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  • Sunday, August 25, 2019 15:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contributed by Helen Nelson

    John gets the barbecue going

    A red letter day for NBA yesterday when members voted at a Special Members’ meeting for changes to the NBA Constitution to finalise registration as a Scottish Charitable Organisation (SCO). Next step is to send a certified copy of the amended Constitution to OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) after which we will receive our charity registration number. Many thanks to all members for their support to get us to this stage.

    After the meeting members spent a relaxed afternoon enjoying a barbecue expertly prepared by John. A big thank you to all those who helped with the organisation. The weather was perfect....


  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 18:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

    Read the full story Here

    Half a billion bees have died in three months - so what's happening with bees globally?

  • Saturday, August 17, 2019 21:11 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    All set up and ready to go - Lorraine & Annette waiting for the first visitors

    Lorraine explains what is going on in the observation hive to a fascinated young visitor

    Annette (Senior Sales Assistant) makes the first sale of the afternoon

    The observation hive was (almost) as popular as the face painting with our young visitors. (note the magnifying glass)

    The Association was again invited to participate in the Cyrenians Midlothian Community Hospital Garden Open Day. The event gives us the opportunity to promote the association, bee conservation and the important role that bees have in the garden as well as giving us the opportunity to sell our produce and raise funds for our activities.

    Our representatives at the event were Lorraine, Annette and Malcolm and they were kept busy for the afternoon talking to the many visitors that were attracted to the observation hive that was on display. It was of great interest to both young and old alike with our oldest visitor celebrating her 92nd birthday with a visit to the Garden Open day. The observation hive was without doubt the main attraction to the many young visitors who stopped to ask questions when they spotted the hive.

    Honey, Beeswax Wraps and Honey Tablet were the biggest sellers. We raised in excess of £200 during the afternoon and made a small donation of £25 to the Cyrenians to support the excellent work they do in the Community Hospital Garden.

    Our thanks to those helping on the day and also to those donating items to sell on the stall. 


  • Saturday, August 17, 2019 09:12 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

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    One keeper says he spotted the signs and had to burn an entire hive to protect others.

  • Saturday, August 17, 2019 09:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

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    An outbreak of a highly contagious disease that kills of larvae is found in a colony in Perth and Kinross.

  • Monday, August 12, 2019 06:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Monday, August 05, 2019 16:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contributed by Helen Nelson


    Lunch over, off to the apiary - Phil Collett S of S Beekeepers Association far left

    Gerry, 2nd right, our driver for the day joined in the activities

    NBA members had a memorable day yesterday visiting South of Scotland Beekeepers Association Bee Space near Dumfries. A huge thanks to Phil CollettLorraine Johnston and John Mellis for making us very welcome and sharing their remarkable journey on creating their wonderful Bee Space facility. Lorraine also gave informative insight to her work at Annan Academy setting up and managing a juniors' Bee Club and pioneering the NP5 Beekeeping qualification for Academy students. Lorraine is a role model for others to emulate. A packed lunch and the usual amount of cake and biscuits having been consumed, we ventured into their enviable apiary to check out some colonies. I was particularly taken with the cute little Abelo hive where we saw the new queen which Phil duly marked. Thanks again and many congratulations SoS on your wonderful achievements. And .. the weather was perfect :-)

    In the Apiary - John Mellis, far right, Phil Collett, centre left & Gerry the driver, centre right . 

  • Thursday, August 01, 2019 09:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest update from Bees Abroad on their work in Zambia and Uganda is just in. Brief details are given here .

    The Zambia project is in Monze which is in the Southern Province close to Victoria Falls. It is in partnership with the Sustainable Rural Development Agency to train women in adding hive products to smallholding farm yields. Beekeeping typically increases family income by around 20% and the project is going well.  Stuart Andrews visited in April-May to check on progress with Phase 2 and plan the third phase of the project.

    Should you want to find out more about this work in Zambia read more Here 


    Supporting Young Beekeepers in Uganda

    Volunteer from Bees Abroad are sharing their skills with young people in Uganda, helping them to learn and build their own livelihoods. In Uganda 70% percent of the population is aged 24 or under and 83% of 15-24 year olds are unemployed.

    Working with Africa Ray of Hope Bees Abroad have recently completed a train the trainer course  with a youth group near Fort Portal.
    When the course started they already had five hives, but they were in a swamp, the combs were crossed and what they had learned about beekeeping was not adequate to make the most of the opportunities beekeeping brings. The first step was to improve the local beekeeping and help to establish a well-managed community training apiary.

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019 10:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contributed by David Hennessey

    Myriam, Ian J Keith & David

    Contributed by the Bowling Club

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