Basingstoke & District Beekeepers Association
Basingstoke & District Beekeepers have members from across North Hampshire. There are about 100 active members of all ages most of whom keep bees but some are new members in training and some who no longer keep bees but retain an interest.
We have a programme of talks once a month throughout the winter, and in the summer meetings take place at the association apiary at St John's Copse in Oakley. Members also have the opportunity to site hives at the association's apiaries at Oakley, Manydown or Ramsdell by agreement with the apiary manager Jim Parkhouse.
We have a study centre in the walled garden at Down Grange. Currently the monthly meetings take place at the conference centre at Queen Mary's College in Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke. We needed a new venue due to a recent increase in membership. We also have the use of the Bothy from time to time and it is also used for committee meetings
There is a small charge of £2 to attend a meeting which contributes to the cost of hiring the venue and the tea and coffee which are provided.
The AGM takes place in January of each year which is an opportunity to elect new committee members, review the year and is also a very social evening with a chance to talk over a glass of wine with some cheese.