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Items for the bulletin should be submitted to the Editor,  Jacquie Clapperton:   editorsandsbulletin@gmail.com

Free Sanitary Products

posted 24 Jun 2019, 09:21 by Ian Holmes-Lewis

Community Access to Free Sanitary Products - tell us what you think

Following the announcement that the Scottish Government is funding free sanitary products for people throughout Scotland, here in Fife we want people to be able to access these products easily and conveniently. We would love to hear your thoughts on what, where and how you think these products should be available.

Cllr Lesley Backhouse, vice convener of community and housing services committee said: “In Fife, we want to offer a dignified, sensitive and practical solution that will provide this most basic of necessities to females in all communities. I would encourage women and girls to take part in this short survey so we can ensure sanitary products are available in the right places.”

She added: “Families have less disposable income to spend on basic hygiene products. Sanitary products are a necessity, not a choice and no women or girl should find themselves in the embarrassing and often degrading situation of having to use improper sanitary protection simply because they cannot afford it.”

The survey is available until 30th June and can be accessed at www.fifedirect.org.uk/sanitaryproductssurvey

Issue 78 June/July 2019

posted 1 Jun 2019, 17:53 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 2 Jun 2019, 14:29 ]




New Look E-Bulletin

We are moving to e-distribution of the Community Bulletin.

Countdown – 4 paper editions to go 

It has become more and more challenging to obtain funding for the Community Bulletin and is taking up an increasing amount of time to fundraise. The bulletin is becoming more and more popular and has needed to increase 50% in size, proportionately increasing costs. We have taken the decision to move to move to e-distribution of the bulletin by December 2019, and are taking into account GDPR issues. 

It will have a number of benefits:

    · Costs will be drastically reduced

    · You will receive colour bulletins in a similar format to this one - not just a link - by email, which will contain more images, will be easier to read and will be accessible on all devices.

    · It will be easier to send out a ‘call to action’ if, for instance, we start getting a spate of burglaries.

    · It will be easier to announce any events that occur outwith the bulletin copy deadlines

We are glad that you enjoy being ‘in the know’ with what is happening in your community.

The next five months will be a transition period where we will deliver both hard copy bulletins and an e-bulletin. 

We recognise that there are folk in our community that do not have access to the internet – do not worry. We will be making provision for you. Over the remaining months that the paper edition will be delivered, we will include a form to request a paper bulletin. More information will follow in the next edition.


PLEASE ACT NOW IF YOU WISH TO CONTINUE RECEIVING THE MONTHLY BULLETIN - BY EMAIL 


Your details will only be used to set up and distribute the bulletin by email. We promise not to share the information with any other parties. 

You can click HERE or access the sign up form on the home page, or you can access the form directly by typing in the following into your browser address bar: https://tinyurl.com/Saline-Steelend-bulletin

REMEMBER - Complete the form for each person in the household that wishes to receive the bulletin.

In service 
The Communications Group 



NEW POLICE NEWSLETTER 

Our Community Police Officers for Ward 1, PCs Kevin Chandler and Ian Fraser, have produced a quarterly newsletter for the West Fife and Coastal Villages.
It can be read on the West Fife Villages website. 

Of particular interest to our community is the widespread concern about speeding and poor parking. Police will be increasing checks over the next months so beware. 

Kevin and Ian can be contacted by email at WestFifeCoastalVillagesCPT@pnn.police.uk. If you don't have Internet access, call 101 and the call handler will pass your message to Kevin or Ian.





Editor's Note

The Editor reserves the right to refuse, edit or factually correct all items submitted for publication. All views expressed in this Bulletin are purely those of the author of the item concerned and are not necessarily those of the Editor or of the Communications Group as a whole. 





SALINE & BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH NEWS 

Church Services at 9.30am will continue as usual over the summer months. There will be provision for children in the hall during part of the service.

The end of the regular Sunday Club session will be marked on Sunday 23 June. The service will be followed by a Church Family BBQ in the hall and grounds.

A Service of Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 30 June at 9.30 am.

The Wednesday Coffee Mornings (10.00-12.00) continue over the summer.

The walking group programme also continues and further details can be found on the church website or from Stewart Millar or Peter Philp.

The Church premises will be open to the public, coinciding with the Museum in the former session house, on Sundays 10.30-12.30, Tuesdays 18.00-20.00, and Wednesdays 10.30-12.30. Visitors are welcome to come and learn something of our history and present life, or just take the opportunity of spending a time of peace and reflection.



COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS 

There was a decent attendance on a typically dreich evening, brightened up by some new faces. David Chisholm welcomed them and hoped that they would continue to attend.


In his introductory remarks, David referred to his and Donald Murdoch's attendance at a visit from residents from Saline, Michigan, USA organised by the Heritage Society. This had been a pleasant experience and he hoped that there would be more visits. Visitors to the Church Hall will have noticed the flag left by the guests who had gone back to the States with heritage material (plus souvenirs from their visit to the Glengoyne Distillery!) He also noted that new residents had participated in the recent Fun Day organised by Saline Church and praised the quality of photos posted on the Community Facebook site.


Traffic Issues

The previous issue referred to the Scottish Government's response to Fife Council's attitude to our requests for speed and weight limits on some local roads. Cllr Manekshaw has raised this with Transportation who had responded that the Council can only take forward projects based on proven need. As our views are shared by other West Fife villages, David Chisholm will be taking this matter up with the West Fife Villages Forum to establish whether a co-ordinated effort is required.

Regarding last month's reference to complaints about a lorry parked on Loch Road, it appears that the driver has received Facebook and face-to-face threats. This is an over-the-top reaction which is not warranted by the situation. [Please see letter later in this issue. Editor]

Several people were concerned about children running across Oakley Road from the skateboard area to the new houses, using a gap between the hedge and the temporary fence along the Kingdom frontage. A new fence will be installed when the roadside path is constructed but, in the meantime, Kingdom Housing will be asked to extend the temporary fence to block off the gap. However, it is also vital that parents remind their children of the dangers of running on to the road.

Jean Alexander advised that there are only four Speedwatch volunteers available, which limits their availability, and they are desperate for others to join. A new police officer has been appointed to support the group.

Council Garage Sites

As reported previously, Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust has expressed an interest in taking over the sites with a view to modernising the garages to enable some to be used by community groups and for use by small local businesses. A Phase 2 bid is currently being prepared.

Christmas Lights

This proposal needs a ‘champion’, supported by a small team, to take forward. Is there anyone out there willing to volunteer?


Mobility Scooter Access to Saline Golf Club

The ramps have been marked out and the access to the Golf Club car park will be resurfaced in June. The Club is also considering applying for funding to install an electric car charging point. The Club has made significant and welcome changes over the last year or so and is a valuable community asset. Please consider making more use of it.

Hotel Site

The Community Council has established that there are three limited companies involved in the Kelcon Group: Kelcon Property Group (in administration), Kelcon Construction (winding-up order issued) and Shellabear Timber Manufacturing. All three companies' accounts for the year to June 2018 are overdue for submission to Companies House and could therefore be subject to a compulsory strike-off.

The Glebe

The April meeting learned that the site is now being marketed as five individual plots – three for offers over £100,000 and two for offers over £80,000 - and there was concern that this would create difficulties regarding the planning conditions/obligations imposed for the whole site. Whilst Cllr Manekshaw had been assured by planning officers that the existing conditions would apply, there are doubts about the practicalities of leaving individuals to meet collective requirements such as roads, services, wheel washing and the outstanding Coal Authority survey. Indeed, should the purchasers of the plots wish to materially amend the house types already approved, they would need to apply for planning permission afresh.

Possible Steelend Housing

There has been no response from Kingdom Housing yet but it appears that Fife Council sold off more land than realised when disposing of Steelend Community Centre. However, the new owner is amenable to approaches from any potential developers of the adjacent land.

Acquisition of Saline Community Centre

The Scottish Land Fund has provided details of possible funding sources for a feasibility study and business plan, and an application is currently being prepared. Moray Royles of City Architecture has prepared some interesting sketches on how the centre could be re-configured to make it more attractive. In the meantime, please remember to post your views on the proposed pharmacy to NHS Fife.

Comrie Colliery

Fife Council has been advised that the Community Council supports restoration of the site but has stressed the need to ensure that activities are properly controlled with reference to the points raised at the last meeting and by objectors.

Food Waste Bags 

It has been established that these can be obtained free of charge from Oakley Community Centre. Cllr Bobby Clelland pointed out that bags should be left untied (this helps the composting process) and that it was acceptable to wrap potato peelings in old newspapers.

The Big Lunch

David had obtained the information pack for the Big Lunch Initiative produced by the Eden Project. The intention is for communities like ours to host a street party where people make or buy food to share with others. The date of the national event has already passed but there could still be an event later in the year, maybe at the same weekend as the Horticultural Show. Beth Shaw undertook to raise the idea with the Rural.

VE Day Celebrations




The West Fife Forum has raised the possibility of all the villages in West Fife collaborating in the celebration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day in 2020. 

More information will be provided when available.




Fireworks Display 2019

Thanks are due to our three councillors for approving a grant of £600 towards this year's event. Other sponsors are being approached but there will still be a need to raise more money through a raffle. Volunteers to sell tickets, possibly on a street to street basis, are required. Can you help to put on another great show? If so, please contact David Chisholm (david.chisholm47@btinternet.com)

Date of Next Meeting:
Tuesday 25 June at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre. All welcome. 




SALINE GOLF CLUB 

Due to requests, breakfasts are now being served on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9.00am. No need to book, just pop in.

Regular events are the Monday night cash bingo (over 18 years only) at 7.30pm, and the Thursday evening quiz starts at 8.30pm. New teams most welcome.

The Saturday Monthly Quiz is on 8 June and is £2 per person – why not get a team together and join us?

The next show is a Beatles, Wings and Paul McCartney tribute on Saturday 29 June at 8.00pm. Tickets are only £10 and are available from the bar.

Golf and Social Memberships are available. Pick up a form from the entrance hallway or the bar.




116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

The proposed Beaver sleepover will now be held after the summer holiday. In May, the Beaver Colony successfully took part, along with other Colonies from Dunfermline District, in the Jamboree on The Trail (JOTT) with walks in and around Lochore Meadows. They also had fun evening ‘pond dipping’ in Carnock Burn followed by a play session in the park in Carnock.

The joint trip with the Beavers and Cubs to Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh is now booked for 8 June.

The Cub Pack have been very busy over the past month with various activities. To earn their Animal Carer Activity Badge, the Cubs visited the Pets at Home store in Dunfermline. For their JOTT the Cubs had an enjoyable walk over Saline Hill. On the evening of the European Elections when the hall was unavailable, the Cubs went to the Carnegie Swimming Pool in Dunfermline where they all passed the Stage 2 Swimmer Activity Badge.

A Patrol from the Scout Troop attended the Gibb Bugle which is the District’s Annual Camping Competition. Though they didn’t win, they enjoyed themselves and gained valuable experience.

The Group Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 20 June at 7.30 pm in the hall at Carnock. As this will be the last meeting for this session for all Sections, the youth membership will be having hotdogs and outdoor games, weather permitting.

Meetings for the new session will start on Thursday 22 Aug for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and on Friday 23 for Beavers all at the usual times.

As we have vacancies in all Sections, new members (both girls and boys) are very welcome to join.

Peter Philp 
Group Scout Leader 
01383 852612 
116th Fife Scout Group 
Registered Charity Number SC031132 




SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

The sun shone for the visit by our heritage twin, Saline, Michigan, on Thursday 9 May. They enjoyed refreshments in the church before being taken on a tour of the museum and graveyard. We have also held our AGM and a well-attended last speaker event for the winter/spring season.

The museum opens on Sunday June 10.30am - 1.00pm, our exhibition being on Healthcare across Saline & District. Opening hours are also Tuesdays 6.00 - 8.00pm and Wednesdays 10.00am-12.00noon. We look forward to welcoming everyone.




BANDRUM NEWS 

Bandrum placed a static spin bike in Reception with the aim of cycling the distance of the West Highland Way – 154 km – as part of their Healthy Working Lives initiative. Staff, friends and residents smashed the total, cycling 166.6 km and raising £100 for Penumbra which supports those with vulnerable mental health. Donations can still be made.

Bandrum Summer Fete will be on the 14 September, 02.00-04.00pm; more information will follow in the next bulletin.



TAKE UP CURLING 

Bored sitting in the house on dark winter nights?


Drop your laptop, tablet or mobile; Broomhall Curling Club are looking for new members.

FREE COME & TRY SESSIONS 

For further details, please call Bob Owens on 01383 872696 




LORRY ON LOCH ROAD: 
LETTER RECEIVED IN RESPONSE TO LAST MONTH'S BULLETIN 

In response to your traffic concerns raised, in particular concerns over the parked lorry on Loch Road, we at Randy’s Vehicle Recovery Ltd have had several complaints over the situation – please see below.

Our technician, who is a local man, has been threatened at his door.

Some of the phone calls complaining about the lorry have been aggressive, some using abusive language along with threatening behaviour.

The vehicle has been defaced using raw eggs.

Please note all of our phone calls are recorded and we as a company have a duty of care to all of our staff; we will not tolerate abusive, aggressive or threatening behaviour towards them.

Efforts have been made to relieve the situation to ensure there are no more issues with residents. Our technician is only trying to do his job and provide for his family, not forgetting that he is part of your community.

Any complaints made to our company are taken very seriously and we will do everything possible to rectify the situation but, if this behaviour persists, we will have no option but to call in the police, which we will do as a last resort.


Catherine Pennycook 



This month's sponsor:

This edition of the Bulletin is kindly sponsored by 

Knockhill Racing Circuit 
East of Scotland Motor Group Limited 




FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

Saline Golf Club

We have free Wi-Fi and BT Sports.
Food available throughout the year:
  Monday: Closed
  Tuesday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Wednesday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Thursday: 11.00am-8.00pm
  Friday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Saturday: 09.00am-2.30pm
  Sunday: 09.00noon-4.00pm

Golf Memberships available.
Junior Golf Membership only £10 per year.
Social Membership only £10 per year.
Bingo every Monday, 7.30pm start.
Quiz night every Thursday at 8.30pm. £1 entry.

Rainbows
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

Brownies
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

116th Fife Scout Group

Beaver Colony, Every Friday, 6.00pm-7.30pm
Cub Pack, Every Thursday, 6.30pm-8.00pm
Scout Troop, Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm
Explorer Unit, Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm
Carnock Community Centre, Camps Road, Carnock. Open to both boys & girls

Highland Dancing Classes
Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm, Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm. Tel Betty on 852610

Sambangra Drumming Group
Tuesdays, 7.00pm-8.30pm, £2
Steelend Club

Shieldbank Coffee Shop

Hot and cold drinks, savory toasties, baguettes, cheese tarts, scones, carrot cake etc.
Open Tuesdays – Sundays 09.30am-06.00pm
Craft Group, Thursdays, 10.00am-12.00noon
Photography: Friday, Fridays,07.30pm-09.00pm
Tel: 07792 759583
Photography Day for Beginners with Colin Kilgour
Saturday June 29
Cost £75 including coffees & lunch
!0.00 till 18.00
For details, ring Vic on 07792 759583

Explore New Hobbies
Saturday August 10
Anyone who runs, or is involved with a group, is invited to Shieldbank Coffee Shop to showcase the activity of their group. (Free)
Anyone interested in trying a new hobby should come along to Shieldbank and meet the different groups and, where possible have a hands-on experience.
For information, ring Vic on 07792 759583

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club 

Everyone welcome! Riding lessons for children from 4 years upwards. Adult riding lessons from complete beginners to competition standard riders. Small groups or individual tuition. Well-schooled horses and ponies. Summer holiday riding courses from Introduction to Horses/Ponies right up to Improving your Riding Position/Control and Getting Results! Opportunity to compete. Equestrian Vaulting for young people from 5 years+. Come and have a go! 

Tel: 01383 852874 
Email: info@shieldbank.co.uk 
fb: Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club 

Craft and Chatter 
Thursdays 10.00am-12.00noon 
Last Friday of month 7.00pm-9.00pm 
Shieldbank Coffee Shop 



Adult Badminton, Mondays 7.45pm, Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.45pm 
Saline Community Centre. T: 852610 

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church 

Afternoon Craft Group 

Every second Tuesday. Everyone is invited to join with any sewing, knitting or craft - and enjoy the blether! 2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall. 

The service on Sunday 23 June will be followed by a Church Family BBQ in the hall and grounds. 

A Service of Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 30 June at 9.30 am. 

The Church premises will be open to the public, coinciding with the Museum in the former session house, on Sundays 10.30-12.30, Tuesdays 18.00-20.00, and Wednesdays 10.30-12.30. 




                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

KINCARDINE BRIDGE TRAFFIC DELAYS

posted 29 May 2019, 07:27 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 29 May 2019, 07:31 ]

FINAL PHASE OF KINCARDINE BRIDGE MAINTENANCE COMMENCES 5th JUNE

The work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday 5th June and will run until Wednesday 10th July 2019.

Undertaking this work now will ensure the continued safe and reliable operation of this important section of the A985 and reduces the need for more extensive maintenance in the future.

To facilitate this process there will be a full night time carriageway closure on the A985 Kincardine Bridge, with a signed diversion route in operation, between 8pm and 6am, each night from Wednesday 5th June to Saturday 8th June 2019 and again, on Saturday 6th July to Tuesday 9th July 2019.

During the full closure of the A985 Kincardine Bridge the signed diversion will be as follows:

A985 Eastbound traffic will be diverted onto the A876 Clackmannanshire Bridge via Higgins Neuk Roundabout. At Kilbagie Roundabout, traffic will take the exit to join the A977 towards Kincardine. The Diversion will end at Longannet Roundabout and traffic should follow local signage to complete journey.

A985 Westbound traffic will follow the same diversion route but in the opposite direction.

From 6am on Saturday 8th June until 8pm on Saturday 6th July 2019 there will be 24-hour single lane closures on the A985 Kincardine Bridge with temporary traffic signals in place. Saturday 22nd June 2019 will be an exception from the above full carriageway closure to allow for the switchover from the eastbound lane to the westbound lane and the diversion route will apply between 8pm Saturday 22nd and 6am on Sunday 23rd June.

In addition, this scheme will require the partial 24-hour closure of the A876 North Approach Road, affecting the westbound right-turn towards Kincardine Bridge from 6am on Saturday 8th June until 8pm on Saturday 6th July 2019. Traffic will be diverted left via the A985 eastbound to Longannet Roundabout. From here, it will be able to join the A985 westbound towards Kincardine Bridge and diversion will end.

Eastbound traffic at Kincardine Bridge off-slip will also be affected from 6am on Saturday 8th June until 6am on Sunday 23rd June 2019. Traffic will be diverted via the A985 to Longannet Roundabout where it will be able to join the A977 Toll Road towards Kincardine where diversion will end.

Bus operating companies affected by these works will also be instructed to follow the above diversion routes.

Works on the west footway will also take place during the first two weeks of the scheme requiring its closure, signage will be erected with pedestrians instructed to use the east footpath. To allow this an additional pedestrian crossing will be situated on the A876 North Approach Road and a pedestrian phase will be incorporated into the temporary traffic light set-up. The east footway will always be open for the duration of the works to allow pedestrians to cross the bridge.

Traffic journey time monitoring equipment will be used to monitor any traffic delays through the works, with real-time updates provided to the travelling public through variable message signage. Traffic delays are expected during construction, particularly at AM and PM peak times, with a maximum delay of 12 minutes anticipated. Road users are therefore asked to be patient during the works.

Cyclists will be instructed to dismount if using the footpaths across the bridge.

Please note, all schemes are weather dependent and may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not favourable.

This scheme has been planned in consultation with Transport Scotland, Traffic Scotland, the emergency services, Stagecoach, First Bus, Kingfisher Tours, Road Hauliers Association, Freight Transport Association, Abnormal Loads, Clackmannanshire Council, Falkirk Council, Fife Council, and Stirling Council.

A free Road Work Alerts service is available from our website: www.setrunkroads.co.uk

An email address is all that is required to sign up for the service.



Robyn Dale
Community Engagement Manager | Highways

Stagecoach Service Alterations

posted 15 May 2019, 07:49 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 21 May 2019, 18:03 ]

Stagecoach Service Alterations
Public Consultation


Please see the following from Stagecoach:

After reviewing our network of services across Fife, Perth & Kinross, Dundee & Angus, we are proposing service changes to our Express City Connect network, as well as some local services from Monday 29 July 2019.

Before confirming these revisions in late June, we are consulting local Councils, along with our current customers and staff for feedback on our proposals from Monday 20 May – Friday 7 June 2019.

You can view the full list of proposals below, as well as leave feedback that will be considered in our consultation, via the online form at the bottom of the page.



We’ll also be holding some information events at our Park & Ride sites and travel shops throughout Fife. The times and dates for these events will be confirmed shortly.



https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/east-scotland/service-change-proposals



Scott Hall 
Commercial Manager

Stagecoach East Scotland
Unit 9 Upper Floor
Castle Business Centre
Queensferry Road
Dunfermline
KY11 8NT

Tel: 01383 660860 | Direct: 01383 660865 | stagecoachbus.com

Stagecoach East Scotland Customer Services
Monday - Friday: 0700 - 1900 | Tel: 01383 660880 | Email: eastscotland.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com | Address: Customer Services, FREEPOST STAGECOACH
__________________________________________

Stagecoach East Scotland Disability Help Desk
Monday - Friday: 0700 - 1900 | Tel: 01383 660880 | Email: aberhill.disabilityhelpdesk@stagecoachbus.com

Issue 77 May 2019

posted 7 May 2019, 08:10 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 1 Jun 2019, 15:50 ]



COMMUNITY COUNCIL REPORT 
Attendance was slightly down for what turned out to be a productive meeting. David Chisholm started with the sad news of Isobel Menzies' death. Isobel had been one of the first people he had met when he moved here and she showed him her customary welcoming nature. She had served the community well and was one of the longest serving members of the community council. Testimony to the regard that people felt for Isobel was the tremendous attendance at her funeral service.

David also commented on the good turnout at the unveiling of the Rev Downie street nameplate and described it as a lovely event and a happy occasion. The Downie family had travelled from all over Scotland to attend and had been moved by the affection for their parents still shown by the community.

The meeting was pleased to see that Cllr Mino Manekshaw was back in harness following his eye operation.


Blair House Site Restoration

The contractor is now settled on the site and work has started. An exhibition of the final designs will be exhibited shortly. It is disappointing that vandalism continues to be a problem and it is important that information is given to the Police. Remember that vandalism costs eat into the budget for restoring the site.

Mobility Scooter Access to Saline Golf Club

The good news is that Fife Council has agreed to install the ramps requested at last month's meeting.

Pharmacy and Community Centre

176 questionnaires have been submitted and it is hoped that more will be sent. Almost all express support. It seems that some people have been concerned about security but it has been confirmed that the premises will be secure.

Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust has received encouragement to apply for funding of a feasibility study and business plan for the Community Centre. In the meantime, Moray Royles from City Architecture (architect for the new Kingdom homes) is preparing sketch proposals for discussion on how the centre can be developed.

Misbehaving Dogs

Fife Council has been contacted and advised that action can be taken but that clear details of where the problems are and when they occur are needed. The bottom line is that the first step should be to speak to the owners. If that doesn't work the council would need these further details. Importantly, one of the problems has been solved by someone speaking to the owners.


Possible Steelend Housing

A local resident felt that it was desirable that local people were active in identifying how best the area could be developed. That view is shared by the community Council and further discussions are planned.

Traffic

David Chisholm has contacted Michael Matheson, Transport Minister, regarding Fife Council's claim that nothing could be done about the community's suggestions on what could be done to address the many issues as they did not comply with Scottish Government rules. The response from one of Mr Matheson's aides was that, if Fife Council wants to introduce measures such as weight limits, they are perfectly free to do so. This is an issue for other communities and David will raise it with the West Fife Villages Forum.

Concerns have been expressed by Devon Place residents who are encountering problems in safely exiting due to parked vehicles blocking visibility. The possibility of parking restrictions was raised. A lorry parked on Loch Road also appears to be a problem.


Christmas Lights

The possibility of a grant from the Big Lottery is being explored.

Hotel Site

It has been established that HMRC has applied to liquidate the owners and it is anticipated that the site will be sold. That raises the possibility of 3 people looking for a plot getting together to bid for the site. Anyone interested?

Solsgirth

The consultation on the revised proposals for development on the former Solsgirth Mine site was poorly attended. This proposal is actually in Clackmannanshire but it is anticipated that Saline will be used for many needs such as our school and local businesses. This potentially makes these services more viable and might encourage new ones but the problem remains of pressure on limited community facilities.

Comrie Colliery

There was lively discussion about the proposed recycling of demolition waste on the former Comrie Colliery site. There have been a number of objections from the wider area but few from Saline and Steelend despite the Facebook comments.

The consensus view was that restoration of the colliery site was essential but that the objections raise understandable concerns, mainly traffic related. The applicant has now provided further information to Fife Council (available on Fife Direct) that provides more information. It was felt that the concerns could be addressed by strict conditions but that these should be legally binding and enforced. This will be stressed in the Community Council's response to Fife Council.

The condition of the A907 has justifiably caused complaints but is not entirely due to Caledonian Constructions activities. The applicant is committed to installing proper wheel washing facilities while Fife Council is believed to be willing to provide additional roadside drainage to alleviate the regular torrents of water that plague this road.

Date of Next Meeting

Tuesday 28 May 2019 at 7.30 in Saline Community Centre. All welcome 




JOIN the COMMUNITY
BULLETIN & WEBSITE TEAM 

We are looking for 3 villagers who might have some fresh ideas and a little time to support the monthly production of our bulletin and e-bulletin for the Saline and Steelend Community.

Ian Holmes-Lewis (Web Maestro), Jacquie Clapperton (Bulletin Editor) and Mark Baugh (Comms Team Co-ordinator) have been producing the bulletin for the last 7 years and would welcome some additional support in making it happen. To give you an idea of what is involved a description of each role follows.

The web maestro maintains and improves the village website www.salinesteelend.org and uploads the e-bulletin each month and informs subscribers that it is available to read. Our future plans are to professionalise it into an e-zine in the hope that it will attract advertising revenue to contribute towards the costs of our paper bulletin. We need to make it more digitally friendly so it can be read on smart phones and tablets as well as desk top and lap top computers. We would also like to be able to support community groups in posting their own web pages and in maintaining them. Would you like to be involved?

The bulletin editor sends out the call for contributions to all community groups and local organisations every month and magically cuts and pastes it into a thumping good read. It requires an organisational skill under a tight deadline. The draft is offered to the bulletin review panel for proofing and then after any amends it is sent for print where it is picked up by our beloved distribution goblins and delivered to your local friendly distributor who puts it through your door. The editor also deals with and forwards community correspondence and queries that come in through our email address editorsandsbulletin@gmail.com - would you like to be involved?

The team co-ordinator has an interesting strategic overview of the whole process ensuring the right resources (people, financial, equipment) are in place when and if needed to provide a seamless communications platform service to the community. Strategically there is more we would like to do to streamline and enhance our services such as developing e-distribution. 

Would you like to be involved? Just give Mark a call on 851059. 




SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

Sue Mowatt's talk on Dunfermline Abbey Graveyard was well attended and we learnt that there are actually three graveyards surrounding the Abbey

Our AGM and final talk is on Wednesday 15th May, 7 for 7.30pm in the Church Hall and is on Manuscripts, Missals and Miscellaneous Rare Books from Dunfermline Library, by Sara Kelly. All welcome. Thanks to Barry Doyle for arranging all these wonderful speakers and we look forward to what he has in store later this year. And thank you everyone for attending our evening talks.

We are looking forward to a busy summer hosting visits to the village, graveyard and, of course, our museum. Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook for museum opening times.




BADMINTON 

We welcome new players Monday and Wednesday evenings 7.45pm - 9pm in the Community Centre. We are a happy bunch of players, it is good fun and a great way to keep fit. Contact Linda 07840759384 if you would like to come along.




KIRKLANDS GARDEN 
Charity Opening 

Kirklands Garden is open again on 26th May from 2.00pm to 5.00pm Entrance: £5.00, accompanied children are free. The 2 - acre garden is spectacular in Spring with bluebells, rhododrendrons, trilliums, fritillaries and meconopsis (blue poppies). 

 Explore the woodland garden, the terraced walled garden, the bog garden and herbaceous borders. We even have a zany treehouse. Delicious cream teas with homemade scones and jam made from our own strawberries and raspberries are served in the marquee. A large plant stall with plants raised in the garden so you know they’ll survive in our part of Fife! If any village group would like a presence during the opening, either with a stall or leaflets please let us know - we would love you to be involved. We’re always looking for helpers too! Call: 852737 or 07787115477 or e-mail: gill@i-comment360.com

Check out our Facebook page: Kirklands House and Garden, Saline where we post photos of the garden almost daily. Please come and support good causes. 60% of takings go to the Environmental Group who carry out sterling work around Saline, and Steelend to improve our local environment. 40% goes to Scotland’s Garden Scheme charities (Maggie’s, Perennial, Qnis, NTS)




WEST FIFE ORCHESTRA - INTERESTED? 

Mr Douglas Reid from Crossford is looking for help with his ambition to establish an orchestra to play traditional Scottish and Celtic music. This would offer free tuition in a number of instruments should a project develop. 

To get things moving, he is looking for volunteers to form a steering group and help with administration and marketing. If you are interested in helping or learning more about his project, he can be contacted by phone at 07539867265.




DUNFERMLINE TO ALLOA RAIL LINE REINSTATEMENT CONSULTATION 

John Hosie has been appointed by Mark Ruskell MSP to conduct a listening exercise with communities and confirm their views on the reinstatement of this line for passenger services. Two public meetings have been arranged for 7pm in Kincardine Community Centre on 13 May and in Alloa Town Hall on 20 May. These meetings will be attended by the main stakeholders and decision-makers. 

It is vital that the voices of communities feed into this process and that their needs, concerns and aspirations are heard. The second round for bids for cash from the Local Rail Development Fund need to be submitted by 25th June and, consequently, comments are essential if our communities want to access these funds. 

While most people see this as a link westwards, it should be remembered that there would be potential to connect to the East Coast main line. Indeed, people seeking the reinstatement of the rail links to Leven and St Andrews have highlighted the importance of the Dunfermline to Alloa line. Please take the opportunity to attend one or both of these meetings to ensure that your views are heard. 

If you want further information, John Hosie can be contacted at johngreenrail@yahoo.com




TAIGO STEAMS AHEAD 

Cllr Mino Manekshaw reported to the Community Council on his attendance at a presentation by the Coalfield Communities Regeneration Trust. At this meeting, he was told by a senior Taigo executive that the company was committed to the project to manufacture trains at Longannet and that, while the company wished to build trains for HS2, this wasn't a determining factor in their interest in Longannet. We can only hope that many of the skilled jobs will be obtained by local people.




FOOD WASTE BAGS 

Fife Council's Area Committee has agreed that food waste bags should be made available from Community Centres. Details have not yet been received on whether charges will be made or when the scheme will start so don't all rush out at once.




STEELEND GALA COMMITTEE

You are invited to two fund raising nights, Ladies Night and Prize Bingo in Steelend Club – see forthcoming events below for details.

Please note, the Gala this year is on Saturday 3rd August and forms are available in the club for the Gala Queen (age 9-15), Princess (4-8) and Page boy (4-8). Names must be in by Sunday 19th May, and will be drawn at prize bingo on 22nd May.




REV DOWNIE WYND 

New residents of Rev Downie Wynd may wonder about their street name's origin. The following is Janette McNaught's talk at the recent naming ceremony. It should show why Mr and Mrs Downie and family were held in so much regard by people in this community. 

The Reverend Alexander G Downie B.D. (Bachelor of Divinity) came to Saline as minister in 1953 and he was a "batchelor" in the sense that he was single. Some of the young ladies in the village were delighted, so much so that when he came home to the manse sometimes there would be a jar of jam and some scones and pancakes on the doorstep! But to no avail Mr Downie only had eyes for his bonnie Jean from Rosehearty, so he married her and brought her back to Saline where they both worked tirelessly for the parish here and in Blairingone. The Downies had three children, Margaret, Sandy who was known as wee Sandy, and Alison. So the manse was a happy lively place to be!

Some of the highlights of Mr Downies life are remembered by people in the village some who were baptised and married by him. He loved the annual church "bazaar" which was held in the Community Centre. He would go round collecting bric-a-brac and home baking in his car for the different stalls and help set things up. He would purchase something from each stall in the afternoon and one year after he had bought a whole load of things he left them on Mrs Downies stall to collect later. When he went back for them they had disappeared. Mrs Downie had sold them again! 

The Boys' Brigade company were very much in the forefront of his youthwork - he was their Captain and every year you could be sure that 1st saline BB would win the marching competition because The boys did figure marching every Friday for months! And they usually came top in the scripture exam as well! 

Sunday school picnics were always a highlight. Two double-decker buses filled with children and families would set off from the church, streamers flying from every window, to one of the nearby farmer’s fields or Cochrane Park in Alva. Once settled, the minister delighted in comng round with a breadboard filled with lukewarm greasy scotch pies which the children and adults loved until one year some of the mums thought it unhealthy to have the pies - so no more pies! 

Sandy Downie was a man of the people for the people and if he were here today he would visit every new home and family to welcome them to the village and wish them a long and happy life here in the Parish.




SALINE HORTICULTURAL SHOW 2019 

The schedule for this year’s show is included in this issue of the bulletin (and is available to download as a PDF on the Horticultural Society page), so if you plan to enter and visit the show this year – Sept 7 - 8, which we hope you will, then please keep this copy in a safe place. 

This year we have introduced a novice entry under each of the main show sections to encourage new exhibitors. You will find more information about this in the schedule. As has been said many times the committee can arrange the event, organise judges and provide tea and cakes, but we need the community to bring along their exhibits on the day to fill the hall and put on a show. 

For 88 years Saline has had a successful annual show, lets make the 89th show a really good one. Looking forward to seeing you and your entries in September
 - Gareth Turner. 




SALINE GOLF CLUB 

Fife Council have agreed to drop the kerb opposite the access slope to the Golf Club and we are very grateful for a £2000 award from Kingdom Housing towards replacing the slope. This means we have the required funds in place and the work will be done as soon as possible, thus enabling our members who arrive by disability scooter to get to the clubhouse safely without going on the public road. Many Thanks.

Golf and Social membership is available- just pop into the club for a form and hand in your details with your payment. Social membership is only £5 until August.




STREET CLEANING 

Several people have been in touch with the Community Council regarding a rumour that our highly-regarded Street Cleaner, Alan Pettigrew, is being moved. The Community Council is trying to establish whether this is the case and have asked Cllrs Clelland and Manekshaw to investigate.. Alan is seen by many people as conscientious and hard working, and his deployment elsewhere would be a great blow to our community.



BULLETIN DISTRIBUTOR NEEDED
for the Allanwater & Kingdom Housing Developments 

The Saline and Steelend bulletin helps to keep the community “in the know” and depends on the goodwill of over 25 volunteers to get the news to your door. We are asking for someone to volunteer from the new developments who would be willing to contribute less than an hour per month to deliver the bulletin. Interested? 

Let Mark know on 01383 851059 or marklbaugh@aol.co.uk




SOCIAL GARDENING
@ Cherry Tree Lodge 

Do you enjoy gardening – especially with others? We are looking to offer a regular social gardening space on a Monday morning from 9am until 1pm rounding off with a tasty nourishing lunch. 

Tasks might involve maintaining the well-being, art and nature treasure trail we are building, tidying up flower beds, pond management, hedge trimming, log splitting (with a machine), maintaining the fruit garden, fruit tree planting, caring for the greenhouse, strimming… 

Cherry Tree Lodge is a retreat centre, set in 7 acres, sitting on the edge of Saline. We are about nourishing mind, body & soil. We host a range of workshops and retreats around well-being, art & nature and you can find our retreat programme at www.cherrytreelodge.net/whatson.htm - take a look.

Interested? Call Mark on 851059 or 07940 421038 or email markandtill@cherrytreelodge.net




SALINE SCHOOL 

All the pupils and staff at Saline Primary have returned after the spring break feeling refreshed and ready to tackle a very busy term 4! This term we have our P7s away to Lockerbie Manor on their week long residential experience with Inzievar pupils and P5 away on an overnight stay at Fordell Firs with two days of activities.

The P5-7s are busy learning their lines, creating scenery and learning the songs for their end of term show which is looking to be the best yet! We have also had a team from P5-7 working on a Goblin Kit Car with the valued support from two local residents and engineering experts, Andrew Pryce and Martin Klauz. A huge thank you to them for making this happen. 

We are looking for sponsorship for the team to help with clothing if anyone can help please?

Our Junior Leadership Pathway pupils have been busy organising events for our Health activity week and have organised the Race For Life event in partnership with Cancer Research. This will take place at the large pitch beside the cemetery on Thursday 9th May from 1.30pm onwards. Come along and join in the fun! 

Our recycling station is going well and we have another large deposit of crisp packets to return to Walkers crisps, a substantial amount of toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes, bottle tops and batteries. Send in your items or drop them off for us to recycle for you! Each class are also taking an empty black bag when we go out on our weekly outdoor sessions and will collect any plastic waste on our way. Last week P2 managed to collect 3 full bags from the field beside the school! 

We are also finalising our last few outdoor activities which will see all the pupils from P1-3 achieve their Natural Connections Foundation Level award, P4 achieve their Level 1 Natural Connections Award and P5-7 gain their John Muir Awards. Nearly all of the P5-7 pupils have successfully achieved their Bikeability Level 1 and our P7s have started Level 2 before they move onto High School. Well done everyone! 





CHURCH NEWS 

Christian Aid Week 12 – 18 May. Christian Aid, along with many other agencies, contributed considerable sums in response to appeals for help in recent emergency situations - but support for long term projects; enabling local projects to improve health, education and living standards, initiated by local people, constitutes the main part of the work. 

The work of Christian Aid goes on all year with a special publicity and fund raising effort during a week in May. This year the special focus is on maternity and child health care programmes in Sierra Leone - a country which has been described as the most dangerous place to give birth. 

Communities and churches all over the country will be holding special efforts during the week - playing their part in this life saving work. In Saline we will be holding a ‘Christian Aid Day’ on Wednesday 15 May in the Church Hall from 10.00am - 2.00 pm . As well as the usual Refreshments there will be baking, produce, plants and bric-a-brac on sale. Donations of all kinds will be welcome.

Family Fun Day Saturday 25 May. In the Church Hall and grounds. Come and bring your friends and neighbours - special welcome to newcomers to the village - and enjoy a variety of games , bouncy castle, treasure hunt etc. and refreshments.




116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

The Easter Break meant that the Group held no meeting for three weeks but have now returned for the summer term. The Beaver Colony has still to confirm a new date for the postponed Sleepover. The bug hunt on the last day before the holiday was a huge success but some of the bugs proved to be too swift for the Beavers. 

Beavers will be taking part in The Jamboree on The Trail to be held at Lochore Meadows on 18 May (note new date). Planning is now going ahead for a joint trip with the Cub Pack to Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh on the 8 June. The Cub Pack have trip to Pets at Home on the 2nd May which will earn them the Animal Carer activity badge. For their Jamboree on The Trail they will be heading up Saline Hill on 9th May. They are also looking into an overnight camp in the summer months. The Cubs have the Mowgli Shield competition on 19th May so they are busy brushing up their Cub skills. 

The Scout Section have their annual District camping competition on the weekend of the 4/5th May at the Nineacres camp site. Despite it being a young team we hope they do well and enjoy it. The Group Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 20 June at 7.30 pm in the hall at Carnock. Youth membership will be having hot-dogs and if the weather is good a variety of outdoor games. 
Peter Philp - 01383 852612 







THE LATE ISOBEL MENZIES’ POEM



The Paradise 


Six miles west of Dunfermline Town 

a lovely village can be found 

It's the place where I've spent all my life 

Known as the "Paradise of Fife" 

as you turn round the golf course bend 

The views in front there is no end. 

The Ochil hills they look so braw. 

whether sunshine, rain or thick with Snaw 

In the village life there's plenty to do 

go up to the golf club and get a meal for two 

or the WRI, join this and you're never in 

or the quiz nights you try hard to win 

coffee mornings, Zumba, golf, Historic Group 

you're spoilt for choice 

and the choir practice if you have a good voice. 

So this village is a good place to reside 

and the people are brilliant you live beside. 




photo: Elaine Laidlaw



SALINE BABY & TODDLER GROUP 

Saline First Responders is to hold a Baby and Child First Aid evening on 9 May 7.30pm Steelend Club. This is an information sharing event.

What you will get is:

    · CPR for babies and children

    · choking for babies and children

    · croup

    · febrile convulsions

    · Some general child / baby first aid information

A suggested minimum donation of £2 per person will be charged at the door, all of which will go to Saline First Responders. We need a minimum of 15 people to go ahead. Not only is this a great evening for parents / carers, anyone with young children in their lives can always benefit from some knowledge around what to do if something goes wrong.





FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 



Saline Baby & Toddler Group
Every Tuesday including school holidays
9.30-11.30 Saline Community Centre
£2.50 per family (doesn’t matter how many of you there are) that includes snack and juice for the kids and coffee / tea / biscuits for the adults

Saline Golf Club
We have free Wi-Fi and BT Sports.
Food available throughout the year at the following times:
    Tue: 11.00am-2.30pm
    Wed: 11.00am-2.30pm
    Thu: 11.00am-8.00pm
    Fri: 11.00am-2.30pm
    Sat: 10.00am-2.30pm
    Sun: 12.00noon-4.00pm
Golf Memberships available.
  Junior Golf Membership only £10 per year.
  Social Membership only £10 per year.
 Bingo every Monday, 7.30pm start. 
Quiz night every Thursday at 8.30pm. £1 entry.

Rainbows
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

Brownies
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

116th Fife Scout Group
Beaver Colony - Every Friday, 6.00pm-7.30pm
Cub Pack - Every Thursday, 6.30pm-8.00pm
Scout Troop - Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm
Explorer Unit - Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm
Carnock Community Centre, Camps Road, Carnock. Open to both boys & girls

Highland Dancing Classes
Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm, Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm. Tel Betty on 852610

Sambangra Drumming Group
Tuesdays, 7.00pm-8.30pm, £2
Steelend Club

Shieldbank Coffee Shop
Hot and cold drinks, savory toasties, baguettes, cheese tarts, scones, carrot cake etc.
Open Tuesdays – Sundays 09.30am-06.00pm
Craft Group, Thursdays, 10.00am-12.00noon
Photography: Friday, Fridays,07.30pm-09.00pm
Tel: 07792 759583

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
Everyone welcome (4 yrs plus) to learn to ride.
Weekly Horseriding Lessons offered
Bookings now taken for Summer Holiday Riding & Vaulting Courses
Equestrian Vaulting lessons for 5-18 yr olds.
Please call to book: 01383 852874

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 7.45pm
Saline Community Centre. T: 852610

Craft and Chatter
Thursdays 10.00am-12 noon
Last Friday of month 7.00pm-9.00pm
Shieldbank Coffee Shop


Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Afternoon Craft Group
Every second Tuesday. Everyone is invited to join with any sewing, knitting or craft - and enjoy the blether! 2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall.

Steelend Gala Committee
Ladies night on Friday 17 May 8pm. £5 entry includes one cocktail. 
Young Ladies under 18 are welcome entry £1.50 includes a mocktail. 
Angel card readings and reiki sessions available, bottle stall, candles and much more. 
Prize Bingo Wednesday 22 May 7pm entry £2.50 includes 2 books, tea and coffee.
Any donations for raffle or prizes will be greatly appreciated.



Saline & District Rural
Wednesday 5th June Community Centre. 7:30pm Demo of Cake Decorating
A warm welcome to all 




                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

DUNFERMLINE TO ALLOA RAIL LINE

posted 1 May 2019, 04:49 by Ian Holmes-Lewis

Listening Exercise 

John Hosie has been appointed by Mark Ruskell MSP to consult with communities and confirm their views on the reinstatement of this line for passenger services.

Two public meetings have been arranged for 7pm in Kincardine Community Centre on 13th May and in Alloa Town Hall on 20th May. These meetings will be attended by the main stakeholders and decision-makers. It is vital that the voices of communities feed into this process and that their needs, concerns and aspirations are heard.

The second round for bids for cash from the Local Rail Development Fund need to be submitted by 25th june and, consequently, comments are essential if our communities want to access these funds.

While most people see this as a link westwards, it should be remembered that there would be potential to connect to the the East Coast main line. Indeed, people seeking the reinstatement of the rail links to Len and St Andrews have highlighted the importance of the Dunfermline to Alloa line.

Please take the opportunity to attend one or both of these meetings to ensure that your views are heard. If you want further information, John Hosie can be contacted at johngreenrail@yahoo.com

Issue 76 April 2019

posted 30 Mar 2019, 15:35 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 7 May 2019, 06:38 ]

SALINE PRIMARY SCHOOL 

Kinneddar House have been leading a plastic-free recycling initiative at Saline Primary School. We have set up a recycling point at the old school entrance and currently have facilities for recycling the following:

    · Crisp packets – These are then sent to Walkers Crisps as part of their recycling initiative. Any crisp packets can be recycled, not just Walkers brands.

    · Plastic bottle tops – These are recycled by Lush, the cosmetics company, and have recently been recycled into playpark equipment.

    · Batteries – We have registered with Duracell’s Big Battery hunt and are collecting old batteries of any brand which are AAA, AA, C and D.

    · Toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes – Colgate have launched a partnership with TerraCycle to recycle these items.

There is a lot of learning for all of our children around sustainability coming from these initiatives and we are keen to look at more in due course.

Another exciting project we are involved in is a Goblin Kit Car project with Greenpower. Children from across P5-7 have submitted applications to take part and as we go to press a team of ten will have been selected. More news to follow! 




116TH FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

Unfortunately the Beaver Sleepover planned for 5 April has been postponed because, this being the first day of the school holidays, several would not be able to attend. The Scottish Thistle Award was completed in March and the badge became available in time for the presentation. By the time you read this, the Beavers will have held a bug hunt on the last meeting of this term.

The Cub Pack had a badge presentation evening on the last meeting of the term. Among several badges presented were two Chief Scout’s Silver Awards. Well done to Amber and Paul. After the holiday Amber and Paul will move up to the Scout Troop. In the longer term, the Cubs have a sponsored hike and a trip to Pets at Home planned for May.

In June the Beaver Colony and Cub Pack have a joint outing planned to Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

Eventually the Scout Troop managed a winter at Fordell Firs, four Scouts and two Leaders awoke on the Saturday to find themselves in a snow storm. Fortunately their skills were such that they coped very well with the adverse conditions.

The last meetings for this term will be on Thursday 28 March for Cubs and Scouts and Friday 29 for Beavers.

Meetings will restart on Thursday 25 April for Cubs and Scouts and on Friday 26 April for Beavers.

Peter Philp 
Group Scout Leader 
01383 852612 
116th Fife Scout Group 
Registered Charity Number SC031132 



Steelend Club

Steelend Miners Club:
 
Sunday 28 April
Little Mix Magic 
(a great family show), 
3.00pm. 
Tickets are £10. 



COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS 

Many of the regular attendees and some new folk gathered in Saline Community Centre for the March Community Council Meeting and engaged in discussion around a broad range of topics. In conveying his apologies, the Chair mentioned that Cllr Manekshaw was in Spain for follow up treatment on a detached retina that had been dealt with in a Barcelona hospital on Christmas Eve! The meeting wished him a speedy recovery.

North Road Play Park

There was broad agreement that the recently-opened play park on North Road is a huge hit with local children and their parents. 

However, it was noted that whilst most users arrive on foot, bike or scooter, some people are coming by car. The section of North Road along from the play park is particularly narrow and visibility for drivers is poor, so anyone with a car is asked to park further away. More concerning, an item of drugs paraphernalia was found and disposed of, and a close eye will need to be kept on this. 


Traffic and Road Safety

David has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, seeking his support for a review of the roads network across West Fife to establish appropriate speed limits for all roads through the area and to identify measures that might be introduced to restrict access for large vehicles to some smaller roads, except when making deliveries. People at the meeting again raised the issue of potholes, particularly the poor standard of patching which means that the problem reappears very quickly. It was suggested that if the Council invested more in carrying out high quality repairs they would pay out less in compensation to those whose vehicles were damaged. Attention was drawn to the solar-powered lights on the chicanes on the West Road, several of which are not working, and to the fact that Allanwater have still not painted the white markings on the speed bumps they have constructed on Oakley Road.

Street Naming

Several people have commented on the use of the abbreviation ‘Rev’ on the street sign for the new Kingdom Housing Association development off Oakley Road. It was felt that it should either be The Reverend Downie Wynd or just Downie Wynd. The matter has been taken up with Fife Council.

Possible Affordable Housing at Steelend

The Scottish Land Fund is not able to consider an application from the community to acquire the additional Council-owned land necessary to create access to the football ground site. They regard it as a matter between a potential developer and Fife Council and accept that, if a sale cannot be agreed, the development may not go ahead. They reject the argument that the community has a legitimate interest in facilitating development, the over-riding interest being affordable homes for local people.

Christmas Lights

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has said that it is not able to fund the rewiring of street lights to facilitate the attachment of Christmas lights. Other sources of funding are being sought.

Church Family Fun Day

This event has been confirmed for Saturday 25 May from 2.00pm in the Church grounds. It will be an opportunity to welcome new families to the village and will be supported by the Community Council.



Sponsorship

This edition of the Bulletin is kindly sponsored by Saline Environmental Group.




Mobility Scooter Access to the Golf Club

In response to requests from the Golf Club and Community Council, Fife Council is considering providing a new dropped kerb opposite the vehicle ramp.

Housing Development behind The Glebe

It was reported that some work to remove topsoil, involving a low-loader lorry and an excavator, had been carried out outside the defined working hours for the site, and in a manner that contravened other conditions imposed to protect the residential amenity of people living in The Glebe. Fife Council Planning Enforcement Officers had visited the site to assess the situation. It was noted too that during the excavation a drain had been damaged and raw sewage was draining into the burn. SEPA has been informed.

Community Pharmacy

The Health Board have finally announced a three-month consultation on Lisa Duncan’s proposal to open a community pharmacy in Saline. The questionnaire can be completed online at www.nhsfife.org or ring 01592 226413 to obtain a hard copy. Lisa intends to visit Saline and Steelend to meet local interest groups and distribute copies of the questionnaire. The announcement coincided with a second, Scotland-wide announcement about countering the chronic shortage of medical staff in hospitals and GP surgeries with a plan to develop community pharmacies into mini surgeries. This strengthens the case for developing Saline Community Centre as a community health and well-being hub. A representative of the Scottish Land Fund will be attending the next Community Development Trust meeting to discuss financial support for a detailed feasibility study and business plan.

Number 6 Bus Service

There was a lengthy discussion about the use of a mini-bus for the Number 6 service at some times of the day. Whilst it was agreed that the size of the bus is not an issue, and that there were no reported problems of it being overcrowded and people not being able to get on, there were concerns about accessibility for those with mobility problems and those with children in buggies. The absence of handles for getting off, combined with the greater distance to the kerb, the narrowness of the aisle, and the lack of space for shopping and luggage were all mentioned. It is understood that it is for a trial period and Stagecoach are seeking feedback. Community Council concerns will be conveyed to them.

Burning Old Sofas and Mattresses

Several occurrences of people burning old sofas and mattresses were reported to the meeting. Whilst it was acknowledged that in rural areas people have bonfires to dispose of garden waste, etc, it was agreed that these should not be used to dispose of items containing toxic chemicals as they can affect people’s health. The guidance issued by Fife Public Protection Team is that if it produces black smoke you are committing an offence. The telephone number for reporting such matters is 03451 555550. It was recognised that the Council charge a fee to take away large items and it was suggested that anyone unable to pay who had something big to dispose of should advertise the fact on the villages’ Facebook page. It was thought there were a number of people who would be willing to pick stuff up and take it to the dump as an act of neighbourliness.

Dog Nuisance

Dog fouling has been an on-going issue for a while but recently several Saline residents have reported dogs that have been left shut in barking continuously throughout the day. The matter has been reported to the authorities but dog owners should be asked to ensure that their pets are not a nuisance to others.

Housing Development on the Solsgirth Colliery Site

It was noted that an Edinburgh-based practice, EMA Architects, are carrying out a PAN (Proposal of Application Notice) consultation for a housing development of between 50 and 100 homes on the former Solsgirth Colliery site out towards Dollar. This precedes a possible planning application and is intended to establish what the issues are. Although the site is in Clackmannanshire, people in Saline and Steelend will have the opportunity to attend a consultation event in Saline Primary School at 2.30pm on Wednesday 24 April. In discussion at the meeting it was acknowledged that there will be impact on the infrastructure, services and amenities of our part of Fife and residents are encouraged to attend to make their feelings known.




STOLEN MOTORCROSS BIKE 

My motocross bike was stolen on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, 19/20 March. CCTV from Steelend Club is being looked at and a couple of witnesses say that they saw a white Vauxhall Vivaro driving round Steelend on Tuesday night. If anyone has seen anything suspicious on Monday 18 or Tuesday 19, please let me or the police know. Perhaps something may have been captured on cameras on a house. The thieves may have passed through Saline, Upper Steelend or the golf club area. A registration plate would be of great help.
Thank you,               
Dale Hynd 





SALINE GOLF CLUB 

The golf season tees off on Saturday 6 April. Players will be put into teams and it is a shotgun start. Names to be on the sheet on the Notice Board; there will be soup and sandwiches provided when games are finished.

Prize Bingo Night is on Friday 26 April at 7.00pm. All are welcome; just come in and pay at the door.

Karaoke Night is on Saturday 27 April at 8.30pm with free entry.

Social membership is still only £5. Please pick up a membership form in the front hall or from the bar.

Junior Golf Membership only £10 for the year.

Come and join us!





Editor's Note

The Editor reserves the right to refuse, edit or factually correct all items submitted for publication. All views expressed in this Bulletin are purely those of the author of the item concerned and are not necessarily those of the Editor or of the Communications Group as a whole. 






SALINE & BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH 

Easter Services

This year, Saline Church will be joining with neighbouring congregations for worship during Holy Week.

Sunday 14 April, Songs of Praise for Palm Sunday, Oakley Parish Church, 6.30pm
Wednesday 17 April, Stations of the Cross, Culross Abbey, 7.00pm
Thursday 18 April, Service of Holy Communion, Tulliallan & Kincardine Church, 7.00pm
Friday 19 April, Tenebrae Candle Service, Saline Parish Church, 7.00pm
Sunday 21 April, Easter Service, Saline Parish Church, 9.30am. Family Breakfast/Brunch, Saline Church Hall, 10.30am.

All are welcome to take part in any of these events.




SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

We enjoyed a talk on Scottish Sundials and were impressed by the number there are in Scotland. We don't have any in the village but Saline, Michigan have one and they are coming here on 9 May for a visit so that is quite a coincidence.

Our next talk is by Sue Mowatt on Dunfermline Abbey Graveyard on 17 April, in the Church Hall, 7.00 for 7.30pm.

On Sunday 24 March, Clackmannan Field Study Society came for a visit and were particularly interested in the mill lade; they hope to return to see if they can trace its route.


THE PILOT TRUST

The Bulletin team would like to thank the Pilot Trust for their generous 2019 donation towards the production and distribution of the Bulletin. 

There are over 25 volunteers involved in getting the Bulletin to your computer or door every month, and the printing costs each month are up to £258.75. We are very grateful for all the donations we receive towards our costs. Remember – the Bulletin is free to every house in the community. 





KIRKLANDS GARDEN OPENS AGAIN 

Kirklands Garden, Bridge Street, Saline will once again open (for the twenty-sixth year) for charity on Sunday May 26 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Entrance fee is £5.00, children free.

The garden is about two acres including a woodland garden, a walled garden, and herbaceous borders. In May the bluebells are in flower and so are the meconopsis (blue poppies), tulips and rhododendrons and many, many other plants.

Delicious cream teas will be served in the marquee and there will be a plant stall with plants raised in the garden so you know that they’ll survive in our part of Fife!

If any village group would like a presence during the opening, either with a stall or leaflets, we would love you to be involved and we’re always looking for helpers. Please call 01383 852737 or 07787115477 or e-mail: gill@i-comment360.com. Check out our Facebook page for Kirklands House and Garden, Saline http://tinyurl.com/Kirklands-Facebook

Please come along and support good causes. 

60% of the takings will go to Saline Environmental Group who carry out sterling work around Saline and Steelend to improve our local environment. The other 40% goes to Scotland Garden Scheme charities (Maggie’s, Perennial, Qnis, NTS).




NORTH ROAD PLAY PARK OPENS 

There were big smiles on the faces of local children in Saline this week as the community enjoyed the opening of a new play area in the village.

Funded through community fundraising, Fife Council, Fife Environment Trust and LEADER grants, the play area is the result of local people coming together and working to create a better environment for local children.

Nicola from the Saline and Steelend Play Park Project commented: "It's been a long road, over three years of work, but it's all worth it to see the kids playing and having fun. In that time we've had prize bingo, family BBQs, speed dating style fundraising and an actual mountain to climb! The community have been 100% behind us with our local fundraising; we owe them many thanks. Also a huge thank you to Fife Environment Trust, Fife Leader, and Fife Council for their generous contributions and help along the way. Thanks also to Saline and Steelend Community Council for their advice and support. Lastly, thanks in memory of Donna Chesby, our biggest supporter. The money from her funeral was what really kicked this all off and got us started. We couldn't have done it without you all."

Fife Council's Community Manager Alastair Mutch welcomed the efforts of everyone involved and added: "This is a fantastic example of people coming together, working with the council, and making a difference to their local area. Congratulations to all those involved - it's great to see efforts like this paying off for the benefit of the whole community."




GET SPRING CLEANING FOR YOUR COMMUNITY 

Fife communities are being asked to take part in the national Spring Clean 2019 of Fife’s Coastal Path. Keep Scotland Beautiful’s national campaign is aiming to get as many community groups, businesses, schools, individuals and other organisation working together to clean-up Scotland.

Fife Council, along with Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, are in full support of Spring Clean 2019 and are encouraging locals to get involved and organise their own clean-ups along the 117 miles of Fife Coastal Path and beaches. The clean-ups will tackle the problems of illegal dumping, land-based and marine litter which are an eyesore and can be dangerous to people, wildlife and pets.

Groups are provided with skips, litter-pickers, bags, gloves and liability insurance so they can carry out the clean-up safely, and they give their time, energy and enthusiasm to improve their local environment.

To coincide with Keep Scotland Beautiful’s national campaign, the coastal path community clean-up will take place throughout April and May 2019.

To find out if there’s a clean-up happening near you or to organise your own clean-up please go to http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ for more information.

Perhaps there are some areas around Saline that could be cleaned up?




FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

Saline Golf Club
We have free Wi-Fi and BT Sports.
Food available throughout the year:
  Monday: Closed
  Tuesday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Wednesday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Thursday: 11.00am-8.00pm
  Friday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Saturday: 10.00am-2.30pm
  Sunday: 12.00noon-4.00pm
Golf Memberships available.
Junior Golf Membership only £10 per year.
Social Membership only £10 per year.
Bingo every Monday, 7.30pm start.
Quiz night every Thursday at 8.30pm. £1 entry.

Steelend Miners Club
Sunday 28 April: Little Mix Magic 
(a great family show), 
3.00pm. 
Tickets are £10. 

Rainbows
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm - Saline Church Hall

Brownies
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm - Saline Church Hall

116th Fife Scout Group
Beaver Colony - Every Friday, 6.00pm-7.30pm
Cub Pack - Every Thursday, 6.30pm-8.00pm
Scout Troop - Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm
Explorer Unit - Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm
Carnock Community Centre, Camps Road, Carnock. 
Open to both boys & girls 

Highland Dancing Classes
Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm, Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm. Tel Betty on 852610

Sambangra Drumming Group - Tuesdays, 7.00pm-8.30pm, £2
Steelend Club

Shieldbank Coffee Shop
North Road, Saline, Fife, KY12 9LN
Everyone welcome for hot and cold drinks, savory toasties, baguettes, cheese tarts, scones, carrot cake etc.
Open Tuesdays – Sundays from 9.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Craft Group every Thursday morning 10 – 12.
Photography every Friday evening from 7.30 – 9 p.m.
Tel: 07792 759583

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
North Road, Saline, Fife, KY12 9LN
Everyone welcome (4 yrs plus) for learning to ride horses and ponies.
Regular lessons plus special day courses in the Spring Holidays.
Equestrian Vaulting lessons for 5-18 yr olds.
Please call to book: 01383 852874

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.45pm
Saline Community Centre. T: 852610

Craft and Chatter
Thursdays 10.00am-12.00noon
Last Friday of month 7.00pm-9.00pm
Shieldbank Coffee Shop

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Afternoon Craft Group
Every second Tuesday. Everyone is invited to join with any sewing, knitting or craft - and enjoy the blether! 2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall.

Saline & Steelend Rural
5 June, 7:30pm
Demonstration of cake decorating
Saline Community Centre

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Sunday 14 April, Songs of Praise for Palm Sunday, Oakley Parish Church, 6.30pm
Wednesday 17 April, Stations of the Cross, Culross Abbey, 7.00pm
Thursday 18 April, Service of Holy Communion, Tulliallan & Kincardine Church, 7.00pm
Friday 19 April, Tenebrae Candle Service, Saline Parish Church, 7.00pm
Sunday 21 April, Easter Service, Saline Parish Church, 9.30am. Family Breakfast/Brunch, Saline Church Hall, 10.30am.




                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Issue 75 - March 2019

posted 5 Mar 2019, 16:39 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 30 Mar 2019, 14:28 ]


COMMUNITY COUNCIL REPORT 

The younger element was absent from our last meeting (and were sadly missed) but a decent number of people turned out on a warm(!) February evening to participate in a lively discussion on a wide range of topics. In his opening remarks the Chair, David Chisholm, commented that it was very pleasing to see people, including local families, moving into homes in Kingdom Housing Association’s Oakley Road development. David also congratulated Ann Hatton on her appointment as Secretary of Saline Golf Club. Ann and her colleagues have worked extremely hard over the last couple of years to carry out improvements and the Club is now a very valuable social asset.

Play Parks

The North Road Play Park is nearing completion and Nicola Smith and her colleagues in the Play Parks Group were applauded for their persistence in overcoming the numerous obstacles that had been placed in their path. It was hoped that there would soon be an official opening to celebrate their success. The problem of the collapsing retaining wall was in Fife Council’s hands. Jean Morris reported that it was expected that work on refurbishing the Steelend Play Park would commence at the end of March.

South and West Fife Community Plan

David reported on his attendance at the workshop the previous weekend at which representatives of all communities in the South and West Fife area worked with Council officers to flesh out the themes in the Community Plan. A lot of emphasis has been placed on continuing community participation to determine priorities and on establishing how diminishing financial resources are best allocated. David had stressed the importance of ensuring that the infrastructure of West Fife, particularly the roads network, is capable of supporting the increased levels of movement and activity envisaged in the plan. He had called for a strategic review with the Council’s Transportation team and representatives of all West Fife villages to examine the road network and determine appropriate speed limits on all roads, and preferred routes for any heavy lorry not making a local delivery. 

The residential amenity of people living in hamlets like Kinneddar Park, Cowstrandburn and Shiresmill was being eroded by motorists ignoring advisory speed limits and heavily-laden lorries rat-running along country lanes. Officers in Transportation claim that their hands are tied when it comes to setting speed limits but the impression is that their allegiance is with car drivers and commercial vehicle operators, rather than pedestrians and cyclists. It was agreed that David should write to Michael Mathieson, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, to seek his support for a campaign to make the roads in West Fife safer.

Commemorative Street Naming

A ceremony to unveil the street sign for Rev Downie Wynd has been arranged for 11.00am on Monday 15 April. The late Minister’s family will be present and the unveiling will be followed by tea, coffee and biscuits in the Church Hall. All residents who remember Reverend Downie, as well as people who have moved to the village more recently, are very welcome to attend. Some families have already moved in to homes in John Crane Close on the Allanwater development and a similar ceremony to remember John Crane will be arranged once the street sign is in place.

Saline Community Centre

The possibility of funding from the Scottish Land Fund for the preparation of a feasibility study and business plan for the community acquisition of Saline Community Centre is being pursued. Lisa Duncan, the pharmacist who is endeavouring to open a community pharmacy in the village that would provide a ‘commercial anchor’ for the building, has confirmed that the Health Board will be consulting on the idea. Notices will appear in the local press shortly and all residents are encouraged to respond positively. David also reported that he had spoken to the Practice Manager at Oakley Health Centre where the possibility of providing ‘satellite’ services alongside the pharmacy had been discussed by GPs. Sadly, a lack of resources makes this impossible to consider at the present time. However, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership are developing ‘Well’ projects across the area to provide support and advice for a wide of physical and mental health problems. In the longer term a facility might be created in Saline.

Possible Affordable Housing in Steelend

The sketch proposals for affordable housing on the former football ground site had been explained at a well-attended meeting in Steelend Club at the beginning of February. There had been plenty of comments and questions but, on balance, it appeared that local people are prepared to see the idea taken to the next stage. A major issue is ownership of the additional land that would be required to create access. At present, it is owned by Fife Council but Community Empowerment legislation means that if local people can demonstrate that they have a better use for land it can be taken into community ownership with support from the Scottish Land Fund who can provide up to 90% of acquisition costs. This would provide the community with a powerful bargaining tool in discussions with potential developers. At the present time only Kingdom Housing Association are showing any interest.

Galas, Fireworks and Christmas Lights

It is recognised that Steelend Gala is an event for the whole community for which the Community Council is providing financial support. However, several people associated with the old Saline Events Group and members of the more recently established Play Parks Group have shown interest in a small-scale summer event for children in Saline. The Community Council will be promoting another firework display in the autumn and the Golf Club will be hosting the event on Friday 8 November. Pyromancer, who provided last year’s show, have been booked again. 

It is possible that the Coalfields Regeneration Trust might fund the rewiring of the street lamps to allow Christmas lights to be attached. If this is the case, then a sub group of the Community Development Trust would be established to manage the work and embark on a fund-raising campaign to identify businesses, families, and groups of families who might like to sponsor a lamp post. It is anticipated that there would be a small number in the first year but, as in other villages that have them, the numbers would increase over time.

Blair House Open Cast

A contractor has been appointed to carry out the reinstatement of the Blair House Open Cast site and work will begin on 4 March. Drawings shown at the Community Council meeting indicate a substantial reduction in the height and visual impact of the bing. Project managers MRL are arranging a meeting shortly so that community representatives can meet the contractor. Several people raised the question of access from Saline and Steelend and it was acknowledged that at present the paths network does not connect conveniently to the site. It was also felt that car parking is required in the vicinity of Cowstrandburn and Kinneddar Park. These issues will be raised in due course with the Forestry Commission, whose commercial arm will take ownership of the land on completion.

Fife Council Garages

In response to requests from several local groups who store equipment in the Council garages for additional accommodation, the Community Development Trust has agreed to pursue the possibility of community acquisition. A Stage 1 application has been lodged. If this is achieved, the Trust would take over the management of the garages and undertake essential repairs and improvements. Anyone currently renting from Fife Council could continue to do so and new tenants would be sought to make use of those that are currently vacant, for example local  small-trades people who need space to store materials and equipment. 

Steelend Club

Several Community Councillors attended the Emergency General Meeting of Steelend Club. There is no immediate financial crisis but the Club does need to increase usage. A number of ideas were put forward for music events including a ‘vinyl night’ on which those people who still have their collections of LPs and 45s from the 60s and 70s would be invited along to share them in a Desert Island Discs-style event (with men standing with their backs to the walls holding a pint watching ladies dancing around their handbags and waiting for a slow number). In addition, Kelty Community Cinema have agreed to bring their (professional-quality) projection and sound equipment to Steelend Club for a trial period which would see films for grown-ups (eg Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born and the singalong version of Mama Mia 2 – all sellouts in Kelty!) on selected Friday nights and a Kids Film Club (complete with popcorn and juice) on the Saturday morning or afternoon.

Meetings

Community Council meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month and are open to anyone living in the area. We are particularly keen to attract along people from the new housing schemes on Oakley Road. The meetings take place in Saline Community Centre at 7.30pm. The next meeting is 26 March.





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SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

We were sent soaring up into the sky with our most recent talk on WW2 women pilots and kept on the edge of our seats with tales of bravery. It was a fascinating insight into the women who delivered planes to airbases at home and abroad. 

Our next talk is on Wednesday 20 March, 7.00pm for 7.30pm in the Church Hall and is on a subject that most of us probably know little about - A history of Scottish Sundials. Without a watch or a clock, this was the most accurate way to tell the time.

Looking further forward, we will be welcoming some visitors to our village in May and June from the USA and Holland; more details to follow later. Tina is looking for artefacts/information on the subject of health and well-being in Saline and surrounding areas for our museum, so if you have a tale to tell, please let us know.




SALINE & BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH 

Fairtrade Fortnight: 25 February-10 March 

For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups in the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, particularly those who live in some of the poorest countries in the world, often exploited and poorly paid. Growers who are part of the Fairtrade Organisation are guaranteed a fair price and we are ensured of a good standard of product. Look out for the logo on various products in the supermarket, eg coffee, chocolate and bananas. This year, the emphasis is on West African farmers, often women, who grow the cocoa for the chocolate so many of us enjoy.

As part of our contribution to this national event, there will be Fairtrade goods available for sale after the morning service on Sunday 3 March and at the Coffee Morning on Wednesday 7 March in the Church Hall, 10.00am-12.00noon.

Guild Concert

The Guild are organising a concert with entertainment by the barbershop quartet Sweet Harmony on 26 March at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. Tickets, including refreshments, are £5 from Guild members. The proceeds will go to two Guild projects – Malawi Fruits, a project which enables young farmers to learn modern farming methods to increase production in changing conditions, and the Boys’ Brigade Development Project in Scotland.

Easter Services

This year, Saline Church will be joining with neighbouring congregations for worship during Holy Week.

Sunday 14 April, Songs of Praise for Palm Sunday, Oakley Parish Church, 6.30pm
Wednesday 17 April, Stations of the Cross, Culross Abbey, 7.00pm
Thursday 18 April, Service of Holy Communion, Tulliallan & Kincardine Church, 7.00pm
Friday 19 April, Tenebrae Candle Service, Saline Parish Church, 7.00pm
Sunday 21 April, Easter Service, Saline Parish Church, 9.30am. Family Breakfast/Brunch, Saline Church Hall, 10.30am.

All are welcome to take part in any of these events.




Editor's Note

The Editor reserves the right to refuse, edit or factually correct all items submitted for publication. All views expressed in this Bulletin are purely those of the author of the item concerned and are not necessarily those of the Editor or of the Communications Group as a whole.
 





116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

February has been a short month for the Group with only three meeting evenings and a night off for all Sections as a result of the half term holiday.

Meanwhile, the plans are well advanced for a Beaver Sleepover in the hall planned for 5 April, with a second hopefully in November. The Beavers are hoping to complete the Scottish Beaver Thistle Award in March. At the moment, badges for this award are out of stock but it is anticipated that they will be available in time for the completion of the award.

Unfortunately, the Cub Pack did not take part in the District Safety Competition due to Leader sickness. They are now back working on various Activity Badges and their Challenge Awards. The hike scheduled for March in Devilla Forest is now in the final planning stages.

Again, unfortunately the camp arranged for the Scout Troop on 15/16 February had to be cancelled as only one Scout applied to go. Hopefully the camp on 15/16 March will have a better response. In the meantime, the Scouts are continuing to work on the Skills Challenge Award along with several associated Activity Badges.

The Explorer Unit has seen a dramatic fall in numbers due to the attraction of football training which falls on the same night. The one remaining Explorer is busy studying for his final school exams and we wish him well.

Peter Philp 
Group Scout Leader 
01383 852612 
116th Fife Scout Group 
Registered Charity Number SC031132 



STEELEND MINER'S CLUB 

(Use it or lose it) 

Forthcoming Events

Friday 8 March: Games Night, 8.00pm. Pool, darts and domino competitions: 
£1 per game. Come along for a laugh, food and prizes. 

Saturday 23 March: Fundraising night, Kenny Rogers Tribute with Drew McCulloch, 8.30pm. 
Tickets are £5 and are on sale in the club. This includes a light supper. 

Sunday 31 March (Mother's Day): Vintage afternoon tea, 2.00-4.00pm. 
Tickets £5, or £7 with a glass of prosecco. Treat someone special. 

Sunday 28 April: Little Mix Magic (a great family show), 3.00pm. 
Tickets are £10 and are selling fast. 

These are some of the events planned, and your support would be very much appreciated. 

The club is open to non-members who are signed in by a member, but why not consider membership as it is only £5 per year? The club is open Thursday and Friday from 8.00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 3.00pm. Children are allowed in the Function Hall, but not in the Games Room. We have baby changing facilities and various toys/games that children can use in the Function Hall (supervised by their parents).

We are planning to have evening entertainment for the whole family in the future. Suggestions have been family quiz nights, film shows, family discos. Or, if you have any new ideas, please speak to one of the committee. The Function Hall is also available for private functions, for example parties, funerals, weddings and christenings. Catering and a disco can also be provided if required.

We look forward to seeing you at some of the events.

Contact the club 01383 851160 for tickets or more information. 





SALINE GOLF CLUB 

Saline Golf Club extends a warm welcome to all residents, particularly if you are new to the village. The club aims to arrange a range of entertainment throughout the year to cater for different tastes.

If you play golf, then join us!

Full Golf Membership £310
Adult Monday-Friday £230
Full Membership Seniors (over 65) £265
Senior (over 65) Monday-Friday £200
Over-75 (after 10 years’ membership from 65) £50
Youth 18-25 £100
Juniors under 18 £10
Fees Include Scottish Golf Union Fee and Insurance.

We are currently trying to arrange lessons for beginners, returners and youths.

Social Membership: Come and Join us now for only £5 and then Annual Renewal in August 2019. This means that you can use the clubhouse facilities to enjoy coffee and/or lunch with friends/family, book a celebration party (including children) or join us for an entertainment night.

Why not get a team together and join us for the next Monthly Quiz? 
Saturday 9 March, 8.30pm start? £2 per person. 

The next Show is Swinging Sixties, 30 March. Tickets are £10 from the bar.

Prize Bingo, Friday 26 April, 7.00pm for 7.30 start. 

Angie’s Kitchen is open for lunches and tea/coffee; please see our entry in the forthcoming events section.

Mothering Sunday (31 March) and Easter Sunday (21 April): High Tea, 3.00-5.00pm. Bookings are now being taken via the Golf Club on 852591. 

The clubhouse is available for your family events and functions. Thanks are due to our existing members who have supported many fundraising events over the last 18 months to freshen up the clubhouse. Why don’t you pop in and see for yourself? A warm welcome awaits you and join our Facebook page Saline Golf Club to keep informed.




FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

Saline Golf Club
We have free Wi-Fi and BT Sports.
Food available throughout the year:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11.00am-2.30pm
Wednesday: 11.00am-2.30pm
Thursday: 11.00am-8.00pm
Friday: 11.00am-2.30pm
Saturday: 10.00am-2.30pm
Sunday: 12.00noon-4.00pm

Golf Memberships available.
Junior Golf Membership only £10 per year.
Social Membership only £10 per year.
Bingo every Monday, 7.30pm start.
Quiz night every Thursday at 8.30pm. £1 entry.


Steelend Miners Club
Friday 8 March: Games Night, 8.00pm. Pool, darts and domino competitions: £1 per game. Saturday 23 March: Fundraising night, Kenny Rogers Tribute with Drew McCulloch, 8.30pm. Tickets are £5, includes a light supper.

Sunday 31 March (Mother's Day): Vintage afternoon tea, 2.00-4.00pm. Tickets £5, or £7 with a glass of prosecco.

Sunday 28 April: Little Mix Magic (a great family show), 3.00pm. Tickets are £10.


Rainbows - Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm , Saline Church Hall

Brownies - Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm  Saline Church Hall

116th Fife Scout Group
Beaver Colony - Every Friday, 6.00pm-7.30pm
Cub Pack - Every Thursday, 6.30pm-8.00pm
Scout Troop - Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm
Explorer Unit - Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm
Carnock Community Centre, Camps Road, Carnock. Open to both boys & girls 

Highland Dancing Classes
Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm, Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm. Tel Betty on 852610

Sambangra Drumming Group
Tuesdays, 7.00pm-8.30pm, £2 - Steelend Club

Shieldbank Coffee Shop
Hot and cold drinks, savory toasties, baguettes, cheese tarts, scones, carrot cake etc.
Open Tuesdays – Sundays 09.30am-06.00pm
Craft Group, Thursdays, 10.00am-12.00noon
Photography: Friday, Fridays,07.30pm-09.00pm
Tel: 07792 759583

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
Everyone welcome (4 yrs plus) to learn to ride.
Regular lessons plus special day courses in the spring holidays.
Equestrian Vaulting lessons for 5-18 yr olds.
Please call to book: 01383 852874


Craft and Chatter
Thursdays 10.00am-12.00noon
Last Friday of month 7.00pm-9.00pm
Shieldbank Coffee Shop



Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.45pm
Saline Community Centre. T: 852610

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Afternoon Craft Group
Every second Tuesday. Everyone is invited to join with any sewing, knitting or craft - and enjoy the blether! 2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall.

Barbershop quartet Sweet Harmony, 26 March, 7.30pm, Church Hall. Tickets, including refreshments, £5.

Sunday 14 April, Songs of Praise for Palm Sunday, Oakley Parish Church, 6.30pm
Wednesday 17 April, Stations of the Cross, Culross Abbey, 7.00pm
Thursday 18 April, Service of Holy Communion, Tulliallan & Kincardine Church, 7.00pm
Friday 19 April, Tenebrae Candle Service, Saline Parish Church, 7.00pm
Sunday 21 April, Easter Service, Saline Parish Church, 9.30am. Family Breakfast/Brunch, Saline Church Hall, 10.30am.

Stars in Your Eyes & Disco
Charity Fundraiser Night
19 April, 7.15pm-midnight
Abbeyview Bowling Club, Dunfermline KY11 4HA
In aid of Scottish Huntingdon’s Association
Tickets £10 from Rachel or via Bandrum





                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Issue 74 February 2019

posted 4 Feb 2019, 12:40 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 5 Mar 2019, 15:43 ]



116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

Christmas is well behind us and all sections are now well into their programmes for the new session.

The Scout Christmas Post was all sorted and delivered on time, providing us with a welcome boost to our funds. A very big thank you to all who made use of this service and to all those parents and friends of the Group who helped sort and deliver the cards.

On the final night of last term, the Beavers held their own Christmas party in the hall. They have embarked on a programme covering the Outdoor Challenge, Safety and Photography Activity Badges. In the future, the Colony is planning to complete the Scottish Beaver Scout Challenge in March with a Sleepover planned for April.

Meanwhile the Cub Pack enjoyed their Christmas outing to Sky High at Falkirk, followed by snacks at McDonald’s. They are now working on Local Knowledge, Fire Safety, Emergency Aid and Animal Care Activity Badges. The Pack’s next event is the District Safety Competition to be held and sponsored by Dunfermline Fire Station on 10 February. They also have a hike planned in Devilla Forest, hopefully to be held in March.

The Scout Troop are continuing with their winter camping programme with camps planned for 15/16 February and 15/16 March, all to be held at Fordell Firs Campsite. On meeting nights they are progressing with the Community and Skills Challenge Awards.

The Explorers, though lacking in numbers at the moment, have the District Quiz night in February to look forward to. To further their camping skills, they usually join with the Scout Troop where possible.

At present we have spaces in all sections: Beavers 6 to 8, Cubs 8 to 10, Scouts 10 to 14, and Explorers 14 to 18. All sections are open to both boys and girls. For further details, see the last page of this bulletin.

Peter Philp, Group Scout Leader 
01383 852612 
116th Fife Scout Group 




SALINE PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS 

Happy New Year to everyone from Saline Primary School! We are all back and working hard towards our Saline Standard of being the best we can possibly be by being Determined, Kind, Innovative and Resilient. Look out for our hashtag #DKIR around the school and on our school twitter feed @SalinePS. Already this term we have showcased our learning with our parents, carers and community members with a Scottish celebration afternoon with poetry, song, art and dance. Thank you to all who managed to come along.

Our afterschool clubs have started back and offer a variety of activities from drama to football and fitness. We are always interested in new opportunities for our learners to develop new skills and would be delighted to hear from community members who might be interested in sharing their skill set with us. We have two newly tuned pianos in the school but unfortunately no one able to play them. Please contact the school office if this could be you! Thank you.

Some of our older pupils are participating in a Young Leadership Pathway pilot with Active Schools. Active Schools work with young people, providing a range of leadership roles supporting them to reach their potential. For primary pupils, the first step on this pathway may be as a Junior Leader within their school. The roles are varied such as Event Organisers, and Decision Makers. We have signed up to the Race for Life and this will be one of the activities that the pupils will be organising and hosting in the village. Look out for further information and news about this exciting event.

We have also decided to redevelop our outdoor space to the rear of the school and plans have been created by the children to look at this space as an outdoor classroom with a secure fire pit, a willow fence, a canopy and some planters for fruits and vegetables. If you would be able to help us with the donation of any materials listed below we would be very grateful!

  × Old pots and pans

  × Planters/plant pots

  × Tarpaulin

  × Logs/stumps that can be used for seating

As always, it’s a busy term with lots going on but that’s how we like it!

Mrs Alexis Perkins, DHT, Saline PS 
01383 602430



Editor's Note


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SALINE WILLOW HORSE

As you all know, Willow the ploughing horse had to move to a retirement home for old willow horses. I think it’s fair to say that Willow struck a good pose on the green and is missed by many. Having a life size sculpture in a prominent position in the village creates a point of interest and can become an attraction, better still if the sculpture has a link with the village history. So we plan to find a suitable solution/replacement, perhaps made of a material that will last longer but still permits a life size and correctly proportioned horse sculpture to be created. I hope to be able to report again in the very near future how these plans are going and what help and support we would need to bring a replacement to fruition.

Gareth Turner, on behalf of the SSCDT 




SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

We had a great turnout for our first speaker event of the 2019 on Fife Pilgrims Way and our next talk will be on Wednesday 20 February, Women Pilots of WW2. Usual time of 7.00pm for refreshments and chat with a 7.30pm start in Saline Church Hall.

Tina and the committee will be spending the next few months preparing our next museum exhibition, this time on Health so if you have any stories to tell or information about health care in this area in the past, please let Tina know at the meetings.

We are also delighted to announce that there will be not just one but two visits this year, one from our twinned town of Saline, Michigan in May and another in June from a gentleman from Holland whose ancestors are buried in the old graveyard. We look forward to welcoming them to Saline, Fife.

Finally, the Community Orchard Trail leaflets are ready and will be distributed to the middle shop, the Golf Club, Bandrum, and Shieldbank shortly. The illustrations were designed by children at Saline Primary School, so many thanks to them.




SALINE SQUIRRELS 

It is great to hear all about the sightings of red squirrels recently encountered around Saline. It may be part of a slow recovery after many years of decline. To help get a big picture of how red squirrels are doing, sending in a record of your sighting would really help the conservation of this much-loved animal. There are several easy ways of making your sightings count.

Nationally, there is the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project which has very useful information and an easy recording application. https://scottishsquirrels.org.uk

Locally, there is the Fife Red Squirrel Group www.fiferedsquirrelgroup.org.uk or Fife Nature Records Centre which has a recording form especially for squirrels https://beautiful.fife.scot/get-involved/

They’d also like to hear about any sightings of greys too (Pittencrieff Park was one of the original sites where greys were released into the wild). 




COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS 

A healthy attendance braved another dark, cold and dreich evening to discuss a variety of issues.

David Chisholm opened the meeting with the sad news of the passing of Dan Peggie’s wife. Dan had been a regular participant at meetings and David had conveyed the Community Council’s condolences to him.

David advised of progress with the South West Fife Community Plan and of a meeting to be held to 23 February in the Parkgate Centre, Rosyth. The purpose of this meeting is to prioritise the key issues raised in the consultation events, such as the one in Saline Golf Club.

Playparks Upgrading

The North Road project appears to be well advanced and we must hope that the Playpark Group’s efforts are rewarded by children finally being able to enjoy the facility.

Things finally seem to be moving towards much needed upgrading of the Steelend playpark. Further information will be provided in the next Bulletin.

Community Centre

Again, things are moving. As indicated in the previous Bulletin, the pharmacist has met the Health Board and has submitted her application for a community pharmacy. The Health Board will shortly be seeking the community’s views via a survey that will be available in electronic and paper versions. This will be advertised in the Dunfermline Press. Please ensure that you participate.

A useful meeting has been held with Scott Fenton from Fife Council regarding greater community involvement in the Community Centre. He had provided details of community-run activities being held in centres throughout Fife. The Scottish Land Fund might consider a grant to carry out the feasibility study and business plan that are essential if community acquisition is to be considered.

Fireworks Display

Saline Golf Club has indicated that it is willing to host next year’s event. Unfortunately, it is anticipated that costs will be increased but the organising committee is reasonably confident that the necessary funds can be raised.

Galas

A donation to Steelend Gala was agreed in view of the expense involved and because it was attended by children from the communities within the Community Council area. There was lively discussion on whether Saline Gala should be revived and what form it should take. The Community Council is supportive but, if something is to happen, a new committee will be required to agree aspects such as whether it should be a traditional gala or be more events based, and where it should be held. It is essential that people come forward to join the committee or to offer help. If you have ideas or opinions or are willing to help, please pass comments to the Community Council, post on the Saline and Steelend Facebook page or on the Saline and Steelend website.

Christmas Lights

Some people have suggested Christmas lights along the Saline and Steelend road corridor. Again, this would require community support and participation. Any comments should be sent to the Community Council.

Road Safety

The installation of speed bumps on Oakley Road is proving controversial with complaints of them being dangerous in the dark. Speeding continues to be a problem. Speedwatch might be helpful, as discussed in previous meetings, but more volunteers are required. A possible danger from erosion of the road edge at the bend after the White Gates before the former piggery has been reported to Fife Council. At the time of writing, a response has not been received. In the meantime, take care around this corner.

West Fife Villages Forum

David Chisholm reported on the Forum’s inaugural meeting and how Shiresmill residents had raised issues of flooding and speeding. This reflects many people’s views here and he felt that these were issues particularly appropriate for the Forum.

Main Street Gap Site

Saline School pupils have shifted a lot of rubbish from the gap site opposite the shop, which they are developing as a community garden. Our thanks go to all the children who have been involved.

Possible Housing Site at the east end of Steelend 


Sketch proposals have been prepared by Moray Royles who carried out the Saline and Steelend Housing Survey and who was the architect for the Kingdom development on Oakley Road. The sketches were prepared to enable Steelend residents to consider whether or not development should be supported. However, it should be stressed that the sketches were prepared to establish how many units could be accommodated on the site and are indicative only. The Community Council continues to believe that Steelend residents’ views are paramount. Subject to feedback from the community, the Community Council would be willing to host an event as the first stage to establishing people’s views. 

Bins

After a period of improvement, things have returned to normal with bins creating a hazard for disabled people. Please try to consider others when putting bins out.

Dog Fouling

If anything, the problem is escalating and it seems that some people have no consideration for people who use our footpaths and grassed areas. If you have any information on who the culprits are, please advise Fife Council. All information is treated as confidential.

Date of Next Meeting

Tuesday 26 February 2019 in Saline Community Centre at 7.30pm. All welcome.




STEELEND CLUB

Steelend Club is a major asset which our community can ill afford to lose. It is used as an amenity by residents of both Saline and Steelend, and proved its worth during last year’s bad winter. However, not enough people are using it on a regular basis which threatens its sustainability. Think about availability for wedding receptions, funeral parties, birthdays and other events that could be lost if the doors are closed.

Membership fees are more than reasonable, the club is welcoming, and membership brings benefits not available to non-members. Why not pop in and have a word with committee members and, more importantly, give the club your patronage? The regular entertainment is excellent and there are late buses back to Saline and Dunfermline. 



BAGS OF HELP FOR THE GOLF CLUB

As some of you will already be aware, Saline Golf Club has been selected as one of three recipients of funding from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative. They will put the money towards improvements to the men’s toilets. The amount they receive depends on how many blue tokens are in the collecting boxes. So if you are shopping at the Dunfermline Fire Station store make sure you collect your tokens when you pay at the till and drop them into the collecting box as you leave. And if you are shopping at any other Tesco store hold on to the tokens and drop them in at the Fire Station branch when you are next in the town.

Saline Golf Club is a major social and leisure asset within our community. Lots of improvements are being made to attract more people to it. Please be generous in your support!




KIRKLANDS SNOWDROPS 

As part of Visit Scotland’s Scottish Snowdrop Festival, the garden at Kirklands will have two open weekends. The first is 23-24 February from 2.00pm to 4.30pm, and the second is 2-3 March at the same times.

Over 40 years ago, when we arrived at Kirklands, there was a small clump of snowdrops by the front door. Each year we divided and replanted the bulbs. They are now naturalised and continue to spread around the whole garden in a dazzling white carpet. The hellebores, aconite, etc will be putting on their display too. Enjoy a walk around the two acres of woodland garden. Please let us know if you would like a guided tour for groups or individuals. There will be a small charge of £4.00 for adults, and children are free when accompanied by an adult. The charge will include a small clump of snowdrop bulbs and maybe in 40 years your garden will be a carpet of white in late winter!

Our Facebook page has more photos of the garden:   www.facebook.com/kirklandshouseandgarden 




P7 TREE PLANTING AT SALINE GOLF CLUB 

During the summer Jacquie Mellon, who leads on developing the volunteering opportunities at Saline Golf Club, contacted Alexis Perkins, Acting Deputy Head at Saline Primary School, to discuss the idea of the older pupils being involved in planting some trees or hedgerows which could be sourced from the Woodland Trust. Alexis was happy to be involved in this activity as the pupils were in the middle of achieving their John Moore Award; they have been busy in the village doing various environmental activities and were looking for some new ideas. Alexis had received a large number of saplings from the Woodland Trust and which were delivered to the Clubhouse on November 23.


The pupils arrived with three supervising adults at 11.00am on a very cold, wet and windy morning! They were quickly involved with volunteers from the Club: Drew Mellon, David and Ann Hatton and Jacquie Mellon. Under the guidance from the Greenkeeper Robbie Breignan, they quickly planted a sapling each along the boundary wall at the third tee. The pupils had an excellent understanding of the many benefits the trees would bring to the course, such as making a good boundary, screening the road and houses, and providing a natural habitat for wildlife as well as making the course look more attractive.


After an hour of cold hard work, everyone ventured into the Clubhouse for some very welcome hot chocolate and doughnuts! Jacquie spoke to the supervising adults and pupils about the newly opened putting green and the practice area being open and free for all to use with the option to borrow clubs. Several pupils were interested and keen to come along in the future.

Since their visit Jacquie has been in touch with the school to invite the pupils back to complete another environmental challenge on the Course in the New Year…. Watch this space for details soon!

If anyone in the local community is interested in volunteering at SGC please contact Jacquie in the first instance on 07984 674057 or email at jacquie@fva.org.uk. 



SALINE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP 

Saline Environmental Group are organising some new events for 2019. First on the go is a talk about Steelend bog by Keith Dalgleish (Scottish Heritage) on Fri 15 February at 7.00pm in Saline Church Hall. This will be a real opportunity for people in Saline and Steelend to develop a unique and invaluable wildlife reserve. The talk will cover the nature of bogs and in particular Steelend Bog. So, if after the talk you wish to become more involved, we are hoping to form a group of volunteers to help recreate the Bog’s original nature and develop it as an asset for the entire community.

Look out for news in the spring concerning moths and butterflies. Anyone interested in Saline Environmental Group can join or contact us on our Facebook page. All are welcome and it is for all ages. 



SALINE & BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH NEWS 

Afternoon Club

The afternoon club for pupils in P5, 6, and 7 resumed meetings on Monday 4 February in the Church Hall. We meet from 3.00pm till 4.15pm. The dates for this term are 4, 11, and 25 February and 4, 11 and 18 March. We look forward to enjoying a programme of stories, music, games and crafts – and, of course, refreshments. New members are always welcome. Please bring an adult along to register on your first visit. Cost is 50p per session.

Holiday Club

Thursday 14 and Friday 15 February. For children of Primary School age in the Church Hall from 10.00am to 12.30pm (registration from 9.30am). The Team Builders programme includes games, competitions, music, crafts and refreshments. Further information from Anne and Alan Monk (Tel 851283, email alanmonk@talktalk.net).

World Day of Prayer

The service this year, written by a group of Christian women from Slovenia is entitled Come – Everything is Ready, will be held on Friday 1 March at 07.00pm in Saline Parish Church, and conducted by members from Saline, Carnock and Oakley Parish Churches, and Church of the Holy Name, Oakley. All are welcome to join us in this international event. 



FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

Saline Golf Club

We have free Wi-Fi and BT Sports.
Food available throughout the year:
  Monday: Closed
  Tuesday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Wednesday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Thursday: 11.00am-8.00pm
  Friday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Saturday: 10.00am-2.30pm
  Sunday: 12.00noon-4.00pm
Golf Memberships available.
    Junior Golf Membership only £10 per year.
    Social Membership only £10 per year.
Bingo every Monday, 7.30pm start.
Quiz night every Thursday at 8.30pm. £1 entry.
 

Steelend Miners Club

Saturday 16 February, 9.00pm. 
Valentine's Night 
with Gill Knight, a great vocalist. 
Entry £4; this includes a light supper. Please come along.
Non-members welcome. 

Rainbows
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

Brownies
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

116th Fife Scout Group

Beaver Colony
Every Friday, 6.00pm-7.30pm

Cub Pack
Every Thursday, 6.30pm-8.00pm

Scout Troop
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm

Explorer Unit
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm

Carnock Community Centre, Camps Road, Carnock. Open to both boys & girls


Highland Dancing Classes
Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm, Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm. Tel Betty on 852610

Sambangra Drumming Group
Tuesdays, 7.00pm-8.30pm, £2
Steelend Club

Saline & District Rural
Wednesday 6 March, 7.30pm.
Saline Community Centre
Crafts with Laura and Ruth
Warm welcome to all

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.45pm
Saline Community Centre. T: 852610

Craft and Chatter
Thursdays 10.00am-12.00noon
Last Friday of month 7.00pm-9.00pm
Shieldbank Coffee Shop

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Afternoon Craft Group
Every second Tuesday. Everyone is invited to join with any sewing, knitting or craft - and enjoy the blether! 2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall.

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
World Day of Prayer, 1 March, 7.00pm
Saline Parish Church.



                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Issue 73 December 2018 - January 2019

posted 3 Dec 2018, 17:43 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 4 Feb 2019, 10:32 ]



SALINE PRIMARY 
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER, TERM 2 

P1 recently enjoyed a visit to the Kingdom Housing site to have a look around the new houses and ask Sean the site manager lots of very interesting questions about how to be a builder. We also asked Sean which skills you needed to develop to work as a builder and he advised that listening and being able to be a good communicator were very important. Everyone agreed at the end that they would like to be a builder except one little boy who is sticking with his plans to become a chemistry teacher! It was a great trip and our thanks go to Alana and Sean from Kingdom Housing for organising and helping us to develop our skills for learning, life and work.

P6 have recently returned from their short three-day, two-night residential trip to Field Studies Centre Kindrogan. This was part of our outdoor learning pathway and as part of our transition activities with Inzievar Primary School. 

A wet and soggy adventure was had by all and we have received good feedback from the children.

P5-7 have continued their learning around the Great War and WW2 with a visit to the cinema to watch a film called The Zoo as part of an Into Film initiative. They are also due to host a tea dance in school where they will be sharing their learning through song, poetry and art. P5/6 have been working with the Youth Music Initiative and have created their own fabulous song which they will be sharing. Also a big thank you to Mahathi and Lewis, our school captains, who represented the school at the Remembrance service held at Saline Church. They laid a wreath which was made by our younger pupils on behalf of all our pupils and staff.

We have had further input from the Youth Music Initiative who have supported Kodaly with our pupils in the nursery, P1, P2 and P3/4 which has been enjoyed by all.

P3/4 have been very busy this term working on their enterprise idea with Café Fresh in Dunfermline. They created a chocolate tray bake called Autumn Crunch which was for sale in the shop. Did you see their fantastic display on the shop window? The class also enjoyed a visit from Dr Ellen Patrick from the Gilbert & Sullivan Society who shared some of her chemistry expertise with them to create potions. This was then used as a stimulus to create a poster advertising their next production The Sorcerer at Carnegie Hall. Look out for it!

Rehearsals for the P1-3 nativity are well underway and it is looking to be the performance of the year! There will be two performances, one on Tuesday 11 December at 1.30pm and the other on Thursday 13 December at 9.30am. Both will be followed by carols from the other classes. If you might be interested in coming along, contact our school office for ticket availability and further information. The whole school and nursery are also looking forward to attending the pantomime at The Alhambra Theatre with support towards ticket pricing from our wonderful parent council.

Our Christmas assembly will be held in the Church on Thursday 20 December at 11.00am; please come along!

Finally that leads me to wish all of Saline community a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year from all the pupils and staff at Saline Primary School.

Mrs Perkins 
DHT Saline Primary School 





COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS 

A healthy attendance braved a dark and dreich evening to discuss a variety of issues. David Chisholm opened the meeting with some good news. Kingdom Housing Association is finally allocating houses on Oakley Road and that several local people are believed to have received offers. 


Playparks Upgrading

Nicola Smith reported that the contractor is back on site at North Road, hopefully with no more setbacks. She thanked Stewart Miller for reporting the damage to a manhole when equipment was delivered. This prompt action enabled the problem to be resolved quickly. Several present are concerned about the boundary walls, which they feel are unsafe. Fife Council is being contacted about this. Unfortunately, there is still no action in Steelend.

Community Centre

Things are moving, albeit slowly due to the procedures that the pharmacist must follow. She has met the Health Board and will formally submit her application. After that, the Health Board will consult within the community. [Please see separate article in this issue for an update and more details.]

Fireworks Display

The event was very successful with a lot of favourable comments on Facebook. Lessons on how to improve the running of next year's event have been learned and work on this will start shortly. Saline Golf Club proved to be an excellent venue and the club will be approached again after their new committee is in place. Watch future issues for updates. 



Remembrance Events

The Remembrance Service went well with active participation by community groups in the bell-ringing, which they found rewarding but tiring.

Fife Council had arranged a special service in Dunfermline Abbey and had asked for a Community Council representative to attend. Rather than send an office-bearer, it was felt more appropriate for a relative of someone named on the memorial to attend. Linda Collins (nee Mellon), who grew up in Saline but now lives in Dunfermline, had lost two great uncles in the First World War and represented our village at the service She had felt honoured to do so and had found it a moving experience. Linda also went with Jacquie Clapperton, the Bulletin editor, to strew poppies on graves and memorials to those lost in active service, in both the Old Churchyard and the Old Cemetery, on behalf of the Community Council after the Remembrance Service (see picture, above)

Road Safety

The number of accidents at Redcraigs Toll and between there and Steelend is causing concern. Fortunately no-one was seriously injured in the recent bad crash near Steelend but the Community Council feels that traffic from Dunfermline should be required to stop at the Redcraigs crossroads and that the road should have a 40mph speed limit.

The recent accident at the bends between Steelend and Upper Steelend had caused a lot of problems and Fife Council had been criticised for not gritting the road. Cllr Bobby Clelland had checked and established that the weather forecast had not identified icy conditions. The police had closed the road for several hours.

Passengers on the No 6 service had had to endure a long wait till the bus could reverse to Steelend. The driver was praised for ensuring that a visually impaired passenger was able to return home safely as was the passenger who ensured that the road was clear while the bus reversed.

Speeding through Kinneddar Park continues to cause concern and, again, the Community Council feels that the road should have a lower speed limit.

Broadband

Kinneddar Park residents have complained about poor broadband service with a complete shutdown for two hours recently. Villagers have been asked to prepare a record of when slow speeds occur, which will hopefully enable Openreach to be approached.

West Fife Villages Forum

The Forum now has a new constitution, bank account and interim chair and treasurer. Its initial meeting will be in Oakley Community Centre on 4 December. A big change is that representation will no longer be restricted to Community Councils and community groups will be able to appoint a representative.

Date of Next Meeting

29 January 2019 at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre. All are welcome. 


Editor's Note

The Editor reserves the right to refuse or edit all items submitted for publication. All views expressed in this Bulletin are purely those of the author of the item concerned and are not necessarily those of the Editor or of the Communications Group. 




VISION FOR SOUTH AND WEST FIFE 

Many readers will recollect participating in events to consult on people's aspirations for South and West Fife. The information gathered has now been pulled together in the draftWest Fife Villages.

We hope the draft plan will be available on the Saline and Steelend, and West Fife Villages websites soon. The possibility of being able to feedback comments via the Saline and Steelend website or Facebook is being examined. Alternatively, comments can be sent to Fife Council at the Civic Centre, Inverkeithing. 




ACCIDENT PREVENTION CONSULTATION 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) was set up in 1917 to exchange life-enhancing skills and knowledge to reduce serious accidental injuries. From awareness campaigns, education and training to calling for legislative change, the Society is committed to standing up for safety at home, on the road, at leisure and through safety education.

Accidents and unintentional injuries can happen in all situations. In Scotland in 2016/17 there were 2214 deaths due to accidents and unintentional injuries, and a further 56,697 serious injuries. RoSPA is committed to reducing these injuries

RoSPA is currently working with "Building Safer Communities" on scoping the opportunity for a national prevention strategy for Unintentional Injury and Harm in Scotland. The aim is to provide insight into whether a strategy is needed for Scotland. It will also consider gaps across the Scottish policy landscape. As part of this research, they are interested in hearing people's views on the current situation regarding the prevention of unintended injury and harm.

A short online survey has been prepared and can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GN2Q6ZP 




2018 FIREWORK FESTIVAL 

The response to the village fireworks festival at the beginning of November has been very positive and the possibility of repeating it next year is being considered. In the meantime the Community Council would like to express its thanks to the Golf Club for hosting the event, to the Community Development Trust and the Play Parks Group for their contributions, and to Drew McCullough for organising the music. Special thanks too to the catering and bar staff at the Golf Club who were almost literally rushed off their feet supplying food and drink! The Community Council would also like to acknowledge the financial support provided by Fife Council and the generosity of Kingdom Housing, Campion Homes, Knockhill Racing Circuit, Bandrum Residential Home and Shieldbank Coffee Shop in donating more than £700 towards the cost of the event. Finally, congratulations to Eve Wright who won the £100 first prize in the raffle! 




STOP PRESS: COMMUNITY PHARMACY 

We have just learned that Lisa Duncan, who wants to open a Community Pharmacy in Saline, has had her application to do so accepted by NHS Fife. The next step in the process is a consultation with affected parties, and - most importantly - with local people. An advertisement will appear in the Dunfermline Press inviting comment but the Community Council will be ensuring that the questionnaire is available for residents to use. The establishment of a pharmacy in the Community Centre could act as a catalyst for other uses to open up, for example a ‘satellite surgery’, and spaces where people might provide treatments and therapies. 




116TH FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

At the end of November some twelve Beavers took part in the District Annual Christmas Party in the Abbeyview Community Centre, where all had a good time.

On Sunday 2 December the Beaver Colony will join with the Cub Pack for the Annual District Carol Service. This service which is hosted by representatives of all the Cub Packs in the District is to be held in North Parish Church, Dunfermline from 2.00 to 3.00pm. This year it was decided to support Women’s Aid Charity from collections made before and at the Carol Service.

This year the cubs are going to Sky High at Falkirk for their Christmas Outing at 6 pm on Thursday 6 December.

The Scout Troop has still to finalize details of their Christmas Outing. At the end of November they held their first camp of the winter season at Fordell; this was the last camp of the year.

Last meetings for this term will be Thursday 13 December for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and Friday 14 December for Beavers. Meetings will resume at the usual times on Thursday 10 January for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and Friday 11 January for Beavers.

It is hoped to have in place the ability to pay fees by Standing Order in addition to cash or cheque for the start of the new term. Please contact GSL for further details.

Please remember that the last date for collection of the Scout Christmas Post is Tuesday 11 December at 5.00pm. It is anticipated that deliveries will commence on Saturday 15 December.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Peter Philp 
Group Scout Leader 
116th Fife Scout Group 
Registered Charity Number SC031132 




KEEPING PAVEMENTS CLEAR OF OBSTRUCTIONS 

At the most recent Community Council meeting, someone with a severe visual impairment who moved to Saline last July drew attention to the difficulties she has avoiding in obstructions on the pavements, particularly in darkness. These include bins put out for collection or left out for a period after the bin lorry has been. 

We all have a responsibility to act with consideration for others, and to park cars and position refuse bins so as to minimise the obstruction to the footway. This is not always easy because of the narrowness of the pavements and roadways in places. Council operatives also have a duty to place them back so that they don’t cause obstructions. Cllr Mino Manekshaw contacted the Council’s Waste Operations Officer immediately after the meeting and has received a response confirming that operatives will be reminded of their responsibilities.




WEST FIFE VILLAGES FORUM 

For many years, the West Fife Villages Community Forum provided the opportunity for individual villages to discuss issues affecting West Fife as a whole. However, representation was through Community Councils and attendance was restricted to nominees. The situation was exacerbated by some villages not having a Community Council. Latterly it had struggled to attract participation and conduct business.

The group has now been reconstituted as the West Fife Villages Forum, and any group or organisation that serves the community and has any kind of Constitution can register as a member and receive notifications of its meetings and minutes of its proceedings. The Forum is committed to operating in an open and transparent manner, and always in the interests of West Fife and its constituent communities. It has opened a bank account and appointed interim post holders to the positions of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, pending a General Meeting to adopt the new Constitution and elect Officers. So, if you, or any group you are associated with, would like to express an interest in registering please email david.chisholm47@btinternet.com. 



SALINE & DISTRICT RURAL 

Our group meets Wednesdays at 7:30pm in the Community Centre (Meetings are not held in January, July, or August). Our planned syllabus for 2019 is below.

We welcome anyone who would like to come along to join in. 

6 February: Taste and try night

6 March: Crafts with Laura and Ruth

3 April: Silent Auction

1 May: Visit to Japanese gardens

5 June: Demo on cake decorating

4 September: Saline First Responders

2 October: Cosy Kingdom on keeping warm in winter

6 November: Business meeting 



SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

We had a wonderful turnout for Tina Chapman's talk on The Men behind Saline Cenotaph and it was very moving to hear the stories behind those who lost their lives and those who returned. Please contact Tina if you would like a copy of her newly launched book, Saline and District Remembers the Great War 1914 - 1919.

Our speaker event on 16 January 2019 will be by Miranda Lorraine on Fife Pilgrims Way, a newly opened Fife trail - part of it goes through St Ninian's restored open cast site by Kelty.

It has been a busy year for our committee and we could not have achieved so much without the support of everyone who attends our events. 

We look forward to 2019 and would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 




STEELEND CLUB 

Hogmanay Party: 31 December, 8.00pm until 1.00am. 
Dancing to Carly Schiavoni. 
Tickets adults £5, Children free; this includes supper. 
Tickets on sale in club. 

The Annual Burns Supper will be held on Saturday 26 January. Tickets go fast so watch out for further details. 




CHURCH NEWS 

The stars on the church bell tower are in place and will shine out over the village during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Apart from the regular services on Sunday mornings at 9.30am, there are a number of special events planned. A warm welcome is extended to anyone in the area to join us on these occasions. 


Sunday 9 December - Tulliallan and Kincardine Church 
6.30pm Carols and Candles: this will be a quieter celebration particularly for those who, for various reasons, find this a difficult time of year. There will be an opportunity to light a candle in memory of a friend or relative.



Wednesday 19 December - Saline Golf Club
6.00pm Carol singing followed by seasonal refreshments; come and enjoy the old favourites.

Thursday 20 December - Saline Church
11.00am Saline Primary School Christmas Service

Monday 24 December - Saline Church
6.30pm Christmas Eve Family Service
11.30pm Watchnight Service. Carol singing from 11.15pm

Tuesday 25 December - Saline Church
10.00am Christmas Morning Family Service

Wednesday Coffee Morning 
The Wednesday Coffee Morning will continue as usual over the Christmas period except for Wednesday 26 December and Wednesday 2 January.

Church Guild

The Church Guild resumes meetings on Monday 14 January at 7.30pm when we have a Quiz Night (not too serious with lots of laughter!). On 28 January we look forward to hearing of the work of The Samaritans and on 11 February our speaker will help us explore the Fife Pilgrim Way. We are happy to welcome anyone who would like to come along to our fortnightly meetings.

Walking Group

The Walking Group have a Mystery walk planned for 8 December, Limekilns and Charlestown for 5 January, Alloa and Clackmannan Towers for 19 January, and Thornton Woods for 2 February. Further information will be found using the Contact page of the website. 



RED SQUIRRELS 

The good news is that red squirrels can now be spotted around the Saline area, the bad news is that dead red squirrels have been seen on local roads. Hopefully we would all want to see red squirrels doing well and re-establishing a sustainable local population, so drivers, if you see one in the road, try not to run it over.



SURVIVING CHRISTMAS 

The Adult Support and Protection Committee in partnership with Fife Council Communities and Neighbourhoods have produced the 2018 Surviving Christmas information. Foldout copies remain - email: shona.mcewan@fife.gov.uk or call 03451 55 55 55 ext 442134. You can also visit the Fife Direct Winter mini-site which includes the Helping Older People and People with a Disability in Winter booklet. 



WINTER WARMER EVENT 

Community Justice and the TUЯN group are holding a Winter Warmer event on 12 December at Del Farquharson Centre, Dunfermline KY12 7DS from 11.00am-2.00pm, open to anyone over 16. The event will have information stands plus some fun interactive stalls and music. Volunteers from TUЯN, a new Men’s Group addressing isolation, will be on hand in the kitchen to provide lunch, with tea and coffee available throughout the day.



HATE CRIME 

A new online Disability Safety Hub from Disability Equality Scotland raises awareness of disability hate crime, and details how to report it. Resources include case studies and videos of disabled people talking about their own experiences of hate crime. http://disabilitysafety.scot/



SAFEGUARDING PEOPLE IN FAITH COMMUNITIES 

The Social Care Institute for Excellence is working with a number of faith groups to enable improvements to their safeguarding practice (‘Safeguarding’ relates to English legislation, but is still relevant to us in Scotland). They have an online summary of the SCIE Inter faith breakfast that brought together senior UK faith leaders to talk about safeguarding adults and children. https://www.scie.org.uk/safeguarding/faith-groups/communities/ 



ACTION FRAUD 

Find the latest updates on frauds and scams on the Action Fraud website including their A-Z of fraud. They also give advice on free services that stop you from visiting malicious websites and protect you from email fraud. Click on the logo (below) to visit their website.





INTERNET SAFETY 

The NSPCC have highlighted the risks of livestreaming and video-chatting. Learn more about video apps, the risks when using them and how to keep safe at https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/video-chat-sharing-streaming/




CONSULTATION ON UNCONVENTIONAL OIL AND GAS 

The Scottish Government is currently finalising its policy decision on the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

As part of that process, the Scottish Government is inviting views on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and the partial Business, Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) of their preferred policy decision that the Scottish Government does not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

These assessments are necessary before the policy position can be finalised and are the latest steps in the approach that the Scottish Government has adopted on this issue.

On 28 January 2015 the Scottish Government put in place a moratorium on unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland that prevents hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale oil and gas, and coal bed methane extraction taking place.

In May 2017 the Scottish Government concluded a far-reaching investigation into unconventional oil and gas, including a four-month consultation Talking Fracking that received more than 60,000 responses. You can read more at https://consult.gov.scot/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/fracking-and-unconventional-oil-and-gas .

On 24 October 2017 the Scottish Parliament voted in favour of the Scottish Government's preferred position of not supporting unconventional oil and gas. The practical effect of the current moratorium and the ongoing policy-making process is that no fracking etc activity can take place anywhere in Scotland. Further information is available at www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/onshoreoilandgas .

Any policy decision with potential for significant environmental effects must be subject to a SEA prior to its finalisation. Requirements are set out in the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005. A SEA is a means of considering the likely significant impact on the environment of a public plan, programme or strategy.

As there is potential for business and regulatory impacts, either as a consequence of industrial activity or as a consequence of not permitting an unconventional oil and gas industry, a SEA is required before the policy is finalised. Similarly, as there is potential for business and regulatory impacts, a BRIA is required before a policy is finalised.

A partial BRIA has been produced to help identify the likely costs, benefits and risks of the preferred policy position and views are sought its contents. The final BRIA will build on the partial BRIA and the consultation analysis.

The consultation is available. It will close on Tuesday 18 December at https://consult.gov.scot/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/preferred-policy-position-on-uog 2018. Alternative formats can be made on request via UOGSEAConsultation@gov.scot.

Our community sits within an area of interest for fracking and it is important that people make their view known, whether in favour or not. 




SALINE GOLF CLUB CATERING 

More people are becoming aware of the excellent catering available from Angie at Saline Golf Club but some are unaware of opening times. 

They are:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 11.00am-2.30pm
Thursday: 11.00am-8.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am-2.30pm
Sunday: 12.00noon-4.00pm

Angie is doing special ‘Festive Fayre’ till 23 December but availability is limited and booking is essential. Telephone 01383 852591 to book.

Thursdays are ideal times to combine a meal with the Club's popular quizzes. 

Diners are welcome to participate and there is usually potential for people to join an existing team for the evening if desired.

The Golf Club also organises a monthly quiz with rollover prizes. The next monthly quiz is on Saturday 15 December. Why not give it a go?

Saline Golf Club and Steelend Club are valuable community resources that need support both through new membership and attendance at social events. The Golf Club's green and social membership fees are more than affordable while Steelend Club's are equally reasonable. 

Both are welcoming to visitors so why not join?



TEE TIME GOLF MEMORIES 

Alzheimer Scotland is setting up a monthly social group for people living with dementia to share memories about golf - although there is no reason why others can't participate. There will also be putting activities for those who want to play. The next meeting is programmed for 6 February 2019 between 1.30 and 3pm, then 6 March and 3 April at the same times.

For more information or to book a place, please contact Janis Brash at 01592 204541/07771 788538 or email JBrash@alzscot.org. Alternatively, contact the Fife Dementia Resource Centre on 01592 204541. 



CARNOCK HUTTERS MEETING UP 

The Carnock Hutters’ group, which includes several local people, has started meeting regularly in Saline Community Centre to prepare the way for hut building in Carnock Woods, possibly next summer. As this is a Pilot Study project, the first of a new era of huts in Scotland, there is no well-trodden path to getting permission to build a hut. Instead, each step along the way has to be carefully worked out.

The one thing that the hutters are sure about is that they want to have good relations with the existing communities based around Saline and Carnock. As part of this, they have endorsed the idea of a school hut or outdoor classroom. However, that is some way down the line although it will happen in due course. All ideas are welcome about that project.

The first task is for the group of hutters, who didn’t know each other before their first meeting in September, to form a legal entity which can sign the lease with Forest Enterprise Scotland, which manages the woods on behalf of the nation.

The group is also working on a Code of Conduct- what happens if someone is playing loud music after midnight? Who is allowed to stay in the huts? What happens if someone wants to leave? All this has to be thought about carefully in advance and agreed in a code.

Then there is the design of the huts. Can this be tweaked from the original design in the planning application?

The group is coming together well with delicious shared lunches and animated discussions.

If anyone reading this newsletter is interested in building a hut on another site, the Thousand Huts campaign is happy to point you in the right direction. You could start by going to the Facebook group, where people often discuss other huts and hut sites- https://www.facebook.com/groups/118307858251185/

We will keep you up to date with progress as the ideas and plans develop.

Meanwhile here is a photo of a nice hut at Carbeth to the north of Glasgow.



Donald McPhillimy 
carnock@reforestingscotland.org 










HIGHLAND DANCING CLASSES 

The following dancers have passed UKA exams recently:
Pre Bronze: Annabel Smith
Bronze: Robyn Smith
Silver: Carmen Thomson
Silver Bar: Carmen Thomson
Gold Bar 1: Katie Bath, Katie Birks, Hayden Thomson
Bronze Flora and Lilt: Robyn Smith and Carmen Thomson
Bronze Barracks and Sc Measure: Katie Bath, Katie Birks, Hayden Thomson
Bronze Hornpipe: Katie Birks and Hayden Thomson
Bronze Irish Jig: Hayden Thomson
Gold Flora and Lilt: Katie Bath, Katie Birks, Hayden Thomson

The children have worked hard over the past year and this shows in the exam reports! Well done everybody.

Does anybody have Irish jig shoes they no longer use? Size immaterial, all pupils’ sizes differ!

Any unwanted shillelaghs in Saline?


Season's Greetings

Betty and Graham Thomson send all neighbours and friends in and around Saline best wishes for Christmas and New Year 




FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 
 

Saline Golf Club
We have free Wi-Fi and BT sports.
Food available Tuesday-Sunday.
Bingo every Tuesday, 7.30pm start. Quiz night every Thursday, £1 entry.

Steelend Club
Hogmanay Party: 31 December, 8.00pm until 1.00am. Dancing to Carly Schiavoni. Tickets adults £5, Children free; this includes supper. Tickets on sale in club.

The Annual Burns Supper will be held on Saturday 26 January. 
Tickets go fast so watch out for further details.

Rainbows, Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm, Saline Church Hall

Brownies, Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm, Saline Church Hall

116th Fife Scout Group
Beaver Colony, Every Friday, 6.00pm-7.30pm
Cub Pack, Every Thursday, 6.30pm-8.00pm
Scout Troop, Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm
Explorer Unit, 
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm  
Carnock Community Centre, Camps Road, Carnock. Open to both boys & girls

Highland Dancing Classes
Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm
Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm
Tel Betty on 852610

Sambangra Drumming Group, Tuesdays, 7.00pm-8.30pm, £2
Steelend Club

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.45pm
Saline Community Centre. T: 852610

Craft and Chatter
Thursdays 10.00am-12.00noon
Last Friday of month 7.00pm-9.00pm
Shieldbank Coffee Shop

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Afternoon Craft Group
Every second Tuesday. Everyone is invited to join with any sewing, knitting or craft - and enjoy the blether! 2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall.

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
Telephone: 01383 852874 Website: www.shieldbank.co.uk Also on Facebook.
Riding lessons for children and adults of all ages and stages. Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) instruction for 5-20 year olds. Everyone welcome. Just call or email to book.

Shieldbank Coffee Shop
Telephone: 01383 852621 Also on Facebook.
Open Tuesdays to Sundays 9.30 am- 6.00 pm.
Craft Group, Thursday mornings 10.00 am until lunchtime. Group for Amateur Photographers meet on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm.

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Sunday 9 December, Tulliallan & Kincardine Church, 6.30pm Carols and Candles
Wednesday 19 December, Saline Golf Club
6.00pm Carol singing followed by seasonal refreshments; come and enjoy the old favourites.
Thursday 20 December, Saline Church
11.00am Saline Primary School Christmas Service
Monday 24 December, Saline Church
6.30pm Christmas Eve Family Service
11.30pm Watchnight Service.
Tuesday 25 December, Saline Church
10.00am Christmas Morning Family Service 



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