langtonians are being urged to get behind the Old Kirk Trust to ensure it stays in the public hands.
Reaffirming its interest in maintaining the historic building as part of the town’s heritage, the Trust has launched a major effort to raise its profile and encourage people to sign up to become a Friend of the Old Kirk – with the possibility of buying it.
The Trust has now set up a website where people can pledge their support and possibly offer donations towards the cause.
Trust chairman, Rosemary Potter, said she would be writing to the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland, who are dealing with the sale of the building which was placed on the market last week with a price tag of offers over £75,000, to say it was still interested in taking over the running of the building.
“Ideally we would love for them to offer it to us at a nominal price, but we realise that may not be possible,” she explained. “We don’t want to become involved in a bidding war.
Make or break
“It is now make or break time for this vitally important part of Kirkcaldy’s history, and if it is sold off privately then we could lose over 1000 years worth of history to a block of flats.
“Our business plan is coming together and it gives us hope that we would be able to maintain it if we can acquire it. We know it will take a lot of upkeep, but because we are registered as a historic building preservation group, we will be able to apply for grants for this purpose, which many other groups would not be able to.”
Ann Watters of Kirkcaldy Civic Society, who along with other members of the society is a member of the Trust, added her support, saying: “I am absolutely horrified at what has happened to this church and I am surprised it has been put on the market so quickly.
“We have to make sure this building is kept for use by the community with its beautiful stained glass windows, its unique graveyard and history in the town,” she said.
“So many people signed the petition – around 1200 – including many from overseas, and many of them have said they would be willing to contribute financially to ensure it remains a part of the town’s heritage.”