The following benefits and facilities are available to members of MBBKA.
The Association maintains an apiary off the A413 Aylesbury to Wendover Road at Stoke Mandeville, on the site of the old Hampden Hall Agricultural College. The apiary is used for training new beekeepers, giving demonstrations of beekeeping techniques, producing nuclei for new beekeepers and providing a refuge where members can leave temporarily a difficult colony. Any surplus honey is sold to augment Association funds.
A programme of meetings is held on the third Wednesday of each month between September and April. These include talks on beekeeping and bee-related topics and social events. They are held at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Southcourt, Aylesbury.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Association is held in October.
A monthly Chairman’s letter is distributed to all members by email or post giving details of forthcoming events and articles of interest to beekeepers.
Mid Bucks Beekeepers Honey Show
The Association Honey Show is held annually in October at the time of the AGM. Competitions are held in various of classes of honey and other products associated with bees. Entry is free and there are cups and other awards to be won. The honey judge gives a commentary and advice on the quality of the exhibits.
Full Members and Family Members are covered for:
Third Party Public Liability and Products Liability through the BBKA policy to the value of £5 million. Fire damage and theft of bees (max value of one colony £40) and hives (max value of any one colony £100). Subject to a £25 excess. Associate Members do not have insurance cover. New beekeepers who obtain bees during the year must upgrade their membership in order to obtain the insurance benefits.
The Association aims to provide basic training for new beekeepers and help existing beekeepers improve their skills. Every year during March and April a course is held at the Bowls Club for new beekeepers or anyone interested in the learning about the craft of beekeeping. Training for the BBKA Basic Assessment is provided for those who have kept bees for more than one year and advice is available for more experienced beekeepers wishing to take advanced examinations. Members also undertake visits to schools, summer exhibitions and talks to interested groups.
The Association has a comprehensive library of books, pamphlets, training notes and videos which are available for loan at the winter meetings.
The Association website at www.mbbka.org.uk provides detailed information about the Association activities, advice on bee health and links to local and national bodies.
Equipment on Loan
The Association has a motorised honey extractor which is available for hire to members for £5 a time. Also available for hire at the same rate is a nucleus box. The Association frame boiler and steam wax extractor may be borrowed free of charge. These are in the keeping of the Apiary manager, to whom enquiries should be addressed.
Stocks, Swarms and Secondhand Equipment
The Association provides assistance in purchasing or disposal of unwanted stocks and swarms. Details can be obtained from the Swarm Officer and are published in the Newsletter. Secondhand equipment for sale is also advertised from time to time.