Church Heating, 1968

Stuart Billington

Regarding the Church heating, the Rector said there was a problem with downdraught and some people had expressed their disappointment.
Mr Pratt and Mr Heath were coming to see what could be done about it.

The oil consumption had been checked and was very satisfactory; for heating the church on the previous Sunday and for three services during the week only 40 gallons had been used at 1/2d per gallon.

(Extract from PCC Meeting, 19th of November 1968)

That is very cheap heating!  40 gallons at 1/2d = 20 old pence, for four services.
At 240 old pence to the pound, that is one twelfth of £1 in 1968, and  today that would be say  £1.40.
It would have been necessary to have the heating come on about an hour before the service, so 8 hours of heating would have been needed for 4 services.
We use gas heating now, and prior to the recent heating upgrade, the average cost of heating the church was about £6 per hour in 2014.

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