We welcome all new members – from total beginners to beekeepers with many years of experience and knowledge, its not expensive and you will meet some interesting people!
Registered Member – for those individuals who keep bees in their own right and wish to take a full part in all the aspects of the DBKA.
Partner Member – for those individuals who reside at the same address as a Registered Member.
• Junior Member – for individuals under the age of 18 years. Junior membership shall cease when the individual attains the age of 18 and shall be automatically and immediately amended to Registered Membership for the remainder of that membership year, without further payment.
• DBKA Honorary Member – for those individuals who are elected at a DBKA AGM, either for a limited period or for life, in recognition of past services to beekeeping and the DBKA. The subscription is payable by the DBKA and the Honorary Member shall enjoy the same benefits as a member in the same membership category to which the member subscribed before being elected an Honorary Member.
• Branch Honorary Member – for those individuals who are elected at a Branch AGM, either for a limited period or for life, in recognition of past services to beekeeping and the Branch. The subscription is payable by the Branch and the Honorary Member shall enjoy the same benefits as a member in the same membership category to which the member subscribed before being elected an Honorary Member.
• Associate Member – for those individuals who do not keep bees in their own right in the County of Devon, but who wish to participate in DBKA activities, belong to a Branch, and receive Beekeeping Magazine, or are already a BBKA member with another Area Association.
• Social Member – for those individuals who do not keep bees in their own right in the County of Devon, who are generally interested in the craft of beekeeping, and wish to participate in DBKA activities primarily at Branch level.
Education & Advice: We aim to offer practical support, advice and education for all members whatever their level of experience and knowledge. Please refer to the Courses section for the latest information about courses and talks, the Education & Training section for details of the BBKA exam structure, and the Exams section for details of how to apply for an exam and the time-frames involved.
Guest Speakers. In the winter months we hold monthly meetings in the St Eustacius Parish rooms in the centre of Tavistock (just along from the Bedford Hotel car park in Plymouth Rd). Guest speakers from the South West give presentations on a range of beekeeping-related topics, research and other interesting subjects.
Public Events: The Tavistock Branch is an active participant in the Devon County Show, and also in the local Goosey Fair, held in Tavistock during the Autumn.
Social Events. Ranging from cream teas to “bee safaris” (a number of visits in one day to members’ apiaries, led by a Bee Inspector, or other suitably senior officer) and skittles evenings.
Members Newsletter. This is usually compiled and sent via e-mail, however paper copies can be sent by request.
The Newsletter provides the latest information on club events and news, and also a synopsis of the key themes discussed at the local Executive Committee, and also at Devon Executive level. We aim to keep our members “in the picture” as far as possible. We operate an informative website with links to many beekeeping sites of interest, and all the latest beekeeping news. http://www.tavistock-beekeepers.org.uk/
Insurance Coverage. Registered and partner membership entitles you to Public Liabilty and Bee Disease Insurance. Please contact the Treasurer for details (see contacts page)
If you would like more information on becoming a member of Tavistock DBKA, please contact the club secretary