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Great Dunkilns

Thank you for your support for this community project and your interest regarding the St Briavels Turbine Community Resilience Fund.

This web page has been established to ensure that the most current information is accessible to both the community and community investors and to ensure consistency in both the information released and the timing of updates.

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Project Outline

The 500KW Community Wind Turbine at St Briavels, is owned and operated by Resilient Energy Great Dunkilns which raised development funds for the project through community debentures. The project, commissioned in January 2013, was the first crowd funded wind turbine in the UK.

The turbine is generating clean, green electricity in line with expectations and is well placed to deliver against the project’s social and environmental aims over the turbine’s operational lifetime. These include the St Briavels Turbine Community Resilience Fund, the purpose of which is to help to build community resilience in St Briavels and environs by addressing current needs and future challenges.

The project is committed to making a positive difference locally in addition to the environmental benefits directly associated with the generation of renewable energy.

Press Release: 3 May 2019


Resilient Energy Alvington Court Renewables adds a second wind turbine to its community owned renewables portfolio through the acquisition of Resilient Energy Great Dunkilns
 (St Briavels).  Both turbines generate clean, green electricity to help meet local demand, whilst also benefitting the local community.

REGD was founded by community minded St Briavels farmer Anthony Cooke and The Resilience Centre, a Woolaston based social purpose business focused on responding to  the climate emergency we are facing & helping to build resilience in society. REGD was TRC’s first community renewable energy project and was the impetus for TRC’s replicable UK and European award winning ‘Resilient Energy’ community model. …

Community Trubine (with aeroplane in background)

Latest News

APPLY TO JOIN THE ST BRIAVELS TURBINE COMMUNITY FUND ADVISORY PANEL

After four years of grant giving, Resilient Energy Great Dunkilns (REGD) is seeking to appoint new members to the St Briavels Turbine Community Resilience Fund Advisory Panel.

REGD has been extremely grateful for the contributions from Advisory Panel members to date who have provided useful community insight and valued contributions. Whilst we hope that some existing panel members will reapply to continue in the role we are also seeking new applicants to enable others in the community to have the opportunity to get involved.

Applications for a voluntary role on the Advisory Panel can be made by completion of the online Application Form accessible below. Completed applications will be accepted until 30th November 2017. 

There are just 4 questions to answer on-line or you can print and return the form by post/email if preferred. If no internet access, telephone 01594 529688 to request a form.

The board of REGD believes that those living within the community are best placed to understand the community strengths and weaknesses, and therefore determine its needs. Applicants must, therefore, be a resident of St Briavels and environs.

Successful applicants to join the Advisory Panel will be notified during the third week of November 2017.  Appointments will be for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years.

 

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS TO THE COMMUNITY FUND

In light of the timescales for new appointments to the Advisory Panel, the next funding round deadline for receipt of Grant Applications to the Community Resilience Fund has been extended to 30th November 2017.

To assist applicants in providing the necessary information in a consistent format a new Application Form has been created. All applicants must now complete the Application Form (letter or email applications will no longer be accepted from this funding round onwards). If you have already made an application by letter/email you will be contacted and asked to complete the new Application Form by 30th November 2017.

 

ST BRIAVELS TURBINE COMMUNITY FUND ALLOCATIONS EXCEED £55,000 TO APRIL 2017

Community Resilience Fund grants totalling over £55,000 have been donated from the first four years of operational turnover of the St Briavels Community Wind Turbine. A selection of grant recipients is shown below:

