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Local Affiliated Association Award Recipients

Local / Affiliated Association Award Recipients

C Neil Anderson, Kirkintilloch, Kelvin Valley BKA
Mrs Elspeth Anderson, Kirkintilloch, Kelvin Valley BKA

John Ross, Kettlebridge, Fife BKA
Ian Craig, Brookfield, Kilbarchan BKA

Mrs Moira Jenkin, Monifieth, East of Scotland BKA
James “Jim” Herd, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA

AJ Davidson, Inverness BKA
SC Rae, Aberdeen BKA

RG “Bob” Brown, Dumfries, South of Scotland BKA

No Nominations

Robert Wood, Aberdeen BKA

TW “Bill” Rowe, Nairn BKA
EB “Bob” Simpson, Cupar, Fife BKA

Mrs Helen Kinnes, East of Scotland BKA
Bob Marks, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA

Ben Bellamy, Helensburgh BKA
C Gordon Stewart, Glasgow BKA

Dr Arthur Ballantyne, Caddonfoot BKA
George Livingstone, Caddonfoot BKA
Sandy Gordon, Aberdeen and District BKA

John Salt, Moray BKA
John Tout, Dunfermline and West Fife BKA

Ken Mackay, Caddonfoot BKA

Drew Guthrie, Borders BKA
Fred Mitchell, Borders BKA
Bill Smith, Borders BKA
Frank Mirtle, Nairn and District BKA
David Brown, Helensburgh BKA
Irene Joyce, Sutherland BKA

Enid Brown, Dunfermline and West Fife BKA, Fife BKA

Magnus Peterson, Dunblane and Stirling BKA
Dr John Durkacz, Dunfermline and West Fife BKA

Charlie Irwin, Glasgow BKA

Tony Riome, Ayr and District BKA
George Duncan, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA
Allister Guy, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA
Tom McGravie, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA
Helen Kinnes, East of Scotland BKA, (Bar to the LA award)

Ian Lilley, East of Scotland BKA
Rita Calder, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA
Allan Drain, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA
George Mackay, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA

No nominations

John Cooper, Aberdeen and District BKA
Joyce Duncan, Ayr and District BKA
Ian Jamieson, Ayr and District BKA
Phil McAnespie, Ayr and District BKA
Alan Riach, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA
Eric McArthur, Glasgow and District BKA
Alastair Cameron, Helensburgh and District BKA
Neil Sandison, Helensburgh and District BKA
Bryce Reynard, Nairn and District BKA
Ben Bellamy, Helensburgh and District BKA (Bar to the LA award)

Ann Chilcott, Nairn and District
Bill and Suzanne Clarke, Ayr and district
Janice Furness, Fife
Fred Millwood, Inverness and District
Sandy Davidson, Nairn and District (Bar to the LA award)

David Wright, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA
Nigel Hurst, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA
Mike Thornley, Helensburgh and District BKA
Phil Moss, Oban & District Beekeepers
Norman Jarvis, Border Beekeping Association

Mrs Rebecca Higgins
Rebecca has been a member of Inverness-shire Beekeepers Association for 14 years, has served on the Committee since 2006 and was Treasurer from 2017 to 2010. She has been the Librarian since 2005 always sharing a selection of old and new books at meetings. Rebecca continues the legacy started with her late husband Chris demonstrating beekeeping to Brownies and to Primary School children. Rebecca is always a willing volunteer at the RHS and local honey shows and is considered a beekeeping champion by her ABA.

Graham Torrie
Graham is past chairman of Aberdeen & District Beekeepers Association. Graham managed the association apiary at Crathes and edited the association newsletter as well as leading the committee in its business. A skilled beekeeper, Graham is generous with his time using his excellent presentation skills to share his knowledge with other beekeepers, including delivering lectures at the annual Aberdeen beginners’ class and presenting practical sessions at Crathes, in addition to coaching beekeepers on a one to one basis in less formal settings. Graham is widely read, and shares recent research and relevant publications during his presentations. He is a frequent winner at the Aberdeen honey show, taking away no less than three trophies in 2016.

Jane Sik
Jane is an active member of Ayr Beekeepers, has been on the committee from 2010, starting as a committee member then becoming treasurer in 2012 until 2016 and is currently the Vice President. Jane gives generous support at over 50 meetings a year in the evening and at the club apiary where she is on hand to give advice and uses her teaching skills to pass on knowledge to others. Jane attends shows where she engages with the public, helping raise and awareness about bees, working at the shop and doing the commentary for the open hive demonstrations. Jane has gained seven modules and is using her knowledge to help others who attend the module study evenings every two weeks in the lead up to exams. 2 years ago Jane became joint editor of the club’s newsletter Buzzword which is published bi-monthly. Jane was deeply involved with the organisation, planning and delivery of the Ayr Beekeepers’ centenary event. Jane is always reading about bees and finding something new!

