A warm welcome to Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association – GBKA.
We are is a
registered charity (no 263712) with the principal object of promoting and furthering the craft of beekeeping.
GBKA has been doing this for over 100 years and has members all over the county and from neighbouring counties.
About Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association
The seven branches of GBKA carry on most beekeeping activities. Each branch runs its own programme of lectures, talks, training sessions and apiary sessions.
The branches are
and Cheltenham and Gloucester, Cirencester and District, Dean Forest, Newent, North Cotswold, South Gloucestershire . Stroud
GBKA is a member organisation of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA). BBKA is a national organisation that provides a wide range of services to beekeepers including insurance, information, newsletters, examination programmes and legal advice, as well as promoting beekeeping. See
the for the full range of its services, including downloadable information leaflets and articles. BBKA website
Individuals who join a branch get the benefits they offer, the benefits of GBKA and BBKA, and right to attend other branch meetings. If you would like to find out more about joining a branch go to the
page. Joining GBKA
GBKA also takes part in the
. Midland and South West Counties Convention
Latest News posts:
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that our dear friend and long standing Dean Forest member Phil passed away peacefully last month. He had been ill for 18 months, and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about 6 months ago.
He died at home in the house where he was born 79 years ago. I’m sure you will all join with us in sending his wife Jean and his family our deepest sympathy.
Phil’s funeral was held at on Friday, 27th May at the Forest of Dean Crematorium.
Jim and Val Vivian-Griffiths
Following Cirencester’s successful Skep making day in February, Easter Saturday saw the second, arranged for the county.
12 members representing Cirencester & District, Stroud, Newent, Cheltenham & Glos. and South Glos. met at Harnhill and spent six hours learning the craft from Chris Park. We did break for a delicious soup and roll lunch.
Chris was extremely patient with all participants, fortunately, and we each left with the beginnings of a skep, fruit bowl, hat or other container. There were ample supplies of straw and lapping cane for us to take home to complete our creations.
We are aiming to arrange a 4
th date at the end of August. Contact Helen Moreton – – for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris can be contacted at
. E-mail www.acorneducation.com email@example.com
Midland and South Western Counties Convention will be held at the King Arthur Hotel, Reynoldston, Gower, Swansea on the weekend of 14th to 16th October. For full details please go to mswcc.org.uk
National Honey Show, held in Weybridge, will be on the weekend 27th to 29th October. Full details are on their web site honeyshow.co.uk
GBKA would like to encourage more members to aim for achieving the BBKA General Husbandry Certificate.
There is information about the qualification on the BBKA web site here:
If you would like to prepare for the assessment or would like to help others work towards it, please get in touch with our Examinations Secretary Bernie Danvers, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01594 825063.
This is a useful little document that beekeepers can pass on to their neighbour to put them at ease when they are going to open up their hives.
I am delighted to tell you that I now have a colony of bees at our house and wanted to let you know what that means and reassure you of any concerns you may have.
This is an A4 pamphlet that you can download and pass on to your neighbours if they are not understanding all the reasons why you have bees and why you need to look at them every so often.
download the leaflet