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Issue 72 November 2018

posted 6 Nov 2018, 19:17 by Ian Holmes-Lewis



SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

On 11 November, to remember the end of World War 1, the museum will be open to coincide with the Remembrance Service at the war memorial. Tina will have on display copies of her book The Men behind Saline Cenotaph, her account of the men who went to war, a considerable number of whom never returned. 

Tina will follow this up with a talk during our next speaker event on Wednesday 21 November, 7.00pm for 7.30pm, in the Church Hall. Everyone welcome.

Saline School children have been helping us to illustrate our forthcoming Community Orchard walk leaflet by creating a number of wonderful drawings. We are delighted with them and it will be really hard to choose one, so thank you P5/6 and P6/7. 



SALINE PRIMARY SCHOOL

We are back and refreshed following the October break or ‘Tattie Holiday’ as it may be known to some! Term 2 certainly looks to be as busy as usual with lots of things going on in and around the school. The nursery have started their Forest Walks with the children and staff from Inzievar Primary and the pupils in the school are continuing to work towards their Natural Connections and John Muir awards. The older children are continuing to clear the land opposite the shop as part of their Conservation element of the John Muir award, but no decision has been made from Fife Council yet on what will happen with the land in the long term. We are still hopeful!

Local resident Richard Smith joined P5/6 on a Fungi walk around Saline recently which was both informative and was thoroughly enjoyed by the staff and pupils. Thank you, Richard, for taking time to share your knowledge and expertise. The creative juices have also been flowing with local artists Clare Hebbert and Ian Holmes-Lewis working with pupils, staff and parent/carers on some lanterns as part of the community fireworks event. The results were fantastic and images of the workshops and the lanterns can be viewed on our school Twitter page @SalinePS – have a look!


Our after-school clubs have started with Enjoy-a-Ball offering sessions in our school hall on a Monday. These sessions are open to children aged 4-9 and they don’t need to attend Saline Primary School. If you would like further information, please contact our school office.

Next week sees the start of our pupil voice groups for this session where we will be focussing on becoming a Plastic Free school for single use plastic, Enterprise activities to develop skills for learning, life and work, a wellbeing group to look at how we can improve our school environment for good mental health and wellbeing, and a charity group to support those less fortunate than us and good causes. If you would be interested in supporting any of these groups in any way, please get in touch.

Finally, the P5-7 pupils are learning about the sacrifices made during WW1 and researching the involvement of family members and local residents. We would welcome any input that you may have (pictures, stories etc) and you could find yourself invited along to their annual tea dance!

December will see dates released for our P1-3 Nativity and we would welcome local residents that might like to come along so look out for further details.

Mrs Perkins 
Depute HT





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.





OCTOBER COMMUNITY COUNCIL REPORT 

A slightly smaller number of people than usual ventured out on cold, damp October evening only to find that the heating wasn’t working in the Community Centre.

AGM

The normal Community Council business was preceded by a short AGM to confirm the new Community Councillors in post and to elect officers. David Chisholm, Jim Currie, Donald Murdoch and Marie Crane were all reappointed to the posts of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Irene Wardell and Jean Morris also continue to serve and are joined by newly-elected Community Councillors Ann Killian, Alastair Hamilton and Ken Wcislo. Morag Aitken and Muriel Philips have stepped down and were thanked for their service to the community. In his opening remarks, David expressed his pleasure that unlike some Community Councils that struggle to attract members, Saline and Steelend has been able to fill nine out of ten of its places and continues to have monthly meetings that are regularly attended by 20-30 people. One place remains unfilled and David emphasised that the responsibilities of a Community Councillor are not especially onerous. He encouraged others to come forward for election or co-option. The open meetings, to which anyone can bring their concerns and ideas, complemented by the Community Bulletin, Village Website and Facebook page, ensure that the Community Council can confidently represent the views of local people.

Jane Roxburgh

People were saddened to learn of the passing of Jane Roxburgh, who had served the community for very many years. Whether it was the Scouts and Guides, the Church or the Heritage Society, of which she was a founding member, she gave her all. She will be much missed, and the meeting expressed its condolences to her children and other family members.

Street Naming & Seats

The meeting was very pleased to learn that Fife Council has waived its normal rules and accepted the Community Council’s suggestion that the cul-de-sac in the proposed new housing development behind The Glebe should be named (Jim) Hensman Place, in memory of our long-serving community stalwart. David also reported that Allanwater would be supporting an unveiling ceremony in its Views development on completion of John Crane Close in the New Year. Gareth Turner is completing the manufacture of three wooden benches to be placed around the village, part of the Development Trust’s Friends and Neighbours initiative, which would commemorate both John and Jim and also Bill Philips, longstanding member of the Horticultural Society.

North Road Play Park

The technical issues that had impeded progress on the new play park have been resolved. Fife Council have accepted the structural solution put forward by the engineer advising the group and the contractor will be back on site shortly. Nicola Smith and her Play Park Group colleagues were praised for their persistence.

Fireworks

Arrangements for the villages’ Firework Display at the Golf Club have been finalised. Generous donations from Bandrum Residential Home, Knockhill Circuit, Shieldbank Coffee Shop, Campion Homes and Kingdom Housing, added to the grant from Fife Council and money from raffle ticket sales, have ensured that the cost of the event is fully covered. Any profit from the event will be channelled into a fund to support future community events. There was consternation that Fife Council and Zurich have insisted that the Community Council take out additional firework cover for the public liability insurance we already have, at a cost of £174, despite the fact that the company providing the fireworks has complete responsibility for this element of the event and £10m of insurance cover in place for any single event.

Blair House Open Cast

The contract for this work is out for tender. Once the tenders have been checked for compliance, community representatives will be involved in the selection of the contractor.

South West Community Plan

David reported on his participation in the recent Fife Council visioning workshop for south west Fife. It had been very worthwhile and had a provided an opportunity for each community to consider its strengths and weaknesses and to consider the investment needed to bring about social and economic sustainability for the area as a whole. Tourism is seen as a key component in this wider strategy. Our immediate area scores well on residential amenity, and is rich in history and heritage, but lacks the services and facilities that visitors expect.

