Welcome to the Abernethy Old Kirk Association website
1767 - The Parish Church of Abernethy (now the Old Kirk) was built next to the existing ruinous building. There is a booklet available which gives full details of the history of the building from Pictish times through the renovations of 1873 and to the formation of the Abernethy Old Kirk Association:
2009 – The Abernethy Old Kirk Association (known as AOKA) formed when the Church of Scotland Trustees indicated that the Old Kirk was no longer required and would be sold.
2010 – AOKA became a private company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. It exists for the benefit of the community – near and far. The Directors are all volunteers and bring various life skills to the project.
2011 – On the 28th April the Old Kirk was purchased from the Church of Scotland for £1000; a further £500 was raised to pay for the Church of Scotland legal fees; a special thank you to Dundas & Wilson for their free legal services.
2012-2013 – Exterior renovation work was carried out; both gables harled and stonework pointed with lime mortar. Roof, guttering, doors and windows repaired and electrics upgraded. Grateful thanks are given to our Funders – the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Cairngorm National Park Leader grant, Awards for All and the Ward Discretionary Budget. We would also like to thank all our donors, supporters and volunteers; the project depends on their generosity, help and support.
The Old Kirk, now owned and managed by the community, is self funded. To keep the building in good repair the directors need to hold fund raising events throughout the spring, summer and autumn. These are many and varied from talks and concerts to exhibitions of many kinds which are very popular with exhibitors and visitors alike. These help to bring in the cash needed for roof and building repairs. Sometimes it may not be possible to hold funerals in the Old Kirk due to these other uses although this very rarely happens as the directors will always try their utmost to accomodate all.
And so, the Old Kirk has become a great asset to Nethy Bridge with the building now secure and used and available for weddings, funerals and occasional worship for any Christian denomination. The exhibitions, talks and concerts, with free entry makie the Kirk accessible to all; please check our “What’s On” page listing this year’s events.
Our genealogy archive is continually updated and has been a great resource for locals and others researching their family trees. We are always grateful to receive any information, photographs, anecdotes or memorabilia which we can use to record the rich history of Abernethy.
Gallery – Please browse through our photographs, if you have any to add, please register, this will enable you to upload your images.