Crathes Hall was built in 1929 following a gift of land from the then Laird of Crathes Estate.
Since then it has been at the heart of the Crathes Community, hosting many diverse events and acting as a meeting place for local residents.
It continues to thrive at the centre of the Community but unfortunately is beginning to show its age. When constructed, little thought or consideration was given to providing a legacy venue for the area and so was not insulated or built with materials intended to last beyond the turn of the century.
Whilst held with great fondness to many in the area, Crathes Hall Trustees undertook to evaluate the worth of refurbishing the hall in its current state; given that it costs about £2000 a month just to heat!
Following extensive building and tree surveying, architectural and Community Consultation, in 2018 it was decided that a new hall was needed as the cost to refurbish was almost the same.
In early 2019 with support from Leader funding via Aberdeenshire Council, local architect, Andrew Keir, created the final design of the new hall and the plans were submitted to Aberdeenshire Council Planning Department for approval, which was granted.
The proposed new hall offers greater flexibility and user convenience with a choice of large and small halls whilst hopefully retaining all the charm of the hall it replaces. A larger kitchen offers scope to host larger events, weddings and other functions.
A small team of Trustees have begun the fund-raising project to source the £650 000 needed to see these exciting plans become reality.
As well as this website, the Hall Facebook page has details of upcoming events and ways in which you can contribute to this project that will put Crathes Hall right at the centre of the Deeside Social scene!
If you would like to contribute, please contact James Knowles on 07899 792297 or email him at: