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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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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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