Membership of The York & District Beekeepers Association is open to anyone with an interest in bees and honey – you do not have to actually keep bees to be able to participate.
The membership year runs from 1st October one year until 30th September the following year. Membership fees are due on 1st October each year, and under Clause 4 of our Constitution, “any member whose subscription is overdue by more than 3 months shall not be entitled to the privileges of membership”
Some of the advantages of Membership are:
- Advice and assistance when beginning to keep bees, including Classes in beekeeping for beginners and the more knowledgeable.
- Library of books on beekeeping which are available on free loan
- Beekeeping equipment available for loan at nominal rates— e.g. honey extractor, gas blow torch
- Winter meetings with speakers covering a wide variety of beekeeping subjects
- Free advice and hands-on help from experienced beekeepers
- Outdoor meetings and demonstrations, and visits to members’ and other apiaries
- Annual BBQ
- Annual Honey Show hosted by YDBKA
- Email updates for purchasing bee keeping equipment/supplies from other members or outsiders
- Social and family events and visits to places of interest
- Convivial company of fellow beekeepers offering experience
Full member: Annual subscription provides the full range of benefits of membership—including membership of BBKA and YBKA. Entitled to vote at all meetings of same, insured for 3rd party liability. Receive newsletters from BBKA, YBKA and YDBKA (“Combings” is the in-house magazine, issued quarterly)
Partner member: Must live at same address as a Full member. Receives all of the benefits of Full membership except for “Combings”
Associate member: Category is for anyone under 18 years of age with same benefits as a Full member. Their insurance is via a nominated Parent or Guardian. Where the Parent or Guardian is a Full member a Junior should apply as a Social member.
Social member: Registered with YDBKA only. Entitled to vote at all meetings of YDBKA and receives “Combings”
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION TO JOIN THE ASSOCIATION
You will be aware that new legislation is being introduced towards the end of May 2018 in connection with the use and control of personal data – the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) has temporarily suspended any new or renewal application processing whilst new compliant procedures and systems are set up and tested – it is hoped that this suspension will not be for too long. Application to join our Association also provides a membership of Yorkshire Beekeepers Association (YBKA) as well as BBKA – so the whole process is suspended.
If you are interested in joining up, for the moment please contact our Membership Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org who will advise you as to the up to date position and how to proceed in the interim.