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Vulnerable premises

posted 8 Jul 2018, 07:45 by Ian Holmes-Lewis

Community Team, South West Fife, Fife Division
Police Scotland / Poileas Alba



Dalgety Bay Police Station
Regents Way
Dalgety Bay

Fife
KY11 9UY

WestFifeCoastalVillagesCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk

Vulnerable Premises 

Over the past number of days there has been an increase in vandalism at premises in the South West Fife Village area. This includes schools, community centres, sports centres and health centres.

This is a financial drain on local resources and will have an impact on the funds available to local community projects or potentially prevent a service such as health centres from opening.

Kev and I or our colleagues cannot check the premises continuously and would ask that if you see any person/s on the roof of any local premises or anyone that appears to be causing damage then a call is made to police via 101.

Hopefully with this information we can allocate a police unit to attend and prevent any further damage occurring / apprehend those responsible.

Lastly if you believe that any person on or near a premise is in any danger the incident can also be reported through the 999 system.

Your help is appreciated.

Kind regards,

Kev and Ian        (local community ward officers, SWF Villages)

Road Closure

posted 8 Jul 2018, 07:37 by Ian Holmes-Lewis

Temporary Road Closure - 
C19 Oakley Road, Saline

A temporary road closure has been arranged for C19 Oakley Road, Saline from Kinneddar Mains Farm, A907, to allow carriageway patching works to be carried out in safety.

The closure will be operational: each day from 8 am until 4 pm
Wednesday 11th July and Thursday 12th July 2018.

Democracy Matters

posted 7 Jun 2018, 05:08 by Ian Holmes-Lewis

People to have their say on Scotland’s public services

People across Scotland are being invited to join a conversation about community decision-making to help make public services more locally focused.

The Democracy Matters conversation will identify new legal rights for communities which would place them at the heart of decision-making. The Democracy Matters conversation is a joint venture between the Scottish Government, COSLA and the community sector and will run over the next six months.

As part of the conversation people are being invited to consider a short set of questions on shaping local democracy. Community groups can also apply for grants of up to £300 to host their own events related to the project. To find out more about the grants, please visit Voluntary Action Fund’s website: https://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/democracy-matters-community-engagement-fund

You can get involved by answering the questions contained in the document, Democracy Matters - Your Community. Your Ideas. Your Future: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/05/6780

Scottish Government has also published the following supporting materials:
· guide explaining how decisions about Scotland's public services are made
· guide to help you hold a conversation in your community
· guide to facilitating a good conversation

To return your answers:
· email: democracymatters@gov.scot or
· send them to: freepost DEMOCRACY MATTERS (use capital letters)
You must include a completed respondent information form, available to download here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/05/6780/downloads

For those who can't attend a community event but want to join the conversation, you can get involved at Scottish Government’s ideas.gov.scot platform: https://www.ideas.gov.scot/local-governance-review/

Communities Secretary Angela Constance said: 

“The start of the Democracy Matters conversation is an important moment for community decision-making in Scotland. We believe that more decisions about public services should be taken locally, and that communities should be able to influence those decisions. We want to hear from people across Scotland about the issues they want decisions on in their neighbourhood, town or village, and the kind of arrangements that would help that happen.”

COSLA President Alison Evison said:
“Across the country, it is widely recognised that Scotland needs local solutions to the opportunities and challenges it faces. The conversation is a vital contribution to the change that is needed across all spheres of government to make Scotland a more democratic place, and to ensure that Scotland’s public services are built around the communities they serve.” 

Scottish Community Alliance Director Angus Hardie said:
“As things stand, communities often find that the really important issues that affect them the most are decided without their involvement and in faraway places. But if democracy is working well, most of those decisions would be taken much closer to these communities and often by local people themselves. Democracy Matters is a rare opportunity for communities everywhere – especially for those groups whose voice doesn’t always get heard – to become involved and to re-imagine how democracy can be made to work for everyone.”

Issue 68 June/July 2018

posted 4 Jun 2018, 15:26 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 7 Jun 2018, 05:01 ]


SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY

We rounded off the year with our well attended AGM and a very interesting talk on the history of Bandrum from our Chairperson, Barry Doyle. At last the summer weather is here and we are hoping that it stays that way for the opening of our museum on Sunday 10 June 10.30am–1.00pm. The theme is Schools in the District so do pop in and relive your school days. As well as every Sunday, the museum will be open on Tuesday evenings, 6.00pm-8.00pm and Wednesdays 10.00am–1.00pm, coinciding with the Church coffee mornings. Entrance is free.

We are also taking part in West Fife Doors Open Day, along with the Church on Sunday 16 September - more details nearer the time. Do you remember about three years ago when we had our very own Time Team taking part in an excavation looking for the original church in the old graveyard? Well, we are meeting up with another group of archaeologists quite soon to see if we can take it a step further so watch this space. Somehow, sometime, we will find that 13th Century Church!



WALK A MILE 2018

Fife Health and Social Care Partnership in conjunction with See Me are holding a Walk a Mile event at 2.00pm on Friday June 15 2018 in Silverburn Park and Stratheden Hospital grounds.
 

Walk a Mile brings people together to speak about mental health and ‘walk a mile in each other’s shoes’. There are no uniforms, no barriers and everyone is on a level playing field; it’s about breaking down stigma and seeing how fabulous people are.


If anyone wants to join us to walk and talk they can register by signing up for a free ticket online (no need to print the ticket)  at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walk-a-mile-tickets .


SCOTLAND’S FIRST CYCLE CIRCUIT HAS OPENED IN FIFE

The Fife Cycle Park was opened recently by record-breaking long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont and Provost of Fife Jim Leishman. The Cycle Park is next to Lochgelly High School.

Funded by Fife Council, sportscotland and the Scottish Government, the purpose-built cycle park is set to put Fife at the forefront of Scottish cycling and further bolster the Kingdom’s position as the number one destination in Scotland for outdoor activities.

Fife Cycle Park is an outdoor floodlit cycle facility that allows for a full range of cycling activities to take place in a traffic-free environment all year round. It is 1.6km in length but offers various circuit layout options within this. Customers are able to choose from a variety of circuit configurations and several groups or sessions can use the facility at the same time.

The Cycle Park team are developing a very inclusive programme which will offer opportunities for everyone to have the chance to be physically active on a bike.

A dedicated skills loop has also been created by contractor The Purvis Group and gifted to the park. The Robert Purvis Play Zone is a specially designed mini road consisting of three intertwined loops for young children to play on. It is ideally suited for balance bikes, the first stages of learning to ride a pedal bike, and scooters.

