LCT News

We Want Help To Explore Largo Bay

1st April 2024

Calling Largo Bay Nature Enthusiasts!

The Friends of Largo Bay are revving up their biodiversity project and would love your involvement!

Back in January, there was a call for volunteers to explore the bay’s biodiversity.

Since then, project leads have been brainstorming and drawing inspiration from other coastal areas.

Here’s how you can get involved:

Drop-in Session at the Railway Inn!

Join a casual meet-up at the Railway Inn on Tuesday & Wednesday, April 2nd & 3rd (6:30-7:30pm).

See the attached poster for details!

What to expect:

Community Chat & Recruitment: Discuss the project, meet fellow nature enthusiasts, and potentially join the team!

Marine Expertise Wanted! The project is especially looking for volunteers with marine biology knowledge to share their expertise.

Species ID Days & New Areas: Plans for further species identification days are in the works, potentially focusing on the west side towards the harbor (thanks, Gail!).

Data Update: Data collected through Epicollect will be submitted to the Fife Nature Records Centre. Some entries may require editing for accuracy before submission. (https://five.epicollect.net/project/my-profile/data)

Seagrass Training & Monitoring: Project leads will be attending seagrass training and share the knowledge with the group. A big thanks to Niall and Lou for their continued interest in monitoring this important habitat!

Citizen Science Opportunities: The group might participate in the Marine Conservation Society’s Big Seaweed Search, as data for our region is scarce. (https://www.mcsuk.org/what-you-can-do/citizen-science/big-seaweed-search/)

Collaboration is Key!

The project aims to leverage support and expertise from other organizations. Efforts to collaborate with NatureScot (who funded equipment) and explore transect work options will continue.

Your Input Matters!

This is a community-led project, so your thoughts and suggestions are valuable!

See you at the Railway Inn, no obligation just come along and find out more!

On Behalf of The Friends of Largo Bay

Community Clean Up

22nd March 2024

We are on the cusp of a momentous occasion – the Largo Bay Clean, a large-scale and ambitious effort aimed at not only beautifying our beloved coastlines but also making a meaningful impact on national environmental policies.

This initiative is a pivotal component of our Great British Beach Clean and aligns with the objectives set forth in the Largo Communities Together Place Plan. Our goals are twofold:

1. To uphold the pristine condition of our beaches, reinforcing our commitment to environmental stewardship.

2. To contribute our litter collection data to the Marine Conservation Society’s Database, thereby influencing National Policy on marine conservation.

Your participation is crucial.

We have designated five key areas for cleanup this coming Sunday This role not only involves hands-on effort in the cleanup but also entails contributing to a larger database that aids in policy formation.

The areas targeted for this initiative are:

– The Temple

– Silverburn

– Dumbarnie

– Lundin Golf Club

– Cocklemill Burn/Ruddon Point

Your registration can be confirmed via email at : largobay@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk

Warm Welcomes

We are immensely grateful for the enthusiastic participation and invaluable contributions from our community members during the Warm Welcome sessions.

These gatherings have not only served as a platform for sharing insights and ideas but have also significantly strengthened our community bonds. As these sessions draw to a close, we wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to everyone involved and to our sponsors including Ewan Fraser, the cooks, the volunteers and all the generous donations !

Your active engagement and presence have been pivotal . While we may be concluding this series of Warm Welcome events, we look forward to continuing our journey together, building on the solid foundation of collaboration and mutual support established during these gatherings.

-Final Warm Welcome Sessions: Join us at the Simpson Institute, Upper Largo, next Tuesday from 11 am and at the Largo Library and Community Hub from 11:30 am with added bingo.

– Souper Sunday: An informal get-together on Sunday, the 31st, at the Durham Hall following the service. Enjoy soup and engaging conversations.

Paths For Everyone

We really want to push ahead with making the area more walkable, and wheelable for everyone firstly we are focusing on the pathways between Upper and Lower Largo and between New Gilston and Woodside as these are affecting many peoples quality of lives

Your stories and testimonials about the current conditions of these pathways and their impact on your daily life are invaluable to our advocacy efforts.

We are putting together a collection of stories we would love your input: please send us your images or stories that highlight the urgency for improvement in good, safe pleasant walkways specifically at these key spots but also anywhere that impacts you. This will really help us build a strong case.

Your involvement is instrumental in driving positive change within our community and beyond.

Thank you for your support and dedication.

We look forward to seeing you at the Largo Bay Clean and our community events.

Email your pathway Story to priya@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk

Our Beach Clean Goals

12th March 2024

This year we have two objectives for our Great British Beach Clean

1) to comply with the aim in our Largo Communities Together Place Plan to keep our beaches pristine.
2) to feed the results of our Litter Collection into the Marine Conservation Society’s Database to influence National Policy.

We have 5 areas targeted for the 24th and you can sign up to input information to the data base and become a Citizen Scientist.

Here’s the link for the 5 areas along the bay-
THE TEMPLE: https://www.mcsuk.org/beach-cleans/friends-of-largo-bay-great-british-spring-clean-2024-24-03-2024/?fbclid=IwAR2OqLEjtGVZD9x2bor4Vq52Pda-SgXr04xAvBQnwbzZ09zUk5yvr-2iKQI

SILVERBURN: https://www.mcsuk.org/beach-cleans/friends-of-largo-bay-the-great-british-spring-clean-2024-24-03-2024/?fbclid=IwAR3DRIbR_uk2U9JDnB2DYTOuLPHsqkApVV2C-9fYKcP64FAqR-VBMJZpBjg

DUMBARNIE: https://www.mcsuk.org/beach-cleans/friends-of-largo-bay-the-great-british-spring-clean-2024-24-03-2024–2/?fbclid=IwAR3ShIqZeHEWYfPHYq9rbTQmFIw3o-7QiEhj6AAIBkjVziojI03b2pBJCCQ

LUNDIN GOLF CLUB: https://www.mcsuk.org/beach-cleans/friends-of-largo-bay-the-great-british-spring-clean-2024-24-03-2024–3/?fbclid=IwAR0zqaQFQ13Rg_VkUihYc77jt6TBxeHSZjG32oFINhrGi0CK7B2plq6C8dg

COCKLEMILL BURN/ RUDDON POINT: https://www.mcsuk.org/beach-cleans/friends-of-largo-bay-the-great-british-spring-clean-2024-24-03-2024–4/?fbclid=IwAR18B26mQUkVKlYyX6RGD8ZGfeQ4yegEa-VpaRlrkAYfrdfHTGzHWVsReBk

Please check out the area you wish to clean and also remember to register at : largobay@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk

#citizenscience #beachcleanup #GreatBritishSpringClean #familyfriendlyevent #volunteersneeded # Friends of Largo Bay

Local Place Plan and Community Action Plan Overview

11th March 2024

Below is a copy of the booklet sent to every household at the beginning of March.

Whaley Good Science Saturday

11th March 2024

On Saturday the 9th of March the volunteers of Friends of Largo Bay delivered a Science Saturday session at Largo Library and Community Hub on Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises.

They say Every Day is a Learning Day – certainly is when it is fact collecting and checking. A BIG shout out to our team of very enthusiastic and motivated volunteers who give freely of their time to plan and deliver.

We were too busy running around mythbusting and fact finding and watching very cool videos to take photos. Extras were left in the Largo Library and Community Hub, 7 Lundin Square so feel free to pick one up.

Did you know that the Sei Whale Sinks… rather than dive? Now you do… We also know why a seal is not a Cetacean and that the Orca is in fact a dolphin. Feel free to join in with other facts you would like to share.

The point of the session was to inform our young scientists and accompanying adults just what Cetaceans are right there on our very own doorstep – hidden depths indeed.
We had a fun information pack to give out at the end of the session so they can carry on their own enquiry at home.

Next up is our session on Spring Flowers on May 18th. More information to come…

( Thanks to Carol Duff for this update)

Community Update and Call to Action:

20th February 2024

 

Our Warm Welcome Tuesdays and Warm Wednesdays events will be continuing until the end of March. Join us at 11 am on Tuesday mornings in Upper Largo, and from 11:30 am at the Largo Library and Community Hub. If transport is needed to either location, please do not hesitate to let us know. Many thanks to all the incredible people who have helped and all our attendees and the sponsors for this who included local Ewan Fraser. It has been a great way to gather and get to know people and we hope to build on it year by year.

Our efforts to celebrate our heritage, culture, and identity are underway. We are currently mapping out the intriguing and interesting features for heritage trails using our initial engagements as a starting point. While this process will take some time as we carefully consider all themes, access and needs. And we would love your input.

Some ideas we initially gathered are below.

We will follow up with some public meets, we are going to bring some ideas along to the Warm Welcomes next week and broaden it out to everyone as we go…

An initial trail will come from Leven to link up with the new railway and will be supported by Welcome Levenmouth.

We are also planning for our  annual Big Picnic at the beginning of June, which will coinciding with the Levenmouth Railway opening. We encourage all community groups across Levenmouth to participate in activities during that week. Are you going to get involved? Let us know what your requirements are!

The latest edition of Largo Links has been distributed or is on its way to every household in the area. This issue includes summarised information on the local place plan and community action plan in a booklet insert, providing valuable insights into our collective vision for the future,  so many great things is already underway by various groups and individuals but it is also good to have a framework for actions to help guide what we support. We have been asked by the Development Trust Association of Scotland to share our Local Place Plan experience later on this month in Edinburgh as so many communities are keen to have their say on local development.

Progress on crucial projects such as beach wheelchairs and Changing Places Toilets is ongoing, and there has been a huge amount of work done already by several very committed people. We appreciate your patience and support as we work to enhance accessibility in our community and we will need your help once things are going to help with all the maintenance. Many people are currently unable to access one of the most popular features in the area due to access issues, and it will be  amazing to offer better access to everyone.

