More sup­port is needed to buy Kil­martin Church

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS - Laura Maxwell ed­i­tor@ar­gyll­shiread­ver­

Du­nadd Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise is ral­ly­ing sup­port in or­der to buy Kil­martin kirk from the Church of Scot­land.

With the Church of Scot­land on the brink of tak­ing own­er­ship of the Liv­ing Stones Cen­tre in Kil­martin as its new place of wor­ship, Du­nadd Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise was cre­ated to buy Kil­martin Church for the com­mu­nity.

A fea­si­bil­ity study, sur­vey and busi­ness plan will be nec­es­sary to make sure that it makes the most of the op­por­tu­ni­ties that the build­ing of­fers and that fund­ing can be se­cured.

Work­ing in part­ner­ship with other or­gan­i­sa­tions in the lo­cal area will be vi­tal to the suc­cess of the project.

Many in the com­mu­nity have al­ready said what they would like to see in the area.

This in­cludes a com­mu­nity shop and post of­fice, mu­sic and drama re­hearsal and per­for­mance space, art and crafts ex­hi­bi­tion space, and a place where peo­ple can meet.

The com­mu­nity en­ter­prise is keen to do all it can to help re­tain this iconic build­ing that lies in the heart of Kil­martin vil­lage and glen.

Its first project, the monthly book swap in Ford, Kil­martin and Kilmichael, has been a great suc­cess with more than 60 peo­ple at­tend­ing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Many have said how good it was to have a chance to catch up with some folk that they hadn’t seen for a while and to meet new peo­ple. The books and cake have been ap­pre­ci­ated too.

The com­mu­nity en­ter­prise has been busy over the sum­mer and now has more than 100 mem­bers.

It is keen that as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble join so that the or­gan­i­sa­tion is truly owned and di­rected by the com­mu­nity.

The Du­nadd Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise’s in­au­gu­ral meet­ing is planned for Oc­to­ber 23 at 7.30pm in Liv­ing Stones when its first board of di­rec­tors will be elected from its mem­bers.

Go to du­ to reg­is­ter sup­port for the com­mu­nity pur­chase of Kil­martin Church or to find out how to be­come a mem­ber or di­rec­tor of Du­nadd Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise.

A com­mu­nity en­ter­prise group wants to buy Kil­martin Church.

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