Category: Truro

Composting toilets, Week St Mary

Lesley Booker writes… Week St Mary church is a large church surrounded by a church yard in the centre of a village. The only services are mains water and electricity. We have no sewage or other drainage system apart from surface waters. We needed a toilet but at first were deterred by high costs. Then …
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Saving the Planet Exhibition, Bude Churches Together

Geoff Newton writes… My year as Secretary of Christians Together coincided with my reading of theology on the Church’s Mission by Hans Kung and others. Kung asserts the need for the church to adopt a strong humanitarian stance by insisting that “every person be treated humanely” and having a “commitment to a just economic order”. …
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Helston Methodist Circuit adopts a beach

Revd Andrew Hill writes… In 2008 Helston Methodist Circuit adopted a beach. We joined in the annual Beachwatch weekend organised by the Marine Conservation Society. This involved committing ourselves to removing litter etc from our chosen beach, Kennack Sands on the designated weekend in September. We also did a more detailed survey of one particular …
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Camborne Parish Church

Revd Mike Firbank writes… At Camborne Parish Church we are trying to change behaviour/attitudes and change the way we heat/light etc our church buildings. Immediate Solutions… Old thermostats in our halls and church were replaced & turned down. Oil sheets were put behind radiators so that instead of heating external walls we reflected the heat …
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Bishop Cornish Education Centre, Saltash

The new education centre in the grounds of Bishop Cornish School, Saltash will provide music facilities, before and after school care, nursery provision and also provide facilities for community use, especially for music, education and charity work. A major objective in building the new unit was to reduce our carbon footprint and transport costs and …
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Lent Carbon Fast Comment

Across the Southwest with scores of churches involved, about two thousand people participated from different churches in this year’s Lent Carbon Fast, all attempting to further reduce our impact on the ecology of God’s planet Earth. In addition to hundreds who used the printed Fast booklet, more than 500 subscribers received daily emails with suggestions …
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Churchyard at St Uny, Lelant, Cornwall

Robert Moor Coordinator: Living Churchyard Project for Truro Diocese and Cornwall Wildlife Trust writes… A warming sun, a lazy bee, the scent of hay; the grass-hoppers chirp their call, the song-thrush sings, the swallowsswoop, the lichened tombs scribe shadows across the path; peace, lovingmemories and sanctuary. Cornwall has many fascinating churchyards surrounding its historic churches …
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Children are the future, so it is important to be concerned about what sort of planet they will inherit, and to teach them how to care for it. The wonderful material for schools and children produced as part of the Lent Carbon Fast 2014 has lots of great ideas for raising awareness and living more …
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Living Churchyards

As the countryside in Britain becomes more industrialised and urbanised, there are fewer places for wildlife to live and wildflowers to grow. But there are tiny areas in every village, town and even city that are holding out against the onslaught. These are churchyards, and in some parts of the country they are the only …
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New Lighting at St Wenn, Cornwall

St Wenn Church in Cornwall had 21 R80w flood lamps to light the church.   They were able to find LED replacements that consume just 7W. Two were bought to trial and they were found to be just as bright, so the remaining 19 lamps were also replaced. Rev Elke Dealey came up with the idea …
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