The Letham and District Horticultural Society’s Annual Garden Competition held on 1 August proved once again to be very popular.
Despite the poor growing conditions affecting all the competitors, the garden competition attracted an increased number of entries in all its sections. There were a number of new entrants which was very encouraging and the judge, Roy Daniels of Kirkcaldy had a difficult task in selecting the prize winners.
The Tubs and Hanging Basket category all presented a riot of colour and range of flowers and the judge commented on the good use of both plants and colour in the displays.
The Landscaped Garden Competition as always proved popular with a large variety of designs and themes with all the gardens showing a vibrant display of colour, foliage and well-maintained lawns.
The Vegetable Gardens provided proof of the quality, variety and quantity of produce the keen gardeners had grown.
The hard work and enthusiasm of the competitors made it a rewarding day for the judge and the quality of the flowers and vegetables seen in the competition suggests there will be some close competition for those entering the 115th Annual Flower Show at Letham Village Hall on Saturday 12 August which opens to the public at 2.00pm.
Can we remind any entrants that our Cut Flower Section is an Open category to any resident within Fife. Any queries to Alison McDonald, Secretary Telephone 01337 810250.

Best kept and cropped Vegetable Garden
Winner receives the Paterson Shield
1st – Miss A Irvine, Prosen, Coaltown of Burnturk
2nd – Mr L Wheelans, 12 Lorraine Drive, Cupar
3rd= – Mr J. Duncan, 1 Lomond Crescent, Falkland
Mr D Ellis, 8 Crawford Park, Springfield
Best Kept Flower Plot
Winner receives the Brunton-Kidd Medal
1st – Mr A Lumsden, Carrack, Brighton Road, Cupar
2nd Mrs J Ellis, 8 Crawford Park, Springfield
Best Landscaped Garden
1st – Lady J. Spencer-Nairn, Barham, Bow of Fife
2nd= – Mr & Mrs J Hutchison, Collairnie House
Mrs J Guy, Crawley House. Springfield
3rd – Mr D Dallas, Monimail Road, Letham
1st – Mrs C Sutherland, Catherine Cottage, Giffordtown
2nd – Mrs J Ellis, 8 Crawford Park, Springfield
3rd – Mr Ronaldson, Roselea Terrace, Ladybank
Best Onion Bed
1st Mr J Duncan, 1 Lomond Crescent, Falkland
2nd               Mr L Wheelans, 12 Lorraine Drive, Cupar
3rd Mr B Lawrie, Main Street, Dunshalt
Best Onion Sets
1st – Miss A Irvine, Prosen, Coaltown of Burnturk
2nd               Mr L Wheelans, 12 Lorraine Drive, Cupar
3rd – Mr D Ellis, 8 Crawford Park, Springfield
Best Tub or Pedestal of Flowers
1st     – Mr T Tasker, Park House, Pitlessie
2nd – Mrs J Ellis, 8 Crawford Park, Springfield
3rd= – Mrs C Sutherland, Catherine Cottage, Giffordtown
Mr R McConnell, Sawmill Cottage, Coaltown of Burnturk

Best Hanging Basket of Flowers
Winner receives the D & J Drummond Shield
1st – Mrs J Ellis, 8 Crawford Park, Springfield
2nd = – Mr R McConnell, Sawmill Cottage, Coaltown of Burnturk
Mr S Player, Rankeilour Mains, Bow of Fife
3rd Mrs V Fenton, Ballantager, Letham

Letham Flower Show 2017 (Children’s Category)

Well done to all those who entered the recent Letham Primary School Children’s Sunflower and Potato Growing Competitions.
The Potato Growing Competition, sponsored very generously by Freuchie Garden Centre, proved very popular and attracted 21 entries and the winners were 1st Skye Cuthbert Bow of Fife (1148g); 2nd Logan Fenton, Ballantager, Letham (951g) and 3rd Fraser Armstrong, Letham (836g).
There were also 21 sunflowers entered and the winners were 1st Sam Brincat, Letham (height 225cm); 2nd Madeline Smiles Letham (height 220 cm); and 3rd Rory Hamilton, Letham, (height 217.5 cm)
Hopefully this enthusiasm from the children will attract a good entry to the Childrens' Section of the annual Letham and District Horticultural Society Flower Show and Industrial Exhibition taking place in the Letham Village Hall on Saturday 12 August.  For those wishing to attend the Show it opens to the public at 2.00 pm.

Waiting/Parking Restrictions 7th-11th Aug 17

Cllr Heer has kindly notified us of a temporary waiting restriction on The Row, Letham (for some reason Council officials didnt see fit to advise those of us that actually live in the village!) It is in force daytime Monday- Friday on 7th -11th August 2017. Whilst the order is in force it doesn’t mean that it will apply the whole length of the Row at the same time- it is to allow installation of the new lamposts.


Letham Gymkhana 2017


This year’s Gymkhana is being run in partnership with Fife Riding Club at their club field in Glenrothes (just off the A92 at Western Avenue).  Fife Riding Club have some great facilities with eight acres of grass, two large all weather arenas, a spring turf arena and a sand schooling area.  The club holds regular events for members and a number of open shows throughout the year.  For more info and directions go to

The Letham Gymkhana schedule is now ready, so you can start planning for the day. Remember that you can save a bit of money by entering in advance to get a reduction in your entry fees.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Click here for the –  Gymkhana schedule 2017

Click here for a poster to display at your yard –  Poster 2017

Bus Service Review- A Call To Arms

Following received from Fife Council. Be under no illusion, the driver of this review is money. We have already lost our X54 service so lets fight to keep our last lifeline services- fill in the survey. 

