New cafe opened at Pitcaple Project

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BEECHGROVE gardeners Jim McColl and Carole Baxter celebrated the opening of a new café facility at the Pitcaple Environmental Project (PEP) near Inverurie on Saturday, (May 18).

The pair also congratulated Mike Mair, winner of the name-the-café competition, whose entry, “The Buzzard Café” reflects both the local environment and honours sponsor, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd, which operates the Buzzard platform in the North Sea.

“Our friends at Nexen have done so much more for us than just fund the café,” said Colin Stirling, PEP Chairman.

“Nexen employees have generously donated their time and energy to our charity in a multitude of maintenance and improvement tasks including painting, building, path laying and weeding.”

The charity provides outdoor training, educational and employment opportunities for adults with learning difficulties and has been working with Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd since 2006.

“Our financial contribution to the Pitcaple Environmental Project is close to £180,000 but the true value of this community initiative is beyond measure,” said Sam McKillop, Nexen HSE Manager.

“Nexen’s Reach-Out programme, of which this is part, helps us engage positively with the broader challenges of the local community while providing opportunities for creative team-building, inter-departmental collaboration and the chance for more people to experience Nexen’s values at work.”