Church needs a helping hand

CHURCHGOERS are looking for financial support to safeguard their place of worship.

And they hope to turn the historic building, which has been at the heart of Falkirk life for centuries, into a real community asset, used for a wide mix of new uses.

To start with, the congregation of Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Parish Church needs £500,000 to make the building wind and watertight.

But their eventual aim is to make the town centre church more of a community facility, used not just for Sunday services and the occasional wedding and funeral but for a range of other activities by a variety of groups and people.

The appeal comes just a week after The Falkirk Herald highlighted how the churchyard surrounding the building is used as a drinking den by teenage neds.

It contains the graves of Sir John de Graeme and Sir John Stewart of Bonkill who died fighting alongside William Wallace at the first Battle of Falkirk in 1298.

• Full story at the Falkirk Herald.