Crathes is a small rural community lying on the north bank of the River Dee some 3 miles east of Banchory on Royal Deeside. Although there is a settlement comprising around 70 houses which constitute the 'centre' or nucleus of the village, the community is spread from the riverbank to the foot of the Hill of Fare and between the town of Banchory in the west to Drumoak in the east. The village has a school, retail and craft centre, railway restoration project, football fields, events field and world-famous Crathes Castle & Gardens. The area is one of great natural beauty with views up the Dee valley into the Cairngorms. Although the land comprises mainly arable farmland, there are extensive areas of forestry, wetlands and the river Dee to the south.  A wide range of wildlife thrives in the area. The village is currently undergoing a major expansion with the construction of 45 new homes, connection to mains gas supply and a new crematorium near the centre of the community. These developments are the biggest since the arrival of the railway in the late 1840s and will all impact on the existing population - some positive and some negative.
This web page has been set up for the benefit of the residents of Crathes on Royal Deeside and contains information about and for the local community.
Welcome
A small, rural community on Royal Deeside
CRATHES COMMUNITY WEBSITE
Over the coming months our little community will be welcoming up to to 200 new residents. This will be the biggest influx of population ever and will undoubtedly have an impact on a range of aspects of life in Crathes. We’ve set up a page on the website to try and help our new neighbours and friends settle in. Information page for new Crathes Residents
"Drouthy Neibors" Pub Night Crathes Village Hall at 7.30pm - 10.30pm every 3rd Friday of the month BYO drink and nibbles, crockery and glasses etc. Feel free to bring along any games or musical instruments to make it a fun social evening.
Crathes Village Pub Next Crathes Fly is on Saturday 6th February from 10.00am to mid-day in Crathes Hall All welcome NOTE: No fly in January!   Next Crathes Fly is on  Saturday 7th February from 10.00-12.00pm in Crathes Hall  All welcome   FORTHCOMING EVENTS in CRATHES
Dogstar Theatre Wed 17 Feb 2016 Crathes Hall 19.30 The Tailor of Inverness is a story of journeys, of how a boy who grew up on a farm in Galicia (Eastern Poland, now Western Ukraine) came to be a tailor in Inverness.  His life spanned most of the 20th century.  He was taken prisoner by the Soviets in 1939, freed after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, travelled to Tehran, then Egypt, to be integrated into the British Army, fought in North Africa and Italy.  He was resettled in Britain in 1948. This is the story he told. It reflects on the Second World War but is personal, intimate and rooted in two cultures:  Galicia and the Highlands.  The play is based on the metaphor of the tailor and his fabric and combines storytelling, songs, poetry and Jonny Hardie on fiddle. Tickets from neatshows.org or 01330 844523
Clachan Yell Ceilidh Sat 19th March 19.30 to midnight Raising funds for Crathes Hall Tickets £15  which includes stovies BYOB For tickets contact Moira on01330 844763 / 07772 975781 m.hamilton@me.com or Avril on 01330844002 hall@crathes@gmail.com
Arabian Nights and Days Shifting Sands Theatre Sat 16 Apr 2016 Crathes Hall 19.30 A refreshing and imaginative adaptation of the classic tales, this is the Arabian Nights as you have never seen them before! The Sultan summons a new wife every night and every morning he has her strangled. Then Scherazade demands to be the next wife. She enters the lion’s den, armed only with her wits, her courage and the germ of an idea. Can she save herself ... and stop the killing??? Come on a magic carpet ride to a universe full of laughter, danger and wonder! See how to trick a powerful genie, mix magic potions, open a door that hides the secrets of the world, teach a parrot to become your personal spy, and much more Tickets from neatshows.org or 01330 844523
A Divine Comedy Mike Maran Sat 28 May 2016 Crathes Hall 19.30 A journey through Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso in search of Beatrice. A mad flight of mesmerising medieval stand-up. Dante has his finger on the pulse of popular medieval culture and knows about history and biology, geography and trigonometry. He knows about algebra and what a slide rule is for. But what he really wants to know about is love…and if one and one is two what a wonderful world this could be. Written 700 years ago The Divine Comedy sits at the pinnacle of Western civilization, the single most influential work of literature composed by poetry’s most powerful practitioner. In this new adaptation Mike Maran joins Dante in the quest for the meaning of love. Tickets from neatshows.org or 01330 844523
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Crathes is a small rural community lying on the north bank of the River Dee some 3 miles east of Banchory on Royal Deeside. Although there is a settlement comprising around 70 houses which constitute the 'centre' or nucleus of the village, the community is spread from the riverbank to the foot of the Hill of Fare and between the town of Banchory in the west to Drumoak in the east. The village has a school, retail and craft centre, railway restoration project, football fields, events field and world-famous Crathes Castle & Gardens. The area is one of great natural beauty with views up the Dee valley into the Cairngorms. Although the land comprises mainly arable farmland, there are extensive areas of forestry, wetlands and the river Dee to the south.  A wide range of wildlife thrives in the area. The village is currently undergoing a major expansion with the construction of 45 new homes, connection to mains gas supply and a new crematorium near the centre of the community. These developments are the biggest since the arrival of the railway in the late 1840s and will all impact on the existing population - some positive and some negative.
