Northants Bee Keepers Association

Northamptonshire Beekeepers' Association (NBKA) Registered Charity No. 295593


Northants Bee Keepers Association

Copyright © NBKA 2007-2017

Northants Bee Keepers Association

A member organisation representing beekeepers in the County of Northamptonshire


Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday in the month. Unless otherwise noted in the Programme of Activities, meetings are held at the Abbey Baptist Church Centre, Overslade Close, Hunsbury Hill, Northampton NN4 0RZ (OS Grid Ref. SP741579). See below for map.

The Abbey Centre (located immediately behind the Tesco Supermarket at the Mere Way Roundabout on the A45 Ring Road) is accessed via Clannel Road, the first left turn off Towcester Road in the direction of Milton Malsor.( see map below)

These regular monthly meetings also weekly meetings at the Association's apiary during the beekeeping season provide instruction and a hands on opportunity with an experienced beekeeper in attendance.

Programme of Activities

January 2017 - Saturday 14th at 2.30pm

Microscopy and Mellissopalnyology (the study of pollen in honey).

Nigel Fleming, West Midlands BKA


February 2017 - Saturday 11th at 2.30pm

The indigenous black bee and the work of the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association.

Roger Mould, East Midlands BIBBA


March 2017 - Saturday 11th at 2.30pm


The Management of Allergic Reactions to bee stings.

Dr Baretto, Consultant Immunologist, Allergy Clinic, Kettering Hospital


April 2017 - Saturday 8th at 2.30pm

Swarm Management: prevention and control.

Dave Bonner, Seasonal Bee Inspector for Leicestershire and Rutland.


May 2017 - Saturday 13th at 2.30pm

Help! I have a queenless colony!

Gordon Bull, Northamptonshire Seasonal Bee Inspector.


June 2017 - Saturday 10th  >>More Information<<

Bee Health Day. Julian Parker, Southern Regional Bee Inspector, Gordon Bull, Northants Seasonal BI and others.

Apiary meetings at the Association Apiary, East Haddon

Members are encouraged to meet for a practical session on Sundays from May to September, including Bank Holiday weekends, from 10.30 - 12.00

Apiary Location Map and Directions

July 2017 - Saturday 8th

Apiary visit.


August 2017- No Meeting


September 2017 - Saturday 9th at 2.30pm

A Buzzworks Adventure.

Mr Robin Dartington.


October 2017 - Saturday 7th 9.00am to 5.00pm

Honey Show & Association Day.

Speed Mentoring session.
Two talks from Professor Robert Pickard, Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Cardiff.


October 2017 - Thursday 19th at 7.30pm  **NEW**

Experiences of a Pest Control Officer

Dan Gaskin of Acclaim Environmental


November 2017 - Saturday 11th at 2.30pm

Cecil Tonsley Memorial Lecture.
Nuc it! -
Celia Davis.

December 2017 - Saturday 9th at 2.30pm

Christmas Meeting.

Apiary Dates 2017

May 7, 14, 21, 28

June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

August 6, 13, 20, 27

September 3, 10
(10th is last of season)