By now you will have noticed many changes to the Community Shop. When we opened the shop in November 2018, we were operating on a tight budget. We chose the equipment we could afford rather than what we would prefer. With almost a year’s trading under our belt, we are able to finance some improvements after being lucky enough to receive a number of grants.
A significant concern has been the refrigeration. The units we had were noisy, not energy efficient and produced a great deal of heat in the shop. In consultation with Acme Facilities Group, we have now installed sleek, modern units. These have self-closing doors to keep the cool air in and remote refrigeration units to keep the heat and noise outside. Resulting in a considerable improvement in the atmosphere within the shop, to the benefit of customers and volunteers.
With help from Halifax Renewables, we have installed solar panels on the new roof of the library and shop building to reduce our carbon footprint and energy bills. These two improvements alone are sure to show considerable reductions in our energy consumption – a ‘win, win’ for our finances and the planet!
A grant from the Community Business Fund from Power to Change (the funds originate with the Lottery)has fully funded an air source heat pump in the shop and library, and the heat exchange system which is currently being installed in the Community Centre.
The Committee wanted to do more and put our Eco credentials into practice by ensuring our new grant funded community vehicle was also as Eco as possible.
In late September we were able to arrange delivery of a brand new Nissan e-NV200 fully electric MPV for use by the Shop and Community Centre volunteers. It can be fully charged inside 4 hours and can manage 175 miles before being plugged back into the shared charging point in the Shop car park. Each full charge costs less than £5.
We’ve chosen a COMBI solution, so we can use it as a van and a small mini-bus for collecting people coming to events at the Community Centre. If you use our Centre and need help, just ask – we will try our best.
This is all possible thanks to the hard work of many skilled and knowledgeable people in our community who have been able to help with this. Thank you!