Our Association was established in 1881. Our first president was His Grace the Duke of Devonshire.
Among our Vice Presidents were many nobilities including Lord Howard of Glossop, Lord Scarsdale and The Archdeacon of Derby, our current president is Ken Gillman, taking over in 2009 from the retiring president David Kemp.
In 1882 there were 120 members, much the same as today. The annual subscription in those days was five shillings for gentlemen and two and six for cottagers.
In 1897 a note in a member’s record book showed he collected 250 pounds from his 14 colonies.
In 1906, the cost of sugar to feed the overwintering bees was 2.5d (1p) per pound and honey was sold at 1/- a pound (5p).
In 2005, The Association had about 130 members and growing, including some thirty Burton on Trent Branch members.
In 2012, The Association has around 300 members, including some 80 Burton on Trent members.
Beekeeping is a fascinating and absorbing craft but there can be problems for the beginner. By joining the local association you will have the opportunity to meet other beekeepers and gain from their experience.
Membership of the Association includes:
- Membership of Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd, which provides compensation against loss of equipment and bees due to destruction orders by the Department of Food and Rural Affairs officers.
- A programme of meetings throughout the year which caters for the educational and social needs of members.
- The services of bee advisers who are available when you need help.
- A honey extractor and a heather honey press which can be hired for £1.00 a day.
- An association newsletter issued at quarterly intervals which offers free advertising for members and from which you can buy second hand equipment at bargain prices.
- Public liability insurance