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Community Cops seek sponsorship

posted 20 Dec 2017, 06:36 by Ian Holmes-Lewis

Cairneyhill Primary school

PCs Kev Chandler and Ian Fraser

Dear All,

On Friday 8th December 2017 there was a large fire at Cairneyhill Primary school which resulted in significant damage being caused.

The impact this has had on the school children, staff, parents and entire community is massive.

Ian and I are hoping to raise some funds for the children at the school by participating in the Breakfast Dip at Limekilns on 1stJanuary 2018.

We started advertising this yesterday and have set up a link for any donations:-


https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/swfcommunitypolicebreakfastdipintheforthcairneyhillps


Please can we ask for this to be shared with as many people possible to help raise further funds? We understand it is coming up for Christmas and money is tight so any donations we do receive are greatly appreciated.

You also find this on our twitter page @SWFifePolice

The money raised will be given to the Cairneyhill Primary School Parent Council.


Kind regards


Kev and Ian




Kevin Chandler
PC 1104
Community Team, South West Fife, Fife Division
Police Scotland

Dalgety Bay Police Station
Regents Way
Dalgety Bay
Fife

Tel: 01383 318 950
Email: Kevin.Chandler@scotland.pnn.police.uk
Website: www.scotland.police.uk
Twitter: @policescotland
Facebook: www.facebook.com/policescotland

Amey advise of essential bridge works

posted 19 Dec 2017, 04:52 by Ian Holmes-Lewis

There are likely to be delays due to upcoming works that Amey (on behalf of Transport Scotland) are planning to undertake to refurbish the two viaduct spans of the A985 Kincardine Bridge South of the Swing Span. This will consist of resurfacing, re-waterproofing, concrete repairs and joint replacement. We are currently planning to commence these works in mid-February 2018, subject to budgetary allowance. Alternatively, this next phase of bridge deck refurbishment will be postponed until late March/early April 2018. The works are programmed to take approximately six weeks to complete, with some overnight preparatory works followed by phased lane closures, controlled by temporary traffic lights. These temporary traffic lights and lane restrictions will be in place continuously throughout the duration of the works, after which further overnight closures will be needed to complete the reinstatement of the affected bridge expansion joints. One lane of traffic will be maintained throughout these works and in previous phases the traffic management has worked well to keep delays to an absolute minimum.

Pedestrian footways will remain open throughout the duration of the works.

As with the three previous phases, traffic emerging from the A876 North Approach Road (including buses) will be prevented from turning right towards the Kincardine Bridge. All traffic trying to make this manoeuvre will be sent the short distance down to the Longannet (Tolls) roundabout and back again.

Details of diversion routes (night-time closures only);
Eastbound – At the Longannet (Toll) roundabout, traffic will be diverted along the A977 Toll Road toward (and through) Kincardine and Kilbagie. At Kilbagie roundabout, road users will be diverted to the first exit along the A876 Clackmannanshire Bridge southbound. The diversion will end at Higgins Neuk roundabout.
Westbound – At Higgins Neuk roundabout, traffic will be diverted north along the A876 Clackmannanshire Bridge. At Kilbagie roundabout, road users will be diverted to the A977 Toll Road, through Kilbagie and Kincardine. The diversion will end at the Longannet (Toll) roundabout.

This is the fifth phase of these refurbishment works we have carried out since March 2015 and allows us to further safeguard the longevity of the structure. Delay modelling techniques have been used for the previous phases and we are in the process of updating this for these upcoming works to reflect some slight changes in TM layout. However, previously experienced delays have averaged only 10 minutes each direction.

As mentioned previously, we do not have confirmed construction dates, as we are dependent on additional budget being allocated by Transport Scotland. As soon as we have confirmed dates, they will be circulated by Amey with the necessary programming information.

Issue 63 December 2017/January 2018

posted 2 Dec 2017, 18:44 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 2 Dec 2017, 20:01 ]



BUS SERVICES

Most people consider that the current Service 6 route is preferable to the old one. However, not enough people are using it and the service may again be under threat.

Some readers may be aware that Cllr Mino Manekshaw is proposing a system of smaller buses connecting into hubs on busier routes and he is now looking for people to contact him with all bus issues that affect them. He intends to use this information to build up a data base that he can use to argue the case for continued and better services.

This is an important issue so please make your views known about the problems you have experienced and any ideas for improvement. 

Cllr Manekshaw can meet people by appointment and can be contacted at 03451 555555 extension 42230 or on-line via the link on Fife Direct.  
 


 
CHURCH NEWS

Sunday Services during Advent will be held as usual in the Church at 9.30am on 10, 17 and 24 December.

Special Christmas Services are as follows:
Wednesday 20 December: 9.30 am, Saline Primary School Service in the Church.
Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December: 6.30 pm, Family Service. 11.30 pm, Christmas Eve Service.
Monday 25 December: 10.00 am, Christmas Day Service.

A  Family Party is being held on Sunday 17 December from 2.30-4.30 pm in the Church Hall

There will also be Carol Singing on Wednesday 20 December at 6.15 pm at the Golf Club (followed by mince pies and mulled wine or fruit juice).

There is an open invitation to take part in any of these events.

