West Suffolk Beekeepers’ Association is non-profit making, aiming to support all levels of beekeeper, from the absolute novice to the long-established apiarist. Our membership reflects this and much advice and assistance comes from the members themselves. A structured course for new beekeepers is available as well as a programme of training for the BBKA Basic Assessment and subsequent modules. During the summer our own Apiary is open to view (by arrangement) on alternate Sunday afternoons and in winter, a monthly series of talks on all aspects of beekeeping takes place. If you’re not sure whether beekeeping is for you, get in touch with us anyway on wsbka@yahoo.co.uk or telephone 01449 736362 – we are happy to advise you on the first steps.

Benefits of membership

Beekeeping can be a very solitary activity but joining an association enables you to keep in touch with others locally and keep informed. This is also essential for bee health especially if there is a challenge such as disease or predators such as the Asian hornet. It can also enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of keeping bees.

As a member of West Suffolk BKA you automatically become a member of the Suffolk Beekeeping Association. This comprises six branches and you are welcome to attend most of their events and meetings organised by those other branches.

If you sign up for full membership, you automatically become a registered British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) member and your beekeeping activities will be covered by 3rd party liability insurance. You will receive their monthly magazine to help keep you informed about beekeeping nationally and globally.

Our own newsletter is published three or four times per year and is available directly to members and put on our webpage shortly afterwards.

We run an Apiary at Nowton, Bury St Edmunds, which is open to members at fixed times during the summer. Our flourishing Education programme gets new beekeepers off to a flying start after which they can join our mentorship scheme. During the winter we hold monthly meetings, generally at Hawstead, with a programme of talks and the chance for members to catch up on each other’s bee-news. Nuclei (new colonies) of bees or swarms can be supplied depending upon availability.

Join with our membership form or ask for a paper copy from the WSBKA Membership secretary: Carol Williamson, 01449 736362 or email wsbka@yahoo.co.uk.

Please note: Members’ details are held on computer unless instructed otherwise. This information is only available to our committee and contact details are only forwarded elsewhere once permission from the member concerned has been obtained. If you do not wish to have your details kept like this, alternative arrangements can be made upon request.