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Wind farm community funding from EDF Renewables helps provide gymnastics classes in Marybank and boosts Contin community history project

By Gregor White

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Funding has helped provide new gymnastics classes in Marybank.
Funding has helped provide new gymnastics classes in Marybank.

Children in Ross-shire will be jumping for joy after new funding allowed a local gymnastics club to extend its reach.

Fyrish Gymnastic Club has received a grant from the EDF Corriemoillie Community Fund that seeks to benefit communities within the Corriemoillie Wind Farm area.

Social distancing has meant classes usually delivered in Alness have had to restrict numbers, but this has led to the opportunity of classes now being delivered in other places.

Funding from EDF Renewables has made it possible for weekly outreach classes for all ages of children from five upwards to be delivered in Marybank and the Straths.

Heidi Bavnhoj of Fyrish Gymnastics Club said: “The project is very successful. We are almost fully booked in all classes and will definitely try to continue these outreach classes in the future.”

Elsewhere, Contin Community Council received funds to expand a project promoting local history.

For the past year volunteers have been gathering stories about the village from older residents which have been compiled into short videos now available on the community council website.

The group has also been promoting the history and heritage of Contin Island, with footpath improvements and a new leaflet.

Having received additional funds through EDF Renewables’ Contin Community Fund the group now plans to carry out further research.

Volunteers will help to survey the area to find out more about its early history and significance, with a view to sharing more information about the area to locals and visitors.

Groups working to benefit people in the Contin Community Council area can apply for grants of up to £3000 from the Contin Fund.

The next application deadline is February 8, with full details available on the fund website here

The next deadline for the separate Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon Fund is January 29.

Groups can apply for up to £5000 from this fund with more information here

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