Linda is new Guild convenor

Linda Young
Linda Young

The cluster of churches in Kirkcaldy Presbytery is set for some wide exposure with one of its best-known members in a key national role.

Linda Young,of Buckhaven and Wemyss Parish Church, has been named as the new convenor of the Church of Scotland Guild.

It’s not for old women – it’s pro-active, and we have been making a lot of money for projects

She will take up the post in May and has already had an introduction to the role, after a year spent as vice-convenor.

However, although she was delighted to be chosen, Linda said her main pleasure was the prestige and focus on Kirkcaldy Presbytery, which was only a small group.

“I am delighted for the church – we are only a wee congregation in Buckhaven and Wemyss,” she said. “To do this is major and it’s something I have always been very proud of, being in the Guild.

“It’s not for old women – it’s pro-active, and we have been making a lot of money for projects.”

The Guild has been workingto help around half a dozen ventures over a three-year period, with, said Linda, around £650,000 raised so far.

Among the causes are Out of Africa into Malta, which helps people make the difficult journey between continents; Mary’s Meals, which helps to feed impoverished schoolchildren, and Heart For Art, which introduces people with dementia to painting.

Linda’s association with the Guild spans more than 40 years, having joined the church Young Women’s Group in her early 20s.

“It might have seemed strange, joining the church at that age, but that was the social life then,” she said. “It was very much a group of people who had the same interests.”

When the group ended, the ladies were encouraged to join the Guild and become part of a bigger group by Betty Hendrie, wife of former minister the Rev George Hendrie.

“It was probably one of the best things she ever did for us,” recalled Linda, who is married to local councillor, Jim Young.

Linda was chosen last month by a nomination committee to succeed Kay Keith, of Dumfries, as this year’s convenor.

Duties will include committee meetings and annual gatherings, at national level, while she hopes to attend a conference in Malawi.

Linda said she was proud to have come through the Guild’s ranks and had loved her work with it.

She was looking forward to the whole year – and she was especially keen to do it for Kirkcaldy Presbytery.