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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Thank you to everyone who has offered lovely comments of our “star in the east.....window;” you may have noticed that we display the star until February 2nd – Candlemas Day - Christians believe that Jesus’ mother Mary presented him to God at the Temple in Jerusalem after observing the traditional 40-day period of purification (of mothers) following his birth. According to a New Testament gospel, a Jewish man named Simeon held the baby in his arms and said that he would be a light for the Gentiles (Luke 2:32). It is for this reason that this event is called Candlemas.

As we settle in to another year the AOKA team is busy organising the program of events for the spring through to autumn. Here is what’s planned so far, more to be added at a later date.

5th March – Saturday – BOOK BONANZA – 11am – 4pm – second hand books for sale + tea and home- baking. If you have any suitable books to donate, please contact us to arrange collection.

25th March - Good Friday – 28th March, Easter Monday – Embroidery & Tapestry Exhibition 12noon – 5pm – If you have any vintage embroidery; cloths, napkins, aprons etc. or tapestry work and would like to display them, please contact us to reserve a space. If you have any information to go with the items e.g. the year completed or if it was made for a special occasion, this would be very interesting for our visitors. The items will be displayed out of reach and we will take great care of them. As usual, tea and home-baking will be available, plus tombola and second hand books.

9th April, Saturday – 8th May, Sunday – Photofest 2016 – daily 12noon – 5pm (closed Tuesday & Thursday) Our photographic friends return with new work creating an eclectic mix of landscapes, wildlife and still life, all for sale. Large variety of sizes, some framed, some mounted. Many of the photographs are offered as greetings cards at very reasonable cost. Tea and home-baking available plus have a go on our popular tombola and browse through our second-hand books.

17th June, Friday – Evening Concert by “Fiddlingscool” featuring fiddling virtuosos Gregor Borland and Dougie Lawrence. Don’t miss this event; you are in for a real treat, more details will be released soon but in the meantime, check out their website www.fiddlingscool.com

3rd July, SundayAn afternoon Concert by the Edinburgh Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, Refreshments will be served during the interval; more details will be released nearer the time, check their website www.emgo.org.uk

6th July, Wednesday – 14th August, Sunday – Creative Cairngorms Exhibition – Daily, 12noon – 5pm but closed each Tuesday and Thursday. This very popular exhibition returns to the Old Kirk and will be extending its stay. You will be amazed at the quality of work this very talented arts and crafts group produce; paintings, pottery, photography, glass, textiles, jewellery, tweed, cards and so much more to entice you. Tea and home- baking will be available; Tombola and second-hand books for sale.

20th August, Saturday – Wedding Ceremony 24th September, Saturday – Wedding Ceremony
Don’t worry, the Highland Folk Museum will be returning with another fascinating display of items from their archives; more details will be released soon.

All our exhibitions boast free entry and free parking but please remember we close on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The WW1 exhibition will run until 2018 alongside the other events (officially the end of this war was in 1919, as soldiers were kept on reserve). We have been overwhelmed with the response to this display with many visitors offering their ancestors’ stories and artefacts. It is our intention, at the close of the exhibition, to offer some of the information to the Imperial War Museum, with the owners’ permission of course; these poignant stories should not be lost in time. More information, photographs and artefacts are added regularly so please come in, sit down in a quiet area to read and appreciate what these people did for us.

Many moons ago we ran an annual quiz and this year, by popular demand, it is back. It will be on sale for £2, available only in the Old Kirk during the events from March to September. Closing date will be 15th October, so ample time to complete. If you would like to purchase some for family and friends, the quiz sheets can be posted. Please forward your request with the payment and a stamped and addressed envelope to our Registered Address, The Post Office, Nethy Bridge, Inverness-shire PH25 3DA. 100 questions, winner receives £50, the theme will be “UK Villages”. The winner will be announced at the end of October.

I hope you agree that we have something to tempt everyone this year.

We are always looking for more Volunteers; if you think you could offer an hour or two anytime that suits yourself, we would love to have your company. You don’t have to commit to any particular afternoon or time, just as and when it suits you. We value and appreciate all our Volunteers and reward them with free tea, cake, a blether and of course friendship; do come along and give it a try!

Kindest Regards from the AOKA Team Website: www.oldkirknethybridge.org Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 01479 821944 / 07934413063