Cupar heritage centre to open doors

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PEOPLE in the Cupar area can enjoy a sneak preview of the town’s new heritage centre when it opens its doors to the public next Sunday, September 4.

The centre, which has been created in the former stationmaster’s house at Cupar railway station, is one of 70 venues across Fife participating in this year’s Doors Open Days.

The group behind the heritage centre project, Cupar Heritage, is currently putting the finishing touches to the displays and is planning an official opening later this year.

The building was made available to the heritage society under First Scotrail’s ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme and much of the funding has come from Transport Scotland in the form of a grant awarded under its Station Community Generation Fund.

Also taking part in Open Doors Day this year for the first time is the Leng Home in Newport, which was once the home of William Leng, second son of newspaper magnate Sir John Leng.

A handsome, early 20th century property, the house was gifted to the community to provide care and support for its residents.

St James the Great Scottish Episcopal Church in Cupar will also open its doors for the first time this year.

There will be an opportunity to visit some favourite local landmarks such as Collessie Church and the Melville tomb; the Melville House Doocot; Cults Kirk and Pitlessie’s Wilkie Hall, where visitors can see the famous collection of Wilkie Engravings, including a copy of the ‘Penny Wedding’, rumoured to be one of the Queen’s favourite paintings.

People can even take part in a guided tour of the milling complex at the Scotts/Quaker Oats factory just outside Cupar - and be treated to a pot of porridge afterwards.

Buildings in east Fife are the first to throw open their doors during this year’s three-week event, with central Fife following on September 11 and west Fife on September 18.

Councillor Tony Martin, chair of Fife Council’s environment, enterprise and transportation committee, said: “This popular event offers locals and visitors the chance to visit a wide variety of buildings and venues which show off Fife’s rich historical and architectural heritage.

“It’s fabulous to see such strong support from all those who make it happen and I wish everyone success on their day”.

Brochures are available at various outlets throughout Fife including libraries, council offices, community centres and tourist information centres, and full details can be found on www.fifedirect.org.uk