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Issue 59 July/August 2017

posted 5 Jul 2017, 17:10 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 5 Jul 2017, 18:33 ]

Saline Hill

THE JOHN CRANE YOUNG CITIZEN AWARD
At a crowded end of year service at the Church, pupils and family members saw the presentation of the Young Citizen Award, made in memory of the late John Crane who died in June of last year after four decades of service to our community, and presented by Marie Crane.  Teachers at the school were unanimous in their choice of P7 pupil Cailyn Symons to receive the 2017 award.  Being a Responsible Citizen is an element of the Wider Curriculum and from the start of the new term all pupils at the school can work towards winning the 2018 award.  We hope that all parents will encourage and support their children in this endeavour.


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COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS
David Chisholm welcomed a very good attendance to June's meeting.
He began by advising that the school had unanimously agreed the recipient of the first John Crane Community Service award. John's family has paid for the shield that will be retained in the school and the trophy for the winner. As mentioned above, this is Cailyn Symons. Well done, Cailyn!

The meeting raised one new issue but there was considerable discussion on updates from the May meeting and on Catharine Idle’s talk on Fife Leader

Playground Group
Nicola Smith, Lisa Murray and Laura Chesby reported on their latest fund-raising event, climbing Ben Nevis. This has raised £3,000 with more expected. Well done, the organisers and all who participated. Some candidates for Citizen of the Year?

There was considerable disappointment that Fife Council has still not provided the maintenance agreement required by Fife Leader and Fife Environment Trust. It was pointed out that an early decision is required if work is to start on improving North Road drainage.

Cllr Bobby Clelland indicated that the new administration's policy was to continue to maintain North Road and he felt that part of the problem is misinterpretation of council policy by some officials. He has spoken to the joint leaders of the council and strategic committee chairs, who have been supportive. Accordingly, he was confident that the matter will be resolved and agreed to maintain contact with Nicola.

Path Developments 
Work has started on the path along the south side of Saline Golf Course. The Development Trust has appointed the West Fife Woodlands group to improve the path and install benches at good viewpoints. Thanks to the assistance of Saline Golf Club, the path has been re-routed to avoid walking on the Cowstrandburn road. The club's help is very much appreciated and hopefully walkers will make use of the club's excellent and good value catering facilities. 

This path also appears in one of the Saline and District Heritage Society's Heritage Trails leaflets that will shortly be available from the museum, church, shop and golf club. Ideally, the leaflets will encourage visitors to stay here for longer and spend in local businesses. 

Traffic Matters
West Road continues to generate complaints about speeding with several near misses at the chicanes. Some residents have suggested speed tables, which will be raised with Transportation who will also be asked for copies of recent speed surveys.

Drivers are warned that our volunteer Speedwatchers will shortly be able to go out with speed guns. While drivers will not be prosecuted, the information will be noted by police and will possibly be taken into account should there be a future offence. You have been warned.

The community heard about the difficulties of delivering a disabled child to school due to parking on Oakley Road. Transportation are to be contacted to see whether a disabled parking bay can be provided.

Blair House Site Restoration
Cllr Bobby Clelland advised that the judgement on the restoration bond, expected by Christmas 2016, has still not been made. However, Fife Council officials are confident of success. Bobby also commented on the possibility of the restored site being handed over to community ownership.

The Blair House Trust is also winding up and trustees now have to decide on how to distribute remaining funds. Before anyone rushes off to submit bids, there isn’t much money.

Fife Leader 
Catharine Idle who heads up the Fife Leader team gave an interesting and informative talk about this initiative. She advised that Leader is an initiative to regenerate North West and West Fife that is jointly funded by the European Union and Scottish Government. 

She mentioned several successful bids, including the Playground Group's, and discussed possible options for projects in this area.

Fife Leader has a budget of £3.4 million over the next two years. Grants of up to £100,000 are available for community projects, subject to match funding. However, all projects must be completed by the end of 2019.

Catharine noted that Leader is keen to encourage applications from the West Fife Villages but also contrasted the differences in attendance at Leader seminars. Those in North West Fife seem to be well attended compared with West Fife. At the recent event in Charlestown, the Saline and Steelend contingent accounted for a good proportion of the attendance. This enabled us to get more face-to-face information though. Details of Leader can be accessed on Fife Direct. Catharine confirmed that she and her team are more than happy to discuss projects. Again, contact details are available on Fife Direct.

This is an initiative that wants to encourage community projects so, if you have an idea, get in touch with them. The Playground Group has shown what can be achieved. 

Community Centre and Community Action Plan
The possible acquisition of the community centre was discussed at the recent Fife Leader event and the Community Council was subsequently contacted by David Wright from the Coalfield Communities Regeneration Trust. David Chisholm and Donald Murdoch met with David and the conclusion was that there was a need to establish community priorities, including the community centre. 

David and Donald subsequently met Lesley Campbell who many will remember led on the preparation of our Community Action Plan. Lesley advised on the availability of Scottish Government funding through Participatory Budgeting and it has been agreed that a bid to fund an update of the Action Plan, a business plan for the community centre and funds for locally agreed priority projects be submitted. If successful, there would be considerable consultations and decisions on spend would be taken by the community. Further developments will be reported in this Bulletin and on the community website. 

Planning Application Notification
Fife Council has advised that planning applications requiring advertisement will now only be posted in the Courier.  Such applications are rare but the Community Council has agreed to post the weekly list on our own website and in the community centre

Kincardine Bridge Refurbishment
Works to refurbish the approach viaduct at the south end of the bridge will take place between 21 July and 25 August. This requires lane closures and a traffic light system will be in place. This is likely to create average delays of ten minutes. Some overnight closures will also be required and traffic will be diverted via the Clackmannanshire Bridge.

SESplan
This strategic plan for the Edinburgh City Region has been submitted for Scottish Government approval. The only project relative to this area is the proposed use of the Dunfermline to Alloa railway for passenger traffic. More information can be found at www.sesplan.gov.uk.

Hotel Site
People living around the site of the former hotel on West Road are concerned about the state of the site. The developer appears to have abandoned the site in a dangerous condition and access to the site has been created illegally. Residents are concerned about children being injured.

There are rumours that the developers have ceased trading and Jim Currie will try to establish an accurate position. In the meantime, the Community Council will raise the matter initially with Fife Council

Main Street Phone Box
Many people will have noticed that the phone has been removed from this box and several have asked that it be removed. The community agreed to raise this with BT.

Next Meeting
Tuesday 29 August at 7.30 pm in Saline Community Centre. All welcome.

 

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
The Beaver Colony recently enjoyed their summer outing to Edinburgh Zoo. They were blessed with good weather. Unfortunately, they were only able to get a glimpse of the pandas. The trip was rounded off in the afternoon with ice creams all round. At their last meeting, the Chief Scout's Bronze Award, the highest award in Beaver Section, was presented to Ryan Muir by Owen Forrest, Assistant District Commissioner for Beavers. Well done Ryan. We are looking forward to Ryan joining the Cub Pack after the summer.

The Cub Pack held an evening of award presentations in June. This evening was well attended by parents and friends of the Pack. Along with Challenge and Activity badges to most members, two Cubs, Robbie Muir and William Kierszten, were presented with the Chief Scout's Silver Award, the highest award in the Cub Section. The awards were presented by Assistant District Commissioner for Cubs Don Yard. Well done, Robbie and William. We look forward to seeing them in the Scout Troop after the summer holidays. The Cubs and their guests also enjoyed a slide show of the Pack's past activities.

The older members of the Scout Troop have been practising for a forthcoming two-day overnight expedition. On the successful completion of this activity they will have gained the Chief Scout's Gold award, the highest in the Scout Section.

The Explorer unit are also preparing for their two day overnight expedition which is planned for their return after the summer break.

The last meeting for all sections was held on 22 June with the Group's AGM, the youth membership enjoyed hot dogs and a games evening. The existing Executive Committee were re-elected, though our Secretary has intimated that she would like to hand over her role in the near future.

Meetings will restart on Thursday 17 August for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers; Beavers will restart on Friday 18 August, all at the usual times in Carnock Community Centre.
Peter Philp
Group Scout Leader
01383 852612
116th Fife Scout Group
Registered Charity Number SC031132

STEELEND GALA WEEK
Events in Steelend Club:
Monday 31 July, 7.00-8.00 pm, Animal Man - a children's entertainer.
Wednesday 2 August, 7.30 pm, Family Quiz Night.
Thursday 3 August, 6.30pm until 8.00 pm, Children's Disco, £1 entry
Saturday 5 August, Gala, parade leaves Club 11.30 am. Tickets £2 per child and £2.50 for adults. Please come along and have some fun.

Gala Dance, 8.30pm till late. Dancing to Mason, a top vocal duo.
Tickets on sale in Club for £5; this includes buffet. 

SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY
The visit from the Thornhill Foundation went really well and 46 American visitors enjoyed seeing the church, the museum and a tour of the graveyard. Despite the awful weather forecast, the sun shone for the 75 minutes they were in Saline so it could not have been better. The Heritage Society have now established a strong link and friendship with the American descendants of John Hardie and they even met a Saline resident who is related to the Hardies, Carol Pringle, so they were delighted. 

The museum is now open for the summer so please come in and have a look around and bring friends and family too. Our Facebook page has been updated and West  Fife Woodlands have been very busy clearing and improving the Core Path behind the golf course - a lot of tree cutting, so many thanks to their volunteers and for help from the Development Trust. The path has been cleared so that instead of walking beside the green on the way back to the clubhouse, you can now follow a cleared path between the road and the trees - have a look on Facebook to see some photos. The Heritage Society will be producing walk leaflets for this area very soon. 



FIFE GOES APP!
Are you looking for ideas for days out in Fife this summer? Download the new Welcome To Fife App to your smartphone or tablet and go exploring!
The App features tours on lots of different topics like family fun, outdoor activities, family golf, arts and crafts, and food and drink. There will eventually be a total of 50 tours, giving you lots of options.
The tours include directions, tips and tourist information to make it easy to plan your trip. They are all beautifully presented and easy to navigate   
The App is available to download on Google Play (Android) and the App Store (Apple) and costs 99p – just search for Welcome To Fife.




