GETTING things up and running at Kirkcaldy’s Old Kirk is not going to be a quick process, but projects are being developed to bring it back into public use as soon as possible.
That was the message from Rosemary Potter, chairman of Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust, the body which recently took possession of the historic landmark to preserve it for future generations of Langtonians and visitors.
The Trust has already reached agreement with the Destiny Church to begin holding services in the building within the coming months, and this will be marked with an opening service in celebration of the return of the Old Kirk as a place of worship in the town.
Worship will be led by Rev. David Voon from Dunfermline every Sunday, while the building will be available for a variety of other activities at other times.
These will include a heritage centre – telling the stories of Kirkcaldy’s most famous sons and daughters, including Adam Smith who was baptised in the building, and other people in its history, many who are buried in the graveyard.
Plans are also underway with the Scottish Conservatoire to host a traditional music school for adults and children in the Old Kirk, focussing on all aspects of traditional folk music.
And community groups are being encouraged to hire the premises for concerts, musical and drama performances, weddings or meetings.
Mrs Potter said: “Our project to sell chairs in the Old Kirk for £100 a go has been going very well so far, and we have raised around £10,000 which will enable us to buy around 100 seats.
‘‘We have room for 300, so any individual or company who would still like to take up the opportunity can contact the Trust to do so.
“Also anyone who would like to become a Friend of Kirkcaldy Old Kirk can pick up a leaflet from myself, the Fife Free Press office or Kirkcaldy Library and fill it in.
“We have applied for a number of grants to help us carry out repairs which are needed on the roof, the stained glass windows and the tower.
‘’These may take some time to come through, as this is not a quick process.
“However we are happy with the way things are progressing so far.
‘‘We are talking closely with the Civic Society and those involved in bringing together the Adam Smith heritage plans on the way forward, which we are very happy with.”