The Abernethy Old Kirk Association (or AOKA) was formed in 2009 when the Church of Scotland Trustees indicated that the Old Kirk was no longer required and would be sold.
A group of locals got together to save this historic building which had served Nethy bridge well over hundreds of years and ensure it was available for the future. To this end they organise many fund-raining events through the spring summer and autumn
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To keep the building in good repair they organise many fund-raining events through the spring, summer and autumn. These are many and varied from concerts and talks, to exhibitions of many kinds, which are very popular with exhibiters and visitors alike. These all help to bring in the cash necessary to help maintain the building.
Sometimes it may not be possible to hold funerals in the Old Kirk due to these other uses although this vary rarely happens as the directors will always try their utmost to accommodate all.
Weddings; Plays; Exhibitions; Talks; Concerts … tea and cakes …
Now owned and managed by the community, the Old Kirk has now become a great asset to Nethy Bridge with the building now used and available for weddings, both Christian and Humanist; funerals and occasional worship for any Christian denomination.
Regular exhibitions, talks and concerts, with free entry, are held throughout the spring and summer making the Kirk accessible to all; please check our own website What’s On page which both list current events.
Walking the Speyside Way? Exploring the Nethy Bridge Walks Network? Why not contact us to arrange for refreshments at the end of your walk? – We may be available even in closed periods, by special arrangement.
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 and the Abernethy Old Kirk.
Photograph Gallery of the Old Kirk
AOKA; the Community and Directors
AOKA exists for the benefit of the community – near and far. The Directors are all volunteers and bring various life skills to the project.
We always welcome any comments on our project or website, please use our “blog” or contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org
2009 – AOKA formed
The Abernethy Old Kirk Association – AOKA was formed in 2009 when the Church of Scotland Trustees indicated that the Old Kirk was no longer required and would be sold
2010 – Private company
AOKA became a private limited company limited by guarantee and a registered charity in 2010
The Church of Scotland sold the Old Kirk to AOKA for £1,000 in 2011
2012-2013 – Exterior renovation work was carried out
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.
See more details on the AOKA website