Last year’s Annual Honey Show was of course run somewhat differently with all the entries being dropped off at Peter Hawkins’ house for him to judge them.
It was therefore good for us to all get back together, see, feel, smell the entries and generally catch up with one another.
The OBKA Committee made a number of changes to the format this year:
- The Honey Show judge, Claire O’Brien, was to talk us through how she judged the first two classes (jars of honey)
- Whilst the rest of the judging was taking place there was a Q&A session with four of our more experienced members including our longest serving member who has been a member of OBKA for over 50 years
- Along with the presentation of cups at the end of the show certificates were also presented for those who passed their Basic Exam and BBKA Module exams.
Our pictures from the show, below, follow that sequence:
Laying out entries before judging
(right-click on any image to see the full image)
Then the judging started, with Clare providing feedback
Whilst the judging was taking place we had a Q&A session
Our experts were Terry Thomas, OBKA’s longest serving member, Heather Horner, Andrew Brough (who ran a very successful Queen rearing course earlier this year) and Andy Pedley, OBKA Training Apiary Manager.
As you can imagine, with 4 beekeepers on the panel for any question there was at least 5 answers……
The awarding of cups at the end of judging
The cups were handed out by Oxford University entomologist and researcher, Darragh Ennis
And lastly, but by no means least, we had the presentation of Basic and Module Certificates
Presented by Terry Thomas.
Those who achieve the BBKA Basic Award were:
David Richardson (who sat his exam with Shipston Beekeepers but is a full member of OBKA, hence they award the certificate)
The OBKA Honey Show 2021 results:
|Sandford||Awarded to the exhibitor gaining the most points in Classes 9,10,11,20,12,26a, 26b and 26c||Heather Horner|
|Goodban||Awarded to the exhibitor gaining the most points in Classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8||Andrew Brough|
|Paterson||Awarded to the exhibitor gaining the most points in Classes 12 and 13||David Richardson|
|Campbell||Awarded to the beekeeper under the age of 30 gaining the most points||David Richardson|
|James||Awarded to the exhibitor gaining the most points in Classes 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19||David Edwards|
|Sims Bowl||Awarded to the exhibitor gaining the most points in Classes 22, 23, 24 and 25||Heather Horner|