Grant will help open up his­toric kirk’s crypt

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Her­itage funders have awarded St Co­nan’s Kirk up to £5,000 to­wards al­low­ing pub­lic ac­cess to its crypt.

Money from the Ar­chi­tec­tural Her­itage Fund will help pay for plan­ning per­mis­sion and pro­fes­sional fees as part of a project to open up the Bruce Chapel base­ment room as an ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity for groups and vis­i­tors and to pro­vide a new toi­let area.

Ear­lier this year the kirk at Lochawe, recog­nised as one of Scot­land’s most unique ar­chi­tec­tural at­trac­tions, cel­e­brated a £100,000 fund­ing boost from Our Her­itage Na­tional Lot­tery Fund and His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land to help se­cure its fu­ture. That fund­ing will help with es­sen­tial roof re­pairs ex­pected to be com­pleted by this spring. Ad­di­tion­ally, a pro­gramme of her­itage ac­tiv­i­ties, ex­hi­bi­tions, events and guided tours dur­ing the re­pairs will help peo­ple find out more about St Co­nan’s and how the award will safe­guard Scot­land’s her­itage.

Or­gan­is­ers of this year’s Christ­mas tree fes­ti­val hailed it the big­gest and best in Scot­land af­ter 62 trees went on dis­play, at­tract­ing a record num­ber of vis­i­tors.

One of the fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers, Liz MacKay, joked that, with bumper num­bers of peo­ple want­ing to dis­play a tree, they needed more room.

‘Once we get the crypt re­fur­bished, we’ll be able to ex­tend into there,’ she said.

In 2016, grade A-listed St Co­nan’s was voted one of the top 10 Scot­tish build­ings of the past 100 years in a pub­lic poll. De­signed and built by Wal­ter Dou­glas Camp­bell, the kirk’s high­lights in­clude the Bruce Chapel, which con­tains a bone frag­ment be­long­ing to Robert the Bruce. The church was gifted to The St Co­nan’s Church Trust in 1884 and is now sup­ported by the Friends of St Co­nan’s Kirk SCIO.

The Christ­mas tree fes­ti­val has been a huge suc­cess at St Co­nan’s Kirk.

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