NORTH ROAD PLAY PARK GETS THE GO AHEAD
We are pleased to report that after months of frustration and prevarication the issue of the future maintenance of the North Road play park has been resolved and the project can proceed.  For a while it appeared that Fife Council’s intransigence was going to thwart the efforts of the play park group in raising over £100k towards the project.  But after a direct approach last week to the new Council Leader by our local councillor Bobby Clelland, common sense has prevailed.  It is hoped that the first stage of the work to resolve the drainage issues will start soon.



STREET NAMING
Fife Council has advised that there is a need to choose a name for the street in the forthcoming Kingdom Housing Association development and has asked the Community Council for nominations.
Several names were mentioned at the Community Council meeting but the Community Council wishes to obtain the community's view on the name requested by Kingdom, Elistoun Place after a hilltop in the Ochils, and suggestions for submission. If you wish to comment or nominate, please contact Laura Chesby on Facebook or email Donald Murdoch at djmurdoch47@btinternet.com. Nominations must be received by 9 July.



WEST FIFE FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS
For many years, there has been an exhibition of art and photography held in the community centre in Saline. This was initially the brain child of the late John Crane. After this year’s exhibition, it was thought that a good way to honour John’s memory would be to, not only continue with the Exhibition, but to take it to another level and turn it into a celebration of all the Arts and of Crafts throughout West Fife. 

The thought is to include performing arts such as music, drama, poetry, book reading; visual arts, such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture: crafts from wood carving to knitting, and any other that may have been missed out. The different events will be held in a variety of venues in and around Saline, with free transport between the venues.

To run this next year, the steering group will need help!



In Saline, there are many good people who have skills in all different spheres. We would like to ask any or all of those people to lend some of their time and expertise to making this venture a success. For those people who would like to be involved but feel that their skills are not suited to the organizational side of the event, there are lots of ways in which you can still be involved. The simplest and best way in which we can all make this a success is to invite one person, or better still one family, to come along. If every family in Saline brought one other family to the Festival, that would be about 800 families from outside Saline who attended. That alone would almost guarantee a successful event.

There are many jobs directly involved with organizing and running the event, but there are also many jobs that will impact on the success of the event but are not directly a part of it. What I am thinking about are things like tidying the village, making sure that your garden looks its best, possibly helping someone less able with their garden and many other, seemingly small things that collectively will have a large impact.

If you feel that you would like to be involved, please contact Vic Beasley on telephone 07792 759583 or email coffeeshop@shieldbank.co.uk. 



SALINE BLOOMS
Summer is here although, of course, we don’t always enjoy traditional summer weather; by that I mean nice warm sunny days! Perhaps this year will be better after a nice spring. We are eternally optimistic about the weather and this is particularly so if you are farming, gardening or just wanting to be outside.
 
Talking about being outside, perhaps I can ask a favour? When you are walking or driving around the village and take a look at the planted areas and various planters that have been installed over the years by the Horticultural Society with help from the Environmental Group and grants from Fife Council. Hopefully you will agree that these do help to brighten up our village. Have you ever wondered how these are maintained, who plants them and who looks after them, for sure they don’t look after themselves? Well, we have to thank the Horticultural Group for applying for a bit of money each year from Fife Council and then for Annabel and George Davidson for planting and re-planting the planters. When it’s dry, George and Annabel have been taking care of watering and that’s a big task. So perhaps you can see where this is leading. 



If you live near any of the planters and if you enjoy seeing them flourish, then perhaps you might volunteer to become a carer of your nearest planter? It would just involve watering occasionally to make sure the compost does not dry out and cause the plants to die. To volunteer contact salinehs@gmail.com or phone 01383 852887.

On the subject of blooms, this is a reminder about the Saline Flower, Vegetable and All Other Things Show held the first weekend of September; in the May issue of the bulletin you received the show schedule. If you have hanging baskets, patio planters or a patio garden, then why not enter this year? During late July or early August, we will come round and take some pictures of your blooms and then we ask folks attending the show to decide who should be awarded a prize. It worked well last year so it would be great if we could have more entries this year please. If you have misplaced your schedule, you can find a copy on the Saline Community website under the Horticultural section.

You may have noticed that another seat has been installed at the Glen entrance; this is one of four new seats that will be installed around the area at Steelend Park, North Road and West Road green. These have been made using funds arranged by the Saline Development Trust. Further funding is available and this will be used to re-establish a village notice board for Saline and another for Steelend and there are also plans to create a central planter with seat to be located at the Glen entrance to tidy up the centre area. If anyone is interested in helping with seat installation or a bit of woodworking, please get in touch with Gareth Turner on 852887.




BRIGHTSIDE COMMUNITY CAFÉ
First, a huge warm welcome to our new member of staff, Susan Smith, who will be working alongside me.
On 9 June, a brave Scott Hunter kindly volunteered to have his chest waxed to help raise funds to add a few things in the café. He did an amazing job of raising £176 which will go a long way in helping us achieve this. 
Do you have some spare time to volunteer in the café? You can pop in for an application pack or get in touch from the details below.
Michelle Graham, Manager
Contact: 07869 581599 or info@brightsidecommunitycafe.org.uk
Facebook: Brightside Community Café



CHERRY TREE LODGE - 
looking for part-time support
Cherry Tree Lodge is a retreat space, a wee group venue, and guest house one mile outside Saline village, a place where folk can come to balance mind, body and spirit, a place where they can just “be”.
A focus for well-being, art and nature, it was set up by Mark and Till in 2011 and numbers of visitors are such that part-time help is needed to maintain our consistently high standard of guest care. 

We are looking for one or two house-proud people who can help maintain the 5-star visitor reviews for cleanliness, who can be sensitive to the needs of retreat guests, and who can contribute to the “cared for” look and feel of the house and garden. Please get in touch for more information about the work on offer and the personal qualities that are needed. 

You can take a look at www.cherrytreelodge.net where you will also find contact details.




CHURCH NEWS
Sunday services will continue as usual at 9.30 am with a midweek service on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 11.30 am. There is provision for the children during the Sunday service.

Coffee morning in the church hall every Wednesday at 10am till noon also continues. The craft group continues to meet fortnightly in the hall on Tuesdays from 2.00-4.00 pm; this month is 4 and 18 July. 

The Church is open to visitors on Tuesdays 6.00-8.00 pm and Wednesdays 10.00 am-12.00 noon and 2.00-4.00pm. This is a good opportunity to view some items of interest or just spend a time of quiet in peaceful surroundings.




SALINE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP
Saline Environmental Group are about to launch their plans for the year. We are looking for volunteers who care about where they live and would like to maintain and improve the environment. Could this be you?

We had a great year last year and took part in many activities. Probably the most well-known activity is the twice a year Glen clean-up. Saline Glen, whilst less litter-ridden than in previous years, still has its fair share of crisp packets, empty bottles and some more obscure objects such as fire extinguishers, wheels, beds and burnt benches (no, the fire extinguisher was not found nearby!). 

We, in particular Liz Mills, established the colourful heather bed at Oaklea. Bulb planting was carried out on the Oakley Road and up at Oaklea, as well as organising the wildflower planting and weeding the beds. 

A meeting was set up with our local tree officer to identify the protected trees in the village. The wooden benches and signs round the village were treated to maintain and improve their appearance. 

A partnership was formed between SEG and Saline Primary School to help the local bird population. SEG purchased 20 boxes and the Primary 1s and 2s painted them. Later, the boxes were put up behind the tree line on the common ground (behind West Road) next to the cemetery.

As you see, there is a plethora of activities! This year we have had fewer members as some people have moved onto pastures new. What we do next year is an open book and we are looking for new ideas to help improve the village. If you feel you have the time and energy, please join our committee. The meetings are very informal - sitting round a kitchen table with a cup of coffee. On the other hand, you may wish a more casual arrangement in which case you put your name down on the volunteer list. This way you would simply be contacted by email to notify you of the next event. Either way we need you! 

Contact Di Crawford on 01383 852705/07809 109308 or at   dicrawford1@talktalk.net.





FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS:

Saline Golf Club 
First Saturday of each month: Family Night, 5-7pm
Tuesdays: Bingo Night, 7.30pm
Thursdays: Quiz Night, 8.30pm, entry £1/person 
Sky TV and free Wi-Fi. Associate membership £10 per annum, £4 concessions
Q’zine Catering: also available for all functions. 

Steelend Miners’ Club
Monday 31 July, 7.00-8.00 pm, Animal Man - a children's entertainer.
Every Tuesday, Sambangra Drumming Group, 7.00pm-8.30pm, £2
Wednesday 2 August, 7.30 pm, Family Quiz Night.
Thursday 3 August, 6.30pm until 8.00 pm, Children's Disco, £1 entry.
Saturday 5 August, Steelend Gala, 
Parade leaves Club 11.30 am.
Tickets £2 per child and £2.50 for adults.
Please come along and have some fun.
Gala Dance, 8.30pm till late. Dancing to Mason, a top vocal duo. Tickets on sale in Club for £5; this includes buffet. 

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


Community Council Meeting
29 August, 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre

Highland Dancing Classes from 22 Aug
Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm
Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm
Tel Betty on 852610

Adult Badminton from 21 Aug
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Saline CC T: 852610

Saline Smilers (Toddler Group) 
Tuesdays 9.30am-11.30am during school terms
Saline Community Centre

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


Afternoon Craft Group 
Every second Tuesday through the summer from 11 July. Everyone is invited to join with any sewing, knitting or craft - and enjoy the blether! 2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall.

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club, North Road, Saline, Fife KY12 9LN
Telephone: 01383 852874   Website: www.shieldbank.co.uk  Also on Facebook.
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.

