Rose Window Restoration

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 visit THIS PAGE for more info.  More info about the......

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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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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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