Levenmouth community venue reopens a year after Poundstretcher fire

Together Levenmouth has reopened to the community 11 months after being closed due to a neighbouring blaze.

A community venue in Fife which had to close for almost a year after a fire in a neighbouring building has finally reopened.

The Together Levenmouth Hub was set up on Leven High Street in April last year to tackle deprivation in the area, support local residents, and boost tourism.

But it was forced to close when the neighbouring Poundstretcher caught ablaze last November, which has since been demolished.

Staff had to adapt quickly to make sure their services continued despite being displaced – and now they’re as determined as ever to make a difference.

Michael Hildrew, Cosy Kingdom Project said: “This is just one of many community projects organised by Together Levenmouth.

“Its new centre had only been open a few months when the fire at the Poundstretcher next door forced it to close.

Fire at Poundstretcher on Leven High Street in November 2022

“It’s home to a shop, cafe, escape rooms and crazy golf – the aim is to encourage locals and tourists back to the High Street here.

“And almost a year on, it’s finally open again.”

Susan Oak, Together Levenmouth added: “We kept trying to have these dates set… and with that came the challenges of deploying staff to dif fplaces. it’s good to actually finally get the doors open.

“Profits from the centre will be ploughed back into projects to support local residents.”

Locals attending described it as “a sense of camaraderie”, “a very worthwhile experience” and “helping to calm” their worries.

One of the activities on offer is Bingo Buddies, backed by the Scottish Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund.

In between games, energy advice is on offer as winter draws near.

Michael added: “It’s going to be a real struggle for a lot of people.

“Our big message is get advice now, make sure you’re saving energy where you can. Make sure you know about the help you’re entitled to.”

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