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An innovative initiative by villagers in the NE Fife village of Letham has seen a tired unused phonebox transformed into a key piece of lifesaving First Aid Equipment.

The phonebox in the centre of the rural village had rarely been used in the last 10 years and was falling into disrepair. Working with the Community Heartbeat charity, villagers and community groups raised over £2,500 to refurbish the box and install and maintain a publically accessible defibrillator.

In cases of cardiac arrest, speedy access to a defibrillator can increases the chances of survival by 40%.

Provost Jim Leishman MBE will formally open the Defibrillator at 9.45am, Saturday 12th December 2015. The Mary Leishman Foundation, set up in memory of his late wife, made a sizeable donation boosting the community fundraising effort.

David Hamilton, Chair of Monimail Community Council said, “This project really caught the imagination of villagers and community groups based in Letham. Hundreds of pounds of private donations, group donations and a series of fundraisers including a heart-themed childrens’ bake-off and sponsored massage have made this possible.

“Most of the refurbishment work has been carried out by volunteers and all of us in the village have a real sense of pride and ownership. Although no specialist training is required to use the defibrillator, the Community Council is arranging a CPR and basic first aid classes for locals in the New Year.”
The phonebox can be found at the following location


Defibrillator Opening Details

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Defibrillator Official Opening

At 9:45am on 12th December 2015, Lord Provost Jim Leishman will open our new community funded defibrillator (within the former phone box in Letham).
Please come along to support the event and then join us for tea and coffee in the Village Hall.


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Monimail Community Council Nov 15

The next meeting of Monimail Community Council will be held at 7pm on Monday 9th November 2015 in Letham Hall. The agenda and minutes from September’s meeting are below. All are welcome.

November Agenda

September Minutes

Monimail Community Council Meeting

The next meeting of Monimail Community Council will be held at 7pm on Monday 14th September 2015 in Letham Hall. The agenda and minutes from July’s meeting are below. All are welcome.

September Agenda

July Minutes



Coffee Morning Season 

It is the second Saturday in September tomorrow, so that means it is the start of Coffee Morning Season at Letham Village Hall. They will take place on the second Saturday of every month throughout the winter. We will be serving coffee, tea, juice, biscuits and pancakes with the usual stalls and raffles (we are open to suggestions for alternatives!). Please come if you are able – the small amounts raised each month help pay the winter fuel bills.

Defibrillator Appeal Update

wediditThe Defibrillator Appeal has smashed its target and has ensured that energy, insurance and maintenance costs are covered for many years to come. The fund has just passed the £3000 mark, helped massively by a £600 donation from the Mary Leishman fund.

Work will shortly begin on the coversion and renovation of the phone box that will house the cabinet. We are also going to arrange CPR and lifesaving classes that use the defibrillator. If you can spare a couple of hours one night to learn these literally life savings skills, please come along. Why not register your interest  by  Contacting us and clicking here

The Great Letham (Childrens) Bake Off 

Well done to all involved in the Great Letham Childrens Bake Off.

Visitors were treated to an afternoon tea and home baking with Tombola and Raffle etc.

The highlights of course we’re the kids who had baked for the event in hope of winning a “coveted” certificate and playground bragging rights.
All the cakes were themed around hearts and the new defibrillator that is being installed in the old phonebox.

Congratulations to our winners;

Rory Hamilton (under 5s)

Caitlin Kirk (6-8s)

Megan Barron (9-12s)

All proceeds raised go to the Defibrillator appeal.


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Letham – Monimail Temporary Road Closure


WHERE? C28 Collessie to Letham Road.

Phase 1 – At Halhill road end

Phase 2 – West end of Letham Village

The alternative route for traffic is via C28, B937, A91 an A92.

Access for emergency services will be maintained to either side of the works via the alternative route.

Access for residents and pedestrians will be maintained.

WHEN? Phase 1 – Tuesday 01/09/15 from 08.00hrs to 18.00hrs.

Phase 2 – From 08.00hrs on Wednesday 02/09/15 until

18.00hrs on Friday 04/09/15.

WHY? To allow the installation of high speed broadband cabinets to be carried out in safety.