Ian Stirling
Ian has been a member of Ayr Beekeepers since 2008 and on the committee since 2010. Ian rarely misses meetings. He is in charge of the hives allocated for the intermediate beekeepers which are used for specific purposes and has attended several workshops on queen rearing. In 2017 he helped run a queen rearing course at the club apiary for the first time. While not sitting the exams, Ian attended all the module study evenings. He was one of the first to sit the new Intermediate practical exam and went on to attain the Apiarian certificate. Ian’s organizing skills are valuable at shows attended throughout the year both local and further afield. Ian generously shares learning from attending SBA and BBKA workshops. He is particularly good when doing microscopy and diseases and was part of a small team who did a practical evening on microscopy. Ian is excellent at making things e.g. hives, nucs and warming cabinets to name but a few. Often if something is needed Ian appears with it not long afterwards.

Lindsay Baillie
Lindsay joined Ayr and District Beekeepers Association in 2007 and within a year was elected to the job of Secretary/Treasurer. Over time, as the Association expanded its activities this job became much larger. The joint role was split with Lindsay keeping the role of Secretary. Lindsay is a teacher and delivered Duke of Edinburgh award classes to her senior students, one of whom is currently the Ayr and District Treasurer, Chris Urie. She accompanied juniors on a trip to Prague for an International Meeting of Young Beekeepers. Lindsay continues to teach beginners both at the Beginners Courses in Spring and at the Association Apiary, does all the extensive work involved in being Association Secretary, is a regular contributor at various Shows and often takes home the cups! She recently encouraged members to learn about wax – how to filter it and how to make candles some of whom won prizes at the Centenary Honey Show. Lindsay rarely misses an Association Apiary meeting, her contribution is invaluable and she works tirelessly for the Association.

Liz and Kev Howell
Liz and Kev have been the lynchpins of the Border Beekeepers Association since 2010. During this time, they have given unstintingly of their time. For most of this period Liz and Kev have provided what was humbly described as ‘admin support’ for the association. However, this has meant a huge amount of work, covering the organizing of speakers for the winter meetings, the organisation of the BBKA at local shows, training, membership secretariat, and links to the SBA. It is perhaps indicative of the amount of work that they did, that their roles have now been shared out between eight people. As well as their hard work, they both have been extremely welcoming to new members. They have set the tone of the association by their friendly and approachable style that has been noticeable at all meetings. They have recently given up their roles within the association and have decided to take a break from beekeeping for the time being, although they recently appeared as guest judges at the associations honey show.

Joyce and Peter Jack
Joyce and Peter started their beekeeping journey as members of Peebles Beekeepers Association with Joyce mentored by the loved and respected Walter Brodie and Jim Bogle. Both Peter and Joyce successfully completed the SBA Basic Beemaster Certificate and Peter has completed the SBA Microscopy module, and attended a SBA Train the Trainer workshop. In 2010, they set up the Lamancha Beekeepers Association apiary at Whitmuir Organic Farm, Lamancha, and launched Joyce’s brainchild of the first practical and hands-on one-year beginner beekeeper course, resulting in participants sitting the SBA Basic Beemaster (now Basic Beekeeper) certificate. Joyce was vigorous in pursuing LEADER and Awards for All grant funding to help achieve the environment and resources for developing and expanding the vision to create more certified beekeepers to practice effective honeybee husbandry and management, resulting in helping towards reducing the decline of honeybees in the Lothian and Borders region. In 2012, partnering with Nora Fitzsimmons and Newbattle Abbey College, Joyce and Peter relocated the Lamancha apiary activities to an apiary set up in the grounds of Newbattle Abbey College. Newbattle Beekeepers Association was formally constituted in February 2013. Through the dedication of its initial membership of 4, the NBA currently now has 48 adult members and 7 juniors. The one-year learning programme has led to 60 adult members and 6 juniors achieving distinction level passes of the SBA Basic Beekeepers’ Exam (BBE) since 2010. In 2015 the first 2 juniors, then aged 10 and 12, were the first juniors in Scotland to achieve certification. Over the years, Joyce held the dual roles of Secretary and Treasurer and worked unstintingly to ensure standards were improved and sustained, and used her know how in successfully achieving a third grant from Awards for All (£30k in total). Joyce became allergic to bee venom and stepped back from the practical aspects of beekeeping. She however channels her passion and energy into the ongoing development of NBA. She was the 2017 NBA Treasurer and President, and invigilates at the SBA Module exams held at Newbattle Abbey College. Peter has been Joyce’s stalwart partner putting his joinery skills to good use over the years in setting up and maintaining the apiary equipment, and has been generous with his beekeeping knowledge, mentoring beginner beekeepers and presenting workshops and demonstrations on beekeeping best practice. Peter continued to play a valuable role as a NBA Committee member until 2018. The dedicated and hard work by dynamic duo Joyce and Peter, in establishing a firm foundation in both apiary and educational development has made it possible for NBA members to create the Newbattle Bee Academy, work for which is now underway. Joyce and Peter are on the Bee Academy Steering Group and have made a valuable contribution to the progress made to date.

