£90,000 grant for landmark in Burntisland

George Kay and Ian Archibald of Burntisland Heritage Trust have worked hard to help secure funding to save the church. Pic: FPA

George Kay and Ian Archibald of Burntisland Heritage Trust have worked hard to help secure funding to save the church. Pic: FPA

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The 12th century Kirkton Church in Burntisland has been awarded £90,500 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to save the ancient ruins.

The nationally significant building and graveyard was pegged for help by the Old Kirkton Church and Historic Graveyard Steering Group made up of the Burntisland Heritage Trust, Fife Council, Burntisland Community Council and the Floral Action Burntisland group who submitted the successful bid.

Kirkton ceased to be the parish church around 1592 when the present Burntisland Parish Church was constructed, and is currently in a state of disuse and disrepair.

The grant will ensure that Kirkton Church, the oldest building in Burntisland, is preserved for future generations. This will involve clearing off ivy growth, stabilising its crumbling walls, capping the wall-heads and both reinstating and repairing fallen and broken gravestones.

The two-year project to transform the roofless ruin is set to start later this year, subject to reaching the funding total of £130,000.

Ian Archibald, trustee and convenor of Burntisland Heritage Trust, said: “Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Kirkton Church and graveyard will at last receive the attention and conservation they deserve. By unlocking the site’s rich cultural heritage locals and visitors alike will be able to learn about this valuable heritage resource.”

Outreach activities and raising awareness of the site’s historical importance are central to the project.

Councillor George Kay said: “The local community has been working hard on this project for many years, and I would like to congratulate them on this success. I am delighted that all their hard work has paid off, that Kirkton Church will be made safe and that the graveyard will be opened again as a public space.