Our biodiversity/coastal group  Friends of Largo Bay is diligently working on data collection regarding litter and organising a biodiversity walk for next month. ( more on that soon)

Friends of Largo Bay also invite you to join them for our first beach clean of the year, The Great British Spring Clean.

Last year, they removed an impressive 2 tonnes of detritus from the beach thanks to local Farmer Bill Clarke too for his help, and are eager to surpass that achievement together this time. We need your help !!

Here are the muster points for the beach clean:

A: Silverburn car park

B: Lundin Golf Club car park

C: Temple car park

D: Dumbarnie Nature Reserve

E: Ruddons Point at Cocklemill Burn, accessed through Elie Holiday Park.

Please email largobay@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk with your preferred location and the number of volunteers in your party. Sign up now 🙂

We have a limited number of litter pickers available for younger volunteers, so please let us know if they are required.

As a token of appreciation, several local businesses have generously offered discounts on the day of the beach clean:

– The Cottage Window Cafe, Silverburn Park, Leven

– The Aurrie, Lower Largo

– Lundin Coffee Co., Lundin Links

– The Mirador Cafe, Elie Holiday Park at Shell Bay.

We are immensely grateful for their support.

(The Science Saturday on Whales and Dolphins has completely booked out ! Great result 🙂 They will have a whaley good time tomorrow)

Lundin Mill Primary School Updates

The Lundin Mill P7’s are organising and hosting a Spring Fayre on the 22nd March in order to raise much needed funds towards their end of year celebration and their leavers hoodies.

The children have asked if there is anyone in our generous community who would kindly donate any raffle prizes or tombola goodies. Any help would be greatly appreciated and one of us is happy to collect. Alternatively, if you’d prefer, any items/prizes can be dropped off at the Lundin Mill school office. As ever, thank you for your continued support.

Also a great update: As some of you may have seen, Lundin Mill Primary has started a Walking Bus in the mornings in an attempt to ease up on traffic/congestion at drop off and thus keeping our kids safer and our residents happier (and it also promotes active travel to school!). They leave from the corner of Crescent Road and Emsdorf every morning at 8:45 a.m. and  have had a really good amount of children sign up and they really enjoy it. Look out for us in our fab hi viz next time you’re in the area!

Also there is still time to get in to see the 50th anniversary of Lundin Mill displays:  Due to the success of the 50th anniversary celebration Lundin Mill Primary will extend their open days tomorrow and next week, finishing on Thursday 14th March. The school will be open to visitors from 10am to 6pm so please come along and have a look at the lovely displays the children have worked hard at creating.

Please note any under 16s should be accompanied by an adult

Also: We are also looking for  help with fundraising – if you have the skills and time we would love to hear from you – email chair@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk

Huge thanks again for all the support and input ! Please get in touch with anything at all priya@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk

Thanks again for all your support !

15th February 2024

 

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

12th February 2024

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.’

Join Us for a Brighter Largo Bay – Updates & Opportunities

29th January 2024

Hello All !

Firstly, a heart-warming thank you to everyone who came along to the Largo Area Resilience Team meet-up last Wednesday.

What a brainstorming bonanza! Your ideas and suggestions are the bedrock of how we can enhance our preparedness and response to local needs. A special shout-out to Dave Wishart for leading an inspiring workshop – cheers, Dave! 👍

Don’t forget to keep an eye on Largo Communities Together and Lundin Links & Largo Community for the scoop on what’s coming up. 😉

Joyous News & Upcoming Adventures

Championing Beach Access

Let’s raise the roof for the Beach Wheelchairs initiative! With your backing, we’ve soared in the public vote for the recent bid at the OUR RIVER LEVEN COMMUNITY FUND, ensuring we can add to the beach walker kindly funded by St Andrews University Community Fund another amazing gift of Two Beach Wheelchairs to our community assets.

We’re not just over the moon; we’re over the stars with the unity and support you’ve shown.  We will be leaping bounds with accessibility with this addition to the Changing Places Toilets coming soon ! ( We will update you as we know timelines )

Friends of Largo Bay will be helping manage the running of the wheelchairs and we will need your help.  If you have an interest in being a volunteer for this or any of our projects sign up here: VOLUNTEER WITH US.

Science Saturdays – Spirals & Smiles

In other news our latest Science Saturday was nothing short of a smash! A huge round of applause for our stellar volunteers who crafted a day packed with fun and learning around the Golden Spiral. It was a day of discovery, from pine cone artistry to pineapple spirals, leaving us all with a little more wonder in our hearts.

And there’s more: Upcoming Science Saturdays:

  • 9th March: Dive with us into the marine world of whales, dolphins, and porpoises.
  • 18th May: Revel in the beauty of spring flowers.

If these spark your curiosity, hurry to book your place as they’re as popular as ice cream on a sunny day: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/largo-library-community-hub

Watch this space for more details, and if you’re tempted to lend a hand, we’re always open to new volunteers who want to make a difference ( See above or email direct largobay@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk ! ).

Beach Cleans Calling

Our Beach Cleans line-up is ready and raring to go (see the attached flyer below). Your hands and hearts can help keep Largo Bay’s sands smiling. We’d love to have you on board – the more, the merrier, just keep an eye on these emails for exact locations and come along on the day ! If you need any help to join let us know.

Stay Warm And Welcome With Us

And Do Remember Our Warm Welcome Days !

They’re the perfect spot to share a friendly smile and enjoy the company of neighbours. We meet every Tuesday at 11am at the Simpson Institute in Upper Largo. It’s a lovely opportunity for us to come together, catch up and forge new friendships.

And there’s a bit of extra fun on Wednesdays at the Largo Library – it’s Bingo time! A great way to add a little excitement to your week, enjoy some laughs and maybe even a friendly game or two.

A heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful volunteers – your contributions truly make these gatherings special. And a nod of gratitude to Ewan Fraser and Fife Council for their invaluable support.

Why not drop by? Bring along someone from the street, make a new friend, and enjoy a warm brew with us..

As always if you have any questions or comments just email priya@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk 

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Our Community Action Plan

15th January 2024

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

📣 We’re delighted to unveil our Community Action Plan on the link below. This isn’t just a plan; it’s also the  story of how we got there, mirroring the Local Place Plan yet offering a deeper insight into some of our engagements and findings, there is a way to skip forward too and have a look at our list of actions .

🔍 Central to the plan are the prioritised actions. These actions stem from a community-led process and are evolving and don’t include everything that is already in motion but do propose things that could make a difference.

🤝 Looking ahead, next up we are going to flesh out these plans with our subgroups and any community members eager to jump in. Your perspectives, voices, and feedback aren’t just welcome – they’re essential for shaping the future of these actions.

🔄 Regular reviews are on the cards to track changes in priorities and measure our path forward and make sure we are doing the right thing and spending our energy in places that matter.

🙏 Thanks again for your invaluable contributions.  Stay tuned, share your ideas, and be part of shaping this plan and what happens !

If you have any feedback please do share either by replying or on the form at the bottom of the Storymap.

Largo Area Community Action Plan

Happy New Year From Largo Communities Together

8th January 2024

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.

AGM and Community Actions

23rd December 2023
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A heartfelt thank you to everyone, and we eagerly look forward to what’s ahead!

Hello All,

As we approach the end of another eventful year, we want to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude for your continuous support and active participation in our community’s growth and development.

🌟 Major Milestone: We are delighted to share that our Local Place Plan has been officially submitted to Fife Council after taking peoples comments and feedback on board. This accomplishment is a testament to the collective effort of so many and their commitment. In the coming new year, we are excited to begin work in earnest on our Community Action Plan, continuing to build on the momentum we have gained. The link to Place Plan is here: https://arcg.is/rP151.

💡 Your Impact: Your feedback and input have been invaluable in shaping our initiatives. This year, we’ve seen remarkable successes, thanks to your engagement:

  • Changing Places Toilets Group: Their incredible work will significantly enhance accessibility and inclusivity in our area by ensuring the Temple Car Park is home to new Changing Places Toilets.
  • Friends of Largo Bay: The numerous creative, beach cleans and biodiverse activities organized have brought our community closer to nature and each other.
  • School Travel Plan Collaboration: Together, we’re making strides towards safer and more sustainable travel for our children.
  • AGM Participation: The great turnout at our AGM reflected your commitment to our community’s future.
  • Warm Welcome Days: These events have successfully fostered a sense of belonging and community spirit.
  • Largo Links: This valued publication continues to hit your doormats four times a year thanks to a very dedicated team.

🌱 Looking Ahead: Our subgroup leaders are tirelessly working on various initiatives, including active travel, heritage initiatives, pier restoration, biodiversity monitoring, and community resilience and emergency planning. Your continued support in these areas will help us achieve more remarkable milestones.

🎄 Season’s Greetings: As we celebrate these achievements, we also encourage you to take a well-deserved break this holiday season. Have a restful and joyful Christmas!

📃 Local Place Plan Summary: The final draft of our Local Place Plan serves as a blueprint for sustainable development in the Largo Area. Key proposals include, road safety proposals and infrastructure enhancements, active travel and accessibility initiatives, environmental stewardship, cultural enhancement and retention, and heritage preservation. This comprehensive plan is our guide towards a thriving, resilient, and cohesive community and will be accompanied by some exciting actions over the next few months.

We look forward to another year of meaningful progress and collaboration.

AGM and Community Actions

1st December 2023

I hope this message finds you well. I’m writing to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who joined us for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Monday evening. Your presence greatly enriched this pivotal gathering for our community.

Reflecting on the evening, it was so inspiring to see such a strong turnout.

The AGM kicked off promptly, with the first half dedicated to general business, and we were pleased to see so many of you.

This AGM was a significant step in transitioning our broad visions into specific, actionable projects. We mentioned the Local Place Plan, which, thanks to valuable ongoing community input, only needs minor tweaking before submission. The focus on concrete localized actions and initiatives was evident, underscoring our commitment to realizing the community’s aspirations.

