Saffron Walden Division took time to celebrate its centenary during a Christmas Social and Quiz night held on the 29 th November.
The evening was held at The Three Horseshoes pub in Duton Hill.
The quiz included beekeeping related questions, as well as questions about Saffron Walden and general knowledge. There was much laughter and a good time was had by all.
Tony Yeats, Chairman,(in picture) made a short speech about the history of the division. A special cake in the shape of a WBC Hive was made to mark the occasion. At the end of the evening attendees were gifted cupcakes decorated with bees and flowers.
A rather rainy Sunday morning saw us setting up Saffron Walden Beekeepers entries for the horticultural element of the Countess of Warwick show. This large farm show, held in Little Easton, has a long history and is run by a group of volunteers raising money for the local 5 Parishes churches. As well as a horticultural show, there are various stalls and exhibits, animal demonstrations, craft stalls, classic cars, ploughing competitions etc.
The 5 classes being judged by Mike Barke from Harlow were: Clear honey; Creamed honey; Natural-Set honey; Honey Cake and Candles.
We were pleased with more entries this year than last, with most coming from the Clear Honey and Honey Fruit Cake classes. It was fascinating going around with Mike and watching and learning from his methodical process of judging and eliminating.
The overall standard in all classes was high and Mike was particularly impressed with the quality of honey; which shows that as a division we do seem to know what we’re doing. It is...