Raising the woof at Letham Glen

One owner and her pet
One owner and her pet

YOU did not have to be barking mad to be at Letham Glen on Sunday but it certainly helped if you were a dog-lover, as hundreds of pooches made an appearance for a great afternoon of canine capers

It was tails not tongues doing all the wagging at the first Letham Glen Fun Dog Show and the new event in the Leven park attracted entries from near and far.

Although billed as a fun show, and the competing dogs came in all shapes in sizes, from much-loved family pets to champion pedigrees, it was registered as a Kennel Club show and had a judge from the official body in attendance.

It was organised by the Letham Glen Craft Centre as a fundraising event.

“We also wanted something that would be fun and would let more people know about the centre and what we do here,” said manager Wilma Mackenzie.

As it turned out, it was a real family day with many attractions apart from the dog categories, including side stalls, bouncy castle, Fire Brigade, custom motorbikes and representatives from dog rescue centres throughout Fife.

Wilma and volunteer worker Caroline Mitchell hope the dog show will be just the first of many events that will bring more people to the glen.

Craft Centre

THE Letham Glen Craft Centre - or the ‘Hut’ as it is sometimes better known - has been up and running for 18 months yet it is still a little-known facility.

Currently operated under the MyBus umbrella, it is a non-profit making multi-use venue, open every day, that manager Wilma Mackenzie, with support from volunteer Caroline Mitchell, has turned into a hub of activity with the groups who use it on a regular basis, from youngsters from Kennoway Primary School Nursery to adults with special needs.

“But there are still so many people who use the glen regularly who don’t know we’re here,” Wilma said.

However, it appears that once they pop in for a cup of tea, they are hooked and keep coming back for more, with activities including arts and crafts, music and birthday parties.

“It’s a much-needed community facility,” Wilma said. “We also now have a marquee, which will allow us to widen the events we can host.”