Disabled parking is available in front of the club house. The club house is fully accessible and has a Changing Places disabled toilet.




116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP

The Beaver Colony has planted up their garden plot at Carnock and are now busy watering and tending the plants. Last week saw the Beavers pond dipping in Carnock Burn, needless to say no sharks caught, only a few water bugs. The trip to the Museum of Scotland is scheduled for Sunday 10 June and we are hoping for good weather.

The Cub Pack has been very busy this month, the big event being the two-night District Cub Camp at Nineacres Campsite at the Crook of Devon, based on an Olympic theme. Despite it raining overnight on both nights, a good time was had by all twelve Cubs and three Leaders who attended from this Group. At the last count, 105 Cubs plus their Leaders attended from all over Dunfermline District. The camp was followed by a walk over Saline Hill on a Thursday evening; our thanks to Kay and David Chisholm for allowing us to start and finish at Steelend Farm.

The main event for the Scout Troop this month was the annual District Camping Competition, the Gibb Bugle. This event was poorly attended by the Groups in the District, seven choosing not to attend. Our young team did very well, gaining valuable experience but only managing to come fourth. The next major event for the Scouts will be the Satellite Camp at Blair Atholl in July.

Meanwhile, the Explorer Unit has continued with badge work, gaining the Air and Emergency Aid activity badges.

The Leaders are now preparing for the Group AGM on Thursday 21 June at 7.30pm in Carnock Community Centre. Vacancies within the Group are Group Secretary and two uniformed Leaders for the Beaver Colony. This will be the last meeting before the summer holidays. Hot Dogs and juice will served to the youth members during the AGM. Meetings will resume on Thursday/ Friday 16/17 August 2018.

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



STEELEND EVENTS

There will be a family BBQ at Steelend Club on Sunday 10 June 2.00-4.00pm. Tickets are £3 for adults and £2 for children.  Everyone is welcome. Come along and enjoy a burger or hotdog.

Steelend Gala this year will be on Saturday 4 August. 

The names for the Gala party were drawn at the prize bingo on Wednesday 30 May and are as follows:

Gala Queen - Talia Davies, Steelend  
Princess - Evie Gunn, Saline 
Page Boy - Stefan Davies, Carnock

This is a great family day so please come along.




SALINE CHURCH RESTORATION PROJECT

Several years ago it was becoming clear that a significant amount of refurbishment work on Saline Church was becoming necessary. The scale of essential work was identified by a condition survey which we commissioned early in 2017. By then, sufficient funds had been raised by the congregation with support from the community to enable us to seek funding from grant-providing bodies. In late 2017 we were awarded a maximum grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Grants for Places of Worship Scotland programme: initially £27,300 for the development phase and then, subject to satisfactory completion of that, a further £222,700 for the delivery phase in which the actual restoration work will be done. 

To meet HLF conditions, the project includes heritage-related activities, perhaps the most significant being alterations to the church interior to provide the Heritage Society with a better museum space and storage. The development phase includes design of these changes and investigations to provide information to enable comprehensive specification of the restoration work needed to ensure the building fabric will be in a sound condition for generations to come. (The last major refurbishment was in 1905, almost 100 years after the Church was built.)

The biggest single item of restoration work will be removal of the cement render and replacement by a coating, probably a lime-based harl similar to the original, and more sympathetic both functionally and aesthetically. The current render is rather ugly, and, because it does not allow the sandstone walls to breathe, has caused chronic dampness of the stonework, leading to rot in timbers.

We are well into the development phase now, and many of the planned, intrusive examinations of interior and exterior features have been completed. The more visually apparent findings include discovery of a badly rotted roof truss end (necessitating installation of an engineered temporary support pending eventual repair in the delivery phase) and the full extent of historic cracks in the gables that, we have been advised, will need ties. The development phase will culminate with production of drawings and specifications defining the work to be done, followed by obtaining competitive tenders, providing a firm costing basis for the delivery phase. This will be a major input to our second round submission to HLF, with a deadline in late November 2018. Provided that is successful, HLF will give us permission to start the delivery phase and begin release of the grant for that. 

As the projected costs (which we have to work with until the firmer tender-based costs are known) somewhat exceed the HLF grant and congregation’s fund raising, we have been seeking additional grant funding. This continues, but we are grateful to the following bodies who have already awarded or pledged grants:

   • Scotland’s Churches Trust
   • The Baird Trust
   • The Ferguson Bequest
   • Garfield Weston Foundation
   • Allchurches Trust Limited

We see the restoration as important to sustain the future of the building not least because it includes the 1970-built hall which is an important amenity for congregation and community activities. However, we have aspirations beyond the restoration to make the church interior more attractive and flexible, suitable for a greater range of community uses.  


Thank You!



The Saline and Steelend Bulletin would like to thank

   o The Horticultural Society

   o Saline & Blairingone Church

   o Stewart & Jocelyn Miller

for their donations towards The Bulletin Community Appeal.

We appreciate you!



 
SALINE AND BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH NEWS

Fundraising

Thank you to everyone who generously supported the recent fundraising events for Christian Aid on 16 May and the Church Restoration Fund on 26 May – the final totals raised will be advertised when available.

Sunday Club

The Sunday Club session ends on Sunday 17 June when the children will receive books at the Morning Service. All are invited to join the Family Barbecue after the service. During the summer months children will always be welcome on a Sunday morning and provision will be made for them during the service.

Holy Communion

The service (9.30 am) on 24 June will include a celebration of Holy Communion.

Open Church

From 10 June to 16 September, the Church will be open for visitors on Sunday mornings (10.30am-12.30pm), Tuesday evenings (6.00 pm–8.00pm), and Wednesday mornings (10.00am – 12 noon).  

Coffee Mornings

The Wednesday Coffee Mornings (10.00-12 noon) continue each week as usual.

Walking Group

The Walking Group also continue their fortnightly programme.  The next walk is planned for 2 June. (Details can be found on the Church website.) 

All are welcome to join in any of these activities.




COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS

Unfortunately, it was not possible to publish the report on April's Community Council meeting in the last Bulletin. This article therefore covers the April and May meetings. 

APRIL

There was a reasonable attendance at April's meeting despite more freezing weather.
In opening the meeting, David Chisholm remarked on the school's successful Saline's Got Talent event and those who had attended praised the children's contributions. The school's increased contribution to community life was also welcomed.

The main focus of the meeting was traffic problems on Main Street.

Community Champion

It had been hoped that the Dunfermline Press would accept our nomination of the Playpark Group for their sterling work in raising funds to improve facilities for children. Unfortunately their work didn’t fit any of the categories. 

