Preston & District Beekeepers are a friendly and growing group of hobbyist beekeepers who meet regularly throughout the year to share experiences and develop their beekeeping skills.

We welcome new members.

Preston & District Beekeepers is a branch of the Lancashire & North West Beekeepers Association (LNWBKA) and by joining, you will be able to attend the county events, for example the Honey Show and events hosted by other branches.

Joining as one of the BBKA recognised membership categories entitles you to membership of the British Beekeepers Association and, depending on the category chosen, may include public liability insurance, bee diseases insurance and the monthly magazine.

Other membership benefits

  • Preston & District Beekeepers have an active programme of events throughout the year, including social activities, talks and practical training for both beginners and more advanced beekeepers.
  • Our training apiary is open every Saturday morning during the beekeeping session for advice, training and weekly inspections, followed by optional chat & cake in the café.
  • The apiary shop is available to members to purchase a full range of good quality beekeeping supplies at discounted prices. The shop also runs a wax exchange scheme. We also have specially designed club hoodies available to buy!
  • The club owns a range of equipment available to members to borrow.


Our membership year runs from 1st November to 31st October each year.

If you would like to join us please:

1.Complete the membership application form and send it to the membership secretary (full details on the form). Membership Application Form 22-23

2. Send your membership payment using the details outlined below.

Alternatively if you’d like to know more about becoming a member, please get in touch by emailing our club secretary


Membership Fees are now due for the year 1st November 2022 to 31st October 2023.

To renew your membership simply follow the steps below.

1.Choose your membership category 

Category Explanation Annual cost
Registered Includes public & product liability insurance for claims up to £10M, Bee Disease Insurance (BDI) up to 3 colonies & registration with BBKA + BBKA news £28
Partner Full benefits without separate mailings from BBKA. No BDI Insurance.  Must reside at same address as Registered member £18
County BBKA news and correspondence only (no insurance). £14
Junior Under 18 on 1st November. Same benefits as Registered Member except no BDI Insurance. £11
Local (previously known as Associate) Non BKA membership (No insurance): For members who only want Local Membership or are members of another BKA Branch. £5

 2. Add your Bee Disease Insurance (BDI) (For up to max of 39 Colonies)

For details of what this insurance covers please see

1-3 colonies Included in Registered member fee
4-5   up to 5 £1.20 ** 21-25 up to 25 £11.10
6-10 up to 10 £4.70 ** 26-30 up to 30 £13.60
11-15 up to 15 £7.75 31-35 up to 35 £16.10
16-20 up to 20 £9.50 35-39 up to 39 £18.10

Please note, changes in premium for 2023 are indicated by **

 3. Any changes in personal information?

If your details (including Gift Aid Status) are unchanged, you can simply make your membership payment (there is no need to fill in a form)

If however any of your details e.g. name, address, gift aid status, have changed since your last renewal please complete and follow the guidance on our  membership form above.

4. Make your payment


Please make payment by BACS (This is the preferred method) or by Cheque. Sorry we are not accepting membership payments by cash.

Please refer to the section below on making payments for details on how to pay fees and the reference to use.

Any Problems?  Or you just need your membership number then email:

Arthur Leyland:  OR Keith Pearson:


(Updated 10th August 2022)


Account Name: Lancashire & North West Beekeepers Association Preston Branch
Sort Code: 20-69-85 Account Number: 30429783 Reference: See the list below.


Payment to: Lancashire & North West Beekeepers Association Preston Branch
Write the Payment Reference on the back of the cheque. See the list below.
Send cheques to: PBKA Treasurer, Arthur Leyland, 7 Bannister Court, Tarleton, PRESTON, PR4 6HA.


Please use the payment references listed below. Do not add extra names to the reference. (Note that some payment references have changed)

1. Existing Membership Payment: Use full membership number (Example 38.16.273 or 38.16.273/274 if paying for more than 1 member)
2. New Membership Payment: Use surname followed by NEWMEM
(Example: Leyland NEWMEM)
3. Shop Payment: Use PBKASHOP- followed by sale’s reference. (Example: PBKASHOP-D33 or PBKASHOP-D33,45 if paying for more than 1 sale reference)
4. Beginners Course: Use Surname followed by BEG23 (Example: Smith BEG23)
5. Taster Days: Use Surname followed by TDay3 (Example Brown TDay3) The number will change for each date.

References for other payments will be given by the relevant organiser. If in doubt about any payment or reference please contact the person organising the payment, or the treasurer by email:

Thank You.

Equipment available to members to borrow

Honey Extractors

Location Equipment Contact
Cottam 1 large electrical, 1 small electrical, 1 hand turned. Andrew Fowler 07914751020
Bamber Bridge 1 large electrical Kath Cordingley 07971956148
Penwortham 1 large electrical Arthur Walmsley 07825954678
Bretherton 1 hand turned Phil Walton 01772 600484
Club apiary 1 hand turned Ask at the apiary or Viki Cuthbertson 01772 717001

Other Equipment

Location Equipment Contact
Cottam 1 wax extractor Andrew Fowler 07914751020
Club apiary 1 wax extractor Ask at the apiary or Viki Cuthbertson 01772 717001
Club apiary 1 heated uncapping tray and 1 heated uncapping knife Ask at the apiary or Viki Cuthbertson 01772 717001