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Tulse Hill’s Straw Bale Community Hub wins grant

It was announced on Monday 31 October that Holy Trinity, Tulse Hill’s Straw Bale Community Hub has been awarded £12,500 from the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund - the maximum that the Fund awards.

The church, whose project is to build Europe’s first straw bale Church building, will use the award and an additional £3,000 in online pledges to pay for at least half of the building’s solar panels.

The Revd Richard Dormandy, Holy Trinity’s vicar said “We are delighted to receive this grant from the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund as it will help us to buy the solar panels for our ground-breaking building. We would also like to say thank you to over 2000 people who voted for our project and who we hope will now follow the progress of our project until its completion.”

The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund offers grants for community groups around Great Britain who are looking to install renewable technology or energy efficiency measures. In 2016 they are giving away up to £350,000 with each project looking for funding up to £12,500.