Warm Welcome

Thanks again for all your support !

 

On behalf of everyone involved, we wish to express our deepest gratitude for your unwavering support of the Warm Welcome spaces across our community. Your contributions have been instrumental in transforming these spaces into beacons of warmth and hospitality for all who visit. We are excited to announce that these sessions will continue  for a few weeks yet at least.

We invite you to discover what the sessions are all about! Designed to offer a cosy and friendly space for our community members, these gatherings are the perfect occasion to enjoy a cup of tea, engage in warm chats, and enjoy the company of neighbours and friends.

Here are the details:

  • Every Tuesday at 11am at the Simpson Institute, Upper Largo: Experience the warmth of community spirit in the heart of Upper Largo.
  • Every Wednesday at 11:30am at the Largo Library: The Largo Library and Community Hub have added a twist to their Warm Wednesdays with Bingo! sessions.  It’s an excellent way to break up the week, bringing smiles and the chance to win prizes!

The Warm Welcome sessions are open to everyone, aimed at providing a supportive and inclusive environment where all feel valued and connected.

Whether you’re a familiar face or new to the area, a hearty welcome and a friendly atmosphere await you, they have been tirelessly supported by amazing volunteers, local businesses including Ewan Fraser who has generously sponsored the programme, Fife Council and other donations. Your attendance is what really makes it work !

Don’t miss this chance to warm up your week with great company and engaging activities continuing for a few weeks yet while the chill lingers.

Us In The News

We are also thrilled to share that Allan Crow, the esteemed Editor of Fife Today, recently visited to learn more about our Local Place Plan, a milestone development aimed at fostering a thriving community. You can read the article here on the following link: New Plan Unveiled by Largo Trust to Help Create Thriving Communities.

A Few Updates From Friends of Largo Bay

Following a recent meeting they have quite a few updates. If you want to get in touch with the group directly email largobay@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk – here is some of the news…

Biodiversity Monitoring Project Progress

Our Friends of Largo Bay group has seen significant advancements in their Biodiversity Monitoring Project, led by local enthusiast Janice Duncan in collaboration with  NatureScot, they were also visited by Jo McFarlane of the Charlestown, Limekilns and Pattiesmuir (CLP) Nature Conservation Group who shared their groups remarkable successes in campaigning for better conditions and connecting people to nature. We look forward to developing these links with other coastal communities.

Friends of Largo Bay are committed to enhancing the project’s effectiveness through great local training opportunities so watch this space and they welcome everyone who may be interested in contributing to these studies, regardless of experience or knowledge, if you do have any special skills to share we would welcome your input, its a great way to learn and connect !

Key study areas include seaweed data collection, beach slope analysis, and rocky shore studies, with Lyle Boyle from the Ecology Centre and the Restoration Forth project as well as Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and NatureScot offering their ongoing invaluable expertise.

Litter Mapping and Data Integration.

Litter mapping has emerged as a crucial complementary study area, aiming to contribute to national data collection efforts and influence environmental policy. The group has explored several training opportunities for litter management and conservation, with numerous beach cleans on the horizon. If you are interested in this training we can point you in the right direction so let us know. Just reply to this email or get in touch with the group.

Science Saturdays Update

The recent Science Saturday events at the Largo Library and Community Hub have been met with enthusiasm. Friends of Largo Bay are looking to expand these educational opportunities, and volunteers are always welcome to join their efforts, see poster for upcoming dates, and how to book !

Restoration Forth Project Update

The Restoration Forth seagrass officer Lyle Boyle joined the Friends of Largo Bay to share how the project continues to grow, with new team members and focus areas, including oyster conservation and the study of Blue Mussels’ decline.

You can join their mailing list here: Restoration Forth | The Ecology Centre | Seagrass

Beach Cleans Schedule Update

Friends of Largo Bay have finalised the dates for upcoming beach cleans, detailed below.

Meeting points are provided on the attached poster and these are the times.

  • 24th March: 10am – 12pm
  • 26th May: 10am – 12pm
  • 20th July: 9am – 11am
  • 21st September: 10am – 12pm
  • 30th November: 9:30am – 11:30am

Your support and participation are the lifeblood of these initiatives, driving our commitment to biodiversity, community engagement, and environmental conservation.

Fife Free Press Article

New plan unveiled by Largo trust to help create ‘thriving’ communities (fifetoday.co.uk)

Read full article above – quoted below:

‘Largo Communities Together is a vision for an area which covers Largo, Lundin Links and several villages stretching from Silverburn up to the boundary of Ceres – and the team behind it want it to be a blueprint which leads to actions and support.

The Local Place Plan and Community Plan are two documents created by the trust and Largo Area Community Council which, put together, could lead to a “thriving, sustainable community” – in short, the pages set out the aims and aspirations of the people who live and work in the area.

The place plan is rich in detail. It covers everything from traffic and pedestrian safety improvements, to preserving heritage and the environment, travel plans, and housing. It has been a huge undertaking by the volunteer members of the trust supported by Priya Logan, its development officer.

