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SBA Awardsawards

The Association makes available a number of prizes and awards for those who are judged to have served a particular aspect of beekeeping in an outstanding manner.

Recent recipients of these prizes and awards are listed in each of the sections below.

When your local association meets, do please consider whether someone in your association might be a worthy recipient of one of these awards, and if so, make a nomination through the General Secretary.

SBA Award Winners

Presidents of the Scottish Beekeepers Association

1912-1914 THE EARL OF ROSEBERRY, Dalmeny
1916 ROBERT STEELE, Monifieth
1917 JW MOIR FRSGE, Edinburgh
1918 Rev JOHN BEVERIDGE BD, Fossoway
1919 Dr JOHN ANDERSON, MA BSc, Aberdeen
1921 JOHN R DICKSON, Alloway
1922 HENRY MARRS, Fruid, Lochmaben
1923 GHB PRITCHARD, Beauly, Invernessshire
1924 HENRY CROMBIE, MA, Dunkeld
1925 JAMES COCHRAN, Kilmarnock
1926 Rev AE McINNES, MA, Hawick
1927 Mrs JEP ROBERTSON, Edinburgh
1928-1930 RY HOWIE, MA, Rutherglen
1931-1934 H BOYD MARTIN, Dundee
1935-1937 A LIMOND, Minishant, Maybole
1838-1940 Dr JN TENNENT, Glasgow
1941-1943 HARRY R BROWN, Dundee
1944-1946 JAMES STARK, MBE, MA, Nairn
1947-1948 RJ FARQUHAR, Dunblane
1949-1951 WILLIAM ALLAN, Prestwick
1952-1954 JAMES CUNNINGHAM, Edinburgh
1955-1957 THOMAS J KIRKLAND, Crieff
1958-1960 ROBERT NH SKILLING, Kilmarnock
1961-1962 WD PATERSON, Guthrie, Forfar
1963-1966 Rev D GRIMMOND, Dundee
1966-1967 DONALD MARR, Aberdeen
1967-1969 WILLIAM W WILSON, Dundee
1970-1972 PETER T MORTON, JP, Paisley
1973-1975 ANDREW C SMITH, Paisley
1976-1978 GEORGE C SMITH, Edinburgh
1979-1982 PETER YOUNG, Bridge of Earn
1982-1985 ROBERT COUSTON, Perth
1985-1988 ALASTAIR LILBURN, Aboyne
1988-1991 ROBERT BROWN, Dumfries
1991-1994 IAIN STEVEN, South Queensferry
1994-1997 WILLIAM A MACKENZIE, Dyce, Aberdeen
1997-2000 IAIN CRAIG, Johnstone
2000-2003 LESLIE WEBSTER, Rothiemay
2003-2006 UNA ROBERTSON, Edinburgh
2006-2009 IAIN CRAIG, Johnstone
2009-2011 ALAN TEALE, Stirling
2011-2014 PHIL McANESPIE, Ayr
2014-2017 BRON WRIGHT, Edinburgh
2017-2020 ALAN RIACH, Edinburgh
2020-Present PHIL McANESPIE, Ayr



Dr John Anderson Memorial Award

The object of the Award is to stimulate education in beekeeping throughout Scotland, to further the work of research in practical beekeeping and to perpetuate the memory of the late Dr John Anderson. 

It is to be awarded to members of the SBA ‘in recognition of special work or service for the furtherance of beekeeping in Scotland and beyond.’

Recipients of the SBA Dr John Anderson Memorial Award.

1945 A R Cumming, Inverness
1946 W W Smith, Innerleithen
1951 Dr Guy Morrison, Aberdeen
1953 Miss EM Donald, Kelso
1955 Mrs M M Hooper
1960 A Limond, Minishant
1961 J Cumming, Edinburgh
1963 WD Paterson, Guthrie
A Stewart, Peebles
1964 Capt L M Thake, Fife
1965 A S C Deans, Aberdeen
1966 No award
1967 Dr J Tennant, Glasgow
1968 No award
1969 Miss M Logan, Inverness
1970 C S Minto, Edinburgh
1971 W S Robson, Berwick – upon – Tweed
1972 J A MacArthur, Moray
1973 D Robb, Dundee
1974 No award
1975 I McHardy, Edinburgh
1976 Miss C Dickson, Edinburgh
1977 Mr & Mrs Taylor, Nottingham
1978 G F McLen, Craigellachie
J H F Smith, Ayr
1979 J Braithwaite, Dundee
1980 J McKay, Alloway
1981 A Cairns, Largs
A McLure, Longforgan
A C Smith
1982 G Lawson, East Lothian
J Dunlop, West Lothian
1983 G Smith, Dunblane
D Robertson, Fife
1984 G C Smith

