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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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Tolquhon Gallery, Tarves – Summer Exhibition 2014

SUMMER EXHIBITION Opens Sunday 27 July 2014
Ahoy Captain MARIE LOUISE WRIGHTSON oil on board  40 x 40 cm
Contemporary Scottish Art
27 July to 2 September 2014
Summer has begun well. There have been lovely summer days, beautiful summer flowers and we have some wonderful paintings for summer.  ’Time for Tea’ above is just one of Marion Drummond’s paintings in our Summer Exhibition. She is one of the host of artists taking part in our annual Summer Exhibition. Join us and enjoy new work by artists including Walter Awlson, Chris Bushe RSW, Catriona Campbell, Jane Charles, Tim Cockburn, Kirstie Cohen, Moira Ferrier RSW, Claire Harkess RSW, Claire Harrigan RSW, James Harrigan, Wendy Houston, Susie Hunt, D.E.Johnston, Elena Kourenkova, Sophie McKay Knight, Peter Layton, Jennifer Mackenzie, Charles MacQueen RSW RGI, Suzan Malcolm, Mhairi McGregor RSW, Rob Newton, James Orr, Barbara Robertson, Patricia Sadler, Joe Smernicki, Marion Thomson, Alan Watson, Maggie Williams, Christine Woodside RSW RGI, Steve Wrightson and Marie Louise Wrightson.

You are invited to the opening of the exhibition on Sunday 27 July from 2 pm to 5 pm.  Do join us if you can for strawberries and fizz.

It is likely to be a few days after the exhibition opens before the paintings go online at but if there is an artist who particularly interests you, please contact us and we shall e-mail details of their work as soon as we can.



Weekend Workshops
August 2014

If you are free on 16 and 17 August, why not join D.E.Johnston’s Watercolour Weekend Workshop: ‘Watercolour Landscape – Painting Foregrounds’.

Just a few spaces remain in this workshop which provides an ideal opportunity to learn from a master of watercolour. Foregrounds are generally regarded as ‘difficult’ but David Johnston will give demonstrations and help you develop techniques to interpret a variety of landscape subjects.

If you are interested in further art classes at Art OnThe Green, a new series of weekly classes will begin in September.

You can find full details of all workshops on our website or you can give us a ring or email for further information.

Kind regards,

Joan and Danny Ross

Own Art


Our postal address is:

Tolquhon Gallery

Tolquhon, Tarves

Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 7LP

United Kingdom

T: +44(0)1651 842 343

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Bruce welcomes broadband boost for North-east

Bruce welcomes broadband boost for North-east

Gordon MP Sir Malcolm Bruce has welcomed an announcement on fibre optic broadband for Tarves and parts of the North-east.

Tarves and Udny are among communities set to benefit from the latest stage of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

More than 90,000 homes and businesses in 18 local authority areas across Scotland will receive new or additional broadband improvements under a scheme backed by the UK government.

The UK Government has allocated more than £100 million, 20% of the Rural Broadband Programme budget, to Scotland to support the roll out of superfast internet.

Read more at the ELLON TIMES HERE

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Ellon Times – Tarves woman calls it a day

Nancy Allan and husband Bob with Spar staff, including supervisor Wnedy Anderson, right,  on her final day

Nancy Allan and husband Bob with Spar staff,
including supervisor Wendy Anderson, right, on her final day

It was the end of an era for a popular Tarves woman last Friday.

Nancy Allan served her last customer after 30 years working in the village shop. Colleagues past and present and villagers were at the Spar store on her final day. She was presented with gifts and a bouquet from staff before bidding them farewell.

Nancy, 68, said she would miss her job and all the customers, but would find plenty to occupy her time in retirement. She added: “I know all the locals and helped them and everyone who came into the shop. “It’s been great. I’ve loved working here but it is time for me to leave.”

Nancy started in the post office of Adam Duthie and Co in the village square in 1984 after working as a barmaid in the local Globe pub and before that in the Aberdeen Arms Hotel. She worked in the store’s post office for 16 years before moving through to the shop.

Supervisor Wendy Anderson said her colleague would be sorely missed by staff and customers.  She added: “She’s been great to work with, full of fun and always had stories. She’s got her routine and has always been a hard worker – a great colleague. “She knows all the customers and what they like. Sometimes Nancy’s maybe the only one they will speak to all day.”

Nancy’s husband Bob, 69, also helped out in the shop doing odd jobs and snow clearing.  The couple will have plenty to occupy their time -they are in the midst of moving house.

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Summer Wildflower Spectacular

The lakeside meadows at Haddo are home to an incredible display of wild flowers, many of which used to be common in the Aberdeenshire countryside. Join a local expert and learn how to identify wildflowers using various methods, you will also find out more about these fascinating plants and how to encourage them to grow near you.


Time 2pm-4pm
Prices £5 per person

Booking essential, email or call 01651851041

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HADDO  – JULY SATURDAY 5th Family Open Day, Grand Relaunch & Adventure Playground Opening

Time- 12midday-4pm (official opening ceremony 11.30am); Prices- Free Entry, some individual activities may have a small charge

Celebrate the relaunch of Haddo House & Country Park with a day of outdoor sports and activities for the whole family. In the morning we shall have our opening ceremony, then from midday there will be a range of exciting adventure sports to try out including archery, zorbs and a climbing wall. There’ll also be inflatables and face painting for younger children and of course the change to have the first go on our new adventure playground!

  • Archery
  • Segway Slalom
  • Water Rollers
  • Zorbs
  • Climbing Wall
  • Aberdeenshire Street Sports mini football arena
  • Cricket nets
  • Bushcraft skills and demonstrations, including campfire cooking
  • HHCOS stand
  • DAWGS stall/stand
  • Friends of Haddo Volunteers stand
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Inflatable Ball Pit
  • Face painting



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20140621_130721This family event is again being run to raise funds for charity. This year’s nominated charity is “Charlie House“, to whom at least 50% of the proceeds will be donated. However participants will have the opportunity to donate half of any personal sponsorship to a charity of their own choosing and thus share in the proceeds of their own fund raising.

The event includes both long (26 mile) and short (8 mile) runs arranged to suit all age, capability and fitness levels.

Basic facilities will be provided at key points during the run, and refreshments will be provided as part of the registration fee after the event at our facilities at Udny Green.

A certificate of participation will be issued to all children who have pre-registered.

Click on the links to download an Entry and Registration Form, and Sponsorship Form.
Or contact Maurice Clarke, 7 Benview Gardens, Oldmeldrum, AB51 0FY, phone 01651 873034, to get them posted to you.

Download a poster for the Ythan Cycle Run 2014

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Piano Recital – Including World premiere of sonata No1 by Voigt – 20 July 2014

Immanuel Voigt – Piano Recital

Dates:Sun 20 Jul Location:Haddo House

Programme by Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt and Voigt


Join us for this World Premiere recital where theOgston Music Prize winner (2012) willperform his very own sonata no.1 as well as beautiful pieces by Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin and Liszt.

Dates & Times:

  • 20 Jul 2014 : 19:00 – 21:00


  • Ticket price is included in House admission cost.

Contact:For further information please call 0844 4932179

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