West Lochfyneside Parish

The Church of Scotland

Cumlodden

Inveraray

Lochgair

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Cumlodden

Inveraray

Lochgair

West Lochfyneside Parish

Our Vision for the Future
The Church of Scotland Cumlodden, Inveraray and Lochgair an unrestricted call Our Minister Cumlodden, Inveraray and Lochgair became a Union on 27th October 2019 following a few years as a linked charge, during which time the linkage had two ministers. The first minister served the charge of Inveraray for three years prior to the linkage and only two years with the linked congregations, then followed a vacancy our second minister was appointed on a short-term call of three years prior to his retirement . Both congregations know that work still has to be done within the two very different parts of the parish to generate a togetherness and growth in our Faith and Worship. We are looking for a minister who will work in partnership with us, inspire and encourage us to use our talents, whatever they may be, to make a team of willing people who would be happy to do and go wherever the church has need of us in the combined community of West Lochfyneside Parish. With the large number of children in the local area, we need a minister who can communicate with children with ease. We are looking for a minister who will: be a good team leader. motivate through preaching, presence and sense of humour. cater for the whole church family, helping us draw in young people and new members. serve the community pastorally and socially. Our congregations offer you: friendship. a desire to explore life through worship. a knowledge of our communities through helping within them our time and our talents.
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Introduction West Lochfyneside Parish of Cumlodden, Inveraray and Lochgair have welcoming and positive congregations, members who assist in worship and Cumlodden has a vibrant choir. The Churches have only been linked for five years and the congregations have now joined up in union. Location The Parish is located on the picturesque west shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland, being 90 minutes away from Glasgow on the A83. It includes the town of Inveraray and villages of Furnace, Minard and Lochgair, covering an area of approximately 26 road miles from one end of the parish to the other. The parish is bounded by the hills to the west and the loch to the south. The Manse The manse for the parish is located in Inveraray and is at the south end of the town near the Loch Fyne Hotel Worship Sunday worship in Cumlodden and Lochgair is as follows: Lochgair 10.00am on 1st and 5th Sundays of the month and Cumlodden (Furnace) at 10.00am on 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays. Inveraray each Sunday at 11.30am
In Brief

West Lochfyneside Parish

The Parish
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West Lochfyneside Parish

Our Churches and Congregations
Cumlodden Church, located on the outskirts of Furnace was built in 1841 with a vestry added in the early 1900s. The Church can accommodate up to 160 people. After severe gale damage it was refurbished in 2012-13.
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I nveraray c ongregation worship in Inveraray Church which is situated in the centre of town. The church is a category A listed building, originally two churches under one roof, one for Gaelic worshippers and the other for English speakers, but with the decline in Gaelic, the Gaelic Church was turned into the church hall in 1957. The exterior of the building was extensively refurbished in 2013 at a cost of some £300,000, grants being available from Historic Scotland, the Lottery fund, Church of Scotland, Edinburgh as well as our own fund raising efforts. The church is open to visitors during the summer months on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Membership is 67 communicant members and a number of ad herents. The Church attendance is around 20 regular attendees increased in the summer by visitors. The population of the parish is around 900, of whom 400 claim to have a connection with the Church of Scotland. There are probably around 70 Roman Catholics and 80 or so who have connections to some other Christian body.

West Lochfyneside Parish

Our Churches and Congregations
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Lochgair Church is a very attractive small church building which was built in 1867 by the local fishermen who wanted a place in which to worship and can accommodate up to 90 people. Lochgair Church Hall was built in 1972 and along with the Church stands in urgent need of attention , but it has been agreed that no further major expense will be spent on the building, this leading to a future closure.

