Symposium's new Turriff premises get the green light
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North-east coffee company Symposium's latest location in Turriff is set to go ahead following full approval by Aberdeenshire Council planners.
The new location takes over a vacant property on the High Street which has lain empty for a considerable time and which was formerly a branch of R S McColls, with the approval first sought back in February.
The approval is a bittersweet one for owner Paul Haggarth following the recent tragic death of his wife and co-owner Wendy whose funeral took place in Peterhead on Wednesday.
Paul said: "I'm grateful that the planning permission has come finally through.
"But its bittersweet that it is so soon after Wendy’s passing, as it’s something we planned together.
"She would have been so pleased."
Wendy's legacy will continue with the announcement of a new community fund for the north-east.
Paul said: "We all know that Wendy loved to give to the community.
" The family has been touched hearing so many stories of Wendy's acts of kindness shared by members of the local community and those further afield.
"She was always looking for ways to share her gifts.
"Through charitable giving, painting playgrounds, feeding the hungry, or simply sharing a kind word, nothing was too big or too small.
"She gave so much of herself without looking for anything in return.
"Selfless, passionate, adventurous and kind: A force of nature.
"We have had a few requests from individuals requesting a chosen charity to whom they could make a donation in Wendy's name.
"We wanted to do something we thought would best honour Wendy's legacy, her love for her community and her gift for giving.
2So, we have established the Wendy-Louise Community Fund.
"The fund will be used by the family whenever there is a need in the community.
"This will ensure that Wendy's generosity and genuine care will be remembered."
Donations can be made at https://gofund.me/f0db74a5