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Apply for wind farm cash grants

Wrydecroft windfarm 1 LR

Applications are now being invited for the first round of community grants from the new Wryde Croft Wind Farm.

From 2016 the developer is making contributions of just over £50,000 per annum over the lifetime of the wind farm into the Wryde Croft Wind Farm Community Fund.  The fund is being administered by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

Applications for funding are invited from not-for-profit constituted groups (not individuals) delivering charitable projects with public benefit for residents who live in the Area Of Benefit for the fund – a 6km radius around the farm.

Grants will be offered normally in the range of £250 to £5,000, although in exceptional circumstances higher sums may be considered.

Here are some examples of how the fund might be used

  • To purchase music stands for a band.
  • To refurbish a Children’s Park.
  • To purchase new mats for a Bowls Club.
  • To help build a cricket pavilion with changing facilities and disabled access.
  • To provide activities for young people and Youth clubs.
  • To provide a Christmas dinner for the elderly.
  • To help build a ‘sensory garden’ for pre-school children.
  • To help towards the purchase a minibus for a Community Transport scheme.
  • To purchase ‘smart boards’ for a school.
  • To support community activities and annual events.

The first round of grants will be considered at the panel meeting in mid March 2016, applications and supporting information must be submitted by 1 February 2016.

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation is a local grant-making charity and more information (including eligibility and documents you have to be able to provide such as safeguarding and equal opportunity policies) as well the application form can be found at:-

Wryde Croft wind farm was built during the summer and comprises 13 turbines situated north east of Thorney off New Cut.

Snow covered Thorney Dyke

Thorney Dyke

Karen Pope was inspired by the image on the front page of this month’s Thorney Post to send us this picture of a snow-covered Thorney Dyke.
This was taken in on December 5, 2010.

Thankfully, not so cold this year; although winds of 40mph and gusting higher have taken down some branches, roof tiles and fences this weekend.

Nativity comes to life at Moor Farm


The Christmas Nativity scene will come to life at Moor Farm on December 13 when live sheep, donkeys and cattle will take part.

The event, which is being staged with the help of Thorney, Eye and Newborough churches, will see a full complement of shepherds, angels, wise men; plus Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus.

Everyone is invited to attend; there will be mulled wine for the adults and sausage sandwiches. Father Christmas is also paying an early visit.

Entry is £2 and the event starts at 4pm.

Developers pull the plug on Gores Farm wind turbines

View The Causeway A47

Developers have pulled the plug on controversial plans to build wind turbines at Gores Farm to the west of the village.

Following government rejection of plans for addition turbines at French Farm to the north of Thorney, it seemed highly unlikely that a larger and more visible wind-farm would stand any chance of approval.

The developers, West Coast Energy, first submitted revised plans reducing the number of turbines to lessen the visible impact and, in particular, on the view of Thorney Abbey. It claimed no wind turbines would be able to be seen from The Green. However, West Coast Energy has clearly seen the writing on the wall and plans have been withdrawn. The wind-farm would have had the capacity to power up to 11,000 homes.

There are still plans on the table for five turbines at Willowhall.

News of the withdrawal will please Thorney Parish council which has urged planners to reject proposals for other wind farms near the village.

Following the rejection of the French Drove wind farm extension, the parish council issued this statement:

“Thorney Parish Council is very pleased that the immense efforts made by local opposition groups, parishioners, City Councillors and Stewart Jackson, have resulted in the Secretary of State refusing permission for the installation of 4x100metre high wind turbines at French Farm, French Drove.

“As they are opposed for many of the same reasons and with equal determination by the local community and their representatives, we trust that the wind farm applications at Gores Farm and the adjacent Willow Hall Farm sites will be similarly rejected, when the City Council determines the outcome of these two applications.”


Community Centre committee resigns

Thorney library

The management committee of the Community Centre in Church Street have resigned.

Their resignation, effective from the end of October, means there is no management committee in place and no-one to take bookings.

The committee was down to three people – John Bartlett, Jean Bartlett and Russ Bevington. In a statement, they explained they were quitting for a number of reasons:

  • the uncertainty of the future of the building within the City Council’s review of assets in Thorney
  • the prolonged negotiations of Thorney Pre-School’s move to the Children’s Centre at the Duke of Bedford School and the present financial situation of Pre-School.

“These are all items over which the committee members have no control and were, therefore, uncomfortable about. Before a final decision was made the matter of withdrawing their services was discussed with our local City Councillor and a representative from the City Council.

“Meetings were subsequently held with the two main users of the building – Pre-School and Rainbows/Brownies and Guides and neither party raised any objections to any of the decisions that had been made.

“Both groups were given the name of the person at the City Council to contact regarding their future use of the building. All other users have also been appraised of the situation. It was made clear that any outstanding monies from Pre-School would not be pursued.”

Over the years, the management committee has accumulated a sum of money and this has been deposited in a dedicated account for the benefit of the community, held for the time being by Thorney Parish Council.

This money is now available to be spent on community projects and people are free to apply to the Parish Council.

“This transfer of funds is acceptable to both our City Councillor and Peterborough City Council,” the management committee statement said.

The city council plans to sell the Community Centre and Library buildings in Church Street and Thorney Parish Council is anxious to see the money from the sal retained in the village, not go into the council’s general coffers.

Not car-jacking says witness

The incident in the village yesterday evening was not an attempted car-jacking, a witness has told Thorney Post.

This is what was reported by a driver last night: “We were approaching the school (almost at the mini roundabout) and one of two men stood in the middle of the road waving his arms, so we stopped the car. He began ranting and raving, accusing us of almost knocking a child over on the zebra crossing (there was nobody on or near the crossing when we went by).

“He was beckoning for the driver to get out of the car. Luckily we managed to drive around him as the road was clear on the other side, but it is a worry that they could try this with somebody else.

“Please be vigilant everyone, and keep your car doors locked. I have footage from a dash cam that will be handed to the police.”

However, a woman driving a car immediately behind the incident told a different story. Here’s her version of events:

“Please can I reply to the possible car jacking story anonymously?

“I was directly behind this car at the crossing. There was a young boy waiting to cross on his push bike. Maybe the driver didn’t see him waiting, but he was certainly there and the car drove straight over the zebra crossing. I stopped to allow the boy to cross.

“The man, who I guess was the father, saw what had happened and was obviously worried and angry. He did step in front of the car to vent his anger then stepped back onto the pavement and allowed the car to carry on.

“Hopefully the footage from the dash cam will serve as a warning to the driver to slow down and look out for pedestrians, especially children at zebra crossings.

“As I live near the crossing I see this happening almost daily, drivers not taking care.”

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