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Fine Art Photography by Martin Mathieson

Local Photographer Martin Mathieson producers photographic art from his home at North Burnside of Schivas Near Tarves. People may know Martin from his displays at local school events and he has expanded to produce framed and mounted prints of stunning close up photographs and sepia tinted monochrome shots that bring a new close perspective to everyday things. or Tel 01358 761301

Haddo Highland Wear

We are a small family run highland wear business supplying quality traditional handmade highland wear. Steading 3, West Auchedly, Tarves, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 7NH Tel: 01358 761311 Out of hours: 07743 323 657 Email:



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This week and next is fairtrade Fortnight.  Tarves is part of the Formartine Fairtrade Zone and we are proud that our area has many Fairtrade goods stocked in local outlets.  Find out more by clicking on the link.  Locally,  Formartine’s carries a good selection of products and the co-op at Pitmedden have a wide range of Fairtrade goods on offer – but you might try the new Fairtrade and ethically sourced product at the Cafe at Udny PostOffice - The Coffee Apothecary

Other places include the Community Cafe in the Square,  Oldmeldrum and a  notable supporter of Fairtrade.

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Local Job – Early Years Practitioner – Pitmedden Playgroup

Pitmedden Playgroup

(registered charity number SC016521)

Early Years Practitioner

Days to be confirmed but term time,
Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 1pm
Rate per hour dependent upon experience
Minimum requirement of SVQ3 in Childcare

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person to work as part of a team supporting the provision of pre-school care and education to children aged 2 to 5 years.

Applicants should be registered or eligible to register as a practitioner with the Scottish Social Services Council, the professional register for early education and childcare workers.

This post is regulated work with children and is subject to the provisions of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. Successful applicants must be or agree to become members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

This post is subject to checks by Disclosure Scotland and all applicants will be asked to disclose information about any offences committed and/or convictions held or other circumstances that could prevent them from taking up a position in childcare.

Pitmedden Playgroup is registered with the Care Inspectorate and is a partner provider of pre-school education with Aberdeenshire Council. It is a member of the Scottish Pre-school Play Association and strives to be an equal opportunities employer.

For more details and an application pack please email

Closing date Monday the 9th of March 2015

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Soup and Sweet – Saturday 21st Feb – Melvin Hall


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Tolquhon Gallery SPRING EXHIBITION 1 March to 14 April, 2015

Daffs and Willow JANET CLEGHORN

Tolquhon Gallery


1 March to 14 April, 2015

Spring is coming; snowdrops are blooming, the days are lengthening and we look forward to our annual Spring Exhibition. You are invited to the opening on Sunday 1 March from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Many artists exhibiting are well known at Tolquhon but there will also be a number of artists showing with us for the first time. Artists taking part include Janet Cleghorn, Emma Davis RSW, Marion Drummond, Winifred Fergus, Moira Ferrier RSW, Gillian Goodheir, Madeleine Hand, Garry Harper, James Harrigan, Wendy Houston, Susie Hunt, Jim Livingstone, Jennifer Mackenzie, Duncan Macleod RSW, Mhairi McGregor RSW, Lesley McLaren, Hazel Nagl RSW RGI, PAI, James Orr, Barbara Robertson, Ann Ross RSW, Danny Ross, Patricia Sadler, Tom Shanks RSW RGI PAI, Ingebjorg Smith and Jim Wylie.

The exhibition will feature a new collection of sculptural wood and fused glass pieces by Scott Irvine and hand-painted aluminium jewellery by Miranda Peckitt of Very Colourful Jewellery.

If fierce winter weather hits the north east on the first Sunday in March, the private view will be held on the following Sunday, 8 March. 

Images and full details of the exhibition will be added to the website as soon as possible. Most of the work will not arrive until a few days before the exhibition opens but if there is an artist in whom you are particularly interested, please contact us and we shall email details of the work they are exhibiting as soon as we can.

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Help for Heating Fund for ‘land workers’

image002Help for Heating Fund

The RSABI “Help for Heating Fund”, launched at the beginning of December 2014, has an initial £30,000 available on a first come, first served basis to provide single grants, each of £300, throughout Scotland – the aim being to alleviate the effect of fuel poverty amongst people who have depended on land-based occupations.

RSABI recognises that many rural households will be inadequately heated in the months to come. With the weather changing and winter around the corner, many people will be worrying about paying their energy bills.

If you are no longer able to work and are worried about keeping your home warm this winter, please call RSABI on 0131 472 4166 for more information and an application form.

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