Spring Convention

Sadly due to the Corona Virus measures there will not be a convention during 2021. We hope to return in 2022.

To book a place at the convention please click here to complete the Google Form with your details and the names of those you are booking for.


Lancashire & NW BKA



Saturday 7th March 2020

9.00am - 4.45pm


Venue: Archbishop Temple School, St Vincent's Road, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire





Reg Charity No 506167




Welcome to Lancashire Beekeepers’ Spring Convention. We are confident you will find the programme of speakers and their talks both fascinating and useful. The Convention’s programme is always designed to combine both the practical and the theoretical; and to encourage beekeepers to think about how they keep their bees.






 9.00  Convention opens.  Registration and refreshments
 9.40  Welcome by the President of Lancashire BKA
 9.50 - 11.00  ‘Getting started in Bee Improvement’ – Jo Widdicombe
 11.00 - 11.25  Refreshments
 11.25 - 12.35  "Bee Identification" Julia Piggott
 12.35 - 1.20  Lunch
 1.20 - 1.50   Presentation of trophy and Certificates
 1.50 - 3.00    ‘Taking Bee Improvement further – A National Programme’ - Jo Widdicombe
 3.00 - 3.25  Refreshments
 3.25 - 4.35  "The Bees Needs" Julia Piggott

 4.35 - 4.45  Closing words
 4.45  Convention closes


The Speakers


Jo Widdicombe worked as a bee inspector for 5 years and now runs over 100 colonies, with the help of an apprentice, producing honey, queens and nucs for sale. Author of the book, "The Principles of Bee Improvement" which explains how to select and improve the quality of our bees from local stock rather than resorting to imported queens.

Jo is currently President of BIBBA.

Julia Piggotworks for Bee Ed which is a not-for-profit business started in 2010 to provide information and education about pollinators, particularly bees.

Trade Stalls at the Convention

Bees Abroad

Bee Ed - Thornes Beekeeping Supplies Representative

BIBBA Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (TBC)

Heritage Wild Flowers

V&Js Lotions & Potions

Other details to follow

Convention Arrangements

The Convention will be held at Archbishop Temple School, St Vincent's Road, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire PR2 8RA.

Lunch (included) t
his year will be a Sausage or Bacon balm & wedges + dessert. The vegetarian option is Quorn sausage buns and wedges.  Please indicate if the vegetarian option is required, on the reply form.

Refreshments available morning and afternoon are included.

Booking arrangements

The fee for the Convention will be £21.00 for the full day including lunch.  Under 18s pay only £11.00 (for the meal).

Early Bird Discount: If payment is received by Friday 21st Feb 2020, the fee for the Convention is only £16 (still only £11 for under 18s).

Both the following steps are required to book places:

    1    Please click here to complete the attached Google Form with your details and the names of those you are booking for.

    2    Please send cheques made payable to “Lancashire & NW BKA” to Viki Cuthbertson, 18 Highgate Avenue, Fulwood PR2 8LL asap, to make the catering easier. To qualify for the Early Bird Discount, the payment must have been received by Friday 21st February 2020.

When payment has been received you will be sent an e-mail confirming your places have been booked.

For more information please contact

Convention Officer Viki Cuthbertson, 18 Highgate Avenue, Fulwood PR2 8LL

Tel: 01772 717001

E – Mail: [email protected]


Photos from the 2020 event

Basic Certificates
Leonard Ross Cup
General & Advanced Husbandry Certificates
Modules 1, 2 & 3
Modules 5, 6, 7 & 8
Speaker Julia Piggott

Photos from the 2019 event

 Presentation of the Basic Certificates  
Clive de Bruyn
The Hall
Photos taken by Simon Cordingley

Photos from the 2013 event

Phil's two queens
Beekeepers' Question Time
Recipients of the Leonard Ross Trophy

2013 Photos taken by Caroline Mackenzie