The Vale and Downland Bee Keepers’ Association is a registered charity, number 1015801. Its objectives are to improve the practice and science of apiculture for the public benefit. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in taking up beekeeping or who is already an established beekeeper.
We offer the following membership categories:
Family including children receiving full time education (includes BBKA Registered membership) – for any family who already keep bees and wish to partake in all aspects of the association.
Ordinary member (includes BBKA Registered membership) – for those who already keep bees and wish to partake in all aspects of the association.
Partner member – an optional extra for partners at the same address of an Ordinary / Family member who are involved in beekeeping. Partner members enjoy all the rights of full membership, but will not receive the BBKA News or Association newsletter.
Ordinary member without bees (including BBKA Country membership) – for anyone interested in taking up beekeeping or for those who simply wish to support the association. Ordinary member without bees will not be registered as beekeepers with the BBKA and will not be covered by insurance or receive BBKA News.
Benefits for the established beekeeper:
Benefits for the new beekeeper:
May to September ~ Monthly on a Sunday afternoon, at members’ apiaries with talks and demonstrations
October to April ~ Monthly at 7:30 pm on a Friday in Wantage. Visiting lecturers and demonstrations or social events.
Current members will receive their renewal via email. New & prospective members can download a copy of the membership application from the Membership Forms menu once these are available.