Saline Community Centre

Lisa Duncan, the person looking to establish a community pharmacy in Saline Community Centre, has obtained an offer of a lease on part of the building from Fife Council that will allow her to make a first stage submission to the Health Board. Many people now see how this might act as a catalyst for further investment to meet wider health and social needs, for example accommodation for a satellite surgery, alternative therapies, hairdressing, crèche, café, etc but the legal and financial mechanism for achieving this has still to be identified. If the community had a long term interest in the management/ownership of the building, it could obtain substantial funding to carry out repairs and adaptations to make the building more accessible and attractive, which Fife Council is unable to do. However, the Development Trust is reluctant to proceed to the second stage of the asset transfer process without being sure of the viability of the project and having a convincing business plan in place. The possibility of some form of partnership with the Council is being explored.

Roads and Traffic

Residents continue to be concerned about road safety on the stretch of Oakley Road between the two new housing developments. There have been reports of young children running out across the road from the occupied homes. There is scepticism that warning signs and traditional speed bumps will be effective. A more radical, but expensive approach, would be to create a single shared surface incorporating the pavements and carriageway, on which pedestrians have priority. Such approaches are commonplace in continental Europe and are increasingly popular in other parts of the UK. Varying patterns of material and colour of the surface induce feelings of uncertainty in drivers and slow vehicles down. 

People were pleased to note that following the resurfacing of the West Road there had been no reports of vehicles going off at the bends just beyond the village. On a more positive note, Cllr Bobby Clelland was able to report that although the road up to Saline Cemetery is not in Council ownership, money has been found to repair it.

Act of Remembrance

It was agreed that Jean Morris would lay a wreath on behalf of the Community Council at the Act of Remembrance on 11 November at 11.00am. Irene Wardell is participating in the nation-wide bell tolling between 10.30am and 11.00am and others are being encouraged to join her. Beth Shaw reported that her husband will be the solo piper at 6.00am at Saline war memorial, as part of another nation-wide act of remembrance. After discussion it was agreed that the Community Council would pay for poppies to be laid on the graves of Saline’s war dead in the Old Cemetery. Jacquie Clapperton will coordinate this after the service at the war memorial, and tea and coffee in the Church Hall. 

David also reported an invitation from Fife Council for one person to represent Saline and Steelend at a World War 1 Commemoration at Dunfermline Abbey Church at 4.00pm on Friday 9 November, followed by a Civic Reception at the Glen Pavilion. It was felt that this should be someone in the village with connections back to the First World War. Suggestions will be sought from the Heritage Society.

2019 Mini Festival

David reported that two Community Development Trust Arts Sub Group members, Ian Holmes-Lewis and Clare Hebbert, have put forward a proposal for a ‘mini festival’ in late June next year. Its physical focus would be Main Street, and events and activities would be spread between the various buildings along this route. The school could be the venue for a crafts show, the Church could host heritage displays, a revived art and photography show would be held in the Community Centre, bouncy castles and other outdoor play stuff could be on the ‘green’ between Upper Kinneddar and Oaklea, and finally the Golf Club would open its doors to provide food, drink and music, and the opportunity to be transported by tractor and trailer to the top of the golf course hill where tea and cake would be served while visitors enjoy the magnificent 360 degree panoramic views. Floral displays would be placed along both sides of Main Street to create a visual link from bottom to top. A sub-group composed of representatives of potential participating groups and organisations will be convened before Christmas to develop this theme. 

part of Clare Hebbert & Ian Holmes-Lewis's work with children from Saline Primary for the firework display
(detail from a photo by Derek Robertson)

Street Warden

People at the meeting were concerned that Alan, our street warden, had come in for criticism on Facebook after he had filled more than 50 black bags with dropped leaves but had left some uncollected. It was agreed that Alan does a great job of tidying around both Saline and Steelend, and the last thing we would want is for him to be replaced. David will write to Fife Council to say how much he is valued.

Road Closure

Fife Council has notified the Community Council that a section of Oaklea will be closed 8.00am to 6.00pm between 19 and 30 November to allow work by Scottish Water. Access will be left for residents and emergency service vehicles but others will have to use alternative routes.

Brown Bins

Marie Crane drew attention to Fife Council’s intention to reduce brown bin collections from fortnightly to four-weekly during the winter period. Cllr Bobby Clelland explained that this had been trialed elsewhere in Fife and found to be successful.




116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

The main event for the Beaver Colony this term is the District Beaver Christmas Party on 24 November in the Abbeyview Community Centre from 2.00 to 5.00pm. Meanwhile, they are continuing with their Challenge Awards and activity badges.

The Cub Pack is involved in the District Carol Service on Sunday 2 December in North Parish Church, Dunfermline, from 2.00pm to 3.00pm. The Cubs are also continuing to work on their awards.

Four Scouts and two Leaders attended the JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) camp at Fordell Firs where they made contact with several other Scouts from Britain and abroad. This activity will count to their World Challenge Award.

The Explorer Unit with somewhat reduced numbers are continuing with their Challenge Awards and forming links with neighbouring units.

All Sections are now planning their Christmas Outings.

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




SCOUT POST – CHRISTMAS 2018 

Along with a number of other Scout Groups in Dunfermline and surrounding areas, we are offering a Christmas Post for 35p per card.

Cards will be accepted for:

Aberdour, Alloa, Alva, Backmuir, Balmalcolm, Bowershall, Blairhall, Cairneyhill, Carnock, Charlestown, Clackmannan, Coaledge village, Comrie, Cowdenbeath, Cowstrandburn, Crombie, Crossford, Crossgates, Culross, Dalgety Bay, Dollar, Donibristle village, Dunduff, Dunfermline, Fordell village, Freuchie, Gowkhall, Halbeath, High Valleyfield, Hill of Beath, Hillend, Inverkeithing, Kelty, Kincardine-on-Forth, Kingseat, Limekilns, Lochgelly, Lumphinnans, Low Valleyfield, Menstrie, Muchart, Newmills, Newton of Falkland, North Queensferry, Oakley, Pattiesmuir, Pitlessie, Rosyth, Saline, Sauchie, Steelend, Strathmiglo, Tillicoultry, Torryburn, Townhill, Tullibody, Wellwood

Local collection points are:

Tom McCreary, 39 Dean Ridge, Gowkhall

Gail Clark, 14 Henderson Place, Saline

Peter Philp, 70 Upper Kinneddar, Saline

John Williams, 5 Knockhill View, Steelend Evenings

LAST DATE FOR COLLECTION - TUESDAY 11 DECEMBER at 5.00pm 




BULLETIN DISTRIBUTOR NEEDED FOR MAIN STREET 

Do you have a little time to spare to deliver around 50 bulletins once a month so your neighbours can receive current community news? 

