Bee Day 2019, Saturday March 16th

The Bee Day takes place at Caversham Methodist Church.

Doors open: 10am
Close: 4:30pm (coffee and cakes counter closes at 4pm).

The event is open to all and free of charge. There will be a series of speakers talking about different aspects of beekeeping. There will also be some stalls and refreshments.


10:30. John Hendrie: Queen Rearing for the Small Beekeeper.

How to rear queens to maintain and enhance a small apiary.

11:45. Gwyn Marsh: Making Beeswax Wraps.

Plastic is a huge problem. The search for alternatives is on. This is an opportunity to learn how to make an alternative cling film food covering.

13:00. Rob Nickless: Safe Movement of Bee Hives.

Moving bees between apiaries can be a risky business. This talk describes how to protect the safety of the public, the bees and the beekeeper.

14:00. Pam Hunter: Oil Seed rape – a Blessing or a curse? (PM)

Discusses the fascinating history of this ubiquitous crop and how it has evolved. Its value to bees and the beekeeper. The value of rape seed oil worldwide, its nutritional value and how modifications have been made are all included. How to manage colonies to get the best out of rape. The problems with it, especially for the beginner. The undoubted benefits if the colony is managed well.

Details of Our Speakers

Pam Hunter, C. Biol. F. Roy. Soc. Biol. FLS. Master Beekeeper

Pam Hunter
By profession Pam Hunter is a microbiologist who has spent three decades in the pharmaceutical industry engaged in research into new antimicrobial agents. Currently she is the chair of the Examination Board and a trustee of BBKA and the manager of the Research, Technical and Environmental committee. She is also a member of BIBBA and of the Central Association. Pam has been keeping bees since 1990 and currently manages six to eight hives at her home in Sussex. Her talks focus on various aspects of bees, plants and beekeeping, including the interaction of plants, bees and the environment as well as the more biological/scientific aspects of bees and beekeeping history.

Gwyn Marsh

Gwyn Marsh
Gwyn is an experienced teacher, lecturer and education researcher, with a speciality in environmental science, She is an engaging and informative speaker who enjoys combining theory with practical activities in a workshop environment. Gwyn is also an enthusiastic bee-keeper, who is curious to explore and develop the many ways bee products can be put to beneficial use. Her wax wraps, a sustainable alternative to cling film, have attracted considerable interest at her local bee society’s stall at fairs and fetes and sell well.

Bob Nickless, Meadow Honey Farm.

Rob and Jo Nickless
Rob and Jo Nickless started keeping bees in 2006, and have been doing it as a business since 2010. The Meadow Honey Farm now has 150 hives located across Oxfordshire and Berkshire – from the meadows by the River Thames to the heights of the beautiful Berkshire Downs. They offer pollination services, beekeeping courses and a range of hive products.

John Hendrie, BSc. MRSC, Master Beekeeper

John Hendrie
As the Moderator for the British Beekeepers Association Examinations Board John Hendrie is ultimately responsible for the syllabuses and examinations of the BBKA. He has been a member of the Examinations Board for many years having been the Board secretary from 1991 to 2006. A beekeeper for over 50 years, he achieved his Master Beekeeper certificate in 1986 and has been heavily involved in beekeeping education ever since, running courses and lecturing widely in the United Kingdom and Ireland on bees and beekeeping. John is the General Secretary of the National Honey Show and has been on the committee for 35 years; he also judges at local honey shows. In his working career he was a Laboratory Manager for the Environment Agency and was responsible for the quality of the chemical analyses produced by his laboratory.