Community Defibrillator Appeal

The Community Defibrillator Appeal has now opened and we are able to start accepting Donations. defibgraphoocWe are hoping to convert the unused phonebox in the village to a community defibrillator station.

We are looking for help from the community to

  • Make a direct contribuon of any amount
  • Organise an event in the village with the proceeds going to the fund.
  • Make representaons to other organisaons that you know that might assist us

If you wish to contribute, please will you pass your donation to John Vaughan, Sunnybank, The Square, Letham who is the Treasurer for the Community Council.
Please make any cheques payable to Monimail Community Council.
Donations can also be made direct by BACS using

Sort Code: 80-06-26 Account Number: 10143069 (please include your name in the bank’s reference for the transaction and so we can issue a receipt.)

To download a copy of the information leaflet being delivered in Letham, click here

 

 

The Fife Pilgrim Way: Community Input Sought

The Fife Pilgrim Way is an exciting new heritage project that seeks to engage the support of local people and visitors in developing a new long distance walking route through the heart of Fife.

Beginning at either Culross Abbey or North Queensferry it will follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims across Fife to St Andrews Cathedral. With a total distance of 70miles, the route will link together many examples of the regions medieval and pilgrim heritage. It will use Fife’s existing network of rights of way, paths and tracks to offer varied opportunities for long distance, multi-day walking supplemented by shorter walks and circular routes.

Historically authentic, the route passes landmarks such as the Inverkeithing Hospitium, Markinch Church, Ceres and the Waterless Way. It ends in front of the grand ruins of St Andrews Cathedral; a city whose original street layout was designed to cater for the constant influx of pilgrims from all across Europe.

Led by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, in partnership with Fife Council, the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum, the Fife Tourism Partnership and Forth Pilgrim,our long term aim is to see the route included in Scotland’s network of ‘Great Trails’, linking award winning sites of natural beauty with historic centres and sites of medieval pilgrimage.

To deliver a successful project, the route requires local community support. We want to foster the active involvement of communities, heritage groups, churches, businesses and estates in shaping the project and understanding how they can contribute to making the Pilgrim Way a sustainable long term success.

 We warmly welcome the active input of local people into shaping the project and would appreciate it if you could spare 5 minutes to complete our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FifePilgrimWay

Whatever insight or ideas you may have, we would love to hear how you may be able to help us turn the route into reality. For further information and to sign up to our new Fife Pilgrim Way newsletter please emai: lask.us@fifecountryside.co.uk

or call 01592 656080.

Over the forthcoming months, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust along with the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum are organising a series of drop in events along the route where you can come and view the proposals, have your say and find out more. The first selection of local dates are detailed below. Future dates are currently being agreed and will include Dunfermline, Markinch, Leslie  and St Andrews.

Ceres Fife Folk Museum Sun 05 April 15 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Glenrothes Glenrothes Heritage Centre Sat 11 April 15 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Flood Risk Manangement Consultation

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency and all Scottish local authorities are carrying out a national consultation. We’re looking for your views if you‘re interested in how we tackle flooding in Scotland and how it impacts our communities.

The consultation is open from 2 March to 2 June 2015 and is available through Citizen Space at https://frm-scotland.org.uk/ 

If you have any questions about the consultation content or use of Citizen Space please send them tofloodactconsultation@sepa.org.uk .

Monimail Community Council Meeting

calendarThe next meeting of Monimail Community Council will be on Monday 9th March 2015.

An Agenda and the previous minutes are attached.

Please note the new start time of 7pm

Monmimail CC Agenda March 15

Monimail CC Minutes Jan 15

Fife Pilgrim Way

Ambitious plans to create a spectacular walking route across the Kingdom – the Fife Pilgrim Way – have commenced. This route will replicate the footsteps of pilgrims who, throughout history, have journeyed from Culross Abbey and the quay at North Queensferry to St Andrews via Dunfermline.

The Fife Pilgrim Way is a community focused project that seeks to engage local people and visitors in the pilgrimage heritage of Fife through the delivery of a clearly way-marked and well interpreted long distance walking route.

Led by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust in partnership with Fife Council, the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum and the Fife Tourism Partnership. The aim is to connect sites of historic pilgrimage significance broadly by following an inland route which will take in existing rights of way, paths, tracks and the core path network as well as some new sections of path to offer a variety of walking opportunities for both residents and visitors to Fife. This will replicate original routes and settlements used by medieval pilgrims travelling to the great mediaeval shrine in St Andrews Cathedral, where the walk will come to a close.

