The final phase of conservation work at one of Renfrewshire’s finest churches is set to begin.

We previously reported how the five-year project at Bishopton Parish Church is restoring the external masonry of the B-listed landmark dating back to 1815.

The works completed in the two earlier campaigns have seen the building return to its original appearance and the final phase will secure its long-term future and fully prepare the building for its purpose as a centre for the community.

Work will commence this month and is set to be completed by the onset of autumn, when it is planned to host completion events to celebrate the end of these important works.

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Funding for the work is being provided through grants from Historic Environment Scotland and FCC Communities Foundation, with supporting grant contributions from the Dalrymple Donaldson Trust and the National Churches Trust, as well as from the funds of Bishopton Parish Church.

Ian Earnshaw, property convenor for Bishopton Parish Church, believes that this final phase of work will see the fabric of this important building "weatherproofed" for a substantial number of years, by bringing it back to the historical standards of construction applicable to a stone-built place of worship dating from the Napoleonic era. 

It will see its use by the community protected, and even enhanced, especially as a place for music and other events.

Ian told The Gazette: "We could not have contemplated undertaking this project without the terrific grant support from both Historic Environment Scotland and FCC Communities Foundation, and we have to thank all our funders for their help and encouragement in getting us to this position.

"We also sincerely thank all who assisted us in our funding applications through their support and encouragement."

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Susan O'Connor, head of grants at Historic Environment Scotland, said: "It's fantastic to see the restoration of Bishopton Parish Church enter its final phase. 

"We're proud to be able to be involved and funding the project that will not only see traditional skills utilised to restore the building, but will also ensure the longevity of the site and its preservation for the community now and in the future."

Richard Smith, FCC Communities Foundation senior grant manager, added: "We're delighted to be supporting the final phase of the masonry conservation work at Bishopton Parish Church and pleased our funding will make such a difference to this beautiful building. 

"FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and we're looking forward to this one having a positive impact very soon."