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Field Day, 1 Nov 2014 See FIELD DAYS,
Please bring your own bee suit as we only have a limited number to loan out.

DO NOT bring any gloves to our hive site as this can spread disease.

Cancellations will be posted to the website so please check if the weather goes downhill.

Beginner's Day, 19 Oct

For those who are interested, we will be holding a one day introduction to beekeeping.

The course is on Sunday 19th October from 9am - 3.30pm.
You will need to bring along $75 for non-members (includes club joining fee) and $50 per member. Registrations taken up to the day.
The course programme consists of - Hive construction and assembly of flat pack boxes, frames etc and in the afternoon hive management and disease recognition.

Would all participants please bring with them -
* Flat pack of boxes from Eckroyds.
* Nails or screws to assemble their wood ware.  The length needs to be 60mm.
* Foundation medium brood.  We will have a battery to embed the wax on the day.
* PVA glue
* Pliers
* A screw driver (if using screws) or hammer (for nails)
* Battery power drill can be brought along if you wish.

We will have equipment on site to be shared if you cannot provide your own.

Bring your own lunch and bee suit if you have one.

See you at 9am for briefing and prep.  Start 9.30am at the club site
681 Cashmere Rd.
Please confirm your attendance by 
phoning Jeff Robinson on 942 4734 - leave a
message or email alpinebee@gmail.com or mob 027 657 2007

SUBS for 2014 $25 per family
Payment can be posted to Kerry at 28 Fairway Drive, Shirley. Also online is ok too.
How to join

Official AFB Photos (test Paper Photos)

Beekeeper Registration

ARE YOU REGISTERED,  IF NOT WHY NOT ,  IF YOU HAVE A HIVE YOU MUST BE REGISTERED,  This is all part of bee keeping and helping to control AFB so please do your bit for the good of our hobby and those precious wee fuzzy bees!!!!!!!


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Christchurch Bee Stories and Tips at http://chchbeekeepers.blogspot.co.nz/

Welcome to the Christchurch Hobbyist Beekeepers' Club 

Based in the beautiful Garden City of Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand, our club has over 160 active members and has been supporting local beekeepers for over thirty years.

The purpose of our club is to support beekeeping in Christchurch, for both professional and hobbyist beekeepers.  Beekeeping is becoming ever more popular and our club is here to help people learn about bees, how to keep them and how to produce bee products.  Of course, that includes honey, one of the purest foods and the only food produced by insects.

Our club members include individuals and families and we welcome contact from anyone with an interest in bees.  It doesn't matter if you just want to know more, if you think you might like to become a beekeeper or if you already have some hives; our club is the place for you.

We believe that the 
best way to learn is by doing!  We have a regular programme of Field Days where more experienced hive masters demonstrate some of the skills and techniques used in beekeeping today.  Club members are encouraged to get involved and play an active role, whether by helping to set up, lifting boxes of honey, lighting the smokers or brewing the tea. 

Although we are a volunteer organization, we have an elected Committee with formal roles such as President, Secretary and Treasurer as you would expect.  All of our Committee members are volunteers and we actively encourage every member to play an active role in making the Club a success. 

You will learn more about our Club and the opportunities we offer as you travel through the rest of our website.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or feel that you would like to know more about what the Club can do for you, please send an email to chch.beekeepers@gmail.com.  Better still, come along to our next Field Day and have a taste of locally produced gold.

We look forwards to seeing you there!


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Photos on our web site are credit to David Alexander where marked