Fife Council wants to hear from North East Fife bus users. 

In the 2016/17 year Fife Council spent over £2.1 million on supported bus services for North East Fife and we need to be sure that we continue to provide services where & when they are needed and that they represent good value for money.


We need your help to do that. We’re looking for feedback on which subsidised bus services operating in north east Fife are most important to you. We’ll be consulting from Monday 8 May until Friday 30 June 2017.


All comments received will be considered when contracts for subsidised bus routes are renewed in August 2018.


The bus services that are currently subsidised or partly subsidised in North East Fife are:


· Moffat & Williamson – Go Flexi (F3, F4, F5, F6), 92, 92A

· Stagecoach – 24, 77, 41, 41B, 41C, 47, 53, 64, 64A, 66, 67, 67A, 66B, 68, 68A, 68B, 94, 94A, 95


“We need people to tell us the places they want to go to by bus and when they’ll be travelling there”, said Colin Hamilton, Service Manager for Passenger Transport Services.


He continued: “Many people rely on bus services to get to work, college, health appointments and to access shopping and leisure facilities.


“I encourage all bus users in North east Fife to have their say by filling out a survey; it should only take two minutes. That way, we can make sure we’re providing services that people really need.”


During May and June, we’ll be carrying out ‘on-bus’ surveys with passengers using these routes. Surveys are also available:


online at, or

by phoning 03451 55 55 55 ext 444366 and we’ll post a survey out to you.


Monimail Police Report

The following report was supplied by Police Constable Kirsten Bellingham


“The Crimefile system records crimes committed in a particular area throughout Fife. Since the last meeting on 13th March 2017 there have been no recorded crimes our Crimefile system for the Monimail area including the villages of Monimail itself, Letham and Bow of Fife.


A check of our STORM system has also been carried out. This system records all calls to particular locations in the Fife area. Since the last meeting, there have been a small number of calls to villages in the area, namely Letham and Bow of Fife.


There were 5 calls to Letham, 4 of which related to road traffic matters and a separate call to assist a member of the public.


There were also 13 calls to the Bow of Fife, 7 of which related to road traffic matters and 6 related to calls to assist members of the public or providing information to the Police. There were no calls reporting matters of criminality.





Along with our colleagues in the Cupar Community Team, Graeme and I have recently started Bikeability training within the schools in the Howe of Fife. This gives us the opportunity to teach children to be safe whilst cycling on the roads and also allows us to build relationships with the pupils. It is hoped that, in turn, this link with the Police will continue as the children go on to High School and may prevent younger children from going on to follow older ones who may be getting into antisocial behaviour etc. We are due to attend Letham Primary in the near future.


We have also been out with the speed gun at various locations and have made use of Pop-Up-Bob to try and address speeding complaints. Friday 5th May 2017 marked the beginning of a week-long drink/drug drive campaign to coincide with the time of year when statistics show Scotland’s road users are at their highest risk of being killed or seriously injured because the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


Police Scotland’s campaign will combine intelligence-led high visibility patrols and roadside checks to detect those driving under the influence of drink or drugs.  The campaign will include looking out for early morning motorists that may still under the influence from the night before. Please be mindful that even though you leave your car and get a taxi home, you may still be over the limit when you collect your car the next day. Don’t risk your own and other road user’s safety.



In April, Graeme and I were involved in a day of action with Fife Council Trading Standards which was a great success. This allowed us to work in partnership and gain valuable intelligence to target rogue traders and bogus workmen.


It is often found that travelling criminals will use minor routes through small villages to avoid the main roads and thus avoid detection by cameras or the Police. The villages therefore provide ideal routes for such people to move around.


We remain keen for you all to look after each other and to inform the police of any suspicious activity in the area including suspicious vehicles, bogus workmen, rogue traders and telephone scams. We are happy to carry out talks on such issues if you require or see a need for them and have built up good relationships with staff at Trading Standards who provided a great deal of information on services they can also offer. Please let us know if we can assist in any way.



The year 2017 has also seen changes to the Management Team at Cupar Police Station. Chief Inspector Annandale has recently moved to Area Commander at Kirkcaldy Police Station and is replaced by Chief Inspector Steven Hamilton. Inspector John Docherty has recently assumed the responsibility of North East Fife Community Inspector following the departure of Inspector Nicola Black who has also moved to the same role in Kirkcaldy.


Sergeant Ewan Pearce has also moved on to pastures new with a move to Divisional Road Policing based in Glenrothes. He has been replaced by PS Sharon Holmes who moved to us from Levenmouth Police Station and is very keen to continue developing our community engagement.





Graeme and I also want to thank you for your attention and participation our Policing 2026 strategy. This was a strategic programme which aimed to transform the police service over the next 10 years by ensuring that as many voices as possible were heard. The consultation ended today and had been running for a number of weeks. It is hoped that this consultation will help refine and inform the strategy.

Thank you to everyone who completed the short online survey”.

Cat seeking New Home

UPDATE: Bella has a new home. Thanks for all enquiries 

Neil Stoddart in Bow of Fife writes…

Our 5 yr old cat Bella, is looking to relocate. we are moving away and want her to remain in the locale area. she is a quiet and warm cat, who would suit most homes. she’s earns her keep mousing & warming laps! if you are interested be quick… we are off soon 30/3/17.

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