Croydon beekeepers create a buzz at National Honey Show

By - Monday 16th November, 2015

Croydon Beekeepers’ Association celebrates after a series of outstanding wins at the 84th National Honey Show

The show benches at the National Honey Show.
Photo provided by the National Honey Show and used with permission.

The annual National Honey Show, held in Weybridge, Surrey, attracts visitors and entrants from across the UK and beyond. At this year’s event, the 84th, Croydon Beekeepers’ Association members Bob Barnes, Meriel Spalding, John Collett, Barbara Barnes and Tracey Carter did Croydon proud with an impressive four first prizes plus a range of other awards for honey, beeswax, mead and honey cake. Their success on the show bench meant that Croydon Beekeepers retained the Douglas Cup, a hotly-contested trophy between Croydon and Wimbledon.

Meriel Spalding collects her award.
Photo provided by the National Honey Show and used with permission.

Special congratulations go to Bob Barnes who won the Hosegood Cup for the Croydon member with the most points, and to Meriel Spalding whose mead won first place in its class and was awarded the prestigious Millennium Mead Coaster and the Jean Blaxland Prize for the Best Mead in Show.

Mark Stott, Chairman of Croydon Beekeepers, said “Many people are not aware that there are beekeepers in Croydon today, however we are in fact part of a long heritage. There are many parks in Croydon with trees and plants that our bees love. However they also rely on gardens and window-boxes so, by choosing plants that bees love, everyone can help our bees survive and thrive into the future”.

Croydon Beekeepers was founded in 1879. Nowadays our mission is to educate people about the vital importance of bees in the environment and to promote the craft of beekeeping. We are a charity and our work is supported by funders including The Aviva Community Fund, Knights Garden Centre, and Waitrose. We welcome people interested in bee-keeping to visit our apiary in Hartley Down, Purley – please visit our website for information about our events.

Alternatively, for further information including details of our Beekeeping for Beginners course, please contact Mark Stott at .

Mark Stott

Mark Stott

I am a qualified beekeeper and the Chairman of Croydon Beekeepers and have been keeping bees for around ten years. I currently have six beehives kept on an allotment in North Croydon.

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