Call Mark on 851059 (marklbaugh@aol.co.uk). 




PROOF READER NEEDED 

Could you spend a little time each month to proof read the community bulletin before it goes to press? You will receive it on a Thursday evening and make your recommendations by 12 noon the next day. You will be checking for spelling and grammar and ensuring that the content adheres to our code of conduct. Interested? 

Call Mark on 851059 (marklbaugh@aol.co.uk). 




MOBILE POST OFFICE 

The mobile post office now visits Saline on Tuesday afternoons between 1.30pm and 2.30pm. You can find it parked between the shop and the garage on Main Street.




2018 ANNUAL SALINE FLOWER AND VEGETABLE SHOW 

Already it is eight weeks since this year’s show took place.
If you entered and/or attended, then a big thank you for your support. As a committee, we can organise the event but we have no control over the participation by exhibitors or visitors. I think it’s fair to say that this year’s event went well, and both the Saturday and Sunday had a good flow of visitors, but there is room for more visitors and exhibitors next year.


The lovely summer we all enjoyed did mean that the flowers peaked early so most people who exhibit flowers had little left to bring to the show and there was a similar message from other shows across Fife. We cannot control the weather and sometimes it will impact the show entries. All other classes were generally well supported.

The committee are always keen to hear any suggestions or feedback you may have about the show: how it could be improved or other classes you would like to see in the schedule.

Our thanks to Fife Council and Kingdom Housing Association for their financial support and to all those folks who spend the weekend helping with setting up, running the event and putting it all away.

Gareth Turner 




SALINE COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD 

The notice board has been refurbished and set up in its new location at the Glen Entrance. I hope you will all agree that this area now looks quite nice with ample seating, planting, the tile wall and now the notice board. 

The notice board is unlocked and free to use. If you make use of this, then please try to remember to remove your out-dated notices. A notice board has also been made for the Steelend Community and will be set up once an appropriate site has been selected.

Gareth Turner 




SALINE FIRST RESPONDERS 2018 

The team has again worked very hard this year in our community and beyond.
This year we have trained 497 people in CPR and defibrillation, and helped to place public access defibrillators at Blairhall, Comrie, Crossford and Culross. We have talked and demonstrated to 26 groups including a talk to the Rotary Club who have now, due to the talk, decided to provide two public access defibrillators to our local communities each year. We have provided event cover for 10 events and 2018 brought our biggest event yet at 3,000 people at Lathalmond for the Vintage Ford Show. 

Our aim is to continue to provide a high standard of first aid for events, provide training and promote Goodsam [see last month’s Bulletin for details].

None of this would be possible without your generous public donations; please remember us this Christmas and help us to continue our work. Oakley Co-op always have a collecting tin for us so please keep giving. 




SHIELDBANK CRAFT FAIR AND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION 

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

This is a two-day event designed to allow you to find unique and hand-crafted gifts for Christmas. We have a great range of stalls including Christmas tree decorations, hand-made precious metal jewellery, unique wooden picture frames, photo calendars, various food stalls and many more. We will also have a portrait studio where you can have portraits of family members taken to send to relatives as Christmas gifts. All of the photographs that are on display may be purchased and many of the photographers will be available to make any changes to size or framing that you may wish. 




FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

Saline Golf Club

We have free Wi-Fi and BT sports.
Food available Tuesday-Sunday.
Bingo every Tuesday, 7.30pm start. Quiz night every Thursday, £1 entry.
Saturday 1 December: Rod Stewart Tribute, 8.30pm, tickets £10, on sale now from the bar.

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

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

116th Fife Scout Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Remembrance Sunday, 11 November:
Sunday Service, 9.30 am.
War Memorial Service, 10.55am; Two Minutes’ Silence observed at 11.00am. Tea and coffee will be available in the hall from 10.30am. It is planned to have the church bell rung from 10.30-10.55am to join in the national event.



                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Fireworks at Saline Golf Club

posted 24 Oct 2018, 09:13 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 6 Nov 2018, 17:29 ]


Issue 71 October 2018

posted 2 Oct 2018, 14:45 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 6 Nov 2018, 17:31 ]



WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM OUR EMERGENCY SERVICES? 

The effects of the ‘Beast from the East’ earlier in the year made many people appreciate our vulnerability as a community and the value of having a ‘plan’ for how to deal with emergencies. As a consequence, a group has been formed to work with Fife Council to prepare a Community Resilience Plan.

Sadly, the house fire in which Gail Lamb tragically lost her life further served to remind us how dependent we on the emergency services. A well-attended meeting of the Community Council at the end of September addressed this issue. Representatives of the Fire Service were present to explain the level of service we can expect as a rural community and to participate in a discussion about how individually and collectively we can minimise the possibility of lives being lost in the future. It had previously been suggested that equipment that might help in tackling a fire before the appliances arrive could be kept in the village. The officers present said that it was not realistic to consider untrained people tackling a fire and there was the possibility that doing so could make a situation worse. 

If a fire breaks out the most important thing is to dial 999, provide the address clearly, encourage occupants to evacuate the premises, and alert neighbours. In normal circumstances, an appliance should reach Saline and Steelend in around 20 minutes. The importance of avoiding fires starting in the first place was emphasised. Fire Prevention Officers are very happy to visit any home and advise on measures that might be taken. It was agreed that dealing with this kind of situation should be included in the Community Resilience Plan.

The meeting also addressed the issue of accidents and medical emergencies. Unfortunately the Ambulance Service had not responded to an invitation to attend the meeting. However, two members of Saline First Responders were present to explain the service they can provide. People at the meeting were surprised to learn that the Ambulance Service has very strict rules about the circumstances in which First Responders can be deployed, in particular they cannot attend to anyone under the age of 16. However, if a call is made using the GoodSam app, not only are the emergency services alerted but it will show the names of the three First Responders closest to the incident. They are able to attend to any emergency and assist until an ambulance arrives. Medical emergencies and accidents will also form part of the Community Resilience Plan. 





Editor's Note

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




SALINE & BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH NEWS 

The Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday 7 October at 9.30am when the Church will be suitably decorated. There will be a Thanksgiving Offering which will be given to Christian Aid's work in response to recent Emergencies in different parts of the world.

Saline Primary School will be holding a Harvest Thanksgiving service in the Church on Thursday 4 October at 11.00am.