The participation and engagement during the AGM were heartening. It was not just about having a say but about being an active part of our community’s exciting journey. Many of you shared your thoughts, and some even signed up to help bring these ideas to life.

We revisited a variety of proposed initiatives, each aiming to enhance different aspects of community life. From the Water Improvement Project, emphasizing our commitment to the environment, to plans for advocating to repurposing the former hotel site for community use or parking, your interest in these proposals was evident.

The integration with broader initiatives like the Levenmouth Cycling Strategy, the Skillshare Programme’s focus on community-led learning, and sustainable living projects like the Tree Warden Scheme highlight your collective vision for a vibrant and sustainable future.

Your interest in projects ranging from dementia awareness and expanding volunteer networks to cultural events and youth engagement projects is a testament to our community’s diverse aspirations and commitment to inclusivity, safety, and heritage preservation.

As we move forward, each of these proposals, irrespective of scale, will play a crucial role in shaping our community. Your involvement and enthusiasm at the AGM have set a solid foundation for these endeavours. We will be publishing our community actions in full very soon, and are super grateful for your help to sort, prioritise and deliver.

Once again, thank you for being a part of this meaningful event. If you were not able to make it there will be plenty of opportunity for involvement as we go along and our mailbox is always open 🙂

Your participation is not just valued; it is essential in guiding our collective future. We look forward to continuing this journey with you and seeing these exciting plans come to fruition.

Roadworks reminder

Also a reminder: we would like to inform you about upcoming ground investigation works at Harbour Wynd. Starting on Monday, 4th December 2023, and lasting approximately a week, these works are essential for the design and replacement of a nearby retaining wall.

The contractor, Ian Farmer Associates, will oversee the drilling works. While percussion boring will be employed, resulting in some noise, efforts will be made to minimize disturbances. These works will only occur during daylight hours to reduce noise impact.

Please note, for safety, Harbour Wynd will be closed during this period, and a diversion will be in place. We understand this might cause some inconvenience, and Fife Council appreciate your patience and cooperation. A letter drop will be conducted in the area to inform residents of these works. Please see below images.

If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact during this time, please direct your queries to Frances Ratcliffe, Lead Consultant, at frances.ratcliffe@fife.gov.uk or call 03451 555555 Ext 444395.

Christmas Cheer

Last but not least: As the festive season approaches, The Aurrie extends a warm and joyous invitation for a special Christmas Day celebration. Following the unforgettable experience of last year’s festivities, which ranked among the most cherished at The Aurrie, they are excited to announce the return of this heartwarming event.

Please note: This is entirely free and about building connections and community.

The Aurrie is opening its doors to all who wish to spend a few festive hours enjoying fun activities, delectable food, delightful drinks, singing, games, and, above all, wonderful company. This event is crafted as a community gathering where individuals from diverse backgrounds and walks of life can come together to share in the joy of togetherness this Christmas. The Aurrie is especially keen to welcome those who might find their day a bit lackluster, for any reason, encouraging them to join and be part of the festive cheer.

With the invaluable support of LACRT, dedicated volunteers, and the incredible local community, The Aurrie will be open on Christmas Day from 11 AM to 2 PM.

More details will follow as the day draws nearer. In the meantime, for further information or to reserve a spot, please feel free to reach out. Contact can be made through a visit, facebook at The Aurrie Page or by emailing helen@theaurrie.com.

The Aurrie looks forward to making this Christmas Day a memorable and joyous occasion for all.

Our AGM is coming up !

20th November 2023

As a gentle reminder, our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is fast approaching. It’s scheduled for next Monday, a week from today, and will commence at 7:00 PM at the Aurrie.

This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to come together, discuss our community’s progress, and plan for the future, together.

So, come along even if you have not been involved so far – your voice matters or just come to hear what we’ve been up to and what we hope to do in the future.

Additionally, I would like to extend a continued invitation to all to our Warm Welcome Days.

These events are a fantastic way to engage with our community, the core of Warm Welcome Days is about fostering community spirit, building stronger bonds among community members, and creating an environment of support and mutual respect.

We accept donations for all refreshments which will make these sessions last longer and stay sustainable, so your support matters !

Here are the details:

  • Tuesdays: Simpson Institute, 11am-1pm
  • Wednesdays: Largo Library, Lundin Links featuring Bingo from 11:30am or come along and borrow a book first when the Library opens at 10am 🥐
  • Last Sunday: ‘Souper’ Sunday at Durham Hall everyone welcome at the church service or you can join afterwards. 🥄

A huge thanks to everyone who makes these events what they are !

We would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended the fascinating Antarctica Talk by Janice Duncan on Saturday night that raised money for Friends of Largo Bay (and to Janice of course for sharing her wonderful adventures) .

Your presence and engagement made the event a memorable one and it sold out so quickly we didn’t need to advertise it !  

As always your participation and support of these events is invaluable. And lastly a huge thanks to everyone who thoughtfully fed back on the Local Place Plan we are hugely grateful for your time in this.

We look forward to seeing you soon, if you want to get in touch just email priya@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk .

Last Day Of Our Information Notice Period

15th November 2023

 

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. 🌆

Massney Braes

11th November 2023

🌊 Join Us for the Final Beach Clean-Up of the Year at Massney Braes! 🌿

 

Here, we’ll distribute all necessary equipment. This is a perfect opportunity to get outside, lend a hand, and still have the rest of your weekend to enjoy. Remember to have a hearty breakfast to fuel your efforts! 🍳

Dress warmly and comfortably – the forecast predicts an overcast but thankfully dry day. We’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed for pleasant weather. 🧣🌥️

Will you join us in this meaningful and always enjoyable endeavour?

Your involvement is more than just a helping hand; it’s a statement of our commitment to our environment and our community.

Let’s come together to leave Massney Braes better than we found it. 🌟

Looking forward to seeing you there! To stay up to date email largobay@largcommunitiestogether.org.uk to stay on their mailing list…

Some other dates for your diary, we want to see you there !

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LCT Annual General Meeting & Community Action Plan Update

Mark your calendars for an important gathering:

Date: Monday, 27th November

– Time: 7 PM

– Venue: The Aurrie, Lower Largo

This meeting is an excellent opportunity to review our achievements, discuss the Community Action Plan, and shape the future of Largo together.

Your presence and input are invaluable! 💼📈

Just reply if you have any questions…

Local Place Plan

As for the Place Plan, the information notice period is coming to an end on the 15th of November. A heartfelt thank you to those who have already provided feedback on the plan: Here. Your insights have been super helpful and will help us before submission and if you haven’t had a chance to weigh in, there’s still time to make your voice heard…

And don’t forget our Warm Welcome Dates –  They are for everyone!

This coming Tuesday we have Bogusia Doyle at the Simpson Institute sharing resources for Carers so come along if you have any caring responsibilities to find out more, or just come and chat and have a cuppa as usual.

All details below !

Warming Up Winter

31st October 2023

 

A heartfelt thank you to those who have already provided feedback on our local place plan. Here.

Your insights have been helpful and will help us before submission and if you haven’t had a chance to weigh in, there’s still time to make your voice heard…

There will also be a community action plan unveiled at this years AGM dates announced very soon.

I’m also excited to remind you that our Warm Welcome series is back tomorrow! If you’re eager to shake off the winter blues and mingle with your neighbours, this is the perfect opportunity.

What’s On the Menu?

Expect the cosy essentials: hot tea, coffee, and soup to keep you warm.

When and Where?

Tuesdays: Simpson Institute, 11 am to 1 pm (starting November 7th)

Wednesdays: Largo Library, 11:30 am start for Bingo Library opens at 10am 🎉

Last Sunday of the Month: Durham Hall, ‘Souper’ Sunday

Why Attend?

Warm Welcome events are more than just a gathering; they’re a great platform for socializing, relaxing, and staying updated on upcoming community events and local resources.

Plus, Bingo is now part of Wednesday meets at Largo Library!

And on the 14th of November Bogusia Doyle of Localities Carer Support Worker will be at the Simpson Institute to share resources for carers.

And much more to be announced as we go along…

Acknowledgments

A big shoutout to Ewan Fraser, Fife Council, our dedicated volunteers, and local businesses for making this possible.

I’ll be at Largo Library tomorrow during the Warm Welcome session, so feel free to stop by and share your thoughts on the local place plan, and next week at the first Upper Largo Warm Welcome.  The information notice period ends on the 15th of November. After that we will review before submission.

For more information, just send me an email ! Priya@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk

Looking forward to seeing you soon

Subject: 📢 Community Engagement Alert: Discuss New Train Timetable and Place Plan 🚆🏛️

16th October 2023
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Subject: 📢 Community Engagement Alert: Discuss New Train Timetable and Place Plan 🚆🏛️

Reminder about the opportunity for community engagement regarding our local place plan and the new train timetable.🕐🚄

Today, Eugene Clarke will be available at the Largo Library from 1 pm to 4 pm. He will be there to address any inquiries or concerns you may have regarding the new train timetable.

Your input is valuable to us as we aim to ensure that the timetable best serves our community’s needs. 🕐

As part of our ongoing efforts to involve our community members in shaping our future, we have released a draft of our place plan. We are actively seeking your opinions and feedback on this draft (available here: Largo Area Local Place Plan (arcgis.com) ).

Your insights are crucial in helping us create a plan that truly reflects the aspirations and priorities of our community note this is a spatial plan about land and buildings and is not decisive but will go to Fife Council as part of their evidence gathering for their Local Development Plan and we will also have a community action plan to accompany this plan and will provide a six monthly sounding board to check we are aligned with what people want. 🏡✨

You have until November 15th to share your thoughts with us. If you don’t agree with something in the plan or want to show your support – now is the time to say !!

