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Field Day, 2 Sept 2017
August field day has been CANCELLED. The ground is too wet and muddy.
Next field day is 2nd Sept - details to be posted closer to the time.
AGM (members only)

   Sat, 26 August 2017, 1:30 pm

finish off with afternoon tea (please bring a small plate of food to share ☺)

Holy Trinity Parish hall
108 Jeffreys Road

Vacancies on the committee -




3 other committee positions

Please submit your nominations / interest before the AGM to Myrtle by email-  beenicehoney2@gmail.com 

Feel free to discuss what the positions entail with our current committee.  

  • Being on the committee is a valuable part of the Club and the smooth running of field days for all our members benefit.
  • It is voluntary so you give as much or as little time as you can afford.
  • The club needs new and different voices on the committee.
  • Beginner beekeepers are most welcome to join the committee and it's a great opportunity to access support and gain more knowledge.
  • It feels good to put your hand up and be involved.
  • Committee meets once a month.
* Note that the Honey show / competition has been removed from the AGM programme*

Working Bee, 9 Sept 2017

681 Cashmere Road, Hoon Hay Valley  - sign posted (Access via driveway of 678 Cashmere Rd)

Google maps:

**Parking is only permitted in the first paddock going up the drive on the left**  NB - Close the gate if there are animals in the paddock.

**Cancellations will be posted to the website so please check if you are unsure, or you are welcome to phone a committee member to confirm**

SUBS for 2017/2018 (to Sept 2018) $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

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