The aim of Project Purple is to support the community in achieving carbon neutral status in the 2030’s

The purpose of the group is to act as a facilitator and catalyst, supporting residents and local businesses to reduce their impact on the environment and make a positive impact locally.

Our three areas of focus:

  1. Recycling, reusing and repairing what we already have, reducing our consumption.
  2. Energy efficiency – identifying ways to save money by reducing our individual carbon footprint energy demand in our homes and transport.
  3. Renewable energy – investigate sustainable and practical renewable energy technologies and promote their adoption.

84%

response rate to the Hovingham Survey

11

items repaired at our first Repair Café

2

electric car charging points in Hovingham

What we do

1. The 5 R's - Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rot

Hovingham's Recycling Centre

We want to encourage residents to recycle everything and make sure it does not go into landfill. 

We are trying to provide residents with information about what can and cannot be recycled. 

At the same time identifying ways to reduce the amount of packaging, particularly plastic, used in everyday shopping. 

In the Hovingham & Scackleton Newsletter, we provided some tips and recommendations about recycling.

We are engaging with Ryedale District Council to establish a timeline to refurbish the recycling centre. 

We have initiated new signage to encourage users to optimise and keep the recycling centre tidy with the strapline of “Sort, Squash and Squeeze”. 

Would like to know what happens to everything that goes into your black bin? Find out more here

All North Yorkshire's waste is disposed of at Amey’s Waste Treatment plant at Allerton.

Each household produces 1 tonne of waste per year. They process 370,000 tonnes per year.

Their ethos is to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover. Processing the waste means more than 90% does not end up in landfill.

The waste is put on to belts. The organic waste is sorted and put into the anaerobic digester to produce bio gas exported to the national grid. 

A mechanical treatment plant receives general waste mainly originating from household bins and household waste recycling centres and removes any remaining metal and plastics for recycling.

Energy from waste (EFW) which is incinerated at more than 850 degrees produces steam for electricity. The ash is used for the construction industry.

If you would like to visit the site or find out more, contact: AWRP.visitor@amey.co.uk

To find out more about Recycling Plastics in Ryedale, here's a link to a recent presentation from Ryedale District Council

What we do

1.  Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rot

Repair Café

A little about the Repair Café! Hovingham’s Repair Café is a recognised member of the 1700 strong, Repair Café International organisation. Residents are invited to bring along items that are in need of repair.

The objective is to see our possessions in a new light and discourage us from throwing away well-loved items into landfill which could be mended and returned to a useful life.

What’s more, to learn a little, meet new people and perhaps have a little fun repairing something seeing how easy it often is, whilst enjoying a cup of coffee and cake!

Our team of volunteers will do their best to mend or advise, free of charge. Items can include electrical, household, carpentry items, clothing mending and alterations.

A Repair Café is run on the second Saturday of every quarter, sharing repairing skills to fix and extend the life of items that would otherwise go to landfill.  

On Saturday 7th March 2020, nine local volunteer fixers stepped forward to share their knowledge and skills, enabling Hovingham to open their Repair Café doors attracting 25 people. 

"I feel thrilled to bits. It's like a new piece of furniture" said one happy visitor to Hovingham's first Repair Café. A volunteer carpenter, sewing expert, and experienced repairers fixed eleven items in two hours. Hilary Sleights from Hovingham said “it’s fantastic to have my 47 year old clock working again. This clock has huge sentimental value to me”. During the event, a Morsbag was created. Morsbags are made using unwanted fabric and given away free to reduce plastic bag use. 

Due to Covid 19 we are having to postpone the repair café for the time being but it will be back as soon we feel it can be run safely.

If you have skills that you could share in sewing, shoe repairs, jewellery repairs, tool sharpening, computers, electrical or carpentry etc, then please contact us and join us at the repair café. Contact:  repair-cafe@hovingham.org.uk or  Kim Colenso 01653 628324

Hovingham Village Hall and events are listed on the Repair Café Hovingham Facebook page @repaircafehovingham or https://www.facebook.com/repaircafehovingham

There's more useful links here to websites with step by step videos and guides for basic repairs.

