We Had A Great Day At The Big Picnic

Thanks For Making It Such A Great Day

It was a smashing day !

Hello All,

We had an absolutely fantastic day at the Big Picnic on June 9th, thanks to the support from the Eden Communities Project and the organisation of the Resilience Group and above all to everyone who came and made it so fun !

A huge thank you to all the local groups and individuals who made the day so special:

  • Largo Area Mums & Toddlers and The Hatti Group for the lovely colourful play area for wee ones
  • Andrew Steed Magical Storyteller for captivating tales that enthralled a crowd
  • Open Sea Band for their uplifting and continuous music who gave a party vibe
  • Lower Largo Friendship Group for the active potted sports
  • Ukrainian Community for the incredible array of delicious food
  • Kirkton of Largo for the mouthwatering home-baking
  • Messy Church for the engaging kids’ activities
  • Paxton Centre for crafts, sweets, quizzes, and a great raffle
  • Friends of Largo Bay for showcasing their inspiring conservation work
  • Riding for the Disabled for sharing their amazing projects and activities
  • Lundin Sports Club for so many fun activities, toilets, tombola, cold drinks and sports including table tennis and their open doors
  • The Bowling Club for the tasty ice cream, bar and warm welcome
  • Hatti Group for their joyful presence and face-painting
  • Upper Largo Horticultural Society for the plant sale
  • William Morrison from Leven Programme for collecting ideas and memories for the River Leven bench poems
  • Donald Low and his impressive kite

And everyone else who contributed to the vibrant atmosphere!

It was heartwarming to see everyone enjoying the sunshine, music, and great company in such a wonderful space.

We can’t wait to see you all again next year!

Volunteers Week

Last week (3rd to the 9th of June) was also Volunteers’ Week, and we want to extend our deepest gratitude to all the dedicated volunteers at Largo Communities Together and associated projects.

Their contributions are invaluable and keep our community thriving as do the countless other people who help make the Largo Area Shine !

Here are just a few highlights from what they shared about their roles and experiences:

James Kay of The Largo Links also gave a bit of feedback about his role for Volunteer Week:

Community Involvement:

James, finds himself fully engaged in the community through his work. Keeping busy is a priority for him, and he particularly enjoys the “artistic” aspect of his role, which involves the layout of advertisements and the overall magazine design. Interestingly, he humorously remarks that he was at the bottom of his art class for six years until he gave up the subject!

Desert Island Essentials:

If stranded on a desert island, James’s choices reveal his love for music and storytelling. He would bring a CD player, electricity to power it, and a collection of recordings featuring every episode of the iconic BBC Radio 4 program “Desert Island Discs.” This selection would provide him with endless hours of captivating interviews and musical discoveries, making his desert island experience a bit more bearable.

These are by no means all of the volunteers but it was fun to find out more about the people who keep things running… 🙂

The Big Picnic

Hello Everyone,

Happy Volunteers’ Week to all the incredible people who help out in so many ways across our community!

Your dedication and hard work are truly appreciated.

We’ll be sharing some inspiring stories from our volunteers soon, highlighting the amazing work that goes on which we have been sharing on social media.

But in the meantime, we wanted to remind everyone that the Big Picnic is just around the corner!

The Big Picnic: Sunday 9th of June 12:30pm until 4:30pm

While the weather forecast is still a bit uncertain, it looks like we might be lucky enough to have some sunshine. So pack your picnic baskets, bring some cash, and don’t forget something to sit on!

What’s in store:

  • Storytelling: Enjoy captivating tales from Andrew Steed at 1:30 pm and 3 pm.
  • Music: Get ready to groove to the tunes of Greg Smith.
  • Play Area: A dedicated space for babies and toddlers to have fun.
  • Discovery Trail Walk: Join Frances Walker at 2 pm for an exciting walk down to Lower Largo and learn something new.
  • Food & Drinks:
    • Bowling Club: Ice cream and bar open.
    • Lundin Sports Club: Cold drinks.
    • Kirkton of Largo Church: Home baking.
  • Activities & Games:
    • Lundin Sports Club: Tennis, table tennis, tours, and a tennis-themed tombola.
    • Leven Programme: Tablecloth Tales – share your stories!
    • Paxton Centre: Raffle, scrap store, badge-making, and quiz sheet.
    • Friends of Largo Bay: Information and activities.
    • Riding for the Disabled Information
    • Messy Church: Children’s activities.
    • Hatti Group
    • Upper Largo Horticultural Group: Plant sale.
    • And much more!

