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At the end of February 2020 St. Luke’s church building closed for refurbishment and on Friday 12 March 2021 we received the new keys to our our sunshine-coloured church, and our new Community Kitchen and Social Hub.
Peace n Jam is an exciting community project (activity) run by St. Luke’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Glenrothes and funded by National Lottery Community Fund. The project has allowed for the refurbishment of the non-worship space within the church to establish a community kitchen and social hub, and the employment of a Community Development Worker and Community Cook/Co-ordinator. Over the next three years, PNJ would like to use the power of food to bring people together.
We aspire to make a positive difference to the lives of people within the Auchmuty/Warout neighbourhoods and beyond; and to support community groups and charities working with people and within our community. We will do this by providing a variety of different ways for food to be a part of the community. We are currently working to establish a community larder/pantry & community fridge; and to offer a weekly community meal and gatherings. We also hire out our facilities – improved, inclusive spaces (with free WIFI) – for the use of the community, groups and individuals to deliver a range of projects, events and skills training. We want to make this a place that respects, appreciates and welcomes everybody.
The project will involve our community in the design, development and delivery of the activities we are planning.
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.
Our newly designed and installed production /community kitchen, ‘The Couthy’ is next to our newly refurbished community space, ‘The Gathering Hall’. The Scullery’ (small kitchen) and ‘The Haiver’ (meeting room) are separated by a bi-fold door and provide additional flexible community space.
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.
In May, 2020 St. Luke’s application for funding for the project entitled Peace ‘n’ Jam was approved by the Scottish Episcopal Church, Building Grants Fund. The [conditional] award will be £70,000 specifically to assist in funding the costs of the proposed improvements to the insulation of the building.
In September 2020 an additional grant of £2,000 was awarded to us – increasing our total grant to £72,000.