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Update on Kilmartin Church

At the AGM in October I promised to keep members informed of any developments that Dunadd Community Enterprise makes on exploring the potential of the Kilmartin Church building. The information below is a press release that has just been issued, it explains how we are working with Kilmartin Museum to find ways around issues that affect both organisations.

Initially the Church of Scotland head office indicated that it would hold up putting the church on the market for twelve months to allow us to explore our options. This always felt a bit of a tight timespan to get a feasibility study in place and explore our options to the full potential. The agreement below gives us the space to be thorough and make sure our discussions on the property are full and fruitful.

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

DUNADD COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE AND KILMARTIN MUSEUM

COMMUNITY CONSIDERS PURCHASE OF HISTORIC CHURCH

A newly established community initiative for Dunadd Community Council area called Dunadd Community Enterprise is considering purchasing the historic Kilmartin Church with a view to converting it into a new community facility.

Since the Church of Scotland moved to its new premises in Kilmartin, it has been their intention to sell Kilmartin Church and Glebe, as well as the churches in Ford, Kilmichael Glassary and Kilmichael of Inverlussa.   Kilmartin Museum has been in discussions with the Church of Scotland about purchasing the Glebe Field to use for their education programs, and to develop overflow parking in a small area to accommodate the extra visitors expected when the redeveloped museum opens in 2021. 

At its recent AGM, members of the Dunadd Community Enterprise supported the committee to go ahead with seeking funding to commission a full feasibility study that would explore sustainable community use of the building.  Funds would be required to buy, renovate and convert the church.  There have been lots of ideas and discussion, but careful business planning is required to ensure whatever the church is used for would attract grant funding and crucially, would be sustainable in the long term.     This will take some time, and funding needs to be sought for a feasibility study in the first instance, so Dunadd Community Enterprise could not currently purchase Kilmartin Church. 

Kilmartin Museum already has funding in place to purchase the Glebe Field, and they need to go ahead with this to keep to their Redevelopment Project timescales.  However, the Church of Scotland Head Office have decided to dispose of the Church building together with the field and they wish to move quickly to reduce the cost of maintaining these buildings.    This may have presented difficulties to all involved, not to mention risked the Church being sold into private hands for housing, however, a very good friend of the Museum stepped forward with an offer to purchase Kilmartin Church as a holding position.   He has agreed to allow Dunadd Community Enterprise time to explore the possibility and make a final decision that any community use has the full support of its members and is sustainable.    The benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous at present, has also said that it will be possible to maintain public access to the historic stones housed in the Church and that the Museum could also use the building whilst the building work required during the Redevelopment Project is taking place.

Dr Sharon Webb, Museum Director said “it would have been a real shame if the Church and the historic stones had become inaccessible, and this decision by the Church head office could have presented real difficulties to both the Museum, and Community Enterprise, so it’s great that a temporary solution has been found.  Its wonderful that there are such generous and philanthropic people who want to make a difference to both the Museum and the local community.”

Chair of the Dunadd Community Enterprise David Bracken added “this gives us the time we need to explore all the possibilities and make sure that if we do go ahead and raise funds to buy the church, it’s the right thing for the community now, and for future generations.”

Negotiations between the Church of Scotland Head Office and the anonymous buyer are ongoing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

DAVID BRACKEN – chair@dunadd.scot

Invite to Tender 

Dunadd Community Enterprise are looking for a self-employed person to develop its projects.
The 12 month contract is for 3 days a week. You will be self-motivated and have experience in project planning and delivery.
Closing date 4th February 2019

More information is in the www.dunadd.scot website or email or phone for a discussion.
more information
Tender Invite
Scheduled  of Work
Draft Contract

Dunadd Community Enterprise
Email:-  chair@dunadd.scot
Phone:- 01546 510202


Church Project

The summary of the possible uses of the church exercise can be found here

You can still make comments on the possible acquisition of the church with the following form
http://www.dunadd.scot/kilmartin-church-project/


Directors 

If you are interested in becoming a director please do not hesitate to contact any of the steering group so we can answer any of your questions, or you can register your interest by emailing David at website@dunadd.scot

Membership forms are now available on this site.

About

In 2016 Dunadd Community Council along with Foundation Scotland undertook a community consultation in lieu of there being windfarm funding available from the A’Chruach windfarm. The funding was to be accessed by three distinct geographical areas, Dunadd, Lochgilphead, and West Loch Fyne. In Dunadd the community consultation was well attended and produced a strong, realistic, and achievable action plan. However, it was identified, within the process, that there was no organisation within the geographical area that had the capacity to realise the community action plan.

Initially everybody sat back thinking that Dunadd Community Council would take the action plan forward, but this is not the  Council’s role and a Development Trust  need to be formed, in order to be independent from political processes. Another public meeting was arranged and the Development Trust Association Scotland was invited to help lay the foundation for a way forward. From this meeting a steering group of eight people was formed to explore the best legal status for a group and move it forward.

