As many of you will undoubtedly know there are many advantages of becoming a full member and affiliating yourself with B.B.K.A. and Y.B.K.A. but for those who are unsure, here are a few of the advantages. Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, you get a public liability insurance cover upon joining to protect you, in this ‘where there’s a blame there’s a claim’ society, should your bees be involved in an incident or action taken against you with regards to the same.
Free lectures are available to members at our annual spring and autumn conferences where lunch can be purchased to enable members to have full and enjoyable days out. We have an annual Field Day (hosted by the Associations and Y.B.K.A., which are full of both family and bee-related events throughout the day and based at places of interest too throughout the county. Then there is the Y.B.K.A. Conference day at Bishop Burton Collage, this event brings together top speakers from not only Britain and Ireland but world-wide for your education and enjoyment, (concessions for students and junior members and a cooked three course lunch with vegetarian options is available on request, with refreshment breaks throughout the day). You also receive a member’s handbook to allow you to contact other members throughout the association with greater ease, and you will also receive a quarterly news letter published by Northern Bee Books and edited by our own chairman Bill Cadmore bringing you all the up-to-date news and views on current beekeeping events and practices & stories and topics written by other beekeepers that any member can submit.
We are also always looking for dynamic members to come and join us on the Y.B.K.A. committee to run or organise new and exiting talks and activities for our members, be it at our headquarters at Harrogate or at one of your own local venues if preferred. All ideas will be welcomed and looked at.
Please remember always to check here on our Yorkshire Beekeepers web site for all the events, promotions, news and members stories or articles of interest which are always welcome at any time from any one of you. We look forward to
meeting and hearing from all new or existing members at any time on anything you have to say or anything you feel is being neglected by us at the Y.B.K.A .
The Yorkshire Beekeepers’ Association, together with the Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers’ Association are the leading organisations representing beekeepers in the county. Membership is via local District Associations who meet throughout the year whose objects is to promote and further the craft of beekeeping and to promote awareness of bees and their importance to the environment.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
- Newsletters to members and information strip
- Public Liability insurance – £5 millio
- Bee Disease Insurance availabl
- Web sit
- Information Leaflet
- Annual conference at Bishop Burton Colleg
- Examination program linked to the British Beekeepers’ Associations Examinations Board
- Legal support and advice
Representation and Lobbying of government
- Affiliation to the British Beekeepers’ Association
- Links with Yorkshire Agricultural Society at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate