Driving success in Cupar …

CuparNow is all about showcasing businesses in the town – and we’re delighted to be able to profile some on these pages. When you head south along Crossgate and, before heading into Millgate, take a left onto South Bridge, you can’t help but notice the garage opposite. Aptly named Southbridge Garage, this small, family-run business is a great example of the independents that make up much of our town’s traders. We visited and met with Andrew Thomson to discover more …

Keeping it local …

There’s a great deal of chat about local services – #ShopLocal and #KeepItLocal are two hashtags that often trend on social channels when people are trying to encourage folk to spend more time and money in their communities. Earlier in the summer, (August 2019), The Herald shared a story on how the Federation of Small Business is calling for investment at a local level to help revitalise towns across Scotland. Two thirds of Scotland’s population live in 479 towns. We are helping to share local news, offers and events – seven days a week – and on our travels, we come across many organisations and community partners working hard to support the town. Cupar Library is no exception – and we discovered that they have a ‘Local Studies Department‘ so we went along to find out more. We spoke with Local Studies Supervisor, Andrea McMillan

Bell Baxter’s Polar Challenge

Ten children from Bell Baxter High School have been chosen to undertake a self-led 100km Polar expedition next Easter – supported by another ten class mates who will be helping with the planning, training and fund raising … and who get to take on a challenge of their own in Scotland later next year.

Sowing the seeds of success ….

Anyone visiting Cupar this summer cannot have missed the stunning floral displays that bedeck Cupar’s public gardens, streets, windowsills, railings and more. Much of this work is down to the small army of volunteers who make up Cupar in Bloom. We caught up with them … to dig a little deeper …

Genial Genealogists!

We visited Fife Family History Society this summer to discover more on their work. You’ll find them in Cupar Library on Crossgate. As with many groups and organisations in town, we found out that a small army of dedicated volunteers is behind their work – helping folk both near and far to unearth often long-lost histories on their ancestors. You can read our earlier blog via this link … but we returned to find out more on the people behind the Society – those who make it tick …

Fundraising in the frame …

Our town’s museum and heritage centre has a fund-raising project – and they need everyone’s help. They are in the process of acquiring three Charles Lees’ paintings that were discovered by a local genealogist who loaned them to the heritage centre. The purchase was helped by the Cupar Common Good fund and the Fife Family History Society.  The museum is now looking to raise funds to help to restore the paintings to their 19th century glory. We visited to find out more …

Selling a house?

Here’s a great idea from Rollos on Crossgate. They’re now offering a fully comprehensive marketing package with zero upfront costs. What does that mean? In short, they’ll help to market your house sale … but you’ll only pay for that service when your home is sold … from the proceeds of the sale.

Scotland’s oldest surviving company rooted in Cupar

We love a good detective story – and on a recent visit to Cupar’s Museum & Heritage Centre, we struck gold. Ian Copland, Mike Edwards and Guthrie Hutton- three of the volunteers who help to run the town’s museum – told us how their leg work and research had secured ownership of Scotland’s oldest surviving company …

Caring for Cupar’s Carers

There are increasing numbers of people affected by dementia – and our town is no exception. Thankfully, we have some extraordinary people in our community who dedicate their time through charitable work that helps those who find themselves at a loss when dementia starts to take hold. We met up with two of them – Bob & Anna Farmer – trustees involved in a charity that runs a drop-in centre for carers …

We Are Family – Cupar’s Unique Resource

Cupar is home to a unique resource – the Fife Family History Society – promoting Fife family and local Fife history … and offering to help like-minded folk by sharing resources, archives, publications and more. We dropped in to catch up with the society’s chair, Alison Murray, at their Archive Room within Cupar Library‘s Reference Room – their home for the last three years.