Thank you to Mabel McCulley for permission to use her photograph of the Hill Kirk on our page.
***HILL KIRK RENOVATION***
The project is supported by Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER Programme 2014-2020: The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.
There have been churches on this site going back to the 12th century, the current building was constructed in 1824 under the likely architectural supervision of William Stirling and was the Parish Church for many years. In 1976 the church became redundant and lay empty for three years. In 1979 along came Blairgowrie Players who bought the empty church and it took on the new role as the headquarters of an amateur drama club.
As with any building there are general running and repair costs, however when it comes to a listed building like The Hill Kirk, well, hold on to your hat! The building has been in need of renovation to make it fit for the 21st century for many years and we have now grabbed the opportunity with the help of the Leader Fund. The building now has a kitchen/green room, fully accessible toilets, access and egress have both been improved and we hope to see improvements in fuel efficiency. Previously boarded up windows have been opened up and repaired, we even found a part glazed stained glass window under all the old boarding. We are now completing some internal joinery, painting and taking the opportunity to review scenery, props and wardrobe. The building is held in great regard by The Players and we are delighted to be enjoying the improvements.
And now we have to look at the roof and the tower ................