Our Honey Show on 21st September 2019 was held at St. John’s Church Hall, 20 Foxbush, Hildenborough, Tonbridge TN11 9HT.
There is ample parking at the rear, see this detail:-
The reason for the change from St Barts Memorial Hall was because we need to book well in advance and St Barts Memorial Hall is being refurbished in 2019, and as the work is yet to start, there was some doubt whether it would be complete by September.
Honey Show Staging took place between 9.30 and 10.30.
Enough time had to be allowed to complete staging by 10:30 a.m. as that is when judging commenced.
There were no entry fees. All Members of the Branch (including Partner Members) were welcome to enter any or all Classes (subject to Rule 8 in the Novice Class). Exhibitors were able to enter on the day.
The public could gain entry after the judging has taken place at 2.00 pm.
Click on this pdf for the schedule and rules:-
The annual honey show on 21st September turned out to be our best show ever. There were 17 Exhibitors with 96 entries!
The show was judged by John Chapman, from Chatham, who is very experienced and has judged for us several times in the past.
The new venue was a good size in a modern building with ample free parking and a comfortable foyer where visitors could sit for a chat. We had a number of visitors from the local community, some of whom purchased honey and expressed an interest in attending some of our events. We also welcomed old friends who had retired from beekeeping but still wanted to see how we were getting along.
The judge was very pleased to see that less experienced beekeepers were actively participating in the show. He also commented that the overall quality of entries was up to our usual high standard. There were so many entries in the cake and cup cake classes that we had to find an extra table!
The new class for a decorative or artistic item with a bee related theme was a great success, and drew out some hidden talent. This challenged the judge as there was no judging criteria. There was one entry that was outstanding, and a clear winner. Pauline Hayward made an exquisite wax rose in a perfect shade of honey gold, presented in a crystal vase. The judge said it was absolutely beautiful. He also admired the other diverse and attractive entries. Second prize went to Sue Knights with a collage of a bee made from dried leaves, third prize went to Liz Birchenough for a pair of hand knitted mittens in bee colours, complete with embroidered wings and eyes, and fourth prize to Margaret Everest for a decorated gift box for honey.
A huge thank you to everyone who participated, and we hope you will all come along next year. Liz Birchenough
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