Beehive Yourself

This video discusses a question posted by William Woodley in 1893. Is spraying the spraying of fruit trees prejudicial to bee culture? We look at the arsenic compounds used in the nineteenth century and early two decades of the twentieth century. Also, I tell the story of the family who was poisoned by a bag of apples. I end this video by answering William Woodley’s question, the answer might surprise you!

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In this video I explain how I crowd funded my mead project, turned a bucket of honey into a bottle mead and we see Pauline creating labels.

Because I sell honey people would ask me “why don’t I make mead?”
My response was always I don’t have the equipment to make it. After hearing this question one too many times I decided to see if people would put their money where their mouth is. I made an appeal for about ten people to stump up £10 so I could by fermentation equipment.

15 people donated £10 and I bought fermentation equipment.


I recommend Ken Schramm’s book”The Complete Mead Maker”.

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This video is about William Woodley's time in the hamlet of Stanmore, Berkshire. We meet the fairies who inhabit Stanmore and the antiquarians who created thunderbolts, and discover how the boy-William was introduced to beekeeping. Lastly, I discuss how traditional beekeeping was practised on the Berkshire Downs and how it changed.

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The Life Of William Woodley Of Beedon, Berkshire - beekeeper, showman, writer

This video is an introduction to William Woodley. During his lifetime William Woodley was a household name in the world of beekeeping. He was an avid correspondent to beekeeping journals over the course of forty plus years.

He built a bee-farm which at one point was the largest bee-farm in Britain. And sold honey sections to all parts of Britain and its Empire.

He was a champion at the show bench; winning many top prizes and was even presented to Queen Victoria.

He worked tirelessly for his local community and was the Chairman of the Parish Council.

William Woodley’s legacy is his large volume of writing which is found in various bee journals (many are freely available on the internet). In a sense, he has left us with a valuable time-capsule of life on the Berkshire Downs during the last quarter of the nineteen century and the first two decades of the twentieth century.

William Woodley’s writings chronicle a number of historic transitions:-
In Beekeeping - the move from the skep to the movable frame hive and the rise of bee diseases;
On the Berkshire Downs - the move to the towns and cities of agricultural labourers because of mechanisation in farming and competition from the New World;
In general - he describes a shrinking world due to the advances in communications, transport and trade, yet with sadness, describes the disappearance of the way of life on the Berkshire Downs.

This video is an introduction to the world of William Woodley. I plan to make a series of videos about various topics related to William Woodley and his life on the Berkshire Downs.

New videos out every week.


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Every so often I discover an apiary at a surprising location, and one such place, albeit in a photograph, was in the back garden of a railway-crossing cottage at Compton, Berks. This article tells the story of C W Dyer and his wife Sarah, their beekeeping activities, and the railway which served the Berkshire Downs. I finish by considering why Charles Dyer was able to adopt the modern version of the beekeeping, when so many in the countryside were abandoning the craft.

Conversations on coersion from the people attending the Parliament Square Rally 19 July 2021. Includes scene of Police violence.

Wantage folk go to London to participate in the Freedom Rally/March.


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