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masimcox
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Joined: 13 Apr 2015
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Location: Powys, Wales, UK

PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:17 pm    Post subject: Powys group Reply with quote

Hi All

Looking for a mentor/ group in Powys, I'm just about to embark on a hTBH.

Thanks

Mark
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Lacewing
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Joined: 08 Sep 2012
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Location: Powys, Mid Wales

PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Mark
Powys is a big county! I wonder where you are in it...
I'm near Hay-on-Wye. I have top bars (and a national which someone's given me) and started out with the top bars 3/4 years ago. Am still, it feels to me, an almost complete beginner though! I took the Brecon & Radnor beginners' course which although based on nationals I found v worthwhile, and also meeting other local beekeepers (of all sorts) has made a big difference to me. I suspect that, if you don't find a more top bar-orientated group near you, or a mentor, you'd find that most of the conventional Welsh associations will have the odd top bar owner by now - even if some other members look askance at them! I don't know about the Montgomery association which is north of here. It's worth asking, if you're up that way.
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