Remembrance Sunday, 11 November: The Sunday Service will be held as usual at 9.30 am. In recognition of the fact that this will be the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in 1918, the service at the War Memorial will start at 10.55am and the Two Minutes’ Silence observed at 11.00am. Wreaths will then be laid at the War Memorial on behalf of the parish, and other groups and organisations. Tea and coffee will be available in the hall from 10.30am. It is planned to have the church bell rung from 10.30-10.55am to join in the national event. It is hoped to involve a variety of members of the community and that this will be a real community effort.




SALINE PRIMARY SCHOOL 

It has been a quick and busy term with all of our new starts in nursery, Primary 1 and throughout the school settling in well to the Saline school routine. We are delighted to have appointed lots of our pupils into a variety of roles throughout the school. This follows jobs being advertised in the main school entrance, applications submitted and interviews held for certain posts, developing those skills for learning, life and work. The successful candidates are as follows:


School Captains - Mahathi A & Lewis B

Killernie House:
    Captain - Ross C
    Vice-Captain - Hadi S

Sheardrum House:
    Captain - Ella F
    Vice-Captain - to be appointed

Kinneddar House:
    Captain - Ruth W
    Vice-Captain - Archie V

Devonside House:
    Captain - Leah M
    Vice-Captain - Cameron G

Sports Ambassador - Nathan F

ICT Facilitators - Jack M, Findlay C, James C, Alex B, Harry W

Playleader - Calan C

Librarians - Katie H, Annabel S, Robert P, Callum D, Alys C

Our outdoor learning programme has been going well with all classes and nursery out and about around the village on a weekly basis. The P5-7s have also been involved in the conservation of the area opposite the shop as we have approached Fife Council about the possibility of this land becoming a community garden. We hope to pursue this further with support from the Community Council - fingers crossed! The Primary 7 children have also fine-tuned their cycling skills and have completed their Level 1 Bikeability training and will start Level 2 in due course. P6 will start their Level 1 in Term 2.

We are also fortunate to have a music teacher visit the school on a Monday and have had a good uptake in learning the violin. This will be complimented with a music teacher coming in Term 2 as part of the Youth Music Initiative. I did notice in some old school pictures that Saline school used to have a samba drumming band. If anyone could point us in the right direction to get this up and running again we would love to hear from you! Are there any other musicians that would like to share their skills with us?

Talking about the old school pictures; we are trying to create a timeline for boxes of pictures that have been uncovered. Hopefully we can have an open event next term to invite the community into the school to help us. More details to follow.

Term 2 is already shaping up to be a busy one with P5-7 getting involved in WW1 and WW2 Remembrance events and learning about the role of Saline residents in these difficult periods in time. We are always interested in hearing about local stories so if you have any to pass on, please get in touch with the school office. P3/4 have also started an exciting enterprise initiative with Cafe Fresh in Dunfermline and will be creating their own sweet treat that will be sold in the cafe. Details are at the initial planning stages at the moment but more details will follow. The P6 pupils will be visiting Field Studies Centre Kindrogan in November as part of their residential experiences so I will look forward to sharing this with you in the next newsletter.

Lots to look forward to!

Alexis Perkins
Depute Head Teacher
Saline Primary School 



SCAM ALERT 1 

Steelend's Jean Morris got a huge shock last week when she received a message purporting to be from HMRC. When she called the contact number, she was threatened with bailiffs, freezing of her assets and a visit to arrest her from the Police if she didn't pay £3000 in back taxes by 5pm. Fortunately, Jean's not that daft and suspected a scam, especially when the aggressive caller didn't know what HMRC stood for. Nevertheless she had endured a traumatic experience. She contacted HMRC who confirmed that they would have contacted her by post and would have been polite if they did phone. Police officers also confirmed that they knew of the scam and had received a number of calls.

This is a particularly nasty crime and some people could be terrified into coughing up. It is a warning to everyone to be aware of such calls. If you receive a call saying that you owe money, do not give out your bank details. HMRC and financial organisations will not ask you for details over the phone. As Jean did, phone whoever you allegedly owe money to double check. Also inform the police who already have the scammers' phone number.

These apologies for human beings target vulnerable people. Please ensure that anyone you know who is vulnerable is warned of this and other scams. 




116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

We have had a large number of children join the Beaver Colony at the start of the new term, such that we have now reached our maximum permitted number. This should ease after the October holiday when several are due to move up to the Cub Pack. In September, the Beavers held their ‘Chip Shop’ walk to the local chippy for a welcome snack of chips before returning to the hall. In the meantime, the Beavers are continuing to work on the Hike, and Emergency Aid Activity Badges.

On a brighter note we have now recruited, subject to the usual Disclosure Checks, an Assistant Leader to support Jackie, our Beaver Leader.

The Cub Pack held their belated summer outing in September as a fun day, full of activities at Fordell Firs. By the time you read this, the Cubs will have had a visit to the Kelpies to try their hand at night-time photography as the concluding part of the Photographer Activity Badge They are also continuing to work on the Collector and Cyclist Activity Badges. Work is also progressing on the Outdoor, Team Leader and Team Work Challenge Awards.

Since the holidays the Scout Troop have recruited two new members and two have moved up from the Cub Pack. The Troop are now embarking on an exciting programme of activities with JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) camp scheduled for October. JOTA is accomplished by communicating with other Scout Groups throughout the world by means of local amateur radio clubs and their short wave radios. Meanwhile, they are continuing to work on the World Challenge Award.

The Explorer Unit recently helped at the Oakley Gala by running the Burger and Hot Dog stall. They have also provided regular support to the Beaver Colony. The Explorers are now working on their Physical and Environmental Challenge Awards.

Though the Beaver Colony has now reached full capacity, there are still places available in the Cub Pack, Scout Troop and Explorer Unit.

In general, preparations are now well in hand for the Scout Christmas Post. Please see our article in the November issue of the Bulletin for further details.

Peter Philp 
Group Scout Leader 
01383 852612 




COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS 

There was a healthy attendance on a rather dreich evening at the August meeting. Most of the meeting was taken up by the presentation from the Fire Service, reported in more detail elsewhere in this issue.

North Road Playpark

Little progress seems to have been made since last month and people are getting frustrated by the lack of feedback from Fife Council.

Community Centre

Fife Council has agreed in principle to lease part of the building to a pharmacist who can now at least move forward with her proposals. Obviously most folk would welcome a local pharmacy, particularly given the potential to develop other health-related and social activities in the centre. However, it should be noted that the pharmacist has much more work to do before a pharmacy becomes likely.

