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Solar panels boost for community hub

Thursday 30 March 2017

Sarah Fowler, chief executive of the Peak District National Park, cuts the ribbon to launch the solar panels.

Newly-installed solar panels at Bamford’s community hub were officially launched by the Peak District National Park’s chief executive, Sarah Fowler.

Sarah cut the ribbon at a ‘switch on’ ceremony at the Anglers Rest Community Hub, which houses a pub, café and post office.

The solar panels will cut energy bills at the property and help Bamford Community Society to work towards the Peak District’s Environmental Quality mark. They were installed thanks to a £6000 award through the Marks & Spencer Community Energy fund.

Sarah said: “The solar panels will help to boost the energy efficiency of this very important community resource. I was delighted to take part in the launch event and to see at first hand the initiatives and hard work undertaken by Bamford Community Society.”

Pam Kenworthy, chair of Bamford Community Society added: “We were thrilled that Sarah joined us for the official launch of the panels and recognised the innovative activities that are happening to ensure the village continues to thrive.”

In 2013, The Anglers Rest became the first community pub in Derbyshire when it was bought collectively by more than 300 people. It is now run for the benefit of the community and hosts The Anglers Pub, The Rest Café and Bamford Post Office.

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