Talks for Schools, Organisations and Businesses

 GBKA is always keen to visit schools and other groups such as Gardening Groups, WI’s, Lunch and U3a groups and even businesses to spread the word about Honeybees and other pollinators.

Click here to find out how you can request a talk from GBKA 

 

Welcome to the website of the Guildford Beekeepers Association, a Division of Surrey Beekeepers Association. Guildford Beekeepers celebrated its 100th birthday in 2020. We are a registered charity, no. 1026386.

Surrey Beekeepers Association is divided into eight divisions, of which Guildford is one of the largest. The main objective of Surrey Beekeepers Association and all its divisions is to promote and further the craft of beekeeping in Surrey and has been doing this since 1879. The Guildford Division itself was founded in 1920 - more than 100 years of expertise at our fingertips.

Many of our current Members have had years of practical beekeeping and this experience is a valuable resource. We are the most experienced beekeeping group in the Guildford area. The Committee that runs the Division has more than 150 years of beekeeping between them. Newcomers to the craft bring with them an equally valuable asset of loads of enthusiasm to their new-found hobby.

All beekeepers aim to keep their bees in good condition, to pollinate plants and bring in their valuable yield of honey each year. With this in mind the Guildford Beekeepers see as one of its primary functions, to keep its Members updated with the latest information. This is done through our monthly Newsletter, meetings at its Apiary, Garden Meetings at Members' own apiaries and talks held at various venues around the county.

Guildford Beekeepers Association also train new beekeepers through a comprehensive training course of both Theory Courses (held during the winter months, usually starting in January) and Practical Courses with hands-on tuition during the season from spring into summer. These are both for beginnesr and the more advanced beekeepers. The Theory Course consists of a mixture of zoom meetings and groups held at our Teaching Apiary in Bramley and the Practical Courses are all held at the Teaching Apiary.  We believe these are the best courses in the region due to our facilities and the trainers' vast experience. Guildford Beekeepers also encourage new members to take the British Beekeeping Association examinations so that they have the confidence to advance their beekeeping and we support them in doing this. All new beekeepers who have taken our courses  have the support of other members of the Guildford Division whom they can call at any time for help and advice or maybe just a chat over the phone about a problem. The Committee are always available by phone or e-mail.