This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group


Saline Horticultural Show

posted 13 Jun 2017, 09:52 by Ian Holmes-Lewis

announcing:
Show Schedule for 2017

SALINE & DISTRICT
Horticultural & Handcraft
Amateur Society
Founded 1905
87th Annual Show

see   Horticultural Society  page for details

Issue 58 June 2017

posted 8 Jun 2017, 18:09 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 5 Jul 2017, 15:01 ]


THE INAUGURAL JOHN CRANE 
YOUNG CITIZEN AWARD

We are pleased to be able to announce that the inaugural award to a child from Saline and Steelend Primary School who has done most to demonstrate the citizenship qualities that the late John Crane showed will be made later this month.  Arrangements have been made with the Acting Head Teacher, Jane Gray, for the prize to be presented by Marie Crane at the end of term service in the Church.
The award-winner will be selected by school staff and Marie Crane, based on the ‘responsible citizen’ element of the wider curriculum.  Throughout this school year pupils have received stickers and certificates for their service to the community and sense of civic duty so there will be quite a number of public-spirited children in contention.
The award will take the form of a wooden shield to which the names of each year’s winner will be attached, to be kept on display in the school.  The winner will receive an engraved trophy to take home and keep, and book vouchers to the value of £20.
This award will provide an annual opportunity to remember John Crane and the contribution he made to village life over more than forty years.



116TH FIFE SCOUT GROUP
The Beaver Colony recently took part in a joint evening with the Beavers from the 83rd Fife to work on the Scottish Beaver Thistle Award. I am happy to report that all the Beavers, some sixteen of them, who took part gained the award. Well done to all. Planning is now well underway for their summer outing which is a trip to Edinburgh Zoo.
The Cubs joined with the Beavers to take part in JOTT (Jamboree On The Trail) which was held at Lochore Meadows Country Park. At this event they enjoyed various activities and were suitably refreshed with burgers and juice. At the end of April, the Cubs took part in a District Challenge Camp at Nineacres Campsite at the Crook of Devon. At this camp all the participants worked for and gained their Outdoor Challenge Award.
The Scout Troop recently took part in the Gibb Bugle which is the District Camping Competition and, despite being a young inexperienced patrol, came third. The marking for the top three was very close so this is a remarkable achievement. Well done. 
The members of the Explorer Unit have taken time out to study for their forthcoming exams. We wish them well and hope they get the get the grades they have worked so hard for. They have a BBQ planned for June and also hope to take advantage of some sailing experience with the 81st Fife at Limekilns during the summer.
Peter Philp
Group Scout Leader
01383 852612
116th Fife Scout Group
Registered Charity Number SC031132

 

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.



CHURCH NEWS
Christian Aid  
Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to the recent Fund raising effort for the work of Christian Aid.  As a result we were able to send a cheque for £877 for the on-going relief and development work.

Open Church
As in recent years, it is planned to have the Church open several times during the week over the summer months to give anyone time to look at points of interest at their leisure  or just to spend a time of quiet in peaceful surroundings.  Opening times are Tuesday evenings 6.00 -8.00pm, Wednesday mornings 10.00 am - 12 noon, and afternoon 2.00 - 4.00 pm.  The Wednesday morning services will continue at 11.30 am on the first and third Wednesdays of the month

Services
Sunday morning services continue as usual at 9.30 am during the summer months and there will be provision made for the children in the Hall as usual.  The regular Sunday Club marks the end of the session with a Gift Service on Sunday 18 June, followed by a barbeque in the Hall and grounds.



PLAY PARK PROJECT HEADS FOR THE HILLS

 
A group of local parents will be climbing Ben Nevis on 10 June for sponsorship to raise money for Saline and Steelend Play Park Project. We have set up a Just Giving page and the web link is https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Play-park-project?utm_id=106&utm_term=GBVGBVq47 if anyone would be kind enough to make a donation. We’ve been busy training over the past few months starting with good old Saline Hill and moving on to West Lomond, Ben Cleuch, Ben Ledi and Ben Lomond.
Nicola Smith, Chair




COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS
A reasonable attendance at May's meeting raised no new issues and the meeting mostly covered good news, there was plenty of discussion of updates from the March meeting. Our new Councillor Manekshaw was also introduced to the meeting.

Playground Group
By far the best news was Nicola Smith, Lisa Murray and Laura Chesby reporting that the group has received offers of £50,000 from both Fife Leader and Fife Environment Trust. These offers are dependent on Fife Council signing a maintenance agreement and those present were a bit concerned at the delay in this and its possible impact on timescales.
Resolving the drainage issue on the North Road site also seems to be dragging on although, as reported in last month's issue, an engineer has been appointed to come up with a solution.
The group has put a lot of effort into consulting, developing proposals and now securing the funding for a much needed North Road play area and they must be thanked for this. They will be continuing to raise money for further improvements, so please support future events. I might give the pyjama parties a miss though!

The Saline Horse


Only those with really poor eyesight can have missed the appearance of a horse and plough in the open space off Upper Kinneddar/Main Street. This is the latest community artwork produced as part of the Community Development Trust's Friends and Neighbours initiative. Despite appalling weather, volunteers with guidance from June McEwan fashioned the sculpture from willow supplied by Clare Hebbert. Judging by the response at the community council, the work has given pleasure to many people.
Friends and Neighbours, which started off as a one-off project to stimulate community spirit, has developed into a programme of works and events using different art forms. The tiles project and the lantern parade attracted big crowds and gave the steering group of Marylla Ferguson, Liz Harvey, Clare Hebbert and Ian Holmes-Lewis impetus to develop other ideas like the horse. Look out for future events.

Traffic Issues
Phil Clarke was contacted about the issues raised at last month’s meeting and by Councillor Clelland re complaints about speeding through Saline and Steelend; responses are as follows.
Phil was aware of the recent accidents west of Saline and is investigating possible causes. Most attending the community council feel that speeding is a factor but will await his team's investigation
In response to road safety concerns on Oakley Road, fencing has been erected to stop children running from the park onto the road while steps have been taken to address the drop between the carriageway and the temporary passing place adjacent to the Kingdom site. Parking on the pavement will continue to be monitored.
There was some concern about the removal of the hedge along the park frontage. It was noted that the original path to the Kingdom site was to be located behind the hedge but the owner would not agree. Consequently. The path will be adjacent to the road, which will result in the loss of the hedge. It will be replaced on completion of the path.
Councillor Clelland had asked Transportation to investigate people's concerns about speeding. He was advised that speed surveys last year had shown that a large majority of drivers were observing the speed limit through Steelend and that no action could be taken. There was a similar situation through Saline with only West Road being of concern. No engineering solution is proposed but police will continue to patrol this area.
Most folk will have noticed that the speed indicator on Main Street is working again. It should be noted that Fife Council responded quickly once informed of the fault. Readers are reminded that faults and pot-holes can be reported on Fife Direct.

Our New Councillor
Many people will have been surprised at the election of a Tory councillor to Ward 1. Councillor Manekshaw attended the community council and explained that he was trying to get up to speed on issues affecting this ward. He confirmed that he wanted to help in the community and would be organising a surgery diary.

Next Meeting
Tuesday 27 June 2017 at 7.30 pm in Saline Community Centre. All welcome.


Fife Access Forum Drop-In Event
Everyone is invited to the Fife Access Forum meeting on Tuesday 13 June at 7.00pm in Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes.
The meeting offers an opportunity to hear what the Forum has been doing and to have an update on Core Paths and other Access issues from Fife Council. There will then be ample opportunity to discuss any access issues that you have.
The event is free and booking is not required.



Thank You

To the 116th Scout Group for your donation to the Community Bulletin Appeal - we really appreciate it!


SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY




Our final speaker event was on Wednesday when we heard a recital of Dunfermline's Robert Henryson's poetry followed by our AGM.
Barry already has several speakers lined up for the winter and the museum is now open for the summer. 
Our Heritage Open Day went well and we are looking forward to welcoming 47 American descendants of John Hardie (Thornhill Foundation) on Monday. They will be touring the graveyard and visiting both the Church and the museum.
Volunteers to help with the museum, projects, visits, etc over the coming year are always most welcome.







Thank You

I would just like to say a big thank you to all my relatives, friends and neighbours for all their good wishes, flowers and the many lovely cards I received while I was ill and in hospital.  Thankfully I am on the mend now and hope it won’t be long before I am out and about again. So thanks again to all.

Helen Paterson




STEELEND MINERS’ CLUB
Steelend Club is open to members and non-members are welcome.
Yearly membership is £5, £2 for over 60s and free over 80s.
Opening times are Wednesday and Thursday 8.00 – 11.00pm, Friday 8.00 pm - 12 midnight, Saturday/Sunday 2.00 pm - 12 midnight.

The club is the hub of the community and various events are advertised throughout the year. There is a great vocalist, Gill Knight, appearing on Friday 17 June from 8.00 pm until midnight. (Please note there is a bus through Steelend to Oakley at midnight.) 

Steelend Gala this year is on Saturday 5 August. The parade leaves at 11.30 am.  The Gala Queen this year is Layla Davidson, the Princess is Denan Williams and the Page Boy Riley Gardiner.  There is a gala dance in the evening when Mason - a great duo - will be playing. Tickets are £5; this includes buffet.

Watch out for dates for the Children's Sunday Fun days which are held throughout the year 2.00 -4.00 pm; cost is £1.50 and this includes a burger or hot dog.

The club is also available for private hire/ functions. Details on request from 01383 851160.
Please watch out for events and come along and give your support. 




RACHEL’S BIKING FOR HUNTINGTON’S
I am currently training for the Edinburgh Night Bike ride on 17/6/17 (never done any road biking before so it’s all new to me). I’m doing it to raise awareness and much needed funds for Scottish Huntington’s Association. They are an amazing charity that looks after people living with Huntington’s and their families. Please can you support me with a wee (or large if you like) donation to my page. Thanks very much, Rachel xx
You can help Rachel Duff of Bandrum Nursing Home raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/Rachel-Duff6?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Rachel-Duff6&utm_campaign=pfp-email.
JustGiving sends your donation straight to Scottish Huntington's Association and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.
Thank you for your support!



CHARITABLE RESPONSE

Saline First Responders, who are now in their sixth year, are delighted to announce that they have now been granted charitable status. Our Scottish Charity Number is SC047402.
The team and Executive members are thrilled and we all look forward to serving our community for years to come.
To find out more about us please find us on Facebook at Saline First Responders.
Sincere thanks to all those who have supported us over the years.




