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Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust

maintaining Kirkcaldy's heritage for the community

Past and Present

Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust was set up in 2010 by a group of local people concerned to preserve the heritage of Kirkcaldy contained in the Old Kirk, after its closure as a place of worship by the Church of Scotland on 7th November 2010.

The "B" listed church was put up for sale in August 2011 and Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust was successful in acquiring it to maintain it for community use as a concert hall, community resource, heritage centre and for continuing worship. This was due to the generous financial support from John Sim, whose father was Minister of the Old Kirk. It is hoped thus to preserve the heritage of continuous worship and service for over 800 years.

Kirkcaldy Old Kirk is the site of the first Christian worship in Kirkcaldy after the Celtic missionaries brought the faith here in the 7th century. The first written record of the Kirk is in 1244 when the Roman Catholic Bishop de Bernham consecrated the building to St. Patrick and St. Brisse (St. Bryce) but we know there was a Celtic church there before that. The ancient tower dates from the 15th century.

Many famous and ordinary Kirkcaldy folk are part of this church and town's history and are buried in the surrounding graveyard. Adam Smith was christened as an infant here, and Rev. George Gillespie, an author of the Westminster Confession of Faith, lies underneath the Kirk.

After over 800 years of continuous Christian worship and service to the community at the heart of the town, we in the Trust are seeking to retain this beautiful building for the benefit of the community. We want to preserve that heritage and continue that tradition.

Present and Future

After 8 years of ownership by the Trust, Kirkcaldy Old Kirk has grown into a busy centre for musical events, drama, business meetings and conferences, while retaining Christian worship by local groups every week.

For details of what's on, please consult our Latest News below. 

To hire the Kirk for an event, please leave your enquiry on the contact email form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.


Forthcoming Events

Next 775th Anniversary Organ Recital by Hannah Gibson - 21 March at 12 noon

Entry by donation - suggested minimum donation of £5. Recital is followed by light snack lunch and a chance to chat with Hannah about her recital programme. 

 

Come and Sing From Sea to Sky and more!

Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust invites all Fife singers to COME AND SING in celebration of the 775 year anniversary of Kirkcaldy Old Kirk - 

 ‘FROM SEA TO SKY’ by Bruce Fraser

and music by Macmillan and Ken Johnston

Alistair Digges  Musical Director

 

Wednesday 11th March 7-9.30 and Sunday 15th March 10-5

Kirkcaldy Old Kirk

 

This work for SATB choir written by Fife composer Bruce Fraser is about the history of the Old Kirk. It was commissioned by the Old Kirk Trust in 2014.

 

It has four movements aptly called The Kirk Sessions:

1. about the Wode Psalter used in the early church in Scotland 

2. about the witches locked in the tower

3. about Adam Smith

4. one cultural mix

The piece is written for choir, baritone soloist, piano, violin and harp and will form the framework of the programme. The rest of the night will include music from the instrumentalists and singers

 

The cost to take part is £5 to help with music and heating and a soup lunch will be provided on Sunday for a donation.

 

Please book your place as soon as possible at rosemary.nairne@blueyonder.co.uk

 

 

Tickets for the concert are available from members of the Old Kirk Trust or the office at 01592 265499 or okheritage@blueyonder.co.uk

Adults £12, Concessions £10, Children £5 

 

Book before 1st March for Early Bird Discount - Adults £10, Concessions £8, Children £4

All profits to the Old Kirk Tower Restoration Fund



Links

Kirkcaldy Civic Society

 Find out more about the history of our town through events, guided walks and talks detailed on this website - with much more info to read and see! [website]




Join us!

We welcome your contribution to our efforts, whether it be financial, as a volunteer helper, as a community organisation interested in using the Old Kirk or in hiring it as a performance space. If you would like to become a Friend of the Old Kirk and receive news of the Trust's progress please support us with a donation below and contact us on the link opposite.


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