The Greyfriars Charteris Centre
The Greyfriars Charteris Centre is made up of the former Kirk O’Field (Charteris Memorial) Church together with its basement hall (Harry Miller Hall), and the former St Ninian’s Mission (also known as St Ninian’s or Kirk O’Field Centre) containing an additional hall (St Ninian’s Hall) and office spaces.
Since bringing together the Greyfriars and Kirk O’Field congregations at Greyfriars Kirk in 2013, the numerous spaces within the premises have continued to be used by a range of community groups throughout the week and will continue so up to and beyond our redevelopment plans. No formal worship activity is held by the Church of Scotland in these premises anymore however the centre is used by other worshipping communities as a base for their activities.
Following consultation amongst Kirk O’Field and Greyfriars Kirk congregations, plus key local stakeholders, Reverend Dr Richard Frazer, minister of Greyfriars Kirk, prepared a vision for the redevelopment of the former Kirk O’Field Parish Church, with the long-term aim of creating a ‘Place for Wellbeing and Innovation’ – a building with a clear identity that is an integral part of the local community.
Rev. Fraser wrote: “We will develop the centre in a way that does not identify problems in our community that need to be addressed, rather we will look at community assets, see what is already here, what potential exists, what are the barriers to involvement and what groups can offer to one another, building a community focussed asset. The new centre will have a number of paying partner organisations that will utilise purpose built space. It will run as a social enterprise with a central hub for hospitality with a small staff team and will encourage active volunteering and involvement of the local community, creatively working with the tension between communities of interest and communities of place. A key feature is that all partners will be asked to consider ways in which they can contribute to the wider role of the centre.”
Dan Rous, a well-kent face to many, is the Centre’s new Development Manager.
For further information, contact:
138/140 The Pleasance,
Telephone: 0131 662 6850
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