Western Galloway Beekeepers Association


Dru Hatcher, chair, welcomed 16 members to Glenluce Bowling Club on 14th December, including Lisa Hooper of Hoopoe Prints. Based in Port William Lisa is a printmaker, specialising in wildlife/bird art, and she gave a demonstration on how she uses beeswax in her artwork.

As well as both beeswax and paraffin wax, Lisa’s equipment included special paper, frames, masking tape, a wax heater, an iron and some tools and brushes. She demonstrated how she uses layers of wax and colour to develop an image, then she scrunches it in to ball! before dipping it in further colour. The results are stunning as shown in some examples she had brought along of Choughs and Great Crested Grebe. A talented and very patient lady!

Dru thanked Lisa for taking time out of her busy schedule to come along and show an alternative use for beeswax – one of the products of the beekeepers hives.

There followed a lovely spread of Christmas goodies, a browse around some sales tables for those last minute Christmas gifts, and lots of chat.

The next meeting will be on Monday 25th January in Glenluce Bowling Club at the usual time of 7pm, when Graeme Sharpe the Bee Advisory Officer from Auchincruive will give a talk on “bee space”. Graeme is a regular visitor and always delivers an interesting and informative talk. Visitors are welcome.

The Study Group for newcomers and novices will start on 2nd February for 8 weeks and will cover the theory of bees and beekeeping before moving on to putting the theory in to practice in apiaries in the spring. If you are interested in becoming a beekeeper, this is a great place to start. For more details about joining the group please contact Linda Robertson, Secretary at wgbacontact@gmail.com.