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Our Churches and Congregations
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Membership of Cumlodden and Lochgair is around 78 communicant members and around 12 adherents. Church attendance can fluctuate throughout the year depending on holidays etc. Average attendance is about 25.
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Church Activities
Around the Churches
Cumlodden and Lochgair has no Sunday school or youth club at present. Cumlodden Guild meet in the Cumlodden Vestry . Membership is approximately 16. The members organise the World Day of Prayer service. Presbytery also hold a lot of their committee meetings in Cumlodden vestry. Cumlodden and Lochgair also has a Church Choir which was established in the 1980’s and is one of the success stories in the life of the congregation. It has 13 members one of the largest choirs in the presbytery. It sings about once a month at Sunday worship. A number of people have become more active in the life of the church through joining the choir. Special School Services are held in Inveraray and Cumlodden Churches from time to time.
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Church Activities
Around the Churches
Church Activities Inveraray has no Sunday school or youth club at present. There is a very successful Lunch Club on the first Friday of the month October through to March. Soup, sandwiches and a chat is popular with about 20 attending. During July and August the church holds a Summer Sale bringing community together, drawing helpers from the wider community and raising around £7500 for our funds. Other fund raising is by a Daffodil Tea and Curry Quiz nights, Book Sales and Christmas Fayre. During the winter months, the Masons use the Church Hall once a month and indoor bowls are also held weekly. The hall is also used by other organisations for such things as Ballet West for children and meetings of the Argyll and Bute Council departments because of it’s central position within Argyll and Bute. Members still organise the World day of Prayer.
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Church Activities
Around the Churches
Lochgair has an active community with a Community Trust which organises many events throughout the year in Lochgair Church Hall. It is also used for Kirk Session meetings, Social / fund-raisers, coffee mornings, quiz nights etc. The Burns supper being just one of these very successful events. It is also used for fellowship after church services, Christmas service, Christmas Bazaar, etc. and used as overflow for large funerals.
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The Manse

A quote from a previous minister, now retired:

“Undoubtedly, the most comfortable and the best manse in which I have stayed during my many years as a minister”
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The Manse in detail
The manse of the parish is located in Inveraray. It lies on the A83, heading for Campbeltown at the south end of the town and just beyond the Loch Fyne Hotel. It is a traditional Scottish Manse, is a category B listed building and listed on 20th July 1971. It dates back to the 19th century, being built in 1842. All the windows still have their original shutters. The ground floor consists of a public lounge and a study looking out towards the Loch, dining room and modernised kitchen with utility room and toilet to the rear. On the first floor there are four rooms, a large lounge with views over and down the loch, an en-suite bedroom facing the loch and two bedrooms to the rear, one with en-suite. There is also a bathroom on this floor overlooking the loch. The second floor has two further rooms with windows in the gables. The interior of the house was completely renovated in 2009 and 2015 and we have a 10 year plan when further improvements will be made. A completely new oil central heating system was also installed and there are log burning stoves in the lounge and the study. There is a good sized garden to the front and rear and there are panoramic views over Loch Fyne to the Cowal peninsula. In the grounds there is also a large outbuilding garage/store on which major repairs were recently carried out.
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The Manse Layout

