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Goonhilly Wind Farm Community Fund invests £26,442 in the Lizard and surrounding areas

5 December 2016


National Coastwatch Institution’s Bass Point Station is among the groups across the TR12 postcode area to benefit from community investment from the Goonhilly Wind Farm Community Fund. The station received £4,761funding towards the cost of a balcony extension at the station.

The Fund awarded grants of £26,442 in the TR12 postcode area across seven community projects in November 2016. The Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF) administers the fund on behalf of asset manager REG Power Management.  A panel of local people decide which applications are most deserving of support.

Groups that benefitted from the community investment in November 2016 included Cadgwith Thespians, Grade Ruan Recreation Ground, Gweek Youth Club, Mullion Cricket Club, National Coastwatch Institution Bass Point Station, St Keverne Community Lunch Club and the Sunshine Café - Memory Club.

Bass Point Station is part of the National Coastwatch Institute (NCI), an entirely volunteer led organisation keeping a visual watch along the UK shores. Each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the coastline. Bass Point Station was the first of the NCI Stations to be opened by volunteers, as a direct result of the loss of two professional fishermen from Cadgwith in 1994.

Bass Point Station received another fund in March from the Goonhilly Wind Farm Community Fund towards a 10-year electrical upgrade for the station to bring it to modern electrical standards.  Peter Clements, Station Manager said “We very much appreciate the assistance given by the Goonhilly Wind Farm Community Fund, which will improve our capability of looking after those at sea and on the coast in sight of the lookout."

Visitors are most welcome at the lookout normally, although when an incident is ongoing, this may not always be convenient and the Watchkeeper on duty may ask visitors to call back later.

Carey Green from REG Power Management, said: “It’s great to see such a variety of schemes benefitting from the Fund.  From a project to assist in the protection and preservation of lives around our coast, to a project providing a club to mostly elderly, single residents reducing loneliness and isolation and providing vital access to services.  Congratulations to all the successful groups and thank you to our volunteer community fund panel members for their time to review the fund applications.

“Community groups located within the TR12 area can apply for amounts between £250 and £5,000 (higher grants may be awarded at the panel’s discretion) and there are two funding rounds each year.  We encourage anyone with a project that could benefit from the Community Fund to get in touch with CCF for more information on how to apply.”