Report of Honiton Show 2021 – Bees and Honey Marquee
The 130th Honiton Agricultural Show took place on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th August, 2021, breaking with tradition by extending the Show to two days. The Bees and Honey marquee also broke with tradition by re-arranging the stalls to provide a Covid-safe layout.
It was very hot setting up on Wednesday, VERY wet and muddy on Thursday and showers on Friday (see photos). Despite the reduced layout there were the traditional stalls of Candle Rolling, Taste of Honey and Honey Sales, but no cookery classes in the Competition, and no live bees.
Indications were that foot fall was less than normal, but those that did brave the weather were all keen for a day out and spending their money, so Sales were brisk!
The entries for the competition came from 4 different branches and were sufficient in number for the Honey Judge, Mr Jack Mummery, to award the coveted Blue Ribbon for the Best Exhibit in Show. This year’s winner was Brahim Meraga, of Tiverton branch, for his Honey entry.
Other awards included:
The Evelyn Pelham Salver to the winner of Class 8 (6 jars labelled for sale) – Nick Silver (East Devon)
Ges Pelham has provided a salver to be presented to the winner of Class 8 each year in remembrance of his wife , Evelyn Pelham, who had great success down the years in this section.
The Fred Barratt Shield for highest points in the honey classes – Brahim Meraga (Tiverton)
The Basil Salter Wax Challenge Cup – Liz Westcott (Torbay)
The Griffin Cup (composite entry) – Sylvia Guest (Exeter)
The Robin Kirkcaldie Cup – Chris Carr (Exeter)
The Honiton Show Cup for highest points in all classes – Brahim Meraga (Tiverton)
The Branch Cup for the Branch with the highest points – East Devon
Congratulations to all East Devon members who contributed to this result!
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)
Judging under way
Competition Judge, Jack Mummery
Checking clarity and colour
Judging the ‘Decorated Super’ class