During this period, we will carefully consider all input received, make necessary adjustments, and finalize the plan after taking your ideas into account. 🤝🌟if you can’t make it along you can also just reply to this email or fill in our feedback form: https://www.surveylegend.com/s/58ss

I will also be present at the library today, and everyone is welcome.

Your active participation will greatly contribute to the success and representation of our place plan and the improvement of the train timetable. 📚🗣️

Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement.

Information Notice Period

13th October 2023
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Information Notice Period

Subject: Exciting Place Plan Update! 🏡✍️

📢 PLACE PLAN UPDATE 📢

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re on the brink of submitting our Place Plan to Fife Council! 🏡✍️

But for now we are in our information notice period.  This means it has been sent to all the local councillors and adjacent community councils and our Submission Date is the 15th of November 2023

But before we finalise it we want YOUR input. 🤝

You can now access the Draft 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

Got questions or suggestions?

We’re here to listen and we want to get it right!

Feel free to contact me:

📧 Email: priya@largo.communitiestogether.org.uk

📞 Phone: 07926416857

📣You can also join me for a drop in  on Monday, Oct 16th to chat about it.

🗓️ Date: Monday, Oct 16th

🕐 Time: 1-4pm

📍 Location: Largo Library

(You’ll also have the chance to chat about the Levenmouth rail timetable with Eugene Clarke! 🚆🗣️)

In the evening of the 16th of October, we’ll be briefly visiting the Largo Community Council.

Stay tuned for more drop in days and updates coming your way in Early November! 📅

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to shape the future of our community.

Your voice matters!

( Our community action plan which goes alongside this plan will be drafted in November)

Thank you for being a such vital part of Largo Communities Together.

Warm regards, Priya

First of all, a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you!

5th October 2023

We’re on the home stretch with our Local Place Plan, and the end is in sight. 🎉

 Partnerships and Fine-Tuning 🤝

We’ve had invaluable help from our partners, such as Fife Council, Planning Aid Scotland, and many others, fine-tuning every detail to make our plan as close to perfect as we can.

Our information notice period is due to start next week and we will send out notification of that to make sure you get a chance to read it in full before submission.

We will also be at the community council meeting this month for a brief overview and will arrange another timely drop in for anyone who would rather something in person.

 Key Themes of Our Plan 🏠🛣️🚴‍♀️🌳🎭

Our proposals are organized into five core themes:

1. Housing and Built Environment

2. Roads and Infrastructure

3. Active Travel

4. Environment and Recreation

5. Cultural, Community, and Care

Read more here: Largo Communities Together Placement Plan Largo Community Together

 Community-Led Action Plan 📋

We’re also almost there with our Community-Led Action Plan, set to roll out very soon, that’s the community led half of our goals. And we will need help to deliver and develop…

 Current and Future Collaborations 🤗

We’ve been actively researching organisations that can help us deliver our community action plan too such as the Fife Carers Centre, Sustrans, Circular Economies, NatureScot as well as our ongoing links such as the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and the exciting new Welcome to Levenmouth Tourism Project.

We’re already exploring how to develop local trails that can link up more widely and we have been supporting our Friends of Largo Bay group to develop their biodiversity, arts and litter cleaning projects which have been going well. Their artworks are now on tour ! Sign up to the Friends of Largo Bay Facebook page to learn more or let me know if you want to get on their mailing list …

We are also building active travel plans and looking at how to support young people more effectively as well as partnering with the local primary school to help support their comprehensive school travel plan, which will be supported by the active travel pathways that would connect our villages up…. and we are going to publish all the details soon !

Upcoming Activities ❄️

Get ready for more “Warm Welcome” dates this winter. Our aim is to keep our community connected and engaged during the dreary months ahead. More to follow…and we need your help to do it all ! So sign up to be on our volunteer list: https://www.surveylegend.com/s/5164

 Have Your Say on the Leven Line 🚆

We’ll soon announce a drop-in date to discuss timetables for the forthcoming Leven Line at the Largo Library. Your feedback is essential!

Online feedback options here: Levenmouth Live! • Issue 8 (office.com)

Again, thanks to everyone involved.

We’re almost there, and it’s all thanks to you!

Join Us for the Big Picnic 2023 and Support Our Tombola – Only FIVE Days Left!

22nd August 2023

Hello All,

 

With only SIX days left until the Big Picnic 2023 on the 27th of August, the excitement is building, and we REALLY need your help!

Tombola Donations Needed:

We are short of prizes for the tombola and are eagerly accepting contributions. Wine and spirits are welcome, but don’t feel restricted to expensive items. A tin or two (soup, lager, beans, etc.), cans of fizz, toiletries, bottles of water, sweets, jam, jewellery – the list is endless. You can hand them in at the Paxton Centre between 10am and 4pm every day till Saturday or drop them at 16 Woodlands Road.

Need a collection? Just send an address to this email or phone number If we could have them before Sunday, that would be fantastic….

A huge thanks to all who have donated so far!

We’re also still looking for a melody maestro or a groovy band. Know someone or have the talent? We would love to have you play live at the picnic! 🎵

And do come along !

Whether you’re part of a community group or just eager to join the fun, pack your favourite picnic goodies and let’s hope for sunshine.  We have lots of great local groups and organisations joining us so come and make it  a day to remember.

Local Place Plan Announcement:

We also have an exciting update to share, our draft Local Place Plan will be ready for your perusal during the picnic. We’d be thrilled for you to swing by, say hello, and share your thoughts before we finalize it. 📜

Come along and create unforgettable memories with us. Can’t wait to see you there!

Upcoming Beach Clean

The day before our big picnic next Friends of Largo Bay Beach Clean is on the 26th of August at Silverburn and we want you there !

All details on the poster below.

If you want to help the Friends of Largo Bay table at the Big Picnic, get in touch as it would be very much appreciated by all.

The Largo and Newburn Horticultural Show is also on this weekend

The Largo and Newburn Horticultural Show is on at the Simpson Institute, Upper Largo this weekend. In the future we are going to make sure that the big picnic doesn’t clash with this long running event, and we hope that those who can manage to go along to both events and support them. This 9 year old article from the Lundin Links Weebly historical site shows just how long the Horticultural show  has been running, and its interesting to see how times have changed and stayed the same ! Horticultural Shows – VINTAGE LUNDIN LINKS AND LARGO (weebly.com)

Pony Axes Returns

Also, the Temple Car Park had the delightful company of Obama the pony today, and he will be there again tomorrow. Obama has been providing those who use wheelchairs with unique access to the bay. This service has proven to be extremely popular, and we hope that everyone who participated had a truly great time. More details on www.ponyaxes.com.

🌊 A few updates and a reminder that you can get involved in it all…

7th August 2023
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Hi All,

I hope this email finds you well. Yesterday  was a momentous day for Friends of Largo Bay, and I’m thrilled to share their exciting updates with you.

Seagrass Day at Largo Bay 🌱:

Yesterday was Seagrass Day, and we were blessed with wonderful sunshine ☀️. With the full support of 19 dedicated volunteers, Friends of Largo Bay conducted a survey of a section of the Bay to determine the number of seagrass colonies growing there.

Over the past few months, they have identified five colonies of variable sizes, but today’s painstaking and time-consuming observation rewarded us with the find of an additional sixth colony!

Not only did they discover this new colony, but they also found a fair number of plants with seed pods.

A huge thank you 🙏 to everyone who contributed with  time, enthusiasm, and great company.

Upcoming Beach Clean

The next Friends of Largo Bay Beach Clean is on the 26th of August at Silverburn and we want you there !

All details on the poster below.

If you want to help the Friends of Largo Bay table at the Big Picnic, get in touch as it would be very much appreciated by all.

Final Fife Seaweed Farm Workshop 🌊:

Don’t forget, the final Fife Seaweed farm workshop is on tomorrow evening with Fantastic Herbalist Anna Kinross and Local Food Ambassador Christopher Trotter. They’ll be sharing their insights on the possibilities and potencies of Seaweed.

This promises to be an enlightening event, and we hope to see many of you there.

FREE and no booking is required! 🎉

🗓️ It’s Happening  August 8th

📍 Join Us At: Largo Library and Community Hub

⏰ We Kick-Off At: 7pm

Take part in this adventure in the intriguing, awe-inspiring world of seaweed which has been generously sponsored by The Crown Estate.

A Reminder: The Big Picnic is Back!

Fellow Picnic Enthusiasts!

Guess what’s back on the calendar? The much-loved, big picnic event! We are all set to bring the fun back on the 27th of August 2023, and we would be delighted to see you there!

Are you part of a community group and keen to take part in this day of joy and camaraderie? If so don’t hesitate, reach out to us and let’s add even more sparkle to this day. Either way invite your pals and pack your favourite picnic goodies to relish amidst the cheerful festivities. Let’s hope we see the Sun too!.

We’re also scouting for a melody maestro or a groovy band to add some foot-tapping charm to the event. Know someone or have the talent yourself? We would be thrilled to hear you play live at the picnic! 🎵

Last but not least, we have an exciting announcement to make. By the time we meet for the picnic, our draft Local Place Plan will be ready for your perusal. We’d love for you to swing by, say hello, and share your valuable feedback on the plan before we finalize it. 📜

So, come along and let’s create unforgettable memories together!

Can’t wait to see you!

🌊 Dive Into the Fascinating World of Seaweed THIS EVENING at Largo Library!

1st August 2023

A big thanks to everyone who dropped in to the Friends of Largo Bay tent and hope you all had  a wonderful Largo Arts Week.

We’re thrilled to remind you about the 2nd Largo Fife Seaweed Farm Talk, happening THIS VERY EVENING at the Largo Library and Community Hub.

What’s more? It’s absolutely FREE and no booking is required! 🎉

We’re privileged to host Charles Millar, the CEO of the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust, and Jayson Byles from East Neuk Seaweed.