WHO? Coneworx Ltd. are responsible for these works and can be contacted as follows:

Project Engineer: 01698 862888

Emergency/Out of Hours: 07711006005

Growing Entries at Letham Flower Show

There was a fantastic entry this year at the 113th Letham & District Horticultural Society’s Annual Flower Show and Industrial Exhibition held on Saturday 8th August. There was a total of 667 entries, 101 more than last year and the biggest entry in more than 20 years! This along with the glorious weather on the day and the steady stream of visitors in attendance made it a most successful event.
It is always encouraging to see a large entry in the Children’s Section and this year was no exception with 162 entries. Individual Trophy winners in the age sections were (under 5’s) – Rory Hamilton, Letham; (5-8’s) -Ben Brincat, Letham; (9-12’s) -Helen Black, Letham and in the 13-16’s -Sophie Smith, Letham.
In the under 5’s all the categories proved popular with some very imaginative decorated paper plates and delicious sweetie necklaces.
The 5-8 category proved very popular with some great vegetable animals, lovely decorated jam jars and yummy decorated cupcakes.
In the 9-12 category again there were some very imaginative entries in the edible gardens and creative decorated plant pots.
In the open section for all age-groups, all classes proved popular with most entries in the photograph of a flower category which were all very artistically taken and displayed. These were closely followed by the decorated stone category which showed a great array of designs, and then the floating flower heads in a cereal bowl which were very attractive. The winner of the Crichton Memorial Trophy for best vegetable grown by a child was won by Kirsty Cuthbert for her fantastic red onion.
The category for the ever popular miniature garden produced an array of innovative designs with the novel winning garden displaying actual growing material. The overall Children’s trophy – the R Storrar Cup for most points overall was won by Millie Armstrong, Letham. The Alex Garden Cup for the best miniature garden was won by Holly Hamilton, Letham and the Archibald Wilson Challenge Trophy for the tallest sunflower was won by Madeline Smiles, Letham. The Diploma for the Best Item in the Childrens Section was won by Cameron Service, Collessie for his edible garden in a tin lid.
There was a good number of entries in the Vegetable Section despite the lack of good ripening weather with potatoes, peas, onions and cucumbers being the most popular entries. Les Wheelans, Cupar won the Sir Thomas Paxton Cup for most points overall with Mr Bruce Forrest, Letham winning the Adam Hall Memorial Quaich and the Diploma for the best exhibit in red onions.
There was a good increase in the Pot Plant section with cacti proving most popular and some lovely coloured begonia and unusual but striking insectivorous plants. But the standout exhibit was a standard fuchsia displayed by Mr R McConnell of Coaltown of Burnturk which won him the Diploma for Best Exhibit. The Sir Thomas Paxton Challenge Cup for most points overall was won by Mrs B Jamieson, Auchtermuchty and a new trophy for Best Orchid kindly donated by Mr & Mrs Forrest, Letham was won by Mrs J Ramsay-Service, Collessie. The Cut Flower section again showed an increase in exhibits with phloxes, herbaceous and sweet peas being the most popular. Mr T Nelson, Cuparmuir swept the board winning the Donald G McDonald Cup for most points, the Dowie Trophy for best exhibit in Pot Plants and Cut Flowers and the Diploma for best exhibit in Cut Flowers for his stunning sweet peas.
The floral theme continued in the Decorative Section with the competitors showing imaginative use of flowers and foliage in their displays including bowls of floating flower heads .There were very impressive, colourful fresh posies in cream jugs, fresh foliage arrangements and some very delicate miniature arrangements in bottle tops. All categories were well entered and Mrs S Simmers, Myrecairnie won the Monimail House Trophy for most points overall and the Diploma for best exhibit was won by Lady J Spencer-Nairn for her fresh foliage arrangement.
The judges’ job proved hard in most Sections and there was no exception in the Rural competition with 4 Rurals from the area competing. The theme this year was “A Christening Celebration”.
