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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 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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John Emsley


We are pleased to introduce our new Volunteer Programme Coordinator, John Emsley. John has been seconded from The Manchester College and will work alongside Tony Maunder.

John is a skills teacher, passionate advocate of employability and obsessive about vocational relevance in education. His ethos is simple; inspiring and empowering people to realise their full potential and facilitate entry to progressive, sustainable employment. John brings a wealth of practical skills to his role from careers in the Army Intelligence Corps, where he served on operations worldwide, and subsequently retail property management where he developed a passion for training start-up businesses to grow and scale up. Presently working within the Communities & Works Team at The Manchester College, John has been leading delivery on diverse employment led programmes within the facilities, social care and voluntary sectors. Also a qualified freelance Turkish interpreter, he does find time on occasion to collect cheap 70s & 80s vinyl and loves the garden.

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