A historic village church is to be brought into the 21st century thanks to a major restoration project.
Slamannan Parish Church will close this summer and work will begin to conserve important architectural features as well as improve accessibility.
The project, which includes replacing windows, re-pointing walls and roof work, is part way through a process which they hope will see the project qualify for Heritage Lottery Funding and they hope to find out shortly if it meets the full criteria.
Church elder Charlene Condeco said the project, which should take around 10 months, is needed as little work has been done on the church since it was built in 1810.
She said: “Slamannan once had six places of worship but we are the only one left and the church is historically important. The building needs external conservation work, but the majority of the work will be inside. We are removing some pews to make the space multi-functional and adding a kitchen, disabled toilet and meeting space. The Adam-designed plaster ceiling centrepiece will also be preserved.
“We have applied for additional funding too, as we’re not sure how much it will cost – the amount of work done will depend on how much we raise in grants. And with it being so old, we anticipate running into additional problems.”
Work is able to start thanks to the sale of the manse which is no longer required since the church now has a part time locum minister.
Slamannan is one of the original parishes in the Falkirk district and was created in the 12th century. A church has stood near to the existing site since 1176 and the large graveyard attracts visitors tracing their family trees.