Barrhill Memorial Hall was buzzing with activity on Saturday as the Barrhill Community Interest Company held its open day. The company was set up in 2008 for the purpose of administering funds from the wind farm projects for the benefit of Barrhill residents. All directors of the company are volunteers and receive no remuneration for their time.
Chairman Dave Russell said: “We are having this open day to help villagers gain awareness of where the money is going and what our commitments are. This is a great opportunity for locals to see what their company is doing and also to generate more community input, which we need all of the time.”
Around £160,000 is expected each year for the next 25 years, and in addition to current projects the company has long term plans to create a fund that will continue to benefit the area for many years after the windmill funding has stopped. The directors of the company also intend to maximise the use of the money by applying for match funding from other bodies if any project qualifies.
Barrhill CIC has already committed more than £250,000, which has been awarded to projects like Memorial Hall refurbishment, Barrhill School, dry stone walling course, Climate Challenge insulation project, Carrick Way Southern Loop, Travel Connections, and Colmonell Circle film projector.
It has also awarded £5,000 for phase 1 of the community car park, a project which will be submitted for planning approval next week, and £10,000 to help create a footpath at Lennie Wood, which will not only benefit local residents but also become an attraction for tourists.
The company earlier awarded £2,470 towards the purchase cost of the Barrhill Community Bus and has now added a further £1,000 to allow residents to get free use of the bus. It has already supplied trips to Woodlands Farm and the Girvan Festival of light and has a free trip scheduled to Dobbies Garden Centre in Ayr on 7th December.
Anyone wishing to go on the trip should book by calling 821364, and anyone wishing to make suggestions for future trips, become a member or director of the company, or suggest projects for consideration, should contact one of the directors via the web site (http://www.barrhill.org.uk/bcic.html) or Julia Whitaker at Ailsa Horizons, Girvan 01465 710628.