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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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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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In May the amazing Rob Luft and Elina Duni performed at the Kirk. Our local newspaper the Oban Time. Click on the image below to find out more. To keep up to date with future events including hopefully Rob and Elina in the next year or two, follow us on facebook and subscribe to our......

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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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Towards the end of 2018 we approached a small number of local organisations including local estates and businesses to ask for their financial support with our ambitious program for Arts, Heritage and Culture at St Conan’s . We are very grateful to the three local organisations which have chosen to support our work so far.......

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We are delighted to announce that the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant to the Friends of St Conan’s Kirk, SCIO, to help with the costs of opening the Crypt to the public and developing it as a small performance space / children’s exhibition area. We are currently finalising how we will......

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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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This delightful quartet certainly delivered on their promise to take us on a whirlwind musical tour! Playing a variety of pieces which ranged from true classical to jazz, from old favourites to new contemporary arrangements, they demonstrated how amazingly versatile the bassoon can be. Of course this could only be possible in the hands 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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