ALAN AND ELLA ROBERTSON 
Alan and his wife Ella were keen members of the community and could often be seen at Community Council meetings or walking through the village.  They were both keen gardeners and wandered round their own garden holding hands whilst spotting the latest eruption of flowers from exotic bulbs planted the previous year.
Alan was keen on politics, being a local councillor in Dunfermline for a number of years.  He joined the SNP in 1960 and was their Standard Bearer.  Alan and Ella were strong supporters of the party and Alan was made an Honorary Lifetime Member in 2015.  
Alan and Ella were also heavily involved with basketball.  Alan not only coaching several local teams, but also becoming a prominent member of the Scottish Basketball League.  They both travelled with the team to the USA to represent Scotland. 
Alan was well known for his local appearances in his kilt or lederhosen, the latter purchased on one of the trips he and Ella took to Germany.
Alan was the founding member of the extremely talented, often prize winning, Quiz Team Linkumdoddie.  The Team were named after Alan and Ella's house which is named after a location in a famous 1792 Burns song/poem Sic a Wife As Willie Had.  Alan knew the poem off by heart and would often recite it.  
Sadly Ella passed away in 2014 and Alan in 2016.  They are fondly remembered by their family, friends and neighbours.
 

SIC A WIFE AS WILLIE HAD

Willie Wastle dwalt on Tweed, 
The spot they ca'd it Linkumdoddie; 
Willie was a wabster gude, 
Could stown a clue wi' ony body: 
He had a wife was dour and din, 
O Tinkler Maidgie was her mither; 
Sic a wife as Willie had, 
I wad na gie a button for her! 
She has an e'e, she has but ane, 
The cat has twa the very colour; 
Five rusty teeth, forbye a stump, 
A clapper tongue wad deave a miller: 
A whiskin beard about her mou', 
Her nose and chin they threaten ither; 
Sic a wife as Willie had, 
I wadna gie a button for her! 
She's bow-hough'd, she's hein-shin'd, 
Ae limpin leg a hand-breed shorter; 
She's twisted right, she's twisted left, 
To balance fair in ilka quarter: 
She has a lump upon her breast, 
The twin o' that upon her shouther; 
Sic a wife as Willie had, 
I wadna gie a button for her! 
Auld baudrons by the ingle sits, 
An' wi' her loof her face a-washin; 
But Willie's wife is nae sae trig, 
She dights her grunzie wi' a hushion; 
Her walie nieves like midden-creels, 
Her face wad fyle the Logan Water; 
Sic a wife as Willie had, 
I wadna gie a button for her!




DISTRIBUTOR FOR THE ALLANWATER DEVELOPMENT NEEDED
A warm welcome goes out to the residents of the new Allanwater Development from the Saline and Steelend Bulletin team. We wonder if one of you would volunteer to deliver the monthly bulletin, or more accurately ten editions per year, to your neighbours. The community relies on the generous spirit of such folk so that useful information can be shared. Interested in helping? - Please get in touch with Mark on T: 851059.




Thanks to Marylla Ferguson for our new TREAT YOURSELF  section                           -  please send in your own treats to share!

RUSSIAN TOFFEE
1/2 lb / 227g castor sugar
1/4 lb / 113g butter
1/4 pint / 142ml cream
Vanilla essence
Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the sugar and cream, plus a few drops of vanilla.  Boil until "hard ball" stage is reached, stirring until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan clean.  Pour into shallow, buttered tin.  Mark into squares and cut when cold.

POLISH CAKE
1lb/500g packet of biscuits, crushed
4oz/100g margarine or butter
4tbs sugar
4tbs cocoa powder
4tbs syrup
Melt the butter/margarine in a pan. It is advisable to put the ingredients in a pan in the order given (that way you only need one spoon). Add the sugar, cocoa and syrup, stirring over a low heat.  Once well mixed, bring to the boil and immediately remove from the heat. Stir in the crushed biscuit, mix well. Turn out onto a baking tray. Leave to cool. Cut to size desired. 


FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS:

Saline Golf Club 
First Saturday of each month: Family Night, 5-7pm
Tuesdays: Bingo Night, 7.30pm
Thursdays: Quiz Night, 8.30pm, entry £1/person 
Sky TV and free Wi-Fi. Associate membership £10 per annum, £4 concessions
Q’zine Catering: also available for all functions. 

Steelend Miners’ Club
Vocalist Gill Knight,
Friday 17 June, 8.00 pm - midnight.
Sambangra Drumming Group, Tuesdays, 7.00pm-8.30pm, £2

Steelend Gala, Saturday 5 August, 11.30 am.
Evening dance with Mason and buffet, £5.

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

Community Council Meeting, 27 June, 7.30pm, Saline Community Centre

Highland Dancing Classes
Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm
Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm
Saline Church Session Room

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre

Saline Smilers (Toddler Group) 
Tuesdays 9.30am-11.30am during school terms
Saline Community Centre

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
Sunday Club Gift Service
Followed by BBQ, Sunday 18 June 0930 am
Afternoon Craft Group 
Every second Tuesday from 8 March
2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall

Country Dancing
Mondays, 7.00pm
Saline Community Centre

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
North Road, Saline, Fife KY12 9LN
Telephone: 01383 852874   
Website: www.shieldbank.co.uk    fb 
Come and try riding! We teach adults in small groups and children separately (from 4 years upwards) on a selection of well-schooled horses and ponies. We also offer equestrian vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse) to young people between the ages of five and 20 years. 
Pony Days for children (10.00 am - 4.00 pm) and Horse Experience Days for adults (10.00 am - 5.00 pm) are being held throughout the Summer Holidays.  
NEW FOR 2017: Three-Day Introductory Courses (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) 2.00 - 4.00 pm to see if horses or ponies are going to become your favourite hobby. 
Opening hours: Wednesday through Friday 9.00 am - 9.00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9.00 am - 6.00 pm. Evening lessons available during the week 7.00 - 9.00 pm. 
Everyone welcome. Just call or email to book.
Shieldbank Coffee Shop
Telephone: 01383 852621 Email: coffeeshop@shieldbank.co.uk  fb
Open Tuesdays to Sundays 9.30 am- 6.00 pm.
Real, freshly-ground coffee, a large selection of teas, and home-baked cakes and scones await all visitors (you do not have to be connected to the riding stables to come to the Coffee Shop). Tasty lunches, consisting of Paninis, baguettes and toasties with diverse fillings, plus a selection of cold drinks, are also available and served all day. Just come up for a warm welcome and a tasty treat.  
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.
Everyone welcome.




                  This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Kirklands House and Garden

posted 15 May 2017, 06:43 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 8 Jun 2017, 14:51 ]



The garden is open on Sunday 21st May from 2 to 5.
Our nominated charity is Saline Environmental Group.


Issue 57 May 2017

posted 4 May 2017, 09:54 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 8 Jun 2017, 14:58 ]


COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS

There was a better attendance at April's meeting. While there were no new issues, there was plenty of discussion of updates from the March meeting.

Saline and District Heritage Society
Barry Doyle, the Society's chair, gave a talk on its activities and management. He highlighted the efforts of Linda Moyes, Jackie Kerr and Tina Chapman. He spoke of this year's theme of archaeology that provoked discussion from the floor.
Barry remarked on the forthcoming visit of 25 American descendants of John Hardy who is buried in Saline Old Churchyard. Many of these had had major impact on the development of the USA. One had fired the first shot in the American Civil War while another had fired the last. Unfortunately, they were on the losing side. The Heritage Society and Church are hosting a visit to the grave and a visit.
Subsequent discussions have highlighted projects that are being developed that will significantly contribute to improving our community. Since it was formed, an interesting museum has been established, a heritage leaflet has been published with another on the way, the churchyard has been transformed and meetings have interesting speakers. 
Barry advised that monthly meetings have been changed to the third Wednesday in the month to avoid conflict with other groups' schedules. These meetings have interesting topics with lively input so why not come along?
The society is holding an open day in the museum on 27 May. Tina Chapman has asked for people to bring along artefacts that they have dug up while gardening (no dogs or cats please!).

Playground Group
Nicola Smith, Lisa Murray and Laura Chesby gave an update on progress being made.
The application for Fife Environment Trust assistance has been submitted and discussions are ongoing with Fife Leader (see separate information) that appear to be promising. Nicola is to attend a training session on how to complete the electronic forms.
In response to a question from the floor, they advised that a faulty drain in North Road might be the reason for the flooding problem and an engineer is due to investigate.
The group has finally received a response from Fife Council on the contribution that Allanwater was meant to make towards community facilities. Those present felt that the response was evasive with doubts as to what would be delivered. There was particular concern that any contributions would not be required until the development is completed. It was felt that developers should be making up-front contributions in future.
There was further concern that Fife Council management seemed to be dragging their heels to confirming future maintenance, a requirement of funding from FET and Leader. There was also pressure to alter the designs agreed during the public consultations. While the group felt that the matter will be resolved, several people felt that Fife Council were being a bit cheeky as the group had been working hard to resolve long-standing neglect by Fife Council.

Saline to Bickramside Path
Previous issues have confirmed that Forestry Commission Scotland and Scotways have marked out the draft route with canes; Scotways will install proper finger-posts at either end once access is available through the Allanwater site. In the meantime, readers are reminded that the current route starts at the track north of The Steadings. 
At present, doing the whole route involves crossing the burn that traverses the Forestry Commission land. The Commission is about to be approached about a crossing being provided.

Traffic Issues 
Phil Clarke has investigated the possibility of extending the 20mph limit to Kinneddar Bridge. He advised that this would make the traffic order less effective and that Transportation did not propose to change it. He also advised that the existing access that concerned people was to the SUDS ponds and not to the Allanwater development. This access was required for maintenance of the ponds and that there would be only very limited vehicle use.
On a more serious note, there were considerable concerns of road safety on Oakley Road with confirmed reports of children running across the road from the skateboard park, cars parking on the pavement and a big drop from the carriageway to the temporary surface along the Kingdom Housing Association frontage. The latter is considered a particular danger at night. Consequently, Phil has been asked to investigate.
On an even more serious note, Tom Dodds advised of several cars leaving the road at the bend west of the Saline entrance on West Road. He had assisted in freeing people from cars and encountered some injured people. One family had been lucky to avoid more serious injuries as the car had stopped just short of dangerous obstructions. Fife Council has installed warning signs at the bend but these incidents continue. Phil has been asked to conduct further studies.

