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Bishop blesses Norfolk's first high-tech hot air church

The Bishop of Norwich has blessed the first church in Norfolk to be heated by high-tech air source heat pumps.

All Saints Church, Hethel, South Norfolk, is the first church in Norfolk and one of the first in the UK to install a full heating system using ultra-efficient air-source heat pumps, reports Network Norwich & Norfolk.  

These can be run off wind-farm electricity from Ecotricity (using Swaffham wind turbines), a combination that results in zero emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.  

In partnership with Secker & Sons (Norwich) Ltd, churchwarden Peter Nicholls researched the possibilities, designed the system, and obtained the necessary permissions and a significant grant from the British Airways Carbon Fund.  

Seckers installed the system in time for the ‘Beast from the East’ earlier this year, and the improvement in comfort is said to be dramatic.  

In one of his final services, Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, spoke and asked God’s blessing on the new system and the future activities that it will enable. The service included contributions from a Hethel family whose members are involved in biodiversity conservation projects in Colombia and Madagascar.

Organiser Peter Nicholls said: “Christians take climate change seriously, not least because it will inflict huge damage on many poor people in parts of the world that are far less comfortable than the UK. As a local church, we are committed to following the Church of England’s ‘Shrinking the Footprint’ lead, doing all we can to minimise our carbon emissions.  

“This system allows us to be comfortable with a clean conscience.”


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