Playpark Group

The much-needed drainage works were due to start on 23 April but there was no sign of the contractor. Nevertheless, the project is anticipated to be completed on schedule.

Steelend Park

Steelend Residents Association has agreed to take forward improvements to the children's play area and are investigating funding opportunities with help from Cllr Helen Law. The proposals are for the works shown in the community consultations. Good luck to the Association and please contribute to fund-raising activities.

Community Action Plan and Community Centre

There is nothing to report but the key factor is prospective funders' requirement of an updated Community Action Plan. There was concern from some at the meeting over the suggestion mentioned previously about redevelopment of the Community Centre site. For the avoidance of doubt, the Community Council recognises that a community centre is an essential part of an expanding community. However, while Fife Council continue to meet the costs of keeping the centre open for the time being, there is no guarantee that they will do so in perpetuity.

Traffic and Road Safety 

Another vehicle has gone off at the bends on the West Road, this time apparently with injuries that might focus minds. The good news is that Fife Council intends to resurface the bends in question. 

Saline Smilers

There is now a possibility of the group being accommodated in the school. As mentioned in previous Bulletins, this group offers a great opportunity for mums and toddlers, particularly new residents, to make new friends. Once again, if you are interested in attending or helping out, please contact Nicola Smith at nicshuff@tiscali.co.uk.

Fireworks Night

Fife Council has been consulted and an application to stage an event at Saline Golf Club is being prepared. A group to arrange the event and raise funds is being formed. If you are interested in being part or helping out, please contact Laura Chesby at laurachesby84@hotmail.com or via the Saline Facebook page.
  
Those lucky enough to attend Drew McCulloch's entertainment night in Saline Golf Club will testify to a great experience. Drew has offered to provide entertainment after the display and might be introducing some new music, including one on our community. 

While people like Drew and volunteers are giving their services free, money requires to be raised for the display. Please contribute to events and raffles so that a successful event can be organised and that future events can be organised with confidence.

Community Resilience

Progress has been made regarding a group to co-ordinate a community response to events like events like the “Beast from the East” and more information will be available in future Bulletins. In the meantime, one of Fife Council's Resilience Team will be attending a Community Council meeting. The Emergency Resilience Newsletter will be available shortly on the Saline and Steelend, and West Fife Villages web sites. The newsletter describes some community action throughout Fife and gives some useful tips. Anyone without web access can contact Emma Palmer on 03451 555555 extension 442373.

Blair House Legacy Fund 

Saline and Steelend's share of the Blair House Trust's remaining funds will be used to support activities in the community. These funds are limited and it is vital to use them wisely. Priority will be given to applications that give best benefits to the whole community, can be used as match funding, or those that cannot raise funds by other means. Details on how to apply are being prepared. 

Blair House Site Restoration

David Chisholm, Donald Murdoch and two Kinneddar Park residents attended a meeting with our three councillors, Oakley and Comrie Community Council, Fife Council and the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust to agree how best to involve the communities in the after use of the site. A small committee will be formed to ensure that communities are fully involved.

Robin Caldow updated on progress following the recent consultations. Revised plans have been prepared and will be displayed shortly. The main changes are a reduction in the height of the bund south of Cowstrandburn and amendments to the large pond. 

The bond secured by Fife Council is £3.1m, which sounds a lot, but restoration to the original plans has now been estimated at over £9m. Consequently, SMRT's focus is to get the site to a safe condition where it can be transferred to an owner who will work with the communities to develop a local resource. It is likely that this will be Forest Enterprise Scotland.

Kinneddar Park residents raised the position regarding a memorial to the men who died in the Kinneddar Colliery fire. This will be incorporated into the development of the site following the reinstatement works. There will be further discussion on the questions on car parking raised during the consultations.

Main Street Parking and Road Corridor

The problems of congestion and road safety around the Saline shop have been raised by many residents and suggestions had been made for improvements. Problems around the school are also well known while West Road complaints continue. It was felt that the possibility of carrying out an exercise to prepare a co-ordinated approach to the road corridor through Steelend and Saline should be investigated. 

There was support for improved parking at the bus turning circle and David Chisholm has prepared sketches for a proposal to provide a green space for the school in the field to the west that would provide additional parking and an improved pedestrian access to the school. This would require the co-operation of the field's owners.

West Fife Villages Community Councils Forum

The Forum was originally formed in the 1980s as part of an initiative between the then authorities and the Scottish Development Agency to address issues arising from the decline in the local mining industry. As part of this, several projects were carried out in Saline and Steelend.

The original intention was that community councils would co-operate on issues that affected all West Fife villages but over a number of years this focus was lost, along with the effectiveness of the Forum. The situation has now been reached that the current membership is considering winding up the group. However, there is a need for a collective approach to the West Fife Villages to enable our voices to be heard and to press for much-needed change. Our three councillors are united with several communities who feel that a Forum should continue. Nevertheless, the format needs to be changed and the Forum should have a focus on clearly defined priorities. In particular, councillors and our own community council feel that participation should not be restricted to community councils and that others should be encouraged to participate. There is a specific desire to involve more young people.

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.



MAY  

South West Fife Community Plan

Susan Dryburgh, a Local Community Planning Policy Officer with Fife Council, described the work taking place to prepare this plan. 

Fife Council and its partners in the Fife Community Plan have produced a plan called Fair4Fife that brings the key policies of bodies like NHS Fife, Fife College, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and the third sector into a single document to cover the period to 2027. The Plan's key themes are:

  Opportunities for all
  Thriving places
  Inclusive growth and jobs
  Community-led services

In turn, local versions are to be prepared; in our case this is the South West Fife Community Plan. This is currently being consulted on and the partnership is keen that local people should identify the issues important to them, propose actions and prioritise spending. 

Arrangements are being made to display the consultation documents in Saline Golf Club and Steelend Club. 

It is important that this Plan reflects our views, particularly as it should give the justification required by funders for local projects. Please go along and have your say.

The Fife Community Plan can be found on Fife Direct. Here's a link:

North Road Playpark

The drainage works have now been completed and equipment is due to be delivered in June. Once again, we must acknowledge the hard work and popular events that mark this project.

It was noted that Fife Council has allocated £35,000 for maintenance of the Oakley Road/Upper Kinneddar play park. The meeting's view was that this should be used to pump-prime funding to deliver the proposals prepared after the Playpark Group's consultations.

Steelend Playpark

Steelend Residents Association has made progress towards securing the match funding   towards a possible grant from Fife Environment Trust.  

Fireworks Display 

The application for a Fife Council events grant has been submitted but match funding will still need to be raised. As indicated previously, please help with this.

