Welcome to St John’s Sunshine

Congratulations, you’ve stumbled onto the web pages for St John’s Sunshine, a little enterprise with big ambitions, located at the heart of Old Trafford in Greater Manchester.

We’re a voluntary community group, we’re also a business, and we’re a kind of co-operative too, all rolled into one. Our unique enterprise is generating green electricity to benefit the people in the area, and we have a lot of work to do.

Phase 1 of the system was installed in 2012, Phase 2 in February 2015 and we’re looking to at the possibility of more in 2016!

If you’d like to know more please take a peak at the rest of the pages or contact us.

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St John’s Sunshine Launch, April 1st 2012. Photos by David Warren

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St John’s Sunshine AGM, art, curry, cake and dancing

We would like to invite people to the St John’s Sunshine AGM (annual general meeting) plus other good stuff. All welcome.

When: from 4pm on Sunday 29th October 2017

Where: St John’s Church, Ayres Road, Old Trafford, M16 7GX Continue reading

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Banner making… (Tuesday 29th August)

Here’s one we made earlier!  St John’s are making another, more modest, banner on Tuesday 29th August.  It will read “This is what we’ve got to share’ and will be open to interpretation and visible from the street on Ayres Road. Continue reading

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Green Communion to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the Eco Church award scheme

You are invited to a Green Communion – St John’s, Ayres Road, Old Trafford. Sunday February 5th, 2017 @ 10am.

St John’s will hold a Green Communion to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the Eco Church award scheme on Sun 5th February.

St John’s delights in care of creation as part of its mission. ‘Cycle to church for body soul and planet’ the cycle racks preach. ‘Water me when thirsty’ and ‘pick me when I am ripe’ say the labels in our community run allotment in the church grounds.

Since 2012, the church has hosted solar panels on the south facing roof, so that St John’s Sunshine, a volunteer led renewable energy co-op with solar panels on the roof feeding electricity to the neighbouring community centre and awarding sunshine grants to local groups.

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St John’s is now working towards receiving an Eco Church Award. Since Eco Church launched last year, over 450 churches across England and Wales have registered. It was set up for churches to demonstrate how they are caring for God’s earth in different areas of their life and work. They do this by filling out a survey that takes them through five key areas of church life (worship and teaching, management of church buildings, management of church land, community and global engagement, lifestyle).  Churches are then supported through the scheme as they make their way through the three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold.

More info about the service from John Hughes 0161 872 0500 john_dhughes@yahoo.co.uk

More information about the Eco Church scheme can be found here.

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Sunshine grants powering community activities

Every day the solar PV panels on St John’s Church roof generate electricity that is used to help power the St Johns Centre. The solar panels also generate money through the Feed in Tariff.  Some of this money is available to local community groups via ‘Sunshine grants’. See below for examples of how Sunshine grants have helped power two local community activities. Continue reading

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St John’s Sunshine: going solar the co-operative way

John Hughes describes a parish community energy scheme glowing into life in Old Trafford

“YOU COULD DO IT AS A CO-OP,” FIONA SAID, licking her free ice cream at a ‘Meet Your Neighbours’ interfaith event in the summer of 2011. Fiona Nicholls runs an environmental action co-operative and is now a codirector here at St John’s Sunshine. Continue reading

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Celebrate the International Year of the Pulses with St John’s Sunshine (Thursday 26th May)

IYP 2016 logoAs part of the International Year of Pulses, you are invited to a vegetarian meal in St John’s Church on Thursday May 26th at 8pm.

The meal is free. All culinary contributions welcome.   Donations towards St John’s Sunshine’s Community Energy fundraiser are also welcome.  Continue reading

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It’s the Jack & the Beanstalk panto….oh no it’s not!

In the international year of the pulse, St John’s Sunshine, St John’s Centre and Daisy the cow are mooved to present …

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“Think you know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk? Well, think again. Want to know how Jack defeats the evil giant? Or what solar panels and social enterprise have got to do with pantomime? Come and see our austerity panto for the 21st century, with a tantalising twist.”

Two performances on Saturday 27th February.

Matinee – doors open 2pm for 2.30pm start.  Evening – doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.

Tickets cost £3 adults, £2 (children under 16). Family ticket £8 (2 adults + up to 3 children).  Tickets can be bought in advance from St John’s Centre office).

St John’s Centre, St John’s Road, Old Trafford, M16 7GX

 

Stop press – Sunshine Grants are go and help us generate more local energy

Applications for Sunshine grants for Old Trafford community groups are now open. Anyone can apply £50-£500. Closing Date for applications is 19th February. Click on the Sunshine Grants tab on the menu bar above (just under the Old Trafford image).

Members can vote at the Panto and the successful applications will be announced on the night!

St John’s Sunshine is also fundraising for more solar panels. You can support us by visiting: www.cegm.org.uk/st-johns-sunshine

 

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News release: Baked Alaska – Time To Change The Temperature…. Even the ducks have relocated

St John’s Sunshine is delighted to be invite people to the “Baked Alaska – Time To Change The Temperature” event at St John’s Centre on Tuesday 10th November. (1) Continue reading

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Baked Alaska – Time To Change The Temperature… Even the ducks have relocated…

An island in the South Pacific has a problem. It’s hollow.  Anxiety levels are rising in a North American boardroom. Eav’s garden is bursting with next door’s rubbish. Even the ducks have relocated…they’re in Bangladesh. Continue reading

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News release: Help St John’s Sunshine generate more community energy in Old Trafford

St John’s Sunshine, a community solar co-op based in Old Trafford, is asking people in Old Trafford, and beyond, to help them generate more community energy by supporting their project in the national M&S Energy Community Energy Fund vote.

St John’s Sunshine has been successfully shortlisted for the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund.   Over 240 projects applied to the competition and the company has shortlisted 136 projects for a number of £12,500 regional grants and two national grants worth up to £40,000. (1) Continue reading

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