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Stortford Beekeepers


Registered (Full)

Associate (Social)

Country (No bees)

One Adult Beginners' Course with Associate Membership

Two Adult Beginners' Courses with Associate Membership

One Adult and One Junior Beginners' courses with Associate Membership

Full Member and Partner (residing at same address)

Full member with Junior

Honorary Member (only by invitation) 1

For membership options or combinations not shown above or to upgrade your membership please contact the BSBKA Treasurer and Membership Secretary.

1 Membership requires approval

Expires 31/12/2019

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Welcome to Bishop's Stortford Beekeepers Association (BSBKA) Membership Pages

New members or beginners use the Join Us/Renew button to start 

Existing members of BSBKA 

  • Click on the "Sign In" link top right of this page or click here to start your renewal
  • Enter the email address you entered last year and click on "Sign In without password". [If you have forgotten the email used contact the Treasurer for a reminder].
  • You will be sent an email with a renewal link in it to click.
  • This takes you to your personal details page, select the renewal option and check and update your details.
  • Select the payment method.
  • You will be sent a welcome email confirming your renewal.

Membership Categories

Full member

Annual Subscription provides the full range of benefits
of membership.

Partner member

Must live at same address as a full member but do not receive
BBKA News.

Country member

This category is for non-beekeepers who wish to receive
BBKA News. No insurance cover in place

Associate member

This category is for non-beekeepers or members of other beekeeping associations. No BBKA membership. 

Junior member

For under 18s interested in beekeeping. The Parent/Guardian of the Junior Member must be a member of BSBKA and must accompany the Junior Member to all meetings/Apiary visits that the Junior Member attends.

Beginners' Course

The next course will take place in April and May 2019

The course follows a course of materials provided by the British Beekeeping  Association. More details can be found here: BBKA Examinations and Assessments.

At the end of the course the student will be capable of becoming a ‘hobby beekeeper’, knowing how to source bees, maintain a colony in a hive and extract their honey for sale, through the gaining of the following skills and knowledge;

  • Understanding the life cycle and role of each type of bee
  • Being able to complete hive inspections competently
  • Understanding the reasons for swarming and carry out preventative measures
  • Knowing the different types of hive and understanding the advantages and dis advantages of each
  • Being able to build a hive and frames
  • Being able to identify common diseases and carry out solutions
  • Being capable of extracting honey hygienically
  • Being able to source a nucleus
  • Knowing how to use the basic equipment

The course will be held over seven weeks and consist of five 2 hour evening sessions (on Wednesdays at 8.00pm on 10, 17, 24 April, 1, 8 May 2019) at Hopley’s Garden Centre, High St Much Hadham, and at least one weekend practical live session at the Association apiary.

The course cost is £65, which includes a course text book, refreshments and use of protective clothing and associate membership of BSBKA. Membership can be upgraded when you begin to keep bees.

Even if you don’t intend to keep bees, you will have fun and enjoy learning about them.

Why not come as a husband and wife team and revive the fun of doing things together. Or bring the kids; Juniors are welcome and we only charge half price for the course plus membership (£35).