An association to save this building

We have been applying for grants for the roof repair but it is apparent that to go further with grant applications we need to form an association of interested people, most likely non-profit, but who knows? We’d very much like to connect with people who care about this building and what its future may be. We have many ideas for the use of the building but it would be great to share these with others. We can handle repairs inside, but the roof is a specialist job.

We have a meeting scheduled for Nov 5th at 6pm and hope genuinely interested people may come along. If not, well, who knows?

Thanks for reading.

Justin

Sept 2019

When you own a building like this, you know that you are just the custodians for a short period of its life. I used to own a classic car, and it has gone on to a new owner; I spent a fortune on it, and then passed it on. The car may outlive me, the church certainly will. However, we have become the custodians at a critical point in its life. This building has a history of neglect and the roof is now in critical need of being replaced. The roof has not been looked after for a very long time indeed. We have inherited a dilemma. Our own funds are exhausted due to a death and my wife’s health failing. We have the vision for the building and know what we are going to do with it. It will serve tourists and locals. We have a purpose for the building for the next decades until we die and pass the building onto the future. The most important thing is to save this building, as right now it is in the biggest danger it has ever been of becoming a ruin. We are currently applying for grants. We are also keen to get more testimonials from people who love this building and want it to be saved. Best wishes, Justin.

Aug 2019

The council have finally agreed to sell us the shed attached to the back of the church and have agreed rights of servitude. £12,000 for sheds and rights of servitude. £1,000 for their fees. £1,000 for our solicitor

April 2019

So great to see Lenn at work! Thanks for help all, of course we’re still rather bankrupt for this start on the roof. Any little helps.

April 2019

Hello dear friends.

Starting work on the roof is imminent, Lenn is sourcing scaffolding and weather permitting the work will start next week. However, we have called in all the favours for funds including everything the bank will give us. Not sure where the next meal is coming from, but at least a corner of the church should stop dripping water for a long time to come, fingers crossed for another 180 years!

Any help with funds would be so very gratefully received, thank you!https://www.gofundme.com/lochcarron-east-church-new-roof

Best wishes

Justin and TyLean Tuijl

March 2019

Hi all, we had a quote for the roof for 58k from LKU Roofing (owner Lenn Urquhart) recommended to us by Kenny the local postman! We are looking for grants and funding but we can’t apply for those until we have been in the church for a year. So we are getting the job started with Lenn on the worst corner with our savings and wedding gift money. We’re so excited to be finally moving forward with the roof and are looking forward to stopping that corner getting wet inside and the worry of it collapsing. The picture shows the corner in question. Best wishes, Justin and TyLean Tuijl.