Successful Projects

Duns Football Club

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Duns Football Club

The generous grant Duns Football Club received from the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund made up part of the overall funding package the club required for the ground works on our new playing surface at New Hawthorn Park in Duns.

It also helped erect our new perimeter fence which at that point completed stage one of our overall long term project.

Without this funding we would have been unable to complete on time. We opened our new ground last July on a sunny summers evening against a team from the reigning English champions Manchester City with the whole site looking splendid and over 500 people in the new ground.

So many people have, and will, benefit from what has been achieved with this generous grant and Duns Football Club would again like to thank Blackhill for their generous grant.

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Duns Amateur Swimming Club

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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!

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Duns Christmas Lights

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Report to Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund

Following receipt of the very generous donation of £10,000 from Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund we spent quite a bit of time looking at the lights on offer.  The money arrived just in time for us to instruct the Council and order lights for Christmas 2013.

We elected to renovate the cross-street features at the Post Office (Nativity Scene) and the Banks in the entrance to the Square.  We also traded-in four features at North Street (outside Plough Inn), South Street (outside Duns News Plus), Murray Street (outside Fortes) and Black Bull Street (outside Black Bull Inn) for new features.  We also bought spare bulbs and additional motifs which were fixed to the Toll House (JD Clark and Allan and Duns Dental Practice).

The replacement lights are all LEDs and use a fraction of the electricity that we used previously. 

We were able to instruct Scottish Borders Council to proceed with the installation of the new power supplies to replace the original supplies that they had cut off (vandalised).  We were obliged to pay 50% of the cost of this.  The terminals installed by the Council are very sensitive, however, and trip at the least little thing.  Consequently our team are regularly seen up ladders at all hours resetting MCBs.  We are talking to the Council about this.

Finally we instructed our honorary electrician, Bob Markby, to build and install 6 No junction boxes for the display which allowed us to plug in the features and the garlands.

In the year 1 Oct 2013 to 30 Sep 2014 we paid the following:

Blachere (lights)                     £ 6,130.73

Delivery Charges                    £    140.00

Bob Markby                            £    586.48

Scottish Borders Council         £ 4,176.65

TOTAL EXPENDITURE              £11,033.86


Our income included donations from private individuals and donations through the Cracker in the Square and this allowed us to run a switch-on evening, purchase additional lights and pay for the collection and delivery of the features.  We still have a small reserve for next years spares.

Without the generous donation from the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund we would not have been able to erect the cross street features, string garlands around the Square and run the very popular switching on of the lights by the Wynsome Mayde.  The display would have been restricted to the lights on the tree and Duns town centre would have been the poorer for it.

On behalf of the Erection Section and all who have enjoyed the display of Christmas Lights in Duns we would like to thank the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund Trustees for their generous award.


J Andrew Lester

(Meant to be retired Chairman)

Berwickshire Community Safety Panel

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WOOFs Campaign

The Grant provided by Blackhill Wind Farm has enabled us to purchase 400,000 bags for the WOOF’s campaign which will provide this service for up to a further 10 months.

I have also provided a brief description on how WOOF’s is impacting the local communities who have signatories.

The WOOF’s campaign is proving hugely successful and the impact into the communities is amazing.  There are presently 14 Community Council areas within the Berwickshire area who have signed their dogs up to this campaign.  This enables us to keep a track on the communities with dogs and try and ensure we keep the areas where the public have access to clean and free from fouling.

With the funding we have received from Blackhill Wind Farm we have ensured that the campaign has supplies for at least another 6 months.  This ensures that over 700 signatories with over 1000 dogs are making more of an effort to clean their pathways, parks etc and the message has been passed onto other dog owners as they enquire about the bags provided (which are very distinctive in colour).

Your generosity to the WOOF’s campaign has been amazing and given us a chance to order the bags needed to continue.  With this ability to continue we can keep the streets, paths, parks etc cleaner and the areas healthier for everyone to use.

Thank you for your support and generosity.


Kym Bannerman

Duns Pipe Band

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Grant of £2500 received in December 2012

Purpose of Grant: To buy 18 Pipe Bag Covers and 8 Drum Harnesses

Progress: The equipment has been purchased and is now in use in the band. The pipe bag covers were designed in the town colours of black and red so they would be in keeping with the new tartan we have now had designed. The pictures below show one of the bags on a set of pipes and a swatch of the new tartan.

The Drum Harnesses are in use now and are making a huge difference to both the look and the comfort of the drummers, especially the younger ones who struggle more with the weight of the instruments.

Summary: The grant funding from Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund has enabled us to progress not onlywith the purchase of the equipment but also to make headway on the new tartan project . Without
the grant funding we could have been waiting another year or more before we were able to proceed
with the tartan design. On behalf of all members of the band, I would like to thank the Committee for considering our application and awarding the grant.

Mrs J Turner, Secretary

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