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AGM

The Dunfermline and West Fife Beekeepers will be holding their Annual General Meeting at 19:30 on the 3rd of March at Portmoak Hall.
This will be a short affair and will be followed by a talk from Margaret Lear on

,Plants with a Purpose and Pollination

New Dunfermline Museum developments

Items for Dunfermline museums display - only the old smoker was chosen (1)

Dunfermline Library has been closed for sometime as a major project is underway to redevelop the site and create a new museum as well. Dunfermline and West Fife Beekeepers’ Association were approached to arrange for exhibits. It turns out that the future displays will be a mainly on-line resource and the actual exhibits in traditional museum cases were to be very restricted. An old extractor was simply too large but the museum staff were most interested in an old smoker which was tiny when compared with what we use nowadays.

The smoker was a type in common use before the last war. The parts were carefully cleaned and treated with a metal lacquer. The skep (in the photo) was destined to be used at the local association apiary and was made specially for us following a design for the old Scottish Pettigrew skep. The model hive was made by Ian Lindsay an association member and master woodworker.

We look forward to the opening of the new museum but judging by the building work this looks a long way off.

John Durkacz

Celia Davis – Keeping them Healthy

The December meeting of the Dunfermline and West Fife Beekeepers will be an early Christmas treat as we are playing host to Celia Davis, NDB, author of The Honey Bee Around and About and The Honey Bee Inside Out, as well as many articles in Bee Craft.

The talk will be at Portmoak Hall , Scotlandwell on the 3rd of December and will start at 19:30.

Entry £5 and includes refreshments. There will also be a raffle.

Kinross Agricultural Show

Saturday 8th August turned out to be a fine day for those stewarding the Scottish Beekeepers' Association display marquee at the Kinross Agricultural Show. The show was moved from the grounds of Kinross House and has been located by Vane Farm RSPB centre the past few years. The event was well attended and there was a lot of interest in the beekeeping display and observation hive. A dedicated team of Fife and Dunfermline association members ensured that all went smoothly and questions from the public were answered.
Saturday 8th August turned out to be a fine day for those stewarding the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association display marquee at the Kinross Agricultural Show. The show was moved from the grounds of Kinross House and has been located by Vane Farm RSPB centre the past few years. The event was well attended and there was a lot of interest in the beekeeping display and observation hive. A dedicated team of Fife and Dunfermline association members ensured that all went smoothly and questions from the public were answered.
Martin Kay (Fife Beekeepers' Association) and Enid Brown (Association President) face the public in buoyant mood at the Kinross Agricultural Show. It is not unusual for this show to have rain but this year was a pleasant change which helped to keep spirits up!
Martin Kay (Fife Beekeepers’ Association) and Enid Brown (Association President) face the public in buoyant mood at the Kinross Agricultural Show. It is not unusual for this show to have rain but this year was a pleasant change which helped to keep spirits up!