Spring Convention

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 10th March 2018

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.


This year a range of beekeeping strategies are dealt with by our speakers. Regional Bee Inspector Ian Molyneux’s lectures will be covering two areas. Firstly ‘Long Range beekeeping – keeping an out apiary at a distance‘ and secondly ‘Development of Manchester BKA’s training apiary ‘.  

Sarah Robinson the Bowland Haytime project officer will be discussing ‘Haytime’ -  a field scale meadow restoration project  and a nectar patch projects ‘Nectar and Wildflowers for the Meadows’.

Peter Foley will be talking about ‘ Garden flowers for Bees ‘




 9.00  Convention opens.  Registration and refreshments
 9.45  Welcome by the President of Lancashire BKA
 10.00 - 11.00  Sarah Robinson: ‘Haytime’ and ‘Networks for Nectar and Wildflowers for the Meadow’
 11.00 - 11.25  Refreshments
 11.25   Introduction
 11.30 - 12.30  Ian Molyneux:  ‘Long Range Beekeeping’
 12.30 - 1.15  Lunch
 1.15 - 1.40   Presentation of trophy and Certificates
 1.55   Introduction
 2.00 - 3.00    Peter Foley:  ‘Garden flowers for bees’
 3.00 - 3.25  Refreshments
 3.30 - 4.30  Ian Molyneux:  ‘Development of Manchester BKA’s training apiary’
 4.30 - 4.45  Closing words
 4.45  Convention closes


The Speakers


Ian Molyneux will be well known to many of us as the Regional Bee Inspector for Northern England working for APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency)

Sarah Robinson is the Bowland Hay Time Project Officer for Forest Of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Working together with farmers in the AONB the project harvests wildflower seeds from species-rich meadows and uses the seed to restore meadows which have lost some of the characteristic plants.

Peter Foley (formerly of Holden Clough Nursery) has been presenting talks to a wide range of groups and societies since 1973 and is well known as a speaker on plants both locally and nationally. 

In addition he has presented talks at events jointly organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at Holden Clough Nursery and is in their Speakers Handbook.

He has a wide knowledge of all the hardy garden plants, alpines, shrubs and trees and regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio Lancashire’s ‘Garden Phone-in programme’.

Trade Stalls at the Convention

Judith David - Thornes Beekeeping Supplies Representative Tel  01282 693330 Mobile 07785 241075
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) will be Chicken Curry or Vegetable Quiche plus dessert.
 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 Tuesday 6th March 2018, 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 Janet Murray, 6 West View, Grindleton, Lancashire BB7 4RB asap, to make the catering easier. To qualify for the Early Bird Discount, the payment must have been received by Tuesday 6th March 2018.

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 Janet Murray, 6 West View, Grindleton, Lancashire BB7 4RB

Tel: 01200 440535

E – Mail: [email protected]


Photos from the 2013 event

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

Photos taken by Caroline Mackenzie