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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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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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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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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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We have written a short newsletter with updates on our plans for the repair and restoration of the Kirk. It can be downloaded by clicking on the image below:  ...

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One of Scotland’s most unique architectural attractions is celebrating a £100,000 funding boost that will secure its future. St Conan’s Kirk, situated on the picturesque shores of Loch Awe, in Argyll and Bute, was voted one of the top 10 Scottish buildings of the last 100 years in a 2016 RIAS public poll. Steeped in history......

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