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Field Day, 3 May 2014 See FIELD DAYS,

681  Cashmere road,  1.30  start


These will be available on Sat for sale

Shirts  $35      Caps  $20

They look really good.

More shirts in different sizes can be ordered too.

As our numbers are swelling we ask that all those who own a suit or veil PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN GEAR,  we don’t have enough to go around otherwise. Please DO NOT bring your GLOVES  to the site.

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!!!!!!!

Library books return NOW. Call Vanya Maw, 03 3497269

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

Every beekeeper should do this course, email chch.beekeekers@gmail.com


10 May 2014 please register today.



10th MAY 2014

Kindly sponsored by Agribusiness

Most suitable for beekeepers with 1 year worth of experience.

An American Foul Brood Recognition and Elimination course is to be held on Saturday the 10th may 2014.   Registration and payments must be received prior to 25th April 2014.

The venue for the course will be the “YOUNG FARMERS CLUB MEMORIAL HALL” Lincoln University. Directions to the venue will be issued nearer to the course.

The course will run from 8.45am to 1.30pm followed by a break for lunch of one hour. Bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided at morning break and at lunch.

The test will commence at 2.30pm. 40 minutes is allowed for the test, though most candidates are finished in less than 20 minutes. The course is based on the book “Elimination of American Foulbrood Disease without the use of Drugs” the author is Mark Goodwin. This book can be obtained from Ecroyd Bee Supplies  6a Sheffield Crescent.   Christchurch.   Ph. 358 7498 or the NBA.

PLEASE arrive at the venue before 8.45am for pre-course introduction and that the course may start on time.

It is possible to do the course only and make your own arrangements to sit the test at some later stage. Please specify what you wish to do (7) (8) below. 

 If you are interested in attending, please supply your details and requirements as listed below. Could you please advise other beekeepers that you believe may have an interest in the course, and of the required details below.

(1) given name.
(2) family name.
(3) LANDLINE phone No.
(4) Mobile phone No.
(5) Physical address.
(6) email address.
(7) wish to attend course and the test.
(8) wish to attend just the course.
(9)Your Registration number (indicate if you do not have one).
(10) If you are employed by a commercial beekeeper and do not have a personal registration number please indicate this and provide your employers number

You will be provided with a handout, on which you should make notes etc.   Bring your AFB manual, a pen and it is suggested that you bring along a highlighter pen, a pencil, a rubber and a few sheets of paper for any other notes you may wish to make. The cost of the course is $35

It is most important to be able to identify the conditions depicted on page 55 of the “The NZ Beekeeper” dated October 2013 (Volume 21 No. 9).

Please advise me if you have trouble reading English (i.e. second language, dyslexia etc).

Please contact me to register your interest and for any inquiries.

Jeff Chandler
2 Cherryburton Place.
Christchurch   8013

Ph. Chch  7411994

You will need to request a test paper from

Mary-Ann Lindsay
AFB Test Administrator

26 Cunliffe Street

Email: lindsays.apiaries@clear.net.nz

NOTE.    The test administrator is NOT available from 3rd May until the 14th May2014.   Last date for test application will be 15th April 2014

There is no refund given for the test paper so it is suggested that you do not request one until close to the test date but keep in mind that they need to receive your application and payment at least 10 working days prior to sitting the test. An application can be downloaded from the NBA website compiled electronically then emailed to M-A Lindsay. The fee is currently $30. Payment options are listed on the application form.

Jeff Chandler

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