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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

BIBBA Conference 2018 – Cirencester

The Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) will hold its biennial conference during 6-9 September 2018 at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.All beekeepers are welcome The programme contains a wide variety of topics, with three simultaneous lectures, together with seminars and workshops. There is something for everyone, whatever your interest or experience. The …

GBKA Auction

The GBKA Auction will be held on Saturday 19th May 2018. It will be under cover at the Cotswold Riding School for the Disabled in Cheltenham. The address is Prestbury Park Racecourse, Cheltenham GL50 4SH. Further information.

Events

January 2018

Wednesday 10th 7:30pm Dean Forest. Staunton Village Hall.
  • Observation Hives by Jim Vivian-Griffiths,
  • Dealing with Defensive Colonies by Adam Parker
  • Processing Wax by Bob Snowdon. 
Friday 12th 7:30pm Cheltenham and Gloucester. Uckington village Hall.
  • Bees abroad by Brian Durk.

February 2018

Thursday 1st 7:30pm Dean Forest. Staunton Village Hall.
  • Pollen & Pollinators by Ann Rowberry. 
Friday 9th 7:30pm Cheltenham and Gloucester. Uckington village Hall.
  • Mating biology of honeybees by Jim Vivian Griffiths.
Saturday 17th 2:30pm St Dominic’s School Hall. St Mary’s Hill, Inchbrook, Stroud, GL5 5HP.
  • A discussion about beekeeping with minimal intervention. The importance of the bee, not the honey crop by Gareth John.
Thursday 22nd 7:30pm RIC Harnhill, Cirencester
  • Hygienic Bees by Ron Hoskins
Saturday 24th 10:00am Methodist Hall and Church, Alveston, South Gloucestershire.

March 2018

Saturday 3rd  9:00 – 4:30 Stoneleigh.
  • Bee Tradex.
Friday 9th 7:30pm Cheltenham and Gloucester. Uckington village Hall.
  • Swarming – opportunity or problem by Jim Vivian Griffiths.
Friday 16th 7:30pm Dean Forest. Staunton Village Hall.
  • Spring Management by Jim Vivian-Griffiths.
Saturday 17th 9:00 – 4:30 St Dominic’s School Hall. St Mary’s Hill, Inchbrook, Stroud, GL5 5HP
  • Build your own top bar hive (£225 – pre booking essential). 
Saturday 24th  Day event Builth Wells.
  • WBKA Convention.

April 2018

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th  Daily Harper Adams University.
  • BBKA Spring Convention.
Friday 13th  7:30pm Cheltenham and Gloucester. Uckington village Hall.
  • Dealing with rape seed by Mike Hunt.
Saturday 28th 9.00 – 4.30 St Dominic’s School Hall. St Mary’s Hill, Inchbrook, Stroud, GL5 5HP
  • Build your own top bar hive (£225 – pre booking essential). Second workshop.

May 2018

Friday 11th 7:30pm Cheltenham and Gloucester. Uckington village Hall.
  • Hive manipulations by Nick Lambert.
Saturday 19th Cheltenham Racecourse.

June 2018

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th Three Counties Showground, Malvern.

July 2018

Sunday 15th Cheltenham and Gloucester.
  • Apiary Workshop & Bee Inspector by with Liz Gardner
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th  Daily Aberystwyth University
  • WBKA 75th Anniversary

September 2018

Thursday 6th 7:30pm Dean Forest. Staunton Village Hall.
  • Revive project update by Jessica Kevill, Salford University
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th  Daily Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
  • BIBBA Conference 2018
Friday 14th  7:30pm Cheltenham and Gloucester. Uckington village Hall.
  • Queen rearing/double brood by Marin Anastasov.

October 2018

Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th  Daily  Sandown Racecourse.
  • National Honey Show.

 November 2018

Friday 9th  7:00pm Cheltenham and Gloucester. Uckington village Hall.
  • The black bee and bee improvement by Jo Widdicombe.
Thursday 22nd  7:30pm Stroud
The wonders of wax – Talk and demonstration on uses of wax

2019

 February 2019

Saturday 23rd Stroud
  • GBKA Annual General Meeting

 May 2019

Saturday 18th Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester
  • GBKA Auction

 September 2019

Monday 9th to Thursday 12th Montreal