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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).


Supporting solar PV in Bangladesh

St John's Church in Ashton Hayes is raising money for the Lamb Hospital in Bangladesh that is supported by Tearfund. Our village has a long standing connection with Bagladesh, having hosted a special climate change delegation brough to the village by Oxfam around 9 years ago. At that time we agreed to provide support for PV arrays that will power solar lighting to help children and others study after dark. The Community Energy Company is now in a position to provide £250 of funds towards this excellent cause.

Here is our report from 2008:

6th March 2008: We had an extremely interesting visit today from Oxfam who brought along two people, Sahena Begum and Farid Hasan Ahmed, from Bangladesh. They wanted to know what we are doing as a village to help stem climate change but the most interesting part of the visit occurred at the Primary School where they told the 5-7 year olds about life in flood stricken villages where they live. The children were enthralled and asked some very insightful questions (through an interpreter for Sahena - Fariyah Rahman), for almost an hour. They were amazed to hear that Sahena and fellow villagers had no electricity, gas or lighting and had their houses completely destroyed by freak floods every three years or so. Sahana, who prior to this trip had never been on a bus, plane or train, told us that things were getting worse each year and that Oxfam

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Welcome to our new Director, Maria Lindley

We are delighted that Maria Lindley has agreed to become a director of the Ashton Hayes Community Energy Company, taking up the place left by Dr Mary Gillie. Maria is and active member of the community and has accountancy and other skills that will be really useful to the team.


Visitors from Mono Lake, California, arrive in Ashton Hayes

The Going Carbon Neutral team were delighted to welcome Duncan and Ellen King from from Mono Lake in California, USA. The couple are members of the local Mono Lake Climate Action Group that aims to educate people about climate issues and hopes to inspire progress toward a sustainable future that protects the climate of their alpine environment, snow dependent economy and the quality of life for humans and wildlife in the Eastern Sierra. It was great to share ideas.


Garry is one of the Global Thinkers of 2016

Congratulations to Garry Charnock and everyone involved in the Going Carbon Neutral Project. Garry is in Washington DC to receive the honour and to join a global debate on the big challenges facing Donald Trump. Should be interesting and at least Ashton Hayes is having its views aired. For more click here.


Global News Canada makes film about the village

Here is a lovely piece about the village and cafe. Worth a look. Thanks guys.

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