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Bow of Fife Post Office Consultation

logo-sfw The Post Office have started a consultation on the re-opening of Bow of Fife Post Office at new premises housed within the Scottish Deer Centre. A consultation letter can be found here and A Poster can be found here.

The proposed opening hours are Thursday 14:00-16:00 (only!)

The Community Council will submit a response but other comments can be forwarded as per their correspondence.

Community Council Minutes January 2015

Monimail Community Coucil Minutes from last weeks meeting are now available (Well done Karin!!)

Find out about School Brae, Monimail Road and the new Street lights….

 

NHTT AGM

This is a reminder to NHTT’s AGM, which will be held this Thursday (22nd)in Collessie Hall at 7.30.nhtt

At the meeting in December there was a good discussion about the Bakery and it was decided that the Doorstep Bakery would close on 31st December, which has now happened. I know there is support out there for the Bakery’s activities but at the meeting there was no specific proposal tables for a new Bakery to take over and nobody gave notice that they wanted to take a role as a Director of NHTT.

Therefore at the meeting on Thursday there will be tabled a motion to close NHTT. It is possible that members will stand as Director then and that members propose a new Bakery. These will be considered by the members and Directors if that happens.

The draft agenda comprises:

1. Chairs Report
2. Treasurer Report
3. Accountant
4. Doorstep Bakery Update
5. Other Groups Update
6. New Directors
7. Motion to Close NHTT
8. Any Other Business
9. Date of the Next Meeting

If any members wish to table an item for the agenda, can you please email this to me.

I look forward to seeing some of you on Thursday.

Best wishes, Tom

Tom Morton Chair

Letham Primary School pupils praised as articulate, confident and highly motivated

Letham Primary School has been praised by Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Education (HMIE) following their recent inspection.

The report highlights a number of key strengths including: articulate, motivated and creative children who attain very well; very effective leadership and the dedication of staff. The inspector also commented on the outstanding approaches to learning about sustainability, citizenship and global issues; the warm and supportive atmosphere created by the staff and the strong partnerships with parents and the community.

The Staff were praised for their consistently high-quality, reflective teaching. The report commends regular pupil involvement in decision-making, through their contribution to planning, assessing and target setting. The teachers provide stimulating lessons and set tasks at the right level of difficulty for all pupils, creating enthusiastic, highly motivated children.

In addition to this, inspectors found International Education (the school’s link with Makande Primary School in Malawi) continued to be excellent. Children benefit significantly from sharing their learning as well as participating in enterprise opportunities. The inspector also praised the strong and successful approaches to self-evaluation; the development of children’s skills for life and work through the caring and stimulating ethos for learning created by the school.

Former Headteacher, Ian Macaulay and Acting Headteacher, Louise Rennie said: “We are delighted that HMIE have endorsed the approaches which the staff team has developed, and that they encouraged the school to continue sustaining the quality of provision. We would like to congratulate all the staff, parents and children for creating a school that is a happy and enjoyable learning experience for all.”

Cllr. Bryan Poole, Executive Spokesperson for Children, Families and Young People, added his congratulations. He said: “The recent HMIE Inspection at Letham Primary School is absolute proof that the children attending Letham PS are getting the best possible start on their life’s journey. Everything that makes a great school is in place at Letham – good school leaders, past and present; excellent classroom teachers delivering an innovative, creative and stimulating curriculum with great back up from other staff and parents. We’ve known for some time that Letham PS has been a very good school but its pleasing that following the recent HMIE inspection they, independently, arrived at the same conclusion.

I’d like to congratulate everyone connected with the school for all the work they do in providing the very best learning opportunities for their children. Well done to all.”

Full report available here

Dog Fouling

There has been a notable increase in the amount of dog fouling in the paths and open areas around Letham.

Here are 3 reasons why you should pick up your dog’s mess off paths, roads and verges (including farm tracks)

  • It’s ANTI SOCIAL. Nobody like standing in it, nobody likes seeing it, nobody likes smelling it. We are privileged to live in such a beautiful area and runners, cyclist and children frequently use the paths and tracks in the area.

 

  • It’s DANGEROUS. The Toxicara Roundworm is a toxocariasis-toxocara-roundwormparasite that exists naturally in most dogs but which is found in dog faeces. (This one has just eaten its way out of a child’s eye.) This can cause blindness, brain or liver damage. Children under 10 are most at risk.

 

  • Its ILLEGAL. The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 makes it an offence not to clear up after you. Not being aware of your dog defecating is not an excuse nor is not having a bag. The legislation applies to any public open place and only requires one eyewitness.

Please pick up your dogs mess and deposit in any of the village’s bins.