Kilbarchan and District – Peter Stromberg
Peter has over many years run a Beginners Beekeeping Course in Glasgow, which a number of Associations within the geographical area in the West use, and direct new members too and those showing general interest in beekeeping too. Whilst supported by Ian Craig and Charlie Irwin at the outset, in the recent few years Peter has had to take on the lead on ensuring this form of education continues and is now starting to imbue others from the ‘feeder’ associations into delivering elements of the programme, which runs over the autumn and Winter months. Without Peter’s tireless focus on this over the past 10+ years (longer than 7, when both Mhairi Neil and I came through this course), Kilbarchan would not have had the resources or structure to provide this to new members alone, supplementing our practical mentoring approach, and many of our new members have attended this course.

Glasgow and District – Susan Fotheringham
Susan along with Jackie Reid were instrumental in the re-formation of Lanarkshire Beekeepers’ Association. Initially arranging trial meetings to see if there was sufficient interest in having a group to set up an association and then to formalise this and affiliate with the SBA. Susan was their first Chairperson and at the last AGM became Secretary. Susan was a very active Chairperson promoting Lanarkshire both at local, regional and national level. She does talks at schools, WI, church groups etc – most recently – September to our local WI in Uddingston. Has promoted beekeeping at local events e.g. at the Scarecrow Festival in Bothwell. She has supported Bill Rintoul with the local beginners’ classes – which have had over 30 people each year over the last 2 years. Susan has been key in applying and getting funding including National Lottery money for Bee Equipment etc and in the education of members of the association. Susan has contributed at national level – particularly in organising stewarding at the RHS for the SBA. At an international level, she was instrumental in forging links with the French beekeeping groups -Jouey Beekeepers and Val D’Oise beekeepers for both Lanarkshire and Glasgow Associations respectively. Susan has also helped GDBKA as a member of their committee in getting funding for extraction equipment both for honey and wax. She was one of the formidable 4 who was on the Glasgow and SBA Autumn Convention sub committee who ensured the organisation and smooth running of the event.

EMBA – Matthew Richardson (nomination received from a fellow EMBA member supported by the EMBA Committee)
Matthew was one of the warmest welcomes provided on the Saturday practicals for the beginner course. His approach to integrating technology to beekeeping in combination with his great knowledge is accessible and interesting at all levels. He makes everyone feel a welcome and wanted part of the EMBA community.

Moray – Tony Harris
Many beekeepers will be well acquainted with Tony’s work on the ‘Healthy Bees’ project. This is the latest in a long list of the work he has carried out for the promotion of beekeeping husbandry, beekeeping knowledge and education. He has been a committee member/Trustee, Secretary, Chairman, Apiary manager and Education Team leader for the Moray beekeepers on more than one occasion stretching back into the mists of time. Always stepping in to fill a position when other members may be reluctant to fill these positions! Tony’s ceaseless work and infectious enthusiasm in teaching members new and old of the association in ‘best practice’ Beekeeping and encouraging members to become part of the education team, has promoted the association and made Moray beekeepers association Apiary arguably, the best training apiary in Scotland.

EMBA – Cynthia Riach
Cynthia is one of these people who get on with things and without whom events would not run as smoothly. It is essential that people like Cynthia are recognised for their input. Cynthia has always been a great supporter of EMBA activities over many years, quietly working away in the background and including:

• Helping with the Administration of the Honey Show (when Alan Riach was organising), making up recording charts, recording results and calculating the points for awards.
• Without fail, provides home baking for the Monday meetings
• Prepared a lot of EMBA apiary honey for sale at Monday meetings and taking control of payments for honey and teas.
• Very active in organising the Beginners’ course, doing a lot of the booking and paperwork required, over many years (prior to a more automated system being set up). She still books in attendees on the first night of the Beginners’ Course.
• Did all the checking, critiquing and organised the distribution of the Beginners’ booklet which would have been a whole lot less readable without her input.
• Helped to organise and administer the practical apiary visits, taking calls from lost beginners.
• Helped at the beginners’ frame-making nights, providing refreshments and cakes for the Beginners’.
• One of the few members who thoroughly goes the minutes of the AGMs and is a therefore a great reference point for the formal activities of the association.
• Helped at RHET farm open days where EMBA was requested to provide attendance & support.
• Continues to help set up and tidy away at the end of Monday meetings.

