Last night I went to the first evening of the local Introduction to Beekeeping course. I tried to sign up for this in the autumn of 2006, but was told it was already full. So instead I went on a two-day course in Keele which was excellent, and gave me the confidence to get two colonies of bees last summer.
But I still wanted to go on this more in-depth course, which has nine two-hour theory lectures in February and March, and six hands-on sessions in May and June.
It was a good lecture last night - I learned some things I didn't know about bumblebees, and I got to meet some other local novice and would-be beekeepers.