The 2016 honey show last Saturday was a great success with more exhibits than we have had in recent years. It has been said that honey is in short supply and it’s been a bad beekeeping year, but there were some stunning exhibits. Thank you to all the exhibitors. There were particularly strong entries from our beginners, who entered the competition for their first time.
Our winners: First place – Mark Mills whose exhibits included one of the loveliest sweet meads I have ever tasted. Second – David Martin who entered some excellent creamed honey. Third place –Nicky Garrett who having come third in the points total received the cup for Best in Show for a shallow frame of runny honey.
In our beginners classes newcomer Joe Learner received a first prize for both his liquid honey and his creamed honey entries.
Our judge, Peter Beckley, said “I was very impressed with the standard of entries this year and particularly the number of entries. It’s been a difficult year for bees and beekeepers and to judge entries of such a high standard has been a pleasure”.
The evening of the show day concluded with a Cheese and Wine gathering with the presentations being made by our President Michael Venn.
Waveney Beekeepers of Barsham have published dates for their 2017 beginner’s courses. Always popular and well attended.
Almost weekly we hear of the falling population of our bee colonies together with the recent discovery of the Asian hornet in the UK, we need to support and preserve our honey bee. Without our bees many of our food types will no longer exist; can you imagine life without apples or strawberries.
Our courses, lasting 6 sessions, include all handouts, refreshment and the use of equipment and most importantly the protective clothing. We look at the social structure of the hive through to the keeping of bees and safeguarding their future.
For 2017 we are running two courses  March 7th to April 25th then  May 2nd to June 6th. Book now for the new season. Cost £40. Attendance on the course also gives free social membership to the group allowing you to attend our monthly meetings and Sunday “surgeries”.
This may be the perfect Christmas or birthday present for someone. The course is also the perfect opportunity to give beekeeping a try to see if it is for you.
Another perfect Christmas or birthday idea is to “Bee a Beekeeper for a Day”. Spend a whole day 1 to 1 with a beekeeper, visiting hives, learning something of the life of our honey bees, learn the processing of honey and finally go home with a jar of honey that you filled. The day includes use of all equipment, refreshments and lunch. Cost of the day only £60.
Further information from Tony Rainbird on 01502 711601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org