Stow celebrating turbine cash windfall for Old Kirk

L-r, Christian Egal, CEO of EDF Energy Renewables and Michael Moore MP open the new Longpark Windfarm just outside Galashiels today.'The windfarm will generate power for 19,000 homes each year.
L-r, Christian Egal, CEO of EDF Energy Renewables and Michael Moore MP open the new Longpark Windfarm just outside Galashiels today.'The windfarm will generate power for 19,000 homes each year.
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A Stow church dating from the Middle Ages is to benefit by almost £9,000 via a fund set up by operators of the nearby Longpark Wind Farm.

Stow Community Council is receiving £8,912 from the EDF Longpark Community Fund to carry out essential repairs to the Old Kirk.

The category B-listed Old Kirk, set in the heart of Stow, is a popular visitor attraction providing strong links to the ecclesiastical history of the village and the surrounding area, which dates back to the early Middle Ages.

The money will pay for rebuilding stonework, re-pointing and sealing the wall heads of the building.

Volunteers have already cleared vegetation within the building, and will also help remove loose rubble and soil as part of a project overseen by Historic Scotland. Local community councillor Alistair Riddle commented: “There is a great sense of pride in the community in knowing that when completed, these essential works will ensure that the history of our village will be preserved and accessible for future generations to enjoy.”

The Longpark Community Fund is provided by EDF Energy Renewables and distributes around £45,000 per annum to benefit the Parish of Stow.

Rachel Searle Mbullu, head of community programmes at Foundation Scotland, which manages the fund, added: “This latest award is a perfect example of how the aims of the fund and the community can be matched to make a lasting impact.”