Kirkcaldy club has new roof over its head!

MSP David Torrance with Brian Anderson (secretary), Jim MacNamara (vice-president), John Reilly (president). Pic: FPA

MSP David Torrance with Brian Anderson (secretary), Jim MacNamara (vice-president), John Reilly (president). Pic: FPA

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Members of a Kirkcaldy club now have a new roof over their heads, thanks to a cash boost from the Big Lottery Fund and Fife Council.

The Kirkcaldy United Services Institute (KUSI) was successful in securing the funding, which totalled £13,000, and the money was used to pay for a new roof at the club’s premises in St Brycedale Avenue.

Brian Anderson, secretary, told The Press they decided to apply for the funding earlier this year: “The club has undergone many changes over the years, most of which have been never-ending repairs to its structure.

“Recently, the committee had to make a decision whether to leave the club’s roof for a few more years or to go ahead with the work immediately. But one of the problems was the plywood panels under the roof slates was rotting away and the work really needed to be done.

“The committee decided to look into how the club would cover the cost.

“We were advised by our past president, who sadly passed away in July, to contact the Big Lottery Fund in Glasgow and Fife Council, who consider applications for grants to cover the expense.

“After our application was submitted, it took many months for the grant to be approved.

‘‘Work started on the roof in July and it was completed in August.”

Mr Anderson said the entire roof was replaced and, while a large proportion of the cost was covered by the funding, the club also had to contribute a certain amount towards it.

He said the club’s successful funding bid was also mentioned in the Scottish Parliament.

He continued: “The committee would like to thank the Big Lottery Fund and Mandy Rossiter and her team from the Council’s Community Capital Grants Scheme for their contributions, which allowed us to replace the roof. We would also like to extend our thanks to David Torrance MSP who came along to the KUSI Club on Friday night to present the president, John Reilly, with a framed copy of the motion which was submitted to the Scottish Parliament, recognising the grant awarded to the club from the Big Lottery Fund.”