Contributed by Helen Nelson
A blast from the past! ....2 years ago yesterday we launched the fundraising programme "OUR BEES NEED YOU! and with courage, determination, resilience and great team working, the target was soon exceeded. Starting with a derelict WWII hut, and with the generosity and kindness of volunteer NBA members, family, friends, businesses and other contributors, the Newbattle Bee Academy was officially launched on 20 May 2018 (World Bee Day). SInce then it has been used as a learning space for beginner and experienced beekeepers alike, a meeting place for members and others, a training facility to deliver training courses and workshops, and while the NBA apiary is the beating heart, the Bee Academy is the buzzing hub of NBA activities. The NBA Committee thanks all contributors over the past 2 years for their amazing contributions of time, skills, financial and all other kinds of donations, and Newbattle Abbey College for being an encouraging and supportive partner over the years. We look forward to optimising all opportunities presented to teach more new beekeepers, provide continuous learning for all members and spread awareness of the importance of bees to our environment.