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Windfarm cash puts the gloss on Strathpeffer’s Old Station

30 November 2018

Strathpeffer’s Old Railway Station, will be starting its 2019 season freshly repainted, thanks to a grant from the EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Strathpeffer Community Fund.

The Old Station is home to the Highland Museum of Childhood, a café, gift shops, gardens and a picnic area. The listed building is owned by the Museum, which attracts 6,000 visitors a year. The museum was originally based on the doll and toy collection of former Strathpeffer resident Mrs Angela Kellie, but has expanded to include children’s toys, games, costume, books, photographs and much more.

Alison Boyle, Curator and Manager of the Museum said:
“The Trustees of the Highland Museum of Childhood Trust are grateful for being awarded this grant. It will allow us to continue to preserve an important part of the heritage of Strathpeffer, not only for the local community but for the many tourists and visitors to Ross-shire and the Highlands.

“The work is part of a larger project in which we are looking to develop the station buildings and grounds and improve the visitor experience. We have already completed one section which has made a huge difference to the building’s appearance but also restored it back to the original colour. By the time the new tourist season begins in April 2019 the painting of the front of the building should be complete. This is what all our visitors see when they arrive at the station so we want to ensure we give a good first impression!”

Head of Asset Management at EDF Renewables, Nick Bradford said, “It is great to see the money from the Corriemoillie community fund being put to such good use and especially in time for visitors coming to the area next year. I would encourage other organisations in the area to apply before the next round of applications closes in March 2019.

Other awards made by the Fund Panel were:

Strathpeffer Residents Association - £1,674 awarded to fund design fees relating to drainage and groundworks in preparation for the installation of a children’s playpark.

The next round of applications to the Strathpeffer Community Fund closes on Monday 18th March 2019. For further information about how to apply to the Fund visit /programmes/strathpeffer/ or telephone the Fund Co-ordinator at Foundation Scotland, Bea Jefferson on 07554 695 152.

 

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