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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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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 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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Heavenly Harvest

Another ‘Heavenly’ harvest of honey at Manchester and Salford Cathedrals

On Friday 12th October, a hardworking and committed workforce of Volition staff and volunteers bottled a grand total of 375 8oz jars from Manchester Cathedral, and a further 67 from Salford Cathedral, despite this year being a tricky one for beekeeping. If you are interested in purchasing our honey, please visit or email […]

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Volition beekeeping project shortlisted for first Church Times Green Health Awards

Volition’s beekeeping project was one of ten shortlisted for the first Church Times Green Health Awards. Our beekeepers Canon Adrian Rhodes and Amber Sanchez, Director of Volition, Anthony O’Connor, and our volunteer Andrew attended Lambeth Palace on 2nd October where the winners were announced. The day included interesting presentations around the importance of gardens and […]

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Volunteer with ATM18

Opportunity for volunteers to walk in a procession for Asia Triennial

MIRROR PROJECT are looking for people to walk in a procession created by the Chinese artist Han Bing. It’s a chance to be a part of something special, have fun and make some friends. The message below is from MIRROR PROJECT: MIRROR PROJECT is nearly here, and excitement is mounting. Come and be part of […]

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Corn Beef Hash

Corned Beef Hash

Ingredients 2 large onions, sliced 7kg white potatoes, boiled and chopped into cubes 340g corned beef, chopped into cubes 1 Tin of mushy peas 250g of roughly chopped carrots chopped parsley salt and black pepper Worcestershire sauce mustard Method Heat the butter in a large pan or frying pan; it should be hot but not […]

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Volition Open Day

Volition Open Day

Volition at Manchester Cathedral has its next open day for candidates on Friday 5th October. This is an innovative, proactive programme which supports all who join with a view to improving lives, building skills, and successfully gaining sustainable employment. This ten-week programme will facilitate entry to employment through a joint approach of training, volunteering and supported […]

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1000 Photos of graffiti and street Art

Volition volunteer exhibits 1000 photos

We are proud to share that one of our Volition volunteers, Andrew, has a photography exhibition on September 5th at Ziferblat in Manchester. The exhibition runs from 5pm – 7pm on Saturday 8th September. Andrew has taken 1000 photographs of graffiti and street art, which will be exhibited – come along and support his hard […]

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Vigil's Bees-Carol Ann Duffy

Virgil’s Bees – Carol Ann Duffy

Following a recent dinner, the Poet Laureat Dame Carol Ann Duffy, DBE, FRSL has penned a poem which she has graciously granted us permission to publish.   Virgil’s Bees Bless air’s gift of sweetness, honey from the bees, inspired by clover, marigold, eucalyptus, thyme, the hundred perfumes of the wind. Bless the beekeeper who chooses […]

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Adopt a bee cafe window space

Adopt a Bee to support Volition!

The Printworks, Manchester’s well-loved entertainment complex, are supporting Volition by allowing adults and children alike to adopt a bee from one of their hives! Their roof is home to over 100,00 honey bees, all of who can be adopted. For a minimum of £2 each, the newly adoptive parents are able to name their bee […]

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Chocolate Cake

Victoria Chocolate Sponge Cake

Ingredients  3 Large Eggs 175g (6oz) self raising flour 175g (6oz) sugar 175g (6oz) softened butter 1 1/2 level tsp baking powder 100g cooking chocolate Extra thick double cream Method Preheat the oven to 180c or gas mark 4 and prepare tin (grease) Beat the eggs,sugar,flour,butter and baking powder in a bowl until smooth Divide […]

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Green Health Awards

Volition enters Church Times Green Health Awards 2018

We are excited to announce our recent application to the Church Times Green Health Awards. We want to showcase the impact our beekeeping project has on mental and physical wellbeing of our volunteers and the wider community. The film below, by James Ross McCormack, perfectly captures the project at both Manchester and Salford Cathedrals. The […]

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