Honiton Show 2017 – Bees and Honey Marquee
The Honiton Agricultural Show is held on the first Thursday in August. This year our preparation of the Bees and Honey marquee the day before the Show took place with cloudy skies and patchy rain. Much to our relief it remained dry on Show day with lots of visitors to our attraction.
The Bees and Honey marquee is jointly organised by the Exeter and East Devon Branches of Devon Beekeepers’ Association. The theme for the East Devon branch display this year was Food for Bees – Nectar and Pollen. We also had the Tiverton branch display showing the working life of the bee.
The central attraction was the display of competition entries. This year there were a total of 148, enabling the Honey Judge, Mrs Suzette Perkins, to award the coveted Blue Ribbon for the Best Exhibit in Show. Steve Ide from Exeter was the winner with his dark honey.
In the cookery classes the judge, Mr David Beazley of Exeter College, produced informative feedback on the entries. The Uplyme Cup, for the highest aggregate points score in the cookery section, was jointly awarded to Angela Findlay of East Devon and Jill Blackett of Exeter.
Hugo Swire, MP for East Devon, who is himself a beekeeper, presented the prizes. The Honiton Show Cup, presented to the person gaining the most points in all sections, was won by Brahim Meraga from Tiverton branch. For all the other trophy winners see below.
The children’s ‘Bee Creative’ poster or mobile class was well supported this year. It is hoped that any Exeter or East Devon members going into schools in the next academic year will alert teachers at an early stage so that time can be allocated for the children to produce the posters/mobiles and enter the competition next year.
As usual the two Observation Hives were incredibly popular. Mick Male from Chudleigh was present to demonstrate the craft of skep making and St Bridgets Nursery, Exeter, supplied four attractive displays of bee-friendly plants.
Activity on the Taste of Honey and Roll a Candle stalls was satisfactory and Honey Sales were brisk.
Finally, grateful thanks go to the hard-working Committee and all the volunteer stewards who made the event possible.
The Honiton Show Cup. Awarded for the highest overall points in Classes 1 – 25. Won by Brahim Meraga (Tiv)
The Fred Barratt Shield. Awarded for highest overall points in Classes 1 – 8. Won by Brahim Meraga (Tiv)
The Basil Salter Wax Challenge Cup. Awarded for highest overall points in the Wax Classes 9 & 10. Won by Sylvia Guest (Ex)
The Uplyme Cup. Awarded for the highest overall points in the Cookery Classes 20 – 24. Jointly won by Angela Findlay (ED) and Jill Blackett (Ex)
The Robin Kirkcaldie Memorial Cup. Awarded to the winner of Novice Class 19. Won by Jon Gosse (ED)
B.B.K.A. Blue Ribbon. Awarded for Best Exhibit in Show. Won by Stephen Ide (Ex)
(Ex = Exeter, ED = East Devon, TB = Torbay, Tiv = Tiverton, ND = North Devon, NA = Newton Abbott)
Prize winners in all the competition classes can be found HERE (PDF sheet)