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On a roll: the bakery team pictured earlier this year, when they were hailed by business start-up agency Firstport as 'a first-class business model'
On a roll: the bakery team pictured earlier this year, when they were hailed by business start-up agency Firstport as 'a first-class business model'
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A community enterprise

making bespoke bakery products could fold by the end of the month unless more volunteers rise to the challenge.

It was announced just before Christmas that a crunch decision on the future of the Doorstep Bakery servicve, which operates from Victory Hall in Collessie, would be made on January 22.

The bakery was formed under the umbrella of the North Howe Transition Toun, which itself is facing an uncertain future.

The NHTT, which takes in the communities of Letham, Monimail, Bow of Fife, Collessie, Giffordtown and Charlottetown, was established with the help of funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

Some of the money was used to set up the Doorstep Bakery, which opened in 2011.

The team produced five artisan breads, which were sold to local households on a monthly susbscription basis, and with the help of lottery funding they commissioned a mobile pizza oven, which was used at functions in the village hall.

News of the Doorstep Bakery’s plight was broken to customers in the columns of the Fife Herald on December 19.

In a statement,it said: “It’s with a heavy heart that we make this announcement just before Christmas.

“We have struggled to maintain a team of volunteers big enough to sustain the weekly bake and the ongoing admin that is involved in running a community organisation when we all have busy lives.

“It may be that the bakery can reform in the new year but for this to happen we would need to gather some new enthusiastic volunteers to work alongside some of the old timers.

“Any decision around this would have to be made before NHTT AGM.

“The bake has always been fun,” it continued.

“There have been ups and downs and the odd disaster bake.

“We’ve had a multitude of specials including the sweet and delicious Collessie Buns and our wild garlic focaccia.

“We have really enjoyed baking bread for everyone and hope you have always enjoyed what we made you.”

The North Howe Transition Toun began in 2007 as a group of like-minded people determined to tackle the challenge of climate change.

The group was formally established in March 2008 and since then has carried out a number of community projects.

In 2011, NHTT was named the best green community initiative at the Scottish Green Awards.

The organisation’s annual meeting will be held in Collessie village hall on Thursday, January 22, at 8pm.