Kirkcudbright Parish Church has received a confirmed grant of £122,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for remedial work to the parish church it was announced this week.
Work will be carried out to minimise water ingress at several locations within the building and also to provide new boilers and roof insulation. It is intended that work will start later this summer and be complete by May 2016.
The project will allow for urgent and recommended repairs to be carried out as identified by the church’s architects, noted during recent inspections. In addition upgraded boilers will improve the energy efficiency of the building.
Literature and information panels will be produced to tell visitors about the heritage of both the building and some of its contents. It is envisaged that local school children will contribute to the production of the information.
The building was designed by the well known Architect William Burn and was first opened for worship in 1838.The church is a focal point for the local community and is one of the iconic structures of the picturesque town of Kirkcudbright.
The Rev Douglas Irving said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this grant. The church is over 175 years old now and is a much-loved feature of the town and the work we can now undertake will ensure that it is in good condition for future generations to enjoy.
Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland said: “Scotland’s historic and diverse places of worship are so often at the heart of our communities.
“Kirkcudbright Parish Church is an excellent example of how HLF can help conserve a much loved building so it can continue to serve its local community. “