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It’s Letham Lights on Sunday

Just a reminder that the inaugural Letham Lights Community Cinema opens on Sunday 21st August 2016. 

Doors open 2.30pm, Show starts 3 pm. 

Ewe’ll love it!

Further details here


There was a fantastic entry this year at the 114th Letham & District Horticultural Society’s Annual Flower Show and Industrial Exhibition held on Saturday 13th August. There was a total of 633 entries, the third highest entry in the last 20 years!

This along with the sunny day and the steady stream of visitors in attendance made it a most successful event. The stormy gales of the previous days meant the marquee could not be erected and all exhibits were held in the Village Hall.

It is always encouraging to see a large entry in the Children’s Section and this year was no exception with 148 entries.

In the under 5’s all the categories proved popular with some very imaginative sponge print paintings and delicious edible necklaces.

The 5-8 category was the most popular category with some fantastic vegetable caterpillars, lovely decorated boxes and intricate Lego models.

In the 9-12 category there was fierce competition between three young ladies with some very imaginative wind chimes, fantastic edible creatures, and highly decorated boxes.

In the open section for all age-groups, all classes proved popular with most entries in the floating flower heads and miniature gardens. The category for a photograph of a seaside theme which showed some fantastic different shots from crabs to toes wiggling in the sand! These were closely followed by the decorated stone category and the collages of a Space theme which showed a great display of imaginative designs.

There was a good number of entries in the Vegetable Section despite the lack of good ripening weather with broad beans, beetroots, courgettes, peas, potatoes and rhubarb being the most popular entries.

The Pot Plant section was popular with the more unusual exhibits of orchids and cacti. But the standout exhibit was an outstanding red begonia There were also beautiful fuchsia, coleus and unusual but striking insectivorous plants.

The Cut Flower section showed a colourful array of antirrhinums, pinks, gladioli, marigolds and pansies. But far and away the most popular entries were in the sweet pea category.

The floral theme continued in the Decorative Section which was well entered in every category with the competitors showing imaginative use of flowers and foliage in their displays including the ever popular bowls of floating flower heads. There were very impressive novel arrangements of artificial flowers incorporating horse-shoes, imaginative fresh foliage arrangements and some very delicate miniature arrangements in bottle tops.

In the Rural section the theme was “The Garden” and the ladies had certainly put their expert skills to full use with beautifully designed and imaginatively decorated flower pots, exquisitely sewn kneeling pads and gorgeous floral arrangements in watering cans. Edible entries consisted of mouth-watering quiches and pots of raspberry jam.

Although marks are not awarded for the display each Rural had ensured that their entry was beautifully and imaginatively displayed to convey the Garden Theme

The Handicrafts Section was well entered in every category and entries showed a range of practical and decorative skills. The more popular categories were knitted gloves, matinee jackets, cross stitch pictures, Christmas cards and the jewellery item category.

The Baking Section proved very popular with a good spread of edible entries. Staples such as scones, rock cakes and fruit loaves were most popular. However, there were even two entries in the new Forfar Bridie category – the bakers in Forfar beware!

The Jams and Jellies proved as popular as ever with lemon curd, raspberry jam, strawberry jam and chutneys being the most popular

All the above could have easily been washed down with the selection of wines, beers, ciders and liqueurs with the highest category being in the liqueur category with a very diverse range of liqueurs being entered.

The Fruit Section again was well supported with blackcurrants being by far the most popular category entered.

The Produce Section showed a good number of eggs entered with duck eggs winning the diploma.

The theme for this year’s Photographic Section was “Flowers” and proved extremely popular with some fantastic colourful photos of flowers in all sorts of close ups.

Finally, at the culmination of the Show there was a three-way tie for the most points overall between Tom Nelson, Cuparmuir, Miss Alison Irvine, Coaltown of Burnturk and Mrs Helen Ramsay, Kingskettle with the Betty Hay Trophy being awarded finally to Mr Tom Nelson, Cuparmuir for having the most firsts.

The sales table run by Miss Wilson, Ladybank proved to be popular with broccoli donated by Mrs E Crombie, Westhall.

Afternoon teas were provided by the 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 Alison Irvine and Innes Service and proved popular with a large number of children and grown-up children alike.

