A grateful young Fife woman went to new heights to say thank you to those who helped her recover from meningitis. Midwifery student Michaela Harmes, from Lundin Links, jumped out of a plane at 10,000 feet as she undertook a fundraising skydive in aid of research into the potentially deadly disease. The 21-year-old and friends Kerin Marshall and Nicolle Peat raised £2,111 for Meningitis Now through their weekend endeavour, while pal third pal Lana Owen joined them in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity. Michaela's "amazing" experience came less than two years after her summer of a lifetime turned to near-disaster as she battled meningitis in a Greek hospital. After a night working and clubbing in a resort in Zante, she got to bed at around 6.30am before waking up in severe pain almost nine hours later. "My whole body was in agony from head to toe - the pain was even in my fingers and toes," she said. "I had an awful headache and I couldn't even more. I knew this could not be a … [Read more...] about Michaela takes to the sky for meningitis research – The Courier
An appearance by Grand National winner One For Arthur helped draw in a record crowd at Balcormo Races on Saturday. Hundreds of people braved the chilly wind to descend on Balcormo Racecourse for the UK's most northerly point-to-point meeting, and they were not disappointed following a thrilling afternoon's racing. The afternoon's festivities at the Fife venue, near Lundin Links, were kicked off in style as One For Arthur was paraded in front of the crowd ahead of six steeplechase races and three pony races. The eight-year-old - only the second Scottish-trained horse to win the National - was joined by trainer Lucinda Russell who addressed the packed enclosures, while Perthshire's Fiona Whitaker, owner of 1978 Grand National winner Lucius, was similarly among those passing on her own experience. Former jockey Brian Harding, who has just retired after 25 years in the saddle and is now coaching the next generation of jockeys, was also among the big name visitors on the day. "We've had a … [Read more...] about Grand National winner One For Arthur helps attract record Balcormo Races crowd – The Courier
A large and diverse ward, the needs of local people here are certainly varied. It includes the rural areas of Largo and Lundin Links which were once part of north east Fife but were aligned with Levenmouth following boundary changes in 2008. Residents there argued they had more in common with communities in the north of the region and issues which have affected them include the closure of local facilities, including the library and bank branches. Elsewhere in the area, Leven town centre has suffered badly during the economic downturn with the loss of shops, pubs and two large banks. With a higher proportion of elderly people living here than in many other areas of Fife, local services are vital and councillors will be tasked with fighting for their retention despite financial challenges. Much has been done to improve the area lately and plans are under way to upgrade the shorehead and create better links between the retail park and the high street in a bid to attract more people. The … [Read more...] about Council Election 2017: Leven, Kennoway and Largo (Ward 21) – The Courier
Grand National winners One For Arthur and jockey Derek Fox are to attend this weekend's Balcormo Races in Fife. The pair are expected to draw crowds to the amateur racing event on Saturday, the UK's most northerly point-to-point meeting Balcormo Racecourse, near Lundin Links, is just over 20 miles from trainer Lucinda Russell's stables near Milnathort, where One For Arthur is stabled. Three days after his appearance at Perth Festival on Wednesday, One For Arthur will be paraded at Balcormo and Fox will coach young jockeys competing in the pony races. Fife Point-to-Point honorary secretary Fiona Drysdale said: "We could not be more happy that he is coming to parade at the Fife Point-to-Point. "It is extremely generous of his owners Deborah Thomson and Belinda McLung to allow him to come to Fife. "Lucinda Russell and her team have had a busy time taking him round the Scottish racecourses, so to bring him to Fife before his well-earned summer holidays is very much appreciated. "Nearly … [Read more...] about Balcormo Races to be graced by Grand National winners – The Courier
Householders affected by so-called ‘hedge rage’ are being invited to have their say on the effectiveness of recently approved Scottish Parliament legislation. Michael Alexander reports. When Denis and Maureen Parry’s neighbours were ordered to cut back their towering leylandii because the boundary hedge blocked so much light, they were elated. The dispute had ended in court after the Parrys sought and won an order under the High Hedges (Scotland) Act and they felt relieved it would draw a long-running battle to a close. However, instead of trimming their leylandii to 12 feet as instructed, the neighbours removed every second conifer between the two properties in Leven Road, Lundin Links, so they no longer constituted a hedge under the terms of the legislation. Fife Council confirmed it would take no further action in the row because its notice had been “largely complied with”. © Supplied Maureen and Denis Parry of Lundin LinksTwo years on, however, … [Read more...] about Does Scottish ‘hedge rage’ legislation get to the root of the problem?
A Fife food producer is planning to add an in-house bottling plant after seeing demand soar for its flavoured vinegars and dips. Turnover at The Little Herb Farm at Lundin Links has jumped by almost £200,000 after it agreed a series of supply deals. The firm was set up by entrepreneur Lindsey Anderson as a means of making a little extra cash as her young daughter underwent treatment for a rare blood disorder. “Emily had really bad flu as a baby that turned into bronchitis which completely destroyed her immune system,” Lindsay recalled. “She was diagnosed with a condition called Auto-immune Neutropenia and it took three years for her immune system to recover; during that time even a basic infection could have killed her. “That experience taught me you never know what is around the corner. “I wanted to put a silver lining on the cloud that had been hanging over us, and I’d always wanted to run my own business so I asked myself what was the worst … [Read more...] about Sweet deals help boost Fife vinegar producer
A kind-hearted cattle farmer who died this year left £13million to relatives, friends and his workers. Rae Grieve, 83, put his fortune in a trust and named 13 people as beneficiaries. They include Alistair Cormack, who was a stockman on his farm at Lundin Links, Fife. Rae also remembered his cousin Margaret Black, his doctor, his accountant and colleagues at a housebuilding company he set up seven years ago. Beneficiaries at Lundin Homes include Rae’s fellow directors and sales manager Moira Birrell. Farm worker Andrew Shaw, who got a job with Rae after being redundant, is also a beneficiary. He said: “I’m not surprised to hear he has been so generous. “He was an absolute gentleman, the salt of the earth. “Rae was always handing out cheques or taking people from the area out for lunch, especially at Christmas time. “A little while before he died he said to me, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll not forget any of you.’” Andrew, 54, … [Read more...] about Big-hearted cattle farmer leaves £13m fortune to workers and pals