The Rugby Beekeeper's Association will be hosting or attending the following events in 2020:

For a review of past events in 2019, please click here.

RBKA monthly meetings

The Central Association of Beekeepers (CABK) are holding some very interesting webinars on the same evenings that we would normally hold our association meetings at the moment.
In order that our members can join both the CABK webinars and the RBKA Zoom meetings some of our meetings have been rescheduled from their typical 3rd Wednesday of the month slot.
We will send out the Zoom invitations for our meetings a few days before they are due to take place together with details of their contents.

CABK  & BIBBA Webinars

For those of you who are enjoying all the online talks and webinars, that both the CABK and BIBBA still have a schedule of online talks taking place. 
On Tuesday the 3rd of November BIBBA have their next talk, “Some Fresh Ideas for Teaching and Learning” by Roger Patterson.  Details are available on the BIBBA website

The next CABK webinar is on the 18th of November, "Virus Exchange between Honey Bees and Social Wasps" by Andrea Highfield, details are available on the CABK website

2020 Dates for meetings and events for RBKA members are in review for the duration of the crisis prompted by the coronavirus outbreak. 

Online meetings will be arranged however - see below, and via your email inbox.

November 11th 2020 - Join in and discuss your current issues.
The evening will be an open question and answer session where you can ask for advice and help on beekeeping matters. 
You may also be able to answer a question another member asks.  The last time we held  session like this it was very successful so please free to join in and take part
Online Zoom Meeting 7:30pm

October 14th 2020 - Q&A session
Online Zoom Meeting 7:30pm

September 23rd 2020 - Jane Medwell, Master Beekeeper and the Exam Officer for Warwickshire Beekeepers talks about the BBKA training programme, modules, assessments and available resources
Online Zoom Meeting 7:30pm

August 26th 2020 - an evening of social distance fun!
Online Zoom Meeting 7:30pm

July 15th 2020 - Quiz Night
20 Thorne's gift voucher for the winner.
Online Zoom Meeting 7:30pm

June 24th 2020 - Beekeeper's Question Time
An opportunity to ask questions and (hopefully) get some answers
Online Zoom Meeting 7:30pm

May 20th 2020 - Beekeeper's Question Time
An opportunity to ask questions and (hopefully) get some answers
Online Zoom Meeting 7:30pm

March 14th 2020 - Bee Tradex
A great trade show to top up your equipment, right on our doorstep.
Stoneleigh Park, CVCV82LG, 9am till 4:30pm

March 9th 2020 - Beginner's Course - Day 2
The course fee is £75 and includes lunch, refreshments and a comprehensive beekeeping manual.
Sacred Heart R C Church, Rugby 9am till 4pm

February 29th 2020 - Beginner's Course - Day 1
The course fee is £75 and includes lunch, refreshments and a comprehensive beekeeping manual.
Sacred Heart R C Church, Rugby 9am till 4pm

February 19th 2020 - AGM and film “The Honeybee”
We will be running a Door Prize to members this year.
Please attend for entry!
Friends Meeting House, 7.30pm

January 15th 2020 - 'Bumblebees'
Paul Hand will be discussing these essesntial pollinators.
By Celia Davis
Friends Meeting House, 7.30pm

Other events of note for our members:

Warwickshire Beekeepers Association Event Calendar

If you are aware of additional events that may interest our members, or are interested in the Rugby Beekeepers Association attending your event, please contact us.














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  • Survey on how training and information sources for beekeepers and bee farmers can be improved now closed
    20 April 2021
    With thanks to those of you who have already responded. 

    Gyda diolch i'r rhai ohonoch sydd eisoes wedi ymateb. 

    Defra and the Welsh Government want to ensure that beekeepers and bee farmers have access to training and information that can help them implement effective biosecurity and maintain good standards of husbandry, so as to minimise pest and disease risks and improve the sustainability of honeybee populations.

    A questionnaire was available for current beekeepers, people who have recently stopped keeping bees as well as bee farmers to give their views and opinions on the type, accessibility and range of training and information available and how it could be improved. 

    The survey closed on 21 April
  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) Vacancies
    19 April 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has a number of Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies advertised in the following areas South Kent & East Sussex, South West Devon and South East Wales

    If you are interested in applying for the job, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs.

  • Reporting Varroa
    12 April 2021
    Amendments to the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006, the Bees Diseases and Pest Control (Scotland) Order 2007 and the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) Order 2006 come into force on the 21st of April 2021 requiring all beekeepers and/or officials in GB to report the presence of Varroa in any of the hives that they manage. This amendment will allow Great Britain to comply with the Animal Health Law which is necessary for future working relationships with the European Union.

    To make this simple, a tick box will be introduced to BeeBase, the voluntary register for beekeepers managed by the National Bee Unit. This will be the easiest way to report Varroa but an alternative mechanism will be provided for those who do not wish to register on the BeeBase system. Details of this alternative system will be provided after 21st April. If Scottish Beekeepers wish to, they can report varroa by contacting the Scottish Bee Health Inspectors (

    Although Varroa is known to be widespread, it continues to be one of the most serious pests faced by beekeepers. Reporting Varroa will contribute to the overall pest and disease surveillance work of the National Bee Unit and the Scottish Bee Health Inspectorate. We are grateful for your assistance with this new simple measure.

    No action will be required until after 21st April.