1985 S Jack, Fife
W Kirsopp, Ayr
1986 No award
1987 R Couston, Perth
1988 D Auld, Moray
D Stewart, Nairn
1989 H Macpherson, Glasgow
1990 B Mobus, Aberdeen
J Durward, Western Galloway
A C Halkett, Edinburgh
1991 P C Aird, Largs
W A Brown, Dunblane
1992 Peter M.Young (absent through illness collected by R B Simpson , Fife)
1993 John & Morna Stoakley, Peebles BKA
1994 Ian Will, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA (EMBA)
1995 R G ‘Bob’ Brown, South of Scotland BKA
1996 No award
1997 George Braithwaite, East of Scotland BKA
1998 William A ‘Bill’ MacKenzie, Aberdeen
1999 No award
2000 Dr David Christison, Clyde Area BKA
2001 Ian Craig, Kilbarchan BKA
2002 W B ‘Willie’ Taylor, Aberdeen BKA
2003 Les H Webster, Aberdeen BKA
2004 A Eric McArthur, Glasgow DBKA
2005 Alasdair Joyce, Moray BKA
2006 No award
2007 Peter Browne, Lochaber BKA
2008 No award
2009 No award
2010 Magnus Peterson, Dunblane and Stirling BKA
2011 No award
2012 No award
2013 No award
2014 Dr John Durkacz, Dunfirmline and West Fife BKA
2015 No award
2016 Enid Brown, Fife Beekeepers
2017 No award

2018 Awarded to Tony Harris NDB...
...for services to stimulate education in beekeeping throughout Scotland, to further the work of research in practical beekeeping and to perpetuate the memory of the late Dr John Anderson. It is awarded to members of the SBA ‘in recognition of special work or service for the furtherance of beekeeping in Scotland and beyond’. Amongst other things this is a recognition of the Healthy BEES courses Tony is running in Scotland on behalf of Moray Beekeepers Association.

2019 EMBA – David Wright 
David beavers away in the background without any fuss, and has carried out the following tasks - very much education based

• Examiner for the SBA Junior and Basic since 2012 to date
• Moderator for the SBA Module exams (twice per year) since 2013 to date
• Tutor at various workshops including Wax & Microscopy and lead tutor at several Skep workshops
• Examiner Microscopy
• SBA Honey Judge and active supporter of National and Local Honey shows for many years
• Member of the SBA Education Sub-Committee since 2012
• Mentor for the preparation of candidates for the SBA Basic
• Outside the SBA - Tutor at the EMBA Beginners Class and the Roslin Institute Beginners class for many years

Harry Brown Award Winners

Recipients of the Harry Brown Award.

1964-1967 Photographic Competition

Feb 1968 Photographic competition discontinued in favour of “One prize for the best article contributed to ‘The Scottish Beekeeper’ by anyone other than a regular contributor”

1969 Mr RH Bovery, (Bishop Auckland, “Standardisation of Hives”

May 1969 Now open to the best original contribution to “the Scottish Beekeeper”

Feb 1970 Mr AFF Maclure, “Alsace Ahoy”
Mr O Wilson, “A Beekeeper’s Reminiscences”

1971 Mr MS Wood, “Siftings”, Aug 1970, p142
Mr O Wilson, Beekeeping, a Trilogy”, July 1970, p132

Sep 1972 “It was agreed that the monies which went with this award be used for the competition to design new honey labels.”

Feb 1973 No award. “None of the entrants was worth a prize.”

Nov 1973 “The award to be made to the best article in ‘The Scottish Beekeeper’”

1974 “Sou’wester” “did not wish his identity to be disclosed to readers”

1975 Mr AFF MacLure

1976/1982 No award (May 1979 “A competition for Associations connected with the ‘Harry Brown award’ for a new front cover would be arranged. During 1980 a prize of £25 would be awarded to the individual submitting the ‘Best Article’ in the magazine” Nov 1980 “Award should be divided into two or more prizes in 1981 and these awards given for different classes of competition”

1983 Mr Eric Macarthur and Mr William Kirsopp

Feb 1983 “For 1983/84 to be given for the best article by an SBA member”

1984 Mr J Gleed

1985/6 No award made

1987 A B Ferguson, South of Scotland BKA

1988 Mrs Una Robertson, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA

1989 No award made

1990 Mrs Anne Middleditch, Berwick upon Tweed

1991 Dr JE Durkacz, Dunfermline and West Fife BKA

1992 No award made

1993 RG Brown, South of Scotland BKA

1994 Alasdair Joyce, Forres

1995 Bob Lord, Peebles BKA

1996 John Stoakley, Peebles BKA

1997 Dr David Christison, Clyde Area BKA

1998 Mrs Brenda Vidler (McLean) Moray BKA

1999 C Neil Anderson, Kirkintilloch, Kelvin Valley BKA

2000 Peter and Moira Watt, Stonehaven

2001 John Salt, Forres

2002 John Goodman, Aberdour

2003 Magnus Peterson, Dunblane and Stirling BKA

2004 Nigel Hurst, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA

2005 Ian Ferguson, Kelvin Valley BKA

2006 No award made

2007 Rosemary Legge, Fortingall BKA

2008 Bill Legge, Fortingall BKA

2009 John McLean, Dunblane and Stirling BKA

2010 Allan Cameron, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA

2011 Phil Moss, Oban and District BKA

2012 Alan Riach, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA

2013 Rev Kate Atchley, Lochaber BKA and Dr Gavin Ramsey Joint award “Varroa Mapping”

2014 Ann Chilcott, Morayshire BKA

2015 Tony Harris, Morayshire BKA

2017 Angus Rintoul, Ayr & District BKA

2018 Awarded to Kelvin Towner Dunblane and Stirling Beekeepers Association for excellence of content and number of regular contributions to the SBA Monthly Magazine

