In the address given by Tom Blackburn (Association President) at the presentations he considered that the judging had been professionally undertaken and equal to any Honey Show Judge.
The judging was divided into categories and judged by members that had the requisite knowledge to judge the category and they were as follows:
Brad Davis – Honey, Wax and Mead,
Alison Turner – Confectionery.
Melanie Espin – Other Hive Products.
Chris Clark – Forage and Anatomy.
Ali Hollingbery and Hilary Hayward were the Honey Stewards
Elizabeth Eveleigh and Martin Smythe were the Scorers and Record Keepers.
Helen de Peyrecave and Penny Adams provided a continues supply of tea and cakes.
Dean Gregory and Chris Clark with other members set up and cleared the hall for the Show.
Anne-Chantal Ballard – provided the floral displays around the hall.
Sir Tom Blackburn – Presented the Trophies.
It was a good team effort, and I am grateful to all those people involved who made this possible and an enjoyable occasion.
It was disappointing that only 16 members (21 in 2019) entered the Show out of a membership of 180 members. Especially as the classes covered a wider number of classes to accommodate for a poor honey crop. The number of classes had been reduced to 36 classes (48 in 2019) in the schedule but had a wider scope than had been available in prior years.
There were some dispensations for entries this year as some of the classes could not be achieved due to poor weather and performance by the colonies. Combs were not drawn out to the extent that they are normally. The reason for the dispensation was to ensure a variety of entries could be on display to show a full range of products from the hive.
This year we were not able to award the Blue Ribbon which can only be awarded by a National Honey Judge, for the reason that this year we did not achieve the requisite number of entries to qualify to be able to award the Blue Ribbon.