Public asked to vote for important Burntisland historical project

The ancient Kirkton church and graveyard in Burntisland has won an award throught the Co-op Fund which people have to vote for
The ancient Kirkton church and graveyard in Burntisland has won an award throught the Co-op Fund which people have to vote for

People in Burntisland and further afield are being asked to cast their votes to help raise as much money as possible for a project to preserve an ancient graveyard and church in the town.

Kirkton churchyard contains the ruins of a medieval place of worship and burial dating back to the 12th century, making it one of the oldest in the country.

Burntisland Heritage Trust’s project team has been told it will receive funding through the Co-operative’s Local Fund, but the amount it will get depends on public votes.

The building was once the parish church and played an important part in the development of Burntisland, while the graveyard contains headstones which tell the story of Burntisland’s past importance as a trading port, coal and mill-town.

At present it lies hidden behind a locked gate. The project aims to open up the site to the public, make the area more attractive and preserve the church and make it safe for future generations to enjoy.

The initiative is a community led project involving Burntisland Heritage, the Community Council, Floral Action Burntisland and many more from the local community.

It would work with the school’s Curriculum for Excellence programme to promote events and workshops for the school, and there would be a number of green initiatives for the site which would involve local community groups and the school.

The site will become an enduring feature on the existing Burntisland Heritage Trail walks, it is already on the St Margaret’s Pilgrim Journey and there is scope to incorporate it in a new Fife Pilgrim Trail. A historical and family history resource will also be developed, with details of the church and gravestones properly recorded for the future.

The amount Burntisland Heritage Trust is applying for will be used towards a “green initiative,” working with Floral Action Burntisland and the school to provide interpretative work showing the history of the church, a dedicated Kirkton Church and Graveyard website and an exhibition.

Vote by visiting www.co-oplocalfund.co.uk before 5pm on December 11.