Expert skills were displayed with beautifully designed and crafted cards and babies cardigans. Edible entries consisted of gorgeous decorated sponge cakes and were finished off by table fresh flower posies. All entries had chosen pink as their colour scheme which made the overall display very pleasing to the eye. The Section and the Ophdal Cup was won by Kingskettle. Dairsie were runners up with Kilmany third. The Betty Hay Memorial Trophy for the best exhibit in the Rural Section was awarded to Mary Black of Kilmany W.R.I. for her faultless baby’s cardigan which scored full marks.
The Handicrafts Section was down slightly but proved popular in every category and showed a range of practical and decorative skills. The more popular categories were knitted gloves, matinee jackets and the jewellery item category. Mrs Liz Kervell, Ladybank won the Society Challenge Cup for most points in the Handicrafts Section. The Pioneer Trophy for best exhibit in the Handicraft Section and the Diploma was won by Mrs Mary Black, Clubston for her hardanger mat. The Paterson Trophy For most points overall in the Industrial Section was won by Mrs Helen Ramsay, Kingskettle.
The Baking Section proved very popular with all categories well entered with scones, pancakes, sponges and tablet proving most popular. There was also a good entry in the set recipe for battenburg cake which was won by Dr Jim McGeorge, Dunshalt who also won the Connacher Shield for most points won by a gent. The Bonthrone Cup for most points in the Baking Section was won by Mrs H Ramsay, Kingskettle. The Mary Dalrymple Trophy, originally donated by her family to Letham W.R.I. and following its closure was donated to the Flower Show, along with the Diploma for Best Exhibit was awarded to Miss L Strachan, Kettlebridge for her delicious tablet
The Jams and Jellies proved as popular as ever with Miss E Wilson, Ladybank winning the Euphemia Hay Memorial Trophy for most points overall. The Diploma for the best exhibit went to Mrs S Simmers, Myrecairnie for her apple jelly.
All the above could have easily been washed down with the selection of wines, beers, ciders and liqueurs which saw a massive increase for such a small category. The Alex Green Cup for most points overall was won by Mrs Juliet Forrest, Letham. The Diploma for best exhibit went to Mrs G MacLean, Bow of Fife for her sloe gin,
The Fruit Section again showed a huge increase with blackcurrants proving most popular and the Alistair Foggie Trophy for most points overall and the Diploma for best exhibit for her entry of apples went to Miss E Wilson, Ladybank.
The Produce Section showed another good increase with Brian Service, Collessie winning the Paterson Rosebowl and the Diploma for the best exhibit being awarded to Miss Katie Spencer-Nairn, Rankeilour for her coloured eggs.
The theme for this year’s Photographic Section was “Animals – Wild or Domesticated” and proved very popular with some fantastic close-ups of all sorts of animals. The Industrial Medal for this category being won by Mr G Smith Letham.
Finally, following the culmination of the Show the Betty Hay Trophy for most points overall was won Miss Alison Irvine, Coaltown of Burnturk.
The Show attracted a good turnout and the marquee drew visitors to the stalls there.
The sales table run by Miss Wilson, Ladybank proved to be popular with broccoli from Mrs E Crombie, Westhall and the insectivorous plants donated by Mr John Wall, Letham for children of all ages to try their hand at these fascinating plants.
The Vegetable Tombola was run by Innes Service, Collessie and was a great hit with the visitors. The Show Committee are very grateful for the donations of vegetables from Kettle Produce and the beautifully presented fruit from Tesco.
Debbie Smiles, Letham manned the raffle ticket table which was greatly supported by the visitors to the Show.
Afternoon teas were provided by the various ladies in the kitchen who did a sterling job serving a steady flow of thirsty visitors.
Outdoor games of putting, tub ball and horseshoe throwing was run by Claire McDonald, Dundee, Sophie Smith and Andrew Black, Letham proved popular with a large number of children and grown-up children alike.
Trophies were presented by Honorary President Lady Spencer-Nairn, who also presented the raffle and outdoor games prizes. Young Madeline Smiles of Letham then presented Lady Spencer-Nairn with an orchid as a thank you.
President Mrs Sheila Simmers thanked all the competitors, helpers and visitors who made the Show possible and for making it such a success.
The Show was rounded off with an auction of exhibits that had been very kindly donated by the competitors thus closing what had been a successful 113th Show.

Cup Winners Results

Detailed Show Results