Toddler group sets up home in the Glen

New parent and toddler group has been set up at the Letham Glen community hut - they helped Fife Council to plant some new wildflowers in the Glen on Friday, May 22.
New parent and toddler group has been set up at the Letham Glen community hut - they helped Fife Council to plant some new wildflowers in the Glen on Friday, May 22.

Friday mornings at Letham Glen just got a lot noisier with the sound of little laughs, maybe a few tantrums and a good old catch up.

Four weeks ago, local mums Arlene Kirk and Carol Barnes set up a brand new mother and toddler group, Glen Tots, at Letham Glen Community Support Centre.

We have a lot of on-going improvements for the Glen, and we’re trying to get the community involved with that, such as bio-diversity projects, bat boxes, wildflower sewing

Ian Wilson

Since then, a rampage of tiny feet and buggys have trundled down the paths and into the former craft hut for an hour and a half of fun and games.

And the group has proved so popular in the last month that the duo are looking to start a second class mid-week.

Arlene told the Mail: “It has has been going great. The first week we had about 25 mums, as people like to come down and check these kind of things out, and since then, we’ve had about 14/15 mums and kids every week, so it just shows you that there’s definitely a need for it.

“I’ve been going to groups since my son,Nairn, was weeks old, and when he outgrew the one he went to, Carol and I thought, ‘Why don’t we start our own?’

“I actually saw some pictures that Caroline (who runs the support centre) had put on Facebook and asked her if there was a toddler group here.

“She said they were hoping to start one up, so that was perfect.

“We did the whole thing on Facebook and a few of our friends came along too.”

Carol, who attends the group with her son Alfie, two, added: “This is such a good group, and we’re hoping to do more over the summer.

‘‘ I’ve done walk leadership, so we can do walks around the Glen and treasure hunts, and I’m Bookbug trained too, so we’ll do little reading sessions too.”

The new group is exactly what Caroline Mitchell hoped would come out of Glen following the rebranding of the craft hut last year.

“We started back in August which was a bit late in the year as we couldn’t really have the place open over winter, but we’ve got groups, like Glen Tots, involved now, and Homestart is going to be doing things here as well.

“Anyone who is keen to do an event or wants to run a group should really think about contacting us as we have all the contacts for refreshments, bouncy castles, everything like that, and we have the public liability insurance too.”

Ian Wilson, parks development officer for Levenmouth, is delighted to see the Glen busy and said locals can expect lots more from the park in the future.

“We have a lot of on-going improvements for the Glen, and we’re trying to get the community involved with that, such as bio-diversity projects, bat boxes, wildflower sowing.

“We’ve done it before in the park and it’s really good for the Glen. Plus, we’ve had the Green Flag award for the last two years, and the judges are coming back in June, so we’re got a lot we can show them.”

Ian added: “To have Caroline here is a god-send, because she can pull in links from the community and we can also bounce ideas off her for improvements.”

Glen Tots runs every Friday, 10.00-11.30 a.m. and costs £2. To support the group, head down to the Glen on Sunday between 11.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. as family fun day has been organised.

‘There will be a bouncy castle, stalls, refreshments and lots more.