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Iona Community Nears 'Miracle in May'

Wednesday May 30 2018

Picture by Ray Jones CC BY-SA 2.0

The Iona Community is making a final push to raise £300,000 this month, which could enable it to complete work on accommodation at its historic abbey early.

The Community tweeted earlier today that it was ‘so near’ to the target of its Miracle in May appeal.

The money is needed to reconfigure the accommodation in the Abbey. Combined with what the Community calls ‘another very significant contribution we are hopeful of securing in the near future’, the £300,000 would enable the Community to complete the work at the Abbey a year earlier than planned.

The works form part of a £2.5 million project addressing issues around the Abbey’s accessibility, flexibility and sustainability. The work includes new access and doors, installation of a lift, improvements to the kitchen and refectory, new toilets and showers, reconfiguration of bedrooms, improved lighting and insulation and a new heating system.

The Iona Community was founded in 1938 by the Rev George MacLeod, who took unemployed craftsmen to Iona to rebuild the medieval abbey. The new work is hoped to make the accommodation for visitors and staff fit for the 21st century.

The appeal states: “These improvements will enable the Iona Community to provide facilities which match our hospitality. They will also enable us to extend the guest season, to welcome more people and to improve financial sustainability across the organisation.”

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*In its report to last week’s Church of Scotland General Assembly, the Iona Community stated that its Leader, Dr Michael Marten, had stepped down two years earlier than planned. Former leader Kathy Galloway and Caro Smyth, a former Convener of the Community’s Council, have been appointed as joint leaders.

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