Want to join the fun? As a participant just show up and share in the day.

Also it’s not too late to offer something for the picnic or run a fundraiser or information stall.

Just drop me a line!

If you’re setting up a stall, please remember that all vehicles must be off-site by 11:45 am.

Thank you again for everything you do! We can’t wait to celebrate with you at the Big Picnic.

See you there !

Largo Area Mums

Dear Community Members,

We wanted to share information about a public meeting being organised by a group of local mums in the Largo Area.

The meeting aims to address the lack of nursery places and general childcare options in the community which is of concern to the group.

Details of the meeting are as follows:

  • Date: Monday, June 3rd
  • Time: 7 PM
  • Location: Durham Hall, Lower Largo

The meeting is open to anyone especially those affected by the shortage of childcare options, including parents/carers who have been unable to secure nursery places for their children, those struggling to find childcare in general, local childcare providers, and anyone with knowledge or insights to share.

The organisers are also conducting a short survey to gather more information here.

If you’re unable to attend the meeting, please consider filling out the survey or contacting the group directly at [email protected] if you have something to add.

Summary of Upcoming Events

Events – Largo Communities Together Largo Communities Together (largoct.org.uk)

  • 1st of June – Big Garden Blitz Montrave Hall.
  • 2nd of June Railway Opening Leven
  • 9th of June – Big Picnic
  • 15th June – Reading Garden Opening at the Largo Community Library

The Montrave Hall needs our help with a garden blitz as the growing season is already in full swing!  

We’re organising a workday for this Saturday starting at 1 pm.

Donations of compost, extra bedding plants, and any garden tools you can lend would be greatly appreciated. If anyone has a strimmer ( and could do some strimming even better) and some black bags too as the brown bin is very full.

You can drop off donations at The Montrave Hall during or before, contact Priya at [email protected] and THANK YOU !

Look forward to hearing from you !

Largo Links Needs You

Hey there!

Largo Links Magazine Needs You, we would love to have your ideas for the next stages of the Largo Links – the community newsletter that has been hand delivered to every home in the area for 22 issues !

Come and say hello.

We need your help to shape the future of our community magazine, it is so highly valued and such a great means of communication and we want to know where you see it going next.

Join us for an informal chat about your ideas, suggestions, and feedback or just come and say hello this evening Wednesday, May 29th: Railway Inn, Lower Largo from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.

You can email me Priya just by replying if you have a question or just show up!

Summary of Upcoming Events

Events – Largo Communities Together Largo Communities Together (largoct.org.uk)

  • 1st of June – Big Garden Blitz Montrave Hall.
  • 2nd of June Railway Opening
  • 9th of June – Big Picnic
  • 15th June – Reading Garden Opening at the Largo Community Library

The Montrave Hall needs our help with a garden blitz as the growing season is already in full swing!

We’re organising a workday for this Saturday starting at 1 pm.

Donations of compost, extra bedding plants, and any garden tools you can lend would be greatly appreciated. If anyone has a strimmer ( and could do some strimming even better) and some black bags too as the brown bin is very full.

You can drop off donations at The Montrave Hall during or before, contact Priya at [email protected] and THANK YOU !

Look forward to hearing from you !

Some More Things Coming Up

Twinning Celebration:

The Community Council wanted to extend a huge THANK YOU to the following individuals and groups for their generosity and hard work in making this weekend a success:

