Chalfonts Beekeepers Honey Show

This year our Honey Show was held at the Chalfont St Giles Country Show on Saturday 4th September 2010.

Photos on our facebook page here.

For the results of the competition and even more photos, read our newsletter.

Honey Show Secretary – Derek Taylor, 01494 763147

Honey show entry form


  1. All exhibits must be submitted and staged between 08:30 and 09:45. Judging will commence at 10.00 prompt.
  2. On arrival, exhibitors must register their entries with the steward and affix to each entry the labels supplied by the steward, as follows:
    • Jars (honey) – about half an inch (12mm) from the bottom
    • Frames – top of frame with duplicate on showcase, top right hand corner
    • Cut comb – on the lid with duplicate on one side of the container
    • Cake – one on cake with duplicate on plate
    • Beeswax – one on wax with duplicate on display plate/dish
  3. Extracted honey must be exhibited in clear matching 1lb BS pattern squat jars (lot nos. may be ignored), with lacquered screw caps (with run plastic seals, not wads).  Honey colour will be assessed by means of BS filters (available for use on day of Show).  Frames must be submitted in showcase.  Showcases may be borrowed from the Society.  Cut comb in standard 8oz rectangular containers.
  4. Exhibits may not be removed until permitted by the steward.
  5. Class 6: Black-painted jar.  This class is judged on flavour only.
  6. All entries to classes 1-11, 14 & 15 shall be the produce of the entrant’s own hives.
  7. British Beekeepers’ Association Rules apply.

Division N – Honey Show

Held under BBKA rules

All entries in this division should be referred to Derek Taylor – 01494 763147

1 Two jars of light honey Showler Cup
2 Two jars of medium honey Centenary Tankard
3 Two jars of dark honey Chalfonts Cup
4 Two jars of naturally set not stirred honey Jones Cup
5 Two jars of soft-set / creamed honey Ronny Mitchell Trophy
6 One “black” jar – run honey
7 One frame of honeycomb to show the work of the honeybee, filled and capped
8 One cut comb, net weight 7-9oz (200-250 grams)
9 Two 1 oz blocks of beeswax
10 One cake of beeswax 7-9oz (200-250 grams)
11 3 identical dipped or moulded natural beeswax candles, mounted and ready to light
12 3 home-produced items containing honey or beeswax, both to be represented. Items to be labelled. Suggestions: Chutney, Conserves, Honey drink (not mead), Sweets, Potions, Cosmetics, Polish, Furniture cream, Wax flowers, or decorative exhibits made substantially with beeswax, including Encaustic art.
13 Honey cake made to the recipe printed below.
Plate and wrapper to be supplied by the steward
Ian Grant Memorial Salver
Chalfonts Beekeepers Beginners from Immediate past and present year only
14 One jar – run honey Allen Mitchell Award (best beginner)
15 One jar – Naturally set not stirred honey
16 One “black” jar – run honey

The Welford Cup

The Welford Cup will be awarded to the best wax exhibit in the Show.

Judge –  John Parslow

Honey Cake Recipe


  • 5 oz butter
  • 4 oz soft brown sugar
  • 7 oz self raising flour
  • 6 oz clear honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water or milk


Place butter, sugar, honey and water into a saucepan and heat until the fat has melted, stirring all the time.  Then remove pan from heat and allow contents to cool to blood temperature.  Gradually beat in the eggs.  Add sieved flour and mix until smooth.  Do not over mix.  Pour mixture into a greased and lined 7″ (180mm) round cake tin and bake for about 1 hour until risen and firm to the touch.  As a guide, oven temp. 350oF / Mark 4 / 180oC.