First projects to benefit from wind farm's Community Fund announced

27th Feb 2012

We are delighted to report that the first payments have been made from Sancton Hill Wind Farm’s Community Fund, before construction work has even finished.

The Community Fund will run throughout the wind farm’s working life and is designed to support good local causes.
A panel including representatives of Sancton and Newbald parish councils has now assessed the first round of applications, covering the first £70,000 donated.

Among the first to benefit is an innovative project to teach young people vital cookery skills while they learn about different cultures at the same time.

Newbald Church Rooms Young People’s Project has been running six-week courses since 2010, when local youngsters themselves came up with the idea to enable them to take part in positive activities together without needing to travel further afield.

Fundraiser Fiona Croston said: “Each week children come along and are helped to cook a three-course meal focusing on a different country. It’s a really nice way of helping them learn to work together and cook.

“Following on from each of the courses we invite parents and other village residents to come along to a candlelit meal at the church, which the children will organise and cook.

“Through the funding children will also get more involved in wider community events. For example they spent an evening baking 80 cakes which then went on sale at the Christmas Fair. We now plan to expand this with pudding and cake afternoons so that the project benefits even more people within the village.”

Once the turbines are generating renewable electricity, we will donate £35,000 into the fund every year. Groups, organisations and projects within a three mile radius of the wind farm are eligible to apply for support.

The full list of organisations to benefit from the first round of funding is:
• Sancton Allotment Association – £108 to improve the water supply to the allotments
• Sancton Village Amenity Group – £35,000 to complete refurbishment of the village hall
• All Saints Church, Sancton – £1,000 for new furniture and carpet
• Sancton Play Area – 14,500 for new children’s play equipment
• Sancton Methodist Church – £4,500 towards replacement floor and windows
• Newbald Church Rooms Young People’s Project – £2,120 for cookery courses and community events
• Newbald Village Hall – £9,500 towards repair and refurbishment

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