Charge your vehicle
We have an electric vehicle charging point in the church carpark.
We believe that we are the first Catholic Church in the country to provide this for our parishioners and visitors.
How to connect
The charger uses a standard type 2 connector to supply either a 3.8kw single phase (cars with small batteries) or a 11kw three phase supply (vans and Teslas).
No software is needed - just plug-in and go.
We simply ask for a donation for the power used, which can be put in church or through the presbytery front door letterbox.
What we did
Parishioners spotted the irony that there are currently 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 September 1st 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 Inter-diocesan Fuel Management, a Catholic fuel purchasing cooperative, originally set-up by some northern Catholic dioceses in the 1990's.