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Through generous support, all outstanding maintenance work on the church was brought up to date in 2016; but there is, of course, an ongoing need for maintenance, costing about £2,500 per year. Although the active congregation is quite small, the church does play an important part in the life of the community and it is available to all, not just for worship but for baptisms, weddings, funerals and also for cultural purposes - lectures, recitals and study groups are all welcome. It was built in 1802 at a time when Colonsay had a population not far short of one thousand people, and today there must be upwards of a million people worldwide who have some link with the building through the marriage, baptism or funeral of one or more of their forebears.
The Parish Church is a Listed Building (Grade B), and is the subject of professional inspection from time to time, and all specified work to date has now been completed. In 2016 the small but very attractive "birdcage" belfry was totally restored, thanks to the outstanding generosity of well-wishers across the world.
This year , and in keeping with our aim of "good stewardship", a contractor has been booked to undertake various works in May 2017 that are really just a matter of good maintenance, although vitally important if we are to avoid expensive future repairs. In addition, we are resolved to improve vehicular access for disabled persons, hopefully in time for Easter; we also hope to be able to erect a rather magnificent 19th century gate so as to exclude livestock whilst providing good access across level ground.
For this, we need your help. Ours is a very small congregation and the £2,500 needed for a proper maintenance program comes on top of our need (and desire) to contribute towards the maintenance of the Ministry and the proper objectives of the Church of Scotland. It is only with the help of well-wishers throughout the world that this tiny Hebridean church can survive; if the million and more people worldwide who have a family connection to this church were to contribute $1 per head, it would be embarrassing; but if even a tiny proportion were to send just $25.00 it would be wonderful.
Please note that any UK taxpayer can use Gift Aid to boost their contribution by 25% (assuming 20% tax rate) if they are happy to complete the simple but necessary declaration. This is of huge significance, here is a copy of the relevant Gift Aid form. Incidentally, donors can save on postage stamps, bank charges and administrative costs if families find it convenient to make a joint contribution, but the parish is of course deeply grateful to receive contributions in whatever way they come.
This page will become a permanent feature of our site; please feel free to mention anyone whose name you would wish to see remembered. Obviously, no donation is required - the feature is merely to honour and remember those who went ahead.
Callum, Joan and Barbara McIntyre
Barbara McIntyre Moodie & Catherine McNeill Moodie
Dr. Andrew Hall-Gardiner
William Henry Boland, H.M.S. "Viknor"
Peter and Maryann MacAllister
The Church of Scotland parish of Colonsay and Oronsay (No. 211300) is a registered Scottish Charity No: SC031271