The Church Guild resumes meetings on Monday 8 January at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall with a Quiz Night.

The Walking Group continue their winter programme on Saturday 6 January with an easy walk (5 miles), The Pineapple and Dunmore.

All are welcome to take part in these activities and more information will be found on the church website. A Ceilidh Night is planned for the end of January and details will be publicised as soon as possible.




LINDA BOGUE
1957 – 2017

An Appreciation by Lorraine Dobie and Isla Newland

Linda was a big woman with a big heart and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her, whether as a neighbour or as an energetic member of the community of Saline and Steelend.

Her work as caretaker at both Steelend and Saline Community Centres brought her into contact with all the organisations that used them, and a generation grew up knowing Linda through attending mums and toddlers, after-school clubs and badminton.  She also made sure that, after a bit of banter, teenagers ‘hanging around’ the Community Centre moved on without a fuss and before she applied her secret weapon, and roared ‘I know your mum!’ We probably shouldn’t say but she was always very accommodating with the Community Centre keys, so that you could open up early or stay later than the scheduled times!

Linda was also a Beaver leader in her younger days and it was lovely to see so many at the service in the Crematorium representing the Scouting family that she loved.

Linda loved the quiz night at the Golf Club, and latterly, when her health was failing, still managed to attend.  Not long before she died, and the day after a visit to hospital, she was adamant she should get along as it was her turn to make up the questions!

When asked at Church coffee mornings ‘tea or coffee?’ she always replied ‘Irn Bru’ - her favourite tipple, as everyone in the village knew.

She will be sadly missed by the whole community, but leaves us with many happy memories.  So let’s all raise a wee glass of Irn Bru to Linda!





SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY

Our last speaker event was well attended and we learnt a lot about the Wemyss Caves as well as enjoying Christmas wine and nibbles. Our next event is not until 17 January when there will be a talk on the real Burke and Hare, just the thing for a dark, winter's night. Further on, Derek Abbot will be doing a presentation on the Fife Coastal Path on 21 February.

Meanwhile, we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Editor's Note

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

116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP

The Beaver Colony and Cub Pack joined with others from Dunfermline District to take part in the parade and switching on of the Festive Lights in Dunfermline.

On Saturday 25 November the Beavers joined with others from the District for their annual Christmas Party in Abbeyview Community Centre, where all had a great time.

At the end of October, Nathan from the Cub Pack was awarded the Chief Scout's Silver Award which is the highest Cub award. Well done Nathan! Nathan is now moving up to join the Scout Troop. 

The chosen charity for this year's Carol Service is Fife Young Carers; the Pack held a fund raising event and raised over £54 in support of this.

The Scout Troop held their first winter camp at the beginning of November to be followed by a second at the beginning of December. On 30 November, five Scouts were presented with their Chief Scout's Gold Award, having now completed all of their Challenges. Well done to John, Cameron, Thomas, John and Alex.

Mid November saw the Explorer Unit taking part in an all-night event at Falkirk's Laserquest, returning home tired but happy. Since then, as part of their Community Service, they have been delivering Scout Post flyers.

Last meetings for this term for Scouts and Explorers is likely to be Thursday 14 December which is hoped to be a trip to Bowlplex. The Beavers are planning to finish on Friday 22 December with a party.

All meetings will resume in the first week of the new school term, Thu/Fri 11/12 Jan 2018.

Please remember the last date for collection of the Scout Christmas Post is Tuesday 12 December at 5.00pm. 

It is anticipated that deliveries will commence on Saturday 16 Dec.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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





SALINE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

Christmas Tree Recycling on Saturday 6 January

Instead of taking your Christmas tree to the Council tip, we will uplift your tree (for free) and chip it. The chips will be recycled to local gardeners. Anyone who would like the chips please contact Joe Crawford on 07886075169. To have your tree uplifted, simply place it outside the house/in the front garden on Saturday morning 6 January before 11.00am. Real trees only, thanks!

By now we will have had our first Star Walk event. We are planning to hold a series of talks and events over the next few months. These will include the Marine Conservation Society, Bumble Bee Society, snowdrop trial, recording wildlife with Fife Nature Record, and a bat talk/monitoring session. So keep a watch out for dates and times and we hope to see you at the events that interest you. 



 
HIGHLAND DANCING

The following pupils of Elizabeth Thomson's Highland Dancing classes recently achieved the following grades at UKA examinations:
    • Robyn Smith - Pre-Bronze & Beginners Fling
    • Carmen Thomson - Bronze Highland & Intro Lilt
    • Katie Bath, Katie Birks and Hayden Thomson all gained Gold & Juvenile Award Silver Lilt and Flora
    • Leah Thomson - Laurel & Annual Award, Silver Bar Hornpipe & Jig, Gold Highland Laddie, Sc Measure, Earl of Errol, Village Maid, 1st Gold Thistle Flora, Lilt & Barracks Johnnie. 

Well done everyone!

Classes are in the Church Session Room on Tuesdays at 4.00-5.00 pm and 5.30 pm, and on Thursdays at 6.30-8.00 pm.

New pupils are welcome. Call Betty on 01383 852610.



COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS

Despite one of the coldest nights of the year and treacherous pavements, there was a reasonable attendance at the November meeting.

David Chisholm started by paying tribute to Linda Bogue who died recently. He referred to how helpful Linda had been and to himself personally. Others had their own recollections and it was agreed that Linda epitomised what is good about our community. David had written to the family on the Community Council's behalf while it had also been represented at the well-attended funeral.

The first piece of good news was that Saline Church has now been awarded a grant that will enable works to start. Watch the Bulletin for more details. 

Street Naming
As mentioned in the September Bulletin, the Community Council felt that the family of the Rev Sandy Downie should be informed of the decision. The Rev Downie's son, Dr Sandy Downie, said that the family was delighted that people had remembered his father with affection. It is hoped that in due course an event can be organised in connection with the naming of the street. 

Playpark Group
Tenders for the North Road works have come in under budget and additional works are planned. This necessitates some re-tendering and discussion with funders but should not unduly hold up the project.

People who have been interested and participated in the group's activities will remember that plans were also prepared for improvements to the Steelend and Upper Kinneddar playparks. Given the current state of the Steelend Park, it was felt that it should be a priority. The meeting noted that Steelend Residents Association will be canvassing local opinion in early 2018.

A vital contributor to the North Road improvements is Fife Leader. This is an initiative funded by the Scottish Government and EU to improve Fife's rural communities with an emphasis on projects with community benefit. An important recent piece of news is that Fife Leader's maximum grant rate has been increased to 80%. However, all spend on approved projects must be completed by the end of 2019 so time is short. If you have a project in mind, contact Fife Leader staff in Fife House. They are very approachable.

Community Action Plan and Community Centre
No progress has been made on raising funds for the fees that are essential to enable the community to make decisions on the future of the Community Centre. However, the Community Council has been made aware of a very successful initiative in Twechar and is investigating the possibility of organising a visit. Details will be published when available.

The Glebe 
Discussion of the issues here took up most of the meeting, reflecting the concerns about the proposals. The general view was that it is accepted that five houses will be built but there remains concerns over access, particularly as an additional garage has been proposed. The view is that the two proposals should be considered together.

Many felt that matters could have been improved if the applicant had been more open about their intentions, while Fife Council procedures were seen as less than transparent.

Traffic and Road Safety 
More vehicles have left the road west of Saline but Fife Council has yet to establish a cause. The Community Council remains concerned that even more serious accidents will occur if action is not taken.

Another accident has occurred at Redcraigs crossroads, this time involving three vehicles.  Many felt that the Give Way sign from Dunfermline should be replaced with a Stop sign in view of the poor visibility on the Kelty side. The Changed Priorities sign was also seen as confusing although it now appears to have been removed.

There was a degree of concern about roads and pavements being inadequately gritted recently, and that some grit bins needing filled. If your local bin needs filled, contact Fife Council. 

Mothers and Toddlers Group 
There was concern that this important group could fold due to lack of income.

This is an important resource for both mothers and children. It is a useful way for both to meet new people and be more aware of what is going on. It is especially useful for new residents. The current group are nice, welcoming people so why not give it a go? Details are available at the back of the Bulletin.

Walking The Wizard 
The workshop to create willow lanterns in Steelend Club was successful and was followed by a well-attended walk from Saline to Steelend and catering in the Club. As such, another event is being planned for 2018.

One of our new residents, Drew McCulloch, is a professional songwriter and has written a song based on the legend of the Wizard of Saline.  He is hoping to record it with the children in our primary school. This would be an exciting event for the children and an opportunity to raise money for the school.

Welcome progress has been made over the past couple of years by the Playpark Group, with enthusiastic participation at their events. This has, however, highlighted the loss of popular things like Bonfire Night and Saline Gala. The younger members at the Community Council (yes, there are some!) felt that there was scope to resurrect these events. Watch this space. 

Santa Run
One of our popular events that hasn't disappeared is the Santa Run organised by the Playground Group. This will be held on 17 December. Please support it and be generous with the donations

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 30 January 2018 in Saline Community Centre. This will also be the AGM. Everyone is welcome and it is a chance to raise issues that concern you or your ideas for improvements. Why not give it a go? All comments are taken seriously.




SALINE & DISTRICT RURAL 

The Rural have confirmed their 2018 syllabus:

    • February - Scarf Design with Beth
    • March - Demonstration of German Baking with Marianne
    • April - Visit to Cherry Tree Lodge
    • May - Craft demonstration from Buttons and Blethers
     June - Outing for afternoon tea, venue tbc
     September - Crafting with Christine
     October - Visit from Poppy Scotland
     November - Business Meeting
     December - Christmas meal, venue tbc

We look forward to welcoming any ladies who would like to come along.



SALINE GOLF CLUB
Golf membership is now available for £60, giving full membership up until 31 March. 

The Qzine festive fare menu is available until 23 March; booking essential. On Hogmanay the fantastic HASHTAG will be playing; tickets are £10. The Ladies’ Room has been refurbished, thanks to fundraising events including a prize bingo night and a vintage bus trip over the new Queensferry Crossing. 

