The congregation of Kilmore Church in Sleat, Skye, is trying to raise funds to replace the Church windows which are in very poor condition, with some of them broken and boarded up. The church has been very cold and particularly uncomfortable during the winter for a number of years now and is becoming worse and potentially unsafe.
The site of the Church has been a place of worship for many centuries and the current Church building has served the community of Sleat for almost 150 years, having opened in 1876. It is a Grade C listed building, having many interesting features. We plan to replace the currently single glazed windows with special double glazing which will retain the original look of the windows, as required by the planners (listed building consent has been granted).
As well as being the regular place of worship of the Sleat congregation of the Parish of Strath and Sleat Church of Scotland, the building provides accommodation for other community events, and hosts all local Church funerals. Many in Sleat and beyond have a connection with it due to lifetime events relating to themselves and their families. Further information about Sleat's churches is available here.
To retain this building and to keep it fit for purpose for the community, the Kilmore Fabric Committee has been tasked with raising the grand sum of £104,500 (including VAT) for the purchase and fitting of all the windows. Applications have gone out to various funds and grant-making bodies and it is also hoped that the community of Sleat and beyond can help in raising around £20,000 towards the total. Such pledges are required to show other funders that there is local support and will widen the opportunities for alternative funding.
Ideally, Kilmore Church can be retained for continued use by the community for many generations to come. Without replacement of the windows, that likelihood lessens.
Members of the church congregation are very grateful for any donations towards this ambitious but necessary project.
Contact details are available on the Church website: Strath & Sleat Church of Scotland
Thank you | Mòran taing
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