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Our Division caters for Beekeepers and those interested in keeping bees in the Hastings and Rother area. As beekeepers we love our hobby – for some it is a business, to most it is a pastime for the care of honeybees and enjoying nature 🙂
We are a Division of the Sussex Beekeepers’ Association which is an area association of the British Beekeepers Association. As a result of this we can, provide our members with support, education opportunities, legal guidance, insurance and a huge range of social activities.
We hold regular meetings all year round; in the winter we hold talks and demonstrations so that come the spring, summer and autumn we can be out giving our bees the best care possible. Our summer meetings take place at the association apiary where hives are opened for inspection.(weather permitting!)
Every year in September we have a show in which our members can enter their honey, honeycomb, wax, cakes, candles and photographs. There are other opportunities to show our Honey at the National Honey Show [held in October] and the South of England Show in June.
We need to ensure that the bees we keep are at their healthiest as wild bees are decreasing in number. This requires the need to recognise health problems and knowing the best course of action.
New to beekeeping?
Keeping bees is a fascinating and rewarding hobby and, if you’re just starting out (or thinking of doing so!), do have a look at our Starting With Bees page.
We would also strongly recommend you join your local beekeeping association (these exist all over the country) who will be able to provide you information, training and guidance – at Hastings and Rother, we welcome non-members who would like to experience a “taster” of beekeeping before taking the plunge.
See our Membership page for more details.
Health & Safety
To protect the health of all our members and visiting speakers, we are now holding ‘hybrid’ meetings which may be attended in person or ‘virtually’ using the Zoom platform. Details about accessin our meetings remotely are included in members’ newsletter.
There are a number of organisations which hold ‘virtual’ lectures. Two are these are:-
The Central Association of Bee-keepers who have lectures on scientific topics related to Beekeeping. Details are on their website.
The Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) have lectures related to improving our Bees. Details are on their website.