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CEL home >News and Archive > Bradford Diocese Earthcare> Gibsons Mill October 2007

Earth Care
'EARTHCARE ENERGY DAY'

  - A DIOCESAN VISIT ON SAT OCT 13 2007 ARRANGED BY THE DIOCESE OF BRADFORD EARTH CARE GROUP

Here are some pictures of our visit.
The day ran according to the original timetable printed at the bottom of this page

Video 1 (1 min) Outside the mill - The group leanr why and when it was first built


Video 2 (1 min) Inside the control room - Hydroelectric power is generated

 

 

The Mill from the Mill Pool

 

Front right are the batteries.

Emma explains to the group how much KW is coming from the hudroelectric power turbines and from the solar cells.

 

She continues to explain. In the foreground is a model of the mill. It was made into a Peasure Emporium at the beginning of the 1900s

 

Photo of one of the groups.

 

 

 

Video 1 (1 min) Outside the mill - The group learn why and when it was first built

 

 

 

 

Video 2 (1 min) Inside the control room - Hydroelectric power is generated

 

 

 

 


 

This is the timetable rewritten slightly to show what actually happened.

This visit to the National Trust's Gibson's Mill, at Hardcastle Crags, on the edge of Hebden Bridge, HX7 7AP provided an exciting opportunity to have a tour of the only building of this size in England which is open all the year round and is wholly reliant on renewable energy, being entirely off-grid for all its energy and water. See its water turbines, wood-burning heating systems, photovoltaic cells to generate electricity, its composting toilets etc. This is a building of the future. It shows renewable energy in action.

For Christians, it is an icon of how to care for God's creation sustainably.

Programme: Take train at 9.14 from Bradford Interchange for Hebden Bridge (Return fare £2-60) or go by car to Midgehole Car Park

c. 10.00am Participants should arrive at Midgehole car park - by car etc, or on foot [half hour] from Hebden Bridge railway station. Car parking is free for National Trust members; £4 for non-member's car. £5 for non-member's minibus payable on the day. Participants then walk at their own pace and at their own risk on the beautiful path up the stream to Gibson's Mill.  Judith Allinson will show people fungi en route

1100 Arrive at Gibsons Mill [on foot c. one hour from Midgehole Car Park] THOSE UNABLE TO WALK MAY, BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT ONLY, SHARE THEIR CARS TO HAVE A LIFT FROM MIDGEHOLE CARPARK.  

1100 Coffee provided by Gibson's Mill and introductions for all on middle floor upstairs.  

GROUP A
1130-1300. Tour with Emma-Jane Stevens, round all renewable energy installations and composting toilets.
1300-1330 Packed lunch upstairs.
1330-1500 Energy Workshop for Group A in upstairs room which needs 50 chairs. Facilitator: Keith Thomson [Former Bradford Councillor and regular columnist for the Telegraph and Argus 'Planet' section.]

Group B
1130-1300 Energy Workshop for Group B, , in upstairs room. Facilitator: Keith Thomson.
1300-1330 Packed lunch upstairs
1330 -1500 Tour with Emma-Jane Stevens- as above  
ALL: 1500-1545 Worship by waterfall outside mill, led by John Anderson with material prepared by Rev Sam Randall (Rev Randall had to leave early)

Notes:

1 Please bring waterproofs, stout walking shoes, a packed lunch and your own drink for after lunch.

2 Please book a place by phoning, and then bring a £6 cheque [payable to BDBF [Earthcare]] on the day. T. 01535 650520

3 Please be sure to tell Paula beforehand if you need transport to the Mill from Midgehole car park.

4 The maximum number for the day is 80. there are/were still plenty of spaces. as at Fri 12 Oct

John D Anderson. E. dumelama2000@yahoo.co.uk . T 01274 590525      BRADFORD DIOCESE EARTH CARE

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