A five-year vision to provide young people in Kintore with a place to meet became a reality on Saturday (December 7) with the official opening of ‘The Bothie’ on a site near the centre of the Aberdeenshire town.
The youth cafe project has been driven by Action Kintore, a charity set up to provide facilities for young people in the town.
With support of many local organisations including upstream oil and gas company Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd, construction work on the £140,000 project began in June this year.
‘The Bothie’ was opened at 3pm by Beth Low and Cllr Martin Ford. Those invited to attend the opening included local volunteers, individuals and representatives of companies and involved in building work or supporting the project and Aberdeenshire Council staff.
Beth Low, one of the young people actively involved in The Bothie project from an early stage, cut the ribbon to mark the formal opening. East Garioch councillor Martin Ford, a strong supporter of The Bothie project since the idea was first suggested, spoke to welcome the opening and thanked the volunteers and others who had contributed to making the building a reality. Kenny Thomson, chair of Action Kintore, the group that got The Bothie built, then outlined the history of the project and gave a short presentation of photographs of the building during construction.
Cllr Ford said, “It’s great to see the building finished. The main inside space is a really good room, painted in nice bright colours, warm and welcoming. The building’s straw bale construction mean it has a distinctive appearance and is well insulated. It’s a real asset for Kintore. I’m sure The Bothie is going to be well used and I understand there are already bookings for this coming week.”
Kenny Thomson, chairman of Action Kintore, is delighted to see the project reaching completion, saying, “This has been a substantial undertaking for Action Kintore, which is composed largely of volunteers from the community who have been