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Funding is lighting up St Conan’s Kirk to bring festive cheer to passers-by and visitors missing its annual Christmas Tree festival.
Covid put a stop to this year’s tree festival but golden fairy lights in the historic church’s grounds at Lochawe are giving the kirk a seasonal glow to light up the dark nights.
The Friends of St Conan’s wanted to do something else to mark the start of Christmas in place of the festival that regularly attracts scores of entries from groups, charities, schools and organisations all vying for first prize.
‘After such a very difficult year for everyone, it was decided to floodlight St Conan’s and fill the garden with lights to cheer up the community,’ said Liz Mackay from the Friends group.
‘The hope is that this will bring some Christmas warmth and hope to everyone visiting or passing by on the main road,’ she added.
In addition to funding from the Friends, the lights project was supported by Argyll and Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund and Glenorchy and Innishail Community Council.
Despite the difficulties of 2020 there is much to raise the spirits around St
Conan’s, said Mrs Mackay.
Anyone visiting from now can see that the restoration work on the stunning Rose Window has been completed, another project well-supported by the community and by various grant funders.
In the spring there will be a celebration and rededication for both the Rose Window and the kirk’s new organ which was kindly gifted to St Conan’s by Achnaba Parish Church.
Outside the kirk, path improvement work continues and thanks go to the Breedon group for its generous donation of a large quantity of small granite chips.
‘Next year, the Christmas Tree Festival will be back, marking the start of Christmas in the area. For now the garden lights signify hope and cheer for the whole community,’ said Mrs Mackay.