We formed in 1917, as the King's Lynn and District Beekeepers' Association. In 2007 the name changed to West Norfolk and King's Lynn Beekeepers' Association (WNKLBA) to reflect the wide area in which our members live. We work to promote bees and beekeeping and provide a range of member services to beekeepers in Norfolk
We are part of the British Beekeeper' Association (BBKA) who amongst other things provide insurance cover and organise beekeeping qualifications and we have close ties with other beekeeping organisations in the region, particularly NBKA.
Currently having over of 200 members and cover a broad spectrum of beekeepers from those with one hive in their garden to those with 30+ hives in several apiaries; from those who have just started beekeeping to those with over fifty years experience; from King's Lynn, Holt, Norwich, Wymondham, East Dereham, Wisbech, Downham Market and Spalding areas, the common factor is an enjoyment of working with bees and of meeting with others of a like mind in friendly and informal ways.
We are particularly keen to help those new to beekeeping and you will find details of our Association Apiary on this website. We hold introductory courses each year and help our members achieve the (very easy) basic qualifications of the BBKA.
You will find us at Shows around Norfolk throughout the summer season, particularly the Sandringham Show which is where our members exhibit their honey and we hold our annual judging.
If you have any questions about beekeeping then do get in contact and join this hugely interesting and enjoyable pastime.
A change of face for 2019! I am delighted to be taking on the Chair of WNKLBA and shall do my very
best to build on the excellent work carried out by my worthy predecessors. The Association has enthusiastic and talented committee members who work hard to make WNKLBA such a welcoming, friendly and pleasant group to be a part of.
We are so incredibly fortunate to have a lovely apiary, providing ever improving facilities, where we can carry out the education and training programmes that we feel are so important in helping new members learn and improve their beekeeping skills. We also run taster sessions which are designed to let complete novices look inside a hive and discover the magical world that lies within. For those who might be interested in learning more, we run a very comprehensive Beginners’ course, led by experienced beekeepers in a series of theory and practical sessions during the Spring and early Summer. Following on from this Beginners’ course is the Improvers’ course, the following year, which is intended to help the new beekeepers through their early years of beekeeping.
The BBKA offer some more formal assessments and qualifications which members of the education team are pleased to help with and advise on.
As an association we also stage one-off events and training sessions, lectures, and seasonal demonstrations which are designed to be of interest to all members, however long standing they may be. Other benefits to be had from being a member of WNKLBA include the bulk buying scheme which greatly reduces the cost of jars, feed and medication. Our newsletter, Beeaware, is produced regularly and includes interesting articles, information about forthcoming meetings, offers to be had, and a lot of other things of beekeeping interest.
We look forward to welcoming you to as many of our meetings as you can attend. All new and longstanding members are always made welcome. There is something for everyone. With my very best wishes for this Beekeeping season,
Venetia Rist (Chair)