An historic South Yorkshire village is putting itself properly on the map after winning a four-figure grant from a renewable energy firm to pay for a bespoke name sign to be designed and installed at its boundary.
The village committee for Brampton-en-le-Morthen, which sits to the south east of Rotherham, has been awarded a £3,000 grant from the Community Benefits Fund linked to Banks Renewables’ nearby Penny Hill Wind Farm to pay for the high quality metal sign to be installed at the village boundary.
The design on the sign, which was agreed after a consultation with residents, reflect the village’s heritage and includes a dairy farmer, milk churns, brambles which link to the ancient word Brampton, the old chapel, which is the oldest building in the village, and the heraldry sign that can be seen on it.
The funding has also been used to pay for a stone feature to be built around the sign to protect it and further enhance its visibility.
Brampton-en-le-Morthen has approximately 50 homes and 80 residents, and can trace its history right back to the Doomsday Book.
There is no village hall or community building available to local residents, but the formation of a new village committee three years ago has driven an increased sense of community cohesion and pride, which the new signs are designed to reinforce.
Glynis Briddon, secretary of the village committee, says: “The aim of this project was to encourage greater recognition of our small community, to define who and where we are and to help foster an even stronger sense of local belonging.
“We wanted the sign to reflect our community’s history and involving all the residents in agreeing the final design has made sure that everyone’s pleased with what’s been chosen.
“The sign looks fantastic and the feedback we’ve had so far both locally and from visitors has been really positive.
“There’s always something to raise money for within the village and there’s no way that a small community like ours could have taken this project forward without the generous support we’ve had from Banks Renewables.”
The Penny Hill Wind Farm Community Fund, which will provide over £500,000 of community funding over the wind farm’s 25-year lifespan, is ring-fenced for use within the parishes of Aston, Thurcroft, Treeton, Ulley and Whiston, and aims to make a positive, long-term difference to local voluntary groups, environmental projects and community facilities in these areas.
Organisations which have benefited from the funds that has been distributed from the fund so far include Rother Vale Community Band, the Maelstrom Explorer Scouts, Ulley Sailing Club, Treeton Parish Council, the Friends of Ulley Country Park, Treeton Community Centre and Holy Trinity Church in Ulley.
The Penny Hill Wind Farm generates over 41,000 MW of green electricity every year, which is enough to meet the annual energy requirements of more than 10,500 homes, and by doing so, displaces over 14,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the electricity supply network per annum.
Lewis Stokes, community relations manager at Banks Renewables, adds: “The Penny Hill Wind Farm Community Fund is making a big difference to the facilities and resources available to a range of local organisations which in turn improves what they can offer to people living across the area.
“The new Brampton sign look terrific and we’re very pleased to have been able to support such a creative community project.”
Community groups or voluntary organisations in the vicinity of the Penny Hill Wind Farm which are looking for a grant of up to £3,000 should contact James Eaglesham at the Banks Community Fund on 0191 378 6342 to check if their group or project is eligible.