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South Devon Convention

South Devon Beekeepers’ Convention

to be held at

The Ariel Centre

Ashburton Road, Totnes TQ9 5JX


Sunday 4 November 2018

Tickets: Adults £15

(after 31 October £20)
Under-18s and Full-time Students Free

Pasty Lunch @ £3 per person
(must be booked in advance)

Adult ticket £15.00
Steak Pasty Classic hand-crimped pasty made with British beef skirt, fresh onion, swede and potato, in a traditional lard shortcrust pastry
Pork and Scrumpy PastyDiced 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 Pastyfilled with a strong West Country cheddar and wrapped in a hand-crimped buttery shortcrust pastry.
Roast Veg Pasty 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


Claire Barker started beekeeping in 2010, a hobby that became a passion and then a successful business. Following redundancy, Claire studied cosmetic formulation and subsequently launched her own skincare brand, Hive Originals, using the honey and beeswax from her own hives. Her unique honey-based products have since won a number of international awards and are stocked in a number of retailers including the National Trust.
Andy Willis started beekeeping in April 1991 when he took a new gardening job and it was the gardeners job to “do the bees”. After a severe illness in late December 2003, he had to give up being a professional gardener. However this gave him more time to devote to his hobby of beekeeping. He was first asked to give various presentations at national level at the BBKA Spring Convention in 2008 and was called back by popular demand over a number of the following years.
Keith Delaplane, MBE, is Professor and Walter B Hill Fellow in the Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia where he conducts research and teaches on all aspects of honey bee evolution, biology, and health management. He has presented lectures to local, state, national and international political, academic, scientific as well as beekeeping audiences.


0915 Registration, question box* and trade stands
0945 Welcome and opening address
1000 Beauty and the Bees

Claire Barker

1100 Morning break and trade stands
1130 The honey bee superorganism and how it explains everything

Keith Delaplane

1230 Lunch and trade stands
1330 A Bee’s Eye View of Beekeeping 

Andy Willis

1430 Afternoon break and trade stands
1500 Multiple mating in the queen: Liability or asset?

Keith Delaplane

1600 Raffle and Farewells

 *  Do you have particular questions on any of these topics?
 Pop them in the box at the beginning of the day.

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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