Membership of the group provides the opportunity to attend monthly social events, get helpful advice and support from experienced beekeepers, and incorporates general and public liability insurance from the BBKA as well as bee disease insurance from the BDI. The membership joining period opens on the 1st January and closes on 31st December. An online application form will be available during this time.
Click on the drop down menu for the Membership Application Form 2021 or to Update Membership Details
There are several classes of membership on the Membership Form. These are explained below with costs for 2021:
a) Full Membership (£36)
You will be a registered member of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA). As well as receiving the monthly BBKA magazine and other member benefits, you will also get 3rd party liability insurance and BDI (bee disease insurance) for three hives. BDI insurance for additional hives can be purchased at the time of joining. Being a Full Member also brings automatic membership of the Waveney Beekeepers Group (“Local Membership”).
b) Partner Membership (£16)
This is exactly the same as being a Full Member but at a reduced rate for a second person living at the same address as the Full Member. There is no separate BBKA magazine or separate BDI cover. On the membership form, Partner Member is offered as an option when a Full Member joins.
c) Junior Membership (£18)
This is exactly the same as being a Full Member but at a reduced rate for beekeepers under 18 years old.
d) Country Membership (£15)
This is for people who don’t keep bees but wish to become registered members of BBKA. They will receive the monthly BBKA magazine but do not get any insurance cover. Being a Country Member also brings automatic membership of the Waveney Beekeepers Group (“Local Membership”).
e) Local Membership: (£11)
You will be a registered member of Waveney Beekeepers Group and will be entitled to attend any meetings and social events. You will also receive the Group’s monthly newsletter. You will not have membership of the BBKA and will not receive their magazine or have any of their insurance cover. Local Membership is, in essence, considered to be a form of family membership. Any person living at the same address as someone holding Local Membership (through any of the above membership routes) is automatically considered a Local Member of Waveney Beekeepers Group at no extra cost and can attend any meetings and social events. If any family members wish to have their details registered with WBG then please send the following details to Paul Jay at email@example.com Name, Address, email, telephone.
Anyone attending the WBG Beginning Beekeeping Course will get free Local Membership for that year. However, if you will be keeping bees we strongly suggest you take out Full Membership so you will have the benefit of BBKA insurance cover.
Waveney Beekeepers Group is affiliated to Suffolk Beekeepers Association. As such, members of WBG are able to attend any meetings or events organised by SBKA. It is not possible to join SBKA as an individual member.