Thanks to those who helped at the Working Bee on the 20th Feb 2021 on behalf of the rest of the membership who were unable to come along; we’d like to acknowledge their valuable work on our behalf. We’re aware that not everyone can help on a Saturday but know that they contribute where they can in other ways.
Thanks to Dave and Irene for organising on the day.
And the heavy work done by others, including: Murray Baxendale, Paul, Jim and Veronica Robinson, Allen Paterson, Trevor Ingham, Lindsay Moir, Tony Gallop, Jeff Gibson.
Welcome and Introductions – Health and Safety – Plan for the day New beekeepers will work on the nuc.
Opening and cleaning up the hives, embedding wax for new frames.
Break for a light lunch and drink.
Monthly To Do List for March and thanks to those who helped at the Club working bee.
Big thanks goes out to WSP (formerly Opus) for helping out at the bee club.
We are a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy that works across the building, transport, water and environment sectors
Our employer provides us with the ability to take one work day per year as special leave where we can undertake an activity to support the local community.
I was thinking that undertaking some work at the bee club might be an option for a group of us, the only firm requirement is that we have to undertake the day before the end of the year. I have had a chat with a couple of work colleagues today and have managed to muster up at least 5 of us so far (and can probably get a few more) who can provide some hard labour to complete a few jobs this side of Christmas – at this stage either Monday 21 or Tuesday 22nd December looks like the best option for us, just before we break up.
We could help by doing some builders work or painting on the toilets, digging the drain and/or plumbing and tiling, or whatever is needed.
We can also lay our hands on most of the tools as required and happy to chip in and focus on whatever is priority for the club ready for the field days in the new year.
Great morning at the working bee today. Thank you everyone who came along, from our awesome builders and painters to the dogged tenacious gardeners who’ve weeded planted and dug over our new plots. Can’t wait to show off our work at the Xmas Field Day next Sat.
There will be a practical demonstration showing what steps you take if your hive gets AFB. This will include how to wrap a hive for transport and how to burn your hive safely.
Also covered are other key aspects of early spring beekeeping such as;
the best type of hive inspection
adding supers (for the honey flow)
treatments for varroa, pros and cons
plenty for everyone
If you want to be in for a chance to win a nuc. of bees. Bring a gold coin and take a ticket in our raffle.
Are you available to help on our stand? Sunday 15th of November from 8.30am – 2.00pm. We are looking for people who could come along from the club to talk about bees and beekeeping. The Club is taking part in a fun day at Riccarton Market. Not having the A&P Show this is a great opportunity to showcase our skills and help others learn about bees and beekeeping. If you have just started beekeeping or you’re an old hand it doesn’t matter. We’d love to hear from you. Please catch up with Jeff Gibson or Irene on Saturday if you can help even for an hour or so would be great.
Thanks to all who helped yesterday at the working bee. Great weather, long hours but boy what a difference it makes – even if you can only do an hour it all helps. Big ups to all of you! Check out the photos to see what’s been happening.
It was an early start for the builders working our new toilet block. Evan had a great team of guys putting up walls and completing the framing.
Another team had plants to go in and that meant using the rotary hoe to create a garden first. Who knew clay pans can make spades bounce back in your hands! No wonder the rotary hoe operator had a big workout. As did the diligent gardeners.
Gerard and helpers got the long box hive moved and that was no mean feat.
Lawns were moved and plants watered.
Last working bee the painting preparation had been, in the most part done. Just wait till you see the container with it’s new coat of paint, it looks magnificent!