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St Nicholas Church Wester Hailes Road Sighthill 1939-1957

St Nicholas Church Wester Hailes Road Sighthill 1939-1957

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The Church as it was in 1939.

Positioned at the Wester Hailes Road /Calder Road Junction as now, the Wooden Hut is very similar to those in the POW Camp but actually came from the Orkneys. (See Sketch Map for exact positioning of the church)

The Church had bare wooden floorboards and lacked running water and sewage provision.
Before the addition of the little porch, the Hut suffered greatly from the weather and there was no ventilation.

Built to only last 2 years, it was not until 1953 that the decision was taken to build a new Church.
Two additional huts were erected next to Sighthill Loan to accommodate the expanding Congregation..

For many years prior to this, Sunday School Children in Scotland were asked to help raise the money. The Pennies were put into a Church-shaped Collection box and this led to the new Church being called the “Penny Church”.

The Foundation Stone was laid in 1955 and the Church and Manse were in use by 1957/8.

My sister Christine and I were members of the Band of Hope and Junior Bible Class and Christine was also in the Youth Fellowship.

Thanks to Muriel and the Fabric Team for use of this photograph.

Stuart Laidlaw Added by Stuart Laidlaw

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