Exposure to the elements during recent storms and adverse weather has resulted in a windfall of a different kind for one of the landmark sites of Largs.
The Clark Memorial Church is celebrating after being approved for £135,000 windfall from two different bodies to carry out urgent works.
A grant £54,100 has been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for conservation repairs and improvements to the church building.
In addition, Historic Environment Scotland is providing a grant of £81,100.
But being in a 'highly exposed position' near the seafront, these funds will be directed to improving key components of the building’s fabric which require urgent repair. 
This includes the roofs, stonework and windows. In particular, the stonework supporting the windows needs attention to maintain the condition of the high quality stained glass. 
The church is also making improvements to the interior of the building to make it more accessible and welcoming and enhance it as a venue for events. Additionally, the church wants to share its architecture and history with the wider community. It plans not only to increase the number of visitors coming to view the building but significantly enhance their experience.
Work on the church will start in mid November and is expected to be completed by May 2019.
Clark Memorial Church opened in 1892 and was the gift of John Clark, Anchor Thread Mills, Paisley. It is an ‘A’ listed building meaning that it is of national importance due to special architectural features. The stained glass includes work by the celebrated Victorian artists Stephen Adam and Christopher Whall.
The building is home to the congregation as well as being a centre for the wider community.
Nigel Lawrie from Clark Memorial Church said: “It is excellent news that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this generous support. It will help us conserve a beautiful landmark building in Largs and share our heritage more widely with both the local community and visitors to the town”.