Wired up to hit new fundraising target

St Michael's Parish Church, Linlithgow
St Michael's Parish Church, Linlithgow

St Michael’s Parish Church in Linlithgow is facing one of its biggest financial challenges of recent years – a £300, 000 re-wiring project for the historic building.

The final tender price for the ambitious programme is more than was originally envisaged, leaving the church’s volunteer fundraising team with a £25,000 headache.

At its most recent meeting, the kirk session decided to accept a tender from contractors E W Edwardson.

The work will cost about £250,000 but fees and VAT bring the total up to just over £300,000.

Generous grants, added to the congregation’s own fundraising activities, have already brought in £204,000, while a further £15,000 has been pledged by the Friends of St Michael’s.

The kirk session has agreed to transfer £62,000 from restoration fund reserves and set the fundraising team a target of £25,000 to be raised from the congregation and the local community.

Final approval has still to be obtained from the Presbytery of West Lothian and the Church of Scotland general trustees but they have not previously raised any objections.

Chris Gunstone, the church’s property convener, said that re-wiring the church had become a necessity. The existing wiring, more than 50 years old, had come to the end of its life span and temporary solutions had to be found last year to comply with health and safety requirements.