The task of the Property Committee is to do its best to live up to its name and keep the roof over our heads - no easy task on a difficult site and with property built at different stages and now showing its age.
At the moment, we are involved in the preparation of an application for grant aid from Historic Scotland, a body which, in turn, is dependent to some extent on the Lottery Fund. If you are not an athlete but the knees still bend, pray for us.
We are aware too that the original hot air heating system, once fuelled by solid fuel, then oil, now gas, must have a considerable carbon footprint which we would like to reduce. We are exploring the possibilities of geothermal heating.
The vestry accommodation, built to commemorate the ministry of Canon Laurie, who died in 1937, was not constructed until the 1960s and is a good example of its time.
Our previous Convenor was a longstanding member of the Scout movement and has taught us to ‘whistle and smile under all difficulties’... and the occupants of the clergy house do likewise in the Edinburgh winter weather.
Unfortunately, it also has the sad task of dealing with assessing the fairly regular attacks of vandalism around Carrubers Close and indeed on the Church itself. Our claims to the insurance company and payment of our excess are depressingly frequent.
The Property Committee reports to the Vestry on the current monitoring and refurbishing activity and makes sure regular inspections are carried out. It plans and budgets for maintenance and gets estimates for necessary work which the Vestry then approves after discussion.