British Beekeepers Association


British Beekeepers Association
13th April 2017

Wax Chandlers give £8,000 to ensure International Meeting of Young Beekeepers goes ahead

The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers has donated the last bit of money needed to ensure that the British Beekeeper’s Association (BBKA) can stage the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers (IMYB) in July. Master Peter Tompkins handed a cheque for £8,000 to BBKA President John Hendrie at the Spring Convention Dinner. The opening ceremony of the IMYB takes place at Marlborough College in Wiltshire on 6th July. It will feature the Biosecurity Minister, Lord Gardiner, as well as Peter Tompkins.

This is followed by two days of mixed team competitions.

Competitors are coming from countries as far away as India, Nigeria and Russia.

They will take part in a series of tasks which will include suiting up in protective gear and handling live bees.

This is the first time, since the competition started 8 years ago, that it has been held in the United Kingdom.

The England team is hosting the event and very much looking forward to meeting competitors from so many different countries and hoping that nothing gets lost in translation!

Notes to Editor


The competition is closed for health and safety reasons to the press but crews can attend the opening ceremony on the 6th.


There are 76 local associations in the BBKA representing 25,000 members


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