The Association meets once a month during the autumn and winter at the Millenium Hall in Cellan (click here for directions). The meetings begin in September and are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:15 p.m. and conclude with our Annual General Meeting in March.
We have a programme of talks and presentations for the meetings – topics covered by speakers in recent seasons included disease recognition, methods of swarm control, queen rearing, making up nucleus hives, soap making, use of pollen in forensics and research into the foraging preferences of bees. And, of course, every meeting is an opportunity to have a chat over tea and biscuits about bees, beekeepers and how there are a myriad of different answers to every beekeeping question!
From April onwards our Apiary Manager and his team attend the Association apiary every Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. and these sessions are open to all members to attend. Assistance with the various tasks involved in keeping the apiary running smoothly is always welcomed!
Our December meeting consists of our annual Christmas dinner and raffle. A chance for us all to relax over a glass of wine and a festive meal and toast the end of what we always hope will be another successful beekeeping year.
The Lampeter & District Beekeepers' Association covers the area in and around Lampeter in the Welsh county of Ceredigion.
The Association was founded in the late 1940s / early 1950s when, after the war, a number of Polish people settled in the area and, amongst these new arrivals, were some keen beekeepers. The early Association used to hold its meetings in the old Polish Social Centre in Lampeter. We currently have over 60 members, with a membership consisting of a mix of beekeepers of many years of experience (some of whom remember joining the Association in the 1970s) and those at the very start of their beekeeping journey, all sharing the ups and downs of life as a beekeeper.
Our aim as an Association is to provide an understanding of honey bees and beekeeping within the Lampeter area, by means of training, support and advice to our members and also to members of the public through our attendance at local events, giving talks for local groups and providing information and resources on our web site.
Starting in September each year, the Association holds monthly meetings for members, from April onwards all members can attend the weekly Sunday afternoon sessions at our apiary, and we celebrate the end of another successful beekeeping year (we hope!) with our annual Christmas dinner.
We also aim to encourage both new and experienced beekeepers to join the Association and take advantage of the many benefits membership brings. To this end, each year we run aTaster Day, followed by a full Beginners' Course which runs from April onwards.
Members interested in further training are offered assistance in preparing for the basic certificate in beekeeping and the modular theory and practical exams administered by the Welsh Beekeepers' Association.
Lampeter & District Beekeepers Association is affiliated to the Welsh Beekeepers' Association. Visit their website for other beekeepers' associations across Wales.
The summer of 2011 was an exciting year for the Association as we set up our first apiary, which was officially opened with a nucleus hiving ceremony on a glorious Saturday afternoon in July.
Located on private land 5 or 6 miles outside Lampeter, the apiary currently consists of five colonies, each on National frames, in a mix of National and WBC hives. The apiary offers an ideal training resource for new and existing members alike, allowing them to gain practical beekeeping experience as part of the Beginners' Course we offer, or as a means of brushing up on areas they may not be so familiar with, such as swarm control or applying different colony treatments.
During the spring-summer season (usually starting in early April as soon as the weather is warm enough), our Apiary Managers attend the apiary every Sunday afternoon from 2:00 p.m.
Although our apiary is a valuable training asset, don't forget that it is available to ALL our members and everyone is welcome to attend every Sunday afternoon throughout the active season, so please come along.
If you wish to visit the apiary on any other occasion or need details of its location in order to attend one of the Sunday sessions, please contact our Apiary Manager.
We will keep you up to date with the latest news from the apiary, but the very best way is to come along and get involved!
If you can't find the information you're looking for, you can either contact us through the website or, depending on the nature of your query, you can contact the relevant member of our Committee.
The principal officers of the Committee are:
Chairman: Mike Davies
Vice Chairman: Gordon Lumby
Secretary: Jan Crabb
Deputy Secretary: Kate Hawthorne
Treasurer: Sandra Halstead
Apiary Manager: Derek Anderson
Publicity Officer: Paul Smith
Committee Member: Siobhan Buttimere
Committee Member: Allen Davies
Welcome to the website of Lampeter & District Beekeepers' Association!
Our Association covers the area in and around Lampeter in the Welsh county of Ceredigion. Our aim is to raise awareness and understanding of honey bees and beekeeping within our area by means of training, support and advice for both members of the public and our own membership.