"I feel thrilled to bits. It's like a new piece of furniture"

Hovingham resident

Sewing expert Ann up cycled a jumper, made a Morsbag, repaired a broken zip and shared tips and hints 

Experienced carpenter Peter Wernyj was kept busy fuelled by lemon drizzle cake

“It’s fantastic to have my 47 year old clock working again, 
This clock has huge sentimental value to me.” 

H.S, Hovingham resident

What we do

1.  Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rot

Share Shed

Borrowing is better than buying.

If we have got it, you can borrow it.

What is a Share Shed? The share shed is our community initiative to share useful items with friend and neighbours in the Parish of Hovingham & Scackleton. It will help reduce consumption of “stuff”, help in our community efforts to reduce the impact on the environment and it is free at point of use!

We have built a virtual share shed library on the Project Purple website. Initially it will include DIY & Tools, Home Maintenance and Cleaning and Gardening Equipment.

How will it work?

The Lender The Lender will decide which items they would be prepared to share and give a description of the item eg 3 stage extendable ladder 6 mtrs. The Lender will send the details of the items they want to share by email to shareshed@hovingham.org.uk with their name and contact details, ie tel number and email address. 

The item will appear on the web site for the borrower to contact the lender through the share shed leader as per the instructions on the web page. The leader will forward the borrower’s details to the lender. The lender will contact the borrower anwill agree with the borrower a time, place and location to collect and return the item, as well as the duration the borrower will use the item. 

The process of borrowing is solely an agreement between the lender and borrowereg, suitability, duration of the loaned item, any reimbursement to the lender for any damage that may occur while in the possession of the borrowerThe lender’s decision on all aspects of the loan is final. 

*At no time will any member of Hovingham Action Group Project Purple be involved in this process.

How will it work?

The Borrower The Borrower will identify a specific item they would like to borrow on the Project Purple website. The borrower will contact the lender by the stipulated method. The process of borrowing is solely an agreement between the borrower and lendereg, duration of the loaned item, any reimbursement to the lender for any damage that may occur while in the possession of the borrowerThe lender’s decision on all aspects of the loan is final.

*At no time will any member of Hovingham Action Group Project Purple be involved in this process

If you have got value from this initiative, a small donation towards the activities of Project Purple is most welcome.

Look inside our Shared Shed for DIY and Tools

Here's a preview of the items available from our Shared Shed including DIY and Tools; Home Maintenance and Cleaning Equipment; and Gardening Kit. Watch this space. We're launching soon...

Bottle jack

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Car battery charger

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Concrete chisel 18"

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Crow bar 18"

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Gavelock Bar to make fence post holes

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Hammer, 10Ib sledge

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Hedge cutter, petrol

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Ladder 3 metre, extendable

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Pick axe

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Saw, electric

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Socket Set

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Steamer, indoor, electric
 

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Strimmer, petrol, heavy duty

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

2 HD Submersible Pumps

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Look inside our Shared Shed for Gardening Kit

Here's a preview of the items available from our Shared Shed including DIY and Tools; Home Maintenance and Cleaning Equipment; and Gardening Kit. Watch this space. We're launching soon...

Chainsaw, electric

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Garden vacuum and blower

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Hedge cutter, cordless, chargeable
 

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Hedge trimmer, Echo HCA 500
 

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Lawnmower, Suffolk punch, petrol

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Leaf collector, manual (on lawns)

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Shredder, electric, garden

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Wheelbarrow

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

Look inside our Shared Shed for Home Maintenance & cleaning

Here's a preview of the items available from our Shared Shed including DIY and Tools; Home Maintenance and Cleaning Equipment; and Gardening Kit. Watch this space. We're launching soon...

Pressure washer Karcher K 2.360

Want to borrow this item? Click the link to send an email to request the item. Please provide 
1. the item you'd like to borrow 
2. when you'd like to borrow it 
3. Your name, address and contact details including phone number and the best time to contact you 

What we do

2. Reducing our carbon footprint

Electric vehicles and charging

One of the issues that came out of the 2018 village survey, was the need for residents to have access to reliable electric vehicle charging points. 