Development trusts are a part of the community enterprise movement. They are community based and they aim to achieve their goals by making profits through trading, providing services and acquiring assets (such as buildings and equipment). Their profits are used to create community wealth that has a lasting impact on the renewal and improvement of an area

In Kilmartin and Kilmichael Glens, together with Ford, we have developed  a company limited by guarantee to realise the aspirations of  the community.

After the AGM on 23rd October 2018 the following directors were elected.


David Bracken, Di Roberts, Stephen Carter, Chris Carr, Allan McLean, Gary Linstead

Update on Kilmartin Church

At the AGM in October I promised to keep members informed of any developments that Dunadd Community Enterprise makes on exploring the potential of the Kilmartin Church building. The information below is a press release that has just been issued, it explains how we are working with Kilmartin Museum to find ways around issues that affect both organisations.

Initially the Church of Scotland head office indicated that it would hold up putting the church on the market for twelve months to allow us to explore our options. This always felt a bit of a tight timespan to get a feasibility study in place and explore our options to the full potential. The agreement below gives us the space to be thorough and make sure our discussions on the property are full and fruitful.

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

DUNADD COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE AND KILMARTIN MUSEUM

COMMUNITY CONSIDERS PURCHASE OF HISTORIC CHURCH

A newly established community initiative for Dunadd Community Council area called Dunadd Community Enterprise is considering purchasing the historic Kilmartin Church with a view to converting it into a new community facility.

Since the Church of Scotland moved to its new premises in Kilmartin, it has been their intention to sell Kilmartin Church and Glebe, as well as the churches in Ford, Kilmichael Glassary and Kilmichael of Inverlussa.   Kilmartin Museum has been in discussions with the Church of Scotland about purchasing the Glebe Field to use for their education programs, and to develop overflow parking in a small area to accommodate the extra visitors expected when the redeveloped museum opens in 2021. 

At its recent AGM, members of the Dunadd Community Enterprise supported the committee to go ahead with seeking funding to commission a full feasibility study that would explore sustainable community use of the building.  Funds would be required to buy, renovate and convert the church.  There have been lots of ideas and discussion, but careful business planning is required to ensure whatever the church is used for would attract grant funding and crucially, would be sustainable in the long term.     This will take some time, and funding needs to be sought for a feasibility study in the first instance, so Dunadd Community Enterprise could not currently purchase Kilmartin Church. 

Kilmartin Museum already has funding in place to purchase the Glebe Field, and they need to go ahead with this to keep to their Redevelopment Project timescales.  However, the Church of Scotland Head Office have decided to dispose of the Church building together with the field and they wish to move quickly to reduce the cost of maintaining these buildings.    This may have presented difficulties to all involved, not to mention risked the Church being sold into private hands for housing, however, a very good friend of the Museum stepped forward with an offer to purchase Kilmartin Church as a holding position.   He has agreed to allow Dunadd Community Enterprise time to explore the possibility and make a final decision that any community use has the full support of its members and is sustainable.    The benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous at present, has also said that it will be possible to maintain public access to the historic stones housed in the Church and that the Museum could also use the building whilst the building work required during the Redevelopment Project is taking place.

Dr Sharon Webb, Museum Director said “it would have been a real shame if the Church and the historic stones had become inaccessible, and this decision by the Church head office could have presented real difficulties to both the Museum, and Community Enterprise, so it’s great that a temporary solution has been found.  Its wonderful that there are such generous and philanthropic people who want to make a difference to both the Museum and the local community.”

Chair of the Dunadd Community Enterprise David Bracken added “this gives us the time we need to explore all the possibilities and make sure that if we do go ahead and raise funds to buy the church, it’s the right thing for the community now, and for future generations.”

Negotiations between the Church of Scotland Head Office and the anonymous buyer are ongoing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

DAVID BRACKEN – chair@dunadd.scot

Invite to Tender 

Dunadd Community Enterprise are looking for a self-employed person to develop its projects.
The 12 month contract is for 3 days a week. You will be self-motivated and have experience in project planning and delivery.
Closing date 4th February 2019

More information is in the www.dunadd.scot website or email or phone for a discussion.
more information
Tender Invite
Scheduled  of Work
Draft Contract

Dunadd Community Enterprise
Email:-  chair@dunadd.scot
Phone:- 01546 510202


Church Project

The summary of the possible uses of the church exercise can be found here

You can still make comments on the possible acquisition of the church with the following form
http://www.dunadd.scot/kilmartin-church-project/


Directors 

If you are interested in becoming a director please do not hesitate to contact any of the steering group so we can answer any of your questions, or you can register your interest by emailing David at website@dunadd.scot

Membership forms are now available on this site.

Progress

October 2018 – First AGM held, Directors elected, Community Consultation Re. possible Church acquisition continued

September 2018 – Started to explore options for Kilmartin Church

June 2018 Bookswap started in Kilmichael, Kilmartin, and Ford Villages

June 2018 – Membership campaign started

April 2018 – Register Dunadd Community Enterprise as a Business Ltd by Guarantee.
Joined Development Trust Association of Scotland

January 2018 – Articles of Corporation written

November 2017 – Steering group set-up

Projects we are working on

  • Membership campaign
  • Book swap project in each village

The Area We Cover

The principle area covered by the company is the Community Council area of Dunadd