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A NORTH Northumberland village’s bid to win further ‘green’ funding has been unsuccessful, but they have already gained so much, according to a project member.

Ingram was the North East winner of the British Gas Green Streets competition in 2009 and has used grants totalling around £120,000 to develop green energy in the village.

Around two-thirds was used to refurbish the village hall by installing 33 photovoltaic panels and an air-to-air heat exchanger.

On June 17, representatives of the village went to Edinburgh to tell their story with the chance of winning an extra £100,000 of funding.

Joyce Clayton, from the village hall committee, said: “It was good to meet other groups that had been part of the Green Streets project.

“We did our bit and we did our presentation. We were all a bit nervous but it was fine.”

“We didn’t get through to the final which was disappointing, but I hope the winning group was a worthwhile project and it won’t stop us doing the work we started in terms of green education.

“We have already won in terms of the knowledge we have acquired and, of course, our wonderful village hall. There are no losers in this project.”