Charge your vehicle
We have an electric vehicle charging point in the church carpark at St Mary's
Our chargepoint is on ZapMap
How to connect
Our charger uses a standard type 2 connector to supply either a 7.2kw single phase (cars with small batteries) or a massive 22kw three phase supply (vans and Teslas).
No software is needed - just plug-in and go.
We simply ask for a donation of 50p per kilowatt for the power used, which can be put through the presbytery front door letterbox.
What we did
Parishioners spotted the irony that there were few charging facilities for electric cars and other vehicles in an area that is visited by hundreds of thousands of people annually because of its natural environmental beauty and clear air.
The parish chose 1st September 2017, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to officially switch-on the vehicle chargepoint. Pope Francis initiated this annual day of prayer for creation in August 2015, following his earlier encyclical letter 'Laudato Si', published that same year.
St Mary's is one of many Catholic churches in the country which uses electricity generated from renewable sources, provided through IFM (the Inter-diocesan Fuel Management scheme, a Catholic fuel purchasing cooperative, originally set-up by some northern Catholic dioceses in the 1990's.