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Paint brushes at the ready for Anglesey Women’s Institute, thanks to Horizon donation

13 April 2018

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The Anglesey branch of the Women’s Institute (WI) will be ensuring an important local landmark looks its best ahead of the summer tourism season, thanks to a donation from Horizon Nuclear Power.

Horizon Nuclear Power’s Charitable Donations, Community Support and Sponsorship scheme has helped more than 150 organisations across North Wales since it was launched in 2014. This latest contribution to the Anglesey WI has helped Horizon to reach an important milestone – investing more than £250,000 in good causes, projects and organisations near to the Wylfa Newydd site.

The group has received funding to complete renovation works at the Llanfairpwll WI Hall and Tollhouse. A much-loved local attraction, the building was also home to Britain’s first Women’s Institute in 1915.

Renovation works to the Tollhouse, which has been transformed into a museum dedicated to the birthplace of the WI in Britain, will ensure the property is in pristine condition ahead of the influx in visitors over the summer months.

The Llanfairpwll Women’s Institute still operates from the original hall and welcomes new members regularly. Since being founded over 100 years ago the WI continues to move with the times, embracing the latest technologies, tackling local and national issues and taking an active role in local communities, all while preserving the heritage of the organisation.

Delyth Owen, Community Involvement Officer at Horizon Nuclear Power, said:

“The Llanfairpwll Tollhouse and WI hall is of great importance to the community and holds special significance on a national level too.

“We were delighted to be able to support this fantastic initiative and were particularly excited to see that it was this donation that helped us to reach the £250,000 milestone.”

Audrey Jones, Treasurer of the Anglesey Federation of Women’s Institutes, said:

“We’re truly overwhelmed by Horizon’s generosity and delighted to be able to progress with the renovations. These two buildings in Llanfairpwll are of great significance to local people and are an important part of the national heritage of the Women’s Institute. We have a huge responsibility to ensure that they’re kept in pristine condition and remain accessible for our members and visitors alike. We’re looking forward to getting started.”

For more information about the Charitable Donations, Community Support and Sponsorship scheme and how to apply visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com/community-support.

Find out more about Horizon Nuclear Power and the proposals for Wylfa Newydd by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 954 9516 or emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.

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 For more information contact:

 Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com

 Notes to editors:

  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.