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Wellesley Parish Church of Scotland  [Congregation No: 251535][ Charity No: SCO09581]

A new Church and Community Hub for Methil

Today marks a significant step forward in the life of Wellesley Parish Church in Methil as they break the ground for their exciting new Church and Community hub for their parish. This £1.1 million project has been seven years in the planning and the congregation have fundraised, given generously and applied for large amounts of grant funding to make this possible, and now their hard work means their vision is about to be fulfilled.

The hub has been designed by Sinclair Watt Architects, based in Methil and will contain a large hall, two smaller halls with partitioning, an office, catering kitchen, welcome area, and many other facilities which will enable the church to offer many more groups and organisations than they are currently able to in their single hall. It will offer modern, flexible facilities and be a low cost, economical resource for people of all ages. The Contractors, DBM Building Contractors, have a highly respected reputation for projects such as this, promising to deliver on time and on budget and that has been very important for the Church trustees.

The Church has worked very hard to raise the money, numerous fundraising events, including a series of concerts, sales, afternoon teas, Christmas Tree Festivals and much more have been held for seven years, but members have also committed to giving a regular weekly or monthly amount to the hall fund to ensure this project was possible.

They have been supported by many Grant Funders including the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland, the Robertson Trust, The Beatrice Laing Trust and the All Churches Trust and many others. The ground was broken today by Mrs Christine Whitelaw, Clerk to the Congregational Board of Wellesley Parish Church with a specially commissioned spade for the occasion!

The Church have launched a Just Giving page – Wellesley Parish Church, Methil where people can help them raise the last £50k they need. This is a project based in the seventh poorest parish in Scotland, which is going to make a huge difference to people of all ages and the completion date of February 28th 2020 is hotly anticipated.

The Minister of the Church, Rev Gillian Paterson commented “This is a momentous day for Wellesley, we had a vision of what we should do for our community, and have put a huge effort into it, supported and encouraged by the generosity of Grant Funders, but it would not have been possible without the energy and dedication of this congregation’s members. We look forward to working with DBM Building Contractors and seeing our vision become reality.”