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Honiton Show 2018  –  Bees and Honey Marquee

The 128th Honiton Agricultural Show held on the customary first Thursday in August was another great day. Setting up the Bees and Honey marquee, jointly organised by Exeter and East Devon Branches of Devon Beekeepers’ Association on Wednesday, 1st August, was very warm, but the actual day was scorching inside the marquee.

146 entries for the competition came from 6 different branches enabling the Honey Judges, Mrs Margaret Davies and Mr Jack Mummery, to award the coveted Blue Ribbon for the Best Exhibit in Show to Mick Street from Exeter for his frame of honey, ready for extraction.

Other awards included:
The Fred Barratt Shield for highest points in the honey classes – Robert Blackmore (Tavistock)
The Basil Salter Wax Challenge CupRobert Blackmore (Tavistock)
The Griffin Cup (composite entry) – Brahim Meraga (Tiverton)
The Robin Kirkcaldie Memorial Cup for honey from a Novice – Richard Croft (East Devon)
The Uplyme Cup for cookery – Sue Sturdy (Exeter)
The Honiton Show Cup for highest points in all classes – Sylvia Guest (Exeter)

As usual Mr David Beazley of Exeter College carried out some excellent judging of the Cookery Classes.

Unfortunately there were few entries from Novice Beekeepers. There is nothing to fear and entering your products is an excellent way of learning from other beekeepers and the experienced judges what requirements must be met when producing and selling your products.

For the first time for many years Mick Male was unable to display his skep making skills. Imogen Hallam had long queues waiting for her beautiful face painting of bees, and all the usual observation hives, information stand, honey sales, candle rolling and Taste of Honey were well attended.

East Devon and Tiverton provided their latest displays and answered plenty of queries from the public. St Bridgets Nursery, Exeter, supplied four attractive displays of bee-friendly plants.

David Robinson, Managing Director of Sutton Seeds and National Beekeeping Supplies presented the prizes. Sutton Seeds also had a stall with some of their beekeeping products and experienced staff, who were giving good advice to all. They had very generously donated prizes to the three children’s classes, which were much appreciated by the recipients.

There were 40 entries for the children’s Bee Creative classes, and at least two of the winners visited the Show. We need more beekeepers going into schools to enthuse children or visiting Cubs, Brownies or other groups. Provided that teachers are alerted at an early stage they can allocate sufficient time for the children to produce the posters or mobiles and enter the competition. It is an excellent way to educate and encourage children to the world of beekeeping.

Grateful thanks go to the hard-working Committee and all the volunteer stewards who make the event possible.

Prize winners in all the competition classes can be found HERE (PDF sheet)


Photo competition

Some of the entries in the photography class

Honey classes

Class 8 – six identical jars of honey


David Beazley, cookery judge, hard at work


Helping the children roll their own candle

Taste of Honey

The Taste of Honey team

Demo hive

Colin Sherwood at the demonstration hive

Honey judge

Margaret Davies, honey judge, at work


Entries in the honey cookery competition

Honey classes

The honey competition entries

Honey tasting

Honey tasting

Honey sales

Sylvia in charge of honey sales

First prize

First prize for Mike Walters

Bee costume

Ann advertising the Bees and Honey marquee

Prize giving

David Robinson, Managing Director of Sutton Seeds & National Beekeeping Supplies, at the prize giving

Uplyme cup

Sue Sturdy receiving the Uplyme Cup

Honiton Show cup

Sylvia Guest takes home the Honiton Show Cup

Blue ribbon

Mick Street wins the BBKA Blue Ribbon award for best entry in show

Fred Barrett shield

Robert Blackmore with the Fred Barratt shield

Basil Salter cup

Robert Blackmore again with the Basil Salter Wax Challenge Cup