The YBKA Annual Spring Conference 2017 is on Saturday, March 25th from 8.30am to 4.30pm
At the Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, YORK YO26 6PA
Ticket price: £25 includes all refreshments and lunch.
To book contact the YBKA secretary (Roger Chappel): 4, The Green, Brafferton, Darlington, Co. Durham DL1 3LB or
Tel: 01325 315741 Mobile 07905 190 701
You can pay by card over the phone or by cheque (payable to Yorkshire Beekeepers Association).
Please inform us of any special dietary requirements you may have.
08.30 – 09.15 Registration and refreshments
09.15 – 09.30 Welcome and introduction by YBKA Chair Phil Gee
09.30 – 09.45 Chris Coulson and Jim Pearson will explain how, why and when they will be running their workshops and drop-in clinics throughout the day.
09.45 – 10.30 Dr. Sara Robb. Sara will talk about how she converts residual materials from the beehive in to potions, soaps and cosmetics.
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break (Delegates opt for workshops)
11.00 – 11.45 Yvonne Kilvington Introducing children to beekeeping – outlining problems they have found and overcome, explaining what the issues are and how the pupils have benefited.
11.45 – 12.30 Dr. Ravishanka Sargur Managing bee & wasp sting allergies.
12.30 – 13.45 Lunch & chance to shop
13.45 – 14.30 Keith Bartlem Flying with bees
14.30 – 15.15 Mark Patterson Planting for pollinators – the importance of providing good quality forage
15.15 – 15.30 Comfort break
15.30 – 16.30 Beekeepers’ Question Time
Dr Sara Robb studied pharmacognosy and toxic natural products at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science. Her ensuing PhD focused on the role of oxidative stress in aging. In 2003 Sara founded Bath Potions specialising in honey soaps and beeswax creams.
Dr. Ravishankar Sargur consultant Immunologist at the Northern General Hospital, has extensive experience in the diagnosis, management and treatment of allergic conditions including bee & wasp venom allergies. He is a member of the Venom Allergy Interest group in the European Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Keith Bartlem is a Captain with Thomas Cook Airlines and started his flying career whilst studying Ecology at Stirling University. His student summer job as a gardener’s boy introduced him to bees. He is a Basic and General Husbandry examiner and a Master Beekeeper.
Mark Patterson of London BKA is an ecologist with 18 years experience and full time beekeeper operating as ‘Apicultural’. Mark is a trustee of London BKA and seasonal bee inspector.
Yvonne Kilvington is the YBKA Education Officer and a teacher at Ashbrow School in Huddersfield.
Chris Coulson, chairman of Beverley BKA will demonstrate how spare wax can be converted in to useable foundation for the hive.
Master Beekeeper Jim Pearson will run a drop-in clinic and will heroically attempt to answer ANY beekeeping related question. His brother Geoff Pearson will demonstrate skep making