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Field Day, 3 September

Field days are for members only. Those who are new are welcome to come a few times, then become a member for $25

AGM: Sat, 27 Aug, 2pm, All members welcome.

Date - Saturday 27th August
Time - 1.30pm start
Venue - St Matthews Catholic Church
108 Jeffreys Road, Bryndwr

Tea and coffee will be served afterwards, please bring a small plate to share.
We will again be having a honey show.  Please enter your products before the meeting commences.

Categories are as follows -
1) Dark liquid 
2) Light liquid
3) Novice liquid
4) Creamed light
5) Creamed dark
6) Cut comb
7) Whole comb
8) Edible items
9) Mead
10) Novelty items

Honey to be displayed in the standard style clear pottles.

The committee invites nominations for positions within our club and also need club members to put their names forward for the following roles -
- First Aid Person
- Traffic management at field days
- Assist with setting up on field days (trestle tables / gazebos)
- Assist with pack up at the end of a field day
- Assist with planning for the A&P show

Our club is looking for a new Hive Master.  For further information on what is required for this role, please feel free to contact Jeff Chandler on 022 306 4250 or his email jchandler38@gmail.com.

Attached, are the minutes from our last AGM.


SUBS for 2016/17 $25 per family.

Payment can be posted to Kerry at 28 Fairway Drive, Shirley. Also online is ok too.
How to join


Go to   http://www.afb.org.nz/beekeeping-courses  for a list of centres and dates where courses are to be held.  At the bottom of this list is an application form.

Any queries should be directed to Janette Gwilliam at  training@afb.org.nz  or phone  045660773

TARATAHI 34 week (part time) course

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!!!!!!!


Shirts  $35      Caps  $20

Directions to Club Site (Click here)

Beekeeper related articles

Christchurch Bee Stories and Tips (looking for article writers) 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!

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