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Kelvin Valley Beekeepers’ Association

KVBA Activities in 2016

Extract from KVBA Secretary’s report at December AGM:

This year we have been involved locally with a talk to two primary 4 classes at Milngavie Primary School. I also gave a talk to the Milngavie Clober Primary School. This took place at their Friday Morning Assembly which was a bit of a challenge. (200 pupils on a Badminton court)! They said they would contact me later regarding an activity in the spring.

Susan Horsburgh and I took an observation hive plus some bits and pieces along to a Brownie Group in Kirkintilloch in May. This talk was well received and the girls had plenty of questions to ask.

I was contacted by Jodie Young, a student from Paisley University, with a request for help to do an Honours degree on bees. I agreed to get involved and we have now installed an Observation Hive in a greenhouse at the University. No doubt this will be an ongoing saga.

On Sunday 31 July, Shazia and Faisal Ahmed kindly hosted our open day which was very

successful. We saw through two hives of very quiet bees with not a puff of smoke in sight. Just as we were settling down to enjoy tea at a well spread table on the lawn, the rain started and we quickly retreated into the house to complete an excellent day talking about bees. Thanks to Shazia and Faisal.

We took a stall at the Milngavie Fair in the Town Hall on 10 September. At a cost of £5, this was a success and there was lots of interest in our Observation Hive and the other items we had on display. Our thanks are due to Shazia Ahmed, Veronica Colin, and Cat Morrison who along with myself answered the many questions asked on the day.

We have a request from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital to look into the possibility of introducing bees into the new Horatio's Garden which has been created beside Spinal Unit at the hospital. Horatio's Garden has been established in memory of a boy who was killed by a bear while taking part on a school trip. Faisal Ahmed has arranged a meeting with Dr Alan Mclean, who is in charge of the Spinal Unit and Sallie Sillars who is involved with the company responsible for the construction of the Garden. This meeting will take place on Tuesday 13 December at the hospital. Faisal Ahmed, Susan Horsburgh and myself will attend and report back.

We seem to have settled into our new meeting place here at Waitrose. Apart from losing the hot water urn for making the tea, a health and safety problem, we are grateful to Waitrose for providing this excellent facility free of charge.

In this area it has been a very busy summer, with poor weather, many swarms, the bees required feeding often and little honey to show for the effort. As usual we look forward to better conditions next year.