  • Lundin Mill Primary School for their fantastic concert.
  • Euan Black and Kezia Scott-Bell from Wade Academy for their musical solos at the concert.
  • The Green Room (Stan and Gail Green) for donating the oak tree.
  • Methil Printing for the flyers, posters, etc.
  • Roy and Eddie for putting up all the bunting.
  • The Aurrie (Helen and David) for the lunch on Friday and food at the ceilidh.
  • Oleana, Olga, and Rita for the buffet on Friday.
  • The parade stewards: Mel, Antonia, Richie, Steve, Stuart, David, and Gordon.
  • Methil and District Pipe Band with their Pipe Major Barnie.
  • East Neuk First Responders for first aid provision at the parade.
  • Everyone in the area for turning out in such large numbers for the parade.
  • Graeme and Rachel at The Crusoe for a great Saturday afternoon.
  • The ‘Great One’ above for the beautiful weather.
  • The Cutting Edge ceilidh band.
  • Mel Moir and her team (Grant, Euan, and Gillian) for decorating and clearing up the Durham Hall for the ceilidh.
  • Zaphar and Rehana for sorting out the drinks and bar for the ceilidh.
  • Kingsbarns Distillery (Andrea and Manuel) who treated us so well on our visit.
  • Upper Largo Hotel for a great welcome and dinner on Sunday.
  • Provost Jim Leishman, Jenny Gilruth MSP, Wendy Chamberlain MP, Deputy French Consul, and local Councillors for gracing us with their presence at the parade and lunch.

Tomorrow: Supporting Those With Dementia

A Quiz Fundraiser for the Friends of Largo Bay:

Friends of Largo Bay Beach Clean

On May 26th, 2024, Friends of Largo Bay are cleaning Massney Braes beach!

Let’s support the Levenmouth Local Tourism Association Spring Clean Weekend together and keep Largo Bay Beautiful. Dress comfortably and bring your enthusiasm!

Email [email protected]

Beach Clean ( And Levenmouth Cleanups )

June Prep: Railway Opening

Come and Help Out The Montrave Hall !

Summary Of Upcoming Events

Summary of Upcoming Events

Events – Largo Communities Together Largo Communities Together (largoct.org.uk)

  • Dementia Awareness Day: May 23rd 11am at the Paxton Centre (Resilience Group with the Alzheimer Society) – Just let us know you’re coming so we know numbers.
  • Coffee Morning to support Christian Aid Sat 25th May 10am-12noon – The Stables, Upper Largo –  teas, coffees, home baking and car washing available.
  • 1st of June – Big Garden Blitz Montrave Hall.
  • 2nd of June Railway Opening
  • 9th of June – Big Picnic
  • 15th June – Reading Garden Opening at the Largo Community Library

Big Picnic Returns

We’re also so excited about the upcoming Largo Area Big Picnic in June on the 9th and can’t wait to celebrate our incredible community so get ready for a day of community fun!

This annual event is a chance for residents, families, and visitors to come together, relax, and celebrate all things local. Bring your own picnic goodies, chairs or blankets, and enjoy a day of sunshine (we hope), laughter, and connection with your neighbours.

This year will coincide with the end of volunteers week.

We will have games, crafts, activities, and maybe even some live music to maintain the festive atmosphere. If you would like to offer some music, games, or anything else, please get in touch!

So far we have:

The Leven Programme bringing their Tablecloth Tales

There will be a toddler area !

A plant sale from the Horticultural Group

RDA and the Rotary are visiting

Storytelling

Sports Club and Bowling

Messy Church Kids activities

Home Baking

Tombola

Friends of Largo Bay

Discovery Trails

more to come shortly …. ( and if you have an idea and would like to offer something get in touch )

Let’s make this year the best one yet!

Big Picnic

The Big Picnic

Good afternoon!

Get ready for the best Big Picnic yet!

 Apologies for yet another email !! We just wanted to make sure everyone knows about The Big Picnic and a few people may have missed this.

This year’s celebration is happening on June 9th,  and we want YOU to be a part of it.

We know the notice is a bit shorter than usual. We apologize for that – we wanted to make sure our date didn’t clash with other great events like the town twinning project at the end of May and the railway opening at the start of June.

We also wanted to leave the week before free so people could enjoy those festivities.

Now, it’s all about the Big Picnic! Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Spread the Word: Tell your friends, family, neighbours – everyone’s invited!
  • Dust Off Your Picnic Basket:  Pack your favourite food and drinks.
  • Join the Fun: We’ll have games, activities, and maybe even some music. Let us know if you’d like to bring a craft, game, or musical talent to share!
  • Represent Your Group: If you’re part of a local organization, club, or group, this is a great chance to showcase what you do.

We’re also always looking for volunteers to help make the Big Picnic a success. If you’re interested in lending a hand, even for just a short while, please let us know!

More details about the Big Picnic are coming soon. In the meantime, mark your calendars and simply reply to this email if you plan on joining us!

