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At the end of February 2020 St. Luke’s church building closed for refurbishment.
Peace ‘n’ Jam is a three year community project which will establish a community café and social hub within St. Luke’s.
Our vision is to be embedded in the local networks that are evolving through the Auchmuty Community Connector Groups, for example the Bowling Club, Scouts, Glenrothes Men’s Shed, Growing Auchmuty (ATRA), Clued Up and Friends of Warout.
On 16 July 2019 (in the very same month the Our Place, Auchmuty programme ended) a long-awaited press release was made by The National Lottery Community Fund announcing St. Luke’s award of £375,235 to run our three year long activity known as Peace ‘n’ Jam. This award will allow for the refurbishment (£251;292 capital) of the non-worship space within the church to establish a community café and social hub (£123,943 revenue).
On the same day, Jenny Gilruth, Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Mid Fife and Glenrothes, lodged a Motion of recognition for our efforts in the Scottish Parliament and we subsequently received a congratulatory letter from Jenny Gilruth dated 5 August 2019.
In June, 2019 St. Luke’s application for funding for the project entitled Peace ‘n’ Jam was approved by the Fife Environmental Trust. The [conditional] award will be £50,000 for heating and a community room.
This funding will allow for the refurbishment of the non-worship space within the church to establish a community café and social hub.
The café will benefit all the residents, families, young people and the elderly, of the Warout/Auchmuty area and beyond. The creation of two new flexible rooms will provide further space to support the diverse needs of the community and the various Community groups providing activities / services in the Auchmuty area.
There has been a great deal of work already done to get Peace n Jam off the ground: Rev Gerry Dillon said it would allow people, many of whom would otherwise be socially isolated, to come together to build relationships and benefit from a range of activities.
He added: “We have a number of groups that use our building and we want it to become a focal point for everyone.”