Big year for the Beehive

A recent craft fayre in the Buckhaven Beehive
A recent craft fayre in the Buckhaven Beehive

Project leaders at the Buckhaven Beehive have reflected on a successful year – and are now focusing their efforts on an even better 2014.

As well as securing funding for the first stage of the development of the former Free Gardeners Hall on College Street, the Beehive is also hoping to achieve charitable status in 2014.

And in the short term, organisers are hoping to attract more footfall with a new monthly market, and development of events by hiring a new development officer and bringing in more volunteers.

Organisers believe the whole re-development will cost upwards of £1.5 million, but the plan is to carry it out in stages to ensure events can still be held in the space.

Blair Denwette, who helped to start the project in 2012, said: “The development work is sound, and it’s moving, and we’re addressing what we set out to do, which was to identify what the wants and needs of the community were.

“The other side now is the more difficult bit, which is looking at a building which hasn’t been used for ‘x’ number of years.”

He continued: “The big plan is to look at phasing the building project, rather than stopping everything. The idea is to put in for funding to a variety of sources, because it’s going to take about £1.5 million to actually do what we want to do.”

Blair noted that securing funding for a project of this size will be made easier if the Beehive can achieve charitable status.

“We are in the process of registering with Companies House to become a company limited by guarantee and we’re also into Office of the Scottish Charity Register (OSCR) to get charitable status and that will allow us to apply for more funding.”

For 2014, Blair says the team has some clear objectives which it hopes will become a reality.

“We have a number of funding applications in right now, one of which is looking at increasing the number of volunteers we have, and providing them with training support, and we also want to bring in a development worker.”

And in a bid to get more people using the Beehive, they have enlisted the help of Karen Purves, a mixed media and acrylics artist, who has organised a monthly crafty market and indoor car boot sale, which will start on January 26 and take place on the last Sunday of each month from noon until 3.00 p.m.