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Use the power of Twitter to spread the word about Our Bees Need You campaign

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Wednesday, 26th July 2017 @ 6:36pm

  • Do you use Twitter? It is a great way to spread the word about our fundraising campaign.  Here are some things that you can do to get the word out using Twitter.

    • Follow NewbattleBees on Twitter
    • Look out for the tweets from NewbattleBees
    • Retweet the tweets from NewbattleBees
    • Generate interest about the campaign by mentioning in your own tweets

Our thanks to.... See latest Update

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Tuesday, 25th July 2017 @ 11:53am

  • See the latest update on the supporters of Our Bees Need You campaign.

    Make your contribution by following the link on the the 'Our Bees Need You' page of the website.

    Many thanks to our supporters up to and including 24 July. 

Change to apiary clear up day

Posted by Helen Nelson, Friday, 21st July 2017 @ 9:57am

  • G'day NBA members. This is a notice for change to the apiary clear up day:

    I posted a request on Wednesday for help with the apiary clear up this Saturday. Many thanks to those who said they would be there. While the sun is shining this minute, tomorrow's forecast is rain from 11 am onwards :-( So... the clear up day will be rescheduled to Saturday 29 July - weather permitting. I will send out an invite for your calendars. Happy beekeeping till then

Check Out the Latest Thank You Listing to 20 July 2017

Posted by Malcolm Evans, Thursday, 20th July 2017 @ 10:54pm

  • See the most up to date listing of the contributors to the 'Our Bees Need You' campaign at:

    Our thanks to....   page (Third tab from the Left)

    The listing covers the period from the launch of the campaign on 19 July up to and including 20 July 2017.

Beecraft timely reminder - 19 July 2017

Posted by Helen Nelson, Wednesday, 19th July 2017 @ 9:54pm

B Day is here - The Chuffed "Our Bees Need You" fundraising campaign is now LIVE!

Posted by Helen Nelson, Wednesday, 19th July 2017 @ 9:31am

  • Check out your mail box for the member guide to a successful fundraising campaign.

    Message to share:

    Our bees are in serious decline. We have lost over 50% of bees through disease, loss of habitat and intensive farming. Many crops are pollinated by bees and without them we are in trouble. Please log into the Chuffed fundraising site and give generously to help create the Newbattle Bee Academy to train an army of future beekeepers to help stop the downward trend of bee mortality, and provide an ongoing sustainable environment for nature's amazing little helpers on which the world so heavily relies.


Email from Gavin Ramsay re the next Queen Rearing course in August

Posted by Helen Nelson, Monday, 17th July 2017 @ 10:04am

  • Hello Everyone

    We are pleased to let you know that registration for the Queen Rearing Workshops on 5th and 19th August near Perth is now open to all.  We still have some places left for both days.  The fee for the day of £40 includes lunch.  Booking details here:

    kind regards

    John, Jeff, Tracy, Karen and Gavin

Just set up a Twitter account - NewbattleBees

Posted by Helen Nelson, Friday, 7th July 2017 @ 9:32pm

Latest Bee Craft Reminder

Posted by Helen Nelson, Wednesday, 21st June 2017 @ 11:37pm

Move from College apartment to the student hut

Posted by Helen Nelson, Saturday, 17th June 2017 @ 11:12pm

  • Another big event today was the move of our stuff from the college apartment to the student hut. Huge thanks to Joyce JackPeter Jack, James Campbell, Michael Campbell, Lorraine Aitken, David HennesseyEwan MealyouAnnette Evans and Malcolm Evans for your dedicated and hard work today in the heat of the noon day sun in completing the magnificent achievement of leaving the student hut with almost everything in place. It was warm work well done :-) We greeted our first visitors Alan Riach SBA President and BB Examiner and Jane Slight SBA BB Examiner. See NBA FB page for pics

Basic Beekeeping exam success

Posted by Helen Nelson, Saturday, 17th June 2017 @ 11:06pm

Heads up to check if the bees need supplementary feeding due to the rain in the past week

Posted by Helen Nelson, Saturday, 10th June 2017 @ 12:15pm

  • This note is to recommend that members heft your hives and put on a 1:1 sugar syrup feed if they feel light. Peter has flagged that the hives he is managing are all light following the recent rainy weather preventing the bees going out to forage and so using up their honey stores. 

    @Bee minders - thanks for checking the NBA hives you are minding and taking necessary action.

    If anyone has comments or questions remember that you can use the Members Forum tab to reach out to the wider membership for feedback/guidance.


Invite to Bees for Development Garden Party London 29 June 2017

Posted by Helen Nelson, Monday, 5th June 2017 @ 1:25pm

Thornes May Round Up Newsletter

Posted by Helen Nelson, Monday, 5th June 2017 @ 12:50pm

Beecraft Timly Reminder - 31 May 2017

Posted by Helen Nelson, Wednesday, 31st May 2017 @ 11:03pm

  • Bee Craft Timely Reminder - 31st May 2017 

    Healthy Bees with honey. Photo: Belinda Chantler

    Carry out a disease inspection.

    It’s good practice to do a thorough disease check occasionally. Get to know what healthy brood looks like so that you notice when something is not quite right

    If you are at all concerned don't hesitate to ask the Bee Inspector to come and check with you. Contact details for your local one can be found here

Help needed - SBA needs stewards for the SBA tent at Gardening Scotland - 3 and 4 June 2017

Posted by Helen Nelson, Sunday, 28th May 2017 @ 1:10pm

  • Enid Brown SBA Shows Officer is short of stewards for the SBA Tent at
    Gardening Scotland (Ingliston) on Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June 2017.

    Enid will provide stewards with an entry ticket. Show hours are 9.30 am to 5 pm.
    Stewarding duties are simply interfacing with the public and answering
    beezy questions.

    If you are availabe and want to support Scotland's bees, as well as visit the Gardening Scotland event, please contact Enid  at or 07763 809367

SCOTLAND’S BEES NEED YOU to tell their story at the Royal Highland Show

Posted by Helen Nelson, Monday, 22nd May 2017 @ 2:18pm

  • See note below from SBA requesting volunteer stewards for the Royal Highland Show:

    Dear Beekeeper

    The Royal Highland Show is just a few weeks away and we need more stewards for the Honey Tent.  There will be large numbers of visitors wishing to hear about bees and beekeeping. 

    Although it’s our best chance to promote respect for bees and for beekeepers, there are simply not enough volunteers signed up so far.  

    Please get in touch as soon as possible – the attachment explains what information to send – and remember that your entry ticket and parking permit will be provided for you.


    Mobile phone: 077743 703 022

    See you there!

    Susan Fotheringham

    Stewards’ Coordinator.

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