Appeal to save craft hut

Letham Glen Craft Hut
Letham Glen Craft Hut

Leven’s Community Council has made a rallying call to save the craft hut at Letham Glen after it was confirmed that it would be closing if a new manager could not be found.

Mary Parry, of MyBus, is stepping down as manager at the craft centre, which she has leased from Fife Council for the last three years.

Mary, who has run the MyBus service for five years, is now focussing more on activities for the eldery which take place at Scoonie Bowling Club in Leven.

A new lease for the craft hut is due to be signed on April 14, and Fife Council said it is hopeful a new tenant would be found.

Dave Paterson, area services manager for Levenmouth, said: “We are speaking with a third party who is interested in taking over the running of the craft hut but, obviously, that doesn’t stop anyone else from getting in touch.

“Fife Council would like to see the hut stay in the hands of the community and we are certainly very keen to speak to the interested individual.”

Mary explained that the management role was a 24/7 job. She said: “I have been working seven days a week and I just can’t do it any more.

“Our activities at Scoonie Bowling Club are really busy now, and we’ve found that Sundays are one of the loneliest days for older people – so I want to concentrate more on that through organising more trips and events.

“Scoonie is at the core of my plans.”

The current lease for the craft hut is set at £1000 per year by Fife Council, but anyone taking it on would need to consider electricity costs of up to another £1000, plus costs to cover a wage.

Mary noted that she was able to break even last year, after holding events such as craft fayres and open days, but that was helped by the fact that wages for part time workers were funded by grants.

Glenn Allan, secretary of the community council, said: “Mary has managed to build it up to such a level that to lose it over a £1000 lease would be a real shame.”

Since re-opening to the public, the craft hut has become very popular with local residents, offering arts and crafts to children and young people, as well as hosting craft markets for local traders and open days with a putting green and bouncy castles.

Anyone who is interested in taking on the craft hutshould contact Dave Paterson on 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 49 39 28.