Local Connections

There have been two local youngsters working on the project:

Local ConnectionsGraham Campbell is from Back; he is the son of Etta and the late Norman Campbell and he was recruited by Graeme Brown, Stone Mason, at the beginning of the project. Graham explained that he has always worked in the building trade but that he had been out of work when he started with Graeme Brown. He said that until now he was working mainly on new builds but he always felt there was something missing. He said it was really rewarding to work on old buildings – the work is less repetitive and more interesting.

Graham said that he has been working on the Eaglais na h-Aoidhe project since he began; he has learned lots of new skills and now that the project is coming to an end he has started working with the company in Invermorriston – repairing old bridges on military roads. He particularly enjoys having to use an Argo-cat to get to work! He said he hopes that things will continue from here for him. Graeme Brown said that Graham has "progressed well from never being involved in historic work to being a competent young man in the field of historic conservation" and that they were delighted to have him working with them.

Ruaidhri McKim is from Aiginis; he is the son of Derek and Gillian McKim. Ruaidhri is an apprentice stone mason with Nicholas Boyes Stone Conservation. As an apprentice he spends two weeks in Telford College, Edinburgh and two weeks on site. He has already done 18 months and he has another three years to go before he becomes a time served stone mason. Ruaidhri said that their main project is in Rosslyn Chapel, but that he is really glad to be working somewhere where he played as a child and that he is really enjoying being at home.

One of the hopes of Urras Eaglais na h-Aoidhe is that the project might enable young people to learn new skills and to gain local employment and it is delighted to have Graham and Ruaidhri on board.