St Denys’ Church in Sleaford is currently raising funds to help towards the installation of a brand new, solar-powered church heating system. But instead of a regular, traditional system with boilers and radiators, the church warden Anne Smillie-Pearson and vicar Rev Philip Johnson have opted for a more direct approach.
Replacing the large, ugly 1800's cast iron radiators, will be direct electric convection heaters running along the underside of the actual pews themselves, meaning the heat isn't wasted, and goes exactly where is is needed - to the worshippers. The system will run from the church's existing solar system which was previously installed a few years ago.
The system will cost around £9000, and with only a further £3000 to raise to reach their target, the warden and reverend are confident they will raise to total in just a short few months. This will save the church a significant amount of money, the annual heating bill alone is nearly £20,000 - and it's still cold!
We wish the church all the best of luck in raising the last remaining funds, and are calling out for any donations to help them reach their goal.
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St Mary's church in Calne has picked up the Care of Churches award from the Diocese or Salisbury just as their brand new heating system nears completion.The £250,000 church heating system was heaven sent, as the existing 150 year old system (yes, 150 years old!) packed in over a year ago, and a second harsh winter forced drastic action.
Salisbury Diocese awards a parish church each year who have demonstrated exceptional work on the building to maintain and improve the church, and St Mary’s was a lucky one of only five churches from over 450 to win the coveted award.
The church has done an amazing job in raising a quarter of a million pounds to install a brand new church heating system, and it has taken a lot of hard work from both staff and the community, and it seems all their hard work has paid off, with extra recognition of that hard work in the form of the award from the Diocese.
A special service of celebration is planned, to thank all of the individuals that have made this possible. There will be a special performance from the choir, as well as a visit from Ruth Worsley, who is the Archdeacon of Wiltshire.
St Mary Magdalene Church at Waltham in Kent is doing all they can to raise funds for a much needed new Church Heating system. Their aim is to reach the goal of £150,000 which is required for essential upgrades, including improving accessibility for the disabled, as well as other amenities such as improving disused spaces to allow for more community activities.
But the main concern is the old, dilapidated church heating system, which over time has become expensive to run and unreliable at the best of times. The existing system relies on a old boiler and cast iron radiators. The pipework and ancillaries are also old and prone to failure, requiring lots of ongoing church heating maintenance. The church building would lend itself very well to an underfloor heating system.
Church members are in the process of applying for grants and help with funds, and there are lots of exciting events forthcoming that will hopefully raise plenty of money for the improvements. Rundraising events include a 'Hymathon' which sees the two organists play all 756 hymns in the church’s book back to back! We wish them all the very best of luck in reaching their goal.
A bit of international church heating news this morning as we received images of the struggling churches in Boston as the worst snow storm on records hit the city over the month of February. The New England churches rely on donations from worshippers, but with attendance at an all time low due to the treacherous weather conditions, many are struggling to make ends meet.
The problems are so prominent that an estimated 60 congregations will be forced to close, and a total of over $300,000 has been requested from the churches disaster relief fund. Attendance has dropped by up to 50% in some instances, which isn't surprising given the horrific conditions, but church leaders admit 'it could have been worse'.
To ensure your church is protected for against the harshest weather conditions, have your church heating system looked at by one of our specialist church heating engineers. Maintenance is essential, especially in this prolonged winter we have been seeing here in the UK.
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