How to Join
Either contact our membership secretary. (Before you do join you might like to meet us – we certainly would like to meet you) or you can just download the membership form 2018 and print and return it to the address on the form. You may also wish to read the PDBKA Constitution 2017
If it is Spring or Summer they will arrange for a member to show you where our apiary is, so you can come and meet us; or direct you to the next country show we are attending.
If it is Autumn or Winter you could just come along to one of our social events. Have a look at the diary. There is no charge from membership between 1 September and March when the annual subscription becomes due.
There are many reasons to join a Beekeeping association and ours in particular if you live anywhere within striking distance of Petersfield. Perhaps the first is we have a wide range of members with experience ranging from over 50 years of beekeeping to beginners, juniors and family members. This wealth of experience can be tapped while learning about beekeeping, particularly valuable before buying any equipment.
We have a good range of items that can be borrowed – for example a honey extractor, which until you have many hives is an expensive item of equipment.
Try before you buy – Some join to get hands on experience at our own apiary. You can come along even before you join to see if you can cope with handling bees, or whether it is just too uncomfortable getting stung. Yes, you will get stung occasionally if you become a beekeeper, but after a while it won’t bother you. You can see what different types of equipment are like to handle and borrow some protective clothing. This helps you to make informed choices before buying your own.
We provide both formal and informal education, usually offering courses from basic beekeeping to advanced levels plus access to courses on bee diseases and microscopy. We also have a library of some 100 books on beekeeping subjects and access to the Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association (HBA) library of books, slides and videos.
The social side of the Association is not to be overlooked. We meet every three or four weeks in the winter for talks and presentations on all sorts of subjects linked to beekeeping whilst in the Spring and Summer we meet at the Association’s apiary to work with the bees and learn from each other as well as have a good chinwag.
Once a year, in autumn, we have a Honey Show, to show not only honey but wax, mead, cakes and confectionery. Members also show with some success at both county and national level.
We have a monthly newsletter.
As a member of our Association you are automatically a member of HBA and the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA), you get regular newsletters from BBKA .
Becoming a member gives you an inexpensive way of insuring yourself from public liability claims, this via BBKA and, through BDI, your hives are insured against loss from disease for around £2.00 per year for the first three colonies.
The association attends several country shows with our small marquee to show the educational side of beekeeping and gives us a chance to sell some of our Apiary Honey and wax products.