Useful Information


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Up-Coming Events

Saturday - Practical Training

Friday Evening Chat

Open 7.30pm – 9pm

If you wish to join us you do not need to be a member.

this is a chat room over Zoom for all Beekeepers to join and ask question and have general chat about beekeeping.

Saturday - Practical Training

Open April 30th - July 30th 2022

1pm – 3pm 

Members Only


Winter Program

Thursday 16th December 

Church Fenton Village Hall

Christmas Q&A & Raffle


Sunday 2nd January 2022

Apiary  Oxalic Acid Demo and Sales

1.00pm at Old Park Apiary

Wednesday 12th January 2022

 Zoom Meeting TBA

Wednesday 9th February 2022

Zoom Meeting with

Diane Elizabeth Drinkwater


What to do in early spring

Invites will be sent out to members closer to the date.

Wednesday 23rd February 2022 

Church Fenton Village Hall

Theory Course Week 1


Wednesday 2nd March 2022

Theory Course Week 2


Wednesday 9th March 2022  


Wednesday 16th March 2022

Theory Course Week 3


Wednesday 23rd March 2022

Theory Course Week 4


Wednesday 30th March 2022

Theory Course Week 5


Wednesday 6th April  2022     

Theory Course Week 6


Wednesday 13th April 2022 

Church Fenton Village Hall       

Speaker – Greg: Swarm Control & Demonstration


Barkston Ash Beekeepers History

Barkston Ash Beekeepers is a branch of the Yorkshire Beekeepers Association.

Barkston Ash Beekeepers association takes its name from the former parliamentary constituency that covered the area between Tadcaster and Selby.  We are a friendly crowd, meeting in the village hall in Church Fenton during the winter months and at our fantastic apiary during the summer.

The purpose of the association is to support our members in their beekeeping and promote beekeeping in the wider community.  We run courses for new members, both theory and practical and through our meetings ensure our members are aware of the latest developments in beekeeping.

In 2009 we established a permanent association apiary that is used for teaching, on-going training and demonstrations to the public.  Beginners are encouraged to keep a hive in the apiary during their first year of beekeeping.

Beekeeping is a fascinating pastime.  It raises awareness of the natural world around us and integrates us into our environment.  The passing of the seasons takes on more significance and beekeepers are always aware of each type of flower as it blooms and dies.  Bees are remarkably sophisticated creatures and their biology and behaviour would provide a lifetime of study.  And then they produce honey and wax!  Honey is one of natures wonder foods and there is much evidence that natural honey enhances well being.  Beeswax can be made into candles, polishes, cosmetics etc.  In addition beekeepers can produce pollen, propolis and royal jelly.  No two beekeepers manage their bees in the same way and the different methods and theories result in hours of heated debate whenever beekeepers get together!

If you are interested in keeping bees or just want to know more, then we would be delighted to welcome you to our association.  For more information about joining us, take a look at our Membership section on this site.

 Committee Members

As with any well managed organisation, there needs to be a team of players who are responsible for the running, policy decisions and direction of the membership they are representing.


Executive Officers
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Mary-Jane Murray:


Tammie Stephenson:
Club Secretary


Tony Bowey:

Non-Executive Officers

Greg Sharp:
Tutor & YBKA Rep


Paul Vickers:
Apiary Manager

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Claire Tolly:
Exam Secretary


Michael Freer:
Apiary Assistant