These dedicated seaweed enthusiasts will enlighten us about Seaweed and Sustainability and unfold the mesmerizing secrets of our local coasts and intertidal zones. 🌊

It’s the perfect chance to strengthen your knowledge about what Seaweed can do and what options are down the line and gather insights on how you can contribute to a more sustainable approach to our oceans. 🌍💚

🗓️ It’s Happening This Evening: August 1st

📍 Join Us At: Largo Library and Community Hub

⏰ We Kick-Off At: 7pm

Take part in this adventure in the intriguing, awe-inspiring world of seaweed which has been generously sponsored by The Crown Estate.

Looking forward to seeing you this evening, the last one is next week, all details below….

A Reminder: The Big Picnic is Back!

Fellow Picnic Enthusiasts!

Guess what’s back on the calendar? The much-loved, big picnic event! We are all set to bring the fun back on the 27th of August 2023, and we would be delighted to see you there!

Are you part of a community group and keen to take part in this day of joy and camaraderie? If so don’t hesitate, reach out to us and let’s add even more sparkle to this day. Either way invite your pals and pack your favourite picnic goodies to relish amidst the cheerful festivities. Let’s hope we see the Sun too!.

We’re also scouting for a melody maestro or a groovy band to add some foot-tapping charm to the event. Know someone or have the talent yourself? We would be thrilled to hear you play live at the picnic! 🎵

Last but not least, we have an exciting announcement to make. By the time we meet for the picnic, our draft Local Place Plan will be ready for your perusal. We’d love for you to swing by, say hello, and share your valuable feedback on the plan before we finalize it. 📜

So, come along and let’s create unforgettable memories together!

Can’t wait to see you!

Warm Summer Salutations

19th July 2023
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We hope this email finds you in high spirits as Largo Arts Week comes alive with vibrant activities. all details here: Largo Arts Week | Largoartsweek.

There’s an abundance of things to do and see in the villages and the Friends of Largo Bay have also set up shop at the Temple Car Park, creating a welcoming space for everyone to stop in learn about the biodiversity and activities and do a quick litter pick if you fancy .

Go say hello !!

Largo Fife Seaweed Farm Workshops !

Make sure and mark your calendars for the upcoming Fife Seaweed Farm workshops, the first one being on Tuesday, 25th July, at Largo Library,  it starts at 7 pm and ends at 8:30pm.

This first event will feature Rory McPhee, seaweed expert, and Cally Nurse, an incredible artist. Together, they will offer a fresh perspective on seaweed, providing a unique experience and new viewpoints, don’t miss out.

No need to book in advance, just come along and enjoy the evening, subsequent dates are available on the poster below.

The Big Picnic is Back!

We’re also thrilled to announce that the highly-anticipated big picnic is making its comeback on the 27th of August 2023!

We’d love to see you there, and if you represent a community group and want to be part of the event, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Of course, you’re more than welcome to join us for a splendid day with your friends, bringing your own picnic to enjoy the festivities.

Speaking of festivities, we are also on the lookout for a talented musician(s)to add some extra charm to the day. If you or someone you know has a musical flair, we’d be delighted to have you play on the day!

Furthermore, we have some great news to share – our draft Local Place Plan will be completed by then, so, don’t miss the opportunity to come and say hello, and let us know your thoughts on it before submission.

Pony Axes Return

Pony Axe S takes people who use wheelchairs to all the places where wheelchairs can’t take them.

There is no need to transfer to all terrain or beach wheelchairs, no need to leave your wheelchair behind.

They take you, in your wheelchair, anywhere & we are now taking bookings for some specially arranged dates in Lower Largo !

The remaining dates for Pony AxeS events this summer are below, though they are booking fast. People had such a good time at the previous ones.

  • Tuesday 22nd of  August
  • Wednesday 23rd of August

Time – 10.30-4.30 approximately – pony dependent!

Check out www.ponyaxes.com to get more background on this amazing organisation.

Please click below to book.

We will communicate to get a time to suit if your first choice isn’t available as it may book out quickly!

Book Pony AxeS now!

A few updates

18th June 2023

At our next (and final Build Our Place Plan) workshop, we’ll explore the natural environment, conservation, and recreation.

Join us, no special knowledge required just curiosity!

As a community we are exploring how to manage natural spaces including Land, Rivers, and Sea and connections to wild spaces  for today and the future and considering the needs of people who live here.

Let’s explore what’s here now and what’s possible.  

In addition, we will look at how this connects with  groups and organisations that can help.

We will gather on Wednesday, June 21st, we will begin at 6:30pm at Durham Hall in Lower Largo. Feel free to come along, settle in and enjoy a cup of tea anytime from 6pm

Although it’s usually a little earlier, we will definitely wrap up by 9pm.

Tea, coffee, and biscuits are always available!

Follow the link below to let us know if you can attend.

Tell anyone you think would be interested who is not on our mailing list about the event.

Please let us know in advance if you require any assistance to participate.

Thank you.

(We are also always looking for people to take things forward so let us know if you can help with any of our projects by replying to this email.)

Register for environment, conservation and recreation  

Pony Axes Return

Pony Axe S takes people who use wheelchairs to all the places where wheelchairs can’t take them.

It was such a great success when they came before !

There is no need to transfer to all terrain or beach wheelchairs, no need to leave your wheelchair behind.

They take you, in your wheelchair, anywhere & we are now taking bookings for some specially arranged dates in Lower Largo !

The dates for Pony AxeS events this summer are:

  • Monday 3rd of July
  • Tuesday 4th of July
  • Tuesday 22nd of  August
  • Wednesday 23rd of August

Time – 10.30-4.30 approximately – pony dependent!

Check out www.ponyaxes.com to get more background on this amazing organisation.

Please click below to book.

We will communicate to get a time to suit if your first choice isn’t available as it may book out quickly!

Book Pony AxeS now!

Fathers Day Beach Clean

It’s the best way to spend Fathers Day, we promise!

Come along and join in with this beach clean, and  if you can bring your dad – do ( and anyone else ) enjoy a pickers perk afterwards in the sea air .

We always have such a great time and get so much shifted.

Sign up to Friends of Largo Bay

Largo Area Community Council

The Largo Area Community Council monthly meeting is on at  –

The Stables Church Place Upper Largo

This coming Monday 19.06.23 at 7pm

Fife Seaweed Farm Workshops

The next workshops are in Crail Community Hall:

Wednesday 21st June
Crail Community Hall, Crail.  7.00pm – 8.30pm
Christopher Trotter, Fife’s Food Ambassador and local food expert.

Tuesday 27th June
Crail Community Hall, Crail,  7.00pm – 8.30pm
Wave and Laura Co-Founders of Seagrown, a seaweed farm in Scarborough on trade secrets and growing seaweed for profit and community benefit.

No need to register, just turn up!

New Baby and Toddler Group in New Gilston – all details below

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Add your events and regular classes or have a browse. We are just developing so any feedback welcome.

Your stories, our heritage

5th June 2023
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Our heritage workshop is on tomorrow

Stories and heritage can be used to teach us about the past, to connect us to our communities, and to inspire us to create new things.

We want to explore stories, the physical heritage of the area and the shared identity of the Largo Area.

This includes the stories that people bring when they settle here, the ones made on the land and relationships to others near and far.

  • How do we represent and celebrate all this richness, what needs to be restored?
  • How can we carry stories forward in a way that captures others imaginations and is relevant?
  • What stories are missing that we can bring back to life ?

Framing the evening, musician Greg from Open Sea will  join us with some music to set the tone to reminisce and imagine. We will be also be joined by Marion Thomson of The Corra Foundation, an organisation that is based on connecting people to place. She will share her story of doing a peoples history project based in Methil over the past four years with some of those who participate. We will hear about local heritage projects  and then explore what else could be done and how!

Come along and share your stories or just bring your curiosity Simpson Institute, Upper Largo, Tuesday the 6th of June, come anytime after 6pm to start by 6:30pm.

We will wrap up by 9pm though it’s usually a little earlier, tea, coffee and biscuits are always in supply !

Please let us know if you can come by following the link below so we can get an idea of numbers.

If you know someone who is not on our mailing list and you think would be interested to attend please let them know.

If you need any kind of assistance to participate please let us know in advance and we can prepare.

Thank you

Register for Heritage and Our Thriving Villages

Our deeper dive workshops are still going

25th May 2023
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A massive thank you to everyone who has been able to make it along to any of these workshops.

We are building so many great ideas that will enhance the area and tackle ongoing issues. At the end of this process we will feed back all the ideas that came in and give you a chance to vote on what matters most in your opinion.

Our next workshop is on heritage and legacy and looks at how we can protect and celebrate the history and culture locally and how we want to develop into the future.

It will be on at the Simpson Institute, Upper Largo, Tuesday the 6th of June, come anytime after 6pm to start by 6:30pm.

We will wrap up by 9pm though it’s usually a little earlier.

Please let us know if you can come by following the link below so we can get an idea of numbers.

If you know someone who is not on our mailing list and you think would be interested to attend please let them know.

If you need any kind of assistance to participate please let us know in advance and we can prepare.

Thank you

Register for Heritage and Our Thriving Villages

We continue to thank everyone who has shown an interest in these Deeper Dive workshops and want to remind you that you are helping to build an incredible amount of ideas for the future of the Largo Area.

Knowing that the time and format may not suit everyone we will have an insert in the upcoming Largo Links so keep an eye out and if you missed a workshop take some time in your household to get your ideas down, we want to catch all ages groups, interests basically as many people as we can.

We will close the gathering of these ideas at the end of June to prioritise.

There is also a survey in the link below, let us know what you think !

ADD YOUR IDEAS HERE

Seaweed Workshops continue.

Amanda Root who is a member of the group Friends Of Largo Bay and a keen seaweed advocate is running a series of free workshops looking at the whole subject and the very many uses and benefits with a longer term view to community run seaweed farming.

