SEVERAL grants from the Ewe Hill 6 windfarm community benefit fund were distributed by Langholm, Ewes and Westerkirk community council at their meeting last October.
Muckle Toon Media received £1,000 for a new printer / scanner / photocopier and the Buccleuch Centre £880 for two thermal printers for its new online ticketing system.
Langholm Old Town Bowling Club got £2,500 to carry out work on the new kitchen.
The Langholm Alliance also received £2,500 for its own funds.
SURF and the Langholm Alliance received £2,000 to expand the activity outlined in the tourism strategy: clear definition and streamlining of the Langholm brand, with signage and promotional material related to heritage, sports and recreation etc.
Langholm Library Trust was awarded £399 to buy an 8mm film copier.
Ron Addison, a trustee, said old cine films could be put through this machine and it would digitise them.
Originally, the film was developed and played through a projector but it deteriorated over time and you could not freeze-frame them.
He added: “We inherited from the archive group a big box of these 8mm films. No-one has looked at them for 60 years.
“I’ve been running them through the film copier and there are some quite interesting ones.
“They’re mostly about Langholm families and we’d like to try to identify the people in them so, when the day centre reopens, I’ll go and put them on their TV to see whether anyone recognises the people.
“There is a smashing one from 60 years ago of a trip to Edinburgh Zoo and I’m sure there’ll be other films out there which people still have.
“If anyone wanted a copy of any of these movies, all they need is a memory stick and they can get a copy.”
Ewes Hall committee received £984.
In total, the community benefit fund had £15,083 to distribute.
Dougie Beattie, in his treasurer’s report, said the council’s spending had been much reduced because of COVID-19.
They included cenotaph lighting costs £220, Remembrance Sunday wreaths £105; Jubilee bridge signage £20 and other expenses £280.
The Buccleuch Park fundraising had been particularly successful, with the receipt of £10,000 from Muirhall Energy’s Crossdykes windfarm.
Spending on plants for the raised beds was £972 and carved throne seats £400.
The Buccleuch Park bank account totalled £55,296.