Removal of Village Eyesore?
A regular topic at the Community Council for more years that most folk can remember is the condition of an empty house on Upper Kinneddar. However, a solution may be in sight.
One of our Bulletin distributors noticed a For Sale sign in the window. Fife Council was approached and asked to provide details so that people in our community could be advised of the house's availability. Unfortunately, Fife Council cannot provide this information as the sale forms part of a national initiative to return empty houses to occupation and the council's role is to put people wanting to buy in touch with the sellers. The council has provided details of the scheme and the forms required to request information. These are being posted on the Saline and Steelend website or by contacting djmurdoch47@btinternet.com.
This property requires complete gutting, which does create potential to create a good home for an energetic family. It is to be welcomed that some people have already enquired. Hopefully, the house will be refurbished to create a home for a local family. One thing is that they will be welcomed by grateful neighbours.

Police Report
It seems to have been a quiet time in the area over the last month, possibly due to a quad bike rider being prosecuted. This follows greater police activity around the Blair House site. One of our community officers, PC Kevin Chandler, has his report posted on our web site. Please take the opportunity to respond to the Police Scotland consultation; details further down the page, beneath this month's E-bulletin.

Stewart Miller
For many years Stewart has been auditing the Community Council's books and, indeed, for many other groups. His thoroughness can be verified by treasurers and members can be confident that everything is in order. He has steadfastly refused to accept any payment as he sees that it is important that people put something back into their community.
The Community Council appreciates Stewart's commitment, not just for the audits but also for taking on board important issues like the Oakley Road water leak and poor broadband service. Accordingly, he received a round of applause at last Tuesday's meeting. 

Next Meeting
This will be on Tuesday 30 May 2017 at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre. All are welcome. The Community Council welcomes the arrival of new families to the Oakley Road development; it would be wonderful if some could attend the meeting. Everyone is encouraged to have their say.



KEEN TO GET YOUR FINGERS GREEN BUT HAVE NOT GOT YOUR OWN GARDEN?
Last month we asked if there were some gardens in Saline or Steelend where the owners didn’t have the capacity to manage them. A couple of people came forward and now the question is:  ‘Are there some wannabe gardeners who want to get stuck in?’ If so, get in contact by e-mailing salinehs@gmail.com or ring Christine Turner on 01383 852887.
Happy home-growing, your Horticultural Society.




PLANNED HERITAGE NETWORK GROUP
A Heritage Network group for the West Fife Villages has been set up and they will be holding their first AGM on Tuesday 30 May at 7.00pm in Oakley Community Centre. Anyone with an interest in history and culture is welcome to join the group and, if anyone would like to contribute as an office bearer, they would be most welcome to come along to the AGM.

 

Editor's Notice:

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.

IRENE MELLON
As many of you will know, Irene Mellon passed peacefully at home on Monday 13 March, aged 75 years. She was the beloved wife of Eddie and a much-loved mum of Drew, Stuart, David, Craig and Paul. She was also the much-loved sister of Isobel, Janice, Anne, Sheena, Joyce, Allan and Derek as well as a much-loved aunt and mother-in-law of Louise and a cherished gran of Ross. Her funeral service was in Saline Parish Church on Friday 24 March 2017 and she was laid to rest in Saline Cemetery.

The crew at the Saline and Steelend Bulletin have gratefully received a donation from friends, neighbours and members of the Mellon family after our community appeal to keep the bulletin going. It was humbling to learn that Irene looked forward to receiving village news through the bulletin, one of the ways in which she remained connected. Thank you deeply to all who donated and we look forward to continue being of service. 
Mark Baugh Tel: 851059


THE PILOT TRUST
The community bulletin team has received a donation from The Pilot Trust following the bulletin appeal to our community. We say, “Thank you and we appreciate you and respect the individuals’ wish for anonymity”
Mark Baugh Tel: 851059



 
CARNOCK WOOD HUTS
The Reforesting Scotland Thousand Huts group is in the final stages of the planning application for twelve huts and one school hut at Carnock Wood. One of the final requests from the Fife Council planners was to carry out a flood survey, in case the forest access road would be impassable for emergency vehicles in the event of a 200 year flood. Levels have been taken and the access road has no flood risk.   
We will report when planning permission is achieved.




ENVIR0NMENT ACTION MORNING
The Saline Environment Group is running an Action Morning on Saturday 3 June from 10.00 am until 12.00 noon.  Help is needed to tidy up litter in the Glen, and to weed the two areas planted for wildlife as well as a couple of raised beds in Easter Craig Gardens. The more helpers we have to enhance the village environment the better.
Meet at the Glen entrance.



 
BRIGHTSIDE COMMUNITY CAFÉ
Our Easter event was a huge success.
We had lots of children running around having lots of fun and eating plenty of chocolate. Our residents at Bandrum had a great day as well enjoying listening to the children; it was such a delight to see. Thank you to you all.

Please look out for more events in the coming months. 
We have lots of nice handmade crafts in the café donated by a lovely lady in France; if you’d like to purchase any of these then a small donation is all we ask for.

We have a beautiful piano in the café that is gathering dust; if you know someone who can play a tune and would like to entertain our residents, please get in touch with me.
We have an amazing opportunity for six volunteers to join the Brightside team. For more information, please contact me using the details below.
Michelle Graham, Manager
Email: info@brightsidecommunitycafe.org.uk
Contact: 07869581599
Find us on Facebook @ Brightside community cafe 




SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY
Many members enjoyed Dr Jean Barclay's talk on the Mitchells of Luscar House. They are a family that date back centuries and were almost a contemporary of Andrew Carnegie as they accumulated great wealth. It was particularly interesting to see the 18th Century map of the Luscar lands, so different from today's landscape.
Our final event, and our AGM, is on Wednesday 31 May, at 7.00 for 7.30pm, when Moira Fleming will present a talk on the Dunfermline poet, Robert Henryson.

Our Heritage Open day will be on Saturday 27 May between 11.00am and 2.00pm in the Church Hall. There will also be guided tours the old graveyard; posters with more details will be put up round the villages soon. 

Our museum will be open from 27 May until September on at the usual days and times - Sundays 11.30 - 1pm, Tuesday evenings 6 - 8pm and Wednesdays 10 -12 noon. 

We have a rota of volunteers to help man the museum and, if anyone would like to help out (free tea and coffee!), please speak to Tina Chapman. 

Our theme this year is Archaeology and we are asking anyone who has dug anything interesting up in their garden (but not modern stuff) if they would like to lend these artefacts to Tina Chapman to put on display. Examples could be bits of pottery, broken pipes etc. There will also be some planned archaeological activities throughout the summer.




CHURCH NEWS
Easter Services: The Holy Week services shared with neighbouring congregations proved very helpful and inspiring. The celebrations on Easter Sunday were well attended despite the change in format.


Christian Aid Week, 14-20 May
The Christian Aid organisation, founded in response to the desperate needs of displaced people and refugees after the Second World War, still responds today to emergencies and the need to rebuild communities in the aftermath of war or natural disasters.  Help is given to a wide variety of  projects initiated by local groups by providing finance and practical support, training, advocacy for change - helping those in need, regardless of creed or colour.   The national Christian Aid Week focuses on specific aspects of this ongoing work with special fundraising events. 
In Saline, we will be holding our annual Christian Aid Day on Wednesday 17 May from 10.00am to 2.00pm in the Church Hall. There will be refreshments and goods for sale on various stalls. Envelopes will be available for donations which can be handed in to the church until the end of May.  




SALINE & DISTRICT RURAL
Saline & District Rural are holding an Open Meeting on Wednesday 7 June at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre. There will be a police talk on personal safety and all are welcome, not just members.




WOULD YOU BE PART OF THE COMMUNITY BULLETIN AND WEBSITE TEAM?
We are looking for three village folk 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.
You will be working alongside the existing team for the first couple of editions or as needed so you get to know the ropes.

Ian Holmes-Lewis (Web Maestro), Jacquie Clapperton (Bulletin Editor) and Mark Baugh (Communications Team Co-ordinator) have been producing the bulletin for the last six years and would  like a little help in holding and sharing the responsibility of getting community information to residents on time and in the right way. 

The web maestro maintains and improves the village website www.salinesteelend.org, as well as uploading the e-bulletin each month and informing 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 desktop and laptop 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, pastes and edits it into a thumping good read. It requires organisational skill under a tight deadline. The draft is offered to the bulletin review panel for proofing and then, after any amendments, 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 salineandsteelend@btinternet.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 a community-owned broadband service. Would you like to be involved? 

Just give Mark a call on 851059.







WEST FIFE VILLAGES FORUM CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
A number of people have asked about the award made to Jim Hensman, mentioned in last month's Bulletin. Apparently, someone from another village told a Saline resident that Jim was not a recipient. This is not correct and naturally it caused distress and upset. There were winners in other villages and the Forum has acknowledged 'communication problems'. It has apologised to Jim and Liz. Jim wasn't able to attend the award ceremony last week but arrangements are being made for it to be presented here in Saline and Steelend.




FRACKING WORKSHOP
The facilitators for the fracking workshop back in March have provided a lengthy summary of the proceedings that will be emailed to those that participated. A copy will be posted on the village website for others to read. The report will be included in a submission to be made shortly to Scottish Government. Apparently the exercise has been recognised as an excellent example of how a consultation should be carried out and dozens of other communities threatened by fracking are clamouring for the 'Saline and Steelend methodology' to be adopted in their villages. It is good that once again we are contributing to an important national debate and demonstrating how 'community engagement' should be carried out.




ONE MANS’S RUBBISH IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE
I wanted to let you know about www.freecycle.org and www.ilovefreegle.org
It is amazing what people will reuse and refurbish and it is amazing what people are giving away on Freecycle and Freegle. Join these growing movements to reduce waste going to landfill. 



Just some of the local groups are listed below; Google for more!
https://groups.freecycle.org/WestFifeScotland
https://trashnothing.com/central-fife-freegle
https://www.gumtree.com/freebies/fife
https://groups.freecycle.org/freecycleclacks
https://www.freelywheely.com/freecycle/clackmannanshire
www.freeads.co.uk/clackmannanshire/freestuff
https://www.gumtree.com/freebies/clackmannanshire
 


WANTED : Good Quality Children's Clothing



Fife Childcare Services will be running summer play schemes across Fife during the school holidays for children aged between 5 - 12 years. Children referred to the play schemes will generally come from low income families or families in crisis.

