The History of the MVBKA

The Meon Valley Beekeepers Association was started on the 19th October 1938 by Jack Tredwell and a group of 10  other enthusiastic beekeepers. They organised a meeting on this date in Meonstoke School to look at the advantages of forming an association and the proposal was carried unanimously.

There have been many presidents of the MVBKA. The longest serving was Mrs B Trasenster who held the position from 1947 all the way until 1983 where she resigned in order for a young member to take on the role. Sid Trenchard was accepted unanimously as the next president of the association.

Several trophies were given to the association in the early years and these are still presented to members today at our annual Honey Show held in the MVBKA tent at the Alresford Show. The awards include the Appleby Trophy, Colville Cup, Trasenster Bowl, Centenary Trophy, and Tredwell Cup.

If you would like to read a history of the first 50 years please click here.