Spirit of 1898 is needed for project

Presenting the new village green in Carnoustie on Monday are, from left - Sus McMahon, Peter Murphy, Allison Edwards, Jean Forbes, Linda Wolfe and David Rorie.

Presenting the new village green in Carnoustie on Monday are, from left - Sus McMahon, Peter Murphy, Allison Edwards, Jean Forbes, Linda Wolfe and David Rorie.

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The man responsible for heading up the development of Carnoustie’s ‘village green’ is hoping to stir up some good old-fashioned civic pride.

Peter Murphy, chair of the Kinloch Centre Project, is hoping to call on the past-precedent of the crowd-funding used to build the Carnoustie Church in 1898.

He explained: “It was going to cost £6,000 to build and it was very difficult finding the money.

“It looked like it wouldn’t happen but the local people had a three-day bazaar in 1898 at the Links and raised £2,500 towards the £6,000 needed to build it.

“What I’m saying is that I’m invoking the spirit of these Carnoustie people of 1898. I’m told that in today’s money £6,000 is about £250,000 and that’s a great effort.”

There will be a public meeting at 7.15 p.m. on Monday, November 18, in the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms, Dundee Street, to discuss the project and its progress.

A survey has also been produced by the group to gather information on how the site could be used and to support business plans and funding applications. It can be completed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NGN7RQ9