EBKA Conference 2020

Chelmsford Division is delighted to be hosting the
EBKA Conference in 2020

Registration 8.30 onwards

09:45 – 16:30hrs
31st October 2020
New Hall School, Boreham, Essex CM3 3HS

Book your place for £25 using our secure online shop   (booking temporarily  disabled) You can pay by Debit / Credit card, Paypal, Cheque or BACs on this secure site.

Please email ebka2020@chelmsfordbeekeepers.com if you need assistance. No tickets will be issued for the Conference, but you will receive an email receipt.

The Venue
New Hall, or Beaulieu Palace as it was originally called, is a Catholic independent boarding & day school for girls and boys. It is approached via a mile-long, tree-lined avenue that leads to the rather grand façade of the Grade 1 listed, former Tudor Palace. The facilities, buildings and grounds are exceptional and we hope you’ll enjoy this rare opportunity to explore one of Chelmsford’s hidden gems.


Andrew Durham  ‘The Beekeepers Guide to the Asian Hornet – Abridged’
Andrew is a Cambridgeshire beekeeper who has been researching the Asian Hornet since 2016. He has written a number of articles for the BBKA News and has given briefings to a number of local and county beekeeping associations. This shorter version of his talk will explain why you should be concerned about the Asian hornet and the steps to take in order to protect your bees if it becomes established in the UK.

Dr Rosalind Shaw    ‘Improving town and countryside for pollinators’
Dr Rosalind Shaw is a researcher who has worked on plants and insects in a variety of habitats from the Scottish Highlands to agricultural ditches and public parks. She is currently working on two projects: as part of Prof. Juliet Osborne’s research group at University of Exeter, in towns, and with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, in the countryside. She will be wearing both ‘hats’ for this talk!

Dr Anna Oliver   ‘The National Honey Monitoring Scheme – the story so far!’
Dr Anna Oliver is a senior molecular biologist working on the National Honey Monitoring Scheme at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH, Wallingford). The scheme aims, through plant DNA barcoding, to investigate the environmental issues affecting the floral resources of UK honeybees. Dr Anna Oliver will be presenting the story so far.

In the afternoon, the Conference will break into a number of 1 hour-long workshops. When you first arrive in the morning, you will be able to register for the workshop of your choice on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note you will not be able to move between workshops.

Super Skincare-Honeycomb Cleansing Cream
Asian Hornet: get ready now!  with the Essex AHAT Team
Variations on a Beehive, with Chelmsford Beekeepers
An Introduction to Microscopy, with Jane Ridler
Improving your bees, with Kevin Thorn
Guided Tour of New Hall School and its historic buildings
Staying supple for Beekeeping: pilates-based stretches

You will be well looked after during your visit to New Hall and we have arranged the following refreshments for you: on arrival, tea/coffee & Danish pastries; mid-morning, tea/coffee & biscuits; mid-afternoon, tea/coffee & cake.

Lunch is a 2-course, self-service meal offering a wide range of hot and cold choices with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and salads. The menu is designed to cater for all tastes and preferences, including vegans, vegetarian and lactose intolerance.

Please see the frequently asked questions page for further information

The Location
New Hall is set in an idyllic and convenient location, on the outskirts of Chelmsford,  just 30 minutes by train from London. The full address is: New Hall School, Avenue Lodge, The Avenue, Boreham, Chelmsford CM3 3HS.

Download printable map and details here

To get to the school venue you are advised to follow the route marked on the map below from A to B (approached via the A130.  Landmarks to look out for are the Mercedes Garage and Sainsbury’s on the roundabout nearby.