Fife Beekeepers’ – Isabel Brown
Isabel joined the Association and started beekeeping in 2007. She joined the committee in 2009 and was appointed Treasurer at our 2010 AGM. She has been an enthusiastic and absolutely reliable team member from the very start. Under her leadership our finances have been very healthy, and she introduced the scheme whereby members have been able to buy fondant, syrup, foundation, jars and frames at cost price, more than covering their membership fee in what they save on these purchases! She has represented the FBA at many local and national shows, is an expert on the observation hive and has recruited many new beginners through her enthusiasm for bees and beekeeping and her friendly, welcoming approach.


East of Scotland Beekeepers Association – Jim Batchelor
Jim has been a beekeeper for over seven decades having started with his father when hewas 12 years old living in the Angus countryside.

Peebles BKA – Mandy Clydesdale
Mandy has been a member of PBKA for 14 years. She has served as a committee member for most of that period and for the majority of that time as secretary.

KDBKA – Helena Jackson
Helena has been a member of the Scottish beekeepers Association (SBA) since 2012 She has been an active member of Kilbarchan and District Beekeepers’ Association (KDBA) for 8 years and was identified for her enthusiasm by the late Ian Craig who upon his retirement as Secretary of the association in 2015 invited Helena to take up the post. Whilst she modestly maintained she was not Ian’s first choice, we know better.

KDBKA – Donal and Joan Giltinan
Donal & Joan Giltinan for years have been the custodian of the common extraction equipment for the club and managed that stuff and sharing it out.

ADBKA – Hugh Donahoe
A long-term member of Aberdeen Beekeepers, Hugh is a former member of our committee. Since leaving the committee Hugh has continued to make a valuable contribution to the association. After gaining his expert beekeeper certificate Hugh became an SBA examiner and has since completed many practical assessments in this part of the
country. He has enjoyed considerable success over the years with his honey show entries and is also a honey judge.

ADBKA – Kirsty Sutherland
Until last year Kirsty was the Scottish Government bee inspector for this area. In addition to completing her official duties with diligence Kirsty also supported the association as a longterm committee member and as an instructor on our beginners’ course and at numerous apiary demonstrations. She is an effective communicator and always strives to promote good practice in the apiary, especially in the area of health and hygiene.

Ayrshire and District Beekeepers – Julian Stanley
Julian has been a boon to the club, especially when our fantastic Secretary sadly passed away over a year ago. Lindsay Baillie was really missed, and we had relied on her so much and didn’t realise it. A few of us had to try and fill the gap. Julian managed to hold the fort through some difficult times. He is a very patient person and is a good mentor for less experienced beekeepers. Julian has been current President since 2016. He spearheaded the move to a Scottish Charity and led the organising team for the 2017 Centenary convention with the SBA.

Western Galloway Beekeepers’ Association – Linda Robertson
Linda joined our association in August 2012 with no beekeeping experience and no bees. At the association AGM, two months later, she took on the role of secretary as she felt that by giving her time to the club she would be repaid with help and expertise. Over the next six years Linda transformed the administration of the association. As
secretary she organised meetings, speakers, visits and the mentoring of new beekeepers and mentees. She is the busiest of our members in terms of giving presentations to local groups. She exhibits and stewards at the Royal Highland Show and encourages other club members to do likewise.

Glasgow & District Beekeepers’ Association – Jim McBeath Pronounced ‘McBeth’
Jim has been a member of Glasgow and District Beekeepers Association for more than 10 years and of the SBA for more than 15. Jim is a ‘safe pair of hands’ and is utterly reliable. As a committee member he has volunteered for many tasks and all have been undertaken with quiet enthusiasm and utter

GDBKA – Ed O’Brien
Ed O’Brien has been a member of the Glasgow Association for more than 10 years and joined the SBA in 2011. He is an active and very enthusiastic member of the Glasgow and District Beekeeper’s Association and has given a lot of his free time for the association’s benefit. He has been treasurer of our association for the past 5 years and throughout his tenure has hosted most of our committee meeting in his home.

EMBA – Gordon Jardine
Gordon Jardine has been a member of EMBA (and the ABA) for nine years, joining the committee in 2013 and taking on the onerous duties of Secretary in 2014, a post which she still holds. She achieved her SBA Basic Beekeeping certificate in 2015 and has always been a strong supporter of the EMBA Apiary, participating in the apiary checking schedule and is always willing to tutor on beginner teaching sessions at the apiary.


ADBKA – Ian Mackley
Aberdeen and District Beekeepers Association would like to nominate Ian Mackley for the SBA ABA Award. Ian is a highly valued member of the ADBKA Committee and works with a high level of commitment and energy for the association. He successfully coordinates and delivers our beginners’ course each year, moving over to online teaching for 2020 and delivering socially distanced demonstrations at our apiary during the summer. A skilled beekeeper, he is always keen to expand his knowledge through courses and study, freely sharing his knowledge. Ian has written many and varied articles for both our newsletter and the SBA magazine.

