About

We’re a friendly bunch of honey bee enthusiasts who meet at 7pm on the last Wednesday of almost every month. We meet at Houghall College, Durham, UK for bee related conversation and information. We don’t meet in August or December (although there’s a quiz at the start of December) and in June there’s a BBQ instead of a meeting, usually at a member’s home.

Each month a different speaker comes to the meeting to share information and expertise, and there’s always a cup of tea on the go at the end of every meeting. Beginners are welcome – you don’t even have to have your own bees yet, just come along to find out more, although you will have to join (£25) if you want to keep coming to the meetings. And the courses run by the association are excellent – whether you want to start from scratch as a beginner, or you’re ready to take the next steps into intermediate beekeeping.

We hope to run a Beginners’ Course early this summer – please attend a meeting at Houghall for more information.  The Intermediate Course is running so if you’ve been keeping bees for a couple of years then contact Ian Laws for further details on ian.laws@btinternet.com. The information is as follows:

– The course is for anyone who has a year or so under their belt and wants to improve or to progress to take the BBKA Basic Assessment (the course covers the syllabus)
 
  • Session 1- Thursday 27th April (7pm) – Classroom at Belmont Community Centre
  • Session 2- Thursday 4th May (7pm) – Practical at the Durham Beekeeping Association Apiary at Houghall College
  • Session 3- Thursday 11th May (7pm) – Classroom at Belmont Community Centre
  • Session 4- Thursday 18th May (7pm) – Classroom at Belmont Community Centre
  • Session 5- Thursday 25th May (7pm) – Classroom at Belmont Community Centre
  • Session 6- Thursday 1st June (7pm) – Practical at the Durham Beekeeping Association Apiary at Houghall College
There is a small charge of £10 per person, payable on the first session- This covers the cost of the room and some other bits and pieces.

The association has a library of interesting books, available to borrow for members, and members are often willing to help out newer beekeepers who need a bit of mentoring or support, or a hand with equipment. We also have a busy and lively apiary which is used for courses, and is open to members at certain times each month to visit and experience beekeeping with other members.

The association has been running for many years and the first 35 years of the group has been documented in a book available to purchase at association meetings. In addition, the association’s archives are available to view at Durham County Record Office by appointment (Accession No. 8518, Class No. D/X).

This year is the association’s 40th Anniversary, and to celebrate there will be a members’ dinner later in the year – attend a meeting at Houghall for more details.