Grantham beekeeper receives dream trophy for his displays
A Grantham beekeeper has won a trophy he has dreamed of winning for over 10 years for his shows.
Grantham District Beekeepers member Simon Croson received the coveted Silver Queen Bee trophy at the Bristol Honey Show in Stoke Bishop on Sunday August 28.
This was after accumulating the most points in various classes in which he participated in exhibitions.
Simon said: “In my early days in beekeeping, when I entered the show and competition scene, I was looking at larger events.
“I saw a photo of this silver trophy. A black and white photo of these typical old men from the 1920s was standing next to this trophy and I thought what a fantastic trophy.
“I thought it would be an amazing trophy to see, let alone win.”
Simon presented exhibits in a number of classes including Light Honey, Medium Honey, Dark Honey, Granulated, Soft Set, Mead and Photography.
He added: “I knew I was pretty good at most of these classes, so I figured if I had to go, I might as well get something into each class.”
The show took place in Bristol, a three and a half hour drive from Simon, who lives in Caythorpe.
He knew it was a long way to go but after discussing it with his wife, he decided to get on the show.
On Friday, August 26, he brought his exhibits to the event and returned that evening.
On Saturday (August 27) he was awaiting the announcement of the results, so he returned to Bristol on Sunday (August 28).
As he entered the exhibition hall, he saw the secretary of the exhibition who congratulated him on his victory.
Simon added: “I said, are you serious? So many people came up to me and thanked me for coming and making the show a little bit better.
“They told me I was the furthest exponent they’ve had in several years.
“It was absolutely priceless when I walked in. From the bottom of my heart I felt like a little boy. Ten years ago I saw this picture and thought it would be nice to see the trophy. “
The Silver Queen trophy is over 100 years old, so Simon couldn’t bring it home. However, he received a blue cup in remembrance of the winner of the Silver Queen.