We are looking for donations of good quality second hand or new children's clothing (both boys and girls) which will be used to support the children attending and taking part in outdoor and messy play activities. In particular we would welcome donations of: Tee-shirts, shorts, leggings or jeans, outdoor jackets, trainers, wellington boots.

Please only pass on good quality items and only those listed. Any items not used in the Play Schemes will be passed on to local Foodbanks.

Please hand in your donations to Childcare Services based in New City House [Dunfermline] or Rothesay House [Glenrothes] or contact us on 01592 583145 and we can arrange collection.
Jacquie Clapperton
Performance Improvement & Planning Officer
Fife Health & Social Care Partnership
1st Floor South, Rothesay House
Rothesay Place
GLENROTHES KY7 5PQ
Tel: 03451 555555 Ext 441107



Alan & Ella Robertson 

Alan and his wife Ella were keen members of the community and could often be seen at Community Council Meetings or walking through the village. They were both keen gardeners and wandered round their own garden holding hands whilst spotting the latest eruption of flowers from exotic bulbs planted the previous year.

Alan was keen on politics, being a local councillor in Dunfermline for a number of years. He joined the SNP in 1960 and was their Standard Bearer. Alan and Ella were strong supporters of the party and Alan was made an Honorary Lifetime Member in 2015.

Alan and Ella were also heavily involved with Basketball. Alan not only coaching several local teams, but also becoming a prominent member of the Scottish Basketball League. They both travelled with the team to the USA to represent Scotland.

Alan was well known for his local appearances in his kilt or lederhosen, the latter purchased on one of the trips he and Ella took to Germany.

Alan was the founding member of the extremely talented, often prize winning, Quiz Team Linkumdoddie. The Team were named after Alan and Ella's house which is named after a location in a famous 1792 Burns song/poem "Sic a Wife As Willie Had". Alan knew the poem off by heart and would often recite it.

Sadly Ella passed away in 2014 and Alan in 2016. They are fondly remembered by their family, friends and neighbours.



Sic A Wife As Willie Had 

Willie Wastle dwalt on Tweed, 
The spot they ca'd it Linkumdoddie; 
Willie was a wabster gude, 
Could stown a clue wi' ony body: 
He had a wife was dour and din, 
O Tinkler Maidgie was her mither; 
Sic a wife as Willie had, 
I wad na gie a button for her! 

She has an e'e, she has but ane, 
The cat has twa the very colour; 
Five rusty teeth, forbye a stump, 
A clapper tongue wad deave a miller: 
A whiskin beard about her mou', 
Her nose and chin they threaten ither; 
Sic a wife as Willie had, 
I wadna gie a button for her! 

She's bow-hough'd, she's hein-shin'd, 
Ae limpin leg a hand-breed shorter; 
She's twisted right, she's twisted left, 
To balance fair in ilka quarter: 
She has a lump upon her breast, 
The twin o' that upon her shouther; 
Sic a wife as Willie had, 
I wadna gie a button for her! 

Auld baudrons by the ingle sits, 
An' wi' her loof her face a-washin; 
But Willie's wife is nae sae trig, 
She dights her grunzie wi' a hushion; 
Her walie nieves like midden-creels, 
Her face wad fyle the Logan Water; 
Sic a wife as Willie had, 
I wadna gie a button for her!



FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS:

SALINE AND STEELEND FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS: WILLOW SCULPTURE - WEEKEND 20-21 MAY 

Come and join artist June McEwan in a Friends and Neighbours art project, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May, to create a willow sculpture which will be installed up Saline Main Street on the green near Upper Kinneddar. The sculpture will be a large plough horse, and if there is time we will also make a plough, in celebration of Saline’s connection with the Barrowman plough. The sculpture will be made from willow twigs and branches that are twisted and woven. 

June McEwan is a professional artist with extensive experience of providing art workshops for children and adults of all abilities; she believes that you don't have to be 'good at art' to participate in and to benefit from creating something. 

This event is FREE, anyone can drop in (between 10.00 am and 4.30 pm) over the two days and contribute to the sculpture; children aged under ten years will need to be accompanied by an adult. If the weather is fine, the project will take place outside on the green behind the bus stop and if not, it will be under cover. 

Have a look at June’s blog https://www.facebook.com/junemcewanartist/ 

If you would like more information about the project, contact Clare Hebbert on email info@sheardrum.com or telephone 07913 254456.

Saline Golf Club 
First Saturday of each month: Family Night, 5-7pm
Tuesdays: Bingo Night, 7.30pm
Thursdays: Quiz Night, 8.30pm, entry £1/person 
Sky TV and free Wi-Fi. Associate membership £10 per annum, £4 concessions
Q’zine Catering: also available for all functions. 

Steelend Miners Welfare
Bar open Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun; 7.30pm
Also available for functions.
Sambangra Drumming Group, Tuesdays, 7.00pm-8.30pm, £2


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

Community Council Meeting
30 May, 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre

Saline & District Heritage Society
AGM & Talk
Moira Fleming 
Robert Henryson, Dunfermline poet
Wednesday 31 May, 7.00 for 7.30pm.

Highland Dancing Classes
Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm
Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm
Saline Church Session Room

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre

Saline Smilers (Toddler Group) 
Tuesdays 9.30am-11.30am during school terms
Saline Community Centre

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 & District Rural 
Open Meeting 
Police Talk on Personal Safety 
Wednesday 7 June, 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre.
All are welcome, not just members.

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Christian Aid Day, Wednesday 17 May, 10.00am-2.00pm, Church Hall.

Afternoon Craft Group 
Every second Tuesday from 8 March
2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall

Country Dancing
Mondays, 7.00pm
Saline Community Centre

Shieldbank Coffee Shop, North Road, Saline 
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9.30am-6pm
Coffee/Tea/Cakes/Lunch or Afternoon Tea
Vegetarians, Vegans and Coeliacs catered for
Meeting Place available for local clubs/groups
Venue available for Birthday Parties and Evening Functions
Home Baking can be ordered and carried out
Please let us know if you need transport. 

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
Riding Lessons on Wednesdays - Sundays all year
Tuition in Small Groups or One to One
Child & Adult Beginners
Adults Coming Back to Riding
Summer Holiday Courses
Pony Days
Equestrian Vaulting for Children & Young People
Follow us on Facebook: Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
Tel: 01383 852874

Brightside Community Café, Bandrum 
Opening hours: Thursday-Saturday, 11.00am till 3.00pm.

Contact Details:

If you are hosting one of these activities/events, please write or call with a contact name and number to salineandsteelend@btinternet.com or to Mark on telephone no 851059.

This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Empty Homes Officers

posted 2 May 2017, 08:31 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 2 May 2017, 08:36 ]

Empty Homes Officers offer advice and support for owners who want to do something with their empty property:
providing information about the range of options available to help owners select the solution that is right for them. We also look at what can be done about problematic properties, and those where the owner has no intention of returning a property to use.


The Empty Homes Officers work with owners and with other services in the Council, to find the best ways to bring empty properties back into use.



Interest free loan to rent

We have a limited number of interest free loans available to owners of homes that have been vacant for more than 6 months. The loan is for carrying out predominantly internal renovations and can range from £5,000 up to £15,000.

To discuss this further and to check your eligibility please contact an Empty Homes Officer, click on the link below.


E-mail your local Empty Homes Officer to request an owner or buyer registration form at: emptyhomes@fife.gov.uk  

Forms are also available online at: www.fifedirect.org.uk/emptyhomes 

Health & Social Care Roadshow

posted 20 Apr 2017, 09:02 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 8 Jun 2017, 14:56 ]



Issue 56 April 2017

posted 19 Apr 2017, 20:38 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 8 Jun 2017, 14:55 ]

JIM HENSMAN SCOOPS WEST FIFE VILLAGES FORUM CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 2017 AWARD! 

As some of you may remember, during last year we canvassed nominations for the WFVF Citizen of the Year Award. Three nominations were received and considered by the Community Council before being passed to the WFVF who made the final selection last week. Jim Hensman will receive his award at a ceremony on the 24 April. Our two other nominees were Fiona Aitken and local couple, Margaret and Iain Murray.

Last year, Jim was recognised as someone who had contributed to the civic life of our community over a period of more than four decades, alongside the late John Crane. Both were honoured at a ceremony in Saline Golf Club.



SALINE AND WEST FIFE VILLAGES EXHIBITION OF ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY 2017 

Calling all artists and photographers living or working in the West Fife area! This popular village event will take place in Saline Community Centre on Main Street, on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April. Please bring your pictures and photos to Saline Community Centre on Friday 28th April, between 2.00 and 7.00 pm.

This is an OPEN exhibition. Anyone can enter their photographs or paintings.

Make sure your work is correctly labelled on the back with the name of the artist/photographer, its title, price (if you want to sell it), and the media used (e.g. oils on canvas, watercolour on paper). If your work is framed, see that it has a wire or string across the back. We have two browsers this year for unframed work. A word of warning, however, cover any unframed work intended for a browser with clear plastic to protect it from sticky fingers.

Please take care to submit work you have not previously exhibited in Saline.

If you have any questions email me at maryllaferguson@gmail.com or phone me on 01383 851868.

This is your exhibition! Bring lots of lovely pictures on Friday 28 April. There is no age limit and it is always exciting to see what you produce. The organisers promise to hang everything they have space for. So don't be shy and let's make another fun exhibition for all.

Marylla Ferguson 
Exhibition Manager 



SALINE AND STEELEND FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS: WILLOW SCULPTURE - WEEKEND 20-21 MAY 

Come and join artist June McEwan in a Friends and Neighbours art project, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May, to create a willow sculpture which will be installed up Saline Main Street on the green near Upper Kinneddar. The sculpture will be a large plough horse, and if there is time we will also make a plough, in celebration of Saline’s connection with the Barrowman plough. The sculpture will be made from willow twigs and branches that are twisted and woven.

June McEwan is a professional artist with extensive experience of providing art workshops for children and adults of all abilities; she believes that you don't have to be 'good at art' to participate in and to benefit from creating something.

