Save Kirkcaldy Old Kirk for the Community sign now

We support the efforts of the newly-formed Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust to retain Kirkcaldy Old Kirk for the benefit of the whole community.

We ask the Church of Scotland to preserve the Old Kirk in its operating condition and, in particular, not to remove any equipment or fittings until completion of consultations and viability appraisals.

Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust has been set up by a group of local people to preserve for public benefit the heritage of Kirkcaldy Old Kirk, which we view as under threat from the proposed closure of the church building by the Church of Scotland after November 7th 2010.

We are particularly concerned that the building should not be
1. Left to go to rack and ruin
2. Inappropriately developed

Kirkcaldy Old Kirk with its listed 15th century tower is a prominent building in the centre of the town, on a little hill just off the High Street. It is part of Kirkcaldys identity and history, having been at the heart of the community for over 765 years.

With its first written record in 1244 and its earlier form of existence as a Celtic church on the site established by the first Columban missionaries to Fife, this is the mother church of all Christian denominations in Kirkcaldy, with a continuous tradition of Christian worship here from then till now.

This is the Town Church. It is the oldest building in Kirkcaldy in continuous use and its surrounding graveyard tells the story of Kirkcaldys history sailors, merchants, industrialists, famous clergymen and politicians. The Kirkin o the Council used to take place here with the special Magistrates Gallery and 29 Provosts are buried in the graveyard. We feel it is a prominent and significant building in the town with a beautiful and unique set of stained glass windows all around the building and that it should continue to be used by the people of Kirkcaldy. We also feel its use should help local people feel more aware of and proud of their history as a community.

Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust is seeking to keep Kirkcaldy's historic town church in use by the community as befitting its Christian tradition of community service. We believe that it would be in the interests of all parties to find a way to maintain the building and its contents intact over the next few weeks, so that a proper options appraisal can be completed and a sound business plan formulated by the Trust for its future.

We support the aims of the Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust and ask the Church of Scotland to facilitate them by preserving the building in its operating condition until the business planning is completed.

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  • 23 November 201550. Veronica C
    I support this petition
  • 21 November 201549. Chris M
    I support this petition
  • 01 November 201548. Carol L
    strongly support
  • 04 October 201547. Edwina P
    a worthy cause Town of Residence St Andrews
  • 20 June 201546. Charles L
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  • 10 April 201545. Amber H
    I support this petition
  • 01 February 201544. Rev Tomhunterk
    Keep the Old Kirk for historical reasons Town of Residence Blantye Country of Residence MALAWI
  • 05 November 201443. Andrew P
    I support this petition
  • 24 September 201442. Lyn W
    I support this petition
  • 01 August 201441. Paul S
    I support this petition
  • 30 July 201440. Euan F
    It is also a superb mid-size cocert venue Town of Residence Kirkcaldy
  • 15 June 201439. Derek S
    Absolute disgrace to see this building closing Town of Residence Glenrothes Country of Residence Scotland
  • 13 June 201438. Amanda L
    I support this petition
  • 22 May 201437. David H
    Beautiful old buildings need to be preserved and given new roles at the heart of communities Town of Residence Linlithgow Country of Residence Scotland
  • 11 May 201436. Jackie M
    Best wishes with your endeavours that this landmark local building should be honoured by careful consideration given to its future use and care taken to maintain its structure in the meantime. Town of Residence KIRKCALDY Country of Residence Scotland
  • 10 May 201435. Catherine L
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  • 07 April 201434. Jane S
    Too good a building to be lost Town of Residence Glenrothes Country of Residence Scotland
  • 24 March 201433. Peter S
    I support this petition
  • 10 March 201432. Margaret M
    I was married in this church and both of my sons were christened in it. It has been a huge part of my family life and as such it is very important to me that the church is protected for now and for the future. Town of Residence Glenrothes Country of Resid
  • 20 February 201431. Bruce S
    I support this petition
  • 26 January 201430. Carol D
    I support this petition
  • 24 January 201429. Bob S
    Feel it is a disgrace that this beautiful place of worship should close after all the monies spent renovating it to a very high standard. I feel there is a hidden agenda to keep St Bryce open despite the fact access to it is restrictive for less able pers
  • 16 December 201328. Rev Drjohnf
    I support this petition
  • 14 October 201327. Anne B
    The Old Kirk & its history ( good & bad ) defined the town over the centuries. Such an important part of Kirkcaldy's history must not be lost. Town of Residence Langtonian living in Bishops Stortford Country of Residence England.
  • 29 July 201326. Ronnie M
    I support this petition
  • 17 July 201325. Ron S
    I support this petition
  • 11 June 201324. David G
    Have been there and seen the Kirk where George Gillespie preached, please save the Kirk! Town of Residence Pickens, SC, USA Country of Residence Pickens

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Clarissa GilmoreBy:
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Church of Scotland General Trustees

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