Let’s make this year’s Big Picnic the biggest and best one yet!

Thank you again for everything you do!

Upcoming Things For You !

Dear Community Members,

Here are a few things coming up – ( for the events below – I  have the information that people have sent to me so if you have something you would like me to share next time just drop me a line and use the whatson page on the Largoct.org.uk website as the more it’s used the better ! )

Community Garden News

Largo Church is thrilled to announce the completion of their new Community Garden!  They have six raised beds, and two are still available for local individuals or families interested in growing their own food. The beds are filled and ready for planting.

If you’re interested in a bed, or want to learn more about the Children’s Gardening & Nature Club and Youth Gardening Group, please fill out this short form: Community Garden (office.com). This is  a great asset for the community and the more it’s supported the better ! You can also email Fiona Ramsay who is leading on this and the Messy Church  on [email protected].

June Prep: Railway Opening & Business Listings

Business Boost: With the Levenmouth railway opening on June 2nd, now’s the perfect time for businesses and groups to update listings on Google Maps. Double-check your hours, contact details, and descriptions for accuracy.

Tourism Opportunities:

Contact Matt Pointon ([email protected]) to be added to the LLTA (Leven Local Tourism Association) mailing list.

Welcome to Fife have added a Levenmouth Events and Offers section to their what’s on section of the website this will be live throughout the month of June. If you have any special events on for the opening or if you would like to run any special offers over the month, please add through this link.

They will be creating a QR code and promoting at Waverley Station in Edinburgh to encourage people to visit Levenmouth. Submit your Fife events (welcometofife.com) If you want to go to Edinburgh to encourage people to take a trip to Levenmouth there is also a shout out for volunteers. Give Matt ( email above ) a shout to find out more.

 

All wider marketing will be directed through the Welcome to Fife website there is a recommendation that you take a few minutes to either add a business listing or update your business listing. If you have any difficulties in doing so please let Matt know.

Below are some of the things that Leven Community Council are organising for the day and I hear that the train bookings are now live through Scotrail too so go along and support them 🙂

Celebrating Volunteers!

Volunteers’ Week (June 3rd-9th) is approaching, and we want to shine a spotlight on all the amazing volunteers and what they do in the Largo area whether informal or formal – regular or adhoc for any groups at all.

If you volunteer, tell us about your project, what you love about it or share a short quote on what you do .  We’ll include your stories in a special feature and  we look to widen our support for all those who keep things going in such a huge variety of ways.

Just reply to this email 🙂

Some Upcoming Events

Some Upcoming Events ( let me know what to include in the future ) There are posters at the bottom of this email and have a look here for further details:

Events – Largo Communities Together Largo Communities Together (largoct.org.uk)

  • Friends of Largo Bay Events (May):

    email [email protected] to get more information on any of these.

    • Science Saturday – May 11th Largo Library and Community Hub 2pm – Booking here: https://ticketsource.co.uk/largo-library-community-hub
    • Biodiversity Study Day ( Citizen Science, no experience needed, if you need support to participate let us know)- May 12th – meet at 10am at the Temple Car Park
    • Friends of Largo Bay Quiz Night – May 24th 7pm – Get in touch with The Aurrie or email [email protected] ( £12 a table, cash only BYOB)
    • Big Beach Clean Up – May 26th – 10am -12pm Massney Braes
  • Largo Twinning Events 17th -19th May( contact [email protected] for more information)
  • All In a Spring Evening Concert – Largo Parish Church 18th of May
  • Dementia Awareness Day: May 23rd 11am at the Paxton Centre (Resilience Group with the Alzheimer Society) – No booking needed.
  • Coffee Morning to support Christian Aid Sat 25th May 10am-12noon – The Stables, Upper Largo –  teas, coffees, home baking and car washing available.

Big Picnic Returns

We’re also excited about the upcoming Largo Area Big Picnic in June on the 9th and can’t wait to celebrate our incredible community so get ready for a day of community fun!

This annual event is a chance for residents, families, and visitors to come together, relax, and celebrate all things local. Bring your own picnic goodies, chairs or blankets, and enjoy a day of sunshine (we hope), laughter, and connection with your neighbours. This year will coincide with the end of volunteers week.

