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Stagecoach Service Alterations

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

Stagecoach Service Alterations
Public Consultation


Please see the following from Stagecoach:

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

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

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



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



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



Scott Hall 
Commercial Manager

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

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

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

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

Issue 77 May 2019

posted 7 May 2019, 08:10 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 9 May 2019, 10:40 ]



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

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

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


Blair House Site Restoration

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

Mobility Scooter Access to Saline Golf Club

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

Pharmacy and Community Centre

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

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

Misbehaving Dogs

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



Possible Steelend Housing

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

Traffic

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


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


Christmas Lights

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

Hotel Site

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

Solsgirth

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

Comrie Colliery

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

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

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

Date of Next Meeting

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




JOIN the COMMUNITY
BULLETIN & WEBSITE TEAM 

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

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

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

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

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

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




SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

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

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

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




BADMINTON 

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




KIRKLANDS GARDEN 
Charity Opening 

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

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

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




WEST FIFE ORCHESTRA - INTERESTED? 

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

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




DUNFERMLINE TO ALLOA RAIL LINE REINSTATEMENT CONSULTATION 

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

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

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

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




TAIGO STEAMS AHEAD 

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




FOOD WASTE BAGS 

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




STEELEND GALA COMMITTEE

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

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




REV DOWNIE WYND 

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

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

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

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

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

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




SALINE HORTICULTURAL SHOW 2019 

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

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

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




SALINE GOLF CLUB 

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

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




STREET CLEANING 

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



BULLETIN DISTRIBUTOR NEEDED
for the Allanwater & Kingdom Housing Developments 

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

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




SOCIAL GARDENING
@ Cherry Tree Lodge 

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

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

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

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




SALINE SCHOOL 

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

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

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

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

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

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





CHURCH NEWS 

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

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

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

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




116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

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

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

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







THE LATE ISOBEL MENZIES’ POEM



The Paradise 


Six miles west of Dunfermline Town 

a lovely village can be found 

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

Known as the "Paradise of Fife" 

as you turn round the golf course bend 

The views in front there is no end. 

The Ochil hills they look so braw. 

whether sunshine, rain or thick with Snaw 

In the village life there's plenty to do 

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

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

or the quiz nights you try hard to win 

coffee mornings, Zumba, golf, Historic Group 

you're spoilt for choice 

and the choir practice if you have a good voice. 

So this village is a good place to reside 

and the people are brilliant you live beside. 




photo: Elaine Laidlaw



SALINE BABY & TODDLER GROUP 

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

What you will get is:

    · CPR for babies and children

    · choking for babies and children

    · croup

    · febrile convulsions

    · Some general child / baby first aid information

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





FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 



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

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

Rainbows
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

Brownies
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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




                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

DUNFERMLINE TO ALLOA RAIL LINE

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

Listening Exercise 

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

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

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

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

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

Issue 76 April 2019

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

SALINE PRIMARY SCHOOL 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




116TH FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Steelend Club

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



COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS 

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

North Road Play Park

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

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


Traffic and Road Safety

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

Street Naming

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

Possible Affordable Housing at Steelend

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

Christmas Lights

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

Church Family Fun Day

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



Sponsorship

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




Mobility Scooter Access to the Golf Club

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

Housing Development behind The Glebe

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

Community Pharmacy

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

Number 6 Bus Service

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

Burning Old Sofas and Mattresses

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

Dog Nuisance

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

Housing Development on the Solsgirth Colliery Site

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




STOLEN MOTORCROSS BIKE 

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





SALINE GOLF CLUB 

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

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

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

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

Junior Golf Membership only £10 for the year.

Come and join us!





Editor's Note

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






SALINE & BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH 

Easter Services

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

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

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




SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

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

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

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


THE PILOT TRUST

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

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





KIRKLANDS GARDEN OPENS AGAIN 

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

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

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

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

Please come along and support good causes. 

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




NORTH ROAD PLAY PARK OPENS 

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

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

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

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




GET SPRING CLEANING FOR YOUR COMMUNITY 

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

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

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

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

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

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




FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Issue 75 - March 2019

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


COMMUNITY COUNCIL REPORT 

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

Play Parks

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

South and West Fife Community Plan

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

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

Commemorative Street Naming

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

Saline Community Centre

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

Possible Affordable Housing in Steelend

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

Galas, Fireworks and Christmas Lights

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

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

Blair House Open Cast

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

Fife Council Garages

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

Steelend Club

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

Meetings

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





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SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

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

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

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




SALINE & BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH 

Fairtrade Fortnight: 25 February-10 March 

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

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

Guild Concert

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

Easter Services

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

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

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




Editor's Note

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





116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

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

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

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

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

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

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



STEELEND MINER'S CLUB 

(Use it or lose it) 

Forthcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact the club 01383 851160 for tickets or more information. 