Welcome
A small, rural community on Royal Deeside
This web page has been set up for the benefit of the residents of Crathes on Royal Deeside and contains information about and for the local community.
Next Crathes Fly is on Saturday 6th February from 10.00am to mid-day in Crathes Hall All welcome NOTE: No fly in January!  
Over the coming months our little community will be welcoming up to to 200 new residents. This will be the biggest influx of incomers ever and will undoubtedly have an impact on a range of aspects of life in Crathes. We’ve set up a page on the website to try and help our new neighbours and friends settle in.
Information page for new Crathes Residents
"Drouthy Neibors" Pub Night Crathes Village Hall at 7.30pm - 10.30pm every 3rd Friday of the month (excluding 18th Dec) BYO drink and nibbles, crockery and glasses etc. Feel free to bring along any games or musical instruments to make it a fun social evening.
Crathes Village Pub
Next Pub Night 19th Feb 2016
CRATHES COMMUNITY WEBSITE Next Crathes Fly is on  Saturday 7th February from 10.00-12.00pm in Crathes Hall  All welcome   FORTHCOMING EVENTS in CRATHES
Dogstar Theatre Wed 17 Feb 2016 Crathes Hall 19.30 The Tailor of Inverness is a story of journeys, of how a boy who grew up on a farm in Galicia (Eastern Poland, now Western Ukraine) came to be a tailor in Inverness.  His life spanned most of the 20th century.  He was taken prisoner by the Soviets in 1939, freed after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, travelled to Tehran, then Egypt, to be integrated into the British Army, fought in North Africa and Italy.  He was resettled in Britain in 1948. This is the story he told. It reflects on the Second World War but is personal, intimate and rooted in two cultures:  Galicia and the Highlands.  The play is based on the metaphor of the tailor and his fabric and combines storytelling, songs, poetry and Jonny Hardie on fiddle. Tickets from neatshows.org or 01330 844523
Clachan Yell Ceilidh Sat 19th March 19.30 to midnight Raising funds for Crathes Hall Tickets £15  which includes stovies BYOB For tickets contact Moira on 01330 844763 / 07772 975781 m.hamilton@me.com or Avril on 01330 844002 hall@crathes@gmail.com
Arabian Nights and Days Shifting Sands Theatre Sat 16 Apr 2016 Crathes Hall 19.30 A refreshing and imaginative adaptation of the classic tales, this is the Arabian Nights as you have never seen them before! The Sultan summons a new wife every night and every morning he has her strangled. Then Scherazade demands to be the next wife. She enters the lion’s den, armed only with her wits, her courage and the germ of an idea. Can she save herself ... and stop the killing??? Come on a magic carpet ride to a universe full of laughter, danger and wonder! See how to trick a powerful genie, mix magic potions, open a door that hides the secrets of the world, teach a parrot to become your personal spy, and much more Tickets from neatshows.org or 01330 844523
A Divine Comedy Mike Maran Sat 28 May 2016 Crathes Hall 19.30 A journey through Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso in search of Beatrice. A mad flight of mesmerising medieval stand-up. Dante has his finger on the pulse of popular medieval culture and knows about history and biology, geography and trigonometry. He knows about algebra and what a slide rule is for. But what he really wants to know about is love…and if one and one is two what a wonderful world this could be. Written 700 years ago The Divine Comedy sits at the pinnacle of Western civilization, the single most influential work of literature composed by poetry’s most powerful practitioner. In this new adaptation Mike Maran joins Dante in the quest for the meaning of love. Tickets from neatshows.org or 01330 844523
Live Crathes Weather CRATHES VINTAGE CAR &  MOTORCYCLE RALLY Sunday 29th May  Click for Entry Form