Recent Kirkmichael Trust Work Party Activities
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Kirkmichael Work Parties
hard work and good fun
Ivy Work Party — clearing the east gable
starting from the top
anyone down below?
okay, here it comes
ivy cleared, but what is that on the gable?
an unusual second skewputt midway on the gable is exposed
Disaster — the roof has fallen in — shall we give up?
stacked carefully for re-use
including as sponsorship rewards
the nave cleared of timber, slates and debris
we realise we have a special work of art
the Gun Munro memorial is by London sculptor Regnart
Next work party — the ivy on the east dyke
and seems impossible to control
but removal brings rewards
and eventually it is all cleared
Work Party — gable end weather protection
sand bags are knotted into place over membrane
all neatly done — but a faulty design doomed to fail
The Barkly enclosure is a no-go area — Work party needed
the work party get stuck in
the legs of the Barkly tablestones are revealed to once have been painted black
the beautiful carving of the influential Barkly family tablestones
some curious symbols appear on this Barkly tablestone
the heart is clear, but a wheel?
Barkly enclosure all now cleared
Work party to clear old buried fencing
the fencing is well anchored in the turf
all cleared, and security fencing resecured
the original gable covers have failed — a new approach needed
new membrane is held down by netting this time
and the netting is non-degradable
faster, safer, easier and better
the netting is held down by sandbags
and the whole job is quickly completed
a search under the tablestones uncovers a new old stone
transcribed and photographed, the new stone is returned
one of the work party lying down on the job
Work party to clear the overgrown Alexander Ferguson enclosure
the missing railing is found and the tree pruned
the branches have damaged the railing
stones have to be removed
the Grant of Ardoch mausoleum needs emergency propping
we erect one of the Celtic alphabet trail, admired here by German visitors
the team prepare the corner at Kirkmichael for future marquee usage
stones and bits of concrete are removed, holes filled
evidence of cars not getting round the corner
all ready for the marquee!
the marquee in full swing
stone condition survey from some years ago
an earlier work party — the toddler is now 18!
an early work party when the chancel was completely ivy-covered
an early reading party — Kirsty has now graduated!
and young Gavin here is now heading off to university!