As a result of the fundraising effort, the Golf Club to be able to provide an eco-toilet in Kanombe village, Mramba parish in Uganda through a scheme called toilet twinning. The club would like to thank everyone involved in making these improvements possible.  

Season's Greetings

The Bulletin staff of Jacquie, Mark, Ian and all of our wonderful distributors would like to wish our readers a peaceful Yule and Christmas, and a joyful New Year ahead.




ADULT BADMINTON

Game’ adult bodies needed for Badminton in Saline Community Centre on Mondays at 7.45pm, and Wednesdays at 1.30 pm and 7.30 pm. No experience needed and racquets are supplied! 
Call Betty Thomson on 01383 852610.




FOLKLORE IN THE MAKING?

The other morning while out walking the dogs, I was following one of my usual tree lined tracks that runs out through farm land with a scattering of small coppices, about a mile from the village. It was a somewhat dull and murky morning with daylight just breaking. The dogs were ahead and off their leads doing their usual nosing about and showing no signs of being particularly interested in anything. As I walked along in a semi dream-like state, I thought I saw a flicker of moment in my peripheral vision to my left. It was not the dogs as they were well ahead of me. It could have been nothing, or a bird, or perhaps a squirrel. The movement I thought I saw was perhaps 20m away, I stopped and looked in that direction and, yes, I saw a flicker of movement again beside a tree, low, at ground level and still at perhaps 20m away. I watched and waited and saw nothing again, just imagination or a falling leaf or just a bird. I walked on, regaining my pace and enjoying the walk.

I normally take the same route each morning for the dog walk, it saves having to make any decisions so early in the day. So the next day as we approached the area where I thought I saw the movement the previous day, I slowed and scanned the area, this time keeping the dogs close so as not to disturb anything that might be about. Of course I didn’t expect to see anything given the movement was quite possibly imagination fuelled by low light and a coppice of creepy trees. But yes I did again see something move in more or less the same place and it was real, I was convinced, I was also convinced it was not a falling leaf or a bird so what was it? It was unusual enough to have caught my attention the first time and again this time. The movement was not quick, but slowish although I could still not see what was moving or had moved. There was no sound, well nothing unusual to be heard, just the breeze in the trees and the sound of water from a hill stream as it clatters over some rocks then through a pipe under the track. 

I looked again and watched (and for some reason holding my breath); yes, movement in the same place and this time a glimpse of something strange. A sort of stick like thing, perhaps it was a stick moving in the breeze, caught up on something making it swung about perhaps.

I left the track and moved through the trees towards the point I had seen the movement and I saw a small stick like creature looking at me. It was about 20cm high and sort of human-like; well, it had what looked like arms held up and two legs. I stared in amazement having seen nothing like this ever before. I as I got a little closer the thing simply disappeared before my very eyes, vanished; it didn’t run away, it just sort of dissolved. Well, as you can imagine, I was convinced I had seen this yet I could not believe it and so decided the light, the early hours, and creepy trees were causing me to simply see things that were not really there. I returned to the track, finished my walk and returned home. I tried to forget all about it and didn’t slow down and look again for several days; perhaps a week or more passed but I could not forget what I thought I had seen and so curiosity got the better of me. 

The following morning, I fitted a telephoto lens to my camera and took it with me on our morning walk. As I neared the place where I had seen my stick creature, I put the dogs on their leads and kept them close. I raised my camera and looked through the lens, scanning the bases of the trees looking for movement or signs of this stick creature. There it was! 

Well, there were in fact two, one a little smaller than the other, looking in my direction again with arms held up. The light was poor and the shutter speed was slow, making for potentially blurry shots. I pressed the trigger and got a couple of shots and then, as before, these things simply melted away, disappeared, no sign. 

I scrolled back through the last two images hoping for something to prove I was not going loopy. To my sheer amazement there were two very grainy images of this small stick like creature, it seems I had captured one of the two that I had seen so now I could go home and examine the image in more detail.

Here is the picture I took.


Since taking this picture I have not seen these creatures again, although of course I do continue to look. They say the camera never lies and I’m convinced this is what I saw.
I suggest we all keep a look out as it’s quite possible these wee folks have moved on and they could be in your garden right now.

G Turner, Nov 2017


Surviving Christmas & New Year

Sometimes people find that the Christmas and New Year period is really hard.

Everyone else seems to be having a great time but you're feeling worried or finding it hard to cope. It can be difficult to deal with extra stress and keep yourself well when other people are drinking and having parties. Often the places where you get support at other times of the year have shut up for the holidays. Well, you're not alone. Lots of people find the holiday period difficult. So Fife Council have put together this handy guide to surviving Christmas and New Year.

The Adult Support & Protection Committee in partnership with Fife Council Community & Neighbourhoods Team are distributing the ‘Surviving Christmas and New Year’ information throughout the Kingdom. It is downloadable as a 28 page Booklet, a shorter Fold Out, an Easy Read version using Photosymbols, a plain text booklet, and plain text foldout. at: www.fifedirect.org.uk/adultprotection


PROGRESS MADE TOWARDS OAKLEY PATH PROPOSALS

Saline & Steelend Community Development Trust (SSCDT) recently submitted an expression of interest in Fife Leader funding towards building a path to the Comrie Colliery access road.

