A proud landmark in need of some urgent welfare

The former Denbeath Miners Welfare Social Club, Institution Street, Buckhaven
The former Denbeath Miners Welfare Social Club, Institution Street, Buckhaven

Nearly a year after going on the market, the once proud Denbeath Miners’ Welfare Institute appears to still be looking for a buyer.

The building, which featured in the hit BBC series ‘Tutti Frutti’ with Robbie Coltrane, and the associated bowling club, closed when the Denbeath Miners and Welfare Charitable Association went into voluntary liquidation because of soaring costs.

DM Hall, which is handling the sale of the property in Institution Street, was unable to comment on interest from potential buyers.

The firm’s website states the property is considered suitable for redevelopment.

It adds: “The club premises which have been relatively well maintained externally, are in need of investment/upgrading internally.”

No price is listed with offers invited for the 0.86 acre site.

The building is now boarded up and stands only a stone’s throw away from the dilapidated Denbeath Parish Church, highlighted recently by Fife Council as a local eyesore.

Now residents are concerned the building, with the bowling green overgrown, could also fall into disrepair.

“It used to be a real hub of the community,” said one householder. “It’s sad to now see it in this state.”

Meanwhile, the former charitable association seems to be in better health than its former premises.

Renaming itself as Denbeath Social Club, it moved into the nearby former Scout’s Hall bringing with them some of the Institute’s furniture and even the old bar.

Bar manager Vicky Lindsay said the move has been good for the club.

“We’re just plugging along,” she told the Mail.

“We’re roughly just offering the same sort of things. We don’t really do outside functions but we still do all the functions for our own members.

“We have a quiz night, play your cards right, disco and other things now and again.”