St George’s Church in Wash Common, nr Newbury have been busyover the last few years making their building more welcoming and warmer.
Through their innovative George Goes Green project the church has been creating a warm, welcoming, usable, sustainable, community space by:
- Ensuring the church building is accessible, flexible, affordable and widely used for local events
- Installing a cost effective heating system with low running costs to benefit future generations
- Lowering our carbon footprint; using green energy and moving away from fossil fuels
- Flexible hire rates according to means What have we done so far…?
- Replaced and insulated the church ceiling
- Installed 129 solar panels plus control systems, and connected to the national grid
- Added secondary glazing to high windows
- Created a thermal lobby at the cloister entrance with independent accessAdded a welcome area and re-worked the north car park
- Resolved pre-existing damp problems
“So much has already been achieved. And now it’s time for the final push; to install a sustainable heating system and open up the church to community use.”
Revd Paul Cowan, Vicar
The project is now moving on to renewable heat through a ground source heat pump.
What’s left to do?
- To harness ground source heat, requiring 5 boreholes in church grounds
- To replace the old and inefficient boiler with a ground source heat pump
- To replace the church floor and install under-floor heating
- To glaze the north transept to enable its use as a multipurpose meeting space
To help the church to realise the final phase of the project they are asking people to:
- Use, and recommend, St George’s as an events venue to your friends and neighbours
- Donate to the project – collect a green form from the back of church
- Organise a fundraising event
- Keep your eyes peeled for external funding opportunities
- Spread the word – raise our profile!
- Pray for the church community and this project
For more information about the project visit:
For more information about renewable energy options and your church visit the Diocese o Oxford website.