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Invitation from Nairn & District Beekeepers

Hello Fellow Beekeepers,

Nairn & District Beekeepers’ Association is hosting its monthly meeting on Tuesday October 7th and we would like to invite any members of Inverness and Moray who would be interested to join us for that evening.
The speaker will be Steve Sunderland, Bee Diseases Inspector, Scottish Government, talking about “Bee Health”.
The meeting is held in Room 1 at the Community Centre, Cawdor Primary School
starting 7.30pm.
There will be refreshments after the talk.
Kind regards,

Ruth Burkhill
Nairn & District Beekeepers’ Association

Trip to the heather and meal

Dear member,

We are holding our annual trip to the heather and meal on Sunday 24th August. This year we are booked into the Mash Tun restaurant in Aberlour 12.30-2 pm, before moving on to a heather stance in Glenrinnes.

Due to restricted space and time we are limited to 24 places in the restaurant, so you should let me know in advance if you wish to dine. For the same reason we have opted to limit the menu choices to starters, sandwiches & burgers, and desserts.

If you look at The Mash Tun Menu you’ll see that this still offers a wide range of tasty options.
To make best use of our time, it would be appreciated if you would let me know your choices in advance so that we can pre-order and have the food ready when we arrive. It would also be helpful if you could pay in advance so that we have a single bill to pay rather than trying to sort out lots of individual ones.

Details to forward to me before Sat 16th August:

  • number dining at the Mash Tun
  • menu choices
  • cost

Payment can be sent to me at:

Donna Clark, Primrose Cottage, 23 St Andrews Road,  Lhanbryde, Moray IV30 8NZ

Moray Beekeepers Association

PS Any member not having the meal but wanting to come to the heather is to meet in the Alice Littler car park behind the Mash Tun at 2pm.

SBA Wax Workshop

A one day course on candle making, wax moulding and foundation moulding/wiring will be held at E.H.Thorne (Beehives) Ltd at Newburgh (KY14 6HA) on Saturday 1st March 2014 from 10-00 am to 4-00pm.
(Note change of date from original SBA calendar).

Course tutors will be: Enid Brown, Ian Craig, David & Bron Wright & Phil & Joyce McAnespie. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but bring a packed lunch and mug.

If you wish to attend the course please send an application to Alan Riach, 7 Newland Ave, Bathgate, EH48 1EE with £20 fee made out to the SBA before 31st Jan 2014.

Thereafter I will be unavailable, so check for availability of places with Enid Brown Tel 01592 840582 and if available send fee & application, to Enid at Milton House, Main St, Scotlandwell, KY13 9JA.

See also Workshops & Courses page at

Alan Riach

Nosema Knowledge Transfer Project -Update

Alan Riach of the SBA has published an update on the Nosema programme.You can read the details here; Update of Nosema Knowledge Transfer ProjectJan14.

Exam Success

6 MBA members were mentioned in the latest issue of The Scottish Beekeper for gaining the Basic Beemaster certificate from the SBA education programme. A further 6 members have subsequently passed Module 1: Honeybee Management. Congratulations to all involved!

Botany for Beekeepers – Planting a Bee Friendly Garden

The first event in our winter programme took place on Thursday 21st November in Elgin library.

Tony Harris gave an interesting presentation on botany and the interaction between a variety of plants and the pollinators that ensure their success. These included honeybees, solitary bees and bumble bees. It also included some snippets of information that will prove to be useful for Module 2 of the SBA exam syllabus!

Thanks to Tony and everyone who provided the refreshments and raffle prizes.

Our next event is the A.G.M. on Tuesday the 28th January 2014.

Moray Beekeepers Honey Show 2013

After an absence of two years the MBA Honey Show was resurrected for 2013 and took place on Saturday 26th October at our Training Apiary, Birnie.

There was much trepidation on behalf of the Committee as, despite the excellent summer and decent honey harvest, there was no guarantee of exhibitors.

Any concerns were however allayed as the exhibitors started arriving and in total there were 14 of them, which is quite a healthy number (at the last Show held in Forres in 2010 there were only about 6 exhibitors).

Tony Harris has qualified as a Honey Judge this year and the Committee decided to invite him to judge the Show and to use the exercise as an educational tool to help the newer exhibitors.

Assisted by stewards, Anne Black and Donna Clark, the judging began and Tony explained to the audience what he was looking for in each class and gave some useful tips as he examined each exhibit.

Tony commented, ‘After stewarding at the Royal Highland Show, the Scottish National Honey Show and judging the Aberdeen Beekeepers Honey Show recently, I must say that the standard of exhibits in the Show, particularly the honey exhibits, was excellent!’


As well as the honey section there were a good number of exhibits in the baking section of the show and the quality was again good, making it difficult for the judge to choose the best exhibits.

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But choose he did and the results are shown below;

Class 1: One jar (454g/1lb) of light honey

1st T. Balch                2nd J. Baillie               3rd R. Clark


Class 2: One jar (454g/1lb) of medium honey

1st J. Baillie                2nd J. Grant                3rd A. Tassell


Class 3: One jar (454g/1lb) of dark honey

1st T. Balch                 2nd J. Grant


Class 4: One jar (454g/1lb) of set honey

1st J. Baillie                2nd D. Clark                3rd T. Balch

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Class 5: One jar (454g/1lb) of heather honey

No entries


Class 6: One section of honey

No entries


Class 7: One piece of cut comb honey

1st A. Tassell               2nd A. Ritchie


Class 8: One frame of honey for extraction

1st T. Balch                2nd R. Lettey                3rd A. Tassell


Class 9: One piece of wax 227 gm/8 oz min

1st G. Ritchie             2nd J. Baillie


Class 10: Novelty wax 3 different mouldings, includes candles

1st J. Baillie                2nd A. Ritchie               3rd A. Black


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John Baillie won the “Best Exhibit in Show” for his wax mouldings, pictured on the far left.


Class 11: 1 bottle of clear mead, addition of fruit is acceptable

1st G. Ritchie


Novice Class 12: One jar (454g/1lb) of honey, any colour or type

1st A. Ritchie                2nd R. Clark               3rd D. Baillie


Novice Class 13: One piece of cut comb 227g/8ozs approximately

No entries


Class 14: 4 honey buns

1st A. Black                2nd I. MacAndie            3rd M. Collins


Class 15: Honey carrot cake

1st D. Baillie               2nd S. Hermiston


Class 16: 4 rounds of honey shortbread

1st D. Baillie              2nd D. Clark                3rd S. Hermiston


Class 17: 6 small squares of honey tablet

1st D. Baillie               2nd R. Clark               3rd S. Hermiston


Class 18: One colour photograph with a beekeeping theme (no larger than A4 size)

1st D. Baillie               2nd J. Baillie               3rd A. Ritchie


The overall winner was John Baillie, who is pictured receiving the Steele Cup and a bottle of whisky from judge Tony Harris.


Congratulations to everyone who exhibited or helped out as the Show was a huge success and the planning of next year’s Honey Show has already started.