to act as a tutor for the Correspondence Course and an examiner at all levels.
Celia holds the NDB, lectures widely and has served her County Association as both Secretary, Chairman and President. She has authored two books, The Honey Bee Inside Out and The Honey Bee Around and About, both of which are very popular.
Bob Smith, NDB
Bob has been keeping bees since the late 70’s, currently managing 9 colonies in 14×12 WBC’s, in 4 quite different apiaries in North Kent.
He was a Seasonal Bee Inspector for 6 years, is a holder of the NDB and the person with responsibility for leading the busy and committed Education Team within the Medway Beekeepers Association. He is also current Chairman of the Central Association of Beekeepers (CABK) whose aim is to “bring science to the beekeeper”

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The Programme

The morning began at 09:30 with a welcome from our Chair, John Lauwerys.
Celia Davis and Bob Smith were the key speakers, with plenty time allowed to answer several questions.
Woven through the programme were short suppliers’ videos, each followed by a “lucky dip” to award a prize (see below) to anyone attending this Web-Vention.
There was also an HBA members-only free draw, the prizes (see below) for which had been donated by local Hampshire associations and HBA.
Our HBA library presented a short informative video to remind us of the rich resource that we have.
The Web-Vention closed at 12:45.
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The Suppliers’ Lucky Dips

We invited some of your favourite suppliers of bee-related goods to attend by way of a short video. In return, each donated an excellent prize that was awarded by a free lucky dip. Everyone who attended this Web-Vention was automatically eligible.

Thornes of Stockbridge
Lin at Thornes gives a warm welcome to beekeepers and browsers.
You will find a wide range of beekeeping equipment downstairs and an Aladdin’s cave of wax working and candle-making supplies upstairs.
Thornes of Stockbridge gave £20-worth of foundation of choice to one lucky person attending our Web-Vention.
Compak South
Compak’s online shop offers a wide range of bottles and containers.
They also provide and association price-list giving reductions of up to 40% for bulk orders. An order for a complete pallet (35 boxes) qualifies for free delivery but they are willing to relax rules and split between 2 addresses by arrangement.
Compak gave 72 1lb honey or 108 8oz hex or 84 12oz hex or 128 8oz round or 72 12oz round honey jars with lids to one lucky person who attended our Web-Vention.
Bee Craft
Bee Craft is the UK’s best selling monthly beekeeping magazine with the largest paid circulation. It is known as ‘The Independent Voice of British Beekeeping’ and is published by Bee Craft Ltd which also publishes a wide range of beekeeping books and booklets.
Bee Craft gave a 12 month hard copy subscription with complimentary digital access and two further prizes of digital subscriptions to lucky people who attended our Web-Vention.

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The HBA Draw

As well as the suppliers’ lucky dips (to which all were eligible) every Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association member who attended this Web-Vention had automatic free entry to the HBA Draw.

HBA donated a £50 Thornes’ voucher as first prize. Other generous donations from local Hampshire associations included Thornes vouchers worth £20, £10 and £5, 2 boxes of nitrile gloves, a smoker, 12 ‘Marigold’ type pairs of gloves, and a Thornes candle mould TS43 with wick.

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Next spring

We are considering a second Web-Vention (or convention, depending on that virus) in early spring 2021.
This page will be updated frequently as soon as information is confirmed, so please come back soon!
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