LATEST NEWS

Sunday 29th May 2022

Thanks to all who joined the service on Sunday. The singing with the BFlats was wonderful, and Rev Scott Brown gave us a potted history of early celtic saints who established a place of worship on this site over 1500 years ago.

 

Our Chairman, Willie Roxburgh, announced that we are hopeful to get started on the external works in late July - we have a contractor lined up and are just finalising the funding agreement with Historic Environment Scotland. We should be able to use the building while the works are progressing over the late summer/early autumn.

 

Following that our thoughts will turn to grant funding for the internal works, and we do have that great start of funding from the Fraser Trust.

Fantastic day at the Plant and Bric-a-Brack sale held on 1 May. Funds boosted by £1,288.00! A big thank you to everyone involved.

 

Congratulations to John McKenzie, his raffle ticket was drawn for Isobel Bain's painting of the Kirk.

We're very hopeful to get started on external renovations. Just dotting i's and crossing t's. Keep coming back for updates.

Thursday 7 April 2022 – Spring Clean 

Andy and Kieran from Adopt-a-Monument carried out some survey work in the Grave Yard on 12th & 13th April. Then they were joined by a group of local volunteers and Trustees to make a start on clearing the moss from some of the gravestones and recording them on Thursday 14th April.

The photographs show everyone hard at work and also 'before and after' images that show what a difference proper cleaning, under supervision from the experts, can make. 

Sunday 6 March 2022

Following on from our very well received service to celebrate St. Cecilia last November, we are delighted to let you know that a second service will be held in Kilmaronock Church on Sunday 6 March at 3.00pm. 
 
The theme of this service will be "St. Kessog and the Lands of the Lennox – a Celebration of our Christian Heritage” and will be led by the Reverend Scott Brown. We will also be marking the fact that it is the first anniversary of the Trust's obtaining ownership of the kirk for the community.
 
Pre booking your place is necessary. To book your place, please go to Eventbrite and follow the on-screen instructions. Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any problem at all with online booking, please email us and we will endeavour to assist.

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Please note that there are relevant Covid rules and protocols which will apply on the day. Unfortunately, due to Covid and the current limitations of the church, we will not be able to provide tea and cake afterwards.
 
Any donations after the service will be gratefully received.
 
It would be good to have as many people as possible attend and, as ever, we are warmly appreciative for all your support which has made it possible to hold events such as this in the kirk. We hope to see you there.

© Alan Czerkawska

Service for St Cecilia – 21 November 2021

We were delighted to be joined by around 80 people at our service in the Kirk on Sunday 21st November at 3.00pm. We were marking St Cecilia Day, the Patron Saint of Music, and the B Flats sang beautifully for us.

 

The service was led by KOKT Ambassador, Rev Scott Brown, joined by Rev Fred Booth with David Loosley playing the organ.

Survey of the Graveyard – November 2021

Adopt-a-Monument is an organisation set up to help communities conserve and promote their local heritage. Currently working with the Trust, they visited recently to commence a survey of the graveyard and took to Twitter to highlight their positive visit by posting –

“Great to kick off a new kirkyard survey at Kilmaronock Kirk last week with a team of super volunteers. The present kirk dates to 1813 but the history of the site can be traced back to the 5th century, to a time before Scotland became a nation.”

AGM 2021 – 30 September 2021

Great to see so many in the Kirk and on Zoom last night for our hybrid AGM for 2021. In the three years we've been operating we've had donations, grant funding and pledges of £381,755 or 64% of what we estimate we need for the complete refurbishment. A fantastic result given we've had 18 months of COVID isolation. Historic Building Consent is expected soon from Planning and we are ready to go to tender for the externals works.

We really appreciated the suggestions from the floor at the meeting, and can confirm that we are open for events. Contact us for more information.

Planning application made for renovations – 28 September 2021

At the end of August, our architects Thomas Robinson Associates, submitted the plans to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park for approval. These include the external works recommended by Historic Environment Scotland. A future application will be for water and sewerage, installing toilets and small kitchen, and reworking the gallery.

New Grant from Historic Scotland – 5 August 2021

We've been awarded an Historic Environment Scotland Repair grant. Their surveyor has been out and we await his report with an indication of how much they will contribute. Local architect, Tom Robinson, has started working on detailed plans and specifications for tendering for the external work. The Old Kirk is available for use while we continuing working up plans for internal developments and fundraising.

Balfron High’s Romea and Juliet – 25 July 2021

We are delighted to welcome our first community group booking. Pupils from Balfron High working on a summer project to record their own play – Romea & Juliet.

Sunset above the Old Kirk – 4 May 2021

Thanks to Colin Hastie, Badshalloch Cottage for this stunning photograph of the sunset from his garden, which shows a different angle of the kirk. We're so pleased to see the roof free of moss, and thanks to a National Lottery award from The National Lottery Community Fund and the generosity of members, we have the electrical wiring renewed. We await news from other funding bids to see if we can get started on external repairs.