Useful Information

2022 Program

Wednesday 23rd February 2022 – 7.30pm Church Fenton Village Hall -  Theory Course Week 1:

Members Only

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 – 7.30pm Church Fenton Village Hall - David Bough Bee inspector talking about what a bee inspectors job entails.

Members Only

Wednesday 9th March 2022 – 7.30pm Church Fenton Village Hall - Theory Course Week 2:

Members Only

Wednesday 16th March 2022 – 7.30pm Church Fenton Village Hall - Theory Course Week 3:

Members Only

Wednesday 23rd March 2022 – 7.30pm Church Fenton Village Hall - Theory Course Week 4:

Members Only

Wednesday 30th March 2022 – 7.30pm Church Fenton Village Hall - Theory Course Week 5:

Members Only

Wednesday 6th April  2022 – 7.30pm Church Fenton Village Hall - Theory Course and Frame making. Week 6:

Members Only

Wednesday 13th April 2022 – 7.30pm Church Fenton Village Hall - Speaker – Greg: Swarm Control & Demonstration Members Only

Saturday 30th April 2022 1.00pm Start of practical courses at Old Park For Members Only.

June 2022 BABKA Summer Picnic TBA (Members Only)


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

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Claire Tolly:
Exam Secretary

Apiary Team

Paul Vickers:
Apiary Manager


Michael Freer:
Assistant Manager


Sarah Atkinson 
Apiary Assistant


Sue Nicholson 
Apiary Assistant