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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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Victoria Chocolate Sponge Cake

Chocolate Cake


  • 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 180c or gas mark 4 and prepare tin (grease)
  2. Beat the eggs,sugar,flour,butter and baking powder in a bowl until smooth
  3. Divide equally into the prepared tin level off the top and bake for 20-25mins or till springy to touch
  4. Cool on a wire rake until cold before icing
  5. While cake is cooling melt milk chocolate, once cake is cold cover cake with the melted chocolate.
  6. Serve with double cream and enjoy.

Victoria Sponge Cake Preparation

Victoria Sponge Chocolate Cake Slice

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