Children from Doncaster school celebrate new wind turbines names

Naming of the turbines
Naming of the turbines
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Pupils from a Doncaster primary school are celebrating after winning a competition to name the turbines at a borough wind farm.

Children from All Saints Primary School, in Hooton Pagnell, submitted their suggestions to green energy company Good Energy - who own and operate Hampole wind farm.

Receiving the community fund - St Michael & All Angels Church in Skelbrooke, which received �8,000 to upgrade its heating system.

Receiving the community fund - St Michael & All Angels Church in Skelbrooke, which received �8,000 to upgrade its heating system.

Their winning entries - Windiana, Airy Fairy, Windaloo and Windy Wayne - were selected following a vote on Good Energy’s Facebook page.

Juliet Davenport, chief executive and founder of Good Energy, said: “The pupils from All Saints Primary provided some fantastic suggestions and we’re thrilled with the winning names.

“It’s really great to get input from the communities close to Hampole. We see them as the custodians of the wind farm, which is why it was wonderful to welcome local residents and schoolchildren to the site for the naming ceremony.”

Ed Miliband, MP for Doncaster North, guest of honour at the event, said: “This is a real tribute to everyone in the community who has worked with Good Energy and supported the wind farm in Hampole over the last two years.

“The schoolchildren seemed to really enjoy visiting the site. It’s great that Good Energy has given them a sense of what wind energy really means and why renewable projects are so important. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

A grant for £16,400 was also presented to local residents, from the community fund linked to the wind farm. Among the fund’s first recipients was St Michael and All Angels Church in Skelbrooke, which received £8,000 to upgrade its heating system.

Ruth Roche, church warden at St Michael’s, said: “We’re delighted by this news and very grateful for Good Energy’s support.

“We have struggled with our ancient boiler for years and suffered many church services and parish meetings with no heating.”

Other recipients will include Hooton Pagnell Youth Club and a Neighbourhood Watch group in Pickburn.