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Working Bee, 1 July 2017 8:00 am

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

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**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**

Hello bee peoples

As you know we are having a WORKING BEE  this sat (if you didn’t …. You do now  =)  )   I will bee trying to sort out some plants for our club site .

We are trying to plant more bee friendly plants around the site to help our fuzzy wee friends with their nectar gathering


SO IF YOU HAVE ANY SPARE PLANTS THAT YOU DIDN’T GET PLANTED THIS AUTUMN ….  We would bee soo greatful if you would like to gift them to us and even more so if you can help me plant them. If you feel inclined to purchase a plant to donate that would bee lovely too. The general idea is to enhance to club site to make life a bit easier on the girls and also it will bee lovely for us to look at too  .  =)

Please bring any said plants along to the working bee  and a spade to help us get these precious beauties in the ground.

Thank you for you donations and help  this Sat  (  hopefully  =)  we’ll bee busy )

Warm winter regards


We have Five Hours to get most of the work done. The trimming stack to be in the same place last year for the chipper to remove.

Please bring shovels, grubbers, rakes, and any other tools you have that you think will be useful.

Members will be assigned to the various members above as they come in. A white board will have the names of the team leaders please put you name under the assigned team. As each job is completed we will reassign each person. Hope fully we will be out of there by 1 o’clock!

Now if it is wet or close to being wet the day will be cancelled and the following Saturday will be THE DAY! So keep an eye for a confirmation email on Friday night or even Saturday morning.

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