Autumn Club windfarm windfall

The Kirkcowan Autumn Club, formed 32 years ago for the benefit of village senior citizens, has been rejuvenated thanks to an injection of windfarm money.

The club’s meeting room at the top of Newton Stewart Road has been completely refurbished with the help of a grant of £9410 from energy company SSE Renewables and distributed through Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Benefit Fund.

McNabb Laurie, Developer Contributions Officer from Dumfries and Galloway Council, Christine Storm, Nancy Adams, John Paterson and Jim Adair from the Kirkcowan Autumn Club

McNabb Laurie, Developer Contributions Officer from Dumfries and Galloway Council, Christine Storm, Nancy Adams, John Paterson and Jim Adair from the Kirkcowan Autumn Club

The money was used to insulate the meeting room, repaint the room, put in new windows, heating, carpets and curtains and a viewing screen for showing films and slides.

On Wednesday afternoon, John Paterson from the Kirkcowan Community Council welcomed Dumfries and Galloway Council officials Wendy Jesson, Principal Officer Partnership Support, and McNabb Laurie, Developer Contributions Officer to the meeting room.

John said the community benefit money from SSE the windfarm developer for Balmurrie Fell had been split between Glenluce, New Luce and Kirkcowan.

The Kirkcowan Autumn Club meets every second Wednesday for entertainment, games of bingo, dominoes or cards, outings in the summer and, of course, tea and scones, provided by the capable Autumn Club ladies. There was a full turn out of members to see the newly refurbished meeting room and all were full of praise for the social benefits of the club.

Betty Brown and Agnes Curran both said the club was a great meeting place and the opportunity to get to know people you wouldn’t normally cross paths with and make new friends.

Willie Paterson commented: “It keeps your brain active!”