Church shop aims to repay boiler cost

A church in North Tyneside, which has set the pace in renewable energy for listed buildings, has opened a charity shop to raise funds for its ground-breaking scheme.

St Alban’s Church in Earsdon is hoping to raise several thousand pounds through a temporary shop in the Beacon Centre, North Shields.

The outlet will be run by volunteers and any donations from the general public will help support the church’s renewable energy project, which began with the installation of a biomass boiler at the site back in 2012.

St Alban’s is raising the money to repay a loan which was taken out in order to complete the ambitious project.

It is the only church in the north east to heat two Grade II listed buildings from a biomass boiler.

The Vicar of St Alban’s, the Rev Andrew France, said: “The shop in North Shields gives us the ideal opportunity to raise money for our project and tell people what we are doing in terms of renewable energy.

“Hopefully we will be able to encourage others to think about switching to renewables.”

The shop is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm until June 7.

Following the installation of the biomass boiler, St Alban’s Church has reduced its annual carbon emission by 22 tonnes.

The installation of heat meters has allowed the church to monitor how much energy has been produced from wood pellets to heat the church and the adjacent Eccles Hall.