The grant will help pay for a two year coaching/mentoring programme for the Band's new Pipe Major and new Leading Drummer.
Bill Dean, of the Pipe Band said “Huntly and District Pipe Band is extremely grateful to the Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund for making such a sizeable award. By supporting us, Vattenfall and the local Fund’s Panel have recognised that this money will be an investment in the Band's future. A great community asset, they clearly see how our organisation offers easy access to those who like pipe band music and want to be part of it. In maintaining this traditional art form as a recreational activity, it makes pipe banding attractive to the younger generation.
“Investing in future leadership and musical development of the Band was identified as a key element for future growth and continued stability. The cash injection will provide for hands-on support from people expert in the fields of piping and drumming. Coming with a proven track record, they will work alongside next generation leaders who have grown up in the organisation and give them that extra support needed in positions that come with a hefty responsibility.”
Pete Kunz, Vattenfall’s Service Leader for the Clashindarroch Wind Farm, said: "I’m delighted to see that some of the Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund is going to support the Huntly and District Pipe Band coaching/mentoring programme. We have had a fantastic response to the fund over the first year; I look forward to hearing more about the community’s plans for the fund, please get in touch with your ideas."
Other awards made in the most recent round of funding were: to Huntly Football Club to contribute to the preparatory work of building a 3G sporting facility for the community; and to Gordon Rural Action to facilitate the transition of its general advice service to a volunteer-led service.
The Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund, which benefits the four areas served by the Huntly, Strathbogie and Tap o’ Noth Community Councils and the Cabrach Community Association, is managed on behalf of Vatenfall, the developer of the Clashindarroch Wind Farm by Foundation Scotland. Vattenfall, the owner of the 18 turbine wind farm, pays £185,000 (index linked) into the fund every year.
For more information about the fund and details of the latest awards visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk/clashindarroch.