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Change of date: Access to apiary congested on Thursday 24 August 2017

Posted by Helen Nelson, Tuesday, 22nd August 2017 @ 12:40pm

  • Change of plan: Filming has now been changed to Thursday from 7 am to 11 am .....

    Message from college Facilities Manager re the above

    For info ,

    Jason Burnet unit 10A1 is having a promotional film shot at the Business Park This Wed 23rd Aug  between 10am and 3pm so there will be approx. 12 vehicles the bulk will park down round the parade ground…..There should be no impact on other tenants and if they do film externally they will consult with any tenants involved.

    If any issues arise on the day give me a call or contact Amy Morement ( the productions locations Manager ) on 07800989885




News Update - Our Bees Need You - Campaign Fundraising Ideas

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Monday, 21st August 2017 @ 3:22pm

  • We still have a way to go to meet our £25,000 target - Six Ideas for You to Consider to Help Boost the Total

    A number of NBA members are now organising fund-raising events in their own communities to contribute to the campaign funds needed to set up the Newbattle Bee Academy as part of the wider Our Bees Need You effort. Here are some ideas that you might want to try to boost the campaign funds.

    Car Wash - Charge your friends and family to wash their cars.

    Five a Side Football - Challenge your mates to a five a side match - each member of the team pays to play. They can also get their friends/family to sponsor them.

    Film Night - Create your own cinema and hold a film night for family & friends. Sell popcorn & drinks and charge an entry fee. Theme the night on your favourite type of film.

    Games - Scrabble, Chess & Trivial Pursuits - For all those who love the challenge of a board game. Why not have a tournament?

    Coffee Morning - organise a coffee morning, and why not make it a fair-trade event too?

    24 hour fast - How long can you go without eating? Get sponsored.

    The Best of Luck with whatever you try.


Our Bees Need You - Campaign Funds Top £6,000

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Thursday, 17th August 2017 @ 11:13am

  • Would you believe it? Campaign Funds have hit the + £6,000 mark. Enough to make a start on the refurbishment work on the WW2 hut that will become the Bee Academy. Negotiations are continuing with Newbattle Abbey College authorities as to when work can start. It looks like the second half of September is a distinct possibility. However, the campaign continues work to raise the finance needed to undertake the refurbishment work. We have contacted the Tesco Bags of Help grant programme which is funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores. Work will commence on putting together an application in the very near future.

    You can make your pledge to support Our Bees Need You and The Bee Academy at:

Be(e) One of the First to Pick Up the August 'Honey Recipe' cards - Caramelised Applies, Honey & Ice Cream

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Thursday, 10th August 2017 @ 9:47pm

  • Are you attending the monthly meeting on Sunday 13 August?

    If you are, you will be able to pick up the first Honey Recipe of the Month cards. They will be available to collect from Sunday 13 August. The initiative is part of the fund-raising campaign to raise the money needed to refurbish the hut that will become the Newbattle Bee Academy.

    A new recipe will be published each month to coincide with the monthly meeting.

    The cards proved very popular when they were used at the Dalkeith Show recently.

    The August recipe is for Caramelised Apples, Honey and Ice Cream - A divine medley of texture and flavour that's irresistible and easy to make.


Newbattle Traffic Management Plans

Posted by Helen Nelson, Wednesday, 9th August 2017 @ 9:05am

  • An update below from Dave Jack NBAC Caretaker:

    Just to let you know that as part of the gas pipe installation to Newbattle Abbey College, there will be temporary traffic lights sited at the main gate as from Monday next week to allow the pipe to be run from the housing estate and over Newbattle Road.

    The lights will be in place all week whilst this essential works takes place. 

    Apologies in advance for the disruption this may cause.

The Bees Need YOU (Almost as much as you need them)

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Tuesday, 8th August 2017 @ 11:50am

  • Here at Newbattle Bees it is a given that we love Honey Bees!

    We believe that everyone should give something back to the bees that do so much for us.

    Did you know:

    • Bees pollinate around one third of both fruit and vegtable crops
    • Honey Bee colony numbers have fallen over the past 50 years, mainly due to disease and lack of food for forage

    We are passionate about looking after the Honey Bee and to further this we are working towards setting up the Newbattle Bee Academy
    You can find out more and support us to do this by visiting Our Bees Need You campaign at:

A BIG Thank You to ALL Contributors - But are YOU on the List?

