Major funding boost for local groups

SOUTH Carrick groups are celebrating a financial windfall to the tune of almost a quarter of a million pounds this week.

Projects in the area supported by local wind farm funds will have their coffers boosted by a share of a grant of £249,723

The news came last week following the board meetings of Carrick Futures and Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund.

Ballantrae, Barr, Barrhill, Colmonell, Dailly, Sacred Heart and Invergarven Primary Schools have all been supported by Hadyard Hill and Carrick Futures towards a three-year programme of John Muir Outdoor Activities.

Julia Whitaker, rural regeneration and enterprise manager at Ailsa Horizons, said: “This is great news as Hadyard Hill has supported these activities in their villages of Barr, Dailly and Pinwherry Schools for the past four years. With the closure of Pinwherry School and the children moving to the new Colmonell Primary School, pupils may not have been able to take part in these activities at their new school.

“Adventure Centre for Education, Ailsa Horizons and staff at the schools worked together to produce funding applications from each south Carrick school that were then submitted to the relevant benefit boards.”

Chris Saunders from ACE said he was delighted at the outcome and looks forward to all schools starting their programmes.

He said: “As a new local social enterprise and charity, Adventure Centre for Education, is pleased at the commitment shown by the windfarms to this extra curricular educational support for South Carrick children.”

Other groups that have received funding include: Gardenrose School, Crosshill Thistle Colts, Ayrshire Rivers Trust, Ayrshire Coastal Path, Carrick Angling Club, Carrick Rural Arts Group, Girvan and District Attractions, Carrick Community Councils Forum, Ailsa Horizons, Girvan Folk Club, Girvan Christmas Street Party, Ballantrae Rural Initiative Care in the Community.

Julia added: “The groups are delighted and now busy planning to implement their projects.”