A Cambuslang church building has been sold to a cultural group promoting Scottish and Turkish culture.
The former Trinity St Paul’s Church on Glasgow Road in Cambuslang has been vacant since the merger of the congregation with Cambuslang Old Parish Church and St Andrew’s.
The red sandstone building, which was sold for more than £400,000, has become the property of the Nurture Education and Multicultural Society.
Rev Leslie Milton, minister at Cambuslang Parish Church, said: “We are aware that the former Trinity St Paul’s Church is a very prominent feature in Cambuslang, and the life of the congregation there was an important part of the life of the town.
“We therefore have mixed feelings about the sale of the church. The kirk session of Cambuslang Parish Church, however, is glad that in the ownership of the Nurture Education and Multicultural Society, the building will still be a landmark in Cambuslang and will continue to be open for the whole community.”
The Nurture Education and Multicultural Society is an educational, multicultural society open to everyone irrespective of culture or background.
The society provides a range of educational, social and cultural activities. Currently the society offers language classes and extra tuition for school pupils of all levels in subjects like maths and science. There are also classes in art, cookery, music and drama. A range of cultural activities for children and adults is planned.
Since 2004 the society’s work in Scotland has largely been with families where one partner is Turkish and the other Scottish, and also with a smaller number of families of Turkish origin living in Scotland. It has created links with local communities, voluntary organisations and charities throughout Scotland, and hopes its new base in Cambuslang will help extend and develop its work.
A spokesperson for the Nurture Education and Multicultural Society said: “When we saw the Trinity St Paul’s Church was for sale we were impressed by its potential.
“We also received a warm welcome from the representatives of Cambuslang Parish Church that we met throughout the negotiation, and they have encouraged us because they saw that we would keep the building for the whole community.
“We really love the church building, and intend to restore and develop it, without any change to the external appearance.”
The society will use the main building as a large meeting space, and the other halls and other accommodation will be used as classrooms, meeting rooms, a creche and a library.