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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 December, 2003, 16:03 GMT
Windfarm money reopens church
Llanddeusant church, Anglesey
The church has been renovated with money from a windfarm

For the first time in a decade a Christmas service has been held in a newly renovated church on Anglesey.

And the money for the work carried out at the ancient Llanddeusant church came from the proceeds from a windfarm.

The church closed 10 years ago because the building was in a state of disrepair with water coming through the roof and broken windows.

However, a local windfarm business gave 28,000 for the renovation so that the church could re-open.

The church was full with children taking part in a nativity play when the first service since the reopening on Tuesday.

Backing for the scheme came from Fferam Ucha' farm - which has 34 wind turbines - in Llanddeusant.

The children of Llanddeusant
It's the first time the children have performed in a nativity play there
Farmer Peredur Hughes said that when the turbines were built six years ago a deal was struck for the church repairs.

"The local community council, Tre Alaw, and the wind company came to an agreement, that the council would receive 16,000 every year for 15 years to be spent as they wished.

"The money comes from the wind turbines and is used for the local community.

"The church is the heart of the village and because it was closed we asked the wind farm committee for financial help."

Local children had the chance to take part in a Christmas service on Tuesday with a full congregation. The church will belong to the villagers as the Church in Wales has given the trustees a lease for 100 years.

Concerts

"It's fantastic to see so many here," said church treasurer Ann Owen.

"The church door will be now open to whoever wants it, weddings, christenings and funerals. But hopefully we won't have too many of them.

"We can now have concerts too."

John Roberts, chairman of the wind farm committee, said it was happy to help the community.

"It was very nice to see the place full and as the church is the heart of the community we were very happy to help such a good cause."




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