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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 140+ 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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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 now underway with 12 participants. If you are interested in joining the association and becoming a participant in the 24-25 course click on the link:   I Want to Keep Bees  

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Sunday 7 April, 2024

A live link will be available to members of the association shortly


2023 Trophy Winners From l to r

Neil Rutherford - Best Honey

Tina Misselbrook - Most Points, Baking

Martin Vevers - Best in Show (Victoria sponge)

Aidan Dorren - Best Newcomer 

Not available for photograph - Gino Jabbar - Most Points

Honey & Photography Judging complete & rosette and prize card awarded

Honey & Craft Show Trophies on Display >>>

The Glass Art Trophy (top left)

(Hand Blown Glass infused with honey)

Awarded for the best Exhibit in the honey classes

The Founders Cup - Peter & Joyce Jack (middle left)

The highest number of points accrued by a member of Newbattle Beekeepers Association

The 10th Anniversary Salver (top right)

The Best Newcomer to the Show 

The NBA Quaich (middle right)

The Best Exhibit on Show - all classes

The Baking Trophy (bottom right)

The highest number of points in classes 18-23


Another successful and fun NBA Honey and Craft Show was completed over the weekend of 25 & 26 November. Congratulations to all who submitted amazing entries. Interesting that honey entries were down this year. Probably a reflection of this year’s chaotic weather and the impact it had on the honey harvest. Grateful thanks to Judges Alan and Cynthia Riach, Steward Annette Evans and Show Organiser Malcolm Evans for all their hard work.

A new trophy was awarded this year - the NBA 10th Anniversary Commemoration trophy to be awarded at the Trustees’ discretion. It was awarded to the Best Newcomer Achievement in Show - Aiden Dorren

Another year of learning what are the highest standards to strive for and acclaiming our talented members.                                                                                  

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A great day at Vogrie Pogrie on Saturday 16 September. Even although it was cold compared to recently we had great fun sharing with visitors all about bees and selling Newbattle Beekeepers Association honey and products of the hive to raise funds for NBA. The music was lively and invigorating and seeing the kids (and adults) having great fun being chased by dinosaurs was a delight to watch. Huge thanks to Helen, Annette, Val and Malcolm for such a great job delivering yet another successful event.

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A very pleasant afternoon on Sunday 10 September attending Belhaven Hill School Countryside Fayre where we shared with pupils and parents all about the importance of honeybees and sold NBA products of the hive. We were delighted to have Deborah and Colin Mackay from East Lothian Beekeepers Association join us and hold a very popular and much in demand candle rolling session which was loved by adults and kids alike.

The afternoon’s activities were a huge success including the opportunity for everyone to milk the RHET cow, make yoghurt, press apples and drink apple juice, observe chutney making, and admire the adorable Shetland ponies. Lots of games and other activities were enjoyed. Huge thanks to Helen, Malcolm, Annette, Deborah and Colin for delivering another hugely successful event. 

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Find out more about the Varroa Communications strategy - Read the Bee-Blog Post dated 06 September Here

King's Park Primary School Dalkeith

Pupils from P5 made a visit to the Bee Academy on Thursday 1 June

Our visitors sent us their Thank You Cards when they returned to school after the summer break to tell us how much they enjoyed their visit and the activities that were organised for them on the day by our team of members led by Neil Rutherford.

Visitors to Newbattle - Friday 21 July

Trustees Helen Nelson (Chair), Malcolm Evans (Treasurer) and Neil Rutherford (Education Sub Group Lead) were delighted to welcome Anita Long from Tasmania and Michelle Berry SBA Development officer to the NBA Bee Academy and Teaching Apiary on Friday 21 July 2023. Anita founded the Tasmanian Junior Beekeepers organisation in 2017 exclusively for children aged 7 -17 (FB: Tasmanian Junior Beekeepers), and was conducting research in UK on teaching Juniors having been awarded the Australian Winston Churchill Fellowship grant. ( We very much enjoyed exchanging approaches to teaching juniors and wish Anita every success in completing her final report and to receiving a copy of her findings. It's always a pleasure to see Michelle to thank her personally for the wonderful support she provides to ABAs (Affiliated Beekeeper Associations) 

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Play Host to:

Anita Long, 2nd left & Michelle Berry, far right

on Friday 21 July at the Teaching Apiary, Bee Academy &

Newbattle Abbey Estate

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The Show was held on Saturday 8 July at Dalkeith Country Park and once again Newbattle Beekeepers Association took a stand to promote the association, beekeeping and bee conservation. A team of six member volunteers were around throughout the day to meet and greet visitors to the stand and to sell association honey and other products of the hive. An observation hive with a frame of bees was on display and this proved to be very popular with young and old alike. Honey tasting was also on offer throughout the day. This was an excellent sales promotion for the Newbattle Beekeepers Association honey that was on offer for sale to our stand visitors.

Grateful thanks must go to the "Show Team" for meeting and greeting our visitors, answering the many questions put to them also for promoting Newbattle Beekeepers Association and selling the range of products on offer.


One and All

Annette, Lorna, Malcolm, Martin, Rosemary & Val  

L - A team of six volunteers assisted throughout the day. Val W, Rosemary M & Martin V are on duty here.

C - The RHS exhibit was an excellent promotion of the products on sale

R - Annette E was on duty throughout the day offering honey tasting. This no doubt boosted honey sales.  

The 2023 - 24 Basic Beekeeper Course is Up and Running!

Sunday July 2, 2023 saw the launch of the Newbattle Beekeepers Association Basic Beekeeper Course at the Bee Academy and Newbattle Teaching Apiary. The course induction for the new intake of "Foster Parents" was led by Neil Rutherford, trustee responsible for our educational programme. The new course participants met at the Bee Academy and later went over to the Newbattle Teaching Apiary where their mentors for the next year were waiting to meet them. They were allocated the hives they will be looking after for the next year, their Bee Suits and course books. Here you see three of the new course participants getting to know their mentors for the year and no doubt making arrangements to carry out their first hive inspection.   

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100% Success For NBA Candidates with Their SBA Basic Beekeeper Examination at Newbattle on 10 June, 2023 

Everyone at Newbattle Beekeepers Association is extremely proud of our 12 newest beekeepers who today completed the Scottish Beekeepers Association  Basic Beekeeping Certificate. They have been a terrific group to work with over the last year. Many thanks to all of the mentors, supporters and examiners who assisted in the process.

Heather Brown

with mentor James Thomson

Joshua Curquejo (r)

with mentor Scott Clark

Stephanie Dias

with mentor Ross McGlade

Eniko Haar

with mentor Martin Vevers

Jonathan Haston (l)

with mentor Ian Evans

Jack Mayo (r)

with mentor Neil Rutherford

Ashley Moffat

with mentor Ross McGlade

& Lhotse (centre, looking on)

KenMcKnight (l)

with mentor Martin Wylupek 

& Clova (bottom l)

Claire Rankin

with mentor Martin Vevers

Beth Scott

with mentor Martin Vevers

Lorna Watson (r)

with mentor Kate McNairney

Nicola Watson (r)

with mentor Helen Boyle

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Honey Bee Swarms

Swarming is a natural process. Most swarms occur on warm sunny days from May to the end of July usually between 11am - 4pm

If you think you've got a swarm please click below

I think I have a swarm of Honey Bees 

Please inform us if the swarm leaves your property or someone else collects the swarm

This will save a wasted journey

Our volunteer beekeepers can only assist in cases of swarms of Honey Bees

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