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Delighted with the progress at the working bee Saturday 31st July 8

Thanks to all of those who came along at short notice to help.
Here are some of the jobs we worked on:

Looking forward to the start of the season Sat 7th Aug, 10.30am start.


Jo Winter

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Thanks for the help at the working bee

Great working bee at the club site on Saturday 24th July 2021.

Gordon, Dave and Irene had us all helping to tidy up the site ready for the start of the season.

We needed all those gardeners and folk who came along today, to contribute to the club’s pruning, shifting slabs of paving, concreting, painting and a myriad of other jobs.

It was a fabulous example of what a team of members can do when we all pull together.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to all those who took time out of their day to come down and do what needs to be done.

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AGM Saturday 21st August

AGM is on Sat 21st Aug at 1.00 p.m at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Jeffreys Road, Bryndwr, Christchurch. Nominations for positions on the committee are to be completed and returned to the Secretary Bronny Kirkwood

Or to the Vice President Jo Winter at

We are also taking bookings for the next fundraising dinner at Visions to be held on Friday 17th September 2021. Thanks Dave Spice for organising this, the last event was a real success.

AFB Refresher Course (starting directly after the AGM)  You must click on the link and apply as usual to book your place. The cost is $10.00 for members.

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Working Bee postponed to 24th July

Working Bee postponed to Saturday 24th July 8.30pm – 3.00pm

Hi Team, 

SORRY EVERYONE but the working bee at the club has been cancelled for tomorrow.
I have left this for the last moment just in case we will miss the rain event. However, the weather office assures me that there will be a consistent amount of rain around the port hills and probably the city proper.
As I write Arthurs Pass is now closed due to slips.
The working be is postponed until next Saturday. I know you will be bitterly disappointed!

See you next week!

Paul O’Donnell

So what needs doing? Can you spend an hour or so helping out to do just one of these tasks? I know you want to help so here’s our dream list to get done before the season starts:

  • Hoeing the gardens.. Keep those weeds down.
  • Staking up trees.
  • Popping in the plant signs.
  • Planting lavender etc.
  • Prune fruit trees.
  • Raking up leaves and acorns.
  • Removing dead branches – may need a ladder or saw/ loppers
  • Cover water tanks
  • Move paving stones for beehives
  • Rotary hoe and operator for new garden
  • Painting – brush handed wanted
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Working bee 22nd May

Greetings All

This coming Saturday is a Working Bee you might like to attend as a good club member.

The following jobs need to be attended:

  • Toilet hand rail and skirting to be painted and towel hooks and door stops fixed in place.
  • Connect water pipe to toilet tank system.
  • Prepare dining table area.
  • Signage and plastic cover on notice board needs to be removed using supplied heat gun (or bring your own) and meth’s.
  • Finish with a light sand of 250 grit. When done I will paint the whole board with 379 anti-graffiti urethane.
  • Water Irrigation to be added to.
  • Planting Borage and other plants.

Contact El Domo Gordon 0275389568 for further info.

So Roll Up, Roll Up and enjoy a cuppa tea and a natter with fellow members, and a wee bit o work!




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Last Field Day of the season 2021

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Coming up

  • The last field day of the season we’ll be having a BBQ, please bring salad or appropriate. The day will end with a short planting session, a mini working bee.
  • Help create our new hedge, we are asking you to bring your gardening gear to help with putting in a plant or two at the end of the session.
  • Saturday is all about good Queens, the best way to winter down and food for your bees oh yes another reminder to check for disease and investigate the new HiveHub.
  • Show Day Wed 10th – Fri 12th  is coming up where we present to the public and we’ll need folk on the stand to help during the day.  Can you offer a whole or half day? We start our preparations on Tuesday afternoon stacking the truck to take down our stall to the Show Grounds and have it up and ready to go for the start of the show on Wednesday. We also rely on club members to help to heft gear back on the truck and bring it to back to storage at the Hive Site on Friday afternoon.
  • Dinner out together -Be in quick to book your place at the dinner on Thursday 13th of May at 6.30pm  – Visions Restaurant three course meal $45.00 per person, drinks available but at your own cost. It’ll be great fun, we’d love to see as many of you along as possible.  Give your name to Dave Spice who’ll be cooking the sausages.
  • Mid winter meeting will be at Ara 1.00pm Sunday June 13th – watch for more details to be posted on the website.
  • AGM will have Marco speaking and there will be a Honey Show as well.
  • August 7th will be our first Field Day
  • Keep checking in to our website for any additional announcements – look out for a beginners course in June/July or a working bee in-between.

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