There was only one correct entry submitted for the Quiz - Congratulations Jill Chambers who has received a Blackettyside Gift Voucher. Anyone wishing a copy of the all the answers can contact Pat Stevenson.
St David's Church
It was with sadness that we closed the doors of St David's for the last time on 17 May. The Church was sold on 18 May to the new owners who are planning for a conversion to a holiday home.
Church Fabric Group
The Fabric Group has been established and meets about 2 weeks before each session meeting. Ongoing issues will be managed by members. To make the workload more manageable, we have divided the responsibilities as follows: -
Church - Peter Williamson, Jonny Izzat Stables - Donald Coutts-Wood (also Ian and Valerie Anderson although they are not fabric group members) Durham Hall - David Bell, James Robertson New Manse - Roddy Sneddon Grounds - Andrew Gilmour, Jimmy Simpson Health and safety issues - Helen Melvin
Any problems? Contact above persons in the first instance.
Peter Williamson Convenor
East Neuk Foodbank
A Basket for donation of goods is in the Church vestibule and in the Stables every week. Everything you donate is so much appreciated and many thanks to all those who contribute. Please keep supporting as the need is constant.
Basic needs - UHT milk, sugar, cereal, pack of teabags or coffee, tins of soup, tins of fish, jars of pasta sauce, packs of pasta, tins of veg, tinned puddings, tins of beans, tins of meat, packet of biscuits and jars of jam.
Farewell Lunch for the Rev'd Jane Baron
Members of the Congregation enjoying lunch at the Old Manor Hotel, while acknowledging and giving thanks to The Rev'd Jane Baron ( Locum Minister from June 2016 to January 2018) who gave us guidance, support and encouragement during our journey towards becoming a Union. Mrs Irene Kay (Session Clerk) also conveyed thanks on behalf of the congregation to the Rev'd David Clark for his time as Interim Moderator and Mrs Catherine Wilson (Deputy Presbytery Clerk) for their guidance and reassurance during this time of change.
Easter Morning Worship
A Son Rise Beach Service was held on the beach at the Temple, Lower Largo on Easter morning. The weather was kind for the folks who gathered round in Praise of the Risen Lord.
The Son Rise Beach Service was followed by breakfast at the Durham Hall where Bacon Rolls were served.
The Cross inside the Church at the Easter Morning Worship Service.
Restoration work at Largo and Newburn Parish Church 2015-17
In July 2013, with the approval of the Church Session, Larry Rolland as convener of the fabric group requested a survey of the church windows. These date from the late Victorian era and consist of 4 stained glass windows and 8 quarry and crown glass windows. The work required varied from minimal to extensive with several needing to be fully re-leaded owing to sagging of the structure threatening the glass. In addition, the supporting ironwork and openings had rusted and external protection was failing. The rose window glass which was hidden behind organ pipes since 1981, was to be moved to the North aisle.
We accepted a quote from Scottish Glass Studios (Mark Bambrough) following successful grant applications. We had a 75% grant (£47,820) from Fife Environmental Trust (landfill tax) with additional income from Baird Trust and donations from the Wood clan and Baxter family (the latter two in relation to windows given by these families). VAT was reclaimed under the Listed Places of Worship Scheme. The work was done between Dec 2015 and Jan 2017 resulting in a major improvement in terms of draughts, light and durable structures for the next 50-100 years.
In July 2014, a survey of the exterior of the church revealed major issues with failed pointing allowing water ingress and plant growth and also “hard pointing” which was damaging the stonework. The East gable end had been rendered previously. This was badly damaged leading to water penetration into the East facing walls. Subsequently, once the render was removed a great deal of stone and pointing repair was required. The rainwater goods were in poor condition which contributed to water penetration into the walls. The estimated cost of all the work was around £150-200,000. Discussions and a phase 1 application to Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) were successful to develop the bid further. This involved a more detailed survey and specification of works. In addition, we undertook to investigate the history of the church and to display this on the church website, to provide signage and leaflets and to have open days to encourage a wider understanding of the heritage we have. Our phase 2 bid was successful with an award of £138,600 provided equally between HLF and Historic Environment Scotland. In addition, we were very pleased to receive grants from General Trustees of Church of Scotland, Todd Bequest, Garfield Weston Foundation, Alan Evans Foundation, Scotland’s Churches Trust. Once again VAT was reclaimed and local donations and fundraising was used. The work took place between Oct 2016 and April 2017. The external appearance is much improved and will secure the building for generations to come. The photographs illustrate some of the problems we were facing and the improvements we have made.
Do come and enjoy the heritage we have!
The church is indebted to the Upper Largo Camera Club for many of the wonderful photographs included in the web-site and also to Andrew Beveridge for the excellent video recording.