Spire restoration project making good progress

Work to repair the spire is well under way

Work to repair the spire is well under way

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Work is progressing well on a major project to restore one of Cupar’s best-known landmarks.

The spire at St John’s Church, which dates back to 1878, needed extensive structural work to both the interior and exterior.

A major fundraising campaign was launched to help raise the final £20,000 needed to allow the work to proceed.

In total, the project is costing almost £400,000, with grants of £150,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £125,000 from Historic Scotland and a grant of £20,000 from the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland.

It’s hoped that the project, which is being overseen by Edinburgh-based Benjamin Tindall Architects Ltd., will be completed by the end of September.

“Our spire appeal exceeded our £20,000 target and we’re grateful for the response by so many people,” said session clerk Muriel Dymock.

“The congregation has greatly appreciated the support which has made this project possible.”