Tarves School Summer Fete

We had a stall at the school fete and lots of people showed an interest in the work that we do at the Heritage Centre. We also provided some old games for children to try out!

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We Will Remember Them

Tarves War Memorial was unveiled on 23rd April 1922. No fewer than 80 young men from Tarves and Barthol Chapel, most of them not yet 20, laid down their lives in the First World War. The photo below shows the unveiling of the War Memorial.




Unforgettable Night of Entertainment!

The concert on Friday was a resounding success, THANK YOU! to all who contributed and special thanks to Jane Cattanach who was chief organiser!

Many photographs were taken and it is rumoured that there may even be a film made of the night!

£450 was raised and this will be shared between Tarves Heritage Project and the Red Cross.

The Museum is still open every Thursday-Sunday, from 2-4.30pm until the end of October. Come along and have a look at our WW1 displays, many of the artefacts have been given to us on loan and have a connection with the local people and villages.


An Evening You'll Remember!

26th September in the Melvin Hall 7.30pm

Go to Special Events for more information

Haddo Babies Talk..........a capacity audience!

The Queen's Room, in the Melvin Hall , Tarves was packed out on Friday 21st February with a capacity audience including 13 "babies"! They had come to listen to a Tarves Heritage Project Winter talk given by Mark Andrew, Haddo Estate Factor. 
Mark gave a fascinating insight into life at Haddo House during the Second World War when the property was transformed into a maternity hospital from 1939 to 1945. Both local women and evacuees from Glasgow used the facility. Over 1200 babies were born at Haddo during this period and they have since been nicknamed the “Haddo Babies” in light of their unusual birthplace.  The Marquess of Aberdeen gave at least a sixpence to each of the 'Haddo Babies', which added up to quite a bit over the four years that Haddo operated as a maternity hospital!
Moira Minty, Tarves Heritage Project Secretary said "It was a popular talk and it was lovely to welcome some of the Haddo Babies who each have a very different life story but who all have a special connection to Haddo"


Tarves Heritage Project Burns Supper Fundraiser!

We held our Burns Supper fundraiser on 31st January. Jim McColl led the speakers with great humour and musical entertainment was supplied by talented locals. Our grateful thanks to everyone who participated in the evening and to those who supported by attending. We depend on such events to cover the running costs of the Centre.













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Tarves School Centenary Book by Jim Stott

A former teacher at Tarves Primary is having a book launch to celebrate the school's 100th Anniversary.

James Stott said, "To mark the school's one hundred years, I set about finding out about it's history. Current pupils, former teachers, head teachers, staff and former pupils provided contributions. The result is fascinating. You can read about it through the words of those who actually attended and worked in it. I am indebted to the Tarves Heritage Group by providing access to information and resources- there are many interesting tales and lots of lovely photographs"

The book costs £14 and will be available in Tarves and Ellon.

The official Launch will be in the Tarves Heritage Centre on Sunday, December 9th between 2-4pm




30th November  St Andrews Night......."a big success!"


A great turnout, with the Melvin Hall full to capacity. The Ythan Fiddlers provided the entertainment for the evening and everyone enjoyed folksongs, stories and a variety of traditional dances with a few newer ones thrown into the mix.

Norman Glen , Chairman of the Tarves Heritage Project, said, "We had a wide range of ages from 86 down to 8 and everyone had great enthusiasm!" Adding "The evening was a great success and raised nearly £900 before expenses, which will help us heat our building. We are very grateful and, on behalf of the Heritage Project, I would like to thank the Ythan Fiddlers, and to the people of Tarves, friends and family who contributed to a wonderful evening"








Tarves Heritage DVD Project

A film has been produced by Tarves Primary School P6/7. The Heritage Project provided information about local history and assisted with the filming. The DVD is available for viewing in the Museum. Copies of the DVD can be purchased from the Museum, all proceeds will be shared between the school and the Museum.








