Sweet taste of success at Honey Show

Laurence Keith from Dunragit, winner of the Novice Cup , and his wife Fiona, winner overall on the night of the Western Galloway Beekeepers' Association Honey Show.
Laurence Keith from Dunragit, winner of the Novice Cup , and his wife Fiona, winner overall on the night of the Western Galloway Beekeepers' Association Honey Show.

Western Galloway Beekeepers’ Association held its first Honey Show as part of its November meeting.

Members had been preparing their products for months and setting aside their best examples for the Honey Show – a great opportunity to show off the fruits of their labour – and their bees.

Fiona Keith welcomed the members as well Christine and Peter Matthews, who had travelled from Annan to be the judges for the evening. Both Christine and Peter are qualified honey judges and have only recently judged exhibits at the National Honey Show in Weybridge and Apimondia, which was held this year in Ukraine.

There were 48 entries to be judged, across eight classes. The show tables looked splendid with a range of different honeys, photographs, cakes, candles, preserves and cosmetics. The judges didn’t keep all their secrets to themselves though – they judged the entries with the members present and explained their decisions in each class, as well as giving some hints and tips on how the exhibits could have been even better.

The members learned lots more about how to present the perfect exhibit. The judges commented on the high standard of the exhibits and on how well the show had been organised.

The trophies, which were presented by Peter Matthews, were as follows.

Jim McColm, the Western Galloway Beekeepers’ Association Cup for the exhibitor with the most points.

Lawrence Keith, the Newton Stewart Cup for the novice exhibitor with the most points.

Fiona Keith, the Western Galloway Beekeepers’ Association Shield for the Best in Show exhibit.

Each of the first prize-winners received a £5 gift voucher, kindly donated by Solway Bees at Twynholm.

The full results were:

2 jars light honey – 1. A Jackson, 2. J McColm, 3. J Adams.

2 jars medium honey – 1. J McColm, 2. J Adams, 3. L Keith.

2 jars creamed/set honey – 1. A Jackson, 3. J McColm.

2 jars naturally set honey – 1. J McColm, 2. K Scrivens, 3. G Smith.

2 containers of cut comb – 1. W Cheesman.

Honey cake – 1. M Pattison, 2. L Keith, 3. M Adams.

Photograph – 1. K Scrivens, 2. L Keith, 3. D Hatcher.

Gift item – 1. F Keith, 2. L Keith, 3. M Adams.

Fiona thanked all who had contributed to making the first show a huge success – the judges, the exhibitors, the stewards, the committee and the members

The next meeting will be held on December 16. There will be a demonstration on how to apply oxalic acid to help keep varroa mites at bay, followed by the Christmas social including the usual bee quiz and the world premier of very special movie! All welcome.