Abernethy Old Kirk, Nethy Bridge

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Abernethy Old Kirk Association Preserving the Old Kirk for the benefit of the community” NEWSLETTER April 2016

The new season of events got off to a great start. The Book Bonanza was a very successful day. The Embroidery and Tapestry Exhibition over the extended Easter weekend had some amazing items; quite a few works of art from the early 1800s; a big thank you to our local community for contributing to the success of this event. Currently, and until the 8th May, we are in the midst of our annual Photofest; bigger and better than ever before! This year, as always, our photographer friends have done us proud with panoramic mountain ranges, seascapes, landscapes and some stunning wildlife images; plus most of the images available as greetings cards and jewellery.

Don’t miss our next event, Friday, 17th June, an evening concert by “Fiddlingscool” featuring fiddling virtuosos Gregor Borland and Dougie Lawrence; time to be announced shortly. Entry will be by donations please. Check out their website www.fiddlingscool.com.

On Sunday, 3rd July, an afternoon concert by the Edinburgh Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra starts at 3.30pm, refreshments will be served during the interval; entry will be by donations please.

6th July, Wednesday 14th August, Sunday Creative Cairngorms Exhibition, daily, 12noon 5pm closed Tuesdays and Thursdays. This very popular exhibition returns to the Old Kirk and will be extending its stay to 6 weeks instead of 4 weeks. 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.

You may remember in our November Newsletter, we featured the graffiti on our pews and asked if anyone could identify the culprits. Mr John Asher from Teddington, Middlesex didn’t waste any time contacting us. His sister, Catherine, passes “The Nethy” to him and they have given details of their father and uncle (John and James Asher). Their grandfather John was, for many years, the Station Master at Nethy Bridge. The letter also mentions the Kennedy family with Nell Asher marrying Willie Kennedy, who farmed at Dell Farm. John goes on to say, “During holidays in Nethy Bridge, the family attended church services in the Old Kirk and our father admitted that he and his brother were the culprits who engraved their names on the pew.....we were amazed! I must have inherited the gene as I carved my name on a new desk at the back of a school classroom, earning six of the best from the Head Master......like father, like son!” John and Catherine have become members of the Old Kirk and John’s letter can be viewed in our genealogy file.

Our 2016 year end accounts have been finalised, here are some facts and figures:- AOKA has hosted 9 funerals, 4 weddings, 1 book sale, 5 exhibitions, 1 chamber music concert, the Doors Open Days weekend, 2 AGMs, filmed by BBC Alba, supported the local Spring Gathering and Highland Games Events. Visitor numbers reached over 4500, a significant increase over the previous year of 3,000, proving indeed that the Old Kirk has grown in popularity and a worthy visitor attraction. Allowing access to the building encourages donations, interest in the project, volunteers, comments, advice and AOKA is able to offer assistance with visitors’ genealogy research. The exhibitions take up less than 20% of the year and the income achieved helps towards the maintenance of our listed building. The exhibitions are supported by the photographers, artists and craftspeople who appreciate the opportunity to showcase their work; in turn we thank them for their loyalty.

A big thank you to those of you who have offered help in various ways but, we are always looking for more volunteers so if you would like to join our successful friendly team, please contact us details below, or just pop in for a blether, you will be made very welcome.

Kindest Regards from the AOKA Team
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