Church Buildings

Rev David Robertson

Free Church minister calls for ‘sensible’ building discussions with Kirk following Broughty Ferry split

A Free Church minister in Dundee has urged the Church of Scotland to come to a sensible arrangement over the use of redundant church buildings as the minister and members from a Broughty Ferry congregation are set to become the latest to leave the national church. Earlier this week Rev Alberto de Paula, Kirk minister […]

Dalziel St Andrew’s

Massive £150,000 boost for Motherwell church upgrade

Plans to carry out a major upgrade to a church in Motherwell have been given a massive funding boost worth almost £150,000. The overhaul of the roof and walls at Dalziel St Andrew’s is the last major phase of a makeover which has so far cost in the region of £600,000. The Heritage Lottery Fund […]

Ann Gloag

Nazarene plans to transform Perth ‘eyesore’ building have been abandoned

Businesswoman and philanthropist Ann Gloag’s proposal to demolish the derelict C-listed Waverley Hotel to build a multi-use church hall and flats to link social activities at the adjacent Trinity Church of the Nazarene has now fallen by the wayside, with a for sale sign placed at the York Place/Caledonian Road site in the last few […]

Propose extension at West Church in Dornoch

Dornoch church hall extension plan sparks row

A furious spat has broken out between Highland Council’s conservation officer and architects over an extension to the West Church Hall in Dornoch. Conservation officer Kerry Hawthorne has condemned Inverurie firm William Lippe Architects’ vision of a 441 square metre extension to the Church of Scotland hall. She claimed their contemporary glass and timber design […]


War of words over Kirk’s Rutherglen church building decision

Rumblings of discontent are brewing amongst the congregations of two Rutherglen churches. Last year, the Glasgow Presbytery announced it was to merge the congregations of Rutherglen Old Parish and Rutherglen West and Wardlawhill – with the new united church, understood to be called Rutherglen Parish Church. Meetings between the kirk sessions of both churches have […]


Pray and Play as £3.5m church and sports hall in Dumfries gets the green light

A £3.5 million community church on the edge of Dumfries’ largest housing estate has been given the green light. The town’s burgeoning Baptist congregation has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to build a new home with a difference. The church will be at the centre of a complex including a sports hall with changing […]


£1m bid to restore ‘splendid’ lochside church

St Conan’s Kirk sits at the north end of Loch Awe in Argyll, not far from the ruins of the 15th century Kilchurn Castle. And like its tumbledown neighbour, the picturesque church has seen better days. But now a fundraising effort has just been launched to raise £1m needed for urgent repairs. John Gleeson, Historic […]

Plockton Free Church

Highland congregation secures its own church after 30-year wait

A Wester Ross congregation is rejoicing after successfully acquiring its own premises in the village of Plockton after effectively being homeless for 30 years. A question mark hung over the future use of the Church of Scotland building in the middle of the picturesque village after the Kirk decided to put it up for sale […]

The Italian Chapel in Orkney

Former prisoner of war returns to Orkney’s Italian Chapel

A former prisoner of war has returned to Scotland to visit the famous chapel he helped build during the Second World War. Gino Caprara, now 93, worked on the Italian Chapel 
on Lamb Holm in Orkney during his three-year stay on the island ­between 1942 and 1945. The Italian made the pilgrimage both to see […]


Thieves attack Irvine Old Parish Church to steal bronze

It was the smell of smoke on Sunday morning that led to parishioner Margaret Greenlees making the shocking discovery that Irvine Old Parish Church had been set on fire. The 18th century doors had been set alight in a bid to take the bronze hinges off. The thieves also attempted to take cabling from the […]

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