Fife Leader is a partnership between Fife Council and the European Union whose aim is to provide funding towards projects that benefit Fife's rural communities including this area. The Playpark group has already been successful in securing Fife Leader and Fife Environment Trust funding for the new North Road playpark.

Fife Leader's Local Advisory Group has now agreed that SSCDT should now submit a formal application for funding for the path that would open up the Forestry Commission's Muirside Estate to everyone in our community. SSCDT has also liaised with Oakley & Comrie Community Council about continuing the path to the White Gates while restoration of Comrie Colliery will reinstate a route to Blairhall. These would give people here the opportunity to connect to the wider paths network, a priority in the Saline and Steelend Community Action Plan.

As indicated above, Fife Leader requires that SSCDT demonstrates community support. The community consultation prior to the Community Action Plan indicated that the lack of paths for walking, cycling and riding was a concern and that a path to Oakley was a priority. Several local groups have already provided letters indicating how the path will contribute to their objectives but Fife Leader has suggested that the bid would be helped by letters of support from individuals. 

Accordingly, the form of words below has been prepared and SSCDT would ask everyone to copy and print, or write it out on a sheet of paper, sign it, and return it to the envelopes in the village shop or church. 

Alternatively, email David Chisholm at david.chisholm47@btinternet.com or Donald Murdoch at djmurdoch47@btinternet.com.  

Additional comments would be especially appreciated.


TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

I am/We are pleased to note the possibility of an improved path over the Muirside Estate and confirm that I/we support Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust's proposals

Signed: …………………………………………

Address: ……………………………………….

Comments:
 

Thanks


This edition of the Bulletin is kindly 


sponsored by Bandrum Nursing Home


 

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS:

Saline Golf Club 
First Saturday of each month: Family Night, 5-7pm
Tuesdays: Bingo Night, 7.30pm
Thursdays: Quiz Night, 8.30pm, entry £1/person 
Sky TV and free Wi-Fi. Associate membership £10 per annum, £4 concessions
Q’zine Catering: also available for all functions. 
Carol Singing on Wednesday 20 December at 6.15 pm (followed by mince pies and mulled wine or fruit juice).

Rainbows
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

Brownies
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

116th Fife Scout Group
Beaver Colony 
Every Friday, 6.00pm-7.30pm 

Cub Pack 
Every Thursday, 6.30pm-8.00pm

Scout Troop 
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm

Explorer Unit 
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm 

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

Community Council Meeting
31 January 2018, 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre

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

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

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

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

Saline & Steelend Heritage Society
Wednesday 17 January, 7.00pm for 7.30pm, Saline Church Hall

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

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Wednesday 20 December: 9.30 am, Saline Primary School Service in the Church.
Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December: 6.30 pm, Family Service. 11.30 pm, Christmas Eve Service.
Monday 25 December: 10.00 am, Christmas Day Service.
Family Party: Sunday 17 December, 2.30-4.30 pm, Church Hall
 
Afternoon Craft Group 
Every second Tuesday from 5 September. Everyone is invited to join with any sewing, knitting or craft - and enjoy the blether! 2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall.

Saline & District Rural
Wednesday 7 March
Saline Community Centre 7:30 pm
German Baking with Marianne
All ladies welcome.

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club, North Road, Saline, Fife KY12 9LN
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. 
Vouchers available as Christmas presents!
Just call or email to book.
Shieldbank Coffee Shop
Telephone: 01383 852621 Also on Facebook.
Open Tuesdays to Sundays 9.30 am- 6.00 pm.
Craft Group meet here on Thursday mornings 10.00 am until lunchtime. 
New: Group for Amateur Photographers meet on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm.


                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Issue 62 November 2017

posted 4 Nov 2017, 18:36 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 2 Dec 2017, 15:03 ]


COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS

A clash with Halloween meant that a number of regular attendees were unable to attend October’s Community Council Meeting. However, those that were present, including Cllrs Bobby Clelland and Kate Stewart, participated in discussions across a broad range of topics.

Action Plan Review and Possible Community Centre Acquisition
Sadly the Community Council’s application to the Comrie Environment Trust for a contribution towards the cost of appointing a consultant to carry out this work had been turned down. It was agreed that it would be impossible to consider community acquisition of Saline Community Centre unless a thorough evaluation of options had been carried out and a robust business plan prepared.  Efforts to obtain funding for this work would continue.

Housing Development behind The Glebe
An objection had been lodged to the proposed construction of a double garage at 3 The Glebe on the grounds that the application had to be considered in relation to the earlier application for five new homes on the land behind The Glebe.

Accidents on West Road
Tom Dodds’ efforts to get Fife Council’s transportation team to take seriously the high number of vehicles leaving the road and overturning on the bends just outside the village have achieved a small success. Officers have been asked to examine the road surface to establish whether it is a contributory factor. Several drivers have described a sudden loss of grip as they approach the bends. The meeting was also concerned that there seems to be little communication between Police Scotland - who attend the accidents - and Fife Council, allowing the latter to claim that the figures don’t justify action being taken.