East of Scotland BKA – Gavin Ramsay
The East of Scotland Beekeepers’ Association committee wish to nominate Dr. Gavin Ramsay for an Affiliated Association award from the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association.
Gavin has been a beekeeper since the mid-1990’s. He started out with single colony and this number grew slowly into the 2010’s. Once he retired from the job as a plant geneticist at the James Hutton Institute it all got out of hand and he is now a bee farmer running over 60 colonies. His apiaries are spread around Tayside and into the Angus Glens. Gavin has been an ESBA member for around 20 years and during this time served on the committee and as our President. Gavin has dealt with administrative issues such as updating our constitution and now helping us change further to a SCIO. He has taken on a leading role in organising and delivering beginners and improver’s classes over a number of years and has been extremely generous in passing on his knowledge and in encouraging numerous members (new and established) to develop or improve skills in the craft. He has had a profound influence on improving the standard of beekeeping in ESBA with a particular emphasis on bee health but also in bringing in new approaches such as running workshops on grafting for example. He was the driving force to establish the Associations apiary where many members gain experience or take SBA exams. Here he had to win lottery funding to cover costs of equipment and stock. He has hosted numerous apiary visits for beginners, ESBA members and also for the general public, and this includes apiary open days and interactions with primary school pupils. He acts as a mentor every season and is often called on to help
members (or non-members) who run into problems.

East of Scotland BA – Stan Franklin
The East of Scotland Beekeepers’ Association committee wish to nominate Stan Franklin for an Affiliated Association award from the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association.
Stan, who hails from near Loch Lomond, was introduced to bees by way of a gift of two colonies from a family acquaintance followed by his father’s instruction to look after them. This was a different era of course, no varroa but the wet west coast climate to deal with as Stan learned on the job. Work took over for a while and the bees were put to the side. But once Stan was established as a Maths teacher in Angus, we believe he was given an ultimatum by his wife “get rid of the equipment or get bees”. Stan has, since that time run between 10 and 20 colonies and is a valued producer of local honey in the area around Barry and also exploiting the heather in the Angus Glens. For many years Stan assisted with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and at various points this involved helping youngsters and his staff colleagues to learn about bees.

KDBA – Iain McLaren
Iain McLaren has been a member of the Kilbarchan and District Beekeeping Association for many years and for longer than the current committee’s knowledge. We feel that Iain deserves this award due to his unstinting contribution in the promotion and running of the KDBA Honey Show for over 10 years and also in providing annual wax foundation making classes, whenever demand arose. Iain now still supports the current KDBA Honey Show Secretary and has been so helpful while handing over the reins to allow him to ‘retire’ formally from this officer post. In addition, Iain has for many years been unwavering in being a contact for Swarms and has visited many sites and responded to many calls from the public and also from other beekeepers needing a hand. It is probably overdue, to have recognised Iain for his contribution to our beekeeping association and its outputs.

KDBA – Duncan MacGilp
Duncan MacGilp has been a long-standing member of KDBA and has been our Vice President and President during his time with us. We as a committee feel he is very
deserving of the ABA award and these are some messages of why from a few of us: – As a new Secretary, stepping into the very large bee boots of Iain Craig, it was with great
appreciation that Duncan was supportive, and we worked really well together during his time as President. I would have regular calls about beekeeping business and general
beekeeping chit chat. Duncan is also hugely supportive of providing KDBA with opportunities to see his lovely apiary at ‘The Drum Estate’, which he did in 2016 and 2017 and on both occasions, we had the hottest days weather of each year and the largest number of attendances respectively. Duncan too was a KDBA Swarms contact and has
visited many sites and responded to many calls from the public and also from other beekeepers needing a hand. Last, but not least, he gives the best bear hugs around, is just
generally, a very gentle, nice man that I have the pleasure of knowing and making my beekeeping experience all the better for it. Having been in the Kilbarchan & District Beekeepers Association for over 10 years, I have been struck by the high level of engagement and support given by the more experienced beekeepers to the novices such as myself. When I joined the club there were several towering personalities in the group, most noticeably Ian Craig and Peter Stromberg, Ian is now sadly no longer with us. Tucked in behind them and very self-effacing was Duncan. His quiet engaging nature and strong sense of surprise and wonder at all matters concerning bees belied his skill and experience. He was and is a very approachable person and beekeeper and I have always felt happy to share my frustrations and mistakes with Duncan and he in turn fosters this aura of being still on that road of learning. He has always been helpful and prepared to come and visit and see something at my apiary that concerned or confused me and has always been helpful and thoughtful without any judgement. Like an older brother who has had a bit more experience, he is very approachable and that is important in our club with the sudden influx of new members. I think people like Duncan are the Quiet backbone of our group and I would fully support recognition of this at SBA level. I find Duncan friendly, always ready to reach out to new members encouraging them in their beekeeping and participation within the Association. Although an experienced Beekeeper he is modest, and this engenders a feeling of camaraderie allowing new members to discuss their experiences and issues they may have. He has also been helpful in supplying colonies to new members when needed. Apiary visits at Duncan’s Apiary have been a real joy