Many properties do not have access to off road parking to charge an electric vehicle. In recognition of this, with funding from the Office Of Low Emission Vehicles, Ryedale District Council, Project Purple and the support of Hovingham & Scackleton Parish Council and the Village Hall, a double 32amp Electric Vehicle charger was installed on the 10th March 2020 in the Village Hall car park. This will charge a typical electric car, at the rate of 25mile per hours charge.

The Charger is supplier by BP Chargemaster and is part of their Polar Network. Access is via RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) card. BP Chargemaster rates per kWh apply.

Click here for charging tips and considerations when choosing an EV or hybrid vehicle

At home - energy savings (Insulation; Heating; Electricity; Water)

David and Ann share the latest available grants, energy efficiency and how to reduce the amount of energy you use including the Government's “Green Homes Grant” .

How to save the planet, save some money and still live in a warm and comfortable home

Available grants, energy efficiency and how to reduce the amount of energy you use

Project Purple wants to help Hovingham become carbon neutral.  We want to do this as soon as we can. According to NASA, 97% of the world’s climate scientists agree we are experiencing climate global warming. 

We have all lived through a period of tremendous change and do not want to shirk our responsibility to humanity to leave a planet that is still habitable.  We still want everyone to live in a warm and comfortable home but we are sure there are things we can all do to reduce how much energy we use.  So starting with the good news – some grant funding is available.

Grants available (updated following the 27 March 2021 Gov.uk announcement)

The ‘Green Homes Grant’ will no longer run until 31 March 2022 and ended 31 March 2021.

The Government’s 27 March 2021 announcement can be found here

Domestic Renewables Heat Incentive (RHI) If you want to make improvements to your heating system then you may be eligible for the Residential Heat Incentive (RHI).  This grant and payment is managed by Ofgem.  See https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/domestic-rh

The grant is paid quarterly over a 7 year payment period.  The grant, if you are eligible and accepted into the RHI scheme, will pay a large proportion of the cost of the installation over that 7 year payment period.  As you would expect there are conditions and criteria that need to be fulfilled, and you will need to use an approved/registered member of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) otherwise you will not qualify for a grant.  This can be applied for in conjunction with the ‘Green Homes Grant’ mentioned above, and further details are given below under the Residential Heat Incentive section.

Heat pumps The main types of systems applicable in Hovingham would be heat pumps.  There are two main types: one is ground sourced and the other type is air sourced.  Both pumps run on the same principle but use a different source for their initial heating source (one uses the air the other uses pipework that runs under your garden or grounds). https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/renewable-energy/heat

The benefits of an air source heat pump

  • lower fuel bills are likely, especially if you are replacing conventional electric heating will usually qualify for an RHI grant
  • lower carbon emissions
  • no fuel deliveries needed
  • can heat your home as well as your water
  • can be used in conjunction with other technologies such as solar thermal water heating
  • minimal maintenance required
  • both are best used with underfloor heating but a radiator system will work well provided high output modern radiators are fitted and correctly sized.  The heating fluid will only be heated to around 40-45°C by a heat pump system as opposed to a fossil fuel system which heats the fluid up to 55/60°C

The benefits of ground source heat pumps are similar although the installation costs are usually greater (due to the ground works required) but ground source heat pumps are more energy efficient.  

An ECO grant (part of the Warm Home discount strategy) This may be available but you must already qualify for certain benefits so looking at the website is essential to determine your eligibility. If you’re a homeowner or a private renter (with permission from the landlord) who receives qualifying benefits, you could be entitled to an insulation grant from the Government.  https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/eco/support-improving-your-home

Any existing loft insulation must be 100mm (4’’) or less to qualify for ECO funding.

