The picturesque Ardwell Church is a beautiful Edwardian sandstone building situated in the small village of Ardwell, in south west Scotland. The church was built between 1900 and 1902, and so not particularly old, however, a huge part of the local community.
The Church of Scotland recently ceased holding services at Ardwell leaving the church vulnerable to disrepair and conversion for a commercial purpose. The local community, keen to preserve the church, decided in 2015 to form a Trust and continue to use the building for religious and non-religious services, weddings, funerals and community events. The church is now known as Ardwell Community Kirk, with the local community working hard to ensure that enough funds are raised to enable the kirk to continue and be enjoyed by current and future generations.
Ardwell Community Kirk has brought the local community together with the purpose of preserving the church for all to enjoy, and the intention to bring more of the community together. One of the driving forces was to promote community development, particularly in the rural landscape by ensuring the building remains a focus for community activities for all to enjoy, regardless of beliefs and background.
With enormous plans to diversify the kirk further, and to encourage a wider audience to enjoy it, the community want to start opening it up to musical and theatrical events, as well as opening educational opportunities. Through the possibilities of art and music events, they hope it will allow locals to come and demonstrate or develop new skills within the community and share these skills with everyone.