2019 EMBA – Sarah Price aka SAM...
...who has been contributing to the Scottish Beekeeper magazine for the past 4 years. SAM has now decided to focus on being a beekeeper and will no longer share her insights to SBA members via the magazine. This news has prompted letters to the Editor thanking SAM for her honest approach to beekeeping and for openly sharing her learnings as she herself navigated the craft of beekeeping as a beginner. Members have expressed their sadness that SAM’s contributions have ended and expressed sincere appreciation for the step by step guidance SAM shared in her monthly articles.


Life Members of the SBA

Recipients of SBA Life Membership

2011 John Kinross Northern Bee Books (awarded at the SBA Council Meeting)

2012 Ian Craig Kilbarchan BKA
Iain Steven EMBA, DWFBKA
Les Webster Aberdeen BKA

2013 Iain Campbell Rannoch Press, Glasgow

2014 Peter Browne Lochaber BKA
Magnus Peterson Dunblane and Stirling BKA

2015 No new awards

Local / Affiliated Association Award

This is to be awarded to beekeepers for recognition of the quality of their contribution within their Local / Affiliated Association, and for their active promotion of the art of beekeeping in the environment of that Association.

The beekeeper must be a current member of the SBA and have been an SBA member for at least 7 years.

Recipients of the SBA Local Association Award

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)

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.




Moir Library Prize

The purpose of the prize is to stimulate interest in the Moir Library. It will be awarded to the author of the best article relating to the Moir Library, which has appeared in the Scottish Beekeeper. Articles will be considered by the SBA Library Sub-Committee, and a recommendation will be made to the Trustees.

Recipients of the Moir Library Prize.

2011 Robert Hawker, Ponteland, Northumberland, for an article on “Thomas William Cowan, Son of Scotland”, printed in the Scottish Beekeeper Jan 2010, pp22-26

2012,13,14,15,16,17,18 No award

SBA Special Award

Recipients of the SBA Special Award.

1994 Mrs Mary MacLean, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA (EMBA). Awarded for 20 years in charge of honey sales at the Royal Highland Show proceeds from which annually contributed around £500 to SBA funds. Mary was resented with a framed, inscribed print.

1999 Stan Coxon, Inverness warded for many years of distinguished service to Scottish beekeeping. Stan was presented with a crystal bowl.

2000 David Blair, Kilbarchan Awarded for 17 years as SBA Advertising and Publicity Convener
C Gordon Stewart, Glasgow Awarded for 12 years as SBA Insurance and Compensation Convener.
Each was presented with a signed certificate.

The SBA Special Certificate was awarded from 2001

To be awarded by the Trustees for a notable contribution to beekeeping in Scotland over a long period of time.

2001 PC Aird, Ayr, awarded for 21 years as Shows Convener.

2002 Alastair J Lilburn, Aboyne, awarded for many years of service to the SBA.

2003 No award

2004 Tony Riome, Ayr BKA, for recognition for his services to beekeeping and for his work over many years as Secretary of the Scottish National Honey Show held at Ayr Flower Show.

2005 & 2006 No awards

2007 Mrs Moira Jenkin, East of Scotland BKA, for many years of commitment to Scottish beekeeping including a major role on the Dundee Food and Flower Festival Committee.
Sandy Davidson, Inverness BKA, for his significant commitment over 33 years of furthering beekeeping through education in his area.

2008 Iain Steven, EMBA, Dunfermline and West Fife BKA and Fife BA, for long, outstanding service and dedication to the SBA, holding major roles on the Executive Committee, including President, working tirelessly with Education and Shows and as general organiser and advisor.

2009 to 2012 No awards

2013 Mrs Una Robertson, Edinburgh and Midlothian BKA, for long dedicated service to the SBA, holding major roles on the Executive, including President, and continuing as Library Convener with responsibility for the Moir Lending Library.

2014 Brian Nish, Thornes Beekeeping Supplies, Scotland, for long, consistently excellent service and support to the SBA and Scottish Beekeepers.

2015 Charlie Irwin, Glasgow DBKA, for service as SBA Insurance Convener for 15 year, organising insurance cover and the SBA compensation scheme. Also as a dedicated beekeeper giving generously of his time and expertise locally and to the City of Glasgow and beyond.

2017 Nigel Hurst, Edinburgh & Midlothian BKA, editor of the magazine between 2005 and 2011 and also a member of the Moir library committee for many years.
Ben Bellamy, Helensburgh & District BKA who turned 90 years young on 25th February 2017. Ben was a founder member of Helensburgh and District Beekeepers Association and holds the Local Association Award and Bar. He is still an active beekeeper and is currently mentoring a new beekeeper also.

2018 Awarded to Kevin Russell for extraordinary service to the SBA in developing, managing and maintaining the SBA website in a time of significant IT development and change.