Blair House Restoration 

SEPA has now approved the works that are about to go out to tender. A meeting on 25 June has been arranged and will be reported in the August Bulletin.

Main Street

David Chisholm and Cllr Bobby Clelland had a site meeting with Transportation to discuss the concerns raised at the April meeting. Unfortunately, there appears to be no particular solution that would not create other problems. There is a view that an overall plan for the whole road corridors prepared within the community might be worthwhile. This is an issue that could be raised again through the South West Fife Community Plan consultations.

Huttings 

There will be a total of 12 huts, 2 of these are for local people who live within 5 miles. The planning permission is for three different sizes of hut with the largest being a total floor space of 30 square metres. There will be a final ballot and a management group will be formed to work out the rules, responsibilities of tenants etc. The lease will be for 20 years. 

Those successful in the ballot will be responsible for constructing their own hut and the costs involved with that. Some questions asked about the costs were estimated, for example if you employed an architect and a builder to do the whole thing for you, which may be how some people who live far away might choose to go, was an estimate. However, that is not the ethos of the hutting communities, who are more into self build and working together to help each other, keeping costs to a minimum or hoping to gather free materials to use. The restrictions in the planning permission will play a great part in this.

There will be a school hut to be shared by the local schools, funding would be available for this and it could also double as a community hut for other hutters in the evenings and at weekends. This could be the first one to be constructed by the other hutters led by experienced people from other hutting communities . This would be a way of learning valuable skills and experience. The school hut would be bigger than the others and the site for this will ensure a positive outdoor experience for local children.

There are no hard and fast rules on anything at the moment as it is not at that stage in the process, but the community will be kept up to date with any news.

Hotel Site

Cllr Bobby Clelland has contacted the owners and established that the site will shortly be advertised for sale.

Comrie Colliery Restoration

Cllr Bobby Clelland advised that big changes have been made with a noticeable reduction in the height of the bing. It is understood that the owners are about to submit an application to continue extracting rock, possibly for five to ten years. Bobby has advised officers that, if such an application is approved, royalties to the Comrie Colliery Environmental Trust should continue.

Bus Consultation 

Cllr Mino Manekshaw reported on a bus consultation exercise currently underway and encouraged people to contribute. Please do so if we want to retain a service.

West Fife Villages Community Councils Forum

Cllr Manekshaw reiterated the discussions at the April meeting and encouraged those present to attend the meeting on 31 May.

Part of the discussion on the Community Plan related to how our local priorities would be judged in the context of the wider area. It was suggested that there were many common issues in the West Fife Villages such as access to health and bus services where it would be better to speak with a common ward voice. The Forum was originally formed to do this and it is hoped that a modified forum would focus on mutual interest. Importantly, it is also felt that participation should be open to others.

Progress will be reported in the next Bulletin

Community Council Elections

Fife Council has advised that, if an election is necessary, polling will be on Thursday 4 October and that nominations will be required to be submitted by Thursday 6 September.
The Community Council currently has vacancies and would benefit from new blood, particularly younger people. Nomination papers are not yet available but, if you are interested or want to discuss matters further, please contact David Chisholm at david.chisholm47@btinternet.com or Donald Murdoch at djmurdoch47@btinternet.com. 

Saline Shop and Community Centre

Since the last meeting it has been established that the couple who had expressed interest in taking over the shop are not proceeding. The owner, Mr Hussain, has indicated that he is happy to consider the possibility of the community acquiring it. Financial support from the Scottish Government, through the Land Fund, is available for this kind of acquisition. The cost of a 20/25 year lease would be in the order of £35k, in addition to a weekly rent of £225. The freehold might be available for a figure of around £150k. 

A similar community-owned shop and post office in a village of similar size to ours elsewhere in Fife employ one and a half staff a week. On this basis, Saline shop could employ four or five people working part-time to suit their child-care needs or other commitments. Reactions to this idea would be welcomed.

The possibility of community acquisition of the Community Centre has been on hold pending the preparation of a feasibility study to determine its viability. However, someone has come forward with an idea for opening a pharmacy in Saline and has identified the Community Centre as a suitable location. She was present to explain her ideas to the meeting and an enthusiastic and constructive discussion followed. It is not a substitute for having a doctors’ surgery but under recent changes to legislation pharmacists are being encouraged to provide additional services that would eliminate the need to travel to Oakley for every health issue. It would only occupy a very small part of the accommodation and could act as a catalyst for the introduction of other services and activities related to health and well-being and become a community hub similar to the community-owned facility that has been created in Twechar. There was broad support for her initiative which would allow her to proceed with her application to the Health Board.

Since the meeting, Cllr Mino Manekshaw has spoken to relevant officers within Fife Council, who are supportive of the idea, and discussions between the pharmacist and the Council have been opened. It is possible that Council money might be available to improve access.  
At present, the Community Council has only submitted an Expression of Interest in acquiring the building, but Fife Council are suggesting that our Community Development Trust should submit a Stage 2 application. Doing so would prevent others from acquiring it but it does not mean that the Trust is intending to buy it. The viability has still to be established. Trustees will consider this suggestion at their next meeting.

Date of Next Meeting:

Tuesday 26 June at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre.



 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.
Full Golf Membership £295, Junior Golf Membership £10, Social Membership £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

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Saline CC T: 852610

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

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

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.
Summer Program 2018 
 • Pony Days for children
 • Courses for adults
 • Come and have a try at riding or vaulting
 • Introduction to horse care 
 • Rider Gym
 • Preparation for dressage test in August
Everyone is welcome.
To book, please telephone: 01383 852 874
Shieldbank Coffee Shop
Telephone: 01383 852621 Also on Facebook.
Open Tuesdays to Sundays 9.30 am- 6.00 pm.
Craft Group meet here on Thursday mornings 10.00 am until lunchtime. 
New: Group for Amateur Photographers meet on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm.
Shieldbank Photography Exhibition
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July  
10.00am till 4.00pm both days. Entry is free.
Shieldbank Riding Centre & Coffee Shop
There will be over 100 photographs on display covering a variety of genres from a number of photographers.
Photographic entries are welcome.



                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

FORTH VALLEY ART BEAT

posted 24 May 2018, 07:26 by Ian Holmes-Lewis


Central Scotland's Open Studios.


There are 60+ venues open in the region with a wide range of arts and crafts on display for everyone to enjoy.


Marylla Ferguson and Bernie Harling warmly welcome visitors to Drumfrosk Studio on Bridge St.. Marylla is working on a pen and ink series of small pieces related to change, with particular reference to emotional change.


Bernie works in fused glass. She will demonstrate her techniques and you are encouraged to have a go!


There are works for sale, should you wish to purchase anything. Prices from 50p for a post card - not the £500+ printed in the brochure!


