About the group

Most of the people that the oilbuying group is likely to benefit live within approximately 3km radius of Lockerley Green; that's around 800 households. Perhaps half use oil for heating. The greater the number of litres which can be delivered in a single delivery round the better is the bargaining power there is and the lower cost will be for those able to take a delivery. We aim to do a little better than BoilerJuice and that's largely because we do not take any commission.

The process

Communications will be by email unless it is absolutely necessary to use some other means. Email will be used to ask if there are any participants who might wish to take some oil at this time. Those taking part will need to check their emails frequently in order to signal their intention to take part in any delivery and to note the delivery date. You may need to make sure that your email system is not treating email from oilbuying as spam or junk. It's likely to be a setting which will require you to select oilbuying @ Lockerley  as a reliable sender of email.  If you do not receive email from oilbuying and you would expect to do so then checking your email system is a first port of call.  If that fails fhen email me and together we'll sort out the problem.  Use the contact oilbuying menu for your initial contact with the scheme. This is the outline of the process:

  • There is usually a schedule for about three months ahead to set out when a call for oil will be issued. 

  • It will be emailed to all participants asking if there are others who would like to take oil. There is usually a week to gather responses and a midweek reminder is often sent to everyone.

  • You are welcome to respond even if you do not want oil - the zeroes help to catch errors. If you want oil you must state a volume greater than 500 litres (the legal minimum deliverable quantity).

  • Those requesting oil will be sent an email noting that their request is noted. It is not an individual email. You will need to watch your email inbox carefully as there are sometimes changes to note.

  • An email will be sent to all participants stating that the call for oil is closed.. This occasionally catches someone who has not seen or noticed any of the previous emails.
  • When an acceptable price has been negotiated an email will be sent to those requesting oil. The email will set out the supplier, price (usually excl VAT), the delivery window and the payment terms. The delivery window is usually within five working days but it may be longer in very cold weather.

  • A PDF document is sent to the chosen supplier which will list the name, address, telephone number, tank location and quantity. Email addresses are, as far as can be possible, private in the hope to avoid email marketing.
  • When you have received your delivery please pay promptly.  The delivery note is usually also the invoice. 
  • The organisers of this scheme can not accept any liability. There’s no cost involved in taking part – this is an entirely voluntary and community based activity. You don’t have to take part in one of the oil deliveries if you don’t need it or don’t want to.

The group does have an electrically driven pump system and some 25 litre canisters (bidons) which have been used to keep tanks just ticking over for really desperate participants until a delivery arrives.  It's a loan facility intended to meet an urgency issue; one which may, once in a while, be needed. 

There’s a reliance on email.  It is important to respond quickly in order for this to work so you must check your spam and junk filters and their settings.

Taking part

When using the contact form to take part in the scheme please provide the answers to the following questions:

  • Your surname and first name - the ones I will use when I talk with you.
  • Your full address including the PostCode.
  • Your email address - the one you prefer to be used for private communications - it should not be your business email.  It may differ from that you used to make this contact. 
  • Your land line telephone number and, optionally, your mobile number.  You do need to recall that there is no mobile coverage in much of rural UK.
  • Your oil tank location(s) and any information that is required to access it (them), unlock it (them), park the goats, gaggle the geese or constrain hounds &c and whether you need to be contacted in advance.
  • Do you require AGA additive - it adds about 2.5p/l to the cost of fuel. 
  • Optionally what is your tank size - this may prevent over ordering or may identify that you should check the level more urgently.

To take part in the group make contact by clicking here. Note that some browsers - particularly those used on tablets and phones, modify the menu system and they then display items in a different manner.  As a consequence the contact form might not appear until you specifically select it from the displayed menu.