Church work­ing group takes shape

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

F29Kil­choan church ex­te­rior 1

Ard­na­mur­chan Par­ish Church needs ma­jor ren­o­va­tions.

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