A GROUP which set itself the task of turning around the dwindling fortunes of a coastal village is celebrating after winning a major award.
The West Wemyss Community Trust can now boast it is Fife’s most enterprising community organisation after winning the gong at Celebrating Fife’s Voluntary Sector Awards ceremony on Thursday night
The trust began in 2009 when a group got together to make a spirited effort to reverse a decline which had afflicted West Wemyss for years.
Big Lottery funding and over 8000 hours of community effort from volunteers of all ages, resulted in the West Wemyss Walk Inn – a popular café, bistro and meeting space in a refurbished historic building, as well as support to different village groups.
Councillor Tom Adams said: “Congratulations to the team. It’s been a fantastic effort and a lot of hard work over the past few years.
“It’s a project that’s really gone from strength to strength.
“Winning the award is a great achievement and I’m really pleased they got it.”
Trust spokesperson Carole Fitzgerald explained volunteers plan and run events for the community and to attract visitors, with four new volunteer groups starting over the past year.
“A Tots to Teens Group run children’s activities and an Allotments and Growing Spaces Group have established a sensory garden,” she said.
“Allotments have just been approved and “Wemyss Dreams” sessions invite people to share their dreams for the village with the Trust.
“It’s about making West Wemyss and surrounding areas a better place to work, live and visit by bringing learning, economic, social and physical benefits to the community.”
Ms Fitzgerald said difficult funding challenges and staff changes had created a huge learning curve for the trust.
But a commitment to a community-led approach which enabled volunteers to shape and take an active part in the village’s future was paramount.