About us

Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association

A warm welcome to Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association – GBKA – which 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. New members (all ages) – whether complete beginners or experienced beekeepers – are all welcome to join.

The seven branches (Cheltenham and Gloucester,  Cirencester and District,  Dean Forest,  Newent,  North Cotswold,  South Gloucestershire  and  Stroud) within GBKA carry on most beekeeping activities. Each branch runs its own programme of lectures, talks, training sessions and apiary sessions. Members may attend all the meetings and events organised by the seven branches.

To find information about our branches and how to contact them go to Joining GBKA.

GBKA is a member organisation of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) so our full members are automatically BBKA members too. The BBKA provides a wide range of services to beekeepers including insurance, information, newsletters, examination programmes and legal advice, as well as promoting beekeeping. See the BBKA website for the full range of its services, including downloadable information leaflets and articles.

GBKA is also affiliated to the Midlands and South West Counties Convention.

Officers of the association 2018 – 2019


Michael Hunt


Marin Anastasov
The Cross,
1 West End,

Vice Chair

Chris Strudwick

Hon. Gen. Secretary


Hon. Treasurer

Cherry McClarron

Executive Committee

Branch Delegates

Chelt & Glos: Ray Paterson
Dean Forest: Robert Snowdon
Newent: Bernie Danvers
North Cotswold: Gordon Bull
Cirencester & Dist. Chris Strudwick
South Glos: Sam Ellis
Stroud: Christine Hancock


Chelt & Glos: Kasia Beta
Dean Forest: Jim Vivian-Griffiths
Newent: Tim Fewell
North Cotswold: Ed Harvey
Cirencester & Dist. TBA
South Glos: Jerry Harding
Stroud: Cherry McClarron

Yearbook Editor

Ruby Savage
Oak House
Windrush Gardens
Highfield Hill
GL15 5FF
01594 840773

Examinations Secretary and Auction Contact

Bernie Danvers
120a Ruspidge Road
GL14 3AG
01594 825063

County Spray Liaison Officer

Richard Stirling
Email richard@gamber.co.uk
If urgent text him on  07977 026214

Delegate to the BBKA ADM

Chris Strudwick

MSWCC Delegate

Mike Forster

Website Manager

Stephen Green

Regional Bee Inspector

Colin Pavey
01989 740864 or 07775 119471 (mobile)