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  • 2000 – Eaglais na h-Aoidhe Steering Group was established by Point Community Council
  • 2001 - Urras Eaglais na h-Aoidhe (Ui Church Trust) was formally established as a Company Limited by Guarantee and a Charity
  • 2001 – Initial discussions with Historic Scotland
  • 2003 - Initial Conservation Plan was submitted to Historic Scotland
  • 2005 – A more detailed Conservation Plan was drawn up by Simpson and Brown.
  • 2006 – Underpinning/sea defences works at the northwest corner of the building were carried out; thus removing the threat of the sea undermining the building. In addition essential work was done to secure the structure of the building on a temporary basis.

Historic Scotland grant awarded, subject to match funding; negotiations began with the Heritage Lottery Fund

  • 2007 – The Conservation Plan (see Friends Section) was revised; it formed the basis of funding applications to conserve the Church and Graveyard. A Feasibility Study, Audience Development Plan and other detailed reports formed part of the application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • 2008 – The Heritage Lottery Fund application was not approved.

Interpretation Panels were unveiled; these are currently in St Columba's Church Hall. Entrance gates were installed.

  • 2008/2010 – ongoing search for funding
  • 2010 – A detailed Archaeological Survey of the standing fabric of the church was undertaken by Carol Knott, archaeologist and Mark Thacker, stone mason. Funding for this work was from Point Community Council, The Stornoway Trust and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. The focus of the survey was a detailed stone-by-stone recording of the upstanding masonry. It provided a complete record of the building before consolidation and essential information on what should be used during repair works. It also provided a major insight into the construction and development of the church and shed light on how the church was altered over the years, how the burial aisle functioned and for whom it was intended.

The full Archaeological Report is available on the Friends Section of the website. It is anticipated that summarised version of the Report will be available for sale in the near future.

  • 2009/12 - Ownership of Eaglais na h-Aoidhe has been investigated; as a result of considerable research it has been established that the Church and graveyard are owned by The Stornoway Trust and Urras Eaglais na h-Aoidhe are currently finalising the transfer of ownership with them. Urras Eaglais na h-Aoidhe is very grateful to The Stornoway Trust for its support and help throughout this process.
  • 2011 – Urras Eaglais na h-Aoidhe, supported by Ken Roddy Mackay, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, worked very closely with John Raven from Historic Scotland to agree a revised programme of consolidation and conservation on the Church. Funding was received from Historic Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Point Community Council and LEADER.

Addison Conservation and Design was appointed as Project Manager and Graeme Brown, Stone Mason was appointed as the main contractor. Work started in July 2011 and is on-going. A Building Sub-group was setup to work closely with the project manager and the contractor.

  • 2011 – A Community Engagement Sub-Group was setup within the Urras; the aim of this group is to develop the website, establish Friends of Ui Church, organise various public activities, liaise with schools and Comunn Eachdraidh an Rubha as well as publishing a range of books and leaflets.
  • 2012 – The consolidation and conservation work on the Church is on-going; Friends of Ui Church is established, the website is live, a series of Annual Lectures have started and a Fund Raising Campaign for £30,000 has been launched.

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