Hopefully our bees are comfortably tucked up in their hives with plenty of stores to keep them going.

Meanwhile the work of the Association goes on.

As you will be aware we have almost been a victim of our own success.  Our membership numbers are now up to 112 which is about double that of four years ago.  We have trained over 50 new beekeepers and provided colonies to those that needed them.

To continue being able to meet that demand we are attempting to arrange conversion of a redundant building just north of Dumfries into a centre of excellence where we can carry out all of our activities.

We are attempting to fund most of the cost of this by applying for grants and one where we have been successful is the TESCO Bags of Help scheme.

Eight Tesco stores across Dumfries and Galloway have a display near the exit into which you can place a blue token which the checkout cashier will give you.  There are three options for your token and when the scheme closes on the 28th of January all the tokens will be counted.  The project with the most tokens will be awarded £5,000 with the other two receiving £2,000 and £1,000 respectively. We really want to win the £5,000 as it will give us the money to buy bee suits in smaller sizes so we can reach out to schools as well as microscopes and some equipment to help raise nucleus colonies.

Try to spread the word among your friends and colleagues, every token is a vote which could help our Asssociation to be even more vibrant and interesting.  Post your support on Facebook.  Get the word out there any way you can.  Write a letter to the local paper. You will be able to think of something.

Good luck!


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