We’re a friendly bunch of honey bee enthusiasts who meet at 6.45pm on the last Wednesday of almost every month. We meet at Durham County Hall in Durham City in Committee Room 2 for bee-related conversation and information. We don’t meet in August or December (although there’s a quiz or a social evening 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 an opportunity to pop in to the Garden House Inn over the road 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 will run a Beginners’ Course this year, beginning Saturday 27 April – please see the Apiary page for more details. (This course is now fully booked up). The Intermediate Course will also be running so if you’ve been keeping bees for a couple of years then see the Apiary page for further details.
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. 2017 was our 40th year. In addition, the association’s archives are available to view at Durham County Record Office by appointment (Collection reference: Miscellaneous Documents D/X 1959).