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Fundraising drive launched for Kirkmichael Heritage Centre

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December 4 2014

Fundraising drive launched for Kirkmichael Heritage Centre
A crowdfunding initiative in support of the conservation of a medieval kirk and graveyard at Kirkmichael on the Black Isle, is seeking to raise £50k by 17 December, with £3,310 having been pledged already.

Conservation specialists McGregor Bowes are backing the initiative which is being accompanied by a series of activities for visitors, schoolchildren and the local community on the site.

Plans entail creating a heritage centre on the site to interpret the unique gravestone art found on tombstones in the adjoining churchyard, many of which are currently obscured from view beneath turf.

In a statement Dr Jim Mackay, chairman of the Kirkmichael Trust, said: “We are delighted to say that the project is now more than 85% funded (£603,000 out of the total project cost of £706,945 secured) and ready to start as soon as we reach 100%. We are very grateful to our main funders such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, the Highland Council, the Robertson Trust and local firms. Now we need you to help to finish the job!”

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