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Charity no. SC042128

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 11 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.

Visitors are welcome to view the magnificent stained glass windows by a range of quality artists from Burne-Jones to Crear McCartney, and usually to climb the 15th century tower for spectacular views of the town and Firth of Forth. However after 5 years of fundraising and Covid delays, the Tower Restoration Project has started up at the end of March 2022 and the tower is closed for repair and restoration until September 2022. You can still take a virtual tour below!

Forthcoming Events

We are delighted that we can now host events or concerts with a live audience of up to 400 people. We know many people have been looking forward to the time these can resume! For those who are still cautious, we would like to reassure you that hygiene measures remain in place for your safety and security and face coverings can still be worn at your own choice.

Last Organ Recitals - 7th. and 21st. May 2022

celebration of the Bicentenary of Cesar Franck on Organ and piano by Nancy Crook, a former Organist of the Old Kirk, took place on Saturday 7th May 2022 at 12 noon, followed by a light buffet lunch at 1pm.

Later in the month, on Saturday 21st May 2022, Henry Wallace, Organist at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, played a programme of organ music of his choice at 12 noon in the Old Kirk, followed by a light lunch.

We have been re-establishing organ recitals since lockdown. Nancy Crook  started the proceedings on Saturday 3rd July 2021 playing Bach, Widor and several surprising but familiar signature tunes!


Since then Alison Malcolm, Krys Sokolowski and Kamil Mika have been Organ Recital guests

Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust was delighted to welcome Robin Bell to the Old Kirk organ on Saturday 29th January 2022. Robin was the inspiration to start the popular Organ Recital series. He chose to reflect Epiphany with a Scottish connection in the Bard's birthday month.

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Kirkcaldy Gilbert & Sullivan : Yeomen of the Guard

IT IS WITH MUCH REGRET THAT WE HAVE TO ANNOUNCE KIRKCALDY GILBERT & SULLIVAN'S PRODUCTION OF "THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD"  HAD TO BE POSTPONED AT SHORT NOTICE DUE TO COVID AMONG THE PRINCIPALS & CAST.

THE PRODUCTION HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 15 - 17.

For people who purchased tickets, your tickets will carry over to be used in September, or if you prefer, please contact Lia on 07870 901606 or email: kgass@hotmail.co.uk for a refund.

Donations to Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust are always welcome

Malicious Mischief? Women's Suffrage in Scotland

Kirkcaldy Civic Society's first talk after lockdown by Jocelyn Grant , NROS, was on Zoom!

Because of the Scottish Government Covid restrictions on gatherings, Kirkcaldy Old Kirk was unable to host any Kirkcaldy Civic Society meetings and talks in 2021.  However the Civic Society decided at the New Year to hold a New Event - their scheduled January talk on Zoom. But do not worry if you missed the talk live - it was recorded for your later viewing.

On Thursday January 21st at 7pm Archivist Jocelyn Grant from the National Records of Scotland provided an introduction to the women’s suffrage movement in Scotland, looking primarily at the period before 1918.

Drawing on the archives of the National Records of Scotland, Jocelyn showed how this period is represented in criminal case files, government reports, diaries and newspapers.

In particular the talk covered the difference between the suffragists, and the suffragettes; notable individuals involved in the movement such as Lady Francis Balfour, Ethel Moorhead, Fanny Parker; and some of the actions which led to the eventual  enfranchisement of some women in 1918.

This talk complemented our own Old Kirk exhibition on Kirkcaldy and the Suffragists/Suffragettes with surprising stories uncovered about the ladies of the Manse!

 

Links

Virtual Tour of Kirkcaldy Old Kirk

If you didn't make it in to Kirkcaldy Old Kirk on our Doors Open Day weekend in September, why not take a virtual tour now?

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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!

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Historic Stones in Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Graveyard

All the gravestones in the graveyard are recorded. To access these records click on "Historic Gravestones" tab on the left.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

Great news! We were successful in securing a second round award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and now the Tower Restoration has begun onsite!. We are grateful to the Heritage Fund and players of the National Lottery for providing us with the Development Grant to fund all the plans and preparations for the Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Tower Restoration for the Community, and now the means to deliver our plans. You can read more about our progress through this past year  in our Newsletters. Click on Newsletters in the tab on the left. 

We are grateful to our community who have so far donated over £5000 to our "Sponsor-a-Step" Appeal to restore the tower steps to the top. Due to Covid delays and rising costs of materials, we need to raise another £10,000. There are still plenty of our 100 steps left to sponsor - see how to do it on our "Sponsor-a-Step" page - click the tab on the left. Be part of our town's history!

Architectural Heritage Fund

Thanks to the AHF we were able to fund the Development Stage of the Tower Restoration Project. You can read more of the work they do in supporting the restoration of historic buildings across Scotland and the UK at this website. 

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 Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, JC26/1913/90.

Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, JC26/1913/90.

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 on the Paypal button above and contact us on the link opposite.

drone picture July 2018

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