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Ashton Hayes Community Energy CIC

Located in rural Cheshire, Ashton Hayes is a well knit community of about 1000 people that is aiming to become England's first carbon neutral community. We started our journey in January 2006 and since then we have already cut our carbon dioxide emissions significantly - by working together, sharing ideas and through behavioural change. We now have our community owned renewable energy company.

This website encapsulates our journey towards carbon neutrality and offers free advice and guidance. Please feel free to use anything from our website (we'd like a credit if you can).


Village resilience plan launched

At the WI Hall on 11 June, representatives from CWaC's Emergency Planning Team, the Police, NHS and Fire Service met with the village Resilience Planning Group.

The Ashton Hayes Resilence Planning Group launched its draft Resilience Plan on 11 June 2013 - the first community to do this in the CWaC area. The plan is designed to explain how, as a community, we can harness local resources and expertise to help ourselves in an emergency, in a way that compliments the respose of the emergency services. The 35-page plan has been developed over the last 18 months by a small group of volunteers under the leadership of Peter Bulmer of CWaC. Members of the group come from Parish Council, community shop and Ashton Hayes Energy Company. More details on the CWaC initiative can be found here.


Roundup of Snow Angels success

CWAC Low Carbon Communities team (led by Peter Bulmer) has helped us put together an excellent summary of the Snow Angels work and the positive impact it has had on the community. Well done to Jane Colville and all her Snow Angels and the teams from Timebank and the Parish Council.


SPEN report on village PV potential

SP Energy Networks (SPEN) continues to give us useful technical information and power use data for the village. In its latest report "Ashton Hayes Potential for PV Report March 2013" it explains how much renewable energy we could generate from PV, if all the suitable spaces in Ashton Hayes were used. Click here for SPEN special page on the village project and the reports (right hand side).


Britain's Energy Coast team visit the village

Three members from Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) in Cumbria carried out a fact finding mission to Ashton Hayes on 5 March to understand more about community engagement. The team (pictured left with Hugo Deynem) met with Garry Charnock and Roy Alexander before interviewing volunteers at the shop, visiting the recreation field and meeting with residents as they toured the village on a fine day.

We hope to continue our contact with BEC which is trying to encourage communities on the Cumbrian coast to examine the options for renewable energy generation.

BEC Team (L to R: David Jones, David Westwood and Simon Sjenitzer meet Hugo Deynem, in wellies, on a tour of Ashton Hayes. Ian and Rosemary's Gaia House can been seen in the background on the left.)


AHSRA wins first prize out of 200

Congratulations to the AHSRA team for winning first prize (see story below) and full report and photos on the Parish Council Website. Plus an exclusive video interview on YouTube with Mike Powers and Andrew Garman.