Membership of a good Beekeeping Association is essential for both new or experienced beekeepers alike and Surrey Beekeepers Association Guildford Division is one of the best.

Apart from the benefits listed below a member has a wealth of knowledge and experience of all members of Surrey Beekeepers Guildford Division to “tap” into either by phone or email. We also have a "WhatsApp" group for very quick advice to our members.

Benefits of Membership

  • Affiliation to the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) which represents beekeepers at a national and international level.
  • Monthly magazine “BBKA News”, the official journal of the British Beekeepers Association.
  • Monthly magazine “Beecraft”, a magazine that provides valuable information to all beekeepers, at a greatly reduced cost.
  • Guildford Beekeepers Association's own monthly Newsletter giving details of future events, topical information and your opportunity to air your news and views.
  • Affiliation to Surrey Beekeepers Association (SBKA). SBKA also shows and sells members honey at the Surrey County Show in Guildford.
  • Insurance cover for 3 hives and cover for third-party & product liability. See below for further details. Members are able to hire, at a nominal fee, equipment for extracting.
  • A welcome to all the activities organised by the Guildford Division as well as other Divisions of Surrey Beekeepers Association.
  • Weekly meetings during the season at the Guildford Division Apiary.
  • Friendship and help from fellow beekeepers of Guildford Division at every level including for new beekeepers.
  • Many social events throughout the year.

A membership form and current subscription rates are available from the Membership Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Many members are able to ask for their subscriptions to be treated as Gift Aid. As Surrey Beekeepers Association (Guildford Division) is a registered charity (Number 1026386) tax paid can be reclaimed, which greatly aids our finances.

Insurance is provided by Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd. This covers 3 colonies, frames, combs, excluders, crown boards, some honey and the queen in the event they have to be destroyed under the Bee Diseases Control Order, 1982. BDI is a non-profit making insurance society formed under the Industrial & Provident Societies Acts. Beekeepers with more hives (40 plus) can insure direct and insurance is also available from organisations like Bee farmers for other risks such as occupational injury to employees.

Members of the BBKA are also insured with the London & Edinburgh Insurance Co Ltd. for public liability arising from their beekeeping activities and this includes their product liability. The BBKA can also offer an 'All Risks' scheme to cover apiary equipment, cups, trophies and beekeeping tools to maximum insured value of £5000.00.