Blair House Open Cast
The meeting was pleased to learn that Fife Council has settled its action against Royal and Sun Alliance over the insurance bond and will receive approximately £3.2m towards the cost of reinstating the land. Sadly, the insurer’s efforts to avoid their responsibilities have delayed the work by several years and the scale of the task is greater than it would have been. On a more positive note, the Council has publicly stated its intention to involve local communities in planning the restoration.

Brightside Community Café Befriending Project
David Chisholm reported the recent launch of this initiative. The intention is to tackle the issues of loneliness and isolation and to recruit local residents who are willing to spend a few hours each month with elderly and infirm people. An application form is available and it will be necessary for anyone applying to complete a PVG disclosure form. This is not as daunting or difficult as it might appear!  More information is available from Michelle at Brightside Community Café on 852030 Ext 206 or info@brightsidecommunitycafe.org.uk.  Several people at the meeting remarked on the excellent coffee, cakes, soup and hot snacks available between 11.00am and 3.00pm Wednesday to Saturday. It’s well worth a trip out to Bandrum!

Paths Network
The meeting had the opportunity to learn about a number of initiatives that will improve and extend the opportunities to explore the countryside around Saline and Steelend.  Through her involvement with Fife Access Forum, Linda Moyes has succeeded in getting action taken over the dangerous section of the core path through Saline Glen. The intention is to introduce a diversion across the ‘dog-walking field’ on to the road, and back into The Glen just beyond Ravenscraig. The meeting also welcomed Robert Squair’s plans for new woodlands on the Killernie Farm lands behind Steelend and up towards Upper (High!) Steelend.  The planting will incorporate paths that should provide opportunities for circular walks up, down and around Saline Hill. The Heritage Society has produced a leaflet publicising two circular heritage trails taking in Steelend and Bandrum, and around Saline Golf Course. It was also noted that a sign has been put up on the path behind Bandrum directing people towards the Memorial Woodland. Finally, Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust has been notified that its application to LEADER for £50k towards the cost of the Saline to Bickramside path can proceed to Stage 2. Fingers crossed!




SALINE AND DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY

Everyone enjoyed our last talk on The Lost Village of Lassodie and learnt that none other than Sean Connery used to visit there as a boy. There is now no trace of the village apart from the war memorial close to the road.
Our next event is on Wednesday 15 November when Dr Sue Hamstead will deliver a talk on The Wemyss Caves. As it is our last event before Christmas, there will be a variety of refreshments on offer as well as the usual tea/coffee and biscuits.
The coffin house dig is progressing well and finds range from roof tiles to old Smarties tubes and crisp packets. Our exhibition theme for next year will be Schools so if you have any photos or stories to tell, please let a member of the committee know.




116TH FIFE SCOUT GROUP

The Beaver Colony enjoyed their trip to the Life Boat Station at Kinghorn and so completed their Safety Badge; well done to all.
The Cub Pack took part in the Dunfermline District 5-a-side football competition and came in at a very close third place; again, well done.
The Scout Troop and Explorer Unit successfully completed their two day overnight expedition during the school holiday, thus completing their Expedition Challenge Award. Congratulations to all.
The Group is now gearing up to take part in the Annual Scout Christmas Post (see local advertisement).
Peter Philp
Group Scout Leader
01383 852612
116th Fife Scout Group
Registered Charity Number SC031132

SCOUT POST, CHRISTMAS 2017

Along with a number of other Scout Groups in Dunfermline and the surrounding area, we are offering a Christmas Post for 35p per card. Cards will be accepted for:
Aberdour, Alva, Auchtermuchty, Backmuir, Bowershall, Blairhall, Cairneyhill, Carnock, Charlestown, Clackmannan, Coaledge, Comrie, Cowdenbeath, Cowstrandburn, Crombie, Crossford, Crossgates, Culross, Dalgety Bay, Dollar, Donibristle Village, Dunfermline, Fordell Village, Freuchie, Gowkhall, Halbeath, High Valleyfield, Hill of Beath, Hillend, Inverkeithing, Kelty, Kincardine-on-Forth, Kingskettle, Kingseat, Ladybank, Limekilns, Lochgelly, Lumphinnans, Low Valleyfield, Menstrie, Muchart, Newmills, North-Queensferry, Oakley, Pattiesmuir, Pitlessie, Rosyth, Saline, Sauchie, Steelend, Tillicoultry, Torryburn, Townhill, Tullibody, Wellwood.
Cards will not be delivered to any other area

Local collection points are:
GOWKHALL Mr Tom McCreary, 39 Dean Ridge, Gowkhall 
SALINE Mrs Gail Clark, 14 Henderson Place, Saline
Mr Peter Philp, 70 Upper Kinneddar, Saline
STEELEND Mr John Williams, 5 Knockhill View, Steelend (evenings)
Last date for collection Tuesday 12 December at 5pm
116th Fife Scout Group 
Scottish Charity Number SC031132
 

Editor's Note:

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


KINGDOM HOUSING ASSOCIATION DEVELOPMENT ON OAKLEY ROAD

David Chisholm has had a meeting with the Site Manager and Clerk of Works. Campion Homes, the contractor, are aware of the problems Allanwater had and are anxious to do better. Operations that might create mud on the road will be carefully scheduled so that cleaning machines are on standby to deal with the mess. They are also endeavouring to avoid having articulated lorries delivering materials to avoid the road being blocked while they manoeuvre.




