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Kilmaronock Old Kirk Trust (KOKT)

Kilmaronock Old Kirk Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SC047874), formed in October 2017 by local active members of the Kilmaronock communities.

The organisation has circa 60 members and is led by a board of nine trustees, bringing a broad range of professional and practical skills and experience, who meet regularly to monitor progress, manage membership and communications, review finances and plan activities.


Located between Gartocharn and Croftamie in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Kilmaronock Old Kirk was built in 1813 and served the local community until its doors finally closed in May 2017.  

Steeped in history and slowly falling into disrepair the local community set up the Kilmaronock Old Kirk Trust (KOKT), in order to save the Grade-B listed classical building, preserve its long history of community use and enhance the building for today's and future generations of the Croftamie and Gartocharn Communities and a place of historic interest for the many visitors to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

THE VISION FOR THE OLD KIRK
Kilmaronock Old Kirk Trust’s vision is to buy the church and provide a heritage centre and a venue for local get-togethers, performances and cultural events.

The aim is to develop Kilmaronock Church into a community venue with an arts and cultural heritage focus.  The renovated old Kirk will draw on the rich history of the area and will be available for the enjoyment of the residents in the local community and for visitors.

Community Space
The Old Kirk will become a welcoming community space available for use by community and voluntary groups.

Heritage
The History of the building, the churchyard, the wider local area and historical figures and themes associated with it.

Activities that tie into the heritage of the building, such as specialist skills workshops, keeping traditional crafts alive, genealogy activities and school programmes.

Performances
Perfect space from small classical, folk and choral performances, with good acoustics and atmospheric interior.

Exhibitions
Attractive space for temporary exhibitions by local and visiting artists, a first-floor gallery will provide space for smaller exhibitions.

Workshops
Skills workshops to tie into the heritage of the building and the skills of creative people living in the area.

Activities include textile crafts, sewing, quilting, lacemaking, felting, jewellery-making, painting and drawing, ceramics, made do and mend.

Commercial Hire 
The Old Kirk will be available for private hire for events and ceremonies, including weddings, funerals.

Potential for Green Burials
A future stage of development could see an innovative plan for an eco-friendly natural burial on the Glebe land. 


DONATIONS AND FUNDING – What can I do to help?

The ambition is for the Old Kirk to operate as a sustainable social enterprise, covering all core running costs through income generation.

However, to bring the Old Kirk back to life, capital funding will be needed to cover the purchase and renovation of the building.

While the Trust work tirelessly to secure funding and donations, we still need your support.

How can you help?

  • Become a member of the Kilmaronock Old Kirk Trust. (Download membership form from here)
  • Donations are always greatly received.
  • Fundraising/Sponsorship; running your first 10k, marathon or other sporting event.
  • Volunteering, we’ll be looking for a range of skills to help support the future of the Kirk.
  • Merchandise; we’ll soon have a range of merchandise available, perfect for gift ideas or just a personal treat.