Remembrance Day

It has been agreed that the service will be at 11.00am and that the Community Council will lay a wreath.

Grit Bins

Complaints have been made about bins being removed. Fife Council's response has been that these bins are on roads and pavements already gritted or are close to another bin. The council has also stated that, once bins have been removed throughout Fife, there will be an opportunity for people to argue the case for some reinstatements. See table below this issue for details.

Oakley Road Safety

Following concerns about speeding on Oakley Road, Transportation were contacted and they advised that two speed tables are to be installed and the Saline signs moved. Unfortunately, the speed limit from the White Gates to Saline remains unchanged. 

One positive aspect is that a number of younger people have expressed an interest in Speedwatch and will be contacted by one of the Saline Team. Remember that voluntary action like this can only be really successful if there is a bigger pool of volunteers. Please consider signing up. 



New Community Council Members 

It has been possible to fill nine of the ten available posts, which compares favourably with other communities throughout Fife. Muriel Phillips and Morag Aitken have stood down and are thanked for their contributions over a fair number of years. Welcome to Anne Buchanan, Ken Wcislo and Alastair Hamilton for joining. There is still a vacancy and anyone interested should get in touch. Don't all rush at once!!

Date of Next Meeting

30 October at 7.30pm at Saline Community Centre. All are welcome. 




SCAM ALERT 2 



Royal Mail is looking to raising awareness of scam mail in our community. Royal Mail never knowingly delivers scam mail and understands the distress that it can cause. Scam mail is illegal and targets the most vulnerable in society and the aim is to put a stop to it.

Scam mail typically involves professional fraudsters sending convincing letters designed to trick people out of money or other valuables. It can include bogus competitions and fake prize draws. This mail mostly originates overseas and is hard to detect.

Anyone can receive scam mail and even the most alert people can be taken in by these criminals.

Royal Mail is committed to doing all it can to protect customers and in 2016 introduced a series of additional measures to reduce the impact. This includes a new industry-wide code of practice for dealing with scam mail as well as a new clause in bulk mail contracts. The company is working with other postal operators in the UK and around the world to share intelligence and take steps to prevent scam mail from entering the UK. To date, Royal Mail has stopped over 4 million suspected pieces of scam at its distribution centres around the UK, before they can be posted through customers' letterboxes.

While Royal continues to tackle this issue vigorously, it is important that we all remain vigilant and report possible scams sent to ourselves, relatives, friends or neighbours. Should you be concerned that you or someone you know has received scam mail, please contact Royal Mail by:

    · writing to Royal Mail at FREEPOST SCAM MAIL enclosing any suspect items or

    · calling the Royal Mail Scam Mail Helpline on 0800 0113 446 or

    · Emailing scam.email@royalmail.com   




REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE SECOND OF NOVEMBER - GUNPOWDER, MUSIC AND FOOD! 

As previously reported in the Bulletin, the annual Firework Display returns to Saline and Steelend on Friday 2 November after an absence of several years. There will be no bonfire but plenty of other activity and entertainment. The event is being promoted by the Community Council and hosted by the Golf Club.

From 6.00pm activities for children and families will be organised by the Play Parks Group, and Ian Holmes-Lewis and Clare Hibbert from the Community Development Trust will be presenting the work they are carrying out with the school that should see the re-emergence of the mysterious Wizard of Saline. 

The fireworks themselves will be at 7.00pm. Food will be available at the Golf Club from 5.00pm but tables will need to be booked. After the fireworks, local song-writer Drew McCullough, accompanied by other musicians, will perform in the Club until late. Tickets for this will be £5 at the door. 


Before the event, the artists will be working with children from Saline  school to create some decorative effects. The theme of the decorations is based around Michael Scot the Wizard of Fife. Along with some story-telling about his life in the Middle Ages (12-13th Century) and some of the myths and legends about him, we will be creating lanterns, decorations and an enchanted garden.

Parents are invited to join in the creation of the decorations and to hear about the wizard:
     P5-6-7 Friday 26th October from 1.30pm in the school hall
     P1-2-3 Friday 2nd November from 1.30pm in the school hall, followed by a walk up to 
     the Golf Club to put the decorations up

     Come and join in!

The Community Council is grateful to Fife Council for a grant of £750 towards the event but tickets for a raffle with cash prizes will go on sale shortly at the Golf Club. The Play Parks Group will also be selling them door to door and they will be available on the night. A book of five tickets is £1. The draw will take place in Saline Golf Club at 6.30pm on Friday 9 November. 



SALINE GOLF CLUB 

We have a few exciting events coming up.


Prize Bingo Night: 12 October, 7.00pm. Books are £1 each. All are welcome.

Saturday Night Quiz: 13 October, 8.30pm start. Entry is £2 per person. New teams are welcome and the roll over is £211.

Saturday 27 October: the Guest Band is RITZ, as seen on Keep It Country. 8.30pm start, entry £5.

On Friday 2 November at 6.00pm, the Golf Club is hosting the Community Fireworks Display. It is free and all are welcome.

Saturday 1 December: Rod Stewart Tribute, 8.30pm, tickets £10, on sale now from the bar.





GOODSAM ALERTER 

GoodSam and Saline First Responders are partnering up to enable the community to call 999 through the Alerter App. By using the app, nearby Saline First Responders will be instantly alerted of a cardiac emergency, thereby harnessing local first aid skills until the ambulance arrives.

The Alerter App is available on iOS, Android and Windows stores. To use it:

1 Download The App. Try out a SIMULATION and then simply leave the app running in the background of your phone.

2 In An Emergency, Open The App And Press The Red Button. Confirm who the call is for and speak to the operator as normal – help is on its way as usual.

3 Nearby Trained Local Responders Are Alerted. GoodSam uses your phone location to alert responders and request them to come to the scene. 




FIRE SAFETY 

Most homes will have received a postcard from the Fire Service offering free Home Safety visits and Free Smoke Alarms. This can be arranged by calling 0800 0731999 or texting “Fire” to 80800 or visiting www.firescotland.gov.uk.


The Fire Service has useful booklets on Home Safety and Electrical Safety. These and other safety information can be obtained online at www.firescotland.gov.uk or by phoning 0800 0731999. The officers who attended Tuesday's meeting left some hard copies, which can be picked up from the Community Centre or village shop. 




FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

Saline Golf Club

We have free Wi-Fi and BT sports.
Food available Tuesday-Sunday.
ery Tuesday, 7.30pm start. Quiz night every Thursday, £1 entry.
Prize Bingo Night: 12 October, 7.00pm. Books are £1 each. All are welcome.
Saturday Night Quiz: 13 October, 8.30pm start. Entry £2 per person. New teams welcome.
Saturday 27 October: the Guest Band is RITZ, as seen on Keep It Country. 8.30pm start, entry £5.

Community Fireworks Display.
Friday 2 November, 6.00pm, free entry. 
Saturday 1 December: Rod Stewart Tribute, 8.30pm, tickets £10, on sale now from the bar.


Rainbows - Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm - Saline Church Hall
Brownies - Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm - Saline Church Hall 


116th Fife Scout Group

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

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

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

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre. T: 852610

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

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

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
Telephone: 01383 852874 Website: www.shieldbank.co.uk Also on Facebook.
Riding lessons for children and adults of all ages and stages.
Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) instruction for 5-20 year olds.
Everyone welcome. Just call or email to book.
Shieldbank Coffee Shop
Telephone: 01383 852621 Also on Facebook.
Open Tuesdays to Sundays 9.30 am- 6.00 pm.
Craft Group meet here on Thursday mornings 10.00 am until lunchtime.
Group for Amateur Photographers meet on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm.

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Sunday 7 October, 09.30am.

Saline Primary School Harvest Thanksgiving Thursday 4 October, 11.00am.

Remembrance Sunday, 11 November:
Sunday Service, 9.30 am.
War Memorial Service, 10.55am; Two Minutes’ Silence observed at 11.00am. Tea and coffee will be available in the hall from 10.30am. It is planned to have the church bell rung from 10.30-10.55am to join in the national event.



                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Gritting Bin Removals

posted 20 Sep 2018, 10:13 by Ian Holmes-Lewis

Following an approach to our councillors by the community council, the attached chart outlines which bins have been removed. 

Red bins are on roads and pavements that are gritted, yellow are on pavements that are gritted and green are close to other bins (and are being moved, rather than removed). They are being uplifted at present. Fife Council will be taking representations when the Fife-wide removal has been completed.


Update on the recent fire

posted 20 Sep 2018, 07:38 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 2 Oct 2018, 13:07 ]



2 senior fire officers, Roddie Keith and Bryan Todd, will be attending the Community Council meeting on Tuesday 25th September in the community centre to give an update on the recent tragic fire.

All welcome

Temporary Road Closure

posted 10 Sep 2018, 18:15 by Ian Holmes-Lewis

Oaklea, Saline, is to be closed to through traffic - from No. 38 to Eastercraig Gardens - to allow essential waterworks.  Pedestrians, emergency services and residents will still be able to get access.

The closure will be operational from Monday 24th September until Friday 5th October 2018.

Issue 70 September 2018

posted 3 Sep 2018, 16:00 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 2 Oct 2018, 13:08 ]



SALINE PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS
TERM 1

We are back and refreshed after our summer holidays! We have welcomed some new families into our school community and our school roll is now 111 with 97 pupils in the school and fourteen children in the nursery. We have maintained our five classes this year and have capacity for more children should there be any more additions to the village and within the school catchment area.

The whole school and nursery will be taking part in outdoor learning activities this academic year with P1-4 working towards their Natural Connections award and P5-7 working towards their John Muir awards. Nursery will continue their successful partnership work with Inzievar Nursery. Outdoor learning develops self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem. It can develop collaborative-working and communication skills as well as providing positive health benefits – both physically and mentally – and assist gross and fine-motor development. It can also develop a lifelong love of the great outdoors. The pupils and staff will be visiting areas around the village including The Glen and the Community Orchard so look out for us! If you are aware of any outdoor activities we can get involved in, please let us know.

Saline Primary School is looking to appoint new school captains, house and vice captains and various other roles around the school. As part of our role in developing skills for learning, life and work, the jobs have been advertised and the pupils are busy filling out their applications. We will announce who has been successfully appointed to the roles in the next community newsletter!
Alexis Perkins, Deputy Head Teacher



STEELEND GALA COMMITTEE

The Gala Committee would like to thank all who came along to our events during Gala Week, and to the Gala on Saturday 4 August. The weather was very good to us and everyone said what a great day it was. We would like to thank Jane Smart for providing us with a sports car for the Gala Queen, and to those who gave up their time to help with the preparations. A special thank you goes to local businesses who gave so generously: Cusick Motors, Village Cars, Express Garage Doors, CR Smith, SRJ Windows, Mainbrace Rosyth, Montgomery Butchers Oakley, Saline and Steelend Community Council, Saline Store, and to Fife Council for the grant. A big thank you also goes to those who contributed to the raffle and gave donations.


The Committee are very grateful for the support from the community and local businesses as, without this, this yearly tradition would not be able to go ahead, so thank you again for your support.

We are a small committee and would gladly welcome any new members; if you are interested or have any suggestions, please contact any of the present committee.
Helen Paterson, Secretary



Editor's Note



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



SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY

We are taking part in the annual Doors Open Days on Sunday 16 September 10.00am–2.00pm and the church will be open too, so please spread the word. This is your chance to see our Schools in the District exhibition before it closes. A tour of the graveyard will be included and we can tell you about our plans for next year.

Our speaker events start soon and Barry has put together a great list of speakers.

On Wednesday 19 September, 7.00pm for 7.30pm, Dr David Caldwell will be presenting a talk on The Lewis Chessmen in the Church Hall. Having recently returned from a visit to Uig beach where they were found in the early 1800s, it is amazing that they were found at all as the beach and surrounding sand dunes are vast; perhaps Dr Caldwell will reveal how. 

Everyone is welcome, £1 for members and £2 for non-members. Annual membership of £5 is due if anyone hasn't yet paid and can be paid that evening.

The path round the Community Orchard and enclosed settlement behind The Views has been mowed and local school children have made the most of picking apples. It is easy to walk there and a leaflet will be produced within the next few months. 


SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY: COMMEMORATION OF THE MEN WHO LOST LIVES IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR



To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Tina Chapman has researched and written a book about the men whose names appear on the Saline War Memorial which sits in front of Saline Parish Church.
Not only has Tina given an account of where and when they were born within the village and its environs, but also about their families, their service histories, and their occupations before the war. Tina has also done extensive research on the men whose names did not appear on the Memorial and their histories are also included within the book. This is the first time that such a project has been undertaken and that the book will serve as an invaluable resource, not only in terms of history but also to commemorate the memory of those men who left the village one hundred years or so ago, never to return. Tina will be giving a talk on her research and officially launching her book on 21 November 2018 at Saline Church Hall at 7.30pm as part of this year’s Heritage Society’s speaker programme.