WALKING THE WIZARD EVENT

The Walking the Wizard event, funded jointly by the Community Council and the Development Trust, will take place on Saturday 11 November. Carve a pumpkin and bring it to Steelend MWC. There will be a prize for this, so make it scary and don't forget to put in an LED!

There will be a lantern making workshop in Steelend Club between 10am and 3pm, open to all adults and children. 

In the evening, there will be a procession from the Glen entrance to Steelend Club where soup and hot dogs will be available. Last year’s event attracted over 200 people. Let’s see if we can do even better this year! For further information, please contact Marylla on maryllaferguson@gmail.com, or Ian on sambangraman@gmail.com. 




SALINE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP
Star Walk

The Saline Environmental Group are holding a Star Walk on Friday 8 December with star and planet spotting, and 'hopping', star stories from around the world, and special connections between us and the stars. The meeting point is Saline Church Hall at 18.45. We will walk to the fire walk field (West Road) to star gaze. Ages 10 + - but all welcome. U16s must be accompanied by an adult. The event will mostly be outdoors but will take place indoors if there is unsuitable weather. There will be a low tech approach with binoculars only (if you have them) and a small torch (rear bike lights are good). Wrap up warm and welly boots are recommended. Our guide is Isobel Gibson who describes herself as an enthusiastic amateur!

There will be refreshments at the end in the Church Hall with hot snacks, coffee, tea and soft drinks available. This is a free community event. Please visit the Saline Environmental Group page and, if coming, click interested or text 07890 109308.

Decoration of Christmas Tree and Lights

Saline Environmental Group will be putting the lights on the spruces in the Church grounds.
Anyone willing to help would be most welcome. Contact us on 01383 852705.




SALINE AND BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH

Remembrance Sunday, Sunday 12 November
The Service of Remembrance will be held at the War Memorial in the Church grounds at 10.15 am immediately after the short morning service. All are invited to attend. Tea and coffee will be available in the hall after the service.

Advent and Christmas Celebrations
Sunday 3 December, 9.30am, service for First Sunday in Advent, Saline Church
Sunday 10 December, 9.30am, service for Second Sunday in Advent, Saline Church
Sunday 10 December, 3.00pm, Presbytery Praise Service for Advent, Cowdenbeath North Church.
Sunday 17 December, 9.30am, service for Third Sunday in Advent, Saline Church
Sunday 17 December, 2.30 - 4.30 pm Family Christmas Party, Saline Church Hall
Wednesday 20 December, 6.15-7.30pm, carols at Saline Golf Club (followed by mince pies and mulled wine) 
Sunday 24 December, 9.30am, service for Fourth Sunday in Advent, Saline Church
Sunday 24 December, 6.30pm, Family Service for Christmas Eve, Saline Church
Sunday 24 December, 11.30pm, Christmas Eve Watchnight Service, Saline Church
Monday 25 December, 10.00am, Christmas Day Service, Saline Church




SALINE GOLF CLUB 

Saturday 11 November:  Psychic Night, tickets £10, private readings available after floor show @ £10, 7.00pm start.

Friday 24 November:  Schiehallion - top Scottish folk group, tickets £3, 8.00pm start.

Friday 8 December:  Abbamania, tickets £10.

BT Sport and free Wi-Fi is available. Full golf membership is now only £60 to play until 1 April 2018. 
Our Christmas menu will be available from Friday 1 December, please see below. Booking is essential.
FESTIVE FARE MENU
(BOOKING ESSENTIAL)

2 COURSES £12.45
3 COURSES £16.45
DEPOSIT OF £5.00 PER PERSON REQUIRED ON BOOKING
(PRE ORDER PREFERRED)
~
PLATTER OF MELON, ASSORTED FRUIT & SORBET
CHICKEN LIVER PATE WITH CARAMELISED RED ONION MARMALADE & OATCAKES
ROAST PARSNIP & APPLE SOUP
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TRADITIONAL ROAST TURKEY WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS
FILLET OF SALMON GLAZED WITH PESTO
TRADITIONAL STEAK PIE
BRAISED STEAK CHASSEUR
(ALL SERVED WITH SEASONAL VEGETABLES & POTATOES)
~
TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS PUDDING WITH BRANDY SAUCE
CHOCOLATE YULE LOG WITH A CHERRY COMPOTE
WHITE CHOCOLATE & RASPBERRY MERINGUE ROULADE
~




SALINE HILL NATIVE WOODLAND PLANTING PROPOSALS

After further discussion with the Forestry Commission and wind turbine operator, the broadleaf woodland planting programme for Saline Hill has been slightly revised, as detailed on the plan shown here:



The Fife Council Archaeologist has confirmed that there is no archaeological interest within the proposed planting areas.
Pedestrian gates are to be provided at the bottom and top of Compartment 1 to enable passage through this area up to Saline Hill, and a low-lying more accessible area has been identified for involvement by the local primary school and scout group.




