Church plans for Jesters approved

Girvan’s Milestone Church are one step closer to moving into the old Jesters nightclub in the town and turning it into a place of worship.

The plans by the church to transform the premises have been given the green light by council planners.

That paves the way for the congregation to start transforming what was once Girvan’s hotbed of nightlife into their new meeting place.

The church’s pastor Reverend Adam Oellermann had lodged plans with the council in October and they were approved at the end of the last week.

In the application, Reverend Oellermann stated that the building will be used for for worship, bible study, community service which will include a foodbank, community meals, entertainment events, training and education, drop-in facilities and counselling and financial planning support.

The church currently hold meetings at the old Ailsa Arms hotel in Old Street and the community centre but signalled their intention to find alternative premises which were more suitable.

The Gazette contacted Reverend Oellermann for comment on the approval but he was unavailable as we went to press.

Reverend Oellermann had said previously that he hoped services would begin at the Bridge Street premises before Christmas but with planning not given till now, that might not be feasible. Jesters held its last night on Saturday September 26 after Sandra Horne agreed a deal with the church.

It’s closure means that Flix’s upstairs is now the only premises in Girvan with a nightclub licence.