Our Bee Academy Project was given some added publicity when we spent Friday morning at the Dalkeith Hardengreen Superstore to encourage shoppers to support us by giving us their vote in the Tesco Bags of Help latest voting round. We are up against a local primary school and a local Rainbow group.
Those of you living in the Dalkeith area please shop local, shop Tesco and vote for us with the blue tokens available at the checkout.
The Association were invited to participate in the Cyrenians Midlothian Community Hospital Garden Open Day on Saturday 18 August. Participating gave us the opportunity to spread the word about Bee Conservation and engage with the public in discussing the Art and Craft of Beekeeping. Just short of 300 people attended during the afternoon and a good number of them visited the NBA stall. The rain threatened but stayed away and we were able to engage with our visitors in different ways including selling them a jar or more of Newbattle new season honey or a Beeswax candle made by Lorraine using the recently purchased molds.
Helen & Lorraine making the stall ready prior to the gates opening at 2.00pm
The virtual hive was particularly popular and fascinated our visitors both young and old
The Que at the 'checkout' to purchase Newbattle Honey
The virtual hive in the foreground
Customers selecting candles to purchase with Lorraine & Annette on hand to advise
A visitor discussing the use of honey in cooking with Helen (just out of shot).
We sold 57 jars of honey during the afternoon as well as candles and honey dippers. The total raised was in excess of £250 and it will provide a small but useful boost to association funds.
Since the monthly meeting on 2 August which was given over to demonstrating the processes involved in honey extraction and giving the new intake of foster parents the opportunity to get their hands 'sticky' it has been all go in extracting and processing the new season honey.
The processing tasks were supervised by David Hennessey our Vice President with members new and old dipping in to lend a hand.
Honey extraction - David shows how its done.
Observers & Helpers (top)There is always time for a chat and a cup of tea (bottom)
The Last stage in the processing took place at the Bee Academy today when a small team of volunteers labeled the eighty-eight 227g jars that were being prepared for sale on Saturday from the Newbattle Beekeepers' Association stall at the Cyrenians Midlothian Community Hospital Garden Open Day from 2.00 till 4.00pm. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Newbattle Honey - On sale from Saturday 18 August at £4.00 per 227g Jar
Our Bee Academy Project has been selected to go through to the in-store voting stage of the Tesco Bags of Help Award Scheme. Please help our project by voting for us in-store between 1 September and 31 October 2018. Our Bees Need You!
Wednesday evening at 20.00hrs (25 July) is a date not to be missed for those who want to know more about Plants for Bees. The Webinar will last for an hour.
The guest "plant authorities" are Bridget Beattie PhD, NDB, who writes the BeeCraft monthly article Bee Plant of the Month and Lucy Whitter who is completing her PhD on Wildflower mixes for bees at the Botanic Gardens Wales.