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Date(s) - 04/07/2015 - 05/07/2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Gala Showground


Hello fellow Beekeepers,

Another gentle annual reminder that it’s not too late to sort out or prepare a jar (or two) of your honey and perhaps a comb, and enter them in the Produce and Handicrafts Section at the annual Bromyard Gala. This is taking place on 4th and 5th July this year, again at the exciting new venue of Burgess Farm, Avenbury, Nr Bromyard.  Full details of the gala are at: www.bromyardgala.org.uk

Despite a promising number of entries when honey classes were introduced for the first time in 2012, the numbers of our group that entered as exhibitors last year dwindled somewhat, which was very disappointing.  Please can we all try to put on a more impressive show of exhibits this year.  Presentations like this do so much to educate and interest the public and make them aware of the huge importance and value of bees of all species (and beekeepers of all species) to the environment and the local ecology, and these also give them a glimpse of our fascinating and challenging craft.

Once again Bob and Kath Cross are staging and manning their interesting and comprehensive display of beekeeping equipment and artefacts, including an observation hive.  This is always very busy attraction and a big draw for visitors.  An impressive display of honey alongside this would add so much to the visitor experience and will help support their efforts.

Again for this year it is just so easy to enter. There is nothing daunting about the specification for your exhibit.  It is very straightforward.  All that is required is an entry in one, two, or even all three classes. These classes are in Section 2 (Preserves) in the schedule.

Class 12 – A Jar of Set Honey (not less than 350g or 12oz) Class 13 – A Jar of Clear Honey (not less than 350g or 12oz) Class 14 – A Honeycomb

These specifications are very open-ended.   Classes 12 and 13 simply call for ‘a jar’ of Set or Clear Honey – no specification for the shape of the jar etc, is given.  Class 14 simply calls for ‘A Honeycomb’  – any size, shape, or content is therefore eligible and could well become a prize winner.

Entry Forms (Coupons) are in the Schedule for the Produce and Handicrafts section of the Gala. These schedules are readily available from Flint & Cook, Estate Agents in Bromyard, and other retailers and shops in Bromyard, or the Leisure Centre and also from many shops such as The Card Shop, Food for All, Bromyard Jewellers, and others, as well as from The Hop Pocket at Bishops Frome.

If you have any difficulty in obtaining a Schedule with Entry Form then a quick ‘phone call to the section Secretary, Mrs Pearl Briggs on 01885 483490,  (mobile 07837 842358, or email pearl.briggs5@gmail.com) will get you one by return.

Entry forms (coupons) should then reach the Secretary (Mrs Briggs) by 6pm on Monday 29th June.  Your exhibit can be staged between 8.00am and 9.45am on the first day of the show – Saturday 4th July.

When you send your Entry Coupon off you will get by return an Exhibitor’s Ticket and Vehicle Pass that will enable you to access the show-ground on the Saturday in order to take and stage your exhibits and also an entry pass to collect them on the Sunday when the show ends.

It would be good if we can all make a real effort to support the Produce and Handicrafts section at the Gala once again this year and give the public something to admire and wonder at in our great craft of beekeeping.

Thanks everyone, and good luck.


For Class 19 if you can find a decent well-filled comb in a shallow frame that is nicely capped on both sides, then enter one of those. Ideally this will best be displayed in a purpose built showcase, or on a stand, supported by the frame lugs – but most of you won’t have either of those bits of equipment, so arrangements have been made for a suitable stand to be available to show your entries.

Tip: if possible, carefully scrape off any bits of propolis or staining on the wooden frame with a razor blade or similar, taking care not to bruise the comb or cappings – it then looks so much nicer and more wholesome.

If you can’t find a suitable frame, then why not enter a decent sized piece of honey-filled comb, preferably capped, which can be cut from an unfinished frame, and presented lying flat in a shallow dish or plastic tray of some kind. Pieces of comb cut into square or rectangular  look best.

Tip: drain the cut comb of surplus honey on the edges where it has been cut before placing it carefully in the dish. Comb that is lying in a pool of honey detracts from its presentation.

Remember that all the jars and exhibits that you stage must be free of all labels or distinguishing marks of any kind in order that the complete anonymity of the entries is ensured, thus enabling the exhibits to be judged alongside each other entirely on merit.