Abernethy Old Kirk, Nethy Bridge

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As a charity we rely on your generosity to ensure the future of the beautiful Abernethy Old Kirk building.  Donations, of any amount, are gratefully received and you can donate with or without a PayPal account.

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In our last newsletter we asked people to come forward to help lighten the load of the existing team of volunteers and to undertake various tasks; thank you to everyone who contacted us.

First of all, thank you to Mike Bloomfield who has returned to AOKA as Financial Advisor; the trustees and its members can rest assured that the charity will continue to be steered efficiently and effectively.

From the people who suggested they could help, there was one over-riding concern, the extent of the commitment they are expected to give. The Old Kirk is run entirely by unpaid volunteers including the Directors and although a certain amount of commitment and expertise is expected from Directors, this is not the case from our team of volunteers. We respect and appreciate any offer of help from anyone at any time.

To explain; from Easter Sunday 5th April to the end of August the 4 exhibitions will be open for a total of 12 weeks over 5 afternoons per week (closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 12noon to 5pm. One or two Directors will be on duty each afternoon.

Our exhibitions are well attended but the exhibits must be kept safe and another pair of eyes watching over them is always required. One of our Directors serves the tea and cake but with the help of a volunteer who can take the order, this service can be completed much more efficiently. Likewise, clearing the tables afterwards helps immensely. Some people have expressed they wouldn’t like to be handling the money, no problem as the Director on duty will do this. Offering to do other small tasks such as dusting, tidying the second-hand books or vacuuming each day would be very helpful; if you are unable to handle a vacuum cleaner this would not be expected of you. We are still looking for someone to be Minute Secretary; with up to just 5 meetings per year, surely not a big Ask! One of the most important duties we have is greeting visitors, a friendly word and a smile immediately welcomes our guests. Our visitor book comments section confirms this is always appreciated by our visitors.

Last year 4 funerals and 3 weddings were held, already in 2015 we have hosted 2 funerals and 5 weddings are booked. Prior to these events the building is cleaned in preparation; yet again, another way to help, you know what they say “many hands make light work”.

If you have an hour or two to spare any time or if you feel lonely or bored, please consider helping at the Old Kirk. We are a tourist attraction in our own right having beneficial effects on other local businesses; please do consider being part of this successful project in our village.

At the time of writing, electrical work is being undertaken, improving heating and lighting.

Our popular annual Photofest opens on Easter Sunday 5th April through to Sunday 26th April, 12noon - 5pm (closed Tues & Thurs). Do come along, we have even more photographers taking part this year so well worth a visit.

Another unseen selection of Gowns & Vernacular Chairs loaned from the Highland Folk Museum including Queen Victoria’s Gown will be on display from Saturday 2nd May to Sunday 31st May, 12noon - 5pm (closed Tues & Thurs). Always a well-attended exhibition, if you missed Queen Victoria’s LBD last year you have another chance to see this iconic gown.

The Creative Cairngorms Exhibition starts on Saturday 4th July - Sunday 2nd August, 12noon - 5pm (closed Tues & Thurs). Displaying an array of stunning art and crafts from this talented group of craftspeople, working in and taking inspiration from the Cairngorm National Park; treat yourself to a unique piece.

The WW1 Exhibition will continue throughout 2015 alongside the other events. More information, items and artefacts have been received and even more promised for the future. If you have already seen this exhibition, be assured, there is even more to see now!

Abernethy Old Kirk Association is a community run project and welcomes your input, help, advice or new ideas. Spring is upon us and is welcomed as a time of growth, renewal and new life, just what we ask for the Old Kirk. If you wish to get involved in any way our contact details are:

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Tel: 01479 821944 / 07934413063

Finally, congratulations to The Nethy on their 40th issue/10th anniversary, well done!

Best Wishes to all from the AOKA Team.