Thorney community groups share wind-farm cash

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Two community groups in Thorney were among five voluntary bodies given cash in the first round of grant awards from Wryde Croft wind-farm.

A total of £18,000 was awarded to Thorney Children’s Community Choir, 47th Peterborough (Thorney Abbey) Scout Group, Guyhirn Church of England Primary School, Parson Drove Parish Council and Parson Drove Pre-School.

The grant to the choir was towards transportation, uniforms and music for the children’s community choir, while the scouts will use their grant towards a new minibus.

Guyhirn Primary School will buy classroom equipment, Parson Drove Parish Council is installing swings on the village green and the Pre-School will expand the themed lending bag resources offered to families to help children’s learning and development in the home.

The community fund from Wryde Croft wind-farm, which has 13 turbines, will be worth around £50,000 per year. Operators RES provides the money to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation which considers applications and awards grants twice a year.

The deadline for the autumn round was August 1, but applications are now being taken for grants to be made in spring 2017. You can get full information at www.cambscf.org.uk, go to the tab ‘Funds A-Z’ and click on the Wryde Croft link at the end of the list. To qualify, groups need to be based within 6 km of the wind-farm, measured from the nearest turbine. This includes all of Thorney.

The community fund was agreed when planning permission was granted for the wind-farm. Wind turbines being built at French Drove by green energy company REG will also pay into a community fund, but there are just two turbines on this site, so the fund will be much smaller.

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