Ian Laing has been appointed as the Fife Police co-ordinator for an organisation


called Horsewatch Scotland. In essance it is aimed at anyone who is in any way involved in the equestrian community, be it by means of their employment, or leisure. The parties do not have to own a horse.

People can easily join by going into the Horsewatch Scotland website and whenever a crime occurrs involving horse mutilations, theft of horses, theft of tack or similar an e-mail goes out warning other potential victims to be on their guard. It is also a valuable tool for anyone who is offered equestrian property at bargain prices and wants to make sure the source is not dubious.

Although the scheme is well established south of the border and generates a heap of information there, it is very much in its infancy here and there is a lot less equestrian crime, so updates will take time to build up. I would urge anyone who is interested to join Horsewatch for free, or contact Ian for more information on 0845 600 5702.

Old Letham Night

On Friday 9th October 2009 at 7.30pm (NEW DATE!) in Letham Village Hall there will be an ‘Old Letham Night‘ – an illustrated talk by local historian Donald Dallas and a chance to look at photos, maps and artefacts from the village’s past.  This will be a ‘Bring Your Own Bottle’ event but stovies and tea are included!  Don’t miss it!

See flyer for details


Travelling Transition Tavern- Public Transport

Sandy Robertson – who does the school run – has offered to run a bus service on Friday 28th to the Giffordtown Transition Tavern Evening.

Outward – approximate times….

7.30 – Post Office Bow of Fife 7.35 – Letham – at the tree 7.38 – Monimail triangle 7.42 – Collessie – near railway bridge 7.46 – Giffordtown 7.50 – Giffordtown Village Hall


00.10 – return journey

The cost of the bus will depend on the numbers. If we can fill the bus it will be cheaper so please email me (a.heminsley333 at btinternet dot com) to book a seat.

If you would like another stop in the itinerary please also let me know – within reason!

Letham Park

It has been over 2 years since we started our project to improve the facilities in Letham Park and create a beautiful park shelter for all of our community to enjoy. We have had our fair share of problems with gas pipes and changes in finances but it now looks as if things will be starting soon. The project is being funded by Fife Council, The Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery and The North Howe Transition Toun, who are contributing £10,000 to the project from the Lottery. In total our community has now raised the £70,142 necessary to make the project become a reality.

Local architect Tom Morton has designed a stunning earth structure using ideas from our community consultations. This will be built by local earth building specialists Little and Davie who will be giving the community the opportunity to get their hands dirty and take part in a number of workshops. Details of these workshops will be made available over the next month.

A planning amendment is being processed at the moment covering the change in location to avoid the gas pipe, and updated design, and a decision is due to be made on 28 June. Once this has been confirmed the building work will start on the foundations of the shelter in July and the council hope to have the play equipment complete in Autumn of this year.

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We will continue to keep the community informed of progress via and at community council meetings.

revisedplan1revisedplan2The Letham Park group have forwarded plans and photographs for the new Park development. This equipment has been selected to appeal to a broad range of people across the community. Work was meant to be completed by June 2009 however two issues arose- the sudden realisation that the works would have ruptured the gas pipeline and that the shelter requires planning permission. It is therefore unlikely that the work will be finished this year. Revised plans are shown below and news on the plannng application and progress will be posted here.
I have also opened a forum topic to allow people to post their comments on the proposals.

I have also opened a forum topic to allow people to post their comments on the proposals or leave a comment on the section below.

Huck play equipmentexercise machines

Huck birds nest

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