Costly kirks

In reply to the fulsome letter from the Rev Dr Grant Barclay (2 May), may I first of all state that I might be hazy about Church procedure but, having served on the congregational board of my church for more than three years, I know exactly what my congregation pays towards the upkeep of the church halls and manse – a lot!

In Troon (population around 18,000), we have three large Church of Scotland buildings within 100 yards of each other in the centre of the town. Each has a large manse as dictated by 121 George Street, the Church of Scotland, at least five bedrooms of a given size, two public rooms and one room for the minister to meet with visiting clergy – in other words, a substantial house.

In our case, the manse is more than 100 years old, has nine rooms and requires constant

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Some four years ago, the three churches were in vacancy but all three continued as active 
churches – no sign in Troon of the
selling of church property.

Of course, Troon is a desirable town in which to bring up a
family and the ageing congregations can at present manage to fund the running of these large buildings – but for how much longer?

Margaret A 

Hunter Crescent