Vol­un­teers out in force to clean up St Co­nan’s

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

VOL­UN­TEERS ban­ished dust from the vestry and cob­webs from the clois­ters of St Co­nan’s Kirk in Lochawe last Sun­day, April 23.

Armed with dusters, mops and brushes, the helpers spruced up the cel­e­brated church at a well-at­tended ‘Clean up the Kirk’ day, which saw dust­ing, pol­ish­ing and tidy­ing inside and weed­ing, leaf- clear­ing and plant­ing out­side. Those lend­ing a hand in­cluded church trus­tees and mem­bers of the Friends of St Co­nan’s group, which or­gan­ises events through­out the year and fund raises to sup­port the build­ing, re- cently voted one of the top 10 Scot­tish build­ings from the last cen­tury. Sup­port­ers do­nated home-bak­ing to help keep up en­ergy and morale.

‘People have come from near and far to help out,’ said Katie Irvine, secretary of Friends of St Co­nan’s. ‘Every­one worked re­ally hard and the place is sparkling.’

The suc­cess­ful spring clean means St Co­nan’s will be look­ing its best ahead of the summer sea­son, dur­ing which the kirk and its cafe will be open ev­ery day.

How­ever, the build­ing re­mains in need of re­pair and ren­o­va­tion and sup­port­ers con­tinue to work to raise the funds to keep it open. www.stco­nan­skirk.org.uk

Some of the vol­un­teers who helped clean up St Co­nan’s Kirk inside and out.

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