Lanarkshire Beekeepers Association – Bill Rintoul
For several years, Bill has tutored Lanarkshire Beekeepers Beginners. Bill prepares all the content in accordance with the SBA Basic Beekeeper syllabus. He produces course booklets full of sound, up-to-date information, provides relevant teaching resources and materials, and consistently delivers each course with expertise and good humour. He brings boxes of tools for the practical frame building sessions, feeders of various types, smokers and examples of hives. His enthusiasm is tireless and the steady increase in Lanarkshire membership is testament to quality of his teaching. After attending Bill’s relaxed and friendly classes, ‘his’ people stick at beekeeping, supporting one another and their association.

GDBKA – Mhairi Neill
I (Taylor Hood) would like to nominate Mhairi Neill for the Local Association Award. Mhairi has been the Secretary and librarian for Glasgow and District Beekeepers’ Association for over 7 years. During that time, she has dealt with a great deal of change. She helped make our Association’s Centenary year a great success and in particular the Joint GDBKA and SBA Beekeepers’ convention. She was key in setting up the twinning of Des Abeilles du Val D’oise in France with GDBA. Mhairi also supports the beginner’s courses for both Glasgow and Lanarkshire Beekeepers’ Associations.

Lanarkshire Beekeepers Association – Taylor Hood
A founder member of Lanarkshire Beekeepers Association, from the start Taylor readily accepted responsibility for preparing the annual syllabus for members. For several years he booked speakers from far and wide usually by cornering them in the RHS Honey Tent enabling members to enjoy a wide range of informative talks at monthly meetings. He himself, has delivered lively, informative talks on subjects such as microscopy, pollen analysis, swarm control, and pests and diseases, always keeping a talk up his sleeve in case of emergencies. He has documented his Lanarkshire adventures with the Stewarton Hive for readers of the Scottish Beekeeper magazine as well as other beekeeping publications. With his affable personality and scientific background Taylor always makes a valued contribution to beekeeping meetings. He served as President of Lanarkshire, Glasgow and Clyde Area Beekeepers Associations concurrently, ably handling AGMs, committee meetings, introducing and thanking speakers with good humour and general aplomb. During his Glasgow Presidency he oversaw the Centenary year celebrations, including the visit from Val d-Oise Beekeepers, the SBA Annual Conference at the Royal College of Surgeons, as well as editing the SBA magazine article by Glasgow Greats Charlie Irwin, Eric Macarthur and Ian Craig. No mean feat. GaDBA, LBA, CABA collaborate in recommending Taylor


Kilbarchan and District Beekeepers – Jacqueline Ferguson
Jacqui has been a member of Kilbarchan and District Beekeepers association for around 15 years, she became interested through friends of her family who had been beekeepers and learned her craft mainly form the later Ian Craig. Joining the association when members were in the twenties, she has seen the association grown to over 110 members. During this time Jacqui has been a proactively participative members, always supporting events and evening meetings. In, fact Jacqui’s home apiary in Stewarton, was the very first apiary I visited as a new beekeeper as part of Kilbarchan summer Apiary Visit events, which I remember vividly, after 11 years. In that past 3 years Jacqui has become a committee member, a vice president and then due to the very sad and sudden loss of our president Colin Garrow, she became our President almost 2 years ago. Along with Mary Pollock and myself, Jacqui has been instrumental in KDBA’s mentoring programme, ensuring through the growth of our membership with new beekeepers especially, that we were able to continue mentoring to meet the burgeoning demand, especially with pandemic restrictions in place. Jacqui has been responsible for mentoring at least 10 new beekeepers in the past few years alone and supporting many more existing and more experienced beekeepers. Jacqui, since retiring as a Speech and Language Therapist has also been a key participant of our Swarm contact list, luckily quite lucratively, but not without managing literally hundreds of calls about other pollinators in the past few years.

Jacqui also co-ordinated the sale of Colin Garrow’s beekeeping related estate for the Garrow family, with support of other committee members, and put a huge amount of work into the upkeep of the colonies until there were safely rehomed. As President during a very uncertain and challenging time through the pandemic, Jacqui has shown great commitment in chairing monthly association evening meetings as well as running her own cattery business and with her twin sister Linda and daughter Laura Jane. Jacqui hosted the first face to face Kilbarchan Apiary Day we’ve been able to hold in 2 years, with approximately 30 people in attendance. Along with some other like-minded KDBA beekeepers from the club Jacquilikes to try out new equipment and ways of doing things and can show new beekeepers nearly all the different hives on the market and explain the pros and cons of these. She also has been successfully raising colonies to feed the growing demand from within KDBA and for others in neighbouring associations and this includes queen rearing which she will be demonstrating to the association in the coming months.

