Tarves, Scotland where quality of life is the prize in a rural setting just 30 minutes drive from one Europe’s beautiful small cities – Aberdeen.

Our community has always welcomed visitors to Aberdeenshire. Some have passed through, some have stayed awhile, and others have settled amongst us.

We are happy to welcome you to Tarves on the web. We hope your virtual visit will encourage you to find out more about our real village and the leisure and business benefits it can offer.


To contact this website email: tbc@tarves.org.uk

Dates from the Archives

July 2016
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Tarves Community Council

As you may be aware your Community Council organised a public meeting with a representative of Superfast Scotland on June 27th which was also attended by one MSP, representatives of MSP’s and our local MP.

Since the meeting I have received the following communication from Mr Salmonds’ office.

“I have had a response from BT regarding the lack of community engagement and issues some of you have been experiencing with Broadband and trying to have same addressed when contacting BT. BT are now requesting names and addresses of those who have had problems with their broadband and then have had issues trying to get BT to resolve same. Could you obtain that information for me and exactly what they experienced with BT. A few lines should suffice and can you provide me with a resume of the issues that you have had when making representations to BT on behalf of the Community Council”.

If you have had a Broadband or Phone Line problem with BT can you please get in contact with me, preferably via email giving your Name, Address and phone number with a note of the problem and I will incorporate the detail within our reply.

This is an opportunity for our Communities voice to be heard and I would appreciate if you could let me have your comments by 27th July.

Thank you,

David Hekelaar, Secretary, Tarves CC

Gatehouse, Tolquhon, Tarves.

E’mail: tcc.secretary@tarves.org.uk


The Importance of Being Ernest – Outdoor Theatre at Pitmedden! 20th July 2016

Don’t miss out on Outdoor Theatre at Pitmedden! Heartbreak Productions bring a performance of The Importance of Being Ernest to the stunning surroundings of Pitmedden Garden. Book your tickets now!

Heartbreak Productions are bringing this Oscar Wilde classic to Pitmedden.Two young gentlemen living in 1890’s England use the same pseudonym (“Ernest”) on the sly, which is fine until they both fall in love with women using that name, which leads to a comedy of mistaken identities…Renowned for exciting and innovative productions, Heartbreak Productions has become one of the most prestigious and high quality professional, touring theatre companies in the country visiting over one hundred fabulous venues all over the UK.


Dress warmly and bring a picnic and rug or low seating. No wet weather provision. Advanced booking advised.

Dates & Times: 20 Jul 2016 – 20 July 2016 : 19:00 – 21:00


  • Adult : £ 14.00
  • Child : £ 10.00
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For further information please call 01651 842352


Online or NTS shop from 1st May


Success of Defibrillator awareness session in Tarves – Names being taken for next session on 12th July

defibSaturdays’ defibrillator awareness session in Tarves was attended by 12 people – the next session is at the Melvin Hall Tarves on Tuesday Evening the 12th July commencing at 7pm. The session which last about 1.5 hours is open to all residents of the Tarves, Pitmedden, Udny & Barthol Chapel areas. We would prefer (although not essential) to have advanced notice of how many people plan to attend so please call the Udny Development Trust on 01651 843776 or e-mail admin@udnycommunitytrust.org.uk .

Posted by Tarves Community Council.



The National Trust at Pitmedden Garden, every year will have various quantities depending on the success of the season, of flowers that are not used in the flower beds of the Great Garden.

The Community helps and works with the NTS and we do a plant sale.

2016 Surplus Plant Sale

Surplus top quality bedding plants for sale to local people.

8:45 am to 12 Noon

Pitmedden Park (School) Car Park.

Bob Bamlett from PUT will be there to advise and help.  Real bedding plant bargains

Mary May Jazz in the Garden – Pitmedden Garden Saturday 16 July

jazz000005Mary May Jazz in the Garden

An evening of Jazz music within the grounds of Pitmedden Garden.

Mary May Jazz will play a catalogue of jazz tunes within a marquee in our Wall Garden. Established Scottish jazz singer Mary May performs a range of jazz standards featuring dynamic upbeat arrangements. It’s jazz to the bone! ‘Stunning voice’ (Jazz Aberdeen). ‘One of the best jazz singers in Scotland’ (Aberdeen Performing Arts). ‘Faultless set’ (Southside Advertiser). ‘A real jazz singer’ (Nancy Kelly). ‘One to Watch’ (Jim Brooks).


Bring a seat and a picnic. Gates open 6pm.
Dates & Times:16 Jul 2016 – 16 July 2016 : 19:00 – 21:00
Prices:Adult : £ 15.00
Contact:For further information please call 01651 842352
Booking:Online or NTS shop from 1st May

2016 Haddo Arts Festival – Photography Competition & Winners Exhibition

PicturePicture Photography Competition

People, Wildlife, History


Welcome to the first Visions Photography Competition & Exhibition. Part of the 2016 Haddo Arts Festival.
As well as some fantastic prizes, the winning photographs will be featured as part of a 10 day exhibition at Haddo during the Arts Festival.Entry is open to all, for any photos taken in Aberdeen City or Shire, including here at Haddo.Entries open on 28th June and close on 28th August.​You can find an entry form and full terms and conditions below, or contact haddo@visithaddo.com for more information

Bumblebee Safari at Haddo House & Park – Sat 9th July


Bumblebee Safari

Date: Saturday 9th July
Time: 12 midday
Price: Free

Join the Bumblebee Conservation Trust for a fantastic, fun Bumblebee Safari through the wildflower meadows here at Haddo.

This event is suitable for everyone who wants to learn more about bumblebees, but we recommend children are 7 years of age or over. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Meeting place is the Pheasantry at 12 noon, we will then do a short walk around the estate to find some bees!

To confirm your place on the bee walk, please email your name(s) and a phone number to ecologyplus.scotland@gmail.com