Rodney Beekeepers Club

Welcome to the Rodney Beekeepers Club home on the web.

Please note that this month’s bee club meeting (Wednesday 11 October) is on Zoom at 7.30pm. Join us here:

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Any new members, please make sure that you contact Ian, Jo or Val to make sure that you are on the contact list.

Topics this month will be: general inspections, things to watch out for in Spring, what we need to do to prepare for Summer and the honey flow.

This week my bees have been confused by the total mix of weather. Rain, wind, sun – we’ve had it all – and they don’t seem to know whether to go out foraging or stay home and close to the hive. Luckily, the plum and apple trees are in blossom, so they don’t have to go too far for a feed. This month I’m checking that the mature queens are all laying well; the new ones are settling in to their job; and watching out for supersedure cells. It’s also time to make sure your gear is all nice and clean, ready for when supers are needed or if you get a call to collect your first swarm of the season. Happy hunting!

Below are our most recent meeting dates, see our calendar for more including Hive Open Days.

MonthMeeting Date
September8th
October13th
November10th
December 8th
February 20229th
March 20229th
See our calendar for further meetings (club open days weather and date dependant) We look forward to welcoming you!

For access to the password-protected members-only page to see Minutes, Club Shop prices, contact Ian or Jo for the password (financial members only).

We meet at the Kaipara Cruising Club, 72 Mill Rd, Helensville at 7:30pm every second Wednesday of every month, except January. If you are interested in attending, we would really enjoy meeting you there. We welcome all beekeepers regardless of experience level, even if you have never worked with bees.

Please browse our site at your leisure, and we hope that you will find some useful information here.

You can see our aims and purpose on the About Us page. Should you require further information regarding the Club, please feel free to Contact Us.

Check out our blog page, Instagram (rodneybeekeepersclub) for latest club activities. Our meetings and open days are visible under the Calendar button above. This includes community projects unless otherwise stated.

Should you wish to join the club, please complete and submit a Membership Form or just turn up at the meeting!

December Meeting:

A fun club night was had with the annual Bee Box auction taking place at the regular meeting on 9 December. This is the third consecutive year we have run the auction to raise funds for the Helensville Primary School ‘Garden to Table’ programme, in collaboration with the kids at Helensville Primary School.

The kids painted the bee boxes to a very high standard and bidders were “buzzed up” sufficiently to ensure a bidding frenzy, raising $825.50 for the school.

Well done to all the Helensville Primary School artists and a big thanks to those who bid on the boxes.

Bee boxes painted by Helensville School students for the annual auction fundraiser