The Community Fund
Community Fund 2016 Early this year, after a wide communication campaign, we received 5 applications from local organisations seeking financial support to implement energy and carbon saving initiatives. Two subsequently withdrew their applications. We have allocated £1000 towards the construction of a new storm porch at Shenstone Village Hall which will reduce heat loss in the building. Another £1600 has been allocated to Hammerwich Cricket Club to be used towards the cost of energy efficient lighting in the club house and carpark. These funds will be awarded upon completion of work. Let there be light! We have also completed an interesting piece of work at Christ Church in Burntwood next to the UK’s smallest park. Created in 1863, the park commemorates the marriage of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Following an energy audit we recommended replacing their high energy halogen lights inside their church with high quality, low energy LED lights. By using these LEDs, depending on time of use, the church will save around £350 and 1314kg of CO2 per year. Over the lifetime of the lights they will save around £6000 on their electricity bill , 19.7 Tonnes of CO2 and £1350 that would have been spent replacing the shorter life halogen bulbs, all for an initial investment of £1332. Michael Holmes, the church warden said ‘all church members and users are delighted with the improved quality of light during services and are very grateful to SSCE and their excellent Community Fund’.