ACT OF REMEMBRANCE

As some of you will be aware, last year’s Act of Remembrance at Saline Church took place at 10.30am rather than the traditional time of 11.00am. This was to allow the Minister to attend another service. A suggestion from a local resident, emailed to the Community Council, suggesting that it should always be observed at 11.00am led to a thought-provoking discussion at the Community Council meeting. There was general agreement that there was considerable significance in the whole country falling silent at the same time. Whilst it was acknowledged that the war memorial stands in church grounds, several people felt that the Act of Remembrance should be a non-denominational/interfaith occasion. It was noted that apart from the two Commonwealth War Graves in the old cemetery, there are several others that refer to local people dying of their wounds or being killed in action. It might be appropriate to extend the Act of Remembrance to include these, perhaps by the placing of poppy crosses. It was also suggested that the Community Council should be amongst the organisations placing a wreath. 

2018 is especially significant as it marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, so it is particularly important that we mark the occasion in the most appropriate and inclusive way. It was agreed that representatives of Fife Council, the Community Council, the Church, and the Heritage Society should meet to consider these issues.

At the meeting Beth Shaw showed an article from the Daily Express about Perspex ‘Tommy’ sculptures that have been erected in a number of public places across the UK. As yet, no Scottish local authorities have registered their support for the initiative but it was noted that Townhill Community Council have put up one the figures in their village. More information would be sought.



CHURCH NEWS

Services of Holy Communion will be celebrated on Wednesday 19 September at 11.30am and on Sunday 23 September at 9.30am in the Church.


Harvest Thanksgiving Service, Sunday 7 October at 9.30am.

The Monday Club resumed meeting in the hall on 27 August (3.00pm to 4.15pm) to enjoy a programme of stories, songs, craftwork and refreshments. Primary 4, 5, 6, and 7 pupils are all welcome.

Wednesday 26 September, 10 am - 12 noon. Our regular Coffee Morning will be a special effort and part of the national Big Coffee Morning in support of Macmillan Cancer Charities. There will be baking and produce etc on sale. All donations will be very welcome.

Friday 27 September: Quiz Night and Supper, 7.00 pm in the Church Hall. Tickets are available from Irene Black or Fellowship Team members. Teams will be made up on the night. Proceeds will go to the Church Restoration Fund.



SALINE GOLF CLUB

The Gents Open will take place on 23 September, £10 entry fee. Contact the club for Tee Off times (01383 852591).



COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS

There was a sombre mood at this month's meeting following last week's tragic events.

David Chisholm remarked on the compassion and support that the community had shown towards Gail McAffery's family following the fatal fire. He praised the heroism shown by Sid Chesby and Jim Duncan who had tried to rescue her but had been driven back by smoke and flames. 

It was noted that the Fire Service had responded immediately and had sent three fire appliances but those present felt that the distance from the fire station is a concern for West Fife Villages communities. It was acknowledged that it is highly unlikely that we would get our own fire station but that we should look at ways of making our community safer. One suggestion that was supported was the establishment of a Community Response Unit that could support the Fire Service in the way that Saline First Responders and GoodSam volunteers support the Ambulance Service. A senior fire officer may attend the September meeting and hopefully people will come along and make positive suggestions about how to make the community safer. Thoughts on the Community Response Unit would be welcomed.

A minute's silence was held in Gail's memory.

For people who don't use Facebook, Laura Chesby is appealing for donations to support Gail's family through such a difficult time. If you can help, please contact Laura at 58 Eastercraig Gardens or look for her in the school playground.

John Crane Trophy and School Update

This year's award went to Molly Cuisack and Marie Crane was pleased to hand the award over to her. Well done, Molly.

Mrs Perkins, Head Teacher, advised that the school roll is up to 97. Children have been learning fire safety and the school holds regular fire drills. Children are keen on outdoor learning and have braved some awful weather recently. They are keen to improve Saline Glen but need help. Saline Environment Group have traditionally carried out clear ups but also would benefit from new members. What about it?

Children are working with Ian Holmes-Lewis and Clare Hebbert on a Halloween Lantern parade in the run up to the Fireworks Display. The previous parade and Walking the Wizard events were enjoyed by a lot of folk and this year's should be no exception.

The children were delighted to discover that the orchard planted by pupils a few years ago had borne fruit with a mammoth apple harvest. Some children were spotted with pockets bulging with fruit, which is great as one of the objectives is to encourage them to eat more fruit. They will be working with Jenny Ventham from Forestry Commission Scotland to find ways to make use of surplus crops

North Road Playpark

Nicola Smith advised that, following the good news that work had finally started, the contractor had stopped due to soft ground. Trial bores had found 2.5m of peat under the park and solutions have to be found. The bad news was that Fife Council did not have the staff to prepare stabilisation proposals. The good news is that Nicola's husband, Brian, got a structural engineer from his work to advise and he came up with a design that will be checked by Fife Council. Hopefully, work will start again soon. Thanks are due to Brian and his engineer, and once again we must thank the Playpark Group for their perseverance.

Steelend Playpark

The good news for youngsters in Steelend was that the necessary funding has been raised but the project has been delayed due to a shortage of Fife Council staff. 

Fireworks Night

The group formed to organise the event has made progress on what promises to be an exciting event. Local musician, Drew McCulloch, will be performing in Saline Golf Club afterwards and is composing music to accompany the display. Drew has appeared previously in the Golf Club to popular acclaim.

Our local councillors must be thanked for awarding £750 towards the event but more money will be required. Like previous bonfire nights, a raffle is being organised so please give generously. Donations of prizes for the raffle would also be appreciated. Watch the Bulletin and website for details.


Blair House Site Restoration

Cllr Mino Manekshaw gave an update on progress. The contract will be for a set price and bids will be marked against key factors that aim to maximise community benefit. The team who will assess the bids will include a representative from each of the three communities around the site. The Community Council felt that this should be nominated by Kinneddar Park residents, who have borne the impact of the works on the site.

Disturbingly, Mino reported that vandalism was increasing and that this was eating into the money available for restoration. If anyone notices vandalism, please contact the police

It is hoped that work on the contract will start in February 2019 but the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust will be starting some preparatory works soon.

