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  1. Hello Beekeeping Community When the Corsons’ and I first talked about this event, Covid was unheard of, but we have decided to proceed as an Alert Level 2 event. Initially, the thought never occurred that our event might possibly be the first cab off the rank in terms of beekeeping events this winter. Right now, we all need to do business differently and at Alert Level 2 we all need to play safe. All registrations and enquiries welcome. Apologies if you think the prerequisites noted below are a bit long winded, but we must do our bit to keep everything legal, above board and hinder the dastardly life threatening Covid-19. Registration for all events throughout the day is essential by 7 June to Maggie James mjqueenb@xtra.co.nz or ph 027 629 9388 The first part of the day is Maggie James, Queen Cell Production PowerPoint tutorial for producing large numbers of quality queen cells, commencing 9.30 a.m. This is similar format as delivered last year mainly throughout the North Island, with good numbers of commercial and long-term hobbyists attending. Cost $190 pp incl GST. Please see attached advert. The second part of the day commencing 3 pm is free and undertaken by generous hosts, James & Richelle Corson. Both are passionate about their beekeeping business & AFB sniffer dogs. At their property it is in Dog We Trust. WHEN: SUNDAY 14 JUNE (Previously advertised for 7 June. Deferred one week, because of the possibility we are still only at 10 people per social event) WHERE: ‘Gowanlea’, J & R Corson, 981 Whitecliffs Road, Coalgate R D, Canterbury 7673 ‘Gowanlea’ is the last property in a picturesque pristine valley on the shingled Whitecliffs Road NIWA JUNE FORECAST & POSSIBILITY OF SNOW: NIWA predict a warmer June than normal. Whitecliffs Road will only be closed in the event of heavy snow. Otherwise, this shingle road will remain open and snow chains will not be required, with snow on the side of the road and surrounding countryside. Then, also bring your own toboggan and build a snowman! We will closely monitor the NIWA website, and post necessary updates on this thread. EVENTS TIMETABLE 9.30 A.M – 2.30 P.M: QUEEN CELL PRODUCTION POWERPOINT TUTORIAL $190 PP GST INCL Maggie James. See attached advert BYO: Chair (important), lunch, cup. Hot water, tea, coffee, sugar supplied 2.30 PM ATTENDEES ARRIVE FOR FREE EVENTS 3.00 P.M: AFB SNIFFER DOG DEMO Richelle Corson 3.30 P.M: AFB HIVE BURNING & DISCUSSION ON CONTROL TECHNIQUES James Corson REGIONAL AFB REPORT American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan, AP1 or AP2 THE LONG-AWAITED HOMEGROWN PUMPKIN COMPETITION (OR OTHER SUITABLE VEG) 1st Prize: 1 kg of Barry Sheehan’s famous queen candy SOCIALISING & BBQ & POTLUCK Home kill meat supplied by James & Richelle. Hot water, tea, coffee, sugar available Bring your own drink, glass, cup, plate, cutlery. Plus, salad or dessert with serving utensils for potluck table This is not an organised industry body event. It is hosted by James & Richelle Corson, with registrations and answering of enquiries undertaken by Maggie James. We are extremely pleased the AFB PMP have confirmed availability of an AP1 or AP2. Attendees receive a NZ Beeswax goody bag. All are welcome, but if you like banging on about governance issues, whilst jumping up & down waving your arms, this is not the event for you. So far, we are extremely surprised and absolutely thrilled receiving some unusual registrations - long-term commercial Canterbury beekeepers who have not attended meetings in decades, a couple of Auckland commercial beekeepers, a Marlborough commercial beekeeper! We look forward to a good number of healthy happy attendees from all sectors of the industry. We have done a lot of reading up on protocols and are sure by 14 June all attendees will have excellent knowledge of Level 2 Alert activities and be rearing for a most enjoyable, informative, and memorable event! Enabling us to meet all requirements to operate safely under Covid Alert Level 2, the Health & Safety at Work Act, and the ‘Gowanlea’ honey house RMP the following MUST be adhered to: Registrations to all the above events to Maggie James, mjqueenb@xtra.co.nz by 7 June. Same email no later than 8.00 a.m. on 14 June to deregister if you do not attend Before entering through the ‘Gowanlea’ gate, attendees must use hand sanitiser then sign attendance register confirming they have no contagious disease. Ensure your steering wheel & door handle are sanitised. (If you want to attend the free events starting 3pm, allow time to get inside gate & park vehicle) One metre social distancing observance Cough or sneeze into your elbow, after social distancing yourself five metres Wash hands with soap & water or sanitise frequently for 20 seconds, drying with towels provided Use hand sanitiser or soap & water at various stations around event. You may bring your own sanitiser & paper towels, but in honey house only use water & Corsons’ RMP approved soap Salad or dessert contributions with serving utensils placed on designated table Immediately prior to meal or using serving utensils wash & dry hands Immediately after meal, wash & dry hands Empty bottles or cans placed in bins provided. Then wash & dry hands Dirty dishes, cutlery, or glasses placed in your vehicle. Then wash & dry hands Stay at home if you are sick or have any minor symptoms Bring anything else you might need e.g chair, head lamp. Daylight ends approximately 5.00 pm *CIRCUMSTANCES THAT COULD LEAD TO EVENT CANCELLATION OR DEFERMENT A move back to Alert Level 3 or heavy snow in the Canterbury foothills or the Opening of the Duck Shooting Season gazetted the same weekend. In either case registrants will be notified ASAP via email & event deferred BEE THERE OR BEE SQUARE! Advert Beekeeper J April 2020.pdf
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