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Newbattle Beekeepers Association

Newbattle Beekeepers Association started in the grounds of Newbattle Abbey College  in 2013 with 4 members of the Lamancha Beekeepers Association, established in 2010, and formerly based at Lamancha Organic Farm near West Linton. Through the dedication of its initial membership, the Newbattle Beekeepers' Association has grown to 160+ members and has become one of the foremost Scottish associations, trailblazing in the field of education for new and not so new beekeepers. The Association is a registered charity - SC049575.

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Basic Beekeeper Examinations Continue

30 June



Rowan Berry being congratulated on gaining her Basic Beekeeper Certificate by her examiner Lorraine Aitken

Zoe Baillie (r) with her mentor Helen Boyle waiting to begin her Basic Beekeeper "over the hive" examination

Zoe being congratulated on gaining her Basic Beekeeper Certificate by her examiner Lorraine Aitken

Huge congratulations to NBA being awarded 1st place in Class 54 (Affiliated Beekeeper Association entries) at the Honey Show organised and managed by the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association at the Royal Highland Show.

Our awesome entry was directed and staged by Malcolm Evans with contributions by members in the Show team: Michaela Huber - bespoke wooden base, Lorraine Aitken - Rose Geranium Moisturiser, Orange Lip Balm, Honey Soap and Wax Candle, Malcolm Evans - Wax Wrap and hexagonal metal display stand, Martin Vevers - Russian Honey cake (looks so delicious   ), Neil Rutherford - Cut Comb honey and Dry Mead, Jonathan Haston - Blossom Honey and a joint effort by Neil and Jonathan with the Chunk Honey.

A fantastic team effort. All NBA members applaud the show team and are super proud of their creativity and skills. Thank you one and all 

Basic Beekeeper Examination Day - 15 June 2024

Saturday 15 June was the day set aside for the Basic Beekeeper course participants (Foster Parents) to sit their final examination, by the end of the day six candidates presented at the Newbattle Teaching Apiary for their over the hive practical examination followed by a question and answer session with Scottish Beekeepers Association examiners. The candidates were joined by their mentors and other members after the examination to celebrate their success . All six candidates passed with flying colours. A celebration lunch was held at the Bee Academy to mark this annual special event. 

So You Want to Keep Bees!


Newbattle Beekeepers Association runs a course each year to help new beekeepers learn the art and craft of beekeeping. The course gives aspiring beekeepers a good working knowledge of both the theory and practical aspects of beekeeping.The 2023-24 course is almost complete. The 2024 25 course is fully subscribed. If you are interested in joining the association and becoming a participant in the 25-26 course starting in July click on the link:   I Want to Keep Bees  

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