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Clachan Lochbroom Heritage Trust

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Our offer to buy the old church building at Clachan Lochbroom for £30,020 has been accepted in principle BUT [there's always a but!] this offer has nearly emptied our bank account.  The building needs some repairs and updating [water supply] so we need to raise at least £100,000 more.

The site has been a community hub for 800 years and we want our community to use it for many centuries to come - for weddings and other services, and for suitable community events. Our population is growing and we need this building.

Visitors from all over the world come to Clachan to see their ancestors' homeland and their relatives' gravestones. We are linked to stirring historic figures and times.

Robert the Bruce was here in 1308.  The real "Outlander" lives were here in the form of our local Clan Mackenzie chiefs and clansmen who fought for Scotland against powerful armies from the 1640's to 1746, losing lives, land and fortune in the cause.

"The Hector" sailed with 180 Lochbroom people in 1773, arriving in Pictou, Nova Scotia, to build a new life. And we're even linked to the iconic Forth Bridge, shown on the memorial plaque inside the building to John Fowler, engineer, who lived nearby.

 

The Trust aims to refurbish and update this building so that its use can be enhanced and increased.

The seating is currently about 200 but there is a gallery which could seat another 200.  Some repairs would be needed and a false ceiling removed.

The beautiful gallery space would allow for displays of historic and artistic material. 

The Trust has a Facebook site "Friends of Clachan Lochbroom". Email clachanheritagetrust@gmail.com.

Charity No: SCO 047544

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