The Background


As many of you will be aware the Church of Scotland has recently been looking at buildings with a view to assessing their future status and in the case of Aberdour it was given a B* rating which means there were concerns about its viability. We were therefore tasked by the Presbytery's 'Mission Plan' to look at ways in which the building could be repurposed so as to become more flexible and consequently economical to run. It was also noted that there were issues with the fabric of the building, in particular the west gable.


'Friends of New Aberdour Church'


Over the past few months we have been working extremely hard to address these concerns and we can now report on progress that has been made. A new support group for the church has been formed and granted charitable status by the Scottish Charities Office. This has been named 'Friends of New Aberdour Church Pilgrimage and Heritage Initiative'. It is an 'incorporated' Scottish Charity (SCIO) No SC052752 and will now be working to raise funds and promote church based activities.


More news will follow but we're looking at promoting the 'Pilgrimage' opportunities afforded by our Drostans connection, 'Heritage' events to celebrate our local culture and 'drop in' facilities for folk to meet. This will not however, diminish our key purpose of 'Mission' and for the time being at least, services of worship led by our valued Readers and Worship Group will continue as before.










Repairs & Refurbishments


Regarding the fabric issues with the building we are happy to report that the west gable has been completely re-harled with lime based mortar and is now looking very fine indeed.An application was made to the National Churches Trust to help fund these repairs.



A bequest from Mr Harry Sutherland has also helped us complete an all new suite of rooms comprising kitchen, meeting room and disabled toilet. This, along with a dedicated wheelchair area makes the whole church building completley accessible from street to pew.


Recently we have had funerals with over 300 people in church and we are happy to report that the car park and on-street parking coped with no difficulties