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South Devon Convention

South Devon Beekeepers’ Convention

to be held at

The Ariel Centre

Ashburton Road, Totnes TQ9 5JX


Sunday 3 November 2019

Tickets: Adults £16.50
(after 20th October 2019 £20-00)

Under-18s and Full-time Students Free

Pasty Lunch @ £3.50 per person
Steak, Pork, Cheddar & Onion, or Roast Veg
(must be booked in advance)

Adult ticket £16.50
Steak Pasty £3.50Classic hand-crimped pasty made with British beef skirt, fresh onion, swede and potato, in a traditional lard shortcrust pastry
Pork Pasty £3.50Diced local pork, steeped in Devon scrumpy, with chunks of potato, swede, onion and apple and sprinkling of herbs, hand-crimped in thin shortcrust pastry. 
Cheddar & Onion Pasty £3.50Filled with a strong West Country cheddar and wrapped in a hand-crimped buttery shortcrust pastry 
Roast Veg Pasty £3.50 Roasted butternut squash, sweet potato, red onion, potato and a touch of herbs wrapped in a buttery pastry and hand-crimped.

All enquiries and payments by cheque made out to Devon Beekeepers (Convention) to:

Mrs Lilah Killock
Totnes & Kingsbridge Beekeepers
Fosbery, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5BA
email: lilahkillock@btinternet.com
telephone: 01803 866028



Celia Davis is the widely-respected author of The Honey Bee Inside Out and The Honey Bee Around and About.  She has a degree in agriculture and has been ‘fascinated by insects’ since childhood. She has kept bees for nearly 40 years and gained her NDB in 1996.   She enjoys lecturing to various groups, is a tutor for the BBKA correspondence course and continues to teach beekeeping at all levels


Francis Ratnieks is the only Professor of Apiculture in the UK and heads the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI) at the University of Sussex.  He has had considerable practical experience with honey bees having kept them in several countries and once owned up to 180 bee hives while living in California. He is involved with outreach/extension to beekeepers and others, and with undergraduate teaching and the supervision of graduate students


Dr Gerry Brierley  is an ‘Accidental Apitherapist’ and beekeeper who after an encounter with blood sucking ticks in the Surrey Hills contracted near fatal forms of tick-borne infections including Lyme Disease. Gerry will share her personal survival story along with supporting scientific evidence of how using bee venom has saved her life and many thousands of others including man’s best friend. Gerry will also share her research on the medicinal properties of honey, apilarnil, pollen, bee bread, royal jelly and propolis. Gerry is the author of the children’s book. The Secrets of Hope the Honey Bee https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Hope-Honey-Bee/dp/1916055303/


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0900 Registration and trade stands
0945 Welcome and opening address

The Accidental Apitherapist 

Gerry opens up the natural pharmacy of the alchemists at the bottom of your garden to discuss the diversity of hive products for general health and healing.  She will share her story of how using bee venom has saved her life.  

Gerry Brierley

1100 Morning break and trade stands

Policing and Conflict Resolution in Honey Bee Colonies 

All worker honey bees have ovaries, but only 0.1% to 0.01% lay eggs. Worker policing is prevalent in most honey bee colonies: worker bees eat or remove eggs that have been laid by other workers rather than the queen.  

Francis Ratnieks

1245 Lunch and trade stands
1400 Mr Bee -The life of the drone bee.

Celia Davis

1500 Raffle and break

Bee Plants and the Environment 

Interactions between bees and flowering plants and the importance of this to the environment as a whole.  

Celia Davis

1630 Farewells and Depart

Directions to The Ariel Centre, Ashburton Road, Totnes TQ9 5JX:

The Ariel Centre is on the King Edward VI College campus in Totnes. The entrance is just before the blue footbridge as you enter Totnes from Exeter on the A385.


It is five minutes’ walk from the mainline railway station.  There is ample parking.

View map online: http://goo.gl/maps/VT59g

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