Fettercairn gets windfarm funding


The community of Fettercairn is celebrating after a windfall funding of £10,000 from the Tullo windfarms Community Fund.

Fettercairn Public Property Committee is delighted to receive the funding to carry out essential pointing and stonework repairs to the Front elevation of the Public Hall, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

The sum doubles the amount of money the Committee has already raised over the last two years, and set aside for this Project, which is Phase 1 of a three year plan to help bring the facade of the Public Hall back to its original condition.

The committee wishes to express their appreciation to the Tullo Community Fund for the success of their application.

Fettercairn Public Property Committee is confident it can raise the further £4000 required from its fundraising programme for the rest of the year, to complete phase 1.

The committee have a ‘Silent Auction’ which is planned for the weekend of August 29 and 30. They are not only looking for items to sell, but would be interested if you have a skill you could donate to the Silent Auction. Ideas include giving up a day for gardening, ironing, decorating or housework. The committee already have the promise of a day’s Photography Course worth at least £100 and a day’s fishing for two rods on the River North Esk in 2016, worth over £200.

Further events are organised for the Autumn.

The committee have said they will continue to work to obtain further funds from outside agencies to create a pot of monies to complete Phases 2 and 3 in the next year or two. Over and above these repairs, the hall needs further work on the roof and the windows.

Helen Thomson, F.P.P.C. chairperson, said: “The tower windows are also in need of replacement, and while we have funds in reserve for these essential works, the committee must continue it’s focus on raising further funds. Fettercairn Hall has served the residents of Fettercairn well during its 125 years history, and many stories are recalled of events held there over the years. It is now in serious need of repair, and it is essential these repairs are carried out if the hall is to continue to serve them in the future.

The group are asking for companies who have a community funds to get in touch with Helen as they believe several small sums will add up to a substantial amount.

Helen added: “While many hours of work has gone into the project by committee members, it wishes to thank Ingrid Leon and Andy Hayes for their help and expertise, and the many hours of work they have put into helping them move the hall project forward. They also wish to thank the community for the support of this essential project, and wish to reassure them that as soon as Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent is granted the work will commence. “