The Friends of Forgue Kirk is a Charity the objectives of which are to secure the management and maintenance of Forgue Kirk as a centre for activities available to people living in the area.

If you would like to hire the Session House room or the Kirk for an event please telephone Keith McGlone on 01466 730249 or
Anthony Richardson on 020 7485 0991

The Session House has room for about 25 people sitting down. It provides a kitchen and toilets. It has a disability toilet. The Kirk seats 400 people. Both are wheelchair accessible.

The Playing Field Plantation recreation area is managed by Friends of Forgue Kirk.

The trees planted in 2006 are growing well. The paths and seats are now a well used feature at the centre of Forgue.

This work was originally supported by grants from the Scottish Forestry Commission, Entrust and Aberdeenshire Council and is now supported and maintained by local people.

The Albert Shand Memorial Lectures

Since 2007, a group of Friends have gathered in the Kirk to enjoy a series of lectures given by Cryle Shand.  The lectures have centred on local characters and events that have coloured Forgue’s history.  As their memorials bear witness, most have found their final resting place in our Kirkyard.

2018: Sunday 11th November at 7.00pm Forgue Servicemen remembered

2017: Saturday 4th November at 7.00pm Cryle Shand on FORGUE EMPORIUM THROUGH TIME

2016: Haddo House, Inverkeithny.

2015: William Shand 1765-1845.

2014: The Bognie Arms Hotel.

2013: The Creightons of Frendraught.

2012: Five Forgue families from the 19thC. They shaped the early history of Canada.

2011: Robert Simpson of Cobairdy and The Revd. James Cordiner, Minister of Forgue. The Voters of Forgue in the 19th century.

2010: The Revd. Alexander Allardyce and his Wife. Ann Dundas Blair – Poet and Writer.

2009: James Allardyce and the First Sixty years of The Glendronach Distillery.

2008: Lives and Times of the Morison’s of Bognie and Forbes of Boyndlie Families.

2007: Col. Alexander Shand of Templeland Soldier – Improver Laird – Antiquary. Alexander Shand of Conland “The King of Forgue”.

Each talk has been accompanied by a detailed and generously illustrated booklet.  They have proved very popular and make a fascinating read.  They are on sale for £5 each.  All proceeds towards Kirk Funds – apply to The Secretary, The Old Manse of Forgue

EVENTS for 2018

In February

Friday 16th February at 7.30pm
COMMITTEE MEETING with drinks and nibbles in the Session House.

Saturday 17th February 11.00am - 4.00pm
Book Fair in The Kirk.

In April

Saturday 7th April at 7.00pm
Spring Music, fiddle music in The Old Kirk.

Parking information

In June

Saturday 2nd June 11.00am - 4.00pm
Eric's Plant Sale and Open Garden at The Old Manse
Kirkyard survey 10.00am - 4.00pm with high tea.

In July

Friday 6th July at 7:00pm
Organ Recital in The Old Kirk.

In August

Friday 17th August at 7.00pm
COMMITTEE MEETING with drinks and nibbles in the Session House.

Saturday 18th August at 10.00am

In September

Monday to Friday 10th-14th September 11.00am - 4.00pm
Daily NEOS Open Studio/Paintings and Crafts Sale in The Old Kirk.

Saturday 15th September 10.00am - 4.00pm
OPEN DOORS: HERITAGE DAY - Display of Old Kirk History at The Old Kirk and Kirkyard.

In October

Saturday 27th October 10.00am - 12.00pm
Coffee Morning in Stewarts Hall.

In November

Saturday 3rd November at 7.00pm
Sound Festival Concernt in The Old Kirk.

Friday 9th November at 7.00pm
COMMITTEE MEETING with drinks and nibbles in the Session House.

Saturday 10th November at 7.00pm
Albert Shand Memorial Lecture - Cryle Shand on FORGUE IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Sunday 11th November at 3.00pm
Armistice Wreath Laying at the Kirkyard War Memorial.

In December

Sunday 16th December 3.00pm

Monday 31st December at 12:00am Midnight
NEW YEAR Bell ringing, Drinks and Nibbles in The Old Kirk.



2014 saw the repair and redecoration of the Kirk with funds from the Friends, the Wind Farm Trust, the Aberdeenshire Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

2016 saw the Heritage Centre developing with a Heritage Day on Sunday 18th September when the Forgue Bible 1616 was on display in its repaired condition and work towards publishing a gazetteer of memorials in the Kirkyard, in collaboration with Aberdeen and North East Scotland Family History Society.

2017 saw the Session House repainted outside and the establishment of the Kirk as a studio venue for North East Open Studio Art show in September.

updated March 2018