Download all the information, routes and participants at




                                      and enjoy a fun day touring our beautiful country and the talented artists who live and work in it.

Important:

posted 21 May 2018, 15:53 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 21 May 2018, 15:56 ]

FUTURE OF THE WEST FIFE VILLAGES COMMUNITY COUNCILS FORUM UP FOR DISCUSSION


The Forum was originally formed in the 1980s as part of an initiative between the then authorities and the Scottish Development Agency to address issues arising from the decline in the local mining industry. 

As part of this, several projects were carried out throughout the area, including community-led initiatives such as newsletters, computer training and publication of several books. 
The original intention was that community councils would co-operate on issues that affected all West Fife villages but over a number of years this focus was lost along with the Forum's effectiveness. 

The situation has now been reached that the current membership is considering winding up the group. However, there is a need for a collective approach to the West Fife Villages to enable our voices to be held and to press for much-needed change. Our three councillors are united with several communities who feel that a Forum should continue. Nevertheless, the format needs to be changed. with a focus on clearly defined priorities. In particular, councillors and some community councils feel that participation should not be restricted to community councillors and that others should be encouraged to participate. There is a specific desire to involve more younger people.

There is to be a meeting in Oakley Community Centre at 7.30pm on 31st May to decide whether the current Forum should continue. This will be followed by an open meeting to discuss how the current or a new forum should be organised to better address the many issues in the area. 

This area is likely to be faced with contentious issues and opportunities over the forthcoming years and it is essential that our communities pull together for the common good. Please come along to the meeting on 31st May, have your say and perhaps identify a role for yourself.  

Attention

YOUNG CARERS!!

Are you a young carer?

Are you juggling study time?

Caring for a family member?

Would you like some free time?

 

Young Carers Respite Fife can help.

 

Find them on Facebook and Twitter

Email Moira or Adele at respite@disabilitiesfife.org.uk

 

or call them on 01592 026112



JIM HENSMAN

posted 21 May 2018, 15:41 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 21 May 2018, 15:43 ]

-  A MODEST MAN WITH A LOT TO BE PROUD OF

One of our community stalwarts, Jim Hensman, died in March and the tremendous attendance at his funeral paid testimony of the affection and respect he enjoyed. The following comments advise those who did not know Jim of his contribution to Saline and Steelend, the West Fife villages and beyond.


At Jim's funeral service the Rev Alec Shuttleworth asked how people would describe him. “since his death he has been variously described as one of the giants of the community giving so much of himself in the care of others, a kind and thoughtful guy, an amazing polite man and a true gentleman, talented and kind, unflappable and a joy to be with, and one in a million. All of these are true and none of them is enough.” 

He then described a motorbiking boxer, a footballer who played at Southampton in front of 54,000, a bus driving buccaneer adventurer who drove aid across Europe to the Soviet Union.

Rev Shuttleworth went on to describe a note found in Jim's papers that said “This is my code of practice. I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again”

Jim was born on the 6th of July 1935, moved to Gosport at the outbreak of WW2. On leaving school he got an apprenticeship at Portsmouth Dockyard. He worked with the MOD in various capacities until retiring in 1992. He spent several postings in Gibraltar, which he enjoyed before moving to Rosyth Dockyard and settling in Saline. One of his proudest moments was escorting the Queen when she visited the Dockyard in 1988. Sadly his wife died in 1990 and he later married Liz in 1996.

Within a week of retiring, Jim was driving aid lorries to Russia for an English-based Christian organisation and, with a close friend, went on to to establish the Edinburgh based charity, St Andrews Aid Relief, that ran for 13 years. Jim obtained buses from Stagecoach, removed the seats and used them to ship aid to Russia. On one trip he went to the assistance of our own Kay Jackson when the vehicle she was in overturned en route to St Petersburg. Jim was first on the scene and must have been worried about what he would find. Fortunately, she was ok.
 
By 2006 the situation in Russia had eased and the charity disbanded but Jim did not relax. Along with his good friend, John Crane, Jim threw himself into working in the Saline and Steelend community, the West Fife Villages Forum and the West Fife Community Planning Group. He served as chair of the community council and displayed his customary consideration for others. He loved helping with the annual bonfire night and was responsible for securing lorry loads of wood, selling raffle tickets, helping to prepare the bonfire and clearing up afterwards. He particularly enjoyed going round the schools to collect children's work for the West Fife Villages Exhibition of Art and Photography. Add in his duties as a conscientious elder in Saline and Blairingone Church and you have a man devoted to helping others.  

Jim and John's contributions to our community were recognised by awards at a packed celebration in 2016. Unfortunately, John died shortly afterwards and Jim missed him badly. In 2017 Jim was chosen as the Saline and Steelend Citizen of the Year.


Jim was kind and generous, never lost his temper, never swore and never put himself first. He coped with major surgery and poor health in his latter years with his usual 
dignity and tolerance.

Liz described Jim as the best husband that she could have wished for but Jim would have been the first to acknowledge her devotion to him, not least her nursing as his health declined. 

Jim's passing leaves a huge gap in our lives and he will be sorely missed.

Secondary Catchment Areas:

posted 29 Apr 2018, 16:45 by Ian Holmes-Lewis

Avril Graham, Sustainable Estate Officer writes to advise on the formal consultation process to commence on Tuesday 17 April regarding the proposal to rezone the secondary catchment areas

The consultation will be live on Tuesday 17 April 2018 and interested parties can review the document online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/dunfermlinecatchmentreview and complete the online consultation form at the same address.

Avril Graham

Sustainable Estate Officer
Education Service
4th Floor
Rothesay House
Glenrothes
KY7 5PQ

Tel: 03451 555555 ext. 444204

Issue 67 May 2018

posted 29 Apr 2018, 16:34 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 21 May 2018, 15:23 ]



COMMUNITY BULLETIN 
DONATION APPEAL 2018 

Great News! We have just been awarded £1,000 from The Pilot Trust to keep the Saline & Steelend Community Bulletin going for the next twelve months. The Pilot Trust commented;

“The trustees noted that the Bulletin continues to achieve the community spirit objectives of the Trust when it was conceived; in particular they felt that the commitment shown by the volunteers should be highly commended.”

There is a condition and that is that our community shows a financial commitment too with matched funding.

Would you/your community group/business be willing to make a donation to keep the Saline and Steelend Community bulletin going for the next twelve months?

Due to the success of the bulletin we need to budget to run to twelve pages for each edition.

Thank you to our dedicated team of over fifteen individuals currently involved in getting the bulletin to every household in our community, both online and/or as a paper copy, at a cost of only £190 per month. Launched over six years ago, and this is our 67th edition, it has become a reliable source of local information, activities and events.

