Vine Church blog on Eco Action and Save-Money-Save-Planet day 

We are reposting a blog by Peter Musgrave of Vine Church....  Peter learned to set up a WordPress blog through the Redbridge Timebank and was invited by Sophia Hubs to share business tips on behalf of Vine Church in the second of our Business Tips from  Community groups series.    For  support and resources for community groups  in business skills also take a look at  the  Enterprising Redbridge website

ECO VOLUNTEERS HELP VINE CHURCH AT ECO ACTION DAY

LOCAL VOLUNTEERS WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE COMMUNITY BUILDING MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT

On Saturday February 4th, Vine Church  hosted an Eco Action Day at their Holstock Road Community Halls, in Ilford. Over 40 volunteers from all section of the Ilford community most with no church connections came along to help.

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Volunteer Kiru is preparing to fit reflector panels behind radiator

In the morning, volunteers with no specific previous experience learned how to carry out simple DIY jobs aimed at making the buildings more energy efficiency. Jobs included –

  • fitting loft insulation in the community house
  • putting aluminium reflector panels behind outside wall radiators
  • replacing old incandescent light bulbs with new energy efficient LED bulbs
  • lagging the pipes from the gas boilers
  • putting temporary secondary glazing on an outside door to prevent heat loss
  • insulating doors to prevent draughts
  • sorting out the compost bins in the garden and putting the mulch on the beds
  • repairing broken gutter in the garden
  • planting an apple tree

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Sabesh changing old fashioned light bulbs for new energy efficient LED lights at Vine Church back entrance.

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Volunteer Paul installed temporary secondary glazing on Vine Community House outside door, using hair drier

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Guests and volunteers enjoy a lunch of hot vegetarian soup, while joining in community singing. This was prepared by volunteers from Transition Ilford, Avaaz and Vine Church.

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During the lunch hour, we  sang songs about care for the environment, led by Redbridge Music Lounge.

WEAR GREEN HEARTS FOR THE LOVE OF WHAT MIGHT BE LOST TO CLIMATE CHANGE

The Mayor of Redbridge and MP Mike Gapes were present with us to help to emphasise the importance of caring for all that we love but could lose to climate change. We gave out green hearts to mark the beginning of the national for the love of campaign.

watch this for the love of video here

The event is part of the national for the love of campaign during February. It is an annual celebration of all that we love but could lose to climate change.

We have been promoting our event with help of Redbridge CVS and other local organisations

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Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Bhamra, Mike Gapes MP, Rev Ackroyd of Vine Church , Rev Hemeratana of Ilford Buddhist  Centre  and Bushra Tahir of Avaaz wearing Green hearts badges to show their commitment to the national for the love of campaign of care for the environment.

Mike Gapes MP in his comments referred to the petitions that hundreds of local Ilford people had sent him in November to encourage the government to ratify the Paris Climate Change agreements.

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Mayor of Redbridge and MP Mike Gapes plant an apple tree in Vine Church garden, with help of Rev Hemeratana of Ilford Buddhist Centre

As another  sign of  our commitment to care for the environment, we planted a small fruit tree in the lovely tiny community garden set amongst these old buildings hidden in the middle of Ilford, maintained by caring volunteers and used by the children of Oakfield Playgroup.

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ECO TIPS IN YOUR HOME WORKSHOP

In the afternoon, over 40 local people stayed  to hear Donnachadt  McCarthy of 3 Acorns share an  eco tips for your home workshop, to learn ways to make our homes more energy efficient and saving money at the same time. http://www.3acorns.co.uk/

HOW YOU MIGHT IMPROVE THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF YOUR COMMUNITY BUILDING

The event was organised by Vine United Reformed Church who look after extensive but old buildings in Central Ilford. It was supported with the help of Amey, Redbridge Recycling team, Redbridge Faith Forum, The Redbridge Volunteer Centre, Transition Ilford, Sophia Hubs, Avaaz.

City Bridge Trust gave the grant for the initial Eco Audit carried out by 3 Acorns to look at how community organisations can care better for their buildings. if you are based in London you can find out here how your community building can have an eco audit, and so begin the journey for more energy efficiency

How to apply for an eco audit

HOW TO CARE FOR OUR OLD COMMUNITY BUILDINGS AND CHURCHES

As the Mayor, Cllr Bhamra, emphasised in his speech – Here in Ilford we are showing how we care for our community buildings and demonstrating how we can make them more energy efficient. Like all faith communities the Vine United Reformed Church tries to be a welcoming place.  Through its community buildings it tries to reach out to people in the local area. It welcomes 18 user groups.  Over 500 people visit the premises each week and the buildings are used daily

But like all old buildings it was built by different generations, in a different era when there was different awareness of the role fossil fuels played in destroying our climate.

The Mayor said that in Redbridge we all need to work together in practical ways to care for our environment.

ECO TIPS FOR CHARITIES AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS

If you would like to get tips for how your voluntary organsiation or charity canbe more environmentally friendly, then follow this link how to go greener as a voluntary organisation

UP COMING EVENTS

Help to clean up the streets of Ilford on March 4th and 5th

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Eco Volunteers help Vine Church at Eco Action Day

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