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Hundon beneficiaries of Broxted Solar Farm funding spell out what they have gained



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Representatives from Cubico, the sustainable investment company which operates a solar farm on the former Stradishall Airfield visited neighbouring Hundon to see how a community fund that it provides is benefitting the village.

Covering 150 acres and producing 32MW, Broxted Solar Farm, near Haverhill, was constructed in 2015 on land owned by Navigator Land, run by Charles Ryder of Great Bradley Hall.

To date the Broxted Solar Community Fund (BSCF) has distributed £77,000 (£10,500 per annum) to a variety of projects which benefit the community, including Hundon Primary School and the village pre-school.

Cubico representatives with members of the committee that administer the Broxted Solar Farm Community Fund in Hundon. Submitted picture
Cubico representatives with members of the committee that administer the Broxted Solar Farm Community Fund in Hundon. Submitted picture

The visit started at the primary school where head teacher, Sharon Fitzgerald explained how the funding had helped her implement some important schemes, including providing tablets to pupils during Covid lockdowns.

She said: “We were so pleased to be able to share with the team that their support for technology within the school had ensured the provision of tablets and laptops for any family requiring equipment during Covid-19 related school closures and ensured all our children could access our provision remotely ton continue learning.”

The group went to the village hall to meet representatives of other clubs and organisations including pre-school playgroup, gardening club, village hall and football club where Anne Cutts explained how an award had enabled the club to finance a feasibility study in support of an application for the substantial funding required to construct the new changing facilities necessary for the future of the club.

The visit by Cubico took them to the Hundon war memorial. Contributed picture (57027294)
The visit by Cubico took them to the Hundon war memorial. Contributed picture (57027294)

The party then focussed on the war memorial in front of the village hall, which was renovated and relocated from the churchyard with the help of the BSCF funding.

A visit to All Saints Church enabled Richard Langridge of the PCC to explain how funding had helped repairs to the organ, water supply to the new servery and the hire of temporary toilet facilities pending new installation.

Following a revival of interest in allotments the new committee has made significant improvements including the planting of an orchard last year and has received awards for the purchase of eco-friendly equipment.

Broxted Solar Farm
Broxted Solar Farm

The visit ended at the Hedgehog Rescue centre where Jill Brown who, concerned at the decline in the hedgehog population, decided to set up a rescue centre in a brick outhouse in her garden 10 years ago.

The BSCF enabled Jill to instal a number of cages for the “autumn juveniles” - young hedgehogs unable to fend for themselves and unlikely to survive the winter.

She is helped by six volunteers and between them they have rescued several hundred hedgehogs.