Rose Window Restoration

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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Final preparations are in hand for the 2019 Christmas Tree festival. Starting this Friday 29th November at 1.30pm you will be able to see an amazing collection of trees prepared by local groups, businesses, organisations and individuals/families. St Conan’s Kirk will be filled, with all sorts of trees, decorated in amazingly imaginative ways, all lit......

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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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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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We are delighted to have been awarded a new grant for lighting and have issued the following Press Release. A slightly edited version has already appeared in the Oban Times (12 Sep19). New lighting will be installed in St Conan’s Kirk, Argyll, thanks to what must surely be one of the final awards of EU......

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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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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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                                               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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Writeup kindly provided by Tony Graham. The Rive Gauche, the Left Bank of the Seine, came to Loch Awe on Sunday 23rd June, with the arrival of Les Trois Blondes. The trio, comprising John Burns (lead accordion), George Burns, his brother (2nd accordion) and Fergus Wood (drums and compere) specialise in “bal musette”, the traditional......

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