We feel that Jacqui not only gives her precious free time to the betterment of our association and its members, but also is a SBA Trustee to boot. We don’t know where she gets the time or the energy! I am sure the SBA Trustees will agree that Jacqui is a much-deserved recipient of the ABA award on behalf of KDBA.

Newbattle Beekeepers Association – Neil Rutherford
Neil Rutherford has been a member of Newbattle Beekeepers Association (NBA) since 2014 and a SBA member since 2015. Neil is considered a prime candidate for nomination of an ABA award to reflect his many achievements and impact on beekeeping education and the development of NBA resources.

Having passed the SBA BBC exam with distinction Neil’s passion for beekeeping grew and he shared his expertise and knowledge as a Mentor, over the past 7 years, in the NBA One Year Beginner Beekeeper course, mentoring a beginner beekeeper (Foster Parent) on a 1:1 basis over the course of the beekeeping year, at the end of which the beginner sits the SBA BBC exam. All Neil’s mentees have passed with distinction. While the NBA beginners were catered for there was nothing established to support the programme and allow Beekeepers to continue their learning in any structured way.

Neil was part of a group of about a dozen who decided that they would like to start on the SBA Modular Exams. He volunteered to lead the study group for the first module (Module 1), not because he thought he knew more than everyone else but because he felt it would suit his own methods of learning. So the Module Study Group was added to the NBA offering, meeting weekly in the weeks before an exam diet using previous past papers to discuss the detail required to answer future questions. Not all of the group sat the exams, but all learned from attending and seemed to find the sessions enjoyable and thought provoking. Neil was a member of the NBA Steering Group that negotiated a lease on one of the former dilapidated WWII huts in the grounds of the college and contributed to the plans to raise funds and renovate the building, which when completed had one large meeting space, which allowed NBA to focus on its education strategy. Neil was part of the first Education Sub Group that delivered skills workshops, and Beekeeping Taster Days were added to the NBA offering which became more structured. Neil led regular Mentors meetings held to ensure a consistent approach to teaching. Neil became Education Sub Group (ESG) Lead in 2020, and with support from ESG members, developed a deeper and detailed beginner beekeeper curriculum that maximises learning support for the Foster Parents (FP) and the Mentors. Neil engaged with Dalkeith High School (DHS) to include one of their Teachers in the NBA Beginner Course as an FP but on a shorter, fast track programme with a view to him passing his BBC in June 2020 and launch their SQA National 5 Beekeeping certificate from August 2020.

With Covid lockdown Neil spearheaded an adjusted approach using zoom meetings to create a new action plan formulated from some agreed priorities including: the FP’s/Mentors and the beginners course; Modules and Certificates; Schools and Further Education and Outreach. Each area was allocated a leader to focus on the agreed actions and ensure their timely completion. Meetings by zoom were short and structured and held approximately every six weeks. The focus and effort made by Neil and this group was outstanding allowing NBA to continue to move forward despite restrictions. Actions focussed on creating a monthly FP Forum by zoom to support the FP’s learning. Each month an experienced beekeeper would lead a session covering that month’s activities using presentations, discussions and break out rooms. The Module Study Group was moved onto Zoom offering a study group for two modules aimed at starting with Module 1 again, so two Module Study Groups ran concurrently. DHS was supported in setting up their Apiary and ensuring they would still be able to start their Nat5 class as planned. Links were established with other SBA affiliated associations to share their/NBA zoom presentations.

As the restrictions continued the action plan provided the ability to continue to engage with NBA members and continue with the education commitment. A next set of FP’s were inducted in August 2020 and 19 of 21 FP’s from two years of intakes were examined in June 2021. All passed with distinction. The initiative with DHS and their teacher Mr McGlade continues to excel with Neil at the forefront of support. In its first year six pupils passed their Nat5.

In 2021/22 there are more than thirty pupils currently looking forward to being assessed. With Neil’s support DHS also set up an afterschool club for younger pupils with an interest in bees. Again, spearheaded by Neil, NBA has agreed to replicate the assistance provided to DHS with arrangements being put in place to start Musselburgh Grammar School on a similar journey. Neil was also instrumental in NBA starting a Junior Bee Club attended by DHS pupils, which runs weekly in the warmer months and biweekly/monthly over the colder times. Neil was not content with resting on the ESG laurels and has led an ESG working group to create a Bee Improvement Group (BIG) for more experienced NBA members which will dive deeper into the arts and craft of beekeeping, with all participants learning from each other and aiming for further SBA certifications. Neil is an invaluable NBA resource and is well deserved of being awarded an ABA medal.

