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Dates for your Diary

The Programme of Events for 2018 has been updated, so please take a look under the 'Events' tab to see what is planned and put the dates in your diary.  The Safari has been brought forward to 23rd June to avoid the school holidays so that more people can take part.

The AGM and Christmas Party have been combined this year and we are looking forward to catching up with you on Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm at Warnford Hall. Please bring some food to share and bring your ideas for the direction of the association. It's an opportunity to catch up with your fellow beekeepers, reflect on the year and test your knowledge with a quiz and a surprise!

Success at Hampshire Honey Show

With 11 members winning awards this weekend and 5 people registering their nterest in beekeeping it has been a very successful show.  Dylan Gussman won the Novice award, John Lauwerys also took an award and Graham Flatt was recognised for his photography.

Jean Frost and a team of volunteers helped visitors viewing our displays at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens to find out more about bees, pollination and keeping bees.  Many children completed the quiz and members of Winchester and Romsey sold honey and manned the demonstration hive.

Well done to all who won prizes and a big thank you to those who helped out with setting up, talking to the public and clearing up at the end.

 

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Read about how we have used the South Downs National Park Grant

The South Downs National Park provided Meon Valley Beekeepers with a grant for £2000.  Read how we have used that grant to develop our Apiary into a teaching facility for new beekeepers and how we are promoting beekeeping and the importance of bees in our Community.  If you would like to attend our next course starting in January 2018, please contact Jean Frost or fill out our Contact Us form.

https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Meon-Valley-Beekeepers-August-2017.pdf

 

MVBKA Honey Show Results 

Centenary Trophy 

Winner of Class A

Lucy Frost

Colville Cup 

Most points in classes 1-4)

Melvyn Asplett

Astra Pakenham-Walsh

Appleby Trophy

Winner of Class 8

Astra Pakenham-Walsh

Sid Trenchard Trophy 

Winner of Class 9

John Lauwerys

Tredwell Cup

Most points in classes 1-14

Lucy Frost

Jack Pugh Wax Shield 

Most points in the wax classes

Janet Mckenzie

Trasenster Bowl 

Best exhibit in Show

Leanne Attrill - Class 2

Confectionary Trophy 

(Most points in classes 16 - 20) 

Hazel Cleeve

A short report this year, for several reasons (all mine)

We had 117 entries on the day – 126 potentials, with a few “no shows”. That’s pretty good, and I’m content, although I would like, just once maybe, to have a huge entry list, and struggle to fit them onto the bench! This season, you also “took it to the wire” in that, 10 days before Show Day, I had 8 entries logged…! We couldn’t do the usual engraving of the Trophies on the day, but all the above will receive their silverware in due course.

Nobody took home a vast profit from the Show Bench – we gave out £164 in all – but I hope that everyone gained something from entering. The physical (and mental!) effort in making the entries “just a bit special” is more than made up for, in my opinion, by the look of the bench as a whole, and the talking point and consequent interaction with The Public. Which is what it’s all about, after all…

“Well done”, everyone who entered. And especial congratulations to Leanne who, having gained a Novice First prize last year, and didn’t really think her honey was good enough to bother, gained First Prize for Medium Honey, then went on to get “Best in Show”. So, you see, it’s not just “the old boys” who can turn the Judge’s head…And “Hurrah!” – Janet Mckenzie won the Wax Shield! It was (mostly) a 3-way race, but Janet’s Wax Polish carried the day for her. It’s not so hard making a candle after all, is it, folks? (Especially John, who gained a First Prize for a pair of Moulded Candles...). Those who thought about it, but didn’t quite make the event – you have (nearly) a whole year to get ready for 2018, when Hazel Blackburn will return to do our Judging honours. See if you can “outdo” Leanne’s achievements! See you then…

David Cleeve – Honey Show Secretary

 

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