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EDF Corriemoille Wind Farm provides welcome spin-off to groups in Strathpeffer; Strathallan Care Home, Highland Museum of Childhood, Strathpeffer Pavilion and Peffery Way Association amongst beneficiaries

By Louise Glen

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A RANGE of community groups in Strathpeffer have benefited from the recent round of funding from the EDF Renewables Corriemoillie wind farm.

From the very young to the elderly will see the benefit of projects including an outdoor play area, Peffery Way footpath project and musical performances at the Strathallan Care Home – and the community will be able to read all about it in the relaunched Strath Times community newspaper.

Ron McAulay of Strathpeffer Community Council said: “We are delighted to see the Strath Times coming back into production. It was a key source of news and information in the community for many years before circumstances meant that it could no longer be published.

"We now have a new team managing the paper and with this support from the EDF Corriemoille Wind Farm fund, we can get it going again. I’m sure the people of Strathpeffer and the surrounding area will welcome its return.”

Marion McDonald of Foundation Scotland said: “Although there is so much uncertainty at present and a lot of projects are on hold, it is good to be able to support such a wide range of local groups with valuable projects that can go ahead as and when the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.”

The full list of projects supported were: £3000 to the Peffery Way Association towards the next section of footpath construction.

The Highland Museum of Childhood in Strathpeffer will receive £500 to fund a printer and training costs.

Music in Hospitals and Care will receive £792 to to fund musical performances at Strathallan Care Home, after the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Strathpeffer Pavilion will receive £2646 to fund insurance.

Strathpeffer Community Association will receive £3000 to develop an outdoor play area, and £1506 to Strathpeffer Community Council to fund software and printing costs for the Strath Times community newspaper.

The Corriemoillie Strathpeffer Community Fund is one of several benefitting communities close to the Corriemoillie Wind Farm and provided by operator EDF Renewables. Charities and not-for-profit community groups working to benefit people in the Strathpeffer Community Council area can apply for grants from the Fund.

The next application deadline is September 14, 2020.

The Panel of local volunteers who make grant awards can also consider applications on a case-by-case basis in between rounds if a decision is genuinely required at short notice.

Full details are available on the fund website

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