Funding bodies will no longer provide on-going financial support for community bulletins such as ours. They are however happy to consider “communications costs” as an entry in a funding application. If you are applying to a funding body for a project, it would be great from the bulletin point of view if you would include such an entry in your application and let us know.

You can also sign up for the e-bulletin by going to www.salinesteelend.org/home/Register to receive a monthly email link – you get to be one of the first to see the village news!

Please do pass on this appeal to anyone who might be interested in supporting us.

                                                      Yours hopefully, 

Mark Baugh 

Co-ordinator of the Saline & Steelend Communications Group 
T: 01383 851059 




COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS

There was a reasonable attendance at April's meeting despite more freezing weather.
David Chisholm welcomed some new faces and said that there was no bad or sad news on the agenda. He remarked on the school's successful “Saline's Got Talent” event and those who had attended praised the children's contributions. The school's increased contribution to community life was also welcomed

The main focus of the meeting was traffic problems on Main Street.

Community Champion
It had been hoped that the “Dunfermline Press” would accept the nomination of the Playpark Group for their sterling work in raising funds to improve facilities for children. Unfortunately their work didn’t fit any of the categories. 

Playpark Group
A start to the much needed drainage works was due to start on 23rd April but there was no sign of the contractor. Nevertheless the project is anticipated to be completed on schedule.
Steelend Park

Steelend Residents Association has agreed to take forward improvements to the children's play area and are investigating funding opportunities with help from Cllr Helen Law. The proposals are for the works shown in the community consultations. Good luck to the Association and please contribute to fund-raising activities 

Community Action Plan and Community Centre

There is nothing to report but the key factor is prospective funders' requirement of an updated Community Action Plan. There was concern from some at the meeting over the suggestion mentioned previously about redevelopment of the Community Centre site. For the avoidance of doubt, the Community Council recognises that a community centre is an essential part of an expanding community. However, whilst Fife Council continue to meet the costs of keeping the centre open for the time being there is no guarantee that they will do so in perpetuity.

Traffic and Road Safety 
Another vehicle has gone off at the bends on the West Road, this time apparently with injuries that might focus minds. The good news is that Fife Council intends to resurface the bends in question 

Saline Smilers
There is now a possibility of the group being accommodated in the school. As mentioned in previous Bulletins, this group offers a great opportunity for mums and toddlers, particularly new residents, to make new friends. Once again, if you are interested in attending or helping out, please contact Nicola Smith at nicshuff@tiscali.co.uk

Fireworks Night
Fife Council has been consulted and an application to stage an event at Saline Golf Club is being prepared. A group to arrange the event and raise funds is being formed. If you are interested in being part of the group or helping out, please contact Laura Chesby at laurachesby84@hotmail.com or via the Saline Facebook page.  
Those lucky enough to attend Drew McCulloch's entertainment night in Saline Golf Club will testify to a great experience. Drew has offered to provide entertainment after the display and might be introducing some new music, including one on our community. 
While people like Drew and volunteers are giving their services free, money requires to be raised for the display. Please contribute to events and raffles so that a successful event can be organised and that future events can be organised with confidence.

Community Resilience
Progress has been made regarding a group to co-ordinate a community response to events like events like the “Beast from the East” and more information will be available in future Bulletins. In the meantime, one of Fife Council's Resilience Team will be attending a community council meeting. The Emergency Resilience Newsletter will be available shortly on the Saline and Steelend, and West Fife Villages web sites. The newsletter describes some community action throughout Fife and gives some useful tips. Anyone without web access can contact Emma Palmer on 03451 555555 ext 442373.

Blair House Legacy Fund 
Saline and Steelend's share of the Blair House Trust's remaining funds will be used to support activities in the community. As these funds are limited, it is vital that they are used wisely. Accordingly, priority will be given to applications that give best benefits to the whole community, can be used as match funding or those that cannot raise funds by other means. Details on how to apply are being prepared. 

Blair House Site Restoration
David Chisholm, Donald Murdoch and two Kinneddar Park residents attended a meeting with our 3 councillors, Oakley and Comrie Community Council, Fife Council and the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust to agree how best to involve the communities in the after use of the site. A small committee will be formed to ensure that communities are fully involved.
Robin Caldow updated on progress following the recent consultations. Revised plans have been prepared and will be displayed shortly. The main changes are a reduction in the height of the bund south of Cowstrandburn and amendments to the large pond. 

The bond secured by Fife Council is £3.1m, which sounds a lot, but restoration to the original plans has now been estimated at over £9m. Consequently, SMRT's focus is to get the site to a safe condition where it can be transferred to an owner who will work with the communities to develop a local resource. It is likely that this will be Forest Enterprise Scotland.

Kinneddar Park residents raised the position regarding a memorial to the men who died in the Kinneddar Colliery fire. This will be incorporated into the development of the site following the reinstatement works. There will be further discussion on the questions on car parking raised during the consultations.

Main Street Parking and Road Corridor
Numerous people have raised the issue of congestion and road safety issues around the Saline shop and suggestions had been made for improvements. Problems around the school are also well known while West Road complaints continue. It was felt that the possibility of carrying out an exercise to prepare a co-ordinated approach to the road corridor through Steelend and Saline should be investigated. 

There was support for improved parking at the bus turning circle and David Chisholm has prepared sketches for a proposal to provide a green space for the school in the field to the west that would provide additional parking and an improved pedestrian access to the school. This would require the co-operation of the field's owners.

West Fife Villages Community Councils Forum
The Forum was originally formed in the 1980s as part of an initiative between the then authorities and the Scottish Development Agency to address issues arising from the decline in the local mining industry. As part of this, several projects were carried out in Saline and Steelend.

The original intention was that community councils would co-operate on issues that affected all West Fife villages but over a number of years this focus was lost along with the effectiveness of the Forum. The situation has now been reached that the current membership is considering winding up the group. However, there is a need for a collective approach to the West Fife Villages to enable our voices to be held and to press for much-needed change. Our three councillors are united with several communities who feel that a Forum should continue. Nevertheless, the format needs to be changed and with a focus on clearly defined priorities. In particular, councillors and our own community council feel that participation should not be restricted to community councils and that others should be encouraged to participate. There is a specific desire to involve more younger people.
There is to be a meeting in Oakley Community Centre at 7.30pm on 31st May to decide whether the current Forum should continue. This will be followed by an open meeting to discuss how the current or a new forum should be organised to better address the many issues in the area. Please take an opportunity to have your say on this.   