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Friday, 4th August 2017 @ 11:03pm

  • The are now 70 contributors to Our Bees Need You campaign and they have contributed the amazing amount of £5,100 between them. See who they are at Our thanks to.... page


    We need more people like them to come forward and make a contribution to the campaign. Have you made your contribution yet? You can do so at:

Our Bees Need You - crowdfunding campaign - Update

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Tuesday, 1st August 2017 @ 10:13pm

  • The first 14 days of the Chuffed crowdfunding campaign are behind us. There are almost sixty individual supporters plus those that made a cash donation at the Dalkeith Show. The total raised to date is in excess of £4,000. It is vital to keep up the momentum if we are to reach our goal of raising sufficient funds to refurbish the WW2 hut at Newbattle Abbey College and turn it into The Bee Academy.

    Check out the campaign at:

    While you are here take a look at Our thanks to....  
    page where you will see the up to date listing of our supporters

Further information on the gas excavation work at the College

Posted by Helen Nelson, Tuesday, 1st August 2017 @ 4:17pm

  • Latest from David Jack NBAC Caretaker
    As you may be aware, we are having a main gas supply brought into the college which entails digging a trench to lay the pipe from Newbattle Abbey Crescent housing estate. After much discussion with Historic Scotland we have been given the go ahead to proceed with these works.
    The works at some point may interrupt the normal flow of traffic in and out of the business park so in this case please use the main college drive as your way in and out. The contractors will be on site tomorrow 2nd Aug to commence work.
    Thanks in advance for your co-operation.

SBA ABA Secretary July Newsletter

Posted by Helen Nelson, Tuesday, 1st August 2017 @ 1:54pm

SBA July Newsletter - Its all about the honey

Posted by Helen Nelson, Tuesday, 1st August 2017 @ 1:47pm

Scottish Asian Hornet Monitoring - Spring Report

Posted by Helen Nelson, Tuesday, 1st August 2017 @ 1:37pm

  • See below a summary of the Spring monitoring report from Fiona Highet SASA.

    SASA is a Division of the Scottish Government Directorate for Agriculture & Rural Economy

    Please find attached a copy of the report covering Asian Hornet monitoring in Scotland during the Spring. 

    For those who want the abbreviated version – we had over 40% positive responses, with NO FINDINGS of Asian hornet – a success! Many thanks to all involved, and I would be very grateful if you could carry out another trapping period for a minimum of 3 weeks starting at the end of July. The link mentioned in the document is if it’s easier to open from here.

    report spring trapping.pdf

Colin Beattie Midlothian North and Musselburgh MSP highlights "Our Bees Need YOU" campaign in his July Newsletter

Posted by Helen Nelson, Monday, 31st July 2017 @ 6:48pm

Chuffed Crowd-funding Campaign achieves 50+ supporters

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Monday, 31st July 2017 @ 1:12pm

  • The crowd-funding campaign is now into week two and sees 50+ supporters to date.

    The Association would like to express their thanks to the growing number of supporters. If you have not visited the campaign page it is as easy as clicking on the link below. 

    Watch the video and read our story of why we want to support the bees by setting up the Bee Academy


Day 10 of the Chuffed Crowdfunding Campaign Sees £3,790 in the Bank

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Saturday, 29th July 2017 @ 8:50pm

  • The Crowdfunding Campaign - Our Bees Need You - is now well underway. The total raised to date is £3,790. There is still a way to go but it can be done. If you have not made your personal contribution yet please visit the campaign website at:

    Watch the video and read the story. Don't forget to select your PERK when you make your donation.

A Welcome Boost to our Bees Need You Crowdfunding Campaign

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Friday, 28th July 2017 @ 10:12pm

  • Today saw a very significant donation to the crowdfunding campaign for Our Bees Need You. Mike Brown & Dan Jones, from, a Livingston based business donated £1,500 to the campaign funds. Mike & Dan run a very successful online business providing a takeaway food ordering service. They have grown from a two man band to employing 11 staff and having around one thousand takeaway outlets across Scotland available on their online ordering site at
    The next time you are ordering a takeaway for either delivery or collection give them a try. There is no charge for the service. 

Hive Alive - Episode 1 shown on BBC 2 today - Now available to view on the BBC Iplayer

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Thursday, 27th July 2017 @ 5:34pm

  • This was a repeat of  episode 1 first shown in July 2014. If you did not see it today or in 2014 it is worth watching. 

    Chris Packham and Martha Kearny reveal the mysteries of the honey bee.
    It will be available on iplayer for the next 29 days from today.


Taming the Jungle

  • Saturday, 29th July 2017 at 10am - 4pm
    Location: Newbattle Apiary

    Dear Members,

    Some of our bee hives are…

    • 7 people attended

A welcome boost to Our Bees Need You Campaign

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Wednesday, 26th July 2017 @ 6:48pm

  • Today saw a very welcome contribution to our fundraising campaign. The contributor gets to have their name linked to one of the training apiary hives.

    Any ideas as to which one it should be?


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