Our Honey Show this year was well represented by 13 members with an entry on the day of 79 exhibits. A number of novice bee keepers entered and did exceptionally well. Our judge John Home made reference to the quality and standard of the honey being shown, and suggested that they were of a standard that could be entered into the County Show, and one or two being of of a standard to enter the National Honey Show. Our members need to be more confident and enter these shows.

We were very happy that Peggy Threader came along to support the honey show, and then generously agreed to be our Cake Judge. Thank you Peggy.

We would like to invite our other much experienced bee keepers to come along to future shows and to judge the cakes. If you feel this is something you would enjoy, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Our speaker, Dave Bonner gave an informative and enjoyable talk covering the diseases we can expect to see while beekeeping, and what to do about it if we do. It was a shame that the attendance at the lecture was rather small as this was critically important information.

We have seventeen classes to enter, so there is a class for everyone to feel confident enter, so please start thinking of your entries for next years Honey Show which will be in October, date to be confirmed.

Thank you to members who made and donated an array delicious cakes for our refreshments that followed the talk and judging.

Well done to all winners and Congratulations to our cup winners.

2018 Awards

1. The Members’ Cup - awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in class 1-17. (Steve Brown)

2. The Townsend Cup - awarded to the runner–up in classes 1-17. (Rowan Moore)

3. The Centenary Cup - awarded to the winner of class 1. (Gill Berridge)

4. The Jean Malin Plate - awarded to the winner of class 9. (Steve Brown)

5. The Threader Novice Honey Award - awarded to winner of class 17 (Martin Wibberley)


Thank you once again for your continued support.

Best wishes

Fran


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