The West Cornwall Beekeeper’s Association
WCBKA was established in 1943 to provide a local association for beekeepers who, due to lack of transport, were unable to travel to meetings in the East of the county. It is open to all beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping whatever their experience.
What does the West Cornwall Beekeeper’s Association do?
Meetings and courses
Summer Apiary meetings are held regularly at the Association’s apiary when practical demonstrations and teaching take place. Occasional meetings may also be held at members’ apiaries.
Winter meetings are held when the bees are tucked up. We meet monthly on a Tuesday evening at Passmore Edwards Institute, Hayle, for a variety of lectures from experts in their field, or for workshops covering aspects of beekeeping. These evenings are also a forum for exchanging ideas as well as being an opportunity to meet members socially.
We are associated with a beekeeping course which is run at Duchy College, Rosewarne. We strongly recommend all beginners to undertake this course which is both theoretical and practical; initially in the classroom, and then in the apiary in the summer months. If you wish to take it forward it can lead to an assessment for a basic qualification in beekeeping.
We also run a study group for BBKA modules and General Husbandry Assessment in collaboration with Cornwall BKA.
A Better Beekeeping group for those with 1-2 years’ experience meets monthly on a Monday during the winter at St Piran’s Hall, Goldsithney and here new members can learn how best to look after their bees and, at the same time, make friends with other new beekeepers in the area.
We keep in touch with you not only through meetings but also through other media. We have a monthly newsletter called ‘An Hes’ (Cornish for ‘The Swarm’) which has association news and other articles of interest.
There is a Facebook group for members who like that form of communication and there is also our website which holds information which members might need.
We have an extensive and comprehensive lending library, to which all members have access. The library is open at each meeting or by arrangement with the librarian.
Full membership of WCBKA also gives you membership of the British Beekeeping Association and insurance which covers you for certain bee diseases and public liability.
Our programme of obtaining discounted beekeeping supplies is open to members.
The Honey Show in the early winter gives members an opportunity to compare the fruits of their individual labours. It is an opportunity to show off what we have all achieved and created with products of the hive over the year, and maybe carry off a cup or two. It is also a way of promoting high standards in bee keeping and marketing.
We hold an annual Autumn Beekeeping convention called ‘A Bit-of-a Do’ where we join with Cornwall Beekeepers’ Association to hold a one day open event in the county, with guest speakers of national standing. With workshops, and trade and information stands, this is a most popular event. (See programme below and visit the Bit of a Do page for further details.)
We attend selected shows and fairs such as the Royal Cornwall Show every year to spread the message about bees and their importance.
You can download a membership form here membership form 2016-17
For more information or to join the association please contact our membership secretary.