Stone Circle Grass Cutting

Rain stopped play!  We try to keep the Stone Circle clear of long grass but it took a while before we had a dry evening this year! In the end it turned out to be a beautiful evening, with huge dramatic skies and a golden light. Thanks go to Mac, Tondy, John, Chris and Richard for strimming and scything.










18th September - An intrepid group of volunteers spent an afternoon working on the footpaths in the woods above Tarves Village. There are several interesting paths running through the wood but some of them can get very "boggy"!. Some drainage pipes have been put in already but more were needed. Spades and mattocks came in handy but in the end it came down to sheer muscle power and a lot of enthusiastic hard work. Thanks must go to Chris and Tamsin for their expertise in path building and for providing some delicious refreshments!

From time to time, Tarves Heritage Project organise special events.  In the past this has included a Burns Supper, a Meal and Ale and music concerts.  Details of any events will be posted here.




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Tarves Bothy Nicht 9th August 7.30pm 2018


Tarves Heritage Project are having a Bothy Nicht on Thursday 9th August in the Melvin Hall, Tarves at 7.30pm.
It will be an evening of traditional music and song with musicians from the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland.
Tickets are £5 which includes refreshments and are available from Duthies shop, Murly Tuck Cafe and Tarves Heritage Centre or phone J Cattanach 01651 851485




































The Tarves "Tattie Holidays Challenge"

Join in the fun and have a go at six challenges set out around Tarves Heritage Centre. Can you complete all six?

We're open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 29th October. 2-4.30pm





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2nd August 2017  7.30pm - Aberdeen International Youth Festival


Tarves Heritage Project are proud to host a trio from Edinburgh and a band from Norway  as part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival .

The concert will be in the Melvin Hall, Tarves. AB41 7GX  7.30pm

Tickets  £5 and can be bought from Duthies shop, Tarves Heritage Centre or at the door  



Fri 19th - Sun 21st May "Blackboard and Chalk" Festival of Museums 2-4.30pm

Tarves Heritage Project is taking part in the Festival of Museums this year. Come along and join in the fun!

Experience the Victorian Classroom, write on slates and have a go with pen and ink. Meet our Victorian teacher but beware NO SMILING AND BE ON YOUR BEST BEHAVIOUR!  School in the olden days wasn't much fun or was it? Come along and discover for yourself!



26th September 2014   "An Evening You'll Remember!" in the Melvin Hall 7.30pm

Don't miss a night of entertainment in Tarves!

On Friday 26th September come along and listen to bothy ballads, accordion music and join in with community singing. There will be an interval for teas and coffees and a raffle.

Concerts were held during WW1 to raise funds for Red Cross nurses and we will be donating some proceeds to  the Red Cross.

The Cottage Hospital in the village was used as a hospital for injured soldiers, we would love to know who the people are in the photograph below. Please get in contact if you can help.

The Cottage Hospital is now a private house.

Tickets £5 available from Spar in Tarves or from the Heritage Centre or book by email to secretary@tarves heritage.org.uk


2018 Programme

14th April            "Tarves Rant"  2pm  Come along and listen to some Bothy Ballads and traditional music and song  with Peter and Barbara Ann Hawkey, Russell Taylor and John Dickson    Free entry, just enjoy a musical afternoon


18-20th May.       "Festival of Museums"   Blackboard and chalk......school in the olden days.

                                Come along and  try writing on a slate, sit at an old school desk and try using pen and ink.   

                              Meet our Victorian teacher and come dressed up as a Victorian or use or costumes to have a go and step back in time! 1-4.30pm








Tarves Heritage Project organise a series of talks and presentations during the winter months. All talks are to be given in the Queen's Room - Melvin Hall at 7.30pm. Admission £2 includes refreshments. These dates may change so please look out for listings in the P&J or local posters.

2018/ 2019

23th November     "Air Traffic Control" a talk by John Brough


18th January           Burns Supper


15th February       "Characters and Conservation in the North East of Scotland" a talk by Ian Davidson


22nd  March            "Botswana to Namibia an African Road Trip Adventure"" a talk by Gary Macalister


19th  April              "Gems and Jewellery" a talk by Carmen Garcia Carballido