St Thomas Church project leading the way on climate action

The St Thomas Church, Lancaster Heart of the City project has had some really positive press this week following a fantastic article in the Lancaster Guardian.

Pinington Limited has a real desire and drive to reduce the carbon and introduce renewable energy and building materials into as many projects as possible and this project has provided us with a great base to work from.

Below is a selection of comments from the Lancaster Guardian article and also a link to the full article:

” Earlier this year, St Thomas Church Lancaster declared a climate emergency and adopted a three year action plan. They are already implementing plans to achieve yearly reductions in carbon emissions in the church’s operations and are working towards an Arocha Eco-Church Bronze Award later this year, with a Silver Award by 2023.

Some of the successful initiatives introduced by the Eco-Church team at St Thomas include a monthly newsletter with suggestions for the congregation on how to live more sustainably, and a live-streamed Climate Sunday service, held in May.

In September, the congregation will also be taking part in the Great Big Green Week, a national week of events celebrating action on climate change as part of awareness-raising leading up to the UK’s hosting of the COP26 climate conference in November.

The influence of the church’s climate action plan is also visible in its new centre, which is currently under construction.

Solar panels have already been installed on the south facing roofs of the new centre. Two thirds of the electricity generated will be made available to the National Grid for others to benefit, with the remaining one third supplying the energy needs of the new centre.

The installation of the solar panels was aided by the Lancaster University Wind Turbine fund, who made a generous grant of £5,000 available to the church.

They have been pleased to be able to support local building contractor, Skerton-based Pinington Limited, through the pandemic, with work on their new centre starting in September last year and due to complete in October 2021.”

Full ink to the article here –


Vicar Jon Scamman by the solar panal roofing on the new St Thomas church centre credit Lancaster Guradian for the image