The task of painting the building has started. Before the first paint can be applied the task of washing down the walls and ceiling needs to be completed and this task is underway. Once complete painting will begin. The colour scheme is green and putty white. These colours were chosen in an effort to maintain the character of the building.
Colin washing down the ceiling in preparation for painting
The electrical contractor worked over the weekend to install an electrical supply to the building. Their first task was to strip out the existing wiring and replace it with an installation that would meet current regulations.
Fitting the socket outlets in the microscope area
Fitting the light switches
The work was completed over the weekend and all that remains is to fit the lampshades. In a desire to retain some period features in the building the original shades will be spruced up and reused.
Friday saw the Bee Academy Project planning team meet at Newbattle on Friday morning to review the progress made during the week and to plan the work for the coming week. Alex will work over the weekend on plumbing tasks and the electrician will make a start on the electrical work.
Malcolm, Myriam, Martin, David and Andrew the joiner the Friday planning meeting
Sunday will give members an opportunity to make a further contribution to the practical tasks when painting gets underway. The project management team are keen to use a vintage colour scheme in keeping with the heritage of the building.
Keep an eye out for the next update when it is hoped the electrical work will be completed and the lights will be switched on.
Project Manager, Martin Vevers reports significant progress on both the interior and exterior refurbishment of the Bee Academy building. The windows have been glazed and some of the window security grills have been fitted. The entrance security screen is also in place.
Newly glazed window
Window security grill
Entrance security screen
An internal partition has been constructed making for a more flexible use of the building. Work will start soon on fitting out the kitchen area and laying the new floor surface. Plumbing work started last weekend will resume again on Saturday and work on the electrics will get underway soon.
There was an excellent turnout of members throughout the day to work on the building refurbishment. The main tasks undertaken were the treatment of the exterior timber cladding, washing down the interior walls in preparation for painting, work on fitting pipes for the water supply and fitting pipework for the toilet. In addition a general clean and tidy of the working areas was undertaken.
The weather was dry and the sun was out but it was cold so the homemade soup made by Kimberly & Jubin was very welcome during the lunchtime break.
Significant progress was made throughout the day and what was thought to be two days of work was achieved in one.
A job well done - Members of the Saturday Work-party
The replacement external cladding and insulation material are now on site and work commenced on Monday of this week to remove the old, and in places rotting external wood cladding. With this work complete the task of insulating the building started and this work is now advanced as can be seen from the photographs below. The next job is to replace the external cladding with all new material. Watch this space for updates and photographs as the work progresses.
Insulation material is placed between the inner and outer walls
The tickets for the Our Bees Need You Draw are now available to purchase. The first sales were made at the Newbattle Abbey College Christmas Fair on Saturday 25 November. 130 tickets were sold during the day. Members also collected books of tickets to sell. Tickets are still available from Myriam and she has kindly agreed to post them to those willing to sell them on behalf of the Our Bees Need You - Newbattle Bee Academy fund-raising campaign. If you have not already requested or taken tickets please get in touch with Myriam. The Draw will take place at Newbattle on Saturday 6 January 2018.
We printed one thousand tickets. Please do what you can to sell as many of these as possible.
Take a look at the prizes on offer, all of which have been donated.
Detail from the Blanket
Handmade Lap Blanket designed to resemble a Brood Frame complete with Bees
three bottles from the case of wine
A case of Wine that includes medal winning wine
A Gift Voucher to the value of £25 to be used at Harrisons of Peebles
Handmade Silver Chain Pendant with Fresh Water Pearl Detail
A Gift Voucher to the value of £30 to be used at Shear Magic Hairdressing, Dalkeith
A typical Bedroom at the Bruntsfield
Voucher for One Night Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for Two
Joyce, Peter, Helen and Myriam were invited to, and attended a reception at the Scottish Parliament to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the establishment of Newbattle Abbey College.
Peter, Joyce, Myriam and Helen at the Scottish Parliament Reception
Marian Docherty - Vice Principal, Ann Southwood - Principal & Joyce Clark - Newbattle Abbey College
Principal Ann Southwood is retiring and it was announced at the reception that Marian Docherty, Vice Principal will succeed Ann as Principal. Joyce, Myriam, Helen and Peter congratulated Marian on behalf of the Association.
A work party of members assembled on Sunday morning to clear the WW2 hut of the materials that had been stored there over a number of years.
Outside the front door - the place to sort the good from the bad
The weather was kind and it was a bright and sunny day, if a little on the cold side. But no worries, as everyone there was keen to get stuck in to the task at hand.
Mark & Ewan loading discarded items into the nearby skip
The work party worked like bees and the hut was cleared and the skip loaded in a little over two hours. Some of the items were retained for future use. Things that were kept included pieces of timber that will be used in the refurbishment work, chairs that are always in short supply and one or two pieces of furniture that will come in useful and save us money when we come to think about furnishing the hut.
An internal view of the cleared hut
It is possible that the hut was used as barracks to house soldiers that were stationed at Newbattle during and for a short time after WW2. The evidence for this are numbers painted on the walls above the green lower part of the wall down both side walls of the hut. The spacing between the numbers is right for the space between beds.
Martin has lost no time in getting the work started to refurbish the hut and plans are in hand to commence with the work at the earliest opportunity. Peter was around to video record the clear out work and the footage he took will become part of a video diary to capture key moments in the progress towards the establishment of the Newbattle Bee Academy.
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A 10-year lease was signed today on behalf of NBA by Myriam Baete, Vice President and Ann Southwood, Principal, on behalf of Newbattle Abbey College.
Myriam Baete, left and Ann Southwood, right signing the lease document
Jude Lorrain-Smith, far left & George Currie, far right witnessed the signing
Now that the lease is signed work on clearing the hut can begin. A skip is needed before work can start on the clearing work and Martin Vevers will liaise with George Currie, NBAC Facilities Manager to arrange the skip to be placed in proximity to the hut so that the clearing work can start. A work party will be arranged to undertake this work. Helen Nelson will make the necessary arrangements once the skip is organised.
Peter Jack was on hand to photograph the signing ceremony.