One Hundred Years of Beekeeping in Edinburgh

Varroa mites on a honey bee

This year beekeepers in Edinburgh are marking the Centenary of the Edinburgh Beekeepers Association. To celebrate, Edinburgh City Libraries are hosting an exhibition about Bees, Beekeeping and Edinburgh Beekeepers and will be running a series of talks and honey tasting sessions across the city from April until December. In addition, candle-making sessions will be available for children.

Although people in Edinburgh have kept bees for many years it was not until December 1918 that they came together to form the Edinburgh & District Beekeepers Association. Local Association meetings provided a time for discussion and learning, whether at the winter lectures or summer apiary outings.  In 1928, Edinburgh & District Beekeepers Association merged with the longer established Midlothian Beekeepers to form Edinburgh and Midlothian Beekeepers Association (EMBA) which continues to thrive today. EMBA has almost 200 members who have between 1 and 30 colonies of bees. Overall in Scotland, there are about 3,000 hobby beekeepers.

John Moir, a founder member of the Edinburgh Beekeepers Association, was not only an enthusiastic beekeeper, but also a prestigious collector of books on the topic and his collection is now housed in Fountainbridge Library with the rare items being held in the National Library of Scotland.

A century ago there were more than a million hives in the UK – today there are about 100,000 non-commercial hives. But we need more if we are to stop the honey bee’s decline. Our native bees are more endangered now than 100 years ago. They face threats from bees imported from abroad, from parasitic mites, and potentially from Asian Hornets. Increased use of pesticides in agriculture and loss of habitat also threaten our bees.

EMBA Apiary

If you want to find out more about bees and beekeeping, and what we can do to encourage bees, then why not visit our exhibition which is currently in the foyer of Central Library, George IV Bridge. In May it will move to Blackhall Library then to Stockbridge, Newington, Leith, Currie, Colinton, Corstorphine or Drumbrae, and Portobello before returning to the Central Library in December. At each Library there will be talks, honey tasting and candle making sessions organised. Details will be available via each library.

For more information about EMBA and beekeeping locally visit www.edinburghbeekeepers.org.uk

EMBA is also affiliated to the Scottish Beekeepers Association (SBA) which is the national honeybee and beekeeping charity for Scotland. Details can be found at www.scottishbeekeepers.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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Gaelic songs and rhymes for under fives

Rannagan na chloinne: Seinn comhla rinn!

Sing with us at our Gaelic song and rhyme times for under fives at Blackhall and Leith Libraries.

The sessions take place at the following dates and times:

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Thursday 28th April, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Leith Library

Saturday 30th April, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Thursday 12th May, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Blackhall Library

Saturday 14th May, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Saturday 21st May, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Thursday 26th May, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Leith Library

Saturday 4th June, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Thursday 9th June, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Blackhall Library

Saturday 11th June, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Thursday 23rd June, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Leith Library

Saturday 25th June, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Thursday 7th july, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Blackhall Library

 

Author David Munro at Leith Library

STOP PRESS: UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Ex Granton schoolboy David Munro is coming to Leith Library to talk about his debut novel The Time Jigsaw and recently published sequel The Time Jigsaw Deliverance.

The books have a Scottish theme with some scenes in Leith.

David will talk about his path from business professional to published author.  He is now based in the west of Scotland and has done talks in a number of libraries in Glasgow and Ayrshire. For more information visit David’s web site

Leith Library, 28 Ferry Road

Wed 7 Oct 2:30 to 3:30pm

The talk is free but please book a seat by emailing leith.library@edinburgh.gov.uk or call 0131 529 5517.

Refreshments will be provided.

“Wow… she’s posh!”

Some great moments in this short film of Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve’s visit to Leith Library to present our Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge winners with their medals. As you can see a great time was had by all, so much so some interviewees were lost for words!

 

Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve at Leith Library

Author Philip Reeve joined writer and illustrator Sarah McIntyre at Leith Library on Friday.

Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland at Leith Library

They were there to reward young readers who had successfully completed this year’s Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland.

Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland at Leith Library

As well as being responsible for awesome headwear, Sarah is also the artist behind the Mythical Maze characters you can see below. We all had lots of fun – thanks Sarah and Philip!

Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland at Leith Library

Lindsey Davis double bill!

Fans of ancient Rome-based crime fiction are in for a treat as ‘Falco’ creator Lindsey Davis join us for a double bill of Mayday events.

Lindsey has won a legion of admirers on both side of the Atlantic with her series charting the adventures of Marcus Didius Falco, the laid-back Roman ‘informer’ who investigates crimes and acts as an often reluctant imperial agent.

More recently Falco’s adopted daughter, troubled teenager turned feisty widow Flavia Albia, has come to the fore, as the protagonist in last year’s The Ides of April and this year’s Enemies at home.

Book now for our free Edinburgh Reads event with Lindsey at Central Library on Thursday 1st May from 7.00pm.

Earlier on that day Lindsey will be at Leith Library to talk about A Cruel Fate, her ‘Quick Reads’ novel based on real events during the English Civil War.

‘Quick Reads’ are short, easy to read books which are great for adults who are less confident in their reading skills. Lindsey is the latest big name author to be asked to contribute to the series.

If you’d like to find out more about this event, which starts at 10.30am, call 0131 529 5517.

How we celebrated World Book Night

Shall we count the ways? First, here’s the fearless Annie Bell handing out books to unsuspecting builders and bus passengers.

Meanwhile wannabe pirates were solving a series of clues in order to locate “treasure” (books!) at a mystery location somewhere in Leith.

Several libraries were lucky enough to host visits from authors including Allan Guthrie, Andrew Greig and Caroline Dunford. At Corstorphine Library readers got together to share and swap books and reading recommendations.

Finally, Central Library was packed for an evening event with Meaghan Delahunt, Lesley Glaister and Alexander McCall Smith. Here’s Lesley and Meaghan with chair Peggy Hughes.

And here’s Alexander McCall Smith, clearly having a splendid time. Thanks to Alexander and everyone else who helped make this World Book Night such a success. Roll on next year!