It has been generously funded by The Crown Estate and they will run in Anstruther, Crail and Largo. There was a great turn out to the first one and lots of interest in Seaweed.

The third one is this evening with Phil Taylor and Duncan Campbell at the Dreel Halls in Anstruther at 7pm, just show up.

All dates available on the website.

Click below for full details.

Fife Seaweed Farm Workshops

Are you coming along ?

25th May 2023

We want you along to our workshop, and it would be great to get a variety of inputs about specific things such as:

  • walking with children
  • any mobility related access issues
  • unsafe walkways
  • your experience of speed limits
  • parking
  • speed and density of traffic
  • cycling rurally

The goal of the workshop is to come up with a range of practical ideas and actions that would help make the villages safer and more connected.

Even if you can’t make the workshop or if you can, it would be great to get an image, a story or even a short video of something you struggle with in your area to give us points of discussion and an idea of the range of things we can tackle. Send something in by hitting reply with a phone number and I will get back to you!

The workshop will run on Wednesday the 3rd of May The Paxton Centre in Lundin Links from 6pm until 9pm – it is not a drop in so come at 6 to start for 6:30.

Please register by following the link below so we can get an idea of numbers.

If you need any kind of assistance to participate please let us know in advance and we can prepare.

Thank you !

Register for Moving Around, Our Connected Villages

The Local Place Plan information boards are still at the Largo Library and more information is below.

As always get in touch if you want more information or need assistance including transport to participate.

Storymap Largo Area Local Place Plan

Be A Friend To Largo Bay !

Friends of Largo Bay have not been missing a beat and now have a full calendar of beach cleans. See below !

They are also linking with a new arts project which is spread across the communities of The Forth called the  100 Species and Friends Of Largo Bay have chosen to  look at the Dog Whelk and representing this small but surprisingly predatory creature in artistic ways to link with a bigger exhibition. No special arts experience needed – everyone welcome !

There are also opportunities to get involved with marine biodiversity monitoring for NatureScot and to build knowledge of what is in the bay.

If you want to get involved with any of these projects and activities drop Friends of Largo Bay a line on largobay@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk

More on the hundred species

Many thanks for reading if you want to get in touch, just hit reply.

Thanks All For Coming Along

20th April 2023

 

Our next deeper dive workshop is on the 3rd of May

Book in now to have your say

We would love to have you to our next deeper dive workshop.

This workshop will cover hot topics such as accessible pathways, getting around the villages,  traffic and parking  these came up a lot when we first surveyed the community. We know that there are opportunities to build and improve pathways that can be used by all ages and accommodate mobility scooters, prams, bikes and are safe for children.

There are a few areas that have already come up as particularly in need of improvement and we want to hear your voice.

We will also gather your ideas for dealing with speed, parking and traffic density.

Our aim is to support community aspirations and co-create projects and actions that encourage an easy place to get around for everyone.  

This will be on Wednesday the 3rd of May The Paxton Centre in Lundin Links from 6pm until 9pm – it is not a drop in so come at 6 to start for 6:30.

Please register by following the link below so we can get an idea of numbers.

Register for Moving Around, Our Connected Villages

A huge thank you to our fantastic community facilitators, the many volunteers who kept things organised and the tea flowing and Dave Wishart and Chiara Fingland who came to add their time, help and expertise to Tuesday evenings event in the Simpson Institute.

And we really appreciate everyone who joined us on such a lovely sunny evening to share their experience and insights.

We got so much useful feedback and it will all go into a bank of actions and projects to be prioritised by the community over Summer.

We will keep you updated and it will all go a long way to helping make what is already happening more resilient too.

Below is the full run, one down four to go…

The Local Place Plan information boards are still at the Largo Library and more information is below.

As always get in touch if you want more information or need assistance including transport to participate.

Storymap Largo Area Local Place Plan

Be A Friend To Largo Bay !

There is another Friends of Largo Bay beach clean this weekend !

Elie to Cockleburn all details in the below poster.

Send an email to largobay@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk to let them know you’re coming.

Lundie Coffee Company, Lundin Links will be offering pickers perks ( discounts ) for anyone who participates too !

 

 

 

 

Are you coming along ?

10th April 2023
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A reminder for you !

Resilience, resources and our wellbeing

Only a few more days to go…

We would love to have you there next week.

This workshop will cover diverse topics such as fuel, resource and food resilience as well as emergency response and also look at increasing resource for wellbeing particularly for those in the community who may face challenge of any kinds.

Our aim is to support community aspirations and co-create projects and actions that increase resilience and wellbeing.

We need to know what that means to you !

This will be at The Simpson Institute, Upper Largo on the 18th of April from 6pm until 9pm – it is not a drop in so come at 6 to start for 6:30.

Please also register by following the link below so we get an idea of numbers.

Register for Resilience Resources and Our Wellbeing

Below is the full range of workshops

The Local Place Plan information boards are still at the Largo Library and more information is below.

As always get in touch if you want more information or need assistance including transport to participate.

Storymap Largo Area Local Place Plan

Deep Dive Workshops !

1st April 2023
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Are you coming along ?

Resilience, resources and our wellbeing

We are having our first deeper dive workshop this month and we would love you to come along.

This workshop will cover diverse topics such as fuel, resource and food resilience as well as emergency response and also look at increasing resource for wellbeing particularly for those in the community who may face challenge of any kinds.

We value getting a wide range of voices and viewpoints along as we build a bank of possible actions and projects that we can present to the wider community over summer when we will finalise the Local Place Plan and Community Action Plan.

It will be at The Simpson Institute, Upper Largo on the 18th of April from 6pm until 9pm – it is not a drop in so come at 6 to start for 6:30.

Please also register by following the link below so we get an idea of numbers.

We will have online options so let us know if you want to be sent the link.

Register for Resilience Resources and Our Wellbeing

Below is the full range of workshops

The Local Place Plan information boards are still at the Largo Library and more information is below.

As always get in touch if you want more information or need assistance including transport to participate.

Storymap Largo Area Local Place Plan

We Are Still On The Lookout For A Treasurer For LCT

Due to a shift in roles within the board, Largo Communities Together is searching for a new treasurer.

Could this be you?

Bookkeeping is done by a bookkeeper who maintains the books and does the day-to-day bank transactions. Basically, the role involves triaging requests from various fund holders and providing all the information to the accountants at year-end. You don’t have to be a qualified accountant, but you should understand figures.

It is also necessary for you to be IT literate and capable of dealing with online banking. We rely on this position to ensure that the SCIO is legal and that our annual audit and accounts are correct for our submission to OSCR. Throughout all of this, our former Treasurer Emily will provide good support, and we will provide plenty of training.

Click the button below to register interest.

Express Interest In Treasurer Role !

Happy New Year

11th January 2023
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Happy New Year & A Call Out For Volunteers

 

Our Warm Welcome programme has been going really well, the Library in Lundin Links has another Warm Wednesday on the 18th of January this week and there will be additional snacks for children to accommodate the School Strike Day 

Just come along.

The library is open from 10.00am with tea, coffee and newspapers available. Soup and rolls will be available from 11.00-1.00pm.

There will be crisps, fruit and fruit juice this time too.

(Largo Area’s Warm Welcome is a new project co-ordinated by Largo Communities Together and supported by Fife Council, The Rotary Club of Leven, The LACRT, The Largo Area Community Council and Fife Voluntary Action. We are also very lucky to have had some sponsorship from Ewan Fraser including ECF Electrical)

We now have a dedicated coordinator who can be reached at warmwelcome@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk if you have any questions.

Upper Largo & Volunteers Needed

Join us for the Warm Welcome Programme at the Simpson Institute on Tuesdays from the 24th of January, 11am-1pm. We need more volunteers to help and spread the word. Click below to volunteer. Let us know if you need help with transport or expenses.

Join our Volunteer Squad !!

Camera Club event

It was a marvellous sold out house for the talk organised by the Camera Club, great to so many people were able to hear about the many adventures of filmmaker and photographer Keith Partridge, who used to live locally.

Largo Communities Together and the Pier Project specifically are extremely grateful for the very generous donation of the money raised at this evening.

Many thanks and as always just email Priya@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk with questions or feedback

Our Warm Welcome

16th December 2022

Largo Area’s Warm Welcome is a new project co-ordinated by Largo Communities Together and supported by Fife Council, The Rotary Club of Leven, The LACRT, The Largo Area Community Council and Fife Voluntary Action. We are also very lucky to have had some sponsorship from Ewan Fraser including ECF Electrical – Thank you !

Largo Library and Community Hub (7 Lundin Square Lundin Links, Fife, KY8 6BH) will provide everyone with a warm and welcoming space through the coldest months this winter.

The library is continuing with their Warm Wednesdays on the 21st of December.

They had some great feedback on the last two Warm Wednesdays and word is spreading.

The library is open from 10.00am with tea, coffee and newspapers available. Soup and rolls will be available from 11.00-1.00pm.

Please spread the word to people who you think will benefit from this warm space.

Everyone is welcome!

On Tuesday afternoons (2:00 – 5.00pm), Thursdays (10:00 – 1.00pm and 2.00-5.00pm) and Saturday mornings (10.00-1.00pm) the library will offer tea, coffee, biscuits and newspapers and a warm space and a warm welcome.

(If transport or anything else is a barrier please get in touch – just reply to this email and we will follow up.)

If you are interested in getting involved as we grow our volunteer capacity just hit the button below to register interest.

Join our Volunteer Squad

Over the next few weeks

As we are getting organised with our Warm Welcome venues there will be gaps in what we can provide as we rely on volunteers.

So, to cover this gap as best we can in some of the coldest weeks of the year, we are offering a Warm Welcome Special which is a hot soup, roll and drink for a subsided offer of £3 at either The Lundie Coffee Company, 19 Leven Road, Lundin Links or at The Aurrie Cafe, Lower Largo.

There will be vouchers at both the venues and at the Largo Library from next week. Just ask for a Warm Welcome Special.