Energy collective bargaining scheme Ryedale District Council use an online auction (an annual process through a web platform ichoosr).  It is possible to register by phone for the scheme with ichoosr direct on 0800 048 8285 The date for entering the scheme has closed for 2020 but there are usually three auctions a year and registration for the auctions is required but simple to do.  The scheme is designed to reduce your energy cost but not necessarily the carbon footprint as it is based on price alone although the scheme says they are using only green suppliers this year (2020). This may well change so you will need to check to see who the winning supplier is before accepting any offer.  https://www.ryedale.gov.uk/living-here/housing/white-rose-home-improvement-agency/choices4energy-collective-energy-switching.html

Green energy supply One way to support the village to reduce its total carbon footprint quickly would be to encourage many residents to move to a 100% green supply tariff which varies between the different suppliers.  There is only one company recommended by ‘Which’ magazine (the firm being Octopus).  There are however a whole host of green suppliers including Yorkshire Energy.  Rates all vary slightly and at any one time the best rate may be very attractive however costs increase and unless the rate is fixed the customer has no guarantee against price rises.  The current average price paid across all UK tariffs for electricity is 14.5p/kWh (as at 1st October 2020)

The link below shows that a lot of companies supply green energy - but many companies are not fully ‘green’.  The below article is from 2019.  There will have been changes since publication.

https://www.which.co.uk/news/2019/09/how-green-is-your-energy-tariff

The ‘elephant in the room’ is that we need to wean ourselves off fossil fuels and as long as there continues to be a large differential between the cost of electricity and gas/heating oil per Kwh, the slower that transition will be.  The link below explains 

https://www.ukpower.co.uk/home_energy/tariffs-per-unit-kwh

It can be reasonably argued that the easiest way Hovingham village can push towards carbon neutrality is for all homeowners to obtain their electricity from a 100% green energy supplier.

More tips to save energy and therefore reduce your carbon footprint and save money

Have a look at Carbon footprint - https://www.carbonfootprint.com/energyconsumption.html

If you haven’t got low energy bulbs fitted you should change to them immediately to save money. They use less than 20% of the power of what we used to call standard lightbulbs and their carbon footprint is less than 17.5% of the standard light bulb.  Just have a look at the table on the Carbon footprint site.

Just by making minor changes such as hanging out your washing instead of using the tumble dryer will save you pounds.  You could choose to put your appliances on a lower temperature setting with usually no reduction in the quality of the cleaning of your clothes/dishes etc

If you have to replace an old appliance always choose the most energy efficient replacement you can: ideally one with an A+ rating or better (ratings go up to A+++).

See Links section for useful energy efficiency improvement websites

“Reducing domestic energy demand is the UK’s biggest decarbonisation challenge. 

Opportunities must be found if we are to use less and not shirk our responsibility to future generations. 

The easing of Covid-19 restrictions will bring unknown changes to the way we live and opportunities to produce energy in more sustainable ways together with opportunities for developing renewable energy sources.” 

David Davis – Home Energy Saving Team Lead

What we do

3. Renewable energy

Including home solar and community solar

Community solar energy

Over the next 10 years, Hovingham, like many other communities, will require approximately three times their present electricity demand (circa 1MW) more than today. The capacity of our present grid could be expanded to approximately 190kW, therefore the capacity will have to be built in order to support the demand. The present supply framework does not allow the grid provider, Northern Power, to anticipate future demand. Hence, Hovingham’s supply will be built up on an as needed basis, ie no strategic planning or investment. 

Communities like Hovingham, would like to develop our own renewable source. We carried out a feasibility study in 2019/20. However, the present grid supply framework does not easily allow connection for locally produced supply. 

Project Purple is a member of Northern Powergrid’s “Community Energy Stakeholder Panel”. One of the aims of the panel is to understand and influence the Government infrastructure planning that would support community initiatives like our own.

We’ve carried out a detailed feasibility study to install a community solar farm up to 2MW which was supported by the Rural Community Energy Fund. 

An array of this capacity would make it financially attractive to local individual investors and provide a revenue stream to support the communities needs. It would generate approximately twice Hovingham’s requirements based on estimated 2030’s demand. Unfortunately, we found after extensive evaluation the maximum grid connection in and around Hovingham is 190kW. We have therefore decided not to take it further at this time. 

We will continue working closely with Northern Power Grid to evaluate options in the future.



What's your story?

If you have experiences you'd like to share with the community about how you have reduced your carbon foot print please contact projectpurple@hovingham.org.uk