  • £5000 to the St Briavels Zero Waste Village Initiative for the purchase and instalment of a rocket digester
  • £3000 to The Friends of Lydney Hospital towards a new X ray machine
  • £3060 to the St Briavels Playgroup for the purchase of new furniture and equipment
  • £1000 to the St Briavels Women’s Institute for the provision of a community projector and screen.
  • £1000 to St Mary’s Church Hewlesfield towards the cost of work need in relation to the lightning conductor
  • £2000 to St Briavels Pavillion for security measures and internal fittings
  • £2000 to The Friends of Lydney Hospital towards a new X ray machine (second grant award)
  • £540 to Brockweir Community Shop for a defibrillator case
  • £730 to South Forest Support Group of Parkinsons UK
  • £500 to Brockweir Entertainment for the provision of a Christmas lunch for elderly residents.
  • £700 to Wonky Carpenter towards the purchase of a Van for the collection of wood for creative reuse.
  • £350 to St Briavels Football Club for purchase of equipment
  • £600 towards the cost of St Briavels Community Celebration.
  • £500 towards Action for our Care fundraising activities
  • £500 every six months (on an ongoing basis) for a roving Village Handyman service

St Briavels Turbine Community Resilience Fund Update  Spring 2019

The St Briavels Wind Turbine Community Resilience Fund has allocated over £75,000 since its establishment, helping to build community resilience in St Briavels and environs.   

Projects supported to date have been as varied as: 

a rocket digestor utilising waste food (organised by St Briavels Zero waste and installed at Wyedean school); repairs to the Assembly Rooms and Church organ, equipment for the Memorial Field and separately for the Pavillion; support for a number of school initiativesequipment for the village football and cricket clubs; support for other community groups and environmental initiatives, including a bee project by the gardening society; and, funding to match the Parish Council’s contribution to a roving village handyman service on an ongoing basisThe fund also previously contributed £5000 towards improvements in X ray facilities at Lydney hospital and has supported installation of defibrillators in St Briavels and Brockweir. 

The latest grant allocations are: 

£2,978 to MacKenzie Hall, Brockweir to support improvements. The Advisory Panel noted that the Hall is well used by residents of St Briavels, Brockweir and Hewelsield and is an important community asset. The planned improvements will benefit a number of local organisations and local residents who hire the facilities. It is also hoped that an increase in use of the hall as a result of the improvements will provide increased funds for hall maintenance long term.   

£920 to the St Briavels Chapel for creation of a wheelchair accessible path to improve access to its toilet facility which is open to the public 

The fund currently has a strategic reserve and is keen to support more project ideas coming forward from the community.  Applicants can apply at any stage in a project, with the next deadline for applications to the St Briavels Wind Turbine Community Resilience Fund on 31st May 2019 and six monthly thereafter.  Apply using the online form  

Sue Clarke (centre) from the Resilience Centre presents a cheque for £600 to beekeepers Judy Craven and Mike Topp for the Brockweir, Hewelsfield and St Briavels Garden Society Bee Scheme
Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir (with (Centre Right), Barbara French (MacKenzie Hall applicant), Anthony Cooke, REGD Director (Centre Left), and Mackenzie Hall volunteers and local residents.
ADVISORY PANEL ROLE

 

The St Briavels Turbine Community Resilience Fund Advisory Panel meets twice a year to assist REGD by reviewing applications to the St Briavels Turbine Community Resilience Fund, against the Fund Criteria. The Advisory Panel is Chaired by The Resilience Centre (the appointed Manager) who oversees proceedings on behalf of the board and provides an admin function, but has no voting rights on funding allocations.

Appointed Advisory Panel members will be briefed on community resilience, and at each funding round they will have the role of assessing the eligibility of applications against the criteria, and collectively deciding on the allocations of funding. 

The application process is competitive and not all eligible applications to the Community Fund can be supported. Feedback will, however, be provided to all applicants and, where appropriate, unsuccessful applicants may be invited to submit an application at the next funding round, once feedback has been considered and/or further information to support an application has been provided.

The selection of Advisory Panel members will be decided by the board of REGD.  Applications are invited from individuals only ie there will be no nominated representatives of other organisations on the Advisory Panel.  Appointed Advisory Panel members may have associations with other community organisations in St Briavels and environs, but will be ineligible to vote on applications to the Community Fund received from any organisation with which they have such an association.