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.

Letham Flower Show Coffee Morning

The Letham Flower Show Committee are having a Coffee Morning on Saturday 7 May between 10.00 am and 11.30 am in the Corn Exchange in Cupar.


We would welcome your support on the day and any donations for the Baking, Plants, Tombola, Raffle and Bric-a-brac stalls would be gratefully received. Please bring them to the Corn Exchange on the day or contact Geoff McDonald 01337 810250.

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


Letham Flower Show Coffee Morning

flowersThe Letham Flower Show Committee are having a Coffee Morning on Saturday 2 May between 10.00 am and 11.30 am in the Corn Exchange in Cupar.

We would welcome your support on the day and any donations for the Baking, Plants, Tombola, Raffle and Bric-a-brac stalls would be gratefully received. Please bring them to the Corn Exchange on the day or contact Geoff McDonald 01337 810250.

Letham Flower Show Results 2014



9 August 2014



Sir Thomas Paxton Challenge Cup

(Most Points Vegetables)                                     Mr A Duff, Pitlessie

Adam Hall Memorial Quaich

(Best Exhibit in Vegetables)                                 Mr L Wheelans, Cupar

Sir Thomas Paxton Challenge Cup
(Most Points Pot Plants)                                       Mr. A Hain, Cuparmuir

Donald G McDonald Challenge Cup
(Most Points Cut Flowers)                                    Mr. A Hain, Cuparmuir

Dowie Trophy
(Best Exhibit Pot Plants and Cut Flowers)      Mr. A Hain, Cuparmuir

Monimail House Trophy
(Most Points Decorative)                                      Mrs S Simmers, Myrecairnie

Alistair Foggie Memorial Trophy
(Most Points Fruit)                                                  Miss E Wilson, Ladybank

Paterson Shield
(Best Kept and Cropped Vegetable Garden)                                     Mr J Duncan, Falkland

Brunton-Kidd Medal
(Best Kept Flower Plot)                                         Mrs A Adams, Freuchie

D & J Drummond Shield
(Best Hanging Basket)                                            Mrs A Adams, Freuchie

Society Challenge Cup
(Most Points Handicrafts)                                     Mrs. L Kervell, Ladybank

Pioneer Trophy
(Best Item in Handicrafts)                                     Mrs M Black, Clubston

Bonthrone Cup
(Most Points Baking)                                              Miss A Irvine, Coaltown of Burnturk

 G. Connacher Shield
(Most Points Baking by a Gent)                          Dr J McGeorge, Dunshalt

Euphemia Hay Memorial Trophy
(Most Points Jams and Jellies)                            Mrs K Black, Letham

Alex Green Cup
(Most Points Wine and Beer)                              Mrs J Forrest, Letham

Paterson Trophy
(Most Points Industrial)                                         Mrs. L Kervell, Ladybank

Opdahl Cup
(S.W.R.I. Inter-Institute Cup)                              Letham W.R.I

Betty Hay Memorial Trophy
(Best Exhibit in the Rural Competition) Mrs M Black, Kilmany W.R.I.

Paterson Rose Bowl
(Most Points Produce)                                           Mr B Service, Collessie

Industrial Medal
(Best Exhibit Photographic Section)                 Mr G Smith, Letham

R Storrar Perpetual Challenge Cup
(Most Points Children)                                           Sophie Smith, Letham

Alex Garden Cup
(Best Miniature Garden)                                       Madeline Smiles, Letham

Archibald Wilson Perpetual Challenge Trophy                                   Cameron Service, Collessie

Mr W Crichton Memorial Trophy                       Cameron Service, Collessie

The Betty Hay Trophy
(Most Points Overall in Show)                            Mr. A Hain, Cuparmuir

J Veitch Prize
(Sponsored by J Veitch Freuchie)

1st Prize                                                                       Mr A Duff, Pitlessie

2nd Prize                                                                      Miss E Wilson, Ladybank

 Top Tray

1st Prize                                                                       Mr A Duff, Pitlessie

 Top Vase

1st Prize                                                                       Mrs J Munro, Letham

2nd Prize                                                                      Miss E Wilson, Ladybank

3rd Prize                                                                        Mrs J Ramsey-Service, Collessie

Diploma Winners                                                   

Best Exhibit in Vegetable Section                      Mr. Wheelans, Cupar

Best Exhibit in Pot Plants                                       Mrs B Jamieson, Auchtermuchty

Best Exhibit in Cut Flowers                                   Mr. A Hain, Cuparmuir

Best Exhibit in Decorative Section                     Mrs J Munro, Letham

 Best Exhibit in Fruit Section                                 Miss E Wilson, Ladybank

Best Exhibit in Handicrafts Section                    Mrs M Black, Clubston

Best Exhibit in Baking Section                              Miss H Henderson, Pitlessie

Best Exhibit in Jams and Jellies                           Mrs. S Simmers, Myrecairnie

Best Exhibit in Wine and Beer Section             Wendy Jack, Craigrothie

Best Exhibit in Produce Section                          Skye Cuthbert, Bow of Fife

Best Exhibit in Childrens Section                        Sophie Smith, Letham

Childrens Section Miniature Trophy Winners                                 

Under 5’s                                                                     Fraser Armstrong, Letham

5 – 8                                                                                Madeline Smiles, Letham

9 – 12                                                                              Cameron Service, Collessie

13 – 16                                                                           Sophie Smith, Letham

Sunflower Competition                                       

1st Prize                                                                       Cameron Service

2nd Prize                                                                      Madeline Smiles

3rd Prize                                                                       Holly Hamilton
(201 cm)


Meal for Two at Fernie Castle Hotel                 H Hoffman, Ladybank

(Donated by Fernie Castle Hotel)

 Scottish Deer Centre Family Tickets

(Donated by the Edinburgh Woollen Mill)     Fraser Armstrong, Letham

Bottle of Malt Whisky                                             J Mackie, Glenrothes



VEGETABLES AND FRUIT SECTIONS                  Mr. J Veitch

POT PLANTS AND CUT FLOWERS                       Mr. R Daniels

DECORATIVE SECTION                                            Mrs. P Reid

GARDEN COMPETITION                                        Mr F Janeckzo

HANDICRAFTS                                                           Mrs L Winters / Mrs I Robertson

BAKING                                                                        Mrs W Harris / Mrs J Stevenson

JAMS AND JELLIES                                                    Mrs W Harris / Mrs J Stevenson

S.W.R.I. COMPETITION                                          S.W.R.I Judges.

PHOTOGRAPHIC                                                       Mr G McLeish

WINE AND BEER                                                        Mr. F Cuthbert

PRODUCE                                                                    Mr J Cuthbert

CHILDREN’S SECTION                                              Mrs. M Duffy / Mrs C McKay


Outdoor Games

Letham Links

Adult                                                                             Iain Matheson, Cupar

Child                                                                              Rory Turner, Collessie

Tub Ball

Adult                                                                             Bruce Forrest, Letham

Child                                                                              Ben Brincat, Letham

Horseshoe Throwing

Adult                                                                             Edna Moffat, Collessie

Child                                                                              Madeline Smiles, Letham    

Indoor Game

Adult                                                                             Carol Nutter, Coaltown of Burnturk

Children                                                                       Madeline Smiles, Letham

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