Thank heaven for the Heritage Lottery Fund

Anstruther Church
Anstruther Church

Anstruther Parish Church has had its prayers answered by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The local church has been awarded £83,700 of Lottery funding to address urgent repairs and to help secure its future as one of Scotland’s most historic places of worship.

The well-loved church is amongst the first 35 churches across the UK to be awarded a grant through HLF’s new Grants for Places of Worship programme, which aims to help churches adapt to build for future sustainability.

Built in 1634 with later additions, Anstruther Parish Church is an A-listed building and repairs will be made to its tower and walls, which are suffering from water ingress.

Repointing will replace historic cement-based repair work that is now damaging the building.

The parapet walkway will also be repaired, along with the clock facings and fittings. Internally decaying structural timbers will be repaired, a stone spiral stair will be repointed, and a handrail added to provide safer access.

Colin McLean, head of HLF Scotland, said; “Not only will this award secure the immediate future of this particular building, it will also empower the congregation to adapt it, where necessary, so it can be enjoyed more widely throughout the community and, in turn, enable it to be more sustainable for the future.”

It is hoped once work is finished the church, which is already widely used by the community, could be used as a performance venue for the East Neuk Festival and a lunch stop for walkers.