What are we doing as a Benefice to support the environment?
Conserving the Pillhill Brook – a rare and fragile chalk stream Please click here to read in full
All Saints’ PV Panels and Gods Own Power Station. In 2010, Bill Mitford asked Charles Eyre to come and talk to the PCC about options to make the Church more energy efficient. So, having had a look at the options, and realising that the South facing roof was out of the question as the Church is Grade 1 Listed, two options presented themselves - the tower or the Meadow Room roof. Having looked at the shadow effect on the Meadow Room, he proposed to the PCC that they put 11 panels up, in time to qualify for the very attractive Feed In Tariff that applied at the time.
Some 75% of total irradiance falls between 1 March and 1 October, so it was agreed that the Meadow Room site was actually perfect – the panels can’t be seen by anyone except the Lord on High. The PCC loved the idea but made it clear that they did not have the £11,000 required to purchase and install the panels. Could he come up with an idea to find the funding? And this was the genesis of the All Saints Winter Lectures, started in 2011. The first three talks, plus some generous donations, ensured the funds were available in time to get planning approval, instal and commission the system, to qualify for the Feed In Tariff.
All Saints’, as far as we are aware, was one of the first Churches to install PV Panels.
In the years since then, the panels have generated 14.214MWh, and the church has received income of approximately £7,500 in income. Average UK household electricity consumption is reported at 7kwH per day, so the panels have generated enough electricity to cover the consumption of about 5.5 houses. God would be pleased!
And an additional long-term benefit as been the All Saints Winter Lectures, that have been held almost every year since, and raised a total of approximately £33,000, of which All Saints Fabric Fund has been the recipient of approximately £23,000. None of this could have been achieved without the very generous support of several parishioners and the many excellent speakers that have given their time free for this great cause.
Brother Douglas' Oak Tree - St Peter's
Caring for our churches and churchyards
Further advice on environmental matters that directly affect our three churches can be found at: