Lochmaben AFC Press Release

December 2016

One in the Net for Lochmaben AFC

Footballers at Lochmaben AFC are one step closer to securing a new purpose built sports pavilion thanks to an award of £20,000 from the Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company.

Following the closure of the Dumfries Amateur League in 2014, the club were left with no league to play in.  They were restricted from joining the Southern Counties league as they did not have changing facilities adjacent to the pitch.

A fundraising drive launched by Lochmaben to help build the new pavilion, has received huge support from the community, with in kind donations from a number of Club members including contributions of building materials, project management and skilled tradesmen. Thanks to this latest grant from ANCBC, the club are only 15% away from their target with £22,600 left to raise.

James Templeton from Lochmaben AFC said “This grant is a huge boost for the club, and surrounding area. There are no changing facilities at our football park and we have to currently play our football in Lockerbie, until our changing rooms are built. This grant is another milestone for the club which will ultimately benefit not just players of today, but will provide a lasting legacy for the next generations coming through for many years to come. We greatly appreciate the support of ANCBC.”

Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company (ANCBC), receives funding from ScottishPower Renewables’ Harestanes Windfarm and has awarded over £400,000 to local groups since the fund launched in 2015. Other Lochmaben projects supported by the fund include Lochmaben Community Council, Lochmaben Pickleball Club, Lochmaben Community Initiative and Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust.

Other groups to benefit from the latest round include Torthorwald Community Council, Electric Theatre Workshop, First Base Agency, Bankfoot House and Dumfries Baptist Church.

Martin Brown, ANCBC Chair said It’s great to be able to add to the pot to support local initiatives that promote sport in the community.  It is also great to see such dedication from local builders and craftsmen to give their time and talents for the project.”

Kenny Peberdy, UK Onshore Director for ScottishPower Renewables said “It is fantastic to see the community benefit funding from Harestanes Windfarm continuing to support so many great projects.  We hope that the funds will make a real difference to Lochmaben AFC and all of the other projects. £8 million of funding will be available for communities over the 25 years that Harestanes windfarm is anticipated to operate for, and we hope that many more local projects come forward to seek support in the coming months and years.”

Closing date for the next round is Wednesday 29th March 2017. Full details on how to apply are available from www.ancbc.co.uk; alternatively call Foundation Scotland on 01557 814927.

Aberlour to continue its support for young people in the region

8 June 2016

A grant from ANCBC, which was established to distribute the funds from ScottishPower Renewables’ Harestanes Windfarm, has enabled Aberlour to pay for a ‘Young People’s Worker’. The new role will offer support to young people aged 11-17, who are experiencing social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties in the Annandale and Nithsdale areas.

The charity has a long track record of supporting young people in Dumfries and Galloway as part of its Aberlour Futures service.

This grant will support the implementation of a new peer mentoring scheme which will offer accredited training to young people from schools and colleges who are interested in achieving a qualification in Peer Mentoring. This will enable the service to support approximately 20 young people in the Dumfries and Annan area.

Other groups to benefit include Closeburn Gala Fundraising Committee to purchase a new trailer, Tinwald Parish Hall Committee to replace hall doors, Durisdeer Village Committee to contribute to the drainage, groundwork and tarring of Durisdeer Hall car park, Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival to pay for hire of festival venue and Food Train towards the purchase an additional local delivery van,

Rachel Murdie, Service Manager at Aberlour Futures – Dumfries and Galloway,  said: “We are very grateful to ANBC for their generous donation, which will allow us to roll out our peer mentoring program, which allows young people who have been helped by the service, to offer support to others.

“At Aberlour Futures, we understand that attending school can be difficult for some young people, for a whole range of reasons. We are committed to helping those with social, behavioural or emotional difficulties, to complete their education, by offering tailored support.

“Often, hearing from another young person who has been through similar challenges, can make a powerful difference to someone who is struggling. This recent donation from ANCBC will help us to do that.”

Martin Brown, ANCBC Chair said “The Service that Aberlour provide to vulnerable children at risk of not competing their education is a vital additional resource for children that find it difficult to attend school for whatever reason. ANCBC are very pleased to contribute to the vital support for our young people”

Kenny Peberdy, UK Onshore Director for ScottishPower Renewables said “We are pleased 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 Harestanes windfarm is anticipated to operate for, and we hope that many more local projects come forward to seek support in the coming months and years.”

Hello from Royal Four Towns Hall,

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For over 100 years the Hall at Hightae has been at the hub of the Four Towns village social life. There have been many changes over that period during which it has been the venue for a whole range of village activities, many of which are no longer with us but have been replaced to cover the needs of today.

 

This week sees another step forward with the installation of Solar Panels thanks to a grant from Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company.

 

The hall was gifted to the community and is run by volunteers and enables the whole community to benefit from the facilities at consistently low hire prices. The installation of Solar Panels is a further step towards keeping our running costs low and would not have been possible without the grant. Martin Brown, Director of ANCBC will be with us on Tuesday morning at 11.30 to see the result of their Grant and I hope that your paper too can attend, perhaps take some pictures and learn more about both our Hall activities and the benefits available from ANCBC grants.

 

Current activities include regular use by under 5s, Hightae Primary school, Annandale young farmers, Rural and Golden Years. Also hosted are two dances every week during the winter season, an Art group, a Craft group and Tai Chi, and more recently a number of children’s parties.

 

You will see that the hall is a busy place. We now look forward to the next 100 years!

 

Nick Bass, Chairman,

Foundation Scotland’s First Report on the Fund

Scottish Power Renewables passed on their thanks to Foundation Scotland and ANCBC for the effort that was put into the year 1 report.

They are delighted to see the Harestanes Windfarm community benefit fund being put to good use and to see the number and variety of initiatives that it has helped to deliver.

Kenny Peberdy, Onshore Operations Director at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “We appreciate the effort that Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company has made to deliver the first year of Harestanes Windfarm community benefit fund. Their annual report illustrates the incredible breadth of local projects to receive funding during the first year of operations at Harestanes Windfarm. From sporrans, to play park equipment, to therapies for people with physical disabilities – it is fantastic to see so many worthwhile projects benefiting.  With £8,000,000 of community benefit funding available over the lifetime of Harestanes Windfarm, we hope that many more community groups will come forward to apply for funding in the coming years.”

 

Take a look at the report here: ANCBC Annual Report Year 1

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.”

DUMFRIES SEA CADETS SAIL AWAY

12 April 2016

Senior Cadets from Dumfries Sea Cadets will be able to participate in a week long voyage, on board the TS Royalist, thanks to a grant from the Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company.

This week long voyage will offer 12 young cadets an opportunity to develop their nautical skills, learn to work as a team and build confidence as they navigate the coastal waters around Britain. The trip is seen as the pinnacle of the sea cadet experience and one which over 30,000 young people have enjoyed since 1971.

Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company (ANCBC), receives funding from ScottishPower Renewables’ Harestanes Windfarm and has awarded nearly £400,000 to local groups since the fund began last year.

Other groups to benefit recently include Mossburn Community Farm, Moniaive Initiative,Buccleuch & Queensberry Caledonia Pipe Band, SHAX, Patrick Dudgeon Memorial Hall and Thornhill Playgroup.

Sheena Johnstone from Dumfries Sea Cadets said “Every Cadet should have the opportunity to sail on the Sea Cadet Tall Ship TS Royalist, this grant from ANCBC will allow cadets to realise a long held dream that would otherwise have been beyond their reach”

Martin Brown, ANCBC Chair said “We are pleased to support the dedicated work of such groups in enhancing the lives of young people in the region”

Kenny Peberdy, UK Director for ScottishPower Renewables said “The community funding from Harestanes Windfarm is helping to support a wide range of worthwhile local projects. We wish the sea cadets well on their voyage, and we hope that all of the recent funding awards will make a real difference.”

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