If you lived in the little fishing villiage of Gourock before 1769, Sunday was probably spent walking to the Parish Church in Inverkip.
As Gourock grew, a “Chapel of Ease” was built in what is now a graveyard opposite Eastern View. Gradually industry developed, the first herring curing business in the UK was opened in the Tarbet Street area by a Glasgow merchant. In 1732 a rope work was set up in Cove Road, a quarry and a copper mine were established and by 1831 the community was growing and a bigger church was required.
A feu was obtained from Colonel Darroch, the Gourock land owner, and on 27th May 1832 the present Church building was dedicated. The Church is noted for its beautifly carved woodwork, particularly the pulpit and choir stalls which are to the design of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The Church has many distinguished stained glass windows.
The Allen MDS 75 Computer Organ was installed in 1991 replacing the previous Pipe Organ which had given excellent service since 1882.
The buildings have been extended and developed over the years.Our suite of new halls, built alongside the existing buildings, was opened in 1998 by the Very Rev. Alexander McDonald. Renovation work carried out during summer 2011 has seen our suite of halls transformed. The project included the building of a disabled toilet and permanent ramp access, the complete replacement of the male and female toilets, a renovation of the Cumbre Hall and Bute Room, the refurbishment of the kitchen, replacement doors and the installation of a fire-alarm system. All of these changes together will make our Arran Halls fit for purpose in this rapidly changing 21st Centuary.
All of our halls are available for use by members and the community. If you wish to make use of any of the accomodation, please contact the Halls Convener.