CHURCH BUILDING RESTORATION PROJECT

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CHURCH  RENOVATION

July 2017:  With work on the exterior walls of the church now complete, the side windows have been replaced and the work of plastering the interior is now also almost finished. We have been told that we can get back into the church on 31st.July!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 January 2017:  The coffee room is now open again!  Although it still needs a coat of paint and a new carpet, it is available for our use, which is a very welcome development. The window has been removed and in its place an archway leads to a SONY DSCspacious corridor with a floor-to-ceiling window with a lovely view of trees and the loch, and the nicely appointed disabled toilet.  The coffee room has also had a new sink unit installed, and the old door has been replaced by one with a large glass panel, letting in lots of light.  Altogether it is looking very good and provides a welcoming space in which to gather for coffee after the service or to hold meetings.

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7th. October 2016:  The extension for the disabled toilet is progressing, and now has its roof on.  Meanwhile, the protective sheeting has been removed from the north side of the church, as has the scaffolding, so that for the time being its appearance has almost returned to normal.

18th. September 2016:  The first undercoat of the new harling has been applied, and is protected by heavy plastic sheeting. Meanwhile work is continuing on the extension downstairs, and the framework of the building is taking shape.

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11th. September 2016: An artist’s impression of extension, artist's impressionwhat the extension with disabled toilet will look like.

30th. August 2016:  We have been informed that the replacement windows cannot be windowsdelivered till next February, so the new harling cannot be completed this year.  This actually has advantages, in terms of the scaffolding which will be required over the winter.

 

 

 

31st. July2016: Work has begun on the construction Excavation for disabled toiletof the disabled toilet off the downstairs coffee room, with excavation for the founds and plumbing. In the course of this work an inscribed stone slab was found, believed to be a grave marker, although the inscription is too worn to read. No graves were disturbed, as the excavations did not have to go to any great depth.

27th. June 2016: The work of filling in gaps in the the stonework has begun. So, also, has the Bat Survey, with regular visits from a bat specialist to identify any roosting areas and enable any colonies to be protected.

We must stress that, despite the scaffolding round the walls, THE CHURCH REMAINS OPEN, BOTH FOR SERVICES AND TO VISITORS.

The activity to archive information relating to st. Ninian’s is progressing with work starting to identify documents and other information which may be held in the community. Would anyone who has anything relating to the church please get in touch.

26th. April 2016: The next stage of work is to fill the gaps in the stonework where the lime mortar has been washed out. The small stone cross on the east gable is laminating and will have to be replaced, and the three top steps of the crowsteps are to be better secured with steel dowelling.  We are also waiting for a bat survey to be carried out, so that SNH can be satisfied that the building work is not causing too much disturbance to any bats living in the roof.

16th. April 2016: work is now well under way on the walls, and the window in the coffee room has been removed to make way for the new disabled toilet.

Work began in early April, when the builders started to strip off the harling which was causing damp.

HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND

In parallel with the building works a programme of activities will be carried out to strengthen the link between St. Ninian’s and the wider community. An archivist will be employed to collate and record information held on the Church and make it more available. Already we have discovered that St Ninian’s was the first of many churches designed by Alexander Ross in the Highlands including St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Inverness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUILDING WORK TO BE DONE

St Ninian’s church has been awarded a grant of £243,400 jointly from the
Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland towards the funding of
various remedial works, urgently needed for the protection of the
Church and to help eliminate the damp which is causing deterioration
to the fabric of the building. The work will include lime harling the
external walls, repairs to the roof and replacement of all gutters and
rotten timbers. The windows in the main church will be replaced,
ventilation improved and the stain glass windows will be removed,
renovated, and remounted. In addition a new disabled toilet will be
installed as an extension to the coffee room.

A photographic record, required by HLF. is being planned by Phil to record the works as they are carried out.

In parallel with the building works a programme of activities will be carried out to strengthen the link between St. Ninian’s and the wider community. An archivist will be employed to collate and record information held on the Church and make it more available. Already we have discovered that St Ninian’s was the first of many churches designed by Alexander Ross in the Highlands including St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Inverness.

PROGRESS TO DATE

Work has now started –   see the News page!

 

 

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