Coldstream's Heritage Ltd is a Community Interest Company (CIC) (Ltd by Guarantee), set up by Trevor Swan, Will Murray and Gerald Tait to project manage the repair, conservation and interpretation of the medieval Lennel Kirk. What this means is that the CIC will ensure the kirk is locked-in to community care for good. The kirk is medieval, was built in 1126 and served the community until 1718 when the parish church situation moved to Coldstream.
The project officially commenced in July 2016, will cost over £100,000 but is involving a lot of volunteering on project management, archaeology and research. The grant funders are: Historic Environment Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, Fallago Environmental Fund, Scottish Community Landfill Fund, The Headley Trust, Flodden 1513 Club, Coldstream & District Local History Society, Lennel Estates, Douglas and Angus Estates and a private donor. The CIC is extremely grateful.
The project will involve: stonemasonry, stabilising interior headstones, archaeological digs, interpretation board, research into the context of the kirk, a profile of how the kirk and congregation thwarted the 'Resurrection Men' (body snatching) and research into the borders trail of abbeys, priories, kirks and nunneries. A complete reversal of 200 years of neglect might spur the Council into more regular grass-cutting of the old kirk yard.
"We have lost for good our famous Coldstream Priory and we now don't want to lose our medieval kirk" .
The above image is of the 30 feet high west gable wall, now devoid of live ivy. There are the north and south walls to stabilise, some interior headstones to stabilise too, an invasive archaeological exercise to see what's under the floors and a fully researched exercise to establish the role and history of the kirk, whether beneath the rubble there are Anglo-Saxon stones and generally to reverse 200 years of neglect.
PLEASE DON'T INTERFERE WITH THE KIRK AT PRESENT; IT'S UNSAFE