Tarves Guild

TARVES GUILD is thriving and recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. The Guild is no longer the 'Woman's Guild', simply 'The Guild', and men are warmly welcome as members.

Meetings are held in the church on the 1st Thursday of each month from October – May (none in January) and we have a wide and varied programme each session.


The Church Woman’s Guild (as it was known then) started on 8 June1917 when Rev A.W. McNair presided over a meeting in the Melvin Hall. It was agreed to form a Woman’s Guild in Tarves in conjunction with the congregation and The Countess of Aberdeen was appointed as Hon. President.

Over 100 women met for that meeting and continued to do so in the years ahead.  Since the early years the numbers attending the monthly meetings has decreased but Tarves Guild still is one of the largest in the area with over 30 members subscribing each year.  


Tarves Guild centenary cake

Tarves Guild’s 100th Birthday was celebrated in November 2017 with an afternoon tea party in the church when neighbouring Guild members from Barthol Chapel, Methlick and Udny & Pitmedden joined us along with Mrs Meg Macdonell, widow of former minister, Rev Alasdair Macdonell, and former minister Rev Les Barrett with his wife Ruth. 

Long Service Certificates were also handed out by our minister, Rev Alison Swindells, to 9 members with a total of 334 years between them.

There is a display board in the church with interesting reports about Tarves Guild events over the past 100 years.