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The North Canterbury Beekeepers Club welcomes you.                

We are a group of hobbyist beekeepers based north of Christchurch, New Zealand.        

Some of us have kept bees for many years, others are new to beekeeping.

Whether you currently keep bees, have in the past or just want to know more!,
you are welcome to come along.  We like to meet and learn from one another in a
social atmosphere.

The bees seem to be preparing for winter, many people report that they have found brood chambers full of honey already. Keep an eye on feed levels to make sure they have enough for a longer than normal winter.

If you find a swarm, here are some contacts and info.

Members can join here on Facebook too,

If you want to be part of the phoning and contacts list, it is available to financial members that have opted in.
Please contact the secretary for your copy.
 

Hive Days:

The dates for our Hive meetings are from August to April inclusive.
May, June and July meetings are TBA and weather dependent.


Our regular Hive Day is on the second Sunday of the month.

Meetings will normally be at the property of


Olly Glintmeyer, 176 Giles Road, Clarkville.
This is where we have our club hives and extractor.

Next Sunday Meetings: 8th April,  at Olly's place

Beginners 10.30am to 12.30: 
Lesson 10: Wintering down/feeding (13 degree rule and have feeder on top), bee biology, native bees and bumble bees.

You can bring lunch for 12.30pm.  Tea, coffee and bikkies available free.

Intermediates 12.45pm to 1.30pm, then join the Hive Day afternoon session: 

Lesson 21: Wintering down with natural stores (but willow aphid honey goes solid) vs wintering with syrup after extracting a lot of honey (commercial beekeepers' practice). 

Hive Day 1.30pm:  Seasonal work.

Evening QnA:  NOTE  CHANGE  OF  DAY,  this will be our regular evening meeting night, 10 days after Hive Day.

Next evening meeting:  Wednesday 18th April, at Bruce Walker's place, 423 Mt Thomas Rd, Fernside. 

7.00pm Newbies questions.

7.30pm Simon Ellis from Ecrotek will be talking about supplemental winter feeding.

Subscriptions

 $25 for individuals or $40 per family for 12 months starting in August. Revised each AGM for the following year.

Payment by;
- Direct Credit to: Kiwibank, 38-9018-0175002-00, Nth Canterbury Beekeepers Club.
         Use your first initial, last name and item being payed for as reference. eg. NHobson sugar or ACrighton wax
- Cash, on one of our hive days or evening meetings to Noeline Hobson or Don Weaver.

Financial members benefit from;
- The club library, a wide variety of books on beekeeping, pests and diseases. Please sign out and sign back in any books you borrow.
- Access to the club's 4 frame extractor. Please do not pull the the extractor apart to clean it after you use it. Let it drain and then Olly will clean it as necessary.
- Discounted items such as sugar for feed in Autumn.
(By prior arrangement and payment)
- Access to a workshop for making/assembling hive parts during winter months. (By prior arrangement and at Olly's discretion)
- Our club news letter, sent out the first Sunday of each month.
- A great group to hang out with, ask questions of and share with.

A copy of the club's constitution is available here by searching for the organisation number 2650171 in the Incorporated Societies Register.
Alternatively you can download the MS word version here    







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