kirkcaldy’s historic Old Kirk is set for a bright future after being sold to the trust set up to preserve it for future generations of Langtonians.
And the deal, which was expected to be finalised yesterday (Wednesday) was made possible thanks to a generous £75,000 loan from John Sim, son of the late Rev. John Sim who was minister of Kirkcaldy Old Kirk from 1960-87.
Mr Sim jnr. grew up in the manse and is a shareholder in the company which owns Raith Rovers’ football ground in Kirkcaldy.
He has taken an active interest in his father’s former church and expressed his support when the Old Kirk Trust was set up in October last year.
Missives to secure the sale of the B-listed property which dates from 1807 with a 16th century bell tower and comes complete with a full-sized pipe organ and stained glass windows, were expected to be concluded yesterday following negotiations between the Trustees for the Church of Scotland which was handling the sale and lawyers for the Old Kirk Trust.
Rosemary Potter, chairman of the Trust, said: “We are very excited at the potential
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for the future of the Old Kirk building in Kirkcaldy.
“However we also appreciate how much we will need the help of Kirkcaldy folk to realise that potential for the good of the community.”
Plans for the building include a heritage centre, telling the story of Kirkcaldy’s history; a folk music school for children and adults; a continuing tradition of Christian worship with new church Destiny’s vibrant Sunday services; and hires to community groups for music and drama performances and concerts.
“We want to see the Old Kirk bustling again with activities for children and adults in the service of the community, but it will take time and hard work to achieve its full potential,” said Mrs Potter.
She added that the Trust would like to thank Mr Sim for his generous support which enabled them to buy the church.
“The next stage will be to equip the building to begin earning its living!” she said.
“With all the chairs having been removed before its sale, there is an urgent need for seating, and we will be launching a ‘Sponsor-a-Seat’ scheme where individuals or businesses can donate £100 for a seat and have their name on a plaque if they wish.”
Forms will be available in the Fife Free Press office or from 12 Hendry Road, or through the Old Kirk Trust’s website at www.kirkcaldyoldkirktrust.org.uk.