It looks like it is going to be a very happy new year for parishioners in Millport, with proposals for a new church build in 2018 at an advanced stage.
The proposal was first put forward for a new Cumbrae Parish Church in 2011 – earmarked for what is currently farmland to the east of Cumbrae Primary in Bute Terrace – and will include a multi-purpose hall, ancillary meeting rooms, creche, offices, utility areas and associated parking.
A massive community fundraising effort has taken place over the past seven years, and islanders have raised around £200,000 towards the overall cost of the project which is £1m.
Bob Morris, Project Group leader at the church, said: “I am very proud of the fact that local giving events and donations has played a big part, and we have also received a fair amount of grants including one from the All Churches Trust, and a substantial grant from the Church of Scotland, and there is the possibility of expansion in future.
“We have managed to sell the Manse, and now the existing church, so we are very close now to covering all the costs towards the new church, and it is an exciting time for the island community.”
• Full story at the Largs & Millport News.