Newbattle Beekeepers Association – Malcolm Evans
Malcolm Evans has been a member of Newbattle Beekeepers Association (NBA) since 2014 and a SBA member since 2015. Malcolm is considered a prime candidate for nomination of an ABA award to reflect his many achievements and his contribution to the development of NBA resources.Malcolm, along with his wife Annette, was at the forefront of any requests for volunteers for any NBA activity, whether in the NBA Apiary or Apiary cottage in which the beekeeping equipment was stored.

In 2016, with the news that NBA had to vacate the Resident Tutor’s apartment at the top of the college of which NBA had the use for members’ meeting for the previous 9 months, he joined the newly set up NBA Steering Group to develop a plan for alternative improved/new NBA premises that would enable wider education opportunities to be offered and provide a better environment for members to meet. Various options were explored and dismissed, and NBA was fortunate to be able to secure a lease on a dilapidated former WWII hut in the grounds of Newbattle Abbey College. Malcolm went into entrepreneurial mode and researched all fundraising opportunities to support the ambitious plan to renovate the hut into a fully functioning Bee Academy.

Malcolm spearheaded the partnership with the Chuffed crowd funding platform, which gave NBA the best return for the least cost. Until then none of the Steering Group members had heard of “Perks” or considered having to prepare a promotional video explaining why funds were being requested. Malcolm engaged businesses to donate significant amounts to the Bee Academy renovation, including supporting the successful application for a Big Lottery Awards for All grant of £10k and managing the budget. Malcolm became an expert ‘scrounger” securing donations in kind as well as monetary donations to grow the pot needed to provide the required facilities. Crowdfunding raised a total of £30,654 against a target of £25,000. Along with several NBA members Malcolm generously donated significant amounts of his time, effort, management and leadership skills to achieve a successful Bee Academy launch day on 17 May 2018 (World bee Day). Malcolm was also a member of the NBA Committee which transitioned into a Board of Trustees on being registered as a SCO charity with OSCR in 2018. He was Treasurer for 3 years and continues to be an active Trustee, and member of the Support Sub Group (SSG). The SSG manages all Bee Academy maintenance and events and supports/facilitates the activities of the Education and Apiary Sub Groups.

Malcolm was instrumental in NBA moving away from the now deprecated Group Spaces platform to a dedicated NBA website on the Wild Apricot platform. The website is rich in member resource information and is used to manage all NBA daily business including a calendar of events, which Malcolm maintains along with co-ordinating meeting/event numbers for catering/equipment requirement purposes. Malcolm is essentially the NBA Webmaster. He created an online library using Librarika enabling members to borrow or return books in person or via Royal Mail. Malcolm has been responsible for setting up the NBA online shop encouraging the diversity of items on offer from what in the past was restricted to honey and some candles sales. The online shop business expanded during lockdown with restrictions preventing attendance at the likes of the Dalkeith Show and the Newbattle at Christmas Fair. To support sales Malcolm sourced and set up a card reader which has expanded sales due to customer convenience for paying. Malcolm led arrangements for Pop Up Shops that attracted visitors to the college grounds in 2020.

With restrictions eased somewhat in 2021 a Pop Up shop was held in the Bee Academy over 2 weekend days which resulted in double takings from the previous year. Malcolm was instrumental in ensuring all covid protocols were in place to provide a safe environment and confident experience for both volunteers and customers. Malcolm also undertakes the role of Bee Academy curator taking care of the physical library, Bee Academy equipment, shop stock, storage area, and setting up the BA for events, even ensuring there is a ready supply of logs for the wood burner, which is always lit on the coldest of days providing a cosy welcome to all visitors.

Malcolm has set up the storage area following 5S principles which means it always looks orderly and clean with a place for everything and everything in its place. Malcolm took on the role of Show Officer when NBA held its first ever Honey and Craft Show in December 2021, which was restricted to members. He set up all stands, managed all submissions and ensured all entries were displayed correctly. He prepared certificates, sourced rosettes and managed the points awarded by the Judges to identify NBA cup winners. The experience provided confidence to open the planned 2022 Honey and Craft Show to all. As the reliance on technology progressed during lockdown Malcolm set up and ICT working group that reviewed technology improvements and solutions. The group has set up a weather station for members to check online prior to making any visits to the apiary. The purchase and set up of a defibrillator are also in progress. This will be located at the apiary cottage and will be accessible to the neighbouring Business Park residents. It’s almost impossible to capture all that Malcolm contributes to the smooth operation and success of NBA today. Malcolm is an invaluable NBA resource and is well deserved of being awarded an ABA medal.