Huttings

Three local people in the community have been successful in securing a plot and another has been allocated to the school. 

West Fife Villages Community Councils Forum

The interim chair has circulated a draft new constitution which would enable non community councillors to represent their community. It will be discussed at an EGM on 19 September at 7.30pm.

Saline Community Centre

David Chisholm has been contacted by Shirley-Anne Somerville who asked about local issues. He has advised her of the difficulties in raising the funds to carry out a comprehensive update of the Community Action Plan. Much of what has been achieved in the past years has been helped by the justifications included in the current Plan.


Road Safety
The works to address safety concerns west of Saline have been completed. Tom Dodds, who has been conscientiously raising the issue of vehicles leaving the road, welcomed this. Time will now tell whether the problem has been solved. Thanks are due to Tom himself for keeping this matter in our councillors' minds and to them for arguing our case at budget meetings.

The complaints about slurry on the road, and roadside rocks through and east of Steelend have been investigated by Fife Council who confirmed that no action could be taken.

A complaint has been received from a new resident that speed limits on Oakley Road are being ignored, often excessively. The meeting agreed and most felt that the 20mph signs were badly located and that more imaginative ways of addressing the issue should be investigated. In particular, it was felt that the jump from 60mph to 20mph was a problem. Speeding through Kinneddar Park has been an issue for a long time and it was felt opportune to raise this again.

Police Report

Cllr Manekshaw reported on a police report to the Area Committee. There has been a major drugs bust in Rosyth and Speedwatch has been active elsewhere. Our own Speedwatch volunteers have been frustrated by a lack of bodies and would welcome more volunteers. If you can help, please contact the police.

Drivers should be aware that police officers are conducting Park Safe patrols. Those of us who block pavements and park badly around the school should be warned.

Date of Next Meeting

Tuesday 25 September at 7.30 in Saline Community Centre. All are welcome.



SALINE HORSE AND PLOUGH TO BECOME PERMANENT?


The popularity of the Willow Horse sculpture and plough that graced the green in Saline until recently has prompted suggestions that it might be replaced with a permanent equine sculpture.
 

One way of going about this would be to see if we can design and construct something suitable ourselves, using local skills and creativity.

With this in mind, the Development Trust is inviting expressions of interest from local artists who would like to take on the project. Gareth Turner has volunteered to lend his wood-working and/or metal-working skills to the construction element, if required, but now we'd like to know if anyone local is inspired to produce a design.

Please contact Ian 

or any member of the Development Trust if you’d like to know more.



ADOPT-A-STREET

Fife Council's Safer Communities Team is looking for volunteers to help them with a new initiative - Adopt-a-Street. By working together in partnership, communities and the council can help prevent a build-up of litter and encourage everyone to care about their neighbourhood and/or their special place.

The team can provide a litter picker and hoop to all volunteers who sign up and you can choose the area you care about and want to adopt. Community groups can be supplied with up to ten litter pickers, five hoops, bags and gloves.

The scheme is open to anyone who wishes to participate they care about. It might be your street, local park or a path that you use regularly. Fife Council will continue to clean public places but, by working together, we can all help to make our community a beautiful place to live in or visit.

The Safer Communities Team is hoping to host an event in the near future with speakers from the voluntary organisation Leithers Don't Litter who inspired the team to look at initiatives like this. If you are interested in attending the event, volunteering or want more information, please contact Nicola Philp at nicola.philp@fife.gov.uk.



GoodSAM

With so many of us thinking of Gail McAffery at this time, safety in our community and how we can respond to accidents and incidents has been highlighted. Please watch the GoodSAM video at https://vimeo.com/197525859 and download the app that you can use for any medical emergency. You have the support of GoodSAM responders in Saline and the app calls the ambulance service for you too.



DOG FOULING (AGAIN)

Children starting school, many for the first time, got a nasty welcome by the amount of dog fouling around the school. Some parents were understandably furious and we must remember the consequences of this antisocial behaviour, not least the dangers to children's health. Other areas also suffer and it is time that something was done to address this menace. Fife Council can take action but only if they are given evidence that can be used against the perpetrators. Please therefore inform the council if you spot an owner not clearing up their pet's mess. Responsible owners should bear in mind that these antisocial folk are tarring you with the same brush.



ONLINE SAFETY - EASY READ RESOURCES 

Staying safe online has never been more important. For some adults who have autism or a learning disability navigating the internet safely and legally can be even more complex.

To support them, carers, family members, Fife Adult Support and Protection Committee and child protection charity, Stop It Now! Scotland, have produced a resource pack, the first resource of its kind in Scotland, which provides vital guidance and advice. 

The resource is a suite of documents which uses direct and simple language supported by photographs and simple line drawings, so they are very accessible and easy to read. 

Resources available are:
    • I’ve made a new friend online. But I’m worried. What do I do?
    • What am I looking at online? 

Copies of the new resources are available online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/adultprotectioneasyread on the Internet Safety section.



FATAL ROAD

Sadly, a woman was killed on Thursday 30 August when her Vauxhall Astra collided with a trailer being towed by a Land Rover Discovery. The incident happened on West Road in Saline, near the site of the former Saline Hotel, around 10.00am. Anyone with information into the circumstances around the collision is asked to come forward and can contact Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident number 934 of 30 August. 



FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS:

Saline Golf Club

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

Rainbows
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

Brownies
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

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

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

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

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre. T: 852610

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

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

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

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

Saline & District Rural
Wednesday 3 October
7:30pm, Community Centre
Talk from Christine Evans,
Local Coordinator for Poppy Scotland
Open meeting, all most welcome.

Saline & District Heritage Society
Wednesday 19 September,
Saline Church Hall, 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Dr David Caldwell: The Lewis Chessmen 

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Quiz Night and Supper
Friday 27 September, 7.00 pm
Saline Church Hall.



                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Bandrum Fete

posted 17 Aug 2018, 21:02 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 3 Sep 2018, 14:42 ]


Temporary Parking Restrictions

posted 17 Aug 2018, 05:55 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 17 Aug 2018, 05:57 ]

There will be NO PARKING on Main Street from Mar Place and Oakley Road as far as Craighouse Place between 9.30 and 3.30 on Tuesday 4th September. 

Scottish Water will be doing essential works.

Horticultural Show

posted 17 Aug 2018, 05:46 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 3 Sep 2018, 14:43 ]


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