Advantages of membership:

  • help and advice from experienced beekeepers

  • organised courses for new beekeepers, including an opportunity to examine bees at the branch apiary

  • interesting talks throughout the winter from a wide range of local and regional beekeeping experts

  • bee disease insurance to give recompense for any colonies that have to be destroyed because of notifiable diseases. This is only for Registered and Junior members

  • public liability insurance up to a limit of £5 million in any one year and any one incident against accidents arising from their beekeeping activities. There is an excess of £500 for any claims that relate to property

  • hire of some beekeeping equipment

  • opportunity to sell honey on the branch stand at various shows during the year

Membership subscriptions 2018


Annual subscription


Full registered member


Full benefits

Partner member


For those who live at the same address as a full registered member. Includes Public Liability Insurance but Partner members pay a different rate for BDI and do not receive the magazines.

Junior member


For individuals under the age of 18. Includes all the benefits of Registered membership, except eligibility for standing for a branch officer or committee. Also Juniors pay a different rate for BDI.

Associate member


for those individuals who do not keep bees in their own right in the County of Devon, but who wish to participate in DBKA activities, belong to a Branch, and receive Beekeeping Magazine, or are already a BBKA member with another Area Association. Associate members will not be registered as beekeepers with the BBKA and will not receive 'BBKA News' or 'Beekeeping'.

Social member


for those individuals who do not keep bees in their own right in the County of Devon, who are generally interested in the craft of beekeeping, and wish to participate in DBKA activities primarily at Branch level.

Note: The full membership includes insurance provided by Bee Diseases Insurance (BDI) for up to 3 hives. Extra premiums are required for more than 3 hives (see membership form for details).

Guidance notes for membership:

Before completing the membership form Please read the guidance notes produced by DBKA, see here.

How to join

The membership year runs from January to December and we normally start to take subscriptions from both new and existing members in November.

New members

A copy of the blank form for new members is available for download by clicking this link blank membership form.

The completed form can either be taken along to the AGM (see here) or posted to the branch treasurer:-

Deirdre Conniss

5 Coastguard Cottages


EX39 6DU

For payment details see below.

Meanwhile all are very welcome to attend any of our meetings as guests, you don't have to be a member, although we hope that you will join when membership opens in November.

Existing members

For 2018 an individualised renewal form for those who were members in 2017 has been produced. This has already been emailed to those members with email addresses. If any existing member has not received the email please contact Graham Jones:

Non-email members should have received their personal forms by post on 4 November 2017.

On–line membership

This year it is again possible for existing members to complete their membership details on–line and pay electronically. This makes things easier for both members and the branch and all existing members are encouraged to use this method. Full details are in the email with the membership form that was sent in early November.

Using the partially completed paper form

Please complete the form and either bring it along to the AGM (see here) or post it to the branch treasurer:-

Deirdre Conniss

5 Coastguard Cottages


EX39 6DU

For payment details see below.

How to pay the subscription


It is possible to pay the membership subscription electronically. The details for the branch account are:-
Sort code: 40–24–25, account number: 40292141.
Please give your name as the reference for the payment.

By cheque

The cheque should be made payable to DBKA – Holsworthy Branch.

Payment queries

Any queries about payment should be made to the branch treasurer, Deirdre Conniss:

Holsworthy Beekeepers

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Holsworthy Beekeepers is a branch of
Devon Beekeepers Association

Registered Charity Number 270675

Page last updated on
4 November 2017