Dining Room

Public Lounge

Study

Kitchen

Toilet

Pantry

Boilerhouse

Utility

and Toilet

Store

Entrance

Hall

Hallway

Stair

Bedroom

Lounge

Master Bedroom

Bedroom

En-Suite

En-Suite

Bathroom

Stair

Landing

Stair

All Purpose Room

All Purpose Room

Tank room

Landing

Ground Floor First Floor Second Floor
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The History of our communities
INVERARAY The Town of Inveraray was created a Royal Burgh by King Charles 1 in 1648. Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Argyll and the present-day castle was started by the 3rd Duke of Argyll in 1746 and remains inhabited by the Campbell family to this day In 1747 William Adam drew up plans for the creation of a new Inveraray, but by 1770 little had been done, until the fifth Duke set about rebuilding the town in its present form. Some of the work was done by John Adam, the Inveraray Inn on Front Street being his, as well as the Town House. Much of the rest of the town, including the Church, was designed and built by the celebrated Edinburgh-born architect Robert Mylne between 1772 and 1800. The present town is situated about half a mile from the old town, The end product was an attractive town which included houses f or estate workers, a woollen mill and a pier to exploit herring fishing which was to mushroom in later years to play a major role in the town's economy. The finished product is one of the best examples of an 18th-century planned t own in Scotland a nd the vast majority of the properties in the centre of Inveraray form a conservation area because of the town's architectural significance. Inveraray i s a tourist town and the main employment, although seasonal. is mainly tourism related, There are three Hotels with many B&Bs and self catering establishments including 280 caravan holiday homes at Argyll Caravan Park only two miles beyond the town and In the summer months, the population can almost double, giving a valued boost to the local economy. Other all-the-year-round employment is provided in farming, fish farming, forestry, local shopkeepers and skilled tradesmen.
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The History of our communities
FURNACE - MINARD - LOCHGAIR Furnace is unusual for a West Highland village in having an industrial past in addition to the usual focus on agriculture and fishing. Industrial activity was led by three main businesses: the iron furnace, the powdermills and the quarry. The iron furnace was the first to arrive, built in 1755, fired by the local forest capable of supplying the charcoal needed in smelting iron. The village at that time was called Inverleacainn (the mouth of the River Leacainn) but gradually took on the shorthand name of The Furnace and finally, simply F urnace . The furnace itself shut down in 1813, made redundant by the coal-fired steam engine. The same charcoal resource that fed the furnace supported the development of the next industry to arrive - the manufacture of gunpowder using charcoal, sulphur and saltpetre. The Loch Fyne Powderworks, one of four in Argyll, was built in 1841 and was criticised for its safety standards after the Explosives Act 1875. The company had sited an 80-ton storage magazine 80 metres from the village school. 1883 s aw the end of The Powdermills when it blew up with a stove-house explosion. The only casualty was the manager, William Robinson, who was not even on site at the time but at home for lunch 230 metres away but was killed by flying rocks. The third industry was the quarry, opening in 1841 during the term of the Powdermills and still in operation today. It supplied cobbles for the streets of Glasgow and was the biggest employer in the area. Over 200 men then cut the pink granite by hand. The quarry, which now produces crushed stone and concrete in volume, is now fully mechanised, and employs only a few people. Furnace, Minard and Lochgair have much the same employment as Inveraray although more people from these villages travel to Lochgilphead where the major employer is Argyll and Bute Council whose headquarters are in the town along with the Health Board and the Hospital. Minard is a small village with an active Community Association which organises a number of community events. There is also a reasonably good boat launching area which is well used, particularly in the summer, by divers and fishermen. has a Castle which was built in the 19th- century and is a castellated mansion on the north-western shore of Loch Fyne, Scotland. The current structure is the enlargement of an original. Lochgair is an inlet off Loch Fyne and has an idyllic setting with yachts moored in the inlet. Lochgair was one of the main settings in Iain Banks' 1992 novel ‘The Crow Road, which mixes real life locations in Argyll and the A83 road with the fictional.
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Everything Local
Attraction, Facilities, Transport and Activities
TRANSPORT West Coast Motors operates a service for Citylink between Glasgow a nd Campbeltown which serves Inveraray, Furnace, Minard and Lochgair. In addition there is a service from Glasgow to Oban and Inveraray to Dunoon available from Inveraray. The nearest railway station is at Dalmally on the Oban line and is some 15 miles from Inveraray. SCHOOLS There are primary schools in Inveraray and Furnace, while the school in Minard is presently mothballed. Both schools have excellent standards of education. Secondary age pupils travel to Lochgilphead by bus to attend Lochgilphead High School, which recently moved to a brand new campus on the outskirts of the town which contains a learning centre, primary school and the high school. NHS The nearest hospital is Lochgilphead and is a GP led hospital in a new building, being open for just over 6 years. There is also a hospital in Oban and the Vale of Leven near Dumbarton although the majority of patients are now taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. There is a dental practice which visits Furnace surgery once a week. BANKS There is a Royal Bank of Scotland Mobile Bank twice a week in Inveraray and further banking facilities at the Post Offices in Inveraray and Furnace. There are four ATMs in Inveraray. SHOPPING Inveraray has two mini-market food stores, plus a very good fish and vegetable van. It also has a butcher, a newsagent, a post office, a pharmacy, a shoe shop, hairdresser, clothes shops, cafés, and tourist outlets. There are two filling stations and a Renault dealership garage in the town. Furnace has a general store with Post Office. The nearest major shopping outlets are in Oban with Tesco, Aldi and Lidl and there is a medium sized Co-operative in Lochgilphead and a Tesco Extra food store at the filling station there.
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Everything Local
Attraction, Facilities, Transport and Activities
Community Activities Inveraray has a nine-hole golf course and tennis court, with a swimming pool and leisure centre based in one of the hotels, senior and junior shinty teams, a seniors club which meets on a Wednesday, twice a month from October to April offering talks and fellowship, an Historical Society and the Neil Munro Society (in honour of the author Neil Munro, who was born in the town). A very successful Burns Club, an Accordion and Fiddle Club meets every 2nd Wednesday in the Inveraray Inn from October to April and there is also Inveraray and District Pipe Band, now a Grade 1 band and one of the top bands in the world. A successful Highland Games is held in July in the grounds of Inveraray Castle with the World Championship Caber Tossing Event, along with very high quality individual piping and dancing competitions. In Furnace, the village hall, recently refurbished, is used almost every night of the week. Carpet bowls, table tennis, films, quizzes and a very busy craft group meeting fortnightly, all use the facilities. Local Attractions Inveraray Castle is a popular tourist attraction open from Easter till October. Inveraray Jail is a living Museum open all the year round. The Belltower houses a peal of 10 bells with spectacular views from the top. It is open to visitors in the summer Auchindrain Township Museum, located between Inveraray and Furnace, is a unique example of a small farming community where groups of families worked together Crarae Gardens, a National Trust property, is located between Furnace and Minard.
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