News

Regular visitors to the Kirk will have seen the major changes in the gardens, with new garden areas, seating, paths and the clearance of Rhododendrons and more. Many of these improvements have involved local schools participating in the gardening or willing volunteers. At the end of October we received great news that the Baillie Gifford Community Awards Programme......

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In November 2019 we received great news that the Susan H Guy Charitable Trust have awarded us a significant award to allow us to run a program of storytelling events in 2020. Adding storytelling events for children and adult audiences is an important area we have been working to develop and this very generous award......

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Friends of St Conan’s Kirk has been selected as one of three local charities that are supported by the Inverary Coop. Where we are nominated then every time a member buys selected own-brand products and services, 1% of the money they spend  will be passed to our charity. Support of Co-op customers can make a......

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Christmas Tree Festival 2019–Results and Lots of Thank-Yous! Thanks to the Community, this year’s Christmas Tree Festival was a really magical weekend! Thank-you to everyone who took part by entering a tree, everyone who helped with the set-up and running of the Festival, everyone who baked and everyone who kindly donated raffle prizes. The raffle......

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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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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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Our Summer 2019 newsletter with updates and news is now available. Please click on the image below....

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                                               Last week we had fun taking part in the biennial Flower Festival held by our friends from Dalmally in Glenorchy Parish Church. Individuals and groups are invited to contribute a floral arrangement......

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St Conan’s Kirk has often been referred to as Argyll’s hidden gem. For a long time hidden from the road behind trees that had grown since being seedlings planted 100 years ago it was a secret spot for people in the know. Although long championed by some guidebook authors e.g. Peter Irvine in Scotland the Best......

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In June 2018 the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland award St Conan’s Kirk £100,000 towards the Phase 2 Repair Program. With an overall project cost of £133,500 we had to raise the balance of the costs. We applied to a number of charitable Trusts are incredibly grateful that a number of......

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In Autumn 2018, Tesco customers in Oban and Lochgilphead voted with their charity tokens for a proposed St Conan’s Garden upgrade. The Bags for Life scheme has awarded us £2000  for our proposal  “To upgrade the garden with easily accessible terraces, information boards, outdoor seating and to organise children’s activities“. We have now begun to......

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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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In November we were awarded a grant award to help with the professional fees and other costs for some of our plans to help improve the Kirk for visitors. The AHFund support a wide range of sustainable heritage projects and they were able to support us with a successful application for up to £5,000 towards......

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This year’s Christmas tree festival was held over the weekend of 30th November, 1st and 2nd December. With 62 trees it was the biggest yet and proved amazingly popular with 1650 people visiting the Kirk over the weekend. An amazing team of volunteers provided teas, home baking, manned the raffle and helped with the set......

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