Writing To Reach You – PRESS RELEASE

Yesterday we sent out our press release (below) for the completion of Phase 2 of the project and advertising our official opening on 9 December at 9.30am and the celebratory concert at 7pm.   Watch this space for details of George Goes Green coverage in the coming days and weeks.



St George gets a phase closer to slaying the carbon dragon

St George’s church, Newbury announces its latest step towards its goal to be one of the first churches in the UK to go carbon neutral:

At the completion of the second phase of this three-phase initiative the parish church now sports a new glazed thermal entrance lobby, extensive insulation, draught-proofing and generates 24,000kW per/a from 129 photovoltaic arrays on the church roof.

The George Goes Green campaign is backed by local resident, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton, who will dedicate the new entrance lobby at its official opening on the 9th December at 9.30am.  In the evening the parish will host to a celebratory community concert at 7pm to showcase the recent improvements.  Tickets are £5 and available from the church office on 01635 41249.

Launched in 2009, the George Goes Green campaign aimed to turn a cold, draughty and underused space at St George’s, Wash Common, into a warm and welcoming community venue.  It also aimed to slash the church’s carbon footprint from 15 tonnes per year to zero.   Now two thirds complete, the church has launched the fundraising for the final element; replacing the conventional heating system with a sustainable solution using ground source heat with under floor heating.

Vicar, Paul Cowan, explains the vision behind George Goes Green:  ‘Our aim is for St George’s Church to be a gift and active part of Wash Common life, heated with renewable energy, extensively used by the local community – and a flagship model for others to learn from and be encouraged by.’

So far no parish church in the UK has yet succeeded in removing itself entirely from the National Grid.  Of the 16,000 Anglican parish churches in the country less than a handful have so far reached carbon neutral status.   St George’s aims to join this select few by retro-fitting 21st century technology in a beautiful 20th century building, making it self-sufficient in energy, drawing its power, light and heat from renewable sources.

George Goes Green is endorsed by patrons Lord Carey of Clifton and Nobel Laureate Sir John Houghton, and is supported by the Church of England’s Shrinking the Footprint campaign.

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