This event is FREE, anyone can drop in (between 10.00 am and 4.30 pm) over the two days and contribute to the sculpture; children aged under ten years will need to be accompanied by an adult. If the weather is fine, the project will take place outside on the green behind the bus stop and if not, it will be under cover.

Have a look at June’s blog https://www.facebook.com/junemcewanartist/

If you would like more information about the project, contact Clare Hebbert on email info@sheardrum.com or telephone 07913 254456.



OPEN GARDEN 

Kirklands’ garden will be open on Sunday 21 May from 2:00 pm to 5:00pm under Scotland’s Garden Scheme.

The two-acre garden is on the side of Saline Burn. The woodland garden will be awash with bluebells and rhododendrons, and the blue poppies will be in full bloom. On the rockery, the dwarf azaleas and rhododendrons will be putting on a show. The ornamental terraced walled garden has raised beds filling up with fruit and vegetables. Herbaceous borders will be starting their show too. Down in the bog garden, the giant, prickly leaves of the Gunnera will have unfolded.

If that was not enough, there will be a plant sales area and cream teas with home-made scones and strawberry jam (strawberries grown in the garden, of course) served in the marquee.

Entrance is £5.00 (children free). Our nominated charity is Saline Environmental Group. 40% of the entrance fee will go to Saline Environmental Group funds to use on projects within the village and 60% to Scotland’s Garden Scheme charities, ie Maggie’s, The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, The National Trust for Scotland’s Garden Community, and Perennial (Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society).





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 HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY REMEMBERS 

On March 13, along with many others, I attended the funeral of Bill Philips who passed away on February 27. For us all this was a sad occasion and specifically for the Horticultural Society of Saline as Bill had proudly served the Society for over 30 years as a passionate contributor to the annual shows and as a committee office bearer. As you might imagine, Bill’s own garden was his pride and joy and the vegetable section took centre stage. He won Best Vegetable Garden many times and often heard to say “the only flower worth growing was a cauliflower”, that said he did pretty well with dahlias too. Bill was not only a very keen gardener, he was also a very good gardener and a competitive one at that. Bill enjoyed the challenge of growing long carrots, fat leeks and super smooth potatoes; sadly that skill and experience is now no longer available for those of us who aspire to grow things better.

I think it’s fair to say that without the hard work and dedication from Bill and Muriel the Saline Horticultural Society might have fallen by the wayside some time ago. Those of us who remain involved will try hard to ensure that this centenarian society continues to function and we encourage others to join in Bill’s legacy of growing some of your own food.

This year’s annual show on Sept 2/3 won’t be the same without Bill. We will miss his humour, exhibits and above all his wealth of experience but he won’t be forgotten and each show will be a time to remember old friends. Thank you, Bill, for everything you did, all the time you gave and the things you have left for others to enjoy. Our thoughts are with Muriel and the rest of the family.

Gareth Turner 
Saline Horticultural Society Chairman and President 





All contributions for inclusion in the Bulletin are welcome and can be submitted to Jacquie Clapperton on salineandsteelend@btinternet.com    or by telephoning 852367. 





CHURCH NEWS

Holy Week and Easter Services

Sunday 9 April
9.30 am, Palm Sunday Service, Oakley Church
6.30 pm, West Fife Churches Songs of Praise, Carnock Parish Church

Wednesday 12 April
7.00 pm, Stations of the Cross, Saline Church

Thursday 13 April
7.00 pm, Celebration of Holy Communion, Tulliallan Church

Friday 14 April
7.00pm, Tenebrae Candlelight Service for Good Friday, Culross Abbey

Sunday 16 April
9.30 am, Easter Service, Saline Church, followed by a Prayer Walk round the village and Family Brunch in the Church Hall.

Mid-Week Service
Wednesdays 5 and 9 April at 11.30 am, Saline Church.

Church Guild


Captain Ali Macrae's film and talk on A Life On The Ocean Wave proved very popular and raised £360 for two Guild Projects. The session draws to a close with a Business Meeting on 3 April, followed by an Easter-themed evening led by members on 17th April, finishing with an outing on 1 May.

Walking Group

Forthcoming walks include 22 April in Bantaskin Estate and Community Woodland and 6 May in Holyrood Park. Further information can be obtained through the Church website or from Stewart Miller or Peter Philp.

Coffee Morning

10.00 am - 12 noon every Wednesday in the Church Hall.

Craft and Chat

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm, Tuesdays 4 April, 18 April and 2 May.

Swap Shop

Evening of Friday 21 April in the Church Hall, organised by the Fellowship Team. Note the date and watch out for more details on posters in due course.



116TH FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

The Beaver Colony, whose numbers have now risen to twenty, are working hard towards their Challenge Awards. They are also working on their Science Activity Badge and, for the environment part of the Gardening Activity Badge, they are planting and looking after flowers in a border at the hall. The Beavers are planning future trips to the Museum of Scotland and to the Coastguard.

The Cub Pack, whose numbers have also now risen to nearly twenty, are working on their My World Challenge Badge. They have an Outdoor Challenge weekend planned for April followed by JOTT (Jamboree On The Trail) in May. They will be joined by the Beavers for this event which will be based at Lochore Meadows Country Park.

The Scout Troop is continuing with its camping programme, having held themed camps based on grass sledging and caving. They are busy learning navigational skills in preparation for summer expeditions. The Scouts have also been busy building and programming Lego Robots.

The Explorers, as part of their service element of their awards, have been busy helping both the Beaver Colony and Cub Pack on their meeting nights and have also helped run some of the Scout Camps. They had a recent trip to the Crazy Golf at Fife Leisure Park.

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



BRIGHTSIDE COMMUNITY CAFÉ 

Brightside Community Café has been a great success over the past few weeks with many new faces coming to use our café. We would like to thank everyone for showing your support.

Brightside Community Café is now open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm. Due to Thursday being a great success so far, we have decided make it a permanent open day.

Our upcoming event is our Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 15 April from 1pm until 3pm. There will be a goody bag for the kids to take away after their fun day hunting for eggs and decorating boiled eggs (all appropriate equipment for this will be provided). We would ask that children are accompanied by an adult at all times. We look forward to seeing you on the day.

We have an amazing opportunity for six volunteers to join the Brightside team. For more information, please contact me using the details below.

Michelle Graham, Manager 
Email: info@brightsidecommunitycafe.org.uk 
Contact: 07869581599 
Find us on Facebook @ Brightside Community Cafe 



SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

Our latest speaker event was about Shipwrecks of the Forth and was very well attended. It was fascinating to learn just how many ships have been wrecked in the Forth estuary and the stories behind them. Some ran aground, earlier ones sunk with lost treasure (still to be found) and, tragically, many sank with loss of life.

Our next event, back on dry land, will be Dr Jean Barclay on The Mitchells of Craigluscar. This will be on 26 April at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall; coffee and tea will be served from 7 pm.

Wednesday 31 May will be our AGM combined with a talk by Moira Fleming on Robert Henryson, Dunfermline Poet.

And a date for your diary - towards the end of May/beginning of June we will be holding our Heritage Open Day with stalls and activities in the Church and graveyard. Date and details to follow soon.



HAPPY TO SHARE A GREENHOUSE OR GARDEN?

Do you want to grow your own vegetables or flowers at home but don’t have the garden or greenhouse to do it in? Or maybe you might want to develop or extend your gardening hobby and skills but have no greenhouse for seedlings and no plot to dig over? On the other hand, do you have a greenhouse or garden that you haven’t got the time or energy to look after, that you’d be quite happy for someone else to use and for them to get the fruit of their labour?

The Horticultural Society is sounding out whether there are folk with a greenhouse or bit of a garden that they would be glad to be looked after by somebody else. Similarly get in contact if you would be interested to explore the possibility of growing in somebody else’s garden. The Horticultural Society is happy to bring both parties together and to give some support along the way. Get in contact by e-mailing salinehs@gmail.com or ring Christine Turner on 01383852887.

Happy home-growing,

Your Horticultural Society 



THE JOHN CRANE MEMORIAL AWARD

Some of you may remember the Community Council’s announcement last year about creating an annual award in memory of John Crane to be made to the Saline Primary School pupil most demonstrating the principles of civic responsibility and service to which John adhered.
Discussions with the head teacher about making the award at the end of the summer term will continue after the Easter holiday. In the meantime any parent whose child contributes in this way should ensure that details are included their Wider Achievement records. 



SALINE & DISTRICT RURAL 

Wednesday 3 May

7:30 pm, Saline Community Centre 
Speaker from Dunfermline Beekeepers 

Open meeting - all visitors welcome 



PRAISE FOR PUBLIC SPACE ORDERLY 

A number of residents have drawn attention to the contribution that Fife Council’s recently appointed Public Space Orderly, Alan Pettigrew, is making to Saline and Steelend. Alan was previously part of the Oakley team but is very pleased about his transfer to Saline and Steelend. Alan is very enthusiastic about his role in keeping our community neat and tidy and welcomes suggestions for areas that need extra attention. At Community Council we spend a lot of time talking about negative things and at the most recent meeting it was nice that someone chose to mention Alan’s efforts, provoking a feeling of positivity. Perhaps an opportunity to draw attention to positive actions should be a regular agenda item? Feel free to make suggestions for those who deserve recognition.



COMMUNITY COUNCIL 

A smaller audience than usual enjoyed another lively discussion at the March Community Council meeting. Local people took on the role of Guest Speaker and explained projects which address priorities identified in the Community Action Plan.

Church Restoration Project

Stewart Miller explained the Church’s restoration project. An attempt to secure funding some years ago had not been successful but it had helped the Church to focus on what they wanted to achieve. They had received valuable support from the Church of Scotland and had been able to appoint a specialist conservation architect to carry out a detailed survey and make proposals for how longstanding problems could be tackled. One major issue has been dampness in the walls and the architect’s recommendation is for the cement-based harling that was applied during the last century, and prevents the walls ‘breathing’, to be hacked off and replaced with traditional lime render. Not only will this eliminate the dampness problems but it will dramatically improve the appearance of the building, which most people acknowledge is ‘dreary’. Removing the harling will also expose the dressed stone window surrounds and other features that have been concealed, restoring the Church to something more like its appearance when it was constructed over two hundred years ago, and much more appropriate to its prominent location at the heart of our community.

