Barrowden and Wakerly Community Shop celebrates green energy success

Celebration of two years very successful results from the Solar PV panels at Barrowden Community Shop. The High Sheriff of Rutland Peter Lawson, left, was amongst those gathered to celebrate.
Celebration of two years very successful results from the Solar PV panels at Barrowden Community Shop. The High Sheriff of Rutland Peter Lawson, left, was amongst those gathered to celebrate.

SATURDAY morning was a very busy one indeed at the Barrowden and Wakerley Community Shop.

STAFF and customers at the Barrowden and Wakerly Community Shop have had two reasons to celebrate this month.

Not only did the shop hold an Easter fun day on Saturday last week - with Easter Hat and Easter Tree competitions and an Easter Egg Hunt - but the shop was celebrating two years of successful use of green electricity generated by its own solar panels.

Rutland High Sheriff Peter Lawson was in attendance and Rutland County Council information officers talked to shoppers about free energy audits of their homes. Displays on renewable energy were provided by Stamford contractor Steve Rudkin and his colleague Chris Jackson who were able to advise householders on energy use.

Youngsters had made Easter hats with help from villager Frances Traves who also helped them make Easter Trees. The trees were a large branch in a flowerpot decorated with Easter eggs, chicks and bunnies in the same way as a Christmas tree. Winner of the hat contest was Chloe Tattersall while Tilley Greaves had the best tree.

Village pony Leo, who belongs to Frances, was in the shop garden with two equine pals as a thank you to local children and other villagers who collected £377 towards the cost of a recent operation.

First prize in the raffle, a painting of Barrowden Village Green by local artist David Thompson, donated by Rutland Lions, was won by David Fry.

In the past two years the shop has generated 12 per cent more energy than was first forecast.

Coffee, cake and home-made hot cross buns proved very popular.

Shop manager David Lewis said they had a very good day: “We were worried about the weather, but it stayed dry and the turnout was much better than we expected,” he said.