©️Web design & Content Copyright Alan McKinney



(click on the image to download a PDF)

Honey for sale

Last of the 2020 honey jarred today. 8 & 12oz jars available.

Local delivery can be arranged for larger quantities. 

Phone or text 07803161940

William ONeill




Vice Chairman    



Apiary Manager 

Honey Show    

Education Officer        

Bee Health Officer


UBKA reps

David McIntyre

Sam Laverty

Wilbur Wright

Alistair Moorcroft

Mark Carton

Will Jones

George McDonald

Alan McKinney

Alistair Moorcroft

Wilbur Wright


Dear Member

It gives me great pleasure to announce that our next association meeting will be held at the Apiary on Thursday 24th June at 7pm. The meeting will be held in the open-sided farm building beside the clubhouse with social distancing rules applied and a strict no-smoking rule. There are a lot of new members since the last apiary meeting and you are all encouraged to attend. It will be great forus tomeet again in person and compare notes about how our bees are doing.

There will be lots to catch up on, news of the Preliminary students' success, UBKA update, Club Apiary news, and seasonal beekeeping advice from Leo, with Q & A time.

The Barbecue!....is provisionally planned for Thursday 15th July, arrivefrom 7, food at 7.30pm in the beautiful gardens of Harry and Bridget Boyle. (further along the lane from the Apiary) There will be raffles, prizes, an auction for a nuc of bees, and a hive donated by Mervyn Callaghan. This is always a lovely event for members, friends, and family. More details to be confirmed nearer the time.

On behalf of the committee, we look forward to meeting you all again.

Alistair Moorcroft


                 Asian Hornet found outside Dublin

The National Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has confirmed that a single specimen of the invasive alien species Asian Hornet has been found in Ireland. This marks the first identification of the species in the wild in Ireland. The single specimen was found ‘alive but dying’ in a private dwelling on the northside of Dublin. At this time, there is no indication of a nest in the vicinity.

Photographs of the specimen taken by the homeowner were sent to the National Biodiversity Data Centre (biodiversityireland.ie) and later verified as Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) by the National Museum of Ireland.


Zomba Beekeeping Initative

RVBKA have supported the Zomba beekeeping initiative in rural Malawi for a number of years having been introduced to it by the late Rev Sam Millar. This year the club has made a donation of £100 to the work.

Click on the picture to download an attachment for more details of progress this year

The 2019-20 Honey bee husbandry survey report is now online at the AFBI website:https://www.afbini.gov.uk/articles/bee-health


Beekeeping Advice

For 2019, club meetings will contain an advice and help section. This is intended to provide advice on any beekeeping topic, no matter how simple, on subjects you choose. 

You can contact Sam, RVBKA Club Chairman,  prior to meetings at any time using the link below

click on the picture to start


 If you are in need of beekeeping supplies, 

Sam Laverty is now offering a wax trade-in service.

As he is working with Donegal bees (who make wax foundation) the prices are in Euro, but he will convert to sterling at daily rate. You just need the wax melted and re-set. It does not need to be especially clean.

2.50 euro / LB if exchanging for foundation. No cash involved.

2.00 euro /LB outright money exchange.

Honey jars in 8oz hexagonal style are now also available from Sam, along with classic 1lb jars suitable for honey show exhibits.

Sam can be contacted on 07976 084855. He is based Macosquin, Coleraine

Check out  Sam Laverty’s excellent you Tube videos on beekeeping and queen rearing here

The stained glass image used as our logo is from a Canadian Stained glass company called Light Romance, onto which has been laid the RVBKA title.         In March '08 their Director wrote: Hi Alan. We will be honoured if you use our stained glass honeybee on your website.  Cheers, Larry @ Light Romance. Visit the Light Romance website ( click on their link below) to see the beautiful range of designs they have created.   www.light-romance.on.ca