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Bee Coordinator

Volunteer Bee Coordinator joins the Manchester team!

Canon Adrian Rhodes has joined the Volition team as our Volunteer Bee Coordinator. Known as the “Canon Apiarist” at Manchester Cathedral Adrian has been a beekeeper since 2011, keeping bees at home, on the roof of Manchester Cathedral and is mentor to our volunteers who look after the Beehives at Manchester Cathedral and the Printworks. […]

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Sir David Richards, Patron of Volition

Sir David Richards has become a patron of Volition Community following a visit last year to see the work of this charity. Welcoming Sir David, the Dean of Manchester thanked Sir David for his commitment to this programme which runs from Manchester and Liverpool Cathedrals. Sir David, encouraged at the outcomes of this programme of […]

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Bee Hive Live Stream

Bee Hive Cameras Live Stream

A short video showcasing Manchester Cathedral Bees by Adam York Gregory Manchester Cathedral Bees from Adam York Gregory on Vimeo. Bee Hive Cameras We currently have two bee hive cameras upon the flat roof of Manchester Cathedral, click on the play button below to view the bees and their hives.         Heavenly […]

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Cooking session making chicken pie

Chicken Pie

The latest cooking session was hosted by HIVE HOSPITALITY by one of the Directors Adam Russell. We made chicken pie which the group loved.  Adam Russell spent his time talking the group through what he was doing and how they could amend the ingredients at home for a different taste or style of pie. He spoke about his 20 years experience as a Chef


  • 500g of Boned & skinless chicken thighs
  • 100g Button mushrooms
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 leek
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2x chicken stock cube
  • 3 springs of thyme
  • small bunch of parsley
  • white pepper and table salt
  • puff pastry block
  • 2 eggs
  • splash of milk



  • 1 large saucepan
  • 1 deep dish to cook pie in
  • 1 rolling pin
  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 pastry brush


Dice onion an leek an put in sauce pan to soften
Add mushrooms and garlic
Mix both stock cubes with kettle water to cover ingredients
then add chicken thighs and allow to simmer for 25/30mins
chicken should then crumble apart
add mixer to pie dish apply pastry over the top of dish an brush with a mixed egg and pop in the oven for around 20 mins at gas mark 5 until golden.

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