Get in touch if you want one emailed out or if there is someone you know who may benefit.

(If you have a business and would like to offer something for our Warm Welcome programme please get in touch or if you are looking for any support including information or transport —- just hit reply)

Christmas Day Offer

The Aurrie in Lower Largo have had support from LACRT and The Hatti Group to have a free community Christmas Day, it’s a great way to share resources not to speak of plenty of songs and jokes.

They have a delicious menu prepared so if you are unsure of what you are doing this Christmas consider booking a place where there is sure to be plenty of care, warmth and cheer.

Book Your Christmas Day at The Aurrie

Looking towards the New Year

The Camera Club along with Largo Communities Together are presenting and adventurous evening with previous local resident Keith Partridge on the 13th of January.

Details below, all proceeds to the Largo Pier Fund. Tickets available at Zapha’s & The Aurrie.

There has been a lot of interest in this talk so make sure you get a ticket soon !

Finally, a very big thank you

To all of you – We had such a fantastic response to our Community Groups Open day, and our first proper Friends of Largo Bay Meeting and it gives us a great picture of the gaps and opportunities we face. It has given us so much to work with as we look forward to 2023 and we also look forward to the next stage of the Local Place Plan and Community Action Plan with a much clearer picture of priorities.

To all the people who showed up at our events; responded to our questions online or got in touch in any way; the volunteers; ocean enthusiasts & litter pickers; all the local schoolchildren; those who come from afar; the parents; businesspeople and community groups (to mention but a few) who have got involved in our activities over the past twelve months – thank you so much !

As always just hit reply if you have anything to say, questions or feedback…

A Few Updates

4th December 2022
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A few updates

 

We want to point you to a few things that are coming up and update you on some of what’s been happening.

 

A chance to come out and have your say will be this coming Community Groups Open Day — Sunday the 4th of December from 12-3pm at the Durham Hall, come along and share your thoughts and have a mince pie – Christmas Jumpers welcome!

 

There is a lot on this coming weekend with Largo Arts Weekend, The Christmas Fair at the Aurrie and the Craft Fayre at the Montrave Hall so it’s a great opportunity to stay local and explore.

 

We will be celebrating the community groups that operate in the area with lots in attendance and also thinking about what support those initiatives need – if you have an idea for a group and are looking for support – please do come along to find what we can do or if you want to sign up or chat !

Sign up your group…

 

We had a great turnout to our business engagement on the 14th of November and all the findings are on our website.

 

We will extend these questions out to all the community as we go too, click below to read through our findings on the website.

Business Consultation Results

Making our own maps

We have also started building an online map where we can record the wishes and thoughts of the community on what we want to protect, change and any issues – we will communicate this to Fife Council Planning Department as well as keep it for our own records and action plan.

 

Yesterday we started to gather the thoughts of the younger members of the community through Lundin Mill and Kirkton of Largo School where they made maps of what they value and what they use in the neighbourhoods.

Have a look at our local place plan map

Warm Spaces and Christmas Meals

There will be a designated Warm Wednesday programme coming up at the Largo Library ( 7 Lundin Square Lundin Links, Fife, KY8 6BH ) starting next Wednesday the 7th of December and continuing on the 14th and 21st of next month.

 

This is a pilot and they have had support from several local organisations including the LACRT and Rotary of Leven who have donated soup urns and given financial support. They hope to reach people who will benefit and create a welcoming space through the coldest months – do go along and share a soup, roll and chat between 11am -1pm.

 

On Saturday mornings (10th and 17th of December) the library will offer tea, coffee, biscuits and newspapers.

 

If transport or anything is a barrier do get in touch – just reply to this email and we will follow up.

 

(There is also a talk on at the Largo Library this evening about the Levenmouth Rail Link at 7pm)

 

The Aurrie has also received support from LACRT and local group HATTI to create a Cozy Christmas day meal for anyone who would like to share company and cheer with the wonderful volunteers and staff at the Aurrie, Lower Largo. If you want to book a space or know someone who would enjoy this – email helen@theaurrie.com or phone 07813378512.

We have a Friends of Largo Bay meeting coming up at the end of the week – if you would like to be included in future mailings please reply to this email and we will add you to the list.

 

There is also an open volunteer day you can join coming up – there is a call to anyone who can help to remove some of the invasive species Rosa rugosa in the bay with Dominic Rye from the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust on Tuesday the 6th of December from 10am -3pm.

 

If you can join this, please email Dominic so he can cater for you on dominic.rye@fifecountryside.co.uk

 

 

Have You Signed Up Yet

4th November 2022
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A last call out !

Do you run a business, a farm or are you self-employed and work from home?

As Largo Communities Together and in partnership with the Largo Area Community Council we are leading a Local Place Plan for the areas of Upper and Lower Largo, Lundin Links, Woodside, New Gilston, Newburn and Drumeldrie.

A Local Place Plan is a way of capturing and representing the wishes and priorities of a community on their terms.

Next up we have a dedicated evening for those who run businesses planned for the 14th of November at the Durham Hall.

To this end we have sent out cards to business operators though we are still building on our knowledge of our neighbourhoods, so it is possible we have missed some people.

If you would like to be included or have not RSVP’d to date, get in touch now.

Business event – register now

Community Groups

We are also building our knowledge of all of the community groups in the area and know that there have been changes over the past years.

We have been talking one to one with those who help organise community groups or run classes in the area to build knowledge about what the needs and offers are.

If this is you, please drop a message below.

On the 4th of December we will hold Community Groups Open Day from 12-3pm at the Durham Hall.

This will be a drop in for anyone to attend with mince pies, tea and coffee. If you organise a community group of any size or run a class in the area – get in touch and reserve a space.

There will be no charge to take part and we hope it will give people an idea of the range of resources there are in the area, if you have flyers or a sign-up sheet bring them along.

Set up will be from 11am on the day.

If you are unable to attend in person, get in touch too and we will share the information that you provide.

A Reminder For You

26th October 2022
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A reminder about this evening

Shaun Suttie of the East Neuk Hatchery will be giving a talk at the Largo Library, 7 Lundin Links Square, this evening at 7pm.

He has had some interesting experiences since starting this project and has big plans for the future, come along and ask questions.

Tea and coffee provided and no need to book.

Will be great to see you!

Calling all businesses…

We have also been sending out invitations to our Business Engagement Event that will run on the evening of the 14th of November at the Durham Hall, if you run a business of any type or size and would like to be included just hit reply and I will send all the details through.

 

There is also time to get involved in our Community Groups Open Day or drop in and find out more about what’s happening in the area, everyone is invited – which will be from 12pm until 3pm at the Durham Hall on Sunday the 4th of December.

(We are lucky to have it running alongside lots of other things that weekend including the Craft Fair at the Montrave Hall, The Christmas Fair at the Aurrie and Largo Arts weekend – and maybe more! The perfect chance to wander around!)

Our Place Plan Continues

11th October 2022

Community Groups

As we progress with our first ever Local Place Plan and find out what are the priorities in the community for submission to Fife Region we are holding one to one conversations with people who run groups or organisations in the area. This will give us great insight into what is needed and where for future developments. If you help with any community groups and would like a chat about what you need and can offer to the community – just reply to this email.

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On that note we are going to have a Community Groups Open Day in the Durham Hall on the 4th of December from 12pm until 3pm at the Durham Hall, Lower Largo and hope as many people as possible from the abundance of groups and organisations that run throughout the area can make it along to showcase what they do.

There will be mince pies, tea and coffee and we hope you can drop in or get in touch if you want to get involved.

Get in touch now

Calling all businesses

We are also engaging with everyone in the area who has a business, land or a farm and will be holding an evening event on Monday 14th of November based on forging new connections and a collective strategy for the Largo Area community, please do get in touch if this is you! We want to this reach as many types of business interests in the area so no matter the size or area you operate in do get in touch.

We will also be reaching out individually but don’t want to accidentally miss anyone who wants to be included.

Friends of Largo Bay

We continue to work with the primary schools in the area on gaining an understanding what the children value. Most recently we did three beach cleans for the Great National Beach Clean. Please see the graphs attached for a depiction of what we found. We look forward to welcoming our local Oyster Officer to Largo Bay after the holidays as she comes along to the next outdoor day with the children. More on that soon.

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We continue our Friends of Largo Bay group and will be hosting Shaun Suttie of The East Neuk Hatchery at Largo Library on the 26th of October at 7pm. Do come along to find out more about this conservation project which he plans will result in a local centre focusing on regenerating lobster populations.

A big thank you too to everyone who filled out the survey for Friends of Largo Bay – it really helps us shape the vision going forward and we look forward to sharing more with you all soon…

All results from the Survey are here and get in touch if you want a chance to submit your views.

Community Council Meeting Next Week

LARGO AREA COMMUNITY COUNCIL

An in-person meeting of Largo Area Community Council will be held on
Monday 17.10.22 at 7.15pm in the Simpson Institute, Main street Upper Largo

Members of the public are invited to submit issues for discussion by the following means:-

(1) by telephoning the Chairman (Peter Aitken) (01333-320574) or the
Secretary (Donna Stewart) (07882514983)

(2) by Emailing the Chairman (Peter
Aitken)(peter.aitken@lundinconsultancyservices.co.uk)
or the Secretary(Donna Stewart) (donnastewart1804@gmail.com )

 

This is a public meeting and members of the public are welcome so do just come along !

An Update

1st September 2022

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September 2022

As we roll into September, let’s take a look back at what we’ve been up to with the Largo Communities Together place plan. We’ve been pretty tied up with the Restoration Forth Project lately, focusing on our beach and sea—no surprises there if you’ve taken a stroll along our coast.

Our journey kicked off with a neat visit to the Ecology Centre earlier this year. We learned a lot about community involvement, and that got us fired up. We’re now part of the Coastal Communities Network, teaming up for beach clean-ups and getting some great advice from folks like Lyle from Project Seagrass.

