Our church must be one of the most beautiful in the highlands, a gorgeous building with an equally gorgeous view........but now in need of substantial renovation.
We have raised £200,000 to fix the roof and walls, but need a further £100,000 to bring the inside up to standard. We would be incredibly grateful if you could help.
The condition of the 140 yr old Pugin designed Church of St Mary and St Finnan.
The church has seen several valiant attempts to make it waterproof over the last years, and the congregation have done a valiant task in raising the money and doing repairs.However the church is very wet with water running down the inside of the walls and leaks from the valleys. Plaster inside has brown staining and plaster board is crumbing.The windows have seen many different plain and frosted glass used which detracts from the looks of the church. The stained glass window needs considerable work.The internal lighting is poor and barely sufficient and the electric heating likewise.The Stations of the Cross (possibly by Pugin) number only 11 and these are in poor condition, likewise the altar, likely to be by Pugin, has deteriorated with age.Despite this the granite walls are keeping the rain out, the roof is in pretty good condition and the remedial work is clearly identifiable and not technically difficult. There is no sign of dry rot which is a relief.The key problem is where the lead flashings do not go under the coping stones and the cement fillet intended to run-off to the lead flashings along the gable has come adrift from the wall with a gap of a centimetre or two where water runs down the inside walls, thus damaging the wood, plaster and dampening the congregation.