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 29th May at 7.30 in Saline Community Centre. It can be seen that things are progressing on a number of issues but there are also challenges to be faced. 

Why not come along and have your say? Everyone is encouraged to participate in a friendly way.


116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

The Beaver Colony has now swung into action after the holiday; they have inspected their garden plot at Carnock in preparation for the planting out of the bedding plants as part of their Gardener Badge. In May they hope to have a trip to the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Later in the term they are planning on doing some pond dipping and having a nature walk/bug hunt.

The Cub Pack have also got off to a good start with a planned walk over Saline Hill near the end of May. Before that, they have the Mowgli Shield Competition at the end of April and in mid-May the District Cub Camp. Congratulations to Kay our ACSL on completing all her training and thus gaining a coveted Wood Badge. We now eagerly await the presentation.

The Scout Troop have the Gibb Bugle - the annual District Scout Camping Competition - to be held over the weekend 5/6 May at Nineacres campsite at Crook of Devon. Despite this year having a young team they have been practicing hard, and we wish them well. Meanwhile they are pushing ahead with the plans for their trip to the Satellite Camp at Blair Atholl.

The Explorer Unit are putting in place plans for an overnight expedition and an introductory hill walk.

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



SALINE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP 

The last meeting for Saline Environmental Group was a talk on Marine Wildlife. This was delivered by the passionate and enthusiastic Tara Proud from the Marine Conservation Society. As well as learning about some interesting sea life, the talk also discussed the important topic of plastics pollution. 

This month on Friday 11 May we will be finding out about BATS!! 

Richard Smith (countryside ranger) will start by giving a short talk which will be followed by some bat monitoring round the village. 

This event is open to children (age 10 and up accompanied by an adult) and adults alike. 

As this type of event tends to be very popular spaces are limited to 30 places. If you wish to attend the event please confirm your attendance by emailing dicrawford1@talktalk.net.

Date Friday 11 May
Time 8.00- 9.30 pm
Location Church Hall and village environs







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BRIGHTSIDE COMMUNITY CAFÉ 

We are delighted to welcome our new café manager Leona Fozzard and our new café assistant Magda Stobiecka to the Brightside Community Café team and wish them a successful and happy time with us. We look forward to seeing the café develop over the coming months as both of them settle into their new roles. Please let Leona know if you have any suggestions for improvements or any comments. You can contact her through the café Facebook page or email address given below.

Our outside seating area has been tidied up for the warmer weather over the coming months, with some lovely new planters – thank you to the Bandrum maintenance team for all their help with this.

Email: info@brightsidecommunitycafe.org.uk 

Facebook: Brightside Community Cafe 

Friends Indeed

Brightside’s befriending service at Bandrum Nursing Home is happy to report that it is now up and running with its first matched befriender/befriendee. We are looking forward to seeing this friendship develop and to further matches being made over the next few months. 

Susan has started running some training sessions and these will continue until our current volunteers feel confident and ready to be matched with a resident. Our aim is to provide companionship for residents who don’t have regular visitors, enjoying any activities they might like to try – art, board games, listening to music, a little bit of gardening, a walk round the grounds, visiting the café or simply chatting. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and do something worthwhile so why not have a chat to see if this could be what you’re looking for. If you are interested in joining Susan’s team of volunteer befrienders or would like to know more please call her on 07853 946949 or email brightsidebefriending@gmail.com. 

Training and support is provided throughout your voluntary work.

Brightside Community Café SCIO is a registered charity and the Trustees are grateful for the support of Bandrum Nursing Home which provides the café facilities and to the Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery whose grant has enabled us to start the Friends Indeed befriending project.



Are You That Winner? 

Win a place on Liz Harvey’s 2 day Creative Watercolour Workshop Saturday 12 May @ Cherry Tree Lodge. Liz invites you to have some fun and unleash your creativity trying out new techniques and materials, exploring the possibilities of this exciting medium. All welcome, beginners & more experienced artists. 

Materials will be provided and a scrumptious lunch. 



All you need to do is join www.meetup.com/Friends-wellbeing-art-nature/ locate Liz’s workshop in “upcoming meetups” where you will find the answer to the following question. “Where did Liz gain her Art History Degree?” 

Send your answer to markandtill@cherrytreelodge.net with your contact number – entries will be drawn from a hat and the winner contacted on Wed 9 May. If you do not have access to the internet but would still like to enter call Mark on 07940 421038. 



SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

None other than Jim Leishman was our most recent guest speaker and he entertained us with stories from his life, career, charity work, and, of course, his time managing the Pars. We got to see his wonderful array of medals and trophies and thoroughly enjoyed his visit to Saline.

Our final event is on Wednesday 16 May, in the Church Hall, 7.00pm for 7.30pm - our chairperson, Barry Doyle, will be giving a talk on the History of Bandrum as well as our AGM. Everyone is welcome and it is your chance to give us feedback on our events and to suggest anything else the Society could do in the future.

Tina is continuing to collect many photos and stories about education in Saline and Steelend and our museum will open on Sunday 10 June.

Finally, thank you to everyone who has supported us this winter in attending our speaker events, come hail, rain or - dare I mention the word - snow.



KIRKLANDS GARDEN 

A reminder that Kirklands Garden will open again for charity on Sunday May 20 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Entrance fee £5.00, children free.

This year has been a challenge with our terrible winter weather (there was a 3 metre snow drift on top of the greenhouse and another in the garden!)

We have lived at Kirklands for 40 years and opened our garden for 25 years. Even after 40 years we still have many plans for the future! The garden is about two acres including woodland garden, walled garden, herbaceous borders. In May the bluebells are in flower and so are the meconopsis (blue poppies), tulips and rhododendrons.

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 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 852737 or 07787 115477, or e-mail gill@i-comment360.com. 
Check out our Facebook page - Kirklands House and Garden, Saline. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=kirklands%20house%20and%20garden%20saline

Please come along.

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




Thank you to The Saline & District Horticultural and Handcraft Amateur Society for sponsoring this edition of the bulletin. 




CARNOCK WOODS HUTS COMING ALIVE 

May 19 sees the Carnock Woods Coming Alive Event at the Vine Conference Centre in Dunfermline. 

This is a ticketed event for those who have registered an interest in getting permission to build a hut in Carnock Woods. 


If you didn’t register but live within three miles of the wood, don’t despair! You can still enter the ballot for one of the two hut sites reserved for local inhabitants. 

Just e-mail me on carnock@reforestingscotland.org, answering a few simple questions:

    1 Name

    2 Address

    3 Phone

    4 Email address

    5 Why I would like a hut at Carnock Woods (50 words maximum)

    6 How often I would use it

    7 What activities I am interested in

I will then get back to you to tell you what to do next. This is the last chance to have a chance of getting a hut site. Of course, there will still be a number of hurdles before you can start building but I will explain those to you.

