‘Friends of Lochluichart Community’ is a local group whose aims are to encourage community development in and around Lochluichart, to support the conservation, maintenance and restoration of historical and / or other buildings which are important for the local community in and around Lochluichart, and to coordinate community events in and around Lochluichart.
In October 2015 the group was successful in applying for funds from LCT for a specific project at Kinlochluichart Church to convert the vestry to a small community hall and to provide toilet and kitchen facilities.
The location of the church means it is very central to our community, and the vestry has had little use recently other than as a storage area. It was felt that with a little improvement and redecoration and the addition of toilet and kitchen facilities, this space could benefit a wide range of users. The Church of Scotland was pleased to give permission for the community use. As well as being an active place of worship, Kinlochluichart Church is also an historic building with Listed-B status and is one of the famous ‘Telford’ designed parliamentary churches, a number of which were built in the Highlands and Islands with government money in the early 1800s. The building is in a beautiful location and being listed means that any plans need to be considered very carefully so as not to affect the structure of the building or detract from the scenic surroundings.
The hall will accommodate small groups of up to 15, and those wishing to use it will give a donation which makes it very affordable for small groups. The running of the Vestry will be by the Friends of Lochluichart rather than the Church of Scotland.
Work has now started and it is hoped that facilities will all be ready in the next few months when the ‘Friends’ look forward to welcoming visitors. If you would be interested in joining the ‘Friends’ or would like to see what is happening at the Vestry please contact Hazel Keiro on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ‘Friends’ would like to thank all those volunteers who have given their time and expertise in bringing this project to fruition and to the Church of Scotland for allowing it to go ahead.
Has anyone got any old pictures of Kinlochluichart Church or Lochluichart area, which we could have or scan as we would like to hang some pictures up in the new Community Hall? Get in touch with Hazel on 01997 414 376 or by email.