Sedbergh and District Beekeeper's Association was formed by a handful of enthusiastic beekeepers in 1996. Our membership has grown from those few, to currently between 30 and 40 members & friends.
Our small association fills the geographical gap between our neighbours, Lancaster BKA and Kendal BKA. Members to the south are as far as Clapham, North Yorkshire, with members to the north past Sedbergh, Cumbria, with many in-between the two.
We are affiliated to the British Beekeeping Association and have two levels of membership.
Full membership includes; public liability insurance, subscription to the BBKA monthly magazine, use of the members area of the BBKA website, support & forums. It also entitles you to borrow club equipment such as Spinners & Extraction equipment.
We understand that for beginners starting up can be expensive, so we have full national beehives available to loan to new beekeepers to get them started on their beekeeping journey.
Our Friends membership can be taken out by members wishing to support the club without having bees themselves, while still having access to our events and apiary meetings.
Our annual events diary aims to give everyone the opportunity to take part in a variety of bee-related events. Throughout the summer months members are invited to visit apiaries belonging to beekeeping members. This is a great opportunity to compare notes, experience different methods of beekeeping and of course, indulge in tea & cake with like-minded people. Occasionally we are invited to neighboring BKA's in our area to attend apiary visits and talks
Guest speakers are invited at the beginning & at the end of the beekeeping season each year, to pass on their expertise in the form of an evening talk or demonstration. These are generally held at Barbon Village Hall as it is fairly central in term of travel.
In recent years we have had stands at various shows & galas across the region. These enable us to, not only promote beekeeping as an interesting and brilliant hobby but to educate adults & children about the plight of the Honeybee and its importance in successful & sustainable food production.
Our observation hive is fantastic at providing show visitors with a glimpse into the inside world of the beehive. It enables those members running the stands to explain and demonstrate who does what in the hive and how honey gets from the bee & the beehive to the honey jar in your cupboard.