Launching the plan at The Aurrie in Largo are (from left)M Louise Robb, Priya Logan and Alistair Brown (Pic: Fife Free Press)
Launching the plan at The Aurrie in Largo are (from left)M Louise Robb, Priya Logan and Alistair Brown (Pic: Fife Free Press)

She said: “It is not a dry plan. It captures what local people are already enthusiastic about and where their energies are going. It’s easy to find out what people are unhappy about, but it is important to also know what they are passionate about.”And across the Largo area, they found people with a real desire to see their area improved and developed. Launched in 2017, the trust has some 350 members – 10% of those eligible to vote in the area – and for Alistair Brown, its role is to listen and make sure people’s voices are then heard.

“We have taken the past, we are in the present and the future will be community action plan,” he said “Our job is to keep engaging with people so we are aware of any changes in voices.”The trust has set up a number of sub groups to focus specific passions and knowledge on key areas as it takes its remit across a huge range of issues. It wants to see community assets such as the Simpson Institute retained, while tapping into the area’s rich heritage, with more done to promote and celebrate its links to Alexander Selkirk.

Its coastal setting is perfect to explore more use of beach wheelchairs to improve accessibility to the shore, while new pathways could open up the great outdoors even further. The Friends of Largo Bay has taken off with huge enthusiasm – it is one of several sub groups at the heart of the plan – and that could open the door to tackling major issues such as upgrading sewage works, expanding wooded areas, and preserving Largo Pier.’

Happy New Year From Largo Communities Together

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

Happy New Year to everyone!

I trust you all had a restful Christmas break. As we usher in this new year, I’m thrilled to bring you some community updates and invite you to join us in various upcoming activities.

Warm Welcome Spaces Are Back!

Firstly, our much-loved Warm Welcome Spaces return this week.

Join us tomorrow at 11:00 AM at the Simpson Institute in Upper Largo for a cosy gathering. Also, don’t miss Bingo on Wednesday at 11:30 AM at the Largo Library Community Hub. It’s a great way to catch up and have some fun! Huge thanks to Fife Council and Ewan Fraser for ongoing support !!

📣Exciting Community Action Plan Developments📣

We’re on the brink of unveiling our Community Action Plan, and it’s brimming with initiatives that you helped shape. Among the popular actions are community-led Skillshare workshops and our water improvement project, focusing on enhancing our local waterways and marine areas.

Share Your Skills in Our Skillshare Workshops✍️

Do you have a skill you’re passionate about? Whether it’s crafts, cooking, DIY, or anything else, we’d love for you to lead a workshop. Please email me, just hit reply, if you’re interested in sharing your talent with our community. We are planning on getting these going from next month !

Be Part of Our Heritage Trails Creation🛤️🛤️

We’re also developing community-designed heritage trails. If you’re keen on local history current stories or want to contribute to these trails, get in touch. Your input is invaluable in bringing these trails to life.

Join Our Cycling Pathway Project🚴‍♀️

If you’re enthusiastic about improving local cycling routes and all types of accessibility from walking to wheeling, we’d love your involvement in our cycling pathway project. Your ideas and efforts can help make our community more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Water Improvement Project – Seeking Your Insights💧💧

Our water improvement project is another critical initiative. We’re looking at ways to better manage and restore our rivers and marine areas. If you have insights, ideas, or want to be involved in this vital environmental effort, please reach out !

We Value Your Feedback  👥👥

Our Community Action Plan is dynamic and continually evolving, so your feedback is essential.

Watch out for the full prioritised plan, which we’ll start sharing from next week. Your thoughts and suggestions are always welcome.

And do check out the Local Place Plan on our website if you’ve not so far and come along to the Warm Welcome Spaces this week.

We are very excited about the collaborations and community progress we’ll achieve together this year.

Last Day Of Our Information Notice Period

 

Today marks a significant milestone in our journey towards developing the Local Place Plan – it’s the final day of our information notice period.

Over the past weeks, your engagement and feedback have been invaluable in shaping a vision that truly resonates with the aspirations and needs of our community.

Your insights have contributed immensely to the development of a plan that we all can be proud of. We will review and tweak the details and then send in to Fife Council for inclusion in their development of the Local Development Plan.

Alongside that we have a Community Action Plan being developed to stay in the community and push things on, come to our AGM at 7pm at the Aurrie on the 27th of November to join in.

As we approach the end of this crucial period (at midnight,) I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to take this final opportunity to review the plan and share your thoughts.

Your perspective is vital to ensure that our plan reflects the needs of our community and your feedback will play a key role in shaping the future of our community.

You can access the Place Plan on our website by visiting:

www.largocommunitiestogether.org.uk (Select “Place Plan”)

Or directly on storymaps: Largo Area Local Place Plan (arcgis.com)

Take some time moment to read through and add your valuable thoughts and ideas here: https://www.surveylegend.com/s/58ss, reply to this email

or phone: 07926416857

So please make sure your voice is heard on this last day of the notice period and come along to our AGM !

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our community’s growth and development.

Many thanks for reading if you want to get in touch, just email priya@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk

Thank you again for your ongoing support and engagement. 🌆