We are greatful to the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund for providing funding to replace the flooring in the lower hall.
This new flooring will be more hygenic and safer for our many groups to use, from Kirk Kids and Sunday Club to Coffee Mornings and other Community Organisations
In 2014 the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund approved funding for £2000.00 towards the cost of providing a long term sustainable air ambulance capability in Scotland. Since they started the SCAA have been called to Duns 3 times.
Below is a report of there progress todate.
Allsorts Childcare Centre Ltd would like to thank the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund for their very generous donation of £7,500. It has helped the centre considerably allowing us to update and renew resources for the children who use the centre. It has helped the centre get back on its feet and provide fun and educational play experiences for the children. To date we have spent the money on numerous items including new TV and DVD’s, dressing up costumes, wooden musical instruments, play kitchen and baking equipment, footballs and rugby balls. We are awaiting a secure storage shed and when we have this we will be buying new bikes and helmets. We are still going strong hoping to continue growing as the years go on. So from all the children, staff and parents we thank you again.
Berwickshire Recreation Education Sports Trust is a registered charity
Scottish Charity Number SCO26564
Duns Swimming Pool is a small, community pool in Duns, a rural town in Berwickshire. It has a 25m pool, sauna and dryside facilities. It was refurbished in 2010 and has since benefited from the support of the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund.
BREST, the trust which runs the pool is a charity which operates on a shoestring budget. Swimming pools are very expensive to run in both energy and maintenance and without the help of organisations such as Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund it would be almost impossible to maintain the high standard of the facilities in Duns.
In the last few years the fund has assisted BREST to purchase teaching equipment for First Aid at Work, Lifeguard Training and Swimming Lessons, air conditioning for the Guy Roberts room, acoustic panels for the same room, changing room cubicle curtains, changing room fan and other smaller items. In particular the air conditioning and acoustic panels have made a huge improvement to the environment in the Guy Roberts Room. This is now used by even more groups which benefits the community and
generates additional income for BREST to use in the provision of more activities.
The other items are also much appreciated as BREST has very restricted funds available for additional equipment and improvments but without which the service offered to the community would suffer.
Duns Amateur Swimming Club
Despite its size Duns Amateur Swimming Club has a history of producing fabulous swimmers with famous names such as Dan Wallace starting their careers with us. Membership had dipped over the years and funds from the Wind Farm were vital in securing our survival in 2012/13 and allowing Berwickshire swimmers at all levels to continue to train and compete.
Since our application our membership has doubled and we have a strong coaching structure in place. Duns has become one of the top clubs in the Borders once again. In 2014 five swimmers competed at the Scottish National Age Groups, 4 swimmers competed in the Scottish Open Junior Championships at Tollcross in Glasgow, with Toby Douglas winning silver.
The Borders BEST team was one of the top 10 teams in Scotland this year qualifying for the Scottish National Team Championships. Successful seniors give our junior swimmers aspiration and our coaches are giving senior swimmers a path to reach their potential.
As a result our club is much stronger and we can offer more and more children in the Berwickshire area access to swimming and coaching of a great standard. New members always welcome!