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Tiumpanhead Community Centre has received a grant of £1,000 from local wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust to help towards rising utility costs.

The locally run centre hosts several regular activities, including Point Beavers and Cubs meetings, Young at Heart Club, yoga classes, quiz nights and the monthly Beacon Cafe run by volunteers. But the centre has experienced a large increase in running costs in the last six months due to heftier energy bills.

Tiumpanhead Community Association’s Grace Smith commented: “The energy costs for the Tiumpanhead Community Centre have gone up dramatically this winter, with the oil tank refill alone increasing from £600 to £900. The rises in gas and electricity have also had an impact, so we are very grateful to Point and Sandwick Trust for their help which will go towards paying those costs.”

The trust’s general manager, Donald John MacSween, added that with rising energy prices affecting everyone, it’s important that Point and Sandwick Trust support community groups.

“When Tiumpanhead Community Association applied for a grant, the board were more than convinced that the cause was worth our help. We’re pleased that the £1,000 grant will go towards keeping the costs down,” he added.

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