The Rugby Beekeeper's Association will be hosting or attending the following events in 2022:

For a review of past events in 2021, please click here.

RBKA monthly meetings

Meetings are currently held on the first Wednesday of the month.

When face to face meetings are appropriate, then they will typically be held at :

Sacred Heart Church Hall, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Rugby, CV22 7QT

  • January 5th 2022 - Zoom Meeting (watch your inbox for details)

Chris Park - “Making mead and other Honey drinks”

  • February 2nd 2022 - Branch Meeting : Face to Face

Annual General Meeting & Review of the year and plans for 2022

  • February 12th 2022 - Beginners Course (Part 1) : Face to Face

Sacred Heart Church Hall, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Rugby, CV22 7QT

Let us know if you would like to help on either day

  • March 2nd 2022 - Branch Meeting : Face to Face

Frame building and general chat

  • March 5th 2022 -  Beginners Course (Part 2) : Face to Face

Sacred Heart Church Hall, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Rugby, CV22 7QT

Let us know if you would like to help on either day

  • March 12th 2022 - Bee Tradex, Stoneleigh

Tickets here

  • April 2nd 2022 - Apiary Meeting : Branch Apiary

Inspection and manipulation of a colony

Please inform Margaret or Martin if you would like to attend

  • April 6th 2022 - Branch Meeting : Face to Face

7:30pm Gerry Collins - “What’s going on with my bees”

Harper Adams University, Shropshire, TF10 8NB

  • April 9th 2022 - Branch Apiary

2pm Inspection and manipulation of a colony

Please inform us if you would like to attend

  • May 4th 2022 - Branch Meeting : Face to Face

7:30pm Swarm Control Measures - video and discussion

  • May 7th 2022 - Branch Apiary

2pm : Doing an artificial swarm

Please inform us if you would like to attend

  • June 1st 2022 - Branch Meeting : Face to Face

7:30pm Question and Answer session

  • June 11th 2022 - Branch Apiary (re-scheduled from the 4th)

2pm : Disease Inspection

Please inform us if you would like to attend

  • July 2022 - RBKA Summer Social

Bring and share lunch - Details TBA

  • July 9th 2022 - Branch Apiary 

2pm : Clearing bees from supers and Extraction

Please inform us if you would like to attend

  • August 6th 2022 - Branch Apiary 

2pm : Assessing varroa load and treatment

Please inform us if you would like to attend

  • September 7th 2022 - Branch Meeting

7:30pm Steve Brown 'Wax extraction and uses'

  • September 17th 2022 - Branch Apiary 

2pm : Preparing for winter, assessing stores, feeding etc.

Please inform us if you would like to attend

  • October 5th 2022 - Branch Meeting (Zoom meeting - ONLINE ONLY)

7:30pm Talk : Bob Smith - "Winter is coming - (the bees are getting fat!)"

  • October 15th 2022 - WBKA Honey Show

Kings Hill Nurseries near Coventry (CV3 6PS)

2.00pm - 4.00 Open viewing 

  • November 2nd 2022 - Branch Meeting

7:30pm Talk : David Bonner - "Honeybee Democracy" - based on Tom Seeley's book

  • December 7th 2022 - Branch Meeting

7:30pm To be arranged

Other events of note for our members:

Warwickshire Beekeepers Association Event Calendar

CABK  & BIBBA Webinars

For those of you who are enjoying all the online talks and webinars, both the CABK and BIBBA still have a schedule of online talks taking place. 

Details are available on the BIBBA website

Details are available on the CABK website

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.



Beebase News Web feed
  • Annual National Hive Count Commences / Y Cyfrif Cychod Gwenyn Cenedlaethol Blynyddol yn Dechrau
    01 November 2022
    The National Bee Unit is pleased to launch the 2022 National Hive Count today, 1st of November.

    The hard slog of summer beekeeping is done so make yourself a nice cup of tea, grab your laptop and sink into your favourite chair. It’s time to update your BeeBase records!

    We would like to ask all beekeepers to please login to BeeBase and make a note of the total number of colonies you will be taking into the winter as of 1st November 2022. This task is quick and simple, just click here, login and fill in the short form. Even if you have no overwintering colonies this season it is still important to update your BeeBase record to reflect that. This survey will run until 31st December 2022.

    For more information about the Hive Count click here.


    Mae'n bleser gan yr Uned Wenyn Genedlaethol lansio Cyfrif Cychod Gwenyn 2022 heddiw, 1 Tachwedd.

    Mae'r haf hir o gadw gwenyn wedi mynd heibio felly gwnewch baned o de, estynwch eich gliniadur ac ymlaciwch yn eich hoff gadair. Mae'n amser i chi ddiweddaru'ch cofnodion BeeBase!

    Hoffem ofyn i wenynwyr fewngofnodi i BeeBase a gwneud nodyn o gyfanswm nifer y nythfeydd a fydd gennych dros y gaeaf o 1 Tachwedd 2022. Mae'r dasg hon yn un syml a byr, cliciwch yma, mewngofnodwch a chwblhewch y ffurflen. Hyd yn oed os nad oes gennych nythfeydd sy'n gaeafu y tymor hwn, mae'n dal yn bwysig eich bod yn diweddaru eich cofnod BeeBase i gadarnhau hynny. Bydd yr arolwg hwn yn para tan 31 Rhagfyr 2022.

    I gael rhagor o wybodaeth am y Cyfrif Cychod Gwenyn cliciwch yma.
  • Credible sighting of a single Asian hornet in Dover, Kent
    06 October 2022
    National Bee Unit inspectors carried out enhanced surveillance in Dover after a member of the public took a clear photo of an Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) before it flew away.  No further insects were seen.

    Local Asian Hornet Teams have been alerted and are continuing to observe forage and monitor insects in the area.

    The National Bee Unit is encouraging beekeepers and the public to remain vigilant, especially near ivy in full flower which is particularly attractive to Vespa velutina.

    Please report sightings of Vespa velutina using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone and Android, or the online reporting form. Please direct all media enquires to Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560
  • Asian hornet confirmed in the Rayleigh area of Essex
    28 September 2022
    A local Asian Hornet Team member in the Rayleigh area of Essex captured three hornets and reported this using the Asian Hornet Watch app. National Bee Unit inspectors were  dispatched to the location to carry out enhanced surveillance and the hornets were confirmed as Asian hornet (Vespa velutina).

    An Asian hornet nest in a sycamore tree was killed in the Rayleigh area of Essex on Friday the 30th September and removed the following day.  Monitoring will continue in the area supported by local beekeepers.

    The ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ app is free to download from the Apple and  Android app stores.

    Further information regarding the Asian hornet can be found on our Asian hornet page of BeeBase and on Defra's news page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560.