We are still hoping to build an outdoor classroom for the local schools but that will have to wait for the hutters’ group to form.

It’s getting closer and we will keep everyone informed of progress via this Bulletin.



SHIELDBANK COFFEE SHOP 

Discount Morning

From April 1, every Tuesday between 10.00am and 12.00noon will be DISCOUNT MORNING!

A cup of tea or coffee and any cake will be £2.50.

Floral Tea

On May 1 from 12.00noon till 4.00pm, Shieldbank Coffee Shop will be hosting a celebration of spring by having a flower-themed Afternoon Tea. As well as our normal coffees and teas, there will be flower and fruit teas, flower-themed cakes and the whole coffee shop will be decorated to suit. The cost of an afternoon tea with sandwiches will be £10, but you can just drop in for a coffee and cake as usual.





Heartfulness Meditation
 every Wednesday 7pm @ Cherry Tree Lodge

 




– like to join? Just call Mark on 07940 421038 
   or 01383 851059 to book your place.





SHIELDBANK RIDING AND VAULTING CLUB 

North Road, Saline. Telephone: 01383 852874 

Your local centre for everything to do with horses or ponies. 

Learn the traditional way to ride horses or ponies, and/or learn to care for them. Regular lessons from £19 per week. Private or small group lessons are available, as are special Easter Holiday Courses and Pony Days for children.

If you like gymnastics, why not join our equestrian vaulting team and learn to do gymnastics on horseback (Age 5 – 20)?

Everyone is welcome!

www.shieldbank.co.uk, email: info@shieldbank.co.uk. Also on Facebook.



FALSE TELEPHONE PREFERENCE SERVICE CALLS 

Action Fraud are warning of fraudsters phoning to provide a 'Telephone Preference Service' and asking for bank account details to cover a one-off charge

Victims instead see unauthorised monthly debits deducted from their accounts. There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS) and it is FREE. Register at www.tpsonline.org.uk. Report fraud to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.



SCOTRAIL’S NEW PROMOTIONAL FARE FOR ITS CUSTOMERS IN FIFE 

Scotrail has launched a new ticket for off-peak day return travel from Fife to Edinburgh or Dundee costing £5. It will be available from Monday 16 April until Friday 15 June.

The ticket – called the ‘Fife Fiver'– will allow off-peak day return travel between Fife and Edinburgh or Dundee any time after 10.00 until 15.30, and then from 18.30 on weekdays. At weekends, the ticket can be used at any time.

This ticket is only available online, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other rail promotional offers, Kids Go Free, Railcards or to upgrade to first class.

This offer is in addition to our ‘Delay Repay’ scheme, where customers who have been delayed by 30 minutes or more can claim compensation for the inconvenience.

Please note, to be eligible for this offer you'll need a My ScotRail account, and your registered account address must be in one of these postcodes: DD6, FK10, KY1 to KY16.



FREEDOM PROJECT 

The Dogs Trust Freedom Project is a dog fostering service for people who are fleeing domestic abuse in several areas of England, as well as the Central Belt of Scotland.

People fleeing domestic abuse are usually unable to take their dogs with them into a refuge so in many cases they are reluctant to leave their home until they know there is somewhere safe for their pets.

Dogs Trust offers a solution by placing dogs into the homes of volunteer foster carers for up to six months, until their owners are rehoused and can take them back. Dogs Trust covers all of the dog’s expenses during that time, including food and veterinary costs.

If you would like to refer your dog to our service, or you are interested in becoming a volunteer foster carer, please visit http://www.dogstrustfreedomproject.org.uk/ or call us on 0808 169 4315.



FUNDING BOOST FOR KINCARDINE AND SOUTH WEST FIFE 

Fife Council has started the regeneration of coastal communities within South West Fife supported by the award of £300,000 from the Big Lottery Coastal Communities Fund.

This funding will support the creation of new business units providing over 800 sqm of space for new and existing companies, a Kincardine town centre improvement/s programme and access improvements linking Devilla Forest to the Fife Coastal Path via Kincardine.

These projects support the delivery of the Longannet Task Force action plan by helping to diversify the local economy and encourage new enterprise into an area with a strong tradition of industry. The creation of new modern business infrastructure and the support to tourism assets across the area is also consistent with community aspirations including those within the 2017 Kincardine Charrette and other area-wide Participatory Budgeting exercises.

A planning application for the new business units has now been submitted to Fife Council as planning authority and the town centre improvement scheme will be launched in May 2018. Scoping and delivery of the Devilla Forest access improvements is also progressing well assisted by delivery support from Forestry Enterprise Scotland and Police Scotland.




FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

Saline Golf Club: May Events

Saturday 12 May: Monthly Quiz Starts 8.30pm Entry £2 per person. New teams most welcome

Saturday 19 May: Prosecco Afternoon Tea (Royal Wedding). Dress for the occasion. From 11am. Tickets £10

Sunday 20 May: Jam Session starts 7pm. Come along and jam or sing with local musicians.

Saturday 26 May: Live Music from Dionne Hickey. Tickets £5

All tickets available from the bar.
We have free Wi-Fi and BT sports.
Food available Tuesday-Sunday.
Bingo every Tuesday, 7.30pm start. Quiz night every Thursday, £1 entry.
Full Golf Membership £295, Junior Golf Membership £10, Social Membership £10.



Rainbows
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

Brownies
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

Saline Environmental Group
Bat Walk,
Friday 11 May, 8.00- 9.30 pm
Church Hall and village environs

Kirklands Garden Opening
Sunday May 20, 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
Entrance fee £5.00, children free.

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

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Saline CC T: 852610

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

Saline & Steelend Heritage Society
Wednesday 16 May
Barry Doyle on History of Bandrum
Also AGM
7.00pm for 7.30pm, Saline Church Hall

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

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 meet here on Thursday mornings 10.00 am until lunchtime.
New: Group for Amateur Photographers meet on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm.




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Senior Carers Respite Fife

posted 6 Apr 2018, 07:20 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 21 May 2018, 15:21 ]

We are pleased to introduce our great new service:

Please pass on this info to neighbours who might not have internet access

Senior Carers Respite Fife.

This is for carers 60 plus.

We come to you and lend a helping hand.

At a time thats convenient to you.


This is a FREE service.


For more information email Moira or Adele at         
respite@disabilitiesfife.org.uk
or call us on 01592 203993
find us on Facebook:          Senior Carers Respite Fife




Service Provided by Disabilities Fife
Registered Charity No SC026112

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