A year ago West Wemyss had no shop, no cafe and no pub. Now it boasts all three.
And that’s down to generous funding from the Big Lottery and a huge community effort channeled towards making the coastal village a better place to work, live and visit.
Twelve months down the line, and with a big birthday party planned for Saturday, the village is coming together again to celebrate just how far it has travelled in a short time.
The opening, by the village lad and lass, of a sensory garden, providing a place for young and old to sit and relax, is a visible testament to some very positive changes taking place.
The recently set up Wemyss tots to teens group runs seasonal children’s activities; a series of summer art workshops and monthly exhibitions are under way in the West Wemyss Walk Inn. A memories group is also being launched – formed to strengthen the heritage of the village.
With allotments at the final planning process stage and the community contributing to a Wemyss dream board for future thinking, there would appear to be a lot to celebrate.
As a social enterprise which exists to add value to the village and surrounding areas, the West Wemyss Walk Inn is increasingly being used for community activities and the cafe and bistro provide an opportunity for people in the village and surrounding area to get together.
And the village recently enjoyed a visit from both Beautiful Scotland and Beautiful Fife judges – the latter commenting that they had noticed a big change and there was clear evidence of greater pride in the village as a whole.
The successes of the last year are undoubtedly a result of significant support from partner agencies, local companies and some 8000 volunteer hours that contributed to the various projects.
These projects have also been supported by the West Wemyss Community Trust and community development workers who encourage, support and seek to attract funding for the sustainable setting up of groups to create employment, volunteer opportunities and the regeneration of a village that had lost a bit of heart.
So the Big Birthday Party in the village square this Saturday, hosted by the West Wemyss Walk Inn, is another opportunity to bring a community together, to invite friends and family from the surrounding area to enjoy a fun-filled day and to celebrate a year in which there is much to celebrate and a whole lot more to achieve.
•The Walk inn is lottery funded and community owned and is looking for volunteers to help in a number of areas.