The Fife Pilgrim Way has received new funding. Below is their press release:
Plans to create a new “Pilgrims” walking route across Fife passed another milestone with the awarding of a first round pass of £406,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Together with support from Fife Council and other sources, this funding will be used by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) to employ a project development officer to produce a full application to HLF for the creation and interpretation of the path and its heritage features.
Amanda McFarlane, Chief Executive of FCCT said “This is fantastic news. We have had incredible community support for this project and this funding will turn our plans into a reality. This route, once completed will enable people to walk from North Queensferry and Culross to St Andrews through the heart of Fife taking in over 50 medieval sites along the way”
Amanda added “It will be some time before we can have a finished route ready for walkers, however this is a great step forward”.
The funding has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of its Heritage Grants Scheme.
Ken Patterson, FCCT’s Inland Team Leader said “There is still a lot of work to do as the stage 2 application must be submitted in 12 months’ time. However, we want to get local communities involved in the development and ongoing management of the route as well as with the heritage sites along the way. We will be talking to each community to find out how we can work together to make sure the Fife Pilgrim Way is a great experience for walkers, communities and a benefit to local businesses too.”
FCCT hope to advertise for the Project Development Officer prior to Christmas and development work will commence early in 2016.
We have been asked by the Scottish Government to find a congregation who could exhibit a display of their Eco-Congregation work and man a stall at an event they are organising prior to the Paris conference. The event takes place on 18th November in Edinburgh. If your congregation is close enough to Edinburgh and would be able to put on a display during the day we would love to hear from you.
This year’s Local Networks Seminar is being held on Saturday 26th September, 11am – 3.30pm at Dunblane Cathedral Halls. Please note the date, which is later in September this year.
The main topic for the day will be “After Paris – What happens next?”
The Climate Justice Baton Relay (see http://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/get-involved/events/baton-relay/) has been a huge success. The Baton has been (double!) booked every Sunday, and many dates in between, since its launch in April until it departs for Paris at the end of November. Congregations from Orkney to Dumfries have taken the Baton into their churches, schools and community centres, paraded it through the streets, taken it up mountains and on pilgrimages to spread the message that now is the time for Climate Justice.
John Ferguson of the Binn Eco Park has agreed to start the discussion by giving us an overview of the issues and how these relate to what we can do in church and community. John is a Christian, who formerly worked for the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and is now running a ground breaking environmental business. He is an inspirational speaker with a wide knowledge of and insights into the issues. You can download a short biography for John here.
Trevor Jamison, our environmental chaplain will be offering some biblical and theological insights on the theme. There will also be time allowed for the usual exchange of news and views and networking between the networks.
A full programme for the Seminar is available for download here. Places are limited please therefore book your place by replying to email@example.com Monday 7th September.
For those unable to get to the Seminar we will be producing a Report of the day and consulting more widely on the outcomes.
The first round of meetings for the Autumn Local Networks programme have been announced! More details to follow; here is the schedule as it stands:
Local Networks Seminar
Saturday 26 September at Dunblane Cathedral, 11am-3.30pm. After Paris – What Happens Next?
Wednesday 7th October 7.30-9pm. Eco Schools at Stonehaven South Parish Church
Angus and Dundee
Wednesday 8th Oct, 7.30 – 9pm at St Andrew’s, Dundee with Adrian Shaw (the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer talking and leading a discussion about: “Should Churches Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies”
Wednesday 30th September 7.30-9pm. Ethical Finance and Networking at Mauchline Parish Church
Monday 19th October 7.30-9pm. Solar Panels at Selkirk Parish Church
Wednesday 23rd September 7.30-9.30pm. “Why Christians Should Care for Creation: Becoming an Eco-Congregation” talk and panel discussion at St Andrew and St George’s West Church
Esk and Tweed
Monday 5th October 7.30-9pm. Community Initiatives / Recycling at Penicuik North Kirk
Wednesday 9th September 7.30-9pm. Garden Project at Yoker Parish Church
Helensburgh and Lomond
Wednesday 9th Sepember 7.30-9pm
Wednesday 4th November 7.30-9pm
Monday 14th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Highland Network at West Church, Cromarty – an opportunity to see their air source heat pumps.
Thursday 1st October 7.30-9pm. Ethical Boycotts: Should the Church Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies? at Ardrishaig Parish Church
Tuesday 15th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Moray Network in the West Meeting Room. Williamson Hall, Elgin. Speaker Grant Lawson from Moray Council on “Waste Matters”
Monday 21st September 7.30-9pm. Network Launch at St John the Divine, Oban
Monday 14th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Perth Network at St Ninian’s Cathedral with Adrian Shaw (the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer talking and leading a discussion about: “Should Churches Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies”
Wednesday 16 September. Stirling’s Low Carbon Future with Morag Buxel at St Ninian’s Old Parish Church, Stirling
West Lothian and Falkirk
Monday 28th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm at Torphichen Parish Church with Adrian Shaw (the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer talking and leading a discussion about: “Should Churches Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies”
Hundreds of people are already signed up to come along and help us hand in thousands of messages from across Scotland to the First Minister. Are you one of them?
Join us outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh from 12-2pm on Wednesday 27th of May (or between 1-1:30pm if your time is limited) to demand action on our climate commitments and to push for leadership on climate action internationally.
You can sign up on Facebook, or just come along on the day. And of course there is just one week left to send your message to the First Minister, and encourage your friends and family to do it too.
Speak Up for the Climate at Westminster
After the General Election you might be pleased, you might be disappointed. But whoever your new MP is, it’s their job to represent you – and now more than ever they need to hear your voice on climate change.
Will you join us in London on 17th June to tell your MP why climate change matters to you – and ask them to do more about it?
Over 3,500 people have already said they’ll come. That’s a brilliant start, but we’d love to see even more people join in. Sign up now.
We hope to see you outside the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday next week.