Piping a new tune thanks to wind farm funding

2 November 2015

Local band, Dumfries Pipers are better off to the tune of £4,800 thanks to Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company.

The Dumfries Pipe Band helps young people to develop personal and musical skills as well as promoting the heritage & culture of drumming and piping. The Band has made great progress in its first year and this award from ANCBC will enable them to pay for specialist instruction for their members, helping young people to learn and develop their skills and performance

Over £151,000 has been awarded to local groups in the latest funding round from Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company (ANCBC), which receives funding from ScottishPower Renewables’ Harestanes Windfarm.

Other groups to benefit include Nith Inshore Rescue who were awarded funds towards an extension to the Lifeboat Station, Annandale Transport Initiative who are now able to purchase a new mini bus and 3rd Dumfriesshire Scout Group to install a new heating system and kitchen area in their hall.

The Hub Dumfries and Galloway, Speddoch Community Association, Royal Four Towns Hall Association, Thornhill and District Community Transport, Thornhill Bowling Club, Lockerbie RBLS Pipe Band and Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust were also awarded grants.

Jennifer Cranmer, Dumfries Pipe Band said “It’s wonderful to be supported by ANCBC and our members and the public who have enjoyed our performances and watched the band progress over the last year will continue to do so in the future thanks to this support. Recognition from local initiatives in particular is important to us and our band members, most young people, feel valued because of this. Thank you so much from all of us!”

Martin Brown, ANCBC Chair said “It is always with great satisfaction that our board can make appropriate conclusions to provide the necessary financial resources to our local communities that directly help groups and projects that can clearly demonstrate justifiable community benefit to the Communities of Annandale, Dumfries & Nithsdale”

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Kenny Peberdy, UK Onshore Director for ScottishPower Renewables said “It is great to see projects that are making a positive impact in the local community being supported. £8 million of funding will be available for communities over the 25 years that the windfarm is anticipated to operate for, and we hope that many more local projects come forward to seek support. As well as making an important contribution to Scotland’s green energy targets, Harestanes Windfarm is also playing a positive role in the local community.”