Introduction to the Craft of Beekeeping, Sunday October 14th 2018

We are holding our ever popular Bee awareness session on Sunday 14th October in Letchworth. This is an ideal opportunity to find out more about beekeeping from the experts. The session lasts for 2 1/2 hours and includes a film show and refreshments. For more information then please click here

It’s our 100th Birthday

birthday cake smallThis year we are celebrating our 100th Birthday. During the course of this year, we will be having special events in Hitchin and in Letchworth Garden City. More detail and dates can be found  in our event calendar.

We have commissioned Imajica to create a special bee related play called “Don’t worry, Bee happy” that will be given at the Letchworth Food Festival and also at our Centenary day in Hitchin on the 30th June. Our Centenary day opens the Hitchin Festival.

100 for 100! We would love to have a 100 members in our association for our centenary year, so if you are a beekeeper or want to take up beekeeping, we would love to have you on board. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to join.

2018 is also 100 years since the end of the 1st World War. We, along with NHDC, are commorating this with a display of red poppies in the flowerbeds along the A505 Cambridge Road, Hitchin. So if you are driving through this summer, look out for our commoration to our brave heroes who fought for our freedom and please take a moment to remember those brave men and women who gave the greatest of sacrifices.

What we do

Beekeeping for most of usNHBKA Logo, is our hobby. We have talks and discussions during the winter months. During the summer months we tend our bees, and meet at local apiaries to discuss what we have seen during bee inspections, and any local and national news that might affect our beekeeping. These summer meetings usually culminate in the drinking of tea & coffee and the consumption of cakes and sandwiches.

North Herts BKA covers from the borders of Luton across to the Essex border and from Knebworth & Kimpton to the borders of Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire. We are a division of Hertfordshire Beekeepers Association and in turn are full members of the British Beekeepers Association.

Why join a Beekeeping association? At North Herts Beekeepers, you will have access to hundreds of years of beekeeping knowledge and experience. The association also has a number of sites where you can keep a hive or hives, as most of us do not have gardens of sufficient size, or neighbours accommodating enough to allow us to keep bees at home.

Members also enjoy public liability insurance and insurance cover for their bees against disease, through affiliation to the BBKA, as well as help and assistance in all beekeeping pursuits. We also run a scheme of mentoring for new beekeepers, where an experienced beekeeper will be available for the newcomer to contact and discuss any issues or worries that they might have concerning their bees.

If you think you might have an interest and would like to find out more, contact the secretary for more information, and perhaps you can come along to a meeting and experience the bees first hand. We have a number of protective beesuits available for you to borrow so there is no excuse to experience the thrill of being in the company of a colony of honey bees.

We are also present at shows, large and small, around the county, so please check out the calendar page and perhaps we will see you some time soon.