Established in 1988 with a bequest from former member Sid Harris, the Association has successfully operated on its present site for over thirty years thanks to the generosity of land-owner Vivien Pike & family.
The association’s apiary exists to provide practical education to members. It also provides the opportunity to produce and sell honey and thereby raise income to offset costs. It is managed by an Apiary Manager and six apiary custodians who each have a three year tenure plus the Chairman who provides a communication channel to the committee. Apiary meetings are held regularly throughout the active season with sessions being led by experienced beekeepers from the association.
For Beginners it provides the opportunity to inspect and handle bees under guidance before they get their own bees. For Novices it provides the opportunity to develop the practical skills required to handle and manage bees as verified by the BBKA Basic Assessment in Beekeeping which is usually held in the apiary each year. Opportunities exist for Improvers and those with more experience to assist newer members as well as performing more advanced manipulations as required from time to time.