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Terms of Reference

RENEW is group of concerned members of the congregations and clergy of Ely Cathedral. There is an Executive group, who head up the various sub-groups, and who report three times a year at a congregational meeting, and quarterly to the Ely Cathedral Liaison Group, which consists of Cathedral staff and the RENEW executive.

We are always pleased to hear from anyone who would like to know more about what we're currently focusing on, and in particular from anyone who would like to get involved!

Current Executive group members are:

Worship and Teaching | The Minister for Social Justice, Rev'd Dr Jenny Gage
Buildings | Robert Skelton
Land |
Community and global engagement | Terry Johnson
Lifestyle | Sue Holgate (also Secretary to RENEW)
Cathedral staff are represented by David Bruce

Our initial purpose was to collect information and to initiate changes which would enable us to apply for an Eco Church award through A Rocha. In February 2020, we had made sufficient progress to apply for a silver award.

We are now working towards the gold award, and towards Ely Cathedral 2030, so that, in line with General Synod's decision, we will be carbon neutral by this date.

Jenny Gage on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire 19 April 2020

Particular projects include:

  • continuing to ensure that care for the environment and sustainable living are at the heart of all our worship and teaching
  • switching to low carbon electricity supplies
  • monitoring our energy consumption
  • considering replacing the existing gas boilers with heat pumps and seeking ways of making the 19th century Gurney stoves more environmentally friendly or, if not possible, then replacing them
  • replacing existing lighting system with a more efficient LED based system
  • planting and maintaining a wild flower meadow and a community orchard, and keeping bees in them
  • planting and maintaining a mediaeval monastic garden as an educational and spiritual resource
  • providing information on how to live more sustainably