A Big Thank You to Myriam, Helen & David
At the association AGM held on 2 February, 2020 Martin Vevers, the newly elected Chairperson presented small tokens of appreciation to Myriam Baete who is standing down as Apiary Manager, Helen Nelson who served for four years as the association Secretary and David Hennessey who stood down from his role as Chairperson in October 2019.
Each received a hardwood board made from locally sourced timber and made by association member Michaela Huber. The boards are engraved with a Celtic bee which is used as part of the Newbattle Beekeepers Association logo.
Helen was later elected to serve as Vice Chairperson and Myriam & David were elected as Trustees for 2020.
Martin went on to present certificates to those members present who were successful in passing SBA Module Examinations in Apiculture. Martin was also successful in the examination he sat and his certificate was presented to him by Neil Rutherford, Study group leader.
Neil presenting Martin with his certificate
Annette and Ewan are one examination away from attaining all seven SBA Apiculture modules.
They are currently preparing to sit Module 8, their final module exam in March of this year.
Should they be successful in that examination they will be awarded the Advanced Module Certificate to recognise having passed all 7 modules .
Ewan has started his preparations for the Intermediate Practical Certificate which will be followed by the Apiarean (advanced practical) Certificate. On attaining that, Ewan will be awarded the Expert Beekeeper Certificate.
Annette Evans & Ewan Mealyou
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Visit our Learn More page for further information on beekeeping and our many activities. You will find leaflets and articles covering a wide range of beekeeping topics and information on Newbattle Beekeepers Association & Bee Academy activities.
Newbattle Beekeepers Association (NBA) started in the grounds of Newbattle Abbey College (NBAC) 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 80+ members and has become one of the foremost Scottish associations, trailblazing in the field of education for new and not so new beekeepers.
As well as supporting the more experienced beekeeper, NBA operates with a strong emphasis on training new beekeepers to become certified Scottish Beekeeping Association (SBA) Basic Beekeepers following a full-year practical training programme involving caring for and maintaining a colony of bees in a dedicated hive. Find out more about the programme Here
The course participants join as members of the association through referral, or from having completed the Introduction to Beekeeping classes sponsored by and held at Newbattle Abbey College and delivered each year over a 6 weeks' period in late Spring and Autumn.
We also offer a programme of lectures, visits, demonstrations and other practical activities related to the craft of beekeeping.
In May 2018, on World Bee Day we launched Newbattle Bee Academy to promote the art and craft of beekeeping and as a resource to be used by the community.
On 28 August 2019 the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) entered the association in the Scottish Charity Register. This means that Newbattle Beekeepers Association now has charitable status under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. Our charity number is SC049575.
We are required to supply a copy of our constitution to anyone who asks for it. You can read and download a copy Here
We are also required to supply a copy of our annual accounts. The 2019 accounts will be available here when they are published after the AGM in early February 2020.
Why You'll Love Keeping Bees
Is Beekeeping For Me?
If you like thriving gardens, biology, nature, and helping the community and environment, keeping bees can be a deeply satisfying hobby.
As you've no doubt heard and read, pollinators are experiencing unprecedented decline. The reasons are many, but interest in beekeeping is growing because of it. One way to provide garden and community pollination is by keeping honeybees. Hive by-products are a major bonus. Honey for eating and cooking and wax for candles, balms and other products.
Learning the Craft
Successful beekeeping calls for an ability to handle bees with gentleness and firmness, and without fear. The good beekeeper will train to become keenly observant, capable of making quick and accurate diagnosis, and be alive to the needs of their bees. The intending beekeeper is advised not to acquire bees until they have had an initial period of preparation in the elements of the craft. this can be done by handling bees under supervision. Newbattle Beekeepers Association gives the aspiring beekeeper the opportunity of meeting experienced local beekeepers and the benefits offered by the association including hands on training delivered through Newbattle Bee Academy
About Honey Bees
"The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams"
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau lived for two years, two months, and two days by Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. His time in Walden Woods became a model of deliberate and ethical living. His words and deeds continue to inspire millions around the world who seek solutions to critical environmental and societal challenges.