This year the YBKA was back in its ‘own home’ the Normanby Pavilion; as the building of the new YAS Hives and Honey Pavilion had been completed in time for the Great Yorkshire Show. For the last three years we have given space in the pavilion for the honey exhibition and, with the exception of the honey sales, decamped most of our YBKA activities into an adjacent marquee. This was not an ideal situation, but it did mean all of the beekeeping events could be held in one common area of the show field. Although space was always tight, it was a stop gap and we always all mucked in to make previous shows successful and enjoyable. More space this year meant the YBKA could improve on displays and provide improved response to the many questions from a curious and interested public.
I am really pleased to report that as well as the old accomplished hands, we had many new enthusiastic helpers over the show’s three days and they all did a fantastic job entertaining the public. All of the YBKA representatives had a busy and I hope an enjoyable time. It is not possible to thank people individually (in case I miss someone) but a massive thanks to everyone who assisted in any way for event, including the tidying away at the end of a satisfying yet tiring 3 days. However, I am sure you agree special thanks should go to Sheila and David Mead for keeping a constant supply of refreshments!
There have already been, amongst the positive feedback, a few suggestions for improvements, which will be carefully considered for future. Should anyone have any suggestions, please pass them on, so we can improve the event.
Tony Jefferson, YBKA Chair