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 Pauline Ingram on 07788 553432.

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

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 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.

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 £2 each.  All proceeds towards Kirk Funds – apply to The Secretary, The Old Manse of Forgue

EVENTS for 2017

In April

Friday 28th April at 7.00pm
Spring Music, Professor David Smith organ recital in The Old Kirk.

In June

Saturday 3rd June 11.00am - 4.00pm
Book Sale in The Old Kirk.

Saturday 17th June 11.00am - 4.00pm
Eric's PLANT SALE/TEAS - Walk around the garden of Old Manse and have tea in the Old Manse Garden.

In August

Friday 18th August at 7.00pm
COMMITTEE MEETING with drinks and nibbles in the Session House.

Saturday 19th August at 10.00am
PLANTATION WORKDAY

In September

Monday 11th - Friday 15th September 11.00am - 4.00pm
Daily NEOS Open Studio/Paintings Sale in The Old Kirk.

Sunday 17th September 10.00am - 4.00pm
OPEN DOORS DAY - Display of Old Kirk History at The Old Kirk and Kirkyard.

In October

Saturday 7th October 10.00am - 12.00pm
Coffee Morning in Stewarts Hall.

Sunday 8th October at 7.30pm
Autumn Music Recital by Professor David Smith in The Old Kirk.

In November

Friday 3rd November at 7.00pm
COMMITTEE MEETING with drinks and nibbles in the Session House.

Saturday 4th November at 7.00pm
Albert Shand Memorial Lecture - Cryle Shand on FORGUE EMPORIUM THROUGH TIME.

Sunday 12th November at 3.00pm
Armistice Wreath Laying at the Kirkyard War Memorial.

In December

Sunday 17th December 3.00pm
COMMUNITY CAROL SINGING at the Old Kirk.

 

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE


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 Project 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.

updated 14 May 2017