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Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association

GBKA is a registered charity with the principal objective of promoting and furthering the craft of beekeeping. GBKA has been doing this for over 100 years and has members from all over Gloucestershire and its neighbouring counties.

GBKA is a member organisation of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), the national organisation that provides a wide range of services to beekeepers including insurance, information, newsletters, examination programmes and legal advice.

The seven Branches of GBKA support beekeepers in their area and run their own programmes of meetings, talks, and training sessions. GBKA members can attend the meetings of any Branch.

Lastest News

George Knight’s Memorial Award

Gloucestershire BeeKeepers Association (GBKA) received the George Knight’s Memorial Award in 2018 as the British BeeKeeping Association making the most progress in examinations and assessments beyond the Basic Certificate. In 2018, from the 75 Associations around the country, Gloucestershire BeeKeepers Association (GBKA) had the most Modules, General Husbandry, Honey Bee Health and Microscopy certificates gained, …

Events

January 2019

Wednesday 9th 7:30pm Dean Forest. Staunton Village Hall.
  • Comb – how and why bees make it and how to manage it by Lynfa Davies.
Friday 11th 7:30pm Cheltenham & Gloucester. Uckington village hall.
  • Asian Hornets, my experiences in finding nests by Jessica Blakeman

 February 2019

Thursday 7th 7:30pm Dean Forest. Staunton Village Hall.
 
  • Continual improvement by Di Webb
  • Queens for members by Adam Parker
  • Your apiary, your say by Richard Matthews
Thursday 7th 7:30pm St Dominic’s School Hall. St Mary’s Hill, Inchbrook, Stroud, GL5 5HP
 
  • Microscopy by Marin Anastasov
Friday 8th 7:30pm Cheltenham & Gloucester. Uckington village hall.
 
  • Spring Management by Jim Vivian-Griffiths
Saturday 23rd 10am-4pm St Dominic’s School Hall. St Mary’s Hill, Inchbrook, Stroud, GL5 5HP
  • GBKA AGM and Honey Show including a talk by Willian Steynor on ‘Time saving interventions for the practical beekeeper’
Thursday 28th 7:30pm Newent School
 
  • The uses of nucleus hives by John Whitaker
Thursday 28th 7:30pm St Dominic’s School Hall. St Mary’s Hill, Inchbrook, Stroud, GL5 5HP
  • Asian Hornets in Jersey by Jessica Blakeman

March 2019

Thursday 7th 7:30pm Dean Forest. Staunton Village Hall.
 
  • Queen raising – Hopkins method by Mike Hunt
Friday 8th 7:30pm Cheltenham & Gloucester. Uckington village hall.
 
  • Mead and Honey Drinks by Chris Park
Saturday 9th All day Stoneleigh
  • Bee Tradex
Thursday 28th 7:30pm Newent School
  • The Honey Monitoring Project – a talk through the project by Prof. Richard Pywell
Saturday 30th All Day Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY
  • Welsh Beekeepers’ Association Convention

 April 2019

Friday 12th 7:30pm Cheltenham & Gloucester. Uckington village hall.
 
  • Bee Stings and their effect on the body by Dr Copp
Fri-Sun 12-14th All day Harper Adams University
  •  BBKA Spring Convention
Thursday 28th 7:30pm Newent School
  • Microscopy by Sally Wadsworth (Bee Inspector)

May 2019

Friday 10th 7:30pm Cheltenham & Gloucester. Uckington village hall.
 
  • Beekeeping manipulations with honey bee queens by Nick Lambert
Saturday 18th All day Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, GL7 6JS

 June 2019

Fri-Sun 14-16th All day Malvern
  • Three Counties Show

 August 2019

Sat 3rd 9am – 5pm Rural Innovation Centre, Harnhill, GL7 5PU

 September 2019

Mon-Thur 9-12th All day Montreal

October 2019

Thur-Sat 24-26th  All day  Sandown Racecourse.
  • National Honey Show.