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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Vote for us! St John’s Sunshine has been shortlisted for the M&S Energy Community Fund

We need your help to generate more community energy for Old Trafford!

M and S Energy Community FundVoting is now open in the M&S Energy Community Fund.  You can see all the projects on the website. The project that finishes at the top of each category will receive the funding. It’s a race to the top so please vote for us here.

If we get the funding, we will be able to put more solar PVs on the church to provide clean energy for the St John’s Centre and also increase the funds available for Sunshine grants to support community groups in Old Trafford.

You can vote up till 30th September, but don’t leave it that long.  Vote now while you remember and tell all your friends and family to vote for us too!

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Harvesting Community Energy – A Harvest Festival (4-6th September)

Harvest plug 4-6 SeptemberEarlier this month, St John’s Church were successful in securing a Voluntary Sector Grant to run a community focused event celebrating local growing / local learning / community energy and community arts. We are doing this in the context of a Harvest Festival at the beginning of September.

Sept 4th FRIDAY EVENING 4-7pm in church

A celebration of local growing and local artist’s work

Sept 5th SATURDAY 10-4 in church

A celebration of local learning and community energy with local musicians

Sept 6th SUNDAY 10-12 in church Harvest Festival Thanksgiving and Celebration with gifts brought to be shared with homeless and cash strapped and shared with local people / the Booth Centre /

12-4 A ‘FareShare’ Feast in St John’s Centre for all the community. All welcome

Festival Concert in Church from 5-9pm Free Music / Art / Drama / Poetry / Mime and Dance and more!

Info: john_dhughes@yahoo.co.uk

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Sunshine fuelery … join us at 6pm, 1st April @ St John’s Centre

The Fool - St Johns SunshineSt John’s Sunshine has all its solar panels in place and couldn’t have done it without help from a lot of folk.   The 2nd Phase saw over £10,000 raised but the last three years have involved much more.  Whether you contributed time, money, a photograph, a poster, shoulder to cry on, expertise, solar kit, food, an auction contribution, attendance at an AGM or simply cheered us on (or were the friend of someone who did!), we want you to come on over to help celebrate this great achievement.

Curry, cakes, circus skills, drumming & poetry, song and a fool as the Master of Ceremonies.

Before the community celebration there will be short liturgy at 5pm in St John’s Church.  Entitled ‘The Holy Fool and Wounded World.’  Whether you believe, or not, you are welcome to attend

St John’s Sunshine is not a religious organization, but brings together people with a common concern for community and creation.  In 2012 April 1st fell on Palm Sunday and we launched the share offer after a church service. This year April 1st falls in Holy Week, when Christians are asked to consider the ‘foolishness’ of Christ.

Before our community celebration we are inviting people to a short meditative service in church at 5pm, reflecting on how foolishness in a worldly sense can be unexpectedly fruitful for community and creation. The liturgy is entitled ‘The Holy Fool and Wounded World.’ Whether you believe, or not, you are welcome to attend. The service lasts less than an hour.

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Great News – Phase 2 is GO !

An additional 6+kW of solar PV panels are scheduled to go up on the church the week beginning the 16th February.

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Can you help St John’s Sunshine generate more community energy?

Can you help us put more solar panel (PVs) on the St John’s Church roof and generate more clean electricity to power the St John’s Centre and generate more money for the Sunshine grants to help support Old Trafford community groups. Continue reading

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