It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that Epping Forest member Mark Chambers has passed away after a long struggle with cancer.
Mark was committed to improving knowledge among beekeepers and ensuring our training courses were of the highest standard. He made a big contribution during his tenure as Treasurer on our Committee and at County level as Divisional Voting Member on the CEC.
Mark’s passion was training and he would find ways to make the art of beekeeping understandable to everyone. His dedication was boundless and he continued to organise the Divisional extractor loan scheme from his hospital bed, up to the very last.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and I am sure you will join us in sending our sympathies to his wife, Jenny, and his children Tom, Elizabeth and Harriet.
Well done to all the members who won prizes at the show this year, winning anything this year was even harder with very nearly 2000 exhibits a record amount this year, & a lot more from different countries this year than ever. we had 15 Essex members entering which is a lot more than in the past, so its nice to see a few very new members having a go so don’t be put off if you did not win this year, next year might be your year. Paul Abbott won both the Essex cups & 5 of the 7 Kent cups as he is a full member of Kent beekeepers as well so very well done Paul. Their was a lot of new Names & faces collecting cups this year. the show was in a new part of the college with exhibits in different rooms, the judges liked it as it gave them more room to work in.
This year we had 13 members exhibiting & they all did very well, the country knows Essex produces Honey. There was 4 members from Romford, 2 Chelmsford, 2 Braintree, 2 Harlow, 1 Colchester, 1 Epping Forest and 1 Southend. Well done to you all. This year’s show was a big one 1720 entries from 246 exhibitors, there was just over 400 more exhibits than previously, so to get any award you have done very well. here is the full list of winners. Jim McNeill NHS rep.
Class 1 C. = 24 jars of honey
Class 54 1st = photomicrograph
Class 6 3rd = 2 jars set honey
Class121 1st = 2 jars light honey
Class 16 1st =2 jars set honey
Class 124 C. = 2 jars set honey
Class 76 2nd = 2 jars set honey gift
Class 126 VHC = frame for extracting
Class 102 2nd = 2 jars medium honey
Class 131 3rd = 1 jar gift honey
Class 105 3rd = 2 jars set honey
Class 132 1st = 1 jar set honey gift
Class 181 3rd = frame for extracting
Class 182 VHC = 2 jars light honey
Class 183 VHC = 2 jars medium honey
Class 183 2nd = 2 jars medium honey
Class189 2nd = 1 jar gift honey
Class 184 3rd = 2 jars dark honey
Class 192 1st = 3 not moulded candles
Class 185 3rd = 3 jars different honey
Class 190 2nd = 1 piece of beeswax
Class 194 1st = sweet mead
Class 191 2nd = 3 moulded candles
Class 242 2nd = 2 jars set honey
Class 192 2nd = 3 not moulded candles
Class 193 3rd = 1 bottle dry mead
Class 2 VHC = 2 jars gift honey
Class 194 2nd = 1 bottle sweet mead
Class 17 3rd = 2 jars naturally set
Class 72 VHC = 2 jars medium honey gift
Class 110 1st = 2 containers cut comb
Class 75 VHC = 2 jars naturally set honey gift
Class182 HC = 2 jars light honey
Class 183 1st = 2 jars medium honey
Class 183 HC = 2 jars medium honey
Class 186 1st = 2 jars set honey
Class 187 1st = 2 jars chunk honey
Class 189 3rd = 1 jar honey gift
Class 188 2nd = 1 container cut comb
Class 186 2nd = 2 jars set honey
Class 185 1st = 3 jars different honey
Class 193 HC = 1 bottle dry mead
Class 191 VHC = 3 moulded candles
Class 72 3rd = 2 jars medium honey
Class 190 1st = 1 piece of beeswax
Class 76 HC = 2 jars set honey
Class 181 1st = frame for extracting
Class 185 2nd = 3 jars different honey
Class 183 3rd = 2 jars medium honey
Class 241 3rd = 2 jars light or medium honey
Class 186 C = 2 jars set honey
Class 189 VHC = 1 jar honey gift
Class 182 2nd = 2 jars light honey
Class 241 VHC = 2 jars light or medium honey
Class 186 3rd = 2 jars set honey
Class 182 1st = 2 jars light honey
Class 182 3rd = 2 jars light honey
Class 189 1st = 1 jar honey gift
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