The future of the former Lansdowne Church depends on the success of its new role in the community as Websters Theatre, Bar and Playhouse. Only through the popularity of these new activities will it be able to sustain the level of repair and restoration that it deserves, given its Category ‘A status.
FACT THREE is a local charity founded by the trustees of Four Acres Charitable Trust to secure a future for the building. This is being managed in partnership with the Church of Scotland General Trustees to enable the building’s future to be secured by means of a gradual transition aimed at self-sufficiency.
FACT THREE has raised funds for the conversion of the property and repair of the side hall, now the bar (see below) and playhouse and the insertion of the theatre in a temporary form into the main sanctuary.
Websters Theatre is named after the stained glass designer Alf Webster.
Webster produced some of his finest work in the building before his tragic death in World War 1 in 1915 at the age of 31.
With support from the Pilgrim Trust, FACT THREE was able to save the south transept window from imminent collapse, illustrating some of the inherent restoration issues that will have to be addressed going forward.
In 2017 a piece of masonry detached itself from the steeple and The Church of Scotland General Trustees stepped in to make good the steeple repair.
Working together and with support from funders and friends, it is hoped that the full restoration of this beautiful building will be possible in future.