Udny Green pupils hold community cafe

Growing Fast: Hannah Bougourd and Ewan Orus busy selling fresh produce grown by Udny Green pupils at the school's community cafe on Friday
Growing Fast: Hannah Bougourd and Ewan Orus busy selling fresh produce grown by Udny Green pupils at the school's community cafe on Friday

Pupils and teachers at Udny Green school held their regular community cafe on Friday, with parents and members of the public taking the chance to enjoy refreshments and cakes.

The cafe, which took place between 2-3pm in the school hall, saw pupils serving slices of gingerbread which they had baked themselves, and which seemed to be very popular with those who were there. Pupils also ran a stall which sold produce which the pupils had themselves grown, in a plot at the Udny Castle garden.

Head Teacher Mrs Hogg spoke to the Ellon Times, and explained the thinking which lay behind the decision to run a community cafe at the school.

“We hold the community cafe on the first Friday of every month”, said Mrs Hogg. “It gives us a chance to invite the community into the school, and for parents and friends to see what’s going on.

“The pupils often bake for the cafe and this week, they’ve been making gingerbread.

“The pupils at the school also have a plot in the kitchen garden at Udny Castle”, she continued. “All the pupils go up there to help grow the produce. Last year, they grew potatoes as well as beetroot, which they also pickled. This year, we decided to sell some of the things which have been grown instead and that’s what we’re doing today.”

The money raised from holding the community cafe, which is open to everyone, goes to benefit school funds and helps to pay for trips and treats for the pupils.