The Old Lochcarron East Church, or the Old Parish Church, is a 180 year old building in the Highlands of Scotland owned by Justin and TyLean Tuijl.
We are going to make it into the Museum of Conservation and Recycling.
We purchased it in May 2018 and have been working on it since in order to turn it into a venue for events and functions embracing the local community and the wider community of friends of the church and tourists.
The roof is in a bad way, it has been left for 30 years without being maintained. It is suffering from "nail sickness" which is because the nails that hold the slates on are rusting and one by one the slates are falling to the ground. This is because we are a few meters from the salt water of the Loch. The owner before us bought the property 13 years ago but was unable to do any repairs due to ill health. We want to save this 180 year old building in order to open it to the public for events and so forth, this space should be used. Community and wider, we are on the tourist trail, the NC500.
We already have local roofers working for us and we can raise a certain part of the cost ourselves. We are also applying for grants. Due to a death in the family, and TyLean's ill health, we are a lot tighter on funds than we were. We desperately want to save this building and have just caught it in time, as big holes are developing on the roof just recently, we did a £5.000 patch for the winter (our wedding gift money) and we hope to start the roof in earnest as soon at we can. We have purchased our own scaffolding. We have had quotes for the roof which range from £60.000 to £100.000. It all depends how rotten the wood is.
Saving this iconic building for the future is our main aim. It will be here long after us all, if the roof is saved now. Please see our social media and website, www.lochcarronchurch.com Thank you! Justin and TyLean.
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