One eye-opener was a recent clean-up where we found a whopping 89 pieces of rubbish on what looked like a pristine beach. It was a reminder that there’s still plenty of work to do, but it was a lesson for us all.

But we’re not giving up. We’ve got another clean-up planned for this Friday and Sunday.

Looking ahead, we’re feeling positive about what’s to come.

Together, we’re making strides towards a cleaner, brighter future for Largo Bay.

 

Let’s keep working together and see where this journey takes us.

Maintenance work continues on Lower Largo pier

28th August 2022

On Wednesday 17th August, Largo residents may have seen a Penmans digger at work at low tide in Largo Harbour. The mouth of the harbour had become partially blocked by boulders and debris washed from the end of the pier.  Largo Pier Committee, who are working towards major reconstruction of the Pier, responded to harbour users‘ access problems by having the material moved.  This work has to be done between tides.

Jimmy Simpson, Chair of the Pier Committee, which operates as part of Largo Communities Together, a registered charity, said, “We’re now trying to raise around £1.6M for full restoration of the Pier.  We’ve completed the necessary civil engineering design work and can now pursue major grants. This process takes time, from expression of interest through to full applications and then assessment by the grant bodies and is likely to take 9 months to a year.

When we gain grant support we will take the Pier into community ownership, but in the interim we believe it’s wise to take temporary measures to limit further damage to the pier and maintain its value for harbour users. Today’s work is part of that process.  People have been very generous in their support of our work and this along with grants we have raised so far has allowed us to fund the design work we have done in addition to the temporary repair work.”

Restoration Forth

1st April 2022

During the month of March, we sent out a community views postcard and online survey asking three simple questions about the area we live in. We were delighted to receive such a wide range of thoughtful responses back.

 

We are now analysing the results in a full and thorough way and sorting them into priorities. We will communicate and pass on relevant information to other organizations while we plan our next stage, which will involve interviewing people across the villages and getting to know the needs of individuals, groups and other establishments better too.

 

This word cloud represents the words that came up when you talked about what you love about the area you live in.

 

From the outset so many of you who replied emphasised how much you value the community and connections we have in the local area, the sea and coast, and the thriving activity that occurs in the local villages. 

 

Because of this it seems timely for Largo Communities to host an open event that will coincide with UN Oceans day. On Saturday the 11th we will host a Community Sea Day in Lower Largo, starting with a path and beach clean-up kicking off at 1pm at the Temple Car Park.

 

This will be followed by a beachcomb, sand art and stroll along the coast; a wild swim for those brave enough with the swans group; a gander by the sailing club; some rock pooling when the tide gets low enough and some “sand pier” building by the pier at the back of the Crusoe wrapping up around 4pm

 

Wear your wellies and bring a bag for rubbish and your bucket and spade!

 

We will also have an evening event at the Aurrie from 7pm until around 9pm hosting a showing of Into the Oceanic by Rob Page and Elizabeth Oglivie who will be there to talk about what inspired their film about marine health and the many relationships people have with the sea.

 

We will have an exhibition of Sea inspired art with prizes, drop any entries in to the Aurrie between the 1st of June and the 8th of June or email priya@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk.

 

The evening will also provide a chance to talk about our involvement as a community in Restoration Forth and the ongoing work and vision of the Pier group.

 

LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER 2021 AGM OCTOBER 31st 2021

2nd November 2021

We are very pleased to be able to invite you to the 2021 AGM of Largo Communities Together.

We will hold this AGM on the 15th November at 7pm by Zoom.

If you intend to attend the Zoom meeting please ask for the Zoom link by emailing us here.

All members are invited, and Ordinary Members will be entitled to vote on any motions.

We look forward to welcoming you to our AGM.

Click here to read our member Invite and AGM agenda.

Click here to read our Chair's report.

Click here to read the minutes of last years AGM.

Click here for your proxy voting form in pdf format.

Click here to read the biographies of election candidates and LCT Trustees.

Click here to read our financial report.

MINUTES OF LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER BOARD MEETING JUNE 2021

5th October 2021

Our Board Meeting took place on Tuesday 1st June 2021 by Zoom.

The minutes of this meeting can be viewed here.

MINUTES OF LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER BOARD MEETING FEBRUARY 2021

5th October 2021

Our Board Meeting took place on Monday 15th February 2021 by Zoom.

The minutes of this meeting can be viewed here.

MINUTES OF LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER BOARD MEETING MARCH 2021

9th May 2021

Our Board Meeting took place on Monday 22nd March 2021 by Zoom.

The minutes of this meeting can be viewed here.

MINUTES OF LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER BOARD MEETING JANUARY 2021

13th March 2021

Our Board Meeting took place on Monday 11th January 2021 by Zoom.

The minutes of this meeting can be viewed here.

LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER FEBRUARY 2021 BOARD MEETING

14th January 2021

DATE of next LCT Board meeting

15 Feb 2021 – 7-8pm

Members/community invited for the first hour.

Please contact the secretary by email within 48 hours of the meeting should you wish a Zoom room invitation.

MINUTES OF LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER BOARD MEETING DECEMBER 2020

14th January 2021

Our Board Meeting took place on Monday 7th December 2020 by Zoom.

The minutes of this meeting can be viewed here.

LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER JANUARY 2021 BOARD MEETING

4th January 2021

DATE of next LCT Board meeting

11 Jan 2021 – 7-8pm

Members/community invited for the first hour.

Please contact the secretary by email within 48 hours of the meeting should you wish a Zoom room invitation.

MINUTES OF LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER AGM NOVEMBER 2020

4th January 2021

Our AGM took place on Monday 9th November 2020 by Zoom.

The minutes of this meeting can be viewed here.

LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER 2020 AGM

25th October 2020

We are very pleased to be able to invite you to the 2020 AGM of Largo Communities Together.

We will hold this AGM on the 9th November at 7pm by Zoom.

If you intend to attend the Zoom meeting please ask for the Zoom link by emailing us here.

All members are invited, and Ordinary Members will be entitled to vote on any motions.

We look forward to welcoming you to our AGM.

Click here to read our AGM agenda.

Click here to read our Chair’s report.

Click here for your proxy voting form in pdf format.

Click here for your proxy voting form in Word format.

Click here to read the proposed changes to our constitution.

Click here to read the biographies of election candidates and LCT Trustees.

Click here to read our current constitution.

Click here to read our revised constitution.

Click here to read our financial report.

MINUTES OF LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER SEPTEMBER BOARD MEETING

23rd October 2020

Our September board meeting took place on Monday 14th September 2020 by Zoom.

The minutes of this meeting can be viewed here.

MINUTES OF LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER AUGUST BOARD MEETING

30th September 2020

Our August board meeting took place on Monday 10th August 2020 by Zoom.

The minutes of this meeting can be viewed here.

MINUTES OF LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER JUNE BOARD MEETING

30th September 2020

Our June board meeting took place on Monday 29th June 2020 by Zoom.

The minutes of this meeting can be viewed here.

MINUTES OF LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING

13th May 2020

Our February board meeting took place on Thursday 27th February 2020 in the Largo Community Library and Hub on Crescent Road, Lundin Links.

The minutes of this meeting can be viewed here.

LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING

29th January 2020

Our February board meeting will take place between 19:00 and 20:00 on Thursday 27th February 2020 in the Largo Community Library and Hub on Crescent Road, Lundin Links.

All welcome.

The minutes of our last meeting can be viewed here.

LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER JANUARY BOARD MEETING

11th January 2020

Our January board meeting will take place at 19:00 on Monday 13th January 2020 in the Largo Community Library and Hub on Crescent Road, Lundin Links.

LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER LATEST PIER UPDATE

23rd November 2019

We are delighted to share the news that temporary repairs to our pier will be carried out by Alastair Cook on Thursday 28th November.

The main objective is to fill the two holes which have grown on the upper part of the east side. They are being filled with stone.

The structural engineering and QS survey mentioned below has now been done. We expect their full proposals for reconstruction before Christmas.

All this work is carried out with the hotel owners approval.

Once it’s done we will post an update with photos, and, if you’re around, pop down and see for yourself.

There is a long road to go yet. If you wish to join us, offer help, support etc, our membership form can be downloaded from the Contact page on this website. It’s £1 to join. We now have 380 village members.

LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER AUTUMN PIER UPDATE

26th October 2019

As part of Largo Communities Together (LCT), the Largo Pier Group headed by Jimmy Simpson and a very able team of local people who wish to see our pier restored have been working away in the background.

So far, they have secured a Memorandum of Understanding with the owner, £8000 to complete the preliminary civil engineering assessment, and have just contracted with a local firm to do temporary repairs before the winter sets in.

The Pier group are all local volunteers, there is still a mountain to climb to secure funds for rebuilding, we do understand the enormity of the task. We have completed some community consultations over the summer during Largo Arts Week and have had meetings with residents in the last 6 weeks who are directly affected by the pier.

All their views have been recorded to help with the applications for future re-build funding. Anyone can input their views or make offers of help by emailing the Pier Subgroup from the Contact page on this website.

LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER 2019 AGM

21st October 2019

We are very pleased to be able to invite you to the first AGM of Largo Communities Together.

We will hold this AGM on the 21st October this year in the Largo Community Library and Hub on Crescent Road, Lundin Links at 7pm.

All members are invited, and Ordinary Members will be entitled to vote on any motions.

We look forward to welcoming you to our AGM.

Click here to read your AGM invitation.

Click here to read our Chair’s report.

Click here to read our AGM agenda.

Click here for your proxy voting form.

LARGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER COMMUNITY CONSULTATION REPORT

23rd September 2019

We present our report on Largo Communities Together community consultations conducted between 14th September 2018 and 20th January 2019.

The report can be viewed here.