Chichester Beekeepers are a dynamic and enthusiastic Division of the West Sussex Beekeepers' Association, with over 200 members currently. Serving beekeepers in the south west of the county and centred on Chichester, we usually meet on the third Wednesday of every month, offering lectures, guidance and advice on a wide variety of beekeeping subjects.
We offer an 8-week training course for new beekeepers, held annually in the spring with on-going practical, hands-on training at our Division apiary. We arrange specialised workshops for those beekeepers keen to develop their skills and in addition produce a lively and informative monthly Newsletter.
West Sussex Beekeepers’ Association was originally part of the Sussex Beekeepers' Association.
In 1941 the Chichester and Midhurst Area beekeepers held a General Meeting at which it was agreed that a “Chichester & Midhurst Division of the Sussex Beekeeepers’ Association” be formed. This Division evolved through the years and other Divisions, including Worthing and Wisborough Green and Central Sussex came into existence. These together now make up the West Sussex Beekeepers’ Association. The Sussex Beekeepers' Association continues, actively in the east of the county. The meeting referred to above attracted about 60 members and it is interesting that membership of Chichester Division today is more than double that, despite, until recently, the significant decrease in the number of beekeepers both here and throughout the country.
Our membership is now made up of many new beekeepers as well as highly experienced and skilled beekeepers.
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