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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 visit our Chuffed campaign sitehttps://chuffed.org/project/our-bees-need-you ;and give generously towards the £25,000 we need to create the Newbattle Bee Academy to train an army of future beekeepers to help stop the trend of falling bee colony numbers, and provide an ongoing sustainable environment for nature's amazing little helpers on which the world so heavily relies.
The Fund-raising effort continues. At the end of the first week in December the total amount raised stands at £23,376 which is
of the current £25,000 target. A budget monitoring meeting will take place on Saturday 9 December to review expenditure to date and identify any unforseen expenditure that is likley to occur.
The Latest Update from our Project Manager, Martin Vevers
Progress with External Work
The existing external cladding has been stripped from the rear elevation, south gable and part of the front elevation.
Insulation has been fitted to rear elevation and south gable.
Building paper has been fitted to the rear elevation.
New external cladding has been fitted to about 30% of the rear elevation.
The entrance steps have been repaired and rebuilt where necessary.
All brickwork has been repaired as needed.
Insulation complete and external cladding 30% complete to rear elevation
Entrance steps repaird & rebuilt
The old existing internal partition has been demolished and removed.
A second skip (donated) is on site and all the old timber chairs that did not fit into the first skip plus the old partition have been removed together with most of the stripped lining and felt and placed in the second skip.
Lining, building paper, insulation, partition framing, plasterboard, new doors and ironmongery are on site.
The first work party was arranged for Sunday 5 November with the task of clearing the building to make ready for the refurbishment work to begin. Thank you to the following for joining the work party:
Josefine Schneidt-Fraser, Lorraine Aitken, Malcolm Evans, Joyce Jack, Helen Nelson, Martin Vevers, Myriam Baete, Crick Carleton, Annette Evans, Ewan Mealyou, James Campbell, Peter Jack, Neil Rutherford Kate McNairney &
The lease on the WW2 hut is now in place and work is to start on Sunday 5 November to clear the building to allow the work on the refurbishment to start.
On the fund-raising front we are
there towards our total of £25,000.
Many thanks to our increasing number of supporters.
A welcome boost to the campaign funds from Awards For All Scotland
£10,000 to add the the campaign funds total from the Lottery Funded grant scheme. The award will be used towards the capital cost of the project.
Our many supporters are now starting to take up the 'Perks' they were promised when making their donations to the Our Bees Need You campaign. All those donating more than £10 will see their name permanently displayed in Our thanks to.... page of the website. The list is growing as more donations are made and fund-raising events are held. The first Hive dedication goes to Sue Cook and the first Apiary visit was made by the McMillan family from Bathgate. Take a look at the Donor Dedications page of the website for a full list of Book and Hive Dedications.
Campaign funds now total in excess of £21,500, which is 86% of target, boosted by an Awards For All grant, sale of surplus equipment and bees and several fund-raising events.
On-line donations are still possible and can be made at: