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 Cup – Robert 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)
Some of the entries in the photography class
Class 8 – six identical jars of honey
David Beazley, cookery judge, hard at work
Helping the children roll their own candle
The Taste of Honey team
Colin Sherwood at the demonstration hive
Margaret Davies, honey judge, at work
Entries in the honey cookery competition
The honey competition entries
Sylvia in charge of honey sales
First prize for Mike Walters
Ann advertising the Bees and Honey marquee
David Robinson, Managing Director of Sutton Seeds & National Beekeeping Supplies, at the prize giving
Sue Sturdy receiving the Uplyme Cup
Sylvia Guest takes home the Honiton Show Cup
Mick Street wins the BBKA Blue Ribbon award for best entry in show
Robert Blackmore with the Fred Barratt shield
Robert Blackmore again with the Basil Salter Wax Challenge Cup