Northlands Creative Community Design Projects
The recent Highland Fling Festival was well attended despite the inclement weather. Supporting costs were awarded to contriute towards the many national and international experts who came to Lybster to share their glassblowing knowledge and expertise.
Community First Aid Training
We were delighted to arrange some basic first aid training for members of the community in Thrumster and Lybster. This was well received and everyone who attended was shown how to operate a defibrillator. There is no training needed for this piece of equipment however it was good for everyone to familiarise themselves with this equipment which we have installed in Lybster and one was installed in Thrumster by the Community Council. Scottish Ambulance Service kindly came along to deliver these sessions.
The fund were delighted to support applicant Sheena Macleod to attend a Mosaic workshop to further enhance her knowledge and skills in Mosaic art. Sheena has been introducing new members of the area to this art and her classes are very well attended.
Community Bus Restoration Project
At a recent meeting Directors approved an application from Thrumster Garage Community Projects to restore and bring back into community use an old double decker open top bus. There are very few of these left in the Country. This is a unique opportunity for members of the Latheron Lybster & Clyth and Tannach & District Community Council areas to learn and research these amazing vehicles whilst restoring it to its former glory.
See below the bus now and as it was in its prime. We will closely follow this project and post regular updates.
Anyone from the area interested in getting involved with this project give us a ring it will be a most rewarding educational experience for all involved with the project.
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Lybster & Tannach launch press release, 16 February 2017:
Bursary scheme open to local residents
A brand new bursary arrangement, known as the Lybster & Tannach non-formal learning bursary scheme, is now available to residents and groups within the Latheron, Lybster & Clyth and Tannach & District Community Council areas. The scheme is operated by Lybster & Tannach – a charitable organisation which has been established to administer the Burn of Whilk Wind Farm community benefit fund.
The scheme supports non-formal learning and the amount of funding available is approximately £112,500* per year for the lifetime of the Burn of Whilk Wind Farm project. However, for 2017, the amount of funding available to the community is around £264,000* because of the funds that have been accrued since the wind farm became operational. Any surplice funding from 2017 will be carried over to the next year of funding. The Wind Farm is owned and operated by Eneco UK (Eneco) – a company specialising in the generation and supply of renewable energy.
During the construction of the Wind Farm, Eneco worked closely with The CADISPA Trust (an independent charity which helps people in rural areas to build sustainable communities ‘for themselves – by themselves’), and the Burn of Whilk Wind Farm community liaison group (made up of representatives from the Lybster & Tannach Community Council areas) to better understand how the community benefit fund would bring the most benefit to the local area. It was recognised that non-formal learning bursaries would not only support residents and groups within the community but would also create a lasting legacy for the local area.
John Inkster, Founding Director of Lybster & Tannach said: “This bursary scheme is a new and exciting opportunity for all community members within the benefitting boundaries – no matter their age – to take advantage of. We hope to see many residents at the drop in session and we look forward to receiving applications from individuals and groups seeking funding.”
Speaking about the bursary scheme, Eneco UK Country Director, Zoisa Walton said: ”This is the first time an Eneco benefit fund has been used to support non-formal learning and we are pleased that it will benefit local residents in a unique and life-changing way. We look forward to watching the success of the scheme as we move into the future.”
Lybster & Tannach will be holding a drop in session on 9th March 2017 at Clyth Community Hall from 6pm – 8pm to provide more information about the new bursary scheme to the local community. Residents are encouraged to attend to learn more about the opportunities the bursary scheme will provide.
To download the funding guidelines and bursary application forms, please visit http://www.lybsterandtannach.co.uk or contact Lybster & Tannach’s Local Development Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07704982601.
*Calculation based on £5,000 per MW per year index linked with inflation for the lifetime of the Burn of Whilk Wind Farm.
**Figure calculated using the above method* for the period April 2015 to December 2017.
Notes to Editors
About Eneco UK Ltd: Eneco UK (www.eneco.co.uk) based in Warwick is a sustainable business in renewable generation, incorporating both large-scale onshore wind and solar assets.
Since 2008, the business has built an impressive portfolio of five wind farms in Scotland amounting to 200 MW of generating capacity. In 2013 Eneco opened an additional office in Dochfour, near Inverness to support this growing portfolio in Scotland. The Warwick based company supplies high profile businesses including Heineken, AkzoNobel, Mars and Unilever. The business owns two solar farms in England – Sevor Farm Solar (10MW) based in Swindon provides an innovative direct supply to Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM), and Oaklands Solar Farm (5MW) located in Dorset.
In May 2016, Eneco UK moved into the retail market with partners Co-operative Energy to launch a new domestic tariff. The company continues to work with partners to offer sustainable energy solutions for both consumers and businesses.
About Lybster & Tannach:
Founded in 2016, Lybster & Tannach (L&T (www.lybsterandtannach.co.uk)) is a charitable company which has been established to distribute benefit to the communities within the Latheron, Lybster & Clyth and the Tannach & District Community Council areas. It is headed by three Directors and four temporary Directors, all of which represent various Community Council areas.
L&T administers the Burn of Whilk Wind Farm community benefit fund, provided by Eneco, which supports local residents through a non-formal learning bursary scheme.