Members’ Facebook Group

For all our members, keep up to date with our Facebook group here:
Thanet Beekeepers Association Facebook Group
If you’re a member of TBKA ask Tom, Richard or Charlotte and they can invite you to the group.


Thanet Beekeepers Association (TBKA), and their supporters in Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate have a new venue in Margate where they can learn & find out about beekeeping. GENERAL

Training and advancement are encouraged with regular meetings that include talks and lectures during the winter and at members’ apiaries over the summer months. There is a learning theme for each apiary visit  providing an opportunity for shared knowledge while actually looking inside a hive. Discussions continue over tea and cake and these popular meetings are where many beekeepers learn more about the craft.

There is also a following group who can not keep bees for various reasons but are genuinely interested in bees and the social side of beekeeping.IMG_3456

People with disabilities can enjoy beekeeping but in some cases are limited by their circumstances so why not see what you can achieve by a visit to an apiary and go forward from there.

We also have members who are willing to talk to community groups about honey bees, bumble bees and bee associated subjects.

TBKA has a shop/store that stocks most essential commodities used in Beekeeping, and used items are also sometimes available. We are agents for E. H. Thorne Ltd, an old and respected supplier of beekeeping equipment and discounts are passed on to club members.

If you would like to join us or experience beekeeping, contact one of us by phone or email  below and we will invite you to the next suitable meeting, or a visit to one of the apiaries.

Please contact:  Charlotte Tagart 07765 174637 or Richard Blight 01843 597646 or email

SWARMS of Bees

Qualified swarm collectors can be found on the British Beekeepers Association web site

Bee Sting Treatment

Remove the sting immediately using a long finger nail or sharp tool taking care not to “pump” more venom into the victim. You will either see the bee still on the victim or the sting with a golden blob attached to the sting this need to be removed. If you have short nails and or sharp tool to remove the sting pinch it out as it is important to remove the sting as quickly as possible.

Get away from the dying bee and the area of the incident because when bees are in danger they release a scent that attract other bees and if you are in the area when these arrive they will possibly sting you to.

If the victim is allergic to bee stings and is carrying EpiPen use it and call 999 for an ambulance at the same time.  Watch the victim for signs of anaphylaxis – itching, hives, redness, raised welts and most importantly any difficulty in breathing.  Antihistamine can slow an anaphylactic reaction, but will not stop it.

Non Allergic Victims will almost always develop local reactions to bee stings. Redness, swelling and pain are all common at the site of the bee sting. An ice pack is useful in reducing swelling at the site of the sting. Antihistamines tablets and calamine lotion can also help. Swelling from stings inflicted in these areas can cause complications such as short breadth , even in non allergic victims.

Seek medical assistance if the victim has been stung more than 10 times, or if there are bee stings inside the nose, mouth or throat.  Pain relief can be helped using Ibuprofen Acetaminophen.

The pain usually goes away quiet quickly, but localised swelling may last for more than a day and will often been succeeded by itching.



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