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  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:42 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The SBA Practical Examination Results for 2019 were published in the December edition of The Scottish Beekeeper.

    There were 52 candidates from across the country gaining their Basic Beekeeping Certificate. Twelve (23%) of these were from Newbattle 

    John Berg

    Igor Busturia-Cerezo

    David Dowsett

    Kevin Field

    Stephen Hamilton

    Michaela Huber

    Maggie Lyons

    Lisa Massie

    Vince Moucha

    Claire Rowley

    David Suttie

    Paul Whyte 

    John was also joint winner of the Ian Craig Award for the highest mark in the Basic Beekeeping Exam.

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Tony Harris, NDB

  • Sunday, November 24, 2019 22:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Photographs by John Borowski

    The Honey & Gifts display - Decisions, Decisions!

     Hot Drinks & Light Bites in the Busy Bee Cafe

    Caroline - Face Painter Extraordinaire

    Kate (l)  admires a Face painting while mum chooses from the home baking selection

    The day is coming to a close, Joyce (l) engages in conversation with the last cafe customers.

  • Monday, November 18, 2019 20:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Justin Rowlatt is attacked by bees in Ethiopia's Tigray province, where vast tracts of land have been regreened.

  • Friday, November 15, 2019 20:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • Friday, November 15, 2019 20:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contributed by Helen Nelson 

    Newbattle Abbey College Drawing Room was the beautiful setting for NBA’s Beekeepers Question Time (BQT) last night (14/11/19). Huge thanks to panelist’s Matthew Richardson and John Hoskin for expertly answering a wide range of questions on bees and beekeeping and to Alan Riach for deftly chairing the event. We could have gone on till late into the night as anyone interested in bees can do as we learned interesting facts and new information. We stopped around 9.15 pm though to have tea and cake and buzzin’ chat. Huge thanks also to David Hennessey whose idea it was to host a BQT event and to the NBA members who made it happen. David did a grand job introducing the evening to an engaged audience from far and wide, wrangling the sound system and recording the event. Now the process is nailed we will definitely make BQT an annual event, and look forward to once again welcoming old and new friends alike.


           Welcome from David Hennessey (l to r) Alan Riach, John Hoskin & Matthew Richardson


    The 'engaged' audience


    Tea, cake & a Buzzin' chat

  • Monday, November 11, 2019 17:08 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Bee Academy was in full use over the weekend with Saturday seeing our members sitting the SBA Modular exams that they had prepared for over the past weeks at the Tuesday evening study group sessions. Many thanks to Neil Rutherford for leading these groups. Eight candidates entered for the examinations. Most were sitting Module Six ( Honey Bee Behaviour) Two candidates sat the Module One (Honey Bee Management) examination and One candidate Module Three (Honey Bee Diseases, Pests and Poisoning) 

    Sunday saw ten members working to produce some of the items that will on on sale in the Bee Academy building on Saturday 23 November when the association participates in the Newbattle Abbey College Christmas Fair that will open to the public at 11:00. The work party spent their time making Beeswax Wraps, Seed Balls and Beeswax Candles.


    If you want to get involved in the Christmas Fair Activities the next opportunity will be on Friday 22 November when there will be a 'Working Bee' to set up and prepare for the fair the following day. Register your interest in joining in by visiting the Events page on the website. 

  • Sunday, November 10, 2019 08:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Honey bees grab most of the limelight but did you know there are 180 varieties of bees in Wales?

  • Monday, November 04, 2019 11:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contributed by Helen Nelson


    We took the opportunity yesterday to ask Margaret Ginman General Secretary Bee Farmers Association to present SBA Intermediate Module Certificates and Module 7 “Selection and Breeding of Honeybees” certificates to six members. Pics look similar but check out the size of the certificates 

    Many congratulations to Neil Rutherford Ewan Mealyou Annette EvansMartin Vevers and Josefine Schneidt-Frazer for attaining distinctions, credits and passes in the Intermediate Module Exams, and similar results along with Lorraine Aitken in the Module 7 exam. Annette’s husband Malcolm collected Annette’s certificates.

    Ewan presented Neil with a thank you gift on behalf of study group members for his time, effort and leadership in setting up and leading the Modules study groups and steering the members to their success. Next exam is next Saturday 9 November 2019, Module 6 “Honeybee behaviour”. Good luck to all sitting SBA exams on the 9th 


  • Thursday, October 31, 2019 09:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    A new study shows hundreds of different butterflies, bugs and flying insects are declining across Germany.

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