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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 Honey produced by our […]

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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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Beekeeping newsletter 14th May 2020

What a difference a year makes! As I wander through the silence of the Cathedral, making my way to the spiral staircase that will take me to the roof, I am reminded that only a year ago we were celebrating Manchester City’s Premier League title win. The Cathedral was bustling with people and equipment the […]

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A Poem by John Field

My unswerving thanks to this organisation
Which should now be championed across our nation
Such dedicated people, nice welcome assured
Inclusive of everyone, right across every board

Here at Volition people can stay with us for as long as they wish but we always like to acknowledge the end of the formal part of their training. Our last group to finish their programme enjoyed a presentation event at Manchester Arndale hosted by the Centre Director,  David Allinson.  We were delighted when John Field, one of our participants, put his experience on being at Volition into verse.


I never thought that I would ‘bee’
Within such close proximity
To such a creature I viewed as foe
But now I’m learned, now I know
That these lovely, busy, buzzing friends
Have changed my views now and fear ends
I always saw them as a pest
When they were near I couldn’t rest
The look, the sound it chilled my spine
But now like The Beatles, I feel fine!
The spur to learn, the real ignition
Was when I chanced upon Volition
Jobs Fair in Ashton, I felt compelled
To face the misconceptions I held
And so immediately I enrolled
I was intrigued and I was sold
On the idea that these things I feared
And would attack me if I neared
Could educate my condemnation
Of a being that fuelled my trepidation
And on Cathedral’s first ascent
My fears and worries, they soon went
Through the sight of all of them in flight
Around their hives, I felt no fright
As Catherine then removed the frames
We first observed our hard working dames
Although they bounced off our bee suits
The rest of our group were giving no hoots!
For watching these marvellous creatures at work
Egg laying, waggle dancing, it was such a perk
With Jenni observing our every move
She eased our worries and made thing run smooth
The first class was over and I felt elated
And all involved were congratulated
We’d seen first-hand a magic display
Of our bees and their home near Mancunian Way
I’ve searched and I’ve studied my new found interest
But I want more, so on my laurels won’t rest
My unswerving thanks to this organisation
Which should now be championed across our nation
Such dedicated people, nice welcome assured
Inclusive of everyone, right across every board
My choice to enrol was just without question
They’re always open to any suggestion
Or comment, complaint or even to ask
If they consider you up to the task
Of completing the roles of the options we chose
But attending the meeting, our confidence grows
The door has been opened to meet some new friends
And learn all about their lifestyles and trends
It’s like one big family, we all feel at home
Our very own little honeycomb!
I’m sure that I speak for all our group
You’ve gathered together a new hardy troop
The opportunities that we have amassed
Are down to you all, our memories will last
The essence of the very word – Volition
Is giving to freely and with no condition
And all of us willing to then partake
In tasks and the challenges that you then make
You’ve taught us encouraged and made us connect
And channelled back to us our own self respect
I am of the thought that they should commission
A plaque to honour you all at VOLITION

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