Auchenblae

To visit the churches:

Auchenblae:     Jenny on 01561 320245

Fettercairn:       Helen on 01561 340309

Glenbervie:       Marjorie on 01569 740674

Auchenblae

The village of Auchenblae is hidden in a valley at the eastern end of Strathfinella Hill. The oldest part of the village is Kirkton of Fordoun where lie the church (formerly known as Fordoun Kirk), old manse and a former inn where Burns is reputed to have slept. The site of the present Church is reputed to have been ecclesiastical since the 7th Century; the kirk yard contains the ruins of 15th Century St Palladius' Chapel and a memorial to the martyr George Wishart,. The Pictish stone found there was later moved into the modern church. The present church is around 190 years old and its size reflects its historic status as “The Mither Kirk o' the Mearns”. In 2010 it hosted a special day of celebrations for the 450th anniversary of the Scottish Reformation. A small church hall, formerly the church school is in the corner of the square in front of the church where in days gone by, the Paldy, or St Palladius Fair was held. A bequest to the church led to the installation of a pipe organ in the back gallery. The Auchenblae section of the Guild meets in the hall, as does the Sunday School, Board and Kirk Session. Some of the village groups (toddlers, guides etc.) also meet here.

There is usually a service each Sunday at 11 am, except for the first Sunday when we worship at Glenbervie instead.

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