Category: Church

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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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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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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Wood pellet boiler at St Paul, Gulworthy, Devon

The parish of St Paul, Gulworthy is situated in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the far west of the Exeter Diocese, bounded by the Tamar Valley on the west, with Tavistock 2 miles to the east. The church is Grade II listed, and part of the World Heritage Miners’ Site. It …
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Tree bog at Escot, Devon

St Philip and St James, Escot, is located within the Escot estate in East Devon. It is isolated and not supplied with running water. The church wanted to provide toilet facilities so it could host special events, so installed a twin Tree Bog in the summer of 2009. More information (pdf)

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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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