Timeline

The Story so far:

30/09/20 Diocesan webinar about the Rural Communities Energy Fund, with Alan Millar from Tees Valley (the regional RCEF administrators).

October: Establishment of the Towards Carbon Neutral Churches in Craven group, start of research into similar schemes. 

November: Report to PCCs, with a statement of purpose of the group and authorisation to prepare a bid to RCEF.

November/December: Meetings with Locogen and Arup, consultant engineers with experience in RCEF-funded projects. 

December: Discussion with Alan Millar about our draft bid.  Learned that we now needed to get 3 tenders (the Tees Valley approved consultants having reached their quota).  Start of preparation of Invitation to Tender document, to be added to bid (and used as a basis for our Invitation to Tender if successful)

December: Discussion with Barningham Net Zero project founders, recipients of RCEF grant.

January 2021: consultations with Parish Councils, congregations, local and national bodies (including the Diocese of Leeds, Craven District Council, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Barningham Net Zero and the Victorian Society).  Request for letters of support to accompany the funding bid.  Documents and photographs from each church collected in One Drive to accompany the bid.  Consideration of options for obtaining funding for installations, to be included in the bid.

January: Decided not to include vicarages in the bid.  To include a Risk Assessment.  Also include VAT in bid as not sure if the Listed Places of Worship VAT reclamation scheme would continue.

January: final meeting with Alan Millar at Tees Valley before submission of bid.  Draft bid sent to incumbents and PCCs.  Bid also sent to Jemima Parker, Diocesan Environment Officer.

January: Webpage about the project, hosted on St Mary's Embsay with Eastby website.

01/02/21 Deadline for submission of bid to Rural Communities Energy Fund (bid submitted 25/01/21)

February: establishment of sub-groups - Tender, Publicity, Launch service.

February/March: report to PCC about submission of the bid and the group's intention to continue with investigations even if not successful in obtaining RCEF funding.

18/03/21 RCEF Board decision to support the TCNCC project

Late March: report to PCCs to confirm that the bid had been approved and that the group would continue to manage the project.

April: meeting with Alan Millar to discuss project dates and Invitation to Tender document.

April: adoption of a project logo, design donated by Abbie Wagstaff.

12/04/21 Invitations to Tender sent out to interested companies, with an application deadline of 30 April.

02/05/21 Project launch service: Climate Sunday service at Holy Trinity Skipton, with the Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, and representatives from the 5 churches.

27/06/21 (TBC) Climate Sunday service and project launch at St Mary's Embsay with Eastby.

Other project launch Climate Sunday services are being planned for the other churches in the group.