Under the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)  GBK-CIO is required to inform you what personal data we hold about you and why we hold it. We must have your explicit approval to store your personal data, tell you what it is used for, not give it to others without explicit approval and assure you that you have a right to have it deleted.

What Information?

We hold your name, address, telephone numbers, email address, in case of emergency (ICE) contact, number of hives to be insured, magazine choices and consent for gift aid to be claimed. We also keep your name on a swarm collector/receiver list and volunteer list if you have ticked these options.

Where it is stored?

We use a Google Sheets file to store our records.

Why do we need this?

We use the email addresses to circulate association information, notice of activities, events and programme details and we always do this as ‘Blind Copy’. Therefore no one else receives your data. We use your address to ask you if you can mentor or help a neighbouring beekeeper, to send printed material to. We keep your membership details to know if you are a fully paid up members, if your subscription is up to date and what you have paid for.

What do we do with your information

Information is used as follows:

  • To manage membership, to know who our members are and to manage subscription payments.

  • To make contact with you on Association business.

Who do we share information with

If you are a full member, we share your name, address and email with BBKA and BDI to update your membership and insurance. We share the names of our swarm coordinators with BBKA. We share the names and contact details of swarm collectors/receivers with our three swarm coordinators. For those who subscribe to magazines we send your name, address and email to the chosen publication distributors. 

We share your name, address and telephone with the local seasonal bee inspector in the event of a serious disease outbreak.

Gwent Beekeepers Membership secretary, the treasurer, assistant treasurer and correspondence secretary are the only committee personnel with access to view the whole membership list.

Correspondence Secretary is the only committee member mailing information out to you and will not pass on your details without your permission..

Can you request removal of your information

While GDPR includes your right to have non-essential information erased, we clearly need to store administrative information about our members.

What we would like you to do next

Please reply to this email - simply say

    "Yes I am happy to receive GBK-CIO emails" or similar

- and we will add you to those who have given explicit approval. If we do not hear from you, you will not receive any further emails about GBK-CIO after May 25th 2018 and your email address will be deleted from our system.

A reminder - if you change your email address don't forget to tell us if you still want emails about GBK-CIO.

You may remove your email address from GBK-CIO distribution list by emailing me at any time but remember we will keep your contact on the membership list for administrative purposes.



Gwent Beekeepers CIO is an active group with around 150 members, ranging from hobbyists to bee farmers, covering the area of Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent and the former borough of Islwyn. 

We offer a programme of monthly lectures over the winter months and monthly sessions at the association apiary during the summer, in addition to regular newsletters and social events.

Prospective beekeepers are welcome to attend 'Taster Sessions' at the association apiary prior to applying for our comprehensive Beginners Course, which comprises both theoretical and practical sessions.

The association also provides swarm collection, equipment hire, a beekeeping library, Nosema testing - apart from a friendly venue to meet other beekeepers, old and new alike.

Members enjoy membership of the British Beekeepers' Association BBKA, as well as Bee Disease Insurance BDI cover. GBCIO is a member of the Midlands and South Western Counties Convention of Beekeepers, which organises an annual beekeeping conference. The association president is Nicola Bradbear of Bees for Development.

The association has trained beekeepers for the Forgotten Landscape Project centred on the Blaenavon World Heritage Site.



Sunday 10th June
Apiary Session
2.15 pm
Rhadyr Apiary

Advance Notice
Bee Disease Workshop
2pm Sunday 8th July 2018
Goytre Village Hall 


Welsh Beekeepers'
75th Anniversary 13th-15th July 2018
Aberystwyth University

National Honey Show
25th-27th October 2018
Esher, Surrey

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Want to be a beekeeper? Try a TASTER SESSION!

Referral can be made by GP to Immunology Clinic, Heath Hospital, Cardiff

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