We’ll have games, crafts, activities, and maybe even some live music to keep the festive atmosphere going (If you would like to offer some music games fun or anything else please get in touch!! ) The Big Picnic is about enjoying the simple pleasures of your community and we will also have the emergency plan ready to roll soon too.

Let’s make this year the best one yet!

There will be a planning meeting coming up so keep an eye out for that if you want to get more involved.

Look forward to hearing from you ! Email: [email protected]

The Simpson Institute Is Asking For Help

Dear Community Members,

The Simpson Institute is hosting an open meeting tonight to discuss this highly valued community resource. Come along to the Hall from 6:30pm to join the chat.

As highlighted in our recent local place plan and community action plan, we are incredibly lucky to have fantastic community spaces like the many community halls, all maintained by dedicated volunteers.

These spaces make possible the many groups, interactions, and learning opportunities that make the Largo Area such a great place to live.

We know how much work goes on behind the scenes to keep our community vibrant. The Montrave Hall, Lundin Links is also looking for people to help in a variety of ways details below:

Also The Homelands Trust is currently in for a Movement For Good Award – increase their chances by voting here.

We know volunteers are the foundation of our amazing community. We’re exploring ways to better support them across all groups and organisations.

Stay tuned….

If you want me to include anything in the future please let me know!

Some Things Coming Up

Hello Community,

We’re thrilled to share some  news and opportunities to get involved ( if you have something you want me to share on here in the future – just drop me a line).

Biodiversity Boost!

Thanks to ecologist and ranger Tony Wilson, The Friends of Largo Bay biodiversity monitoring group learned so much about Largo Bay’s unique environment. This knowledge fuels their exciting plans for long-term biodiversity monitoring.

Calling All Seaweed Sleuths!

Join  the biodiversity team on April 24th for the Great Seaweed Search! Whether you’re an expert or just curious, this is a wonderful experience with amazing people. We’re also working to improve water quality, a top priority for our community.

Search for Seaweed.  The teams latest project is on Wednesday 24th April at 08.30.

Be a Citizen Scientist and join to help data collection across the Uk

All volunteers welcome. Wrap up well and help understanding of the environment.

Meet at Temple Car Park.

Should take about 60-90 minutes then join the group for a coffee and breakfast at The Aurrie

Want to help? You are more than welcome.

Email the group at [email protected]  or just come along next week !

Leven Welcomes the Train!

The train line reopens on June 2nd, bringing exciting events to Leven!  Businesses and groups, get your events listed by emailing [email protected]. We will have our first simple discovery trail mapped out by then too – thanks for all your help on that !

Big Picnic Returns Soon !

Don’t miss the big community picnic on June 9th – email us to get involved! It will be a fun collaborative day so we want you there and fingers crossed the sun will shine.

Largo Library & Community Hub Update

The Hub’s AGM is coming soon! Members, mark your calendars for May 9th at 5:30 pm in the Library. Want to learn more? Email them directly. Largo Library & Community Hub (largolibraryfife.org.uk)

Community Plans in Action!

We’re pushing forward on our Community Action Plan and Local Place Plan proposals – stay tuned for updates!

Dementia Information Day

Join the Resilience Team’s Dementia Information Day on May 23rd, 11 am – 12:30 pm at the Paxton Centre. No booking needed!

Official Twinning Ceremony:  Celebrate the special bond between our communities with this ceremony organised by the Largo Area Community Council, local residents, and organisations between the 17th and 19th of May stay tuned for more…

Calling all writers! The Largo Links newsletter wants your stories, articles, and photographs for their next edition. Submit your work by the 1st of May!

Want to know more or ask questions – just drop me a line…

Community Council

Your Voice Matters at the Largo Area Community Council Meeting

The upcoming Largo Area Community Council meeting is your chance to have your say on the issues that matter most to you and your community!

Mark your calendars! The meeting will be held this coming Monday, 15th of April, at 7:00 PM in the New Gilston Hall.

Why should you attend?

Everyone is welcome, no need to book! The community council thrives on the participation of residents like you. Your ideas and concerns are essential for creating a thriving community for everyone.

Join us this coming Monday at 7:00 PM in the New Gilston Hall. We look forward to seeing you there!

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the agenda items:

On behalf of the Largo Area Community Council