Subscriptions

Reigate Beekeepers Subscriptions and Classes of Membership

Our Classes of Membership are based on the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) structure. Please see notes at the foot of this post about membership of the BBKA.

  • The ‘Membership year’ commences on the 1st October.
  • RBKA Subscription Renewal Requests will usually be issued by the Membership Secretary to all Members by or during the October of the new Membership Year.
  • Prompt payment of renewal subscriptions will be appreciated.
  • Delayed renewals can result in BeeCraft and BBKA subscriptions being cancelled, with the supply of BeeCraft & BBKA News magazines, and Insurance cover being withdrawn until renewals are paid and those subscriptions can be re-instated.
  • Members believing that their Renewal Request has either not been received or has been lost, should contact the Membership Secretary and request that it be resent. Please do ensure that a current and correct return email address is supplied.
  • Receipts for Subscription fees paid will be issued either directly by the RBKA Membership Secretary/Hon Treasurer, or on behalf of RBKA by Bee Disease Insurance Ltd, (BDI).

(1)     Registered Members

For those people who intend to keep bees. Registered Members receive the following publications and insurance protection, in addition to the full membership benefits including access to the club apiaries, use of this website, library book service, beekeeping support and advice, participation in club events and lectures.

  • BeeNews – the Reigate Beekeepers monthly magazine
  • BeeCraft – ‘The Official Journal of the British Beekeepers’ Association’
  • BBKA News – ‘The newsletter of The British Beekeepers’ Association, incorporating the British Bee Journal’
  • Bee Diseases Insurance for up to three colonies (extra fee* applicable for additional colonies)
  • Personal Indemnity Insurance with BBKA insurance scheme

2018/19 Subscription Rates – £64.00 (printed copy of BeeCraft) £59.00 (digital copy of BeeCraft). Reduced rates are also available in the first year for new members only who join part way through the year – Printed BeeCraft Jan – Mar £58.00 / April – June £52.00 / July – Sept £46.00 and Digital BeeCraft Jan – Mar £54.00 / April – June £49.00 / July – Sept £44.00.

(2)    Partner Members

For Partners of Registered Members who wish to keep their own bees separately. Partner Members in addition to general full membership benefits, also receive similar insurance protection to Registered Members but it is assumed that they will have access to the BBKA and BeeCraft publications via the Registered Member, so they do not receive these individually.

  • BeeNews – the Reigate Beekeepers monthly magazine (available by email only, if a separate email is address provided)
  • Bee Diseases Insurance (Optional Extra)
  • Personal Indemnity Insurance with BBKA insurance scheme

(Please note that if you only share bees with your ‘other half’ you will not benefit from being a Partner Member and Associate would be the appropriate class of membership.)

2018/19 Subscription Rate for Partner Members£30.00

(3)    Junior Members

For those under 18 years old who wish to keep bees and be a member of the British Beekeepers Association. They will receive the following publications and insurance protection.

  • BeeNews – the Reigate Beekeepers monthly magazine
  • BBKA News – ‘The newsletter of The British Beekeepers’ Association, incorporating the British Bee Journal’
  • Personal Indemnity Insurance with BBKA insurance scheme

Please note that it is a BBKA requirement that the ‘Parent or Guardian’ of a Junior Member is themselves a Registered Member

Note – Under 18yr olds attending the Apiary must always be accompanied by an Appropriate Adult (Parent or Guardian) who needs to be a Registered Member and who must sign the disclaimer form available at the Apiary.)

2018/19 Subscription Rate for Junior Members £29.00

(4) Country Members
For non-beekeepers or those who have ceased beekeeping and no longer need BDI and public liability insurance, but would like to stay in touch with beekeeping in general.  They receive the following publications.

  • BeeNews – the Reigate Beekeepers monthly magazine (available by email only)
  • BBKA News – ‘The newsletter of The British Beekeepers’ Association, incorporating the British Bee Journal’

2017/18 Subscription Rate for Country Members – £27.00

(5)    Friend of Reigate  
For possibly former Reigate Beekeepers members or for prospective new members, who would just like to stay/get in touch with Reigate’s  beekeeping activities. They receive the following publication.

  • BeeNews – the Reigate Beekeepers monthly magazine (available by email or post)

2017/18 Subscription Rate for Friend of Reigate Members £10.00

(6) Associate of RBKA

For spouses, partners and children of Registered members who wish to take part in the divisions activities but do not need any of the other BBKA benefits. They receive the following publication.

  • BeeNews – the Reigate Beekeepers monthly magazine (available by email directly if a separate email address from that of the Registered member is provided).

2017/18 Subscription Rate for Associate Members£17.00

* Bee Disease Insurance (BDI) 

The Association recommends all its Registered and Partner members take out insurance against foul brood diseases to give adequate cover for the number of stocks owned. The insurance only covers colonies compulsorily destroyed under the Bee Disease and Pest Control order (England) 2006.  The Insurance premiums for up to 3 colonies is already  included with subscription rates for Registered & Partner Members. Additional premiums need to be paid for additional colonies required to be covered. For; 4-6 colonies, add £2.00; 6 to 10 colonies – add £5.25; 11 to 15 colonies – add £7.75; 16 to 20 colonies – add £9.50; 21 to 25 colonies -add £11.10; 26 to 39 colonies – ask the Treasurer. Failure to have adequate cover for all your colonies may invalidate any claim you may need to make.

Notes

Reigate Beekeepers Association is the Reigate Division of Surrey Beekeepers Association (SBKA). Surrey Beekeepers Association is the local Area Association of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA). Members of Reigate Beekeepers are also members of Surrey Beekeepers Association and of the British Beekeepers Association.

The BeeCraft publication is provided in either printed or digital format at discounted prices to Members of SBKA. Members receiving the printed version can also request the digital version at no extra cost.

 

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