Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative across Scotland. The scheme will see three community groups and projects awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags.
Letham Primary School has been shortlisted for its application to develop a school garden and we need your votes. Please vote for us in Tesco from 31st October – 13th November and help us win a £12,000, £10,000 or £8,000 award.
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, was run for the first time this year. This proved popular and attracted 17 entries and the winners were 1st Millie Armstrong, Letham (2053g); 2nd Fraser Armstrong, Letham (1751g) and 3rd Cameron Service, Collessie (896g).
There were 19 sunflowers entered and the winners were 1st Fraser Armstrong, Letham (height 297cm); 2nd= Millie Armstrong, Letham and Madeline Smiles, Letham (height 263 cm); 3rd – Anna Taylor, Letham, (height 237 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 in the Letham Village Hall on Saturday 13 August. The show opens to the public at 2.00 pm.
The first screening is on Sunday 21st August 2016 at 3pm in the Village Hall.
“We believe that there is more to watching a film than sitting in front of the TV. We would like to bring back the idea of the local cinema being somewhere to meet and share a film with others and to have a bit of fun.”
The film is the award winning . Here’s the trailer…
The latest update we have had from Fife Council and from Stagecoach is that Stagecoach are not prepared to consider retaining the X54. They are however planning to run an early morning service to, and two evening services from, Dundee ( Monday to Friday). Unfortunately these services will take nearly an hour to travel the 15 miles up to Dundee and the timings are far from ideal. We cannot help but think that these buses are not going to be viable.
We understand that Stagecoach will submit new timetables to the Traffic Commissioners either Friday the 1st or Monday, 4th July 2016.
I have been in touch with the Traffic Commissioners to examine what powers they have to protect the service. They have none. The X54 is purely a commercial service and they do not have any power to compel an operator to service a particular route.
I have also been in touch with the passenger transport body Bus Users Scotland. We have explained our frustration at not being able to have been offered any dialogue with Stagecoach, the nonsense consultation and the speed at which this change has been railroaded through. They were astonished. I have asked them to press Stagecoach for a halt to the service withdrawal to give us a chance to explore options with them. They have taken on comments and will address them to Senior Executives in the company directly. Whilst they don’t have powers, they are an influential body.
Thank you everybody for all your efforts to date, over 500 signatures on the petition, banners and posters at the junction, letters to politicians, numerous consultation responses. We’re doing what we can.
Thank you to all those who made the Public Meeting on Wednesday. Your support and ideas were very much appreciated.
We captured many thoughts and ideas and are now taking these forward.
The key messages we want to get across are that we will not accept this readily, that there are real people who will be impacted in many different ways and that the consultation process is fundamentally flawed.
Already you will hopefully have seen the redecorated junction- all part of the ‘lets make some noise’ approach. Please keep adding to it.
The Communty Council Chair has now written to Stagecoach and will send this correspondence to elected representatives too.
Stephen Gethins MP has also written to both the Council and Stagecoach representing our concerns.
The decision date is 4th July so we must do what we can to influence Councillors now that the consultation is closed.
Please canvass them, and please sign the change.org petition. (Over 475 signatures already!). We will be doing some media work this week and engaging with the elected representatives but an email, phone call or letter always helps to show the strength of feeling.