I started beekeeping in 1990, when varroa was appearing in south England, so I had about 15 years before it moved north. I belatedly joined the New Beekeepers course in 2001, when we could still be accommodated around Magnus’s kitchen table. I subsequently completed the Basic Beemaster and intermediate certificate, which is the first 4 modules.
A couple of years later I became Membership Secretary and have watched the membership climb steadily from 40 to the current 200+. I’ve enjoyed mixed success as a beekeeper over the years supplying a number of colonies to members, and currently manage two colonies.