Islington churches to get greener lights
Twenty four Islington Church of England churches will receive more than half a million pounds this year to help them cut their use of electricity and gas, thanks to funding from local charity Cloudesley and Allchurches Trust.
The churches are installing a range of environmental measures, such as solar panels, LED lighting, modern heating systems and draught-proofing. All of the changes have been carefully chosen to help the churches cut their bills and help the environment.
On top of its usual grant-giving, Cloudesley is offering nearly £600,000 of additional grants to Islington Church of England churches in 2018, giving the churches the ‘green light’ to make these changes.
Melanie Griffiths, Director of Cloudesley, explains: “This year we have been celebrating the 500th anniversary of the charity’s benefactor Richard Cloudesley and his legacy in Islington. Our trustees wanted to mark the occasion with a special anniversary grants programme, in addition to our usual work. The Sustainable Church Buildings project is helping our partner churches to cut their running costs whilst also helping the environment; everyone benefits.”
Allchurches Trust agreed to top-up the money being offered by Cloudesley by another £45,000, allowing even more churches to benefit.
Two churches that have recently finished changing their lights to energy efficient LEDs are St Andrew’s Whitehall Park and St James Clerkenwell.
The co-minister at St James Clerkenwell, Rev’d Mark Jackson, said: “We have wanted to make our church more environmentally efficient as we seek to be good stewards of God’s creation. We are so grateful for the grant from Cloudesley, which has allowed us to change all our church lights to LED. In the next few months, we hope to make even more changes with Cloudesley’s help, like insulating the loft and draught-proofing the doors.”