Con­gre­ga­tion will have their say on fu­ture of church’s Kirkhill build­ing later next month

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang Parish Church mem­bers will have their say on the fu­ture of the church’s Kirkhill build­ing next month.

Ear­lier this month, the Re­former re­vealed ini­tial talks were un­der­way be­tween lo­cal char­ity LEAP - the Light­burn El­derly Ac­tion Pro­ject - and the church, with a view to them us­ing the sanc­tu­ary build­ing, the for­mer Cam­bus­lang Old Parish.

The build­ing, which fell out of use in the merger of the Old Parish, Trin­ity St Paul’s and St An­drew’s Churches to cre­ate Cam­bus­lang Parish Church, has lain va­cant for the past few years.

De­tails were given to the con­gre­ga­tion last month by the kirk ses­sion, as the for­mer Old Parish is rarely used, ex­cept for the oc­ca­sional wed­ding and fu­neral.

A dis­cus­sion is due to take place amongst the con­gre­ga­tion on Sun­day, Au­gust 16, when they will vote on the pro­posal.

Af­ter­wards, the kirk ses­sion will have a vote, and they will have the fi­nal say on the pro­posal.

A let­ter was given to the con­gre­ga­tion in early June.

It read: “In kirk ses­sion, we have been look­ing at the use of the sanc­tu­ary build­ing at Kirkhill. We are aware that this is a build­ing which is pre­cious to many peo­ple in Cam­bus­lang, both in­side and out­side the church.

“We are also aware the build­ing is se­ri­ously un­der­used, and that it holds great po­ten­tial to be used as a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity.

“We are in con­sul­ta­tion with LEAP, a com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing with older peo­ple through­out Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen, to as­cer­tain whether they would be bet­ter to main­tain the build­ing and al­low it to be­come a cen­tre of com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity all through the week.

“If this was to come about, there would be a need to work out many finer de­tails, but we feel it is im­por­tant to let you know that kirk ses­sion were en­thu­si­as­tic about this pos­si­bil­ity and have asked for this is­sue to be taken for­ward with LEAP and the gen­eral trustees of the Church of Scot­land.”

LEAP’s Stu­art McGre­gor con­firmed ne­go­ti­a­tions had be­gun.

He pre­vi­ously said: “We’re very keen to do some­thing and re­tain the build­ing in some form of com­mu­nity own­er­ship.

“It would def­i­nitely be bet­ter than it go­ing to a com­mer­cial pur­pose.”

De­ci­sion LEAP are in­ter­ested in tak­ing over the for­mer Cam­bus­lang Old Parish Church build­ing

No de­ci­sion Rev Les­lie Milton stressed no de­ci­sion has been made ei­ther way on the for­mer Old Parish build­ing

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