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SHCE has generated £150,000 for local community projects to date

SHCE has generated £150,000 for local community projects to date


February 23, 2022

Since our community solar farm was commissioned in 2016, we have generated £150,000 for local community projects, which have been supported through the SACREC charity.

STEPS – Subsidised Taxis for Eligible Parishioners Service

The STEPS subsidised taxi service has been run for 2 years. In that time £3,000 of solar funds have been deployed on subsidised journeys, providing taxis for shopping, hospital visits and emergencies. The service has been accessed by elderly Parishioners and has provided a valuable link to the wider community at a particularly isolated time.

Sheriffhales Community Orchard

£4,000 of solar funds have been allocated to fund tree planting and equipment for a new community orchard on parish council land.

Village Hall Extension

At total of £40,000 of solar funds has been apaid to support the extension of Sheriffhales village hall, to assist in the social and school gatherings that take place there.

Parish Magazine

Solar funds of £500/year (starting in 2019) have been allocated to support the printing costs of the parish magazine. Steps are being taken to move some of this cost towards an electronic version of the magazine.

COVID Crisis

Over £14,000 of solar funds were allocated to supporting the community’s response to the COVID crisis, including funding the school to support social distancing and additional cleaning costs and funding to set up the telephone support network to offer advice and help to those in the Parish needing it.

Sheriffhales And SaCREC Shop (SASS)

Over £7,000 of solar funds were used to support the distribution of food and essential supplies to those in need during the 2020 lock down. A Cabin was hired, local farmers and food suppliers were mobilised and food parcels were made up and taken to the those in need. Plans are now being   developed for a permanent Community Shop by the Young people involved.

LED Lights for all dwellings in Sheriffhales

£5,000 of solar funds have been deployed to provide LED bulbs to every household in the Parish, providing long-term energy bill and carbon reductions.

Lighting to the exterior of the Village Hall

£2,400 of solar funds paid for the addition of automatic lights to the steps accessing the Village Hall. As Sheriffhales has little street lighting due to its rural setting, access to the Village Hall steps during the hours of darkness was potentially dangerous. Installation of the motion sensor driven LED lighting to the steps has improved the safety of those accessing the Hall from this entrance.

Home learning

£3,000 of solar funds helped upgrade the primary school’s software licenses and train staff to aid the transition to online learning during the COVID crisis.

Church Electrics, Lighting and Heating

Over £4,000 of solar funds have been deployed to upgrade the Church’s electrics to current standards and improve the heating and lighting.

New lighting for the school drive

£2,500 was provided to cover the costs of installing LED street lighting to illuminate the school drive.

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Peter Bonsall


An engineer by trade, Peter began his career working for a Canadian mill in the 1990s, contracting wood floors in the UK into Wickes and Screwfix. Peter’s passion for high quality design and workmanship led him to set up his own workshop, Blueridge, which has become one of the UK’s most respected producers of bespoke hardwood flooring and joinery. Peter served as Parish Council Chair during the planning and construction phase of the Solar Project. After his tenure he moved to serve on the Board of SHCE and Sheriffhales Solar CIC and helped to create the Charity SaCREC for distributing the funds generated by the community solar array to community projects in the Parish.

Neil Pulker

Neil has lived in Sheriffhales for some twenty-five years, having had a successful career with a premium car manufacturer, in various roles. As well as being involved in business consultancy, he has numerous charity interests, which has included mentoring sixth form students, to help them identify career opportunities, and so achieve their aspirations and ambitions. He is involved with various charities as a Trustee, ensuring they comply with the Charity Commission’s governance requirements, and ensure a secure financial future.  Neil believes strongly in assisting those less fortunate, often with mental health issues, achieve a more rewarding life and become the best that they can be. When asked how he saw solar energy he said “Simply put, I see it as putting the sun to work!”

Peter Frith

Peter lives and works in Shropshire. He is a Chartered Architect with 40 years’ experience, and formed Frith Architects in 1988. The practice now trades under the title Studio Severn Architects Limited and Peter remains a Director. He was Chair and governor of Moorfield Primary School from 1998 to 2009 and a Vice Chair and governor of Burton Borough Secondary School, from 2009 to 2015.

Richard Maddocks

Managing Director of his family farm for the past 20 years, Richard is heavily involved in the local community. He has been on the Parish council for 8 years and last year he was the President of Newport Agricultural Society. Richard is passionate about the local community and how it will benefit from Sheriffhales Community Energy.

Christopher Andrew

Chris works within the IT & Telecoms industry having worked on various large-scale projects with some of the biggest companies in the UK. He has an interest in emerging technology and renewable energy. Having recently moved to Sheriffhales from a nearby town, he has joined the SHCE board as he believes initiatives such as SHCE are key to helping both the local community thrive and help the country achieve sustainable long-term energy.

Pat Kind

Patrick worked for 52 years in the construction industry on local authority housing, roads and sewers, motorways, schools, and housing. Retired at 69 and involved in the local village with the solar committee, he looks forward to being an active member and director of Sheriffhales Community Energy. His interests include football, golf and spending time with his two sons and four grandchildren.