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Cullivoe Up Helly Aa.

A FURTHER seven grants totalling £16,900 have been given out by Shetland Community Benefit Fund.

The fund distributes community benefit money paid out by the developer of the Viking Energy wind farm.

The largest award is for the Brough Lodge Trust on Fetlar, which received £10,000.

The island’s community council supported the grant for an outline design and 3D model that will be used in the making of a promotional video to attract investors and other funders.

The trust’s aim is to create high-quality visitor accommodation linked to cultural ‘retreats’, particularly on subjects such as knitwear and music.

Trust chairman Pierre Cambillard said it is hoped the project would bring benefit not only to Fetlar but more widely to Shetland.

“We’re delighted to have been awarded this funding and I want to thank the Community Benefit Fund and Fetlar Community Council for supporting the project,” he said.

“We have also been successful in attracting sponsorship from NorDan, the manufacturer of high-performance windows and doors, for which we are also very grateful.”

The surplus generated from the project would support its ShetlandPeerieMakkers scheme and enable gradual restoration and maintenance of Brough Lodge itself, a category A listed building.

The Cullivoe Up Helly Aa Committee in Yell, meanwhile, is to benefit from a grant of £5,000 towards the cost of renovating the galley shed.

Royal Voluntary Service groups in Whalsay, Northmavine and Walls are to receive a total of £900 to support social events once the covid restrictions are eased.

The Australian-themed Outpost in Burra is to get £500 towards an accessible aviary.

Burravoe Parent Council on Yell has been awarded £500 for towards the cost of its new polycrub.

The parent council thanked Yell Community Council and the community benefit fund for the grant which will help educate the children about growing their own food and work with others in the local community.

Since the community benefit fund’s grant scheme started in February a total of £63,800 has been awarded and this has helped support projects with a total value of over £158,500.

The community benefit fund’s advance grant scheme will run during the construction of the Viking wind farm and is open to projects supported by any of Shetland’s 18 community councils.

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