SALINE GOLF CLUB 

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

If you play golf, then join us!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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





                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Issue 74 February 2019

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



116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




SALINE PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS 

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

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

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

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

  × Old pots and pans

  × Planters/plant pots

  × Tarpaulin

  × Logs/stumps that can be used for seating

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

Mrs Alexis Perkins, DHT, Saline PS 
01383 602430



Editor's Note


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 WILLOW HORSE

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

Gareth Turner, on behalf of the SSCDT 




SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

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

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

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

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




SALINE SQUIRRELS 

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

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

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

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




COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS 

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

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

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

Playparks Upgrading

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

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

Community Centre

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

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

Fireworks Display

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

Galas

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

Christmas Lights

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

Road Safety

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

West Fife Villages Forum

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

Main Street Gap Site

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

Possible Housing Site at the east end of Steelend 


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

Bins

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

Dog Fouling

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

Date of Next Meeting

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




STEELEND CLUB

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

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



BAGS OF HELP FOR THE GOLF CLUB

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

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




KIRKLANDS SNOWDROPS 

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

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

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




P7 TREE PLANTING AT SALINE GOLF CLUB 

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


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


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

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

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



SALINE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP 

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

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



SALINE & BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH NEWS 

Afternoon Club

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

Holiday Club

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

World Day of Prayer

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



FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

Saline Golf Club

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

Steelend Miners Club

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

Rainbows
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

Brownies
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

116th Fife Scout Group

Beaver Colony
Every Friday, 6.00pm-7.30pm

Cub Pack
Every Thursday, 6.30pm-8.00pm

Scout Troop
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm

Explorer Unit
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Issue 73 December 2018 - January 2019

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



SALINE PRIMARY 
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER, TERM 2 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs Perkins 
DHT Saline Primary School 





COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS 

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


Playparks Upgrading

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

Community Centre

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

Fireworks Display

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



Remembrance Events

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

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

Road Safety

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

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

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

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

Broadband

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

West Fife Villages Forum

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

Date of Next Meeting

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


Editor's Note

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




VISION FOR SOUTH AND WEST FIFE 

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

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




ACCIDENT PREVENTION CONSULTATION 

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

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

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

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




2018 FIREWORK FESTIVAL 

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




STOP PRESS: COMMUNITY PHARMACY 

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




116TH FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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




KEEPING PAVEMENTS CLEAR OF OBSTRUCTIONS 

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

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




WEST FIFE VILLAGES FORUM 

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

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



SALINE & DISTRICT RURAL 

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

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

6 February: Taste and try night

6 March: Crafts with Laura and Ruth

3 April: Silent Auction

1 May: Visit to Japanese gardens

5 June: Demo on cake decorating

4 September: Saline First Responders

2 October: Cosy Kingdom on keeping warm in winter

6 November: Business meeting 



SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

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

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

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

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




STEELEND CLUB 

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

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




CHURCH NEWS 

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

Church Guild

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

Walking Group

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



RED SQUIRRELS 

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



SURVIVING CHRISTMAS 

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



WINTER WARMER EVENT 

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



HATE CRIME 

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



SAFEGUARDING PEOPLE IN FAITH COMMUNITIES 

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



ACTION FRAUD 

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





INTERNET SAFETY 

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




CONSULTATION ON UNCONVENTIONAL OIL AND GAS 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




SALINE GOLF CLUB CATERING 

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

They are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both are welcoming to visitors so why not join?



TEE TIME GOLF MEMORIES 

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

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



CARNOCK HUTTERS MEETING UP 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Donald McPhillimy 
carnock@reforestingscotland.org 










HIGHLAND DANCING CLASSES 

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

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

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

Any unwanted shillelaghs in Saline?


Season's Greetings

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




FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group



Issue 72 November 2018

posted 6 Nov 2018, 19:17 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 3 Dec 2018, 15:08 ]



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.



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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.



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