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Thursday, 02 July 2015

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Village gets energy-saving help from wind farm community fund

FUND-RAISERS have worked hard to keep Little Clifton Village Hall warm this winter, while keeping their energy bills low.

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Energy saving: Winscales Moor Community Fund and Cumbria Community Foundation present a cheque for £8,199 to Little Clifton Village Hall, from left: Chris Coombes, trustee of Cumbria Community Foundation; Alexandra Bowers, of Your Energy, the wind farm developers; Margaret Pearson, clerk to Great Clifton and community fund advisory panel member; John Dixon, chairman of Little Clifton Village Hall; Raymond McFarland, chairman of Great Clifton Parish Council and community fund advisory panel member and Ian Lawrence, of Your Energy

They raised more than £8,000 from the Winscales Moor Wind Farm Community Fund to ensure that the hall will be kept heated over the festive period.

Fund-raiser Josie Dixon said: “Over the past year we have made great strides to reduce our fuel bills and energy use.

“We have already replaced our old boiler and installed double glazed windows.

“The new roof and loft insulation will be the last major expense.

“It is good news that the grant will pay for the whole lot because it means we can get on and do the work straight away. It should be done before Christmas.”

It is the first project to reap rewards from the Winscales Moor Wind Farm Community Fund.

The fund was set up this year by Your Energy Ltd, developers of the seven-turbine Winscales Moor Wind Farm now under construction, to support community projects in the parishes of Winscales, Great Clifton and Little Clifton over the 25-year lifetime of the wind farm.

Alexandra Bowers, development manager for Your Energy, said: “We are excited about our first community project at Winscales Moor, which has received funding even before the wind farm has finished construction.”

Groups with community projects that could benefit from future funding can contact Deb Muscat from Cumbria Community Foundation on 01900 825760 or deb@cumbriafoundation. org


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