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Training 2019

A number of training courses are available. These include Beginners’ Theory & Practical courses, Microscopy, preparation for the Basic Assessment, Food Hygiene and learning support groups for the BBKA exam Modules 5 & 6. Other courses will be announced.

Beginners’ Theory & Practical Courses

The Theory course for 2019 will be held at Frodsham Community Centre WA6 7QN on Monday evenings 7.30 - 9.30pm from 14th January to 18th March (8 sessions).

A copy of the Theory Course Schedule can be downloaded in PDF format.

There are no more places left on the North Cheshire Theory Course.

There may be places available on the Wirral Beekeepers Beginners Course.

A New Starters Evening will be held on the 15th August at 7.30pm to give an overview of what is involved to those who are looking to take up beekeeping. The venue has yet to be confirmed.

If you wish to register your interest for any of the courses operated by the North Cheshire Branch or require further information about them, please contact the Branch Training Coordinator using the form below.

In the meantime, you are welcome to attend our Branch meetings held on the third Thursday of the month except for January (AGM).

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The associated Practical course is offered at the Branch Apiary, Walton, and at trainers' apiaries in our area (currently Chester, Hartford, Hatton). This will be delivered during the 'flying season' (normally April – July), usually at weekends, and by arrangement with the trainers.

The fee for each course is £45 to include all course materials, refreshments and the support of the training team throughout. Places are still available. Use the contact form below if you are interested.


Basic Assessment

A three session theory course will be run by North Cheshire in April and May followed by a practical session to prepare candidates for the BBKA Basic Assessment.

The date for the associated practical examination is still to be arranged.

Please contact Stuart Hatton, 01925 263023, mobile 07778 592835 or email to register for the course.

Module 5 & 6 Study Groups

North Cheshire will be running BBKA Module 5 (Honey Bee Biology) and Module 6 (Honey Bee Behaviour) study groups during 2018/2019. Please use the contact form below for further details.


A one-day microscopy workshop, organised by North Cheshire and run by Graham Royle, will take place at Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, WA6 7QN on Sunday 3rd March 2019 from 9.30am till 4.00pm. There will be space for 12 candidates. This will be an opportunity to study pollen under the microscope, learn how to diagnose Nosema and look at honeybee anatomy. No previous experience required. The cost is £15 per person. Tea & coffee will be provided but you will need to bring a packed lunch.

Please contact Stuart Hatton, 01925 263023, mobile 07778 592835 or email to register for the course.

Beginners' Theory Schedule 2019

Food Hygiene Course

A Food Hygiene Course has been organised for Saturday 8th June and participants will be able to gain their Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing.