Church working group takes shape
THE SETTING up of a working group, a move considered critical to a major renovation project for Ardnamurchan Parish Church, has been achieved.
Minister the Rev Fiona Ogg and members of her congregation currently have to put up with water running down the inside of some of the church walls every time it rains, extensive rot problems and collapsed ceilings. But Mrs Ogg confirmed to the
Lochaber Times this week that a three-strong working group has been formed.
‘The group, which comprises one member each from the kirk session, congregation and the local community, has still to meet, but hopefully that will happen soon,’ Mrs Ogg explained.
Mrs Ogg said it was felt there was a need for a separate working group to focus soley on overseeing the restoration of the 186-year- old church at Kilchoan, which will be a major undertaking costing several hundreds of thousands of pounds.
A substantial sum was spent several years ago on stabilising part of the church and repointing work, with fundraising ongoing since.
‘The original estimate for all the work was around £200,000, but we don’t yet know exactly what the overall cost will be. But we have held a number of successful fundraising events, including an afternoon tea every Wednesday.’
Ardnamurchan Parish Church needs major renovations.