Kick it Up for Kil­bride raises funds for preser­va­tion work

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

FRIENDS of Kil­bride, the char­ity ded­i­cated to the preser­va­tion of the im­por­tant his­toric site cen­tred on the me­di­ae­val kirk in Ler­ags, raised more than £1,800 at a céilidh that kicked off their cap­i­tal fundrais­ing cam­paign.

Kil­bride was the main par­ish for Lorne un­til the 18th cen­tury, and was the site of a pip­ing school and learn­ing cen­tre for the sons of Ar­gyll’s clan chiefs from the Mid­dle Ages.

The site was orig­i­nally es­tab­lished by fol­low­ers of St Bride in the sixth cen­tury.

The ear­li­est writ­ten ref­er­ence to Kil­bride is at­trib­uted to the 13th cen­tury, King Alexan­der II. How­ever, it is likely that Kil­bride has been an im­por­tant cul­tural cen­tre since the Bronze Age, given the propen­sity for the early Chris­tian mis­sion­ar­ies to su­per­im­pose their own re­li­gious struc­tures on those of pre- ex­ist­ing pa­gan so­ci­eties.

Friends of Kil­bride was es­tab­lished as a char­ity in 2015 to pre­serve the an­cient kirk and graveyard, and mem­bers have do­nated hun­dreds of work hours and more than £20,000. With the help of lo­cal con­ser­va­tion firm, Shauna Cameron Ar­chi­tects, the char­ity has re­cently de­vel­oped a man­age­ment plan that has been ap­proved by His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land.

At Kil­more Hall on April 21, more than 60 peo­ple en­joyed a three- course din­ner by Sil­ver Laced Cater­ing, a dance by the Hollow Moun­tain String Band and a raf­fle of prizes do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses.

Liam Grif­fin, Friends of Kil­bride co-founder, com­mented: ‘Our in­au­gu­ral fundrais­ing céilidh to raise funds for Kil­bride’s preser­va­tion plan was not only a fi­nan­cial and so­cial suc­cess, but we were en­cour­aged that lo­cal folk and busi- nesses en­thu­si­as­ti­cally ex­pressed sup­port for our aims.’

Friends would like to thank the lo­cal busi­nesses, too nu­mer­ous to men­tion in­di­vid­u­ally, who con­trib­uted a host of prizes and ser­vices.

The public is in­vited to visit Kil­bride, which is lo­cated past the turn- off to the Barn Bar on the Ler­ags Road, to ex­plore the site and the newly-built vis­i­tors’ kiosk. For more in­for­ma­tion, or to vol­un­teer or do­nate, visit friend­sofk­il­

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