Conservation

THE KIRK WILL REOPEN ON 15th NOVEMBER 2019. IMPORTANT UPDATE: From 23rd October for approximately 3 weeks there will be NO or limited access to the kirk interior. We apologise for any inconvenience to visitors while we install interior lighting. Access to the kirk exterior and grounds will still be available.  If visiting during those dates please......

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We are now well underway with the repair of the pointing, copes and skews element of the Phase 2 repairs to address major leaks at the kirk. This work mainly involves lime mortar repairs to prevent water ingress. The “copes” are the stones which are at the top of walls. Over time the lime mortar......

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In August the conservation of the Robert the Bruce effigy at St Conan’s Kirk was completed. Three weeks of professional conservation work has returned him to his original glory with the cracked wood, decades of dirt and his alabaster face and hands restored. The work was carried out by the team from Graciella Ainsworth Stature......

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The lovely Rose Window hand painted in the Victorian style by Helen Douglas-Campbell was already on the long list of items in need of restoration. The news that it would have to be removed now while nearby roof work takes place has made its off-site restoration a sudden priority. The Friends are asking the community......

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We are very happy to announce that the Dalrymple Donaldson Fund has awarded the Kirk £5,000 towards the costs of repairs to the leaking gutters above the Apse and also towards the conservation and repair of the rainwater downpipes. Both these items contribute to the water leaks inside the Kirk and the repair to these......

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Some images of the removal of the Chapel Gates in July 2019....

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In June we heard the great news that 2 grant funders are going to support our project to restore the St Bride’s and St Conval’s Chapel Gates. The Idlewild Trust and the Ironmongers Company have awarded us £5000 and £5335 respectively. Combined with an earlier award from the local Carraig Gheal Windfarm Community Benefit Fund......

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This spring and summer we are making improvements to the garden. Work began back at the end of March with our Volunteering Day and has continued with overgrown areas being cleared by community workers. This is opening up new spaces and allowing more interesting and environmentally-friendly planting. A dozen new shrubs have been added and......

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We are delighted to announce that the River Lochy Hydro Scheme Community Benefit which distributes fund from the River Lochy Hydro project near Dalmally has supported the Friends of St Conan’s Kirk with our plans to repair, restore and conserve the Robert the Bruce effigy which is in the Bruce Chapel. This grant will cover......

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We are delighted to announce that the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund continues to support the Friends of St Conan’s Kirk with our overall aims. In this case we have received an award of £7,000 towards the cost of the restoration of the Chapel gates of the St Brides Chapel and St Conval’s......

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