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Perthshire community cinema receives wind farm cash boost

11 September 2014

Sound quality in Glenfarg Community Cinema will no longer be an issue thanks to a grant of nearly £2,000 from RWE Innogy UK’s Lochelbank Wind Farm Community Investment Fund. The funding will enable the purchase of new sound system equipment that can be enjoyed by both cinema-goers and other hall users.

Launched in 2012, the community cinema, which makes use of the village hall once a month, has become an integral part of rural village life, with screenings of both independent and box office films attracting up to 80 people per movie.

Janet Watson, Chair of Glenfarg Community Cinema, said: “We are delighted that this award from RWE Innogy UK’s Lochelbank Wind Farm Community Fund will enable us to purchase a sound system for the village hall that is not only vital for the success of the community cinema but can also be used for other activities. Although we will have to continue to rent film projection equipment, this is an enormous boost to the project.

“Since the community cinema started two years ago, in addition to enabling residents to enjoy going out to the movies, it has become a useful educational tool for the Glenfarg History Project, the local primary school and for young film makers within the community.”

Kathryn Harries, RWE Innogy UK’s Community Investment Officer, said: “This is an example of how relatively small amounts of money can make a huge difference to the communities local to our wind farms.

“RWE Innogy UK’s Lochelbank Wind Farm investment fund continues to support community-led initiatives, like the Glenfarg Community Cinema, which provide the opportunity for residents to participate in unique, fun and educational projects on a regular basis.”

RWE Innogy UK’s Lochelbank Wind Farm began operating in June 2010, and over its 25 year lifespan, will contribute around £500,000 to be used by the community for local projects, organisations and groups.

Other groups to benefit from Lochelbank Wind Farm monies at this time are:

• Glenfarg & Duncrievie in Bloom: £2,000 to contribute to the cost of buying and erecting a shed as well as an access road
• Glenfarg Village Hall: £1,038 to install car park signage and fencing

For further information on Lochelbank Wind Farm visit: www.rwe.com/web/cms/en/281718/rwe-innogy/sites/wind-onshore/united-kingdom/in-operation/the-proposal/

 

Foundation Scotland (formerly Scottish Community Foundation) was appointed by RWE Innogy UK to manage the Lochelbank Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund in 2011. Foundation Scotland works with the community to assist local people make the decisions on how funds should be allocated. Using its grant making expertise, the Foundation works alongside communities to award grants creating lasting impact.

Emma Margrett, Foundation Scotland, added: “This latest award is a perfect example of how the fund is being used to support the needs of the local community, creating lasting impact.”


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