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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  • Julian Parker – Head of APHA’s National Bee Unit.
    23 November 2020
    Following a recent recruitment process Julian Parker has been appointed as Head of the National Bee Unit (NBU) within Defra’s Animal and Plant Health Agency. Within the NBU Julian has previously been Acting Head as well as National Bee Inspector and before that Regional Bee Inspector for Southern and South East Regions. Julian has over 12 years operational experience with the NBU including leading outbreak situations. Julian is also well known in the wider beekeeping community and his expertise is highly respected across Defra and Welsh Government as well as with Bee Health stakeholders. He has also played a key role in the review of the 2020 Healthy Bees Plan and will now play a significant role in delivering the Healthy Bee Plan 2030. Many congratulations Julian.
  • Email issues
    16 November 2020
    If you have sent an email to between the 10th November and the 16th November, due to a system failure your message has not been received. Please resend your messages, we apologise for the inconvenience.
  • Healthy Bees Plan 2030 Published
    03 November 2020
    Defra, Welsh Government and the National Bee Unit have worked with stakeholders to produce a review of progress made under the Healthy Bees Plan, a ten-year plan introduced in 2009 to improve honey bee health across England and Wales. Following this review, a new plan entitled the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 has been published today to carry on this important work.

    Welcoming the new plan, Nicola Spence, Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health at Defra, said:

    I am delighted that today we are publishing the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 which is Defra’s and Welsh Government’s joint framework for continued action to improve honey bee health in England and Wales over the next ten years. Protecting our honey bees is vital because of the benefits they bring through pollination of flowers and crops, honey production and our well-being. Bee health stakeholders have had a key role in developing this new Healthy Bees Plan and we look forward to continuing to work together as we implement the plan.

    Ceri Witchard, Deputy Director for Land, Nature and Forestry at Welsh Government, said:

    The Healthy Bees Plan 2009 was published with the aim of achieving a sustainable and healthy population of honey bees for pollination and honey production in Wales and England. Our overall aim has not changed. However, the experiences we have gained and the relationships we have built within the Bee Health Advisory Forum now put us in a firmer position to face new risks and challenges to honey bees. I am grateful to the Forum and other stakeholders for their commitment and contributions in developing the Healthy Bees Plan 2030.