Trophies were presented by Honorary President Mrs Evelyn Crombie and young Millie Armstrong of Letham then presented Mrs Crombie with a bouquet of flowers as a thank you from the Society.

Willie Fenton, on behalf of the Society, 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 very successful 114th Show.


Whilst all possible care has been taken hopefully there are no errors but we woud be happy if people could let us know if they spot any.


The Flower Show Committee would like to thank all those who helped organise the Show, set up the hall and then at the end of the day take down the staging and tables and finally a big thank you to all who entered and made the Show a big success.





The Letham and District Horticultural Society’s Annual Garden Competition held on 2 August proved once again to be very popular.

Despite the erratic weather conditions swinging from heavy downpours to lack of sunshine to bring on the vegetables and flowers, the competition attracted a decent number of entries in all its sections, including some new entrants, giving the judge, Roy Daniels of Kirkcaldy 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 their will be some close competition for those entering the 114th Annual Flower Show at Letham Village Hall on Saturday 13 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 J. Duncan, 1 Lomond Crescent, Falkland

3rd – Mr L Wheelans, 12 Lorraine Drive, Cupar


Best Kept Flower Plot

Winner receives the Brunton-Kidd Medal

1st  – Mrs A Adams, 9 Muir Place, Freuchie


Best Landscaped Garden


1st – Lady J. Spencer-Nairn, Barham, Bow of Fife

2nd – Mr & Mrs J Hutchison, Collairnie House

3rd  – Mr D Dallas, Monimail Road, Letham



1st – Miss L Rosser, Eden House, Freuchie

2nd – Mrs C Sutherland, Catherine Cottage, Giffordtown

3rd = – Mr J Duncan, 1 Lomond Crescent, Falkland

and  Mr Ronaldson, Roselea Terrace, Ladybank


Best Onion Bed

1st Mr J Duncan, 1 Lomond Crescent, Falkland


Best Onion Sets

1st – Miss A Irvine, Prosen, Coaltown of Burnturk

2nd   Mr L Wheelans, 12 Lorraine Drive, Cupar

3rd – Mr J Duncan, 1 Lomond Crescent , Falkland
Best Tub or Pedestal of Flowers

1st  – Mr R McConnell, Sawmill Cottage, Coaltown of Burnturk

2nd – Mrs A Adams, 9 Muir Place, Freuchie

3rd – Mrs C Sutherland, Catherine Cottage, Giffordtown


Best Hanging Basket of Flowers

Winner receives the D & J Drummond Shield

1st – Mrs A Adams, 9 Muir Place, Freuchie

2nd = – Mr R McConnell, Sawmill Cottage, Coaltown of Burnturk

Mrs L Lawrie, Main Street, Dunshalt

3rd Mr T Tasker, Park House, Pitlessie


Letham Flower Show- Childrens’ Sunflower and Potato Competition

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.

Sunflower and Potato Growing Competition 

Message to anyone wanting to enter their child’s sunflower and/or potato sack in the Letham Flower Show Competitions please contact Alison McDonald ( Tele: 01337 810250) by Saturday 30th July. Judging is to take place on Sunday 31st July. Please remember do not empty your potato sack – the judges will do that when they come round.

A Rubbish Update 

Colin Anderson ( SEPA Area Manager) has proactively been in touch with the Community Council to discuss the ongoing odour issues coming from Melville Landfill Site. 

The issue appears to be the cells that are being filled and attempts are being made to make them smaller. 

Community concerns were shared with Colin and the following outcomes agreed by him;

  • Share the sampling data taken by the local teams
  • Judith Moore who is responsible locally (Fife’s Team Manager) to come to our meeting on the 11th September to discuss the whole issue.

Colin wishes to engage with the community and is working with Fife Council to try to finally resolve the issue.

Letham Lights- Community Cinema

The latest exciting new venture Letham Lights is launching this summer.DEC NEW BATCH Lats_poster_1016x762mm_25pc.indd
A community based cinema that will bring the community together to watch films in a fun and different way.

The Letham Lights team have their own website and facebook pages at and

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…

See the lethamlights website for ticketing details.


Please come along and support this new project.

X54 Update

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.

We will of course keep you updated on this site.

Letter from Community Council to Stagecoach

Public Meeting Update 

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 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. 

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