Western Galloway Beekeepers' Association

Galloway's friendliest beekeepers

About the Association

Formed in 1935, the Western Galloway Beekeepers’ Association (WGBA) draws its membership from an area of South West Scotland, from Girvan to Newton Stewart and includes the Machars and the Rhins of Galloway.

We are an inclusive association and we welcome members at all levels of experience and from all walks of life. We especially encourage the younger generation to become involved.

The Association is affiliated with the Scottish Beekeepers Association, and we currently have about 60 members, we are committed to ‘promoting the health of bees and the art and science of beekeeping’.

A programme of events is run throughout the year, with meetings usually on the last Sunday of each month. Between October and April, guest speakers are invited to attend the meetings that are held in the Glen of Luce Community Hall, Auchenmalg.

Summer meetings build on winter Beekeeping Study Groups with members visiting other beekeepers’ apiaries to gain the practical knowledge and familiarity that will be required to successfully keep their own bees.

The Association runs courses for both new and experienced beekeepers, to all levels, from complete novice to a level which would allow them to take any of the National Beekeeping exams if desired. Mentors are available to support the less experienced members if desired.

Pandemics excepted, we also hold and annual ‘honey show’, and have a Christmas ‘social’.

We attend local events such as the Wigtown agricultural show, and Wigtown food festival to promote the association and honey bees in general.

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The first meeting was held on 2 June 1934 at The MacMillan Hall, Newton Stewart with 20 members present and Mr R Hamilton of Glenrazie as Chair.

Almost a year later, the club was officially formed on 23 April 1935 and with the aim to foster cooperation and education within the local branches.

The suggestions for the name of the Association were:

‘Machars & District Association’

Wigtownshire and District Association’

‘Western Galloway Association’                         

‘The Western Galloway Association’ was unanimously agreed by the people present, it would cover the whole of Wigtownshire and the western district of Kirkcudbrightshire, west of the river Fleet. 15 members joined immediately, paying the subscription of 2/6d (2 Shillings and 6 pence) on the spot!

The branches formed within the association were:                                          

Newton Stewart







Membership figures rose to a maximum of 283 in 1949 – this could have had something to do with the fact that rationing was still in place! During this time, beekeepers were known as ‘sugar beekeepers’!