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Boosting Biodiversity in your churchyard – and beyond!

10am – 1pm Sat 21st September 2019 Holy Trinity Churchyard Frome BA11 3DE A morning of practical advice, workshops, inspiration, coffee and cake, with local experts including: David Curry, Devon Living Churchyards Pippa Rayner, Somerset Wildlife Trust Chris Stringer, Frome Town Council Caroline Pomeroy, EcoChurch Free of charge All welcome! For details contact: caroline.pomeroy@bathwells.anglican.org

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Creating a buzz in Devon’s Churchyards: Workshop

The Bee Barn, Buckfast Abbey Buckfastleigh, Devon Saturday 15 September 9.30am – 12noon There has been a dramatic decline in bee populations which is the result of multiple factors such as loss of habitat, diseases and parasites, climate change and wider industrial agricultural practices. Churchyards are a haven for all types of bees: bumble bees, …
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St Wenn, Diocese of Truro – shared biomass boiler with under-floor heating

In St Wenn, Cornwall, the Church and School shared a biomass heating project. First steps – what’s needed? Planning for this project was comprehensive and inclusive – and it took some long time! St Wenn Church Council (PCC) involved church members, the head teacher and governors, together with – critically – the wider community. Churchwarden, …
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Empowering Communities through Greening the Church

An EcoChurch Southwest conference to explore producing energy, providing food and saving water on church premises. Thursday 10 September 201510.15am – 3.30pmSt James’ ChurchMount Pleasant RoadExeter EX4 7AH With… Susan Durber, Theologian Andrew Shadrake, Devon Association for Renewable Energy Mark Letcher, Climate Works Ruth Knight, Shrinking the Footprint Local Stories No charge though donations on …
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Green Gloucestershire

The Diocese of Gloucester and Churches Together in Gloucestershire have provided some funding for a new website containing lots of helpful resources, such as: managing your churchyard switching to Ecotricity energy saving tips in church buildings flooding suppliers of locally grown food and drink joint core strategy (housing) connecting with nature analysis of consumerism trench …
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Trial of hot cushions

As part of its ‘Shrinking the Footprint’ campaign to reduce carbon emissions, Exeter Diocese is exploring a variety of new and efficient heating systems for church buildings. One option amongst others is a re-usable, portable hot cushion which enables churchgoers to stay warm and comfortable during services. They were trialled in 7 churches from November …
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Hydro-electricity at Buckfast Abbey

The Catholic Benedictine community at Buckfast Abbey has installed both a water turbine (shown here) and an Archimedes screw in the canal alongside the River Dart, which produces electricity for the monastery and many of its activities.

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Bishop’s House, Staverton

Pilot installation of a biomass boiler in a large domestic setting. It is 32kW in size, and the expected payback period is less than 5 years. More information (pdf)

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Hot cushions

As part of its ‘Shrinking the Footprint’ campaign to reduce carbon emissions, Exeter Diocese is exploring a variety of new and efficient heating systems for church buildings. One option amongst others is a re-usable, portable hot cushion which enables churchgoers to stay warm and comfortable during services. The Diocese purchased 100 ‘Hot Bott’ cushions in …
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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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