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Title: Phil Chandler I Day Course In Cornwall?

Tavascarow - April 2, 2011 01:41 PM (GMT)
Phil has made a request on the natural beekeeping forum.
This summer, I would like to run a series of one-day training/workshop events for TBHers (actual and prospective) starting with Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol and maybe up into Gloucestershire.

What I have in mind is up to a dozen - maybe 15 - people in a location that has a hive or two we can look at/open/discuss, where people can bring a picnic lunch, preferably some sort of emergency weather protection, but generally informal and conducive to lots of good chat.

It could be a daytime thing, or evenings during the week when the days are long might also be possible.

If you - or someone you know - might be willing to host such an event, please let me know - phil(at)

Anyone want to host the event for him?

Vee - April 5, 2011 06:47 PM (GMT)
At a pinch I could in my garden where I have a 36" TBH plus a Warre (despite my rather depressing neighbours) - but in the meantime I've also emailed the friend where my 3 x 48" hives are kept as he has much more space as well as 1 TBH amongs his Nationals... I'll let you know his reply

Or in a month or 2 one of my Warre's + a 48" TBH will be (hopefully) residing in a farmer's field up the road (filled with either splits or swarms).

All the best, Vini

Janco2 - April 6, 2011 01:44 PM (GMT)
Sounds as if your bees are doing really well Vini. Our single colony is just about surviving but too few bees to flourish we think.
Do hope someone can be a host for Phil.

Paul - April 6, 2011 06:13 PM (GMT)
I'm pretty much in the same position as you Janco.
My bees are active enough but I'm concerned about the strength of the colony. You're welcome to come around and compare notes if you wish.
As a result, at this current moment I don't think I'm in a position to play host just yet. We'll see what happens.

Vee - April 10, 2011 08:05 AM (GMT)
Good news - Tim Howes is happy to host a day with Phil at Ladock where I have 3 of my hives and he and his wife, Julie, have 1 TBH and at least 2 or 3 Nationals. there's lots of room for parking and picnics round one of the lakes - and an open-sided barn area for worst-case scenario weatherwise.

What do you think? If we can't muster 15ish I'm sure we can open the invitation out to 2 local 'conventional' groups as I know that some people in both of them are interested.

Steve, are you going to collect the numbers and respond to Phil?

All the best, Vini

freebeeatst.tudy - April 10, 2011 02:49 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Janco2 @ Apr 6 2011, 01:44 PM)
Sounds as if your bees are doing really well Vini. Our single colony is just about surviving but too few bees to flourish we think.
Do hope someone can be a host for Phil.

Sorry to hear my offspring aren't doing well Jan - fingers crossed!

Janco2 - April 10, 2011 07:27 PM (GMT)
Ah, but the swarm we got from you Pam is flourishing. We transferred the swarm over from our bait hive to our daughter's hive in the autumn and it is doing very well at her home near Liskeard (see another post Columbinegarden).

Our only colony is the nucleus we bought last year at the end of June. They are surviving but on looking through the observation window we could hardly see any bees! We looked inside and discovered they have honey stores and seem to be working as they should be but there are just very few bees. Hopefully they will be able to build up a decent colony especially with the lovely weather we have been having. As you say, fingers crossed. If not, well we shall just have to try and get another swarm.

Your bees Pam (from Vini originally I think) seem to be a really good strain.
How are they getting on now?

Great that someone can host a day with Phil. We would love to go (except we are away from 26 May - 5 June). Hopefully it will not coincide.

columbinegarden - April 10, 2011 08:36 PM (GMT)
I would love to come to a meet with Phil Chandler, so please add me to the list if you are making one, Steve.

Meg Rose - April 20, 2011 11:15 AM (GMT)
I'm just ordering wood to make Warre hive :-) I'd love to come to this course! & also any help to catch/attract a swarm once hive is made...Thanks, Meg.

Vee - May 6, 2011 09:13 AM (GMT)
I don't think we're going to be able to get this off the ground as my emails to Steve M may not be getting through - bit frustrating really... V

Janco2 - May 6, 2011 12:59 PM (GMT)
Sorry to hear that Vee.

It's all very quiet on here now. Not sure where everyone is or what they are doing.
Our 1 hive is surviving and slowly building up and it sounds as if all of yours are thriving which is very good news.

candleford - May 11, 2011 08:00 AM (GMT)
Hi, I've just joined this group and thanks to Vee's help and the great crowd at Woodstock timber in Falmouth have started making a topbar hive. I'd like to come along to the day please.

Pamela Jane - May 16, 2011 09:03 PM (GMT)
We'd like to come along! Looking forward to further details about Phil Chandlers workshop.

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