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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Firstly we must thank everyone who loaned their vintage wedding gowns/veils to the Highland Folk Museum’s Wedding Gowns and Vernacular Chairs Exhibition in May. Visitors enjoyed reading the anecdotes with the gowns and the event was a great success.

During the last three days of the event a Nepali display was organised to raise funds for the earthquake appeal and £800 was sent to friends in Kathmandu, of our Vice Chair, Dorothy Wallace; getting help directly to the front line. We have since received a letter from them saying:

“Thank you for sending £800 for relief works in Nepal. We have just returned from Kuwapani the other day after building 47 tunnel houses for the affected families, school and two churches. Then, we also did a medical outreach in the village. We had two medical doctors, three nurses and a couple of volunteers and a psychologist. The psychologist was able to counsel a couple of hundred students on how to heal after the traumatic experiences. Altogether it was a grand success outreach and we praise the Lord for His mercies. The people in the community had different views about the Christianity but this act of kindness has changed their attitudes toward the Christians, Praise the Lord! We have a number of other outreach planned and we covet your prayers. Thank you and God bless you.”

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this appeal.

Since our last missive, the Old Kirk has hosted two weddings and sadly two funerals.

The BBC Alba video of the Old Kirk is now available to view on the blog page of our website www.oldkirknethybridge.org

At the time of writing, the Creative Cairngorms’ Exhibition is in full swing with some stunning works of art on display. It is always a pleasure to host this event and promote this multi-talented group.

During August the Kirk will be open 12noon to 5pm each day, but closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The WW1 display is still in situ with more information added regularly. Ask to use the “stereo-view” showing scenes from the Great War in 3D. As usual AOKA will be at the Highland Games.

The “Doors Open Days” will take place on the 5th and 6th September, when impromptu guided tours/talks will be available. Castle Roy will be participating also. Added attraction on both days will be “Play Pieces” performing a short site-specific piece of theatre; more information will be available shortly.

There will be a Remembrance Concert on Sunday 1st November, to mark 70 years since the end of WWII, this afternoon concert will illustrate in a small way how wars have inspired poets and composers over the years. Christopher Josey (Tenor) and Carolyn Turner (Piano) will be joined by guests as they commemorate this historic milestone through music, song and poetry. There will be a pre-concert talk at 2.30pm by Dr Michael Downes, Director of Music at St. Andrews University and the concert will start at 3pm. Tickets will be available soon.

As always, please help to spread the word, “like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter @oldkirknethy where we post regular updates.

Kindest Regards from the AOKA Team