Solarcentury Community Fund Grants Awarded


The Aston House Solar Farm, located within the Parish of Sudbury in Derbyshire, provided £38,000 for the following community projects:

Sudbury Gasworks Restoration Trust – £5,000
Conserve, restore and extend the disused 1874 building into a community centre for Sudbury Parish

Sudbury Parish Church – All Saints Church – £11,500
Towards the cost of the roof restoration project

Sudbury Parish Council – £10,440
Towards a wooden bus shelter, planting shrubs and plants in community spaces, a replacement mower for the playfield sports centre and a donation to the bowls club for essential repairs and running costs

Sudbury Juniors F.C. – £2,060
Towards a new generator

Sudbury Primary School – £9,000
To build and resource an outdoor classroom on the existing school site


The Grove Solar Farm, located within the Romsey Extra Parish in Hampshire, provided £10,000 for the following community projects:

Romsey Riverwalk Restoration – £4,045
Towards the reinstatement of the eroded riverbank to create a vehicle and pedestrian passing place

Hampshire Art and Craft CIC – £1,305
Prescription Arts – a small pilot project which provides art and singing classes to patients of Romsey general practitioners

10th Romsey Scout Group – £650
Towards Scout HQ improvements to access for persons of limited mobility

Abbotswood Community Association – £4,000
To provide a remote heating system for the new community centre


The Folly Lane Solar Farm, located between Stickney and New Bolingbroke near Boston, provided £9,239 for the following community projects:

West Keal & Keal Cotes Parish Council – £1,139
Towards the purchase and installation of a defibrillator in the village of Keal Cotes

Stickney Parish Council – £3,700

  • Towards the purchase and installation of a defibrillator in Stickney – £1,500
  • a notice board for West Fen – £1,250
  • birds of prey nesting box scheme – £950

Stickney Primary School – £4,400
To contribute towards the Science Lab and storage at the school


The Bunn’s Hill & Frog’s Loke Solar Farm, located within the Parish of Worstead in Norfolk, provided £19,978 for the following community projects:

Worstead Parent, Toddler & Baby Group – £747
For sensory play equipment

Worstead Pre-school – £3,431
To provide Forest School Learning

Worstead Parish Council – £2,000
To provide sheltered seating

Rainbow Children’s Nursery Ltd – £5,000
To revamp the outside play space

Worstead Parish Council – £8,800
To make significant improvements at Worstead Station: Gateway to the Village

The Oulton Airfield Solar Farm, located within the Parish of Oulton in Norfolk, provided £10,000 for the following community projects:

Cawston Parish Council – £500
Towards the Grow, Make and Bake Show

Cawston Bowls Club – £3,000
Towards a new heating and hot water system

Oulton Parish Council – £,4,919

  • Oulton Parish Noticeboards – £2,930
  • Improvement of playing field facilities – £1,989

Cawston Church of England Primary Academy – £1,581
Playground improvements including fire escape from bus

The Rookery Business Park Solar Farm near to Wymondham in Norfolk provided £9,478 for the following community projects:

Young Enterprise – £550
Global Life Primary Programme

Wymondham Town Archive – £1,000
Archive Move

Greening Wymondham – £880
Saving the Tiffey Valley Walk from Closure

Wymondham Town Football Club Limited – £3,048
Football Pitch Maintenance Equipment and Storage

Home-Start Norfolk – £4,000
Home-Start in Wymondham


The Hazel Gap Solar Farm near Carburton in Nottinghamshire provided £28,800 for the following community projects:

The Battle of Hatfield Investigation Society – £4,000
Towards a scientific analysis of skeletal remains discovered in mass graves at St. Mary’s Cuckney in 1950/51 and adjoining area

Norton and Cuckney Parish Council – £16,125

  • Repair and improve the old water troughs on Baker Lane Cuckney – £7,490
  • Create a ‘permissive footpath’ around Mill Hill, Cuckney, and provide a park type bench – £1,900
  • Restore the historic railings at the head of Cuckney Dam – £2,845
  • A community garden wall restoration project – £3,890

Carburton Parish Meeting – £3,375
Provide general village improvements including 3 grit boxes, new village signs, village benches and the creation of wildflower areas

St Giles Church (through the Carburton Parish Meeting) – £5,300
Provide cutlery and crockery for village events/entertainment, bigscreen noticeboards and physical improvements to the church

The Hunciecroft Solar Farm provided £14,400 for community projects located within the Parish of Holbeck.

In early 2016, the community were asked, through a consultation process, how they would like to see the money spent, or any local projects they felt would benefit from this Fund.

The feedback was unanimous – to provide a community broadband scheme for the benefit of everyone in the Parish. This idea has now been approved by the Parish Council and they are developing a plan to deliver the scheme.

The Morton Solar Farm in the Parish of Babworth and Ranby in Nottinghamshire provided £49,650 for the following community projects:

Ranby Village Hall – £26,000
Towards repairs to the roof and installation of a new heating/cooling system

Ranby Fun Field – £9,254
Towards the provision of seating, bins, a sand pit and toys, new pathways, tree planting, hedge cutting, purchase of mowing equipment, goal post installations and a basket ball hoop

Ranby Fun Club PTFA – £14,396
Trim Trail Project