The project also seeks to enhance the Church’s value to the wider community. Discussions have been held with Saline Heritage Group about developing the west end of the Church as a heritage centre. The group currently utilise the tiny Session House as their museum. Saline Primary School is also supporting this initiative, as ‘heritage’ is part of the curriculum.

The cost of the work is likely to exceed £250k and an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund will be submitted very soon. It was agreed that the Community Council/Community Development Trust should provide a letter of support.

North Road Play Park

Nicola Smith, Lisa Murray and Laura Chesby followed Stewart with a presentation of the proposals for improving play facilities in Saline and Steelend. The group have been very successful in raising match funding and applications will be made soon to Fife Environment Trust and LEADER for the £100k needed to implement the project on North Road, Saline. The group explained how the £10k that they had received from the Participatory Budgeting fund, which has to be spent before September, would be used for enabling work to the drainage necessary to eliminate the flooding problems. The group were congratulated for their energy and enterprise and it was agreed that a letter of support should be provided to accompany their funding applications.

Brightside Café

An approach for support from the Community Council has also been made by the Chair of the Brightside Café Community Trust. The Trust is keen to encourage use by the wider community of its newly completed café at Bandrum Nursing Home. The Trust would also like to work with the Community Council to develop a befriending scheme, for which Big Lottery funding is being sought. The possibility of volunteer drivers from Saline and Steelend using the West Fife Villages Community Minibus to take local people without transport to Brightside Café once a week has been suggested. The possibility of extending and diverting the existing paths network to make Brightside Café a stopping off point on circular walks is also being explored.

It was agreed that the Community Council should provide a letter of support for the Trust’s funding application.

If you would like to volunteer to drive the minibus occasionally, become a befriender or have other ideas for building a relationship with Brightside Café Community Trust email sscdtmembers@btinternet.com or ring David Chisholm on 853168.

If you would like to volunteer to drive the minibus occasionally, become a befriender or have other ideas for building a relationship with Brightside Café Community Trust email sscdtmembers@btinternet.com or ring David Chisholm on 853168.

Roads and Traffic

The Community Council has enjoyed a positive working relationship with Fife Council’s Transportation Team over the last of couple of years and many of the concerns that people had have been addressed. The meeting was pleased to note that the Council has now upgraded the rumble strips at Kinneddar Park to make them more effective, in response to complaints from KPCRA. Work has just been completed to install six new road gullies along the verge at the bottom of the hill down into Steelend and it is hoped that this will eliminate the flooding that frequently occurs after periods of heavy rain. The work also unearthed (literally) a large manhole that has now been unblocked and repaired and should lead the water away to the burn. However, the Community Council will continue to press for more effective measures on West Road as the chicanes installed some years ago are regarded by many as worse than useless. Also, KPCRA and others have suggested that the 20mph speed warning signs on the Oakley Road that have recently been relocated adjacent to the entrance to Nether Kinneddar should in fact have been positioned further down beyond the narrow bridge and sharp bends. Concern was also expressed that, although the recently-completed Allanwater homes have in-curtilage parking, vehicles are being parked outside with two wheels on the pavement.

Community Speed Watch

The first cohort of Community Speed Watchers has received their training and are waiting to be deployed. Suggestions for target areas include the West Road and Main Street through Steelend.

Saline to Bickramside Path

Work to implement the Saline to Bickramside path continues. The Forestry Commission have recently placed canes along through the plantation areas to delineate the proposed route so that people can begin to use it whilst funding for the permanent path is being sought. Access to the path from Oakley Road is affected by the Allanwater construction work at present but will eventually be via a gate opposite the end of Eastercraig Gardens. In the meantime it can be reached from the Steadings access road, currently relocated further down Oakley Road. The path leads you down past the Community Orchard and the site of an ancient settlement, along the bottom the paddocks to the burn where, until the bridge is constructed, you will have to paddle across! Once across follow the canes up to the old pit road. It is hoped that in the future it will connect with new paths to Oakley and Blairhall, but until they are created you will have to retrace your steps back to Saline.

Development Behind The Glebe

There is disappointment that Fife Council have chosen to grant planning permission in principle for the proposed housing development behind The Glebe, albeit for a smaller number of homes than was initially being sought. The opinion of people living in the area, supported by the Community Council, is that the access arrangements are impractical and that the development is opportunistic and unnecessary. The application for detailed consent will receive close scrutiny when it is submitted.

There was amusement that the planning officer’s lack of appreciation of local issues was demonstrated by a statement in her report suggesting that it was unnecessary to make the provision of on-site amenity space a condition of the permission as it is close to a play park on North Road. Presumably she has not paid a visit to this derelict, flooded and health-threatening amenity! Fortunately we have the clued-up folk in the Play Parks Group to protect our interests in children’s play!

Blair House Open Cast

Still no news about the remediation of the pit but Police Scotland are endeavouring to put a stop to the illegal, and dangerous, use of the bing by young people on motorcycles. They have linked it to concerns about another location in Blairhall but their enquiries are hampered by a reluctance on the part of those who know who the culprits are to name names.



SHIELDBANK RIDING & VAULTING CLUB 

We teach horse riding to adults and children (from 4 years upwards) on a selection of well-schooled horses and ponies. Furthermore, we also teach equestrian vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse) to young people between the ages of 5 and 20 yrs. Everyone welcome.

Opening hours: Wednesday through Sunday 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Evening lessons available during the summer months during the week.

Pony Days for children (10.00 am – 4.00 pm) and Horse Experience Days for adults (9.00 am – 6.00 pm) are being held during the Easter Holidays. Please call to book.

SHIELDBANK COFFEE SHOP 

Open from Tuesdays through Sundays 10.00 am till 6.00 pm.

Real, freshly ground coffee, a large selection of teas and the tastiest of cakes and scones await all visitors (you do not have to be connected to the riding stables to come to the Coffee Shop). Tasty lunches, consisting of soup, paninis, baguettes and toasties with diverse fillings, plus a selection of cold drinks, are also available and served all day. Just come up for a warm welcome and a tasty treat.

Craft Group meet here on Thursday mornings 10.00 am – lunchtime.

New: Group for Amateur Photographers meet on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm.

Everyone welcome.


YAPPING DOGS 

Several residents have mentioned dogs barking and yapping continuously throughout the day at properties on the West Road and North Road. It seems that they have been locked in all day while their owners are out at work. It is possible that the owners are unaware of their pet’s behaviour and we are including this item in the Bulletin in the spirit of encouraging all dog owners to think about the nuisance that can be caused to neighbours, and of course to consider the animal’s welfare if they are indoors all day.



FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

Steelend Miners’ Club


Gill Knight, a great vocalist, will be appearing in the Club on Friday 17 June from 8.00 pm until midnight.

The Gala Committee are holding the following events:


Children's Easter Disco on Thursday 13 April, 6.30 pm -8.00 pm. Entry £1. Prize for best decorated egg.
Prize Bingo on Wednesday 19 April at 7.00 pm. Any donations for prizes would
be gratefully received.
Ladies Night on Friday 5 May from 8.00 pm. £5 entry which includes one cocktail.

Please note this year’s Gala is on Saturday 5 August.
One Sunday per month (look out for posters with dates), 2.00-4.00 pm: Children’s Club, entry £1. Come and join in the table tennis, pool, arts & crafts, and much more. 

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


Saline Golf Club

First Saturday of each month: Family Night, 5-7pm
Tuesdays: Bingo Night, 7.30pm
Thursdays: Quiz Night, 8.30pm, entry £1/person

BT Sport TV and free wi-fi. Associate membership £10 per annum, £4 concessions
Q’zine Catering: also available for all functions.

Saturday 8 October: Broch, tickets £3.00
Saturday 15 October: Quiz Night, 08.30 pm
Saturday 29 October: Side By Side, tickets £3.00

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

Community Council Meeting
25 April, 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre

Yoga
Saline Church Hall, 3pm - 4.15 every second Tuesday from 11 April. Cost £5. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring a blanket and some warm socks.
Please phone Rose on 07951 121374 if you are planning to come along, or leave a message on the Yoga in Saline Facebook page

Highland Dancing Classes
Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm
Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm
Saline Church Session Room

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre

Slimming World
Saline Community Centre, Thursdays, 5.30 pm & 7.30 pm. Contact Claire Crossett on 07988 848241.

Saline Smilers (Toddler Group)
Tuesdays 9.30am-11.30am during school terms
Saline Community Centre

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

Line Dance Classes
Monday 10.00am - 11.00am
Friday 10.00am - 11.00am
Saline Community Centre

Saline & Steelend Heritage Society
Dr Jean Barclay:
The Mitchells of Craigluscar
26 April, 7.00 pm, talk starts at 7.30 pm.
Admission £1 members/£2 non-members.

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Afternoon Craft Group
Every second Tuesday from 8 March
2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall

Country Dancing
Mondays, 7.00pm
Saline Community Centre

Saline & District Rural
Wednesday 3 May
7:30 pm, Saline Community Centre
Speaker from Dunfermline Beekeepers
Open meeting - all visitors welcome

Shieldbank Coffee Shop, North Road, Saline
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9.30am-6pm
Coffee/Tea/Cakes/Lunch or Afternoon Tea
Vegetarians, Vegans and Coeliacs catered for
Meeting Place available for local clubs/groups
Venue available for Birthday Parties and Evening Functions
Home Baking can be ordered and carried out
Please let us know if you need transport.

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
Riding Lessons on Wednesdays - Sundays all year
Tuition in Small Groups or One to One
Child & Adult Beginners
Adults Coming Back to Riding
Summer Holiday Courses
Pony Days
Equestrian Vaulting for Children & Young People
Follow us on Facebook: Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
Tel: 01383 852 874





This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Police Public Consultation

posted 24 Feb 2017, 13:55 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 26 Mar 2017, 20:30 ]

Police Scotland are currently running a consultation initiative and are inviting the views of the public to gain information which will be vital for policing in the years ahead.

This link can be used to access the Public Consultation Survey on the internet.

MINING HERITAGE WEEKEND

posted 15 Feb 2017, 10:40 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 26 Mar 2017, 20:22 ]


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