FOOD WASTE BAGS
Do you sometimes run out of food waste bags for your compost caddy? Resource Efficient Solutions, Fife Council’s arms-length company, have teamed up with Fife Sports and Leisure Trust to provide food waste bags to Fife’s householders. Food waste bags are now available at Leisure Centres in Fife for £1.30 for a roll of 25 bags. Food waste bags will continue to be delivered to households as well as sold at Leisure Centres. Details of Fife’s food waste recycling and a full list of leisure centres taking part can be found at www.fifedirect.org.uk/foodwaste.




NEW HAPPENINGS AT BANDRUM NURSING HOME

We’ve seen an intriguing change in the people seeking work with us. Not only have the number of great people applying to work at Bandrum increased but we’ve seen an interesting shift to people who are choosing to do bank, part time or relief work with us.
While our good reputation is still attracting people to apply to our posts and part-time jobs with people coming from further afield, we are also seeing more and more nurses and carers with a wealth of experience who either want to do the odd bank/relief shift or, say, one night per week with us to supplement their current jobs. When asked, these people say it’s great to keep their professional skills developing and to meet new people.

We have also seen an increase in experienced nurses who have just retired from their NHS jobs deciding to come to us to maintain their skills. They are enjoying the different atmosphere, the chance to get to know the residents and the feeling they are making a difference to people’s lives.

One nurse who joined us recently said: 
“It’s like a family here. You get a chance to get to know your residents, and the support and learning available to staff is excellent.” 

Let me begin with saying thank you to everyone who attended our Befriending Launch; it was a great success with a lot of applications packs being asked for. Also, thank you to the lovely residents for attending and the staff of Bandrum for all their help and support. We had a special visit from Douglas Chapman MP; he was very interested in what we are doing and is going to let us write something for his website. We do not have any events on in November but keep an eye on our December events that will be coming up. If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch with me.
Michelle Graham, Manager
Email: info@brightsidecommunitycafe.org.uk
Contact: 07869581599

 


DON’T RISK LOSING YOUR VOTE – MAKE SURE YOU’RE REGISTERED!

Fifers are being urged to make sure they don’t risk losing their vote because they’ve not returned their annual canvass form.

Annual canvass forms were sent to every household at the start of August. The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who need to register to vote individually. 

Although this isn’t a registration form, it’s still important that you complete it. The information you provide will enable us to send a separate individual registration form to all the people in your household who are eligible and need to register.

Linda Bissett, Electoral Registration Officer for Fife, said: “Anyone who wants to vote must be registered so if you haven’t already, simply check the form and reply as soon as possible. It’s also important to include 14 and 15 year-olds on the form as 16 year-olds are able to vote in Local Government elections. This is so they are on the register when they become old enough to vote. For those households who have replied, we’ve also been sending out invitations to individuals who aren’t currently registered to vote so that they can to do so. It’s also important that you reply if you receive this invitation. 

"To make sure as many people as possible can have their say in any upcoming elections, electoral registration canvassers will also be out and about across Fife in the next few weeks. If they visit you, I would encourage you to take the time and complete the form with them if you haven’t already so that you don’t lose your vote.”

Registering to vote is quick and easy. If you’re not currently registered, you can find out how to register at www.fifedirect.org.uk/electoralregister




SMS EMERGENCY SERVICE

If you are hearing or speech impaired and cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone. Emergency SMS is part of the standard 999 service which has been designed specifically for people with hearing loss or difficulty with speech. You will only be able to use this service if you have registered with Emergency SMS first. Register now: don’t wait for an emergency. To register, text ‘register’ to 999. You will get a reply –then follow the instructions you are sent. For more information go to: www.emergencysms.org.uk

 


CARERS’ RIGHTS DAY

This takes place on 24 November with the theme ‘Making Connections, Getting Support’. Having the right information at the right time can make a huge difference when you are looking after someone. Further information at: http://www.fifecarerscentre.org/ 
and http://www.carersuk.org/scotland including the Looking After Someone guide.


Cherry Tree Lodge

Need a spare room for family and friends at Christmas?

Cherry Tree Lodge is open over Christmas and New Year and we will be glad to host your nearest and dearest. Just call Mark to book on 01383 851059. Take a look at www.cherrytreelodge.net, follow us on Facebook and take a look at the unfolding story.


 FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS:

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

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

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

116th Fife Scout Group
Beaver Colony 
Every Friday, 6.00pm-7.30pm 

Cub Pack 
Every Thursday, 6.30pm-8.00pm

Scout Troop 
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm

Explorer Unit 
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm 

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



Community Council Meeting
28 November, 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre

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

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


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

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

Saline & Steelend Heritage Society
Wednesday 15 November, 7.00pm for 7.30pm, Saline Church Hall

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

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Afternoon Craft Group 
Every second Tuesday from 5 September. Everyone is invited to join with any sewing, knitting or craft - and enjoy the blether! 2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall.

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club, North Road, Saline, Fife KY12 9LN
Telephone: 01383 852874   Website: www.shieldbank.co.uk  Also on Facebook.
Riding lessons for children and adults of all ages and stages.
Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) instruction for 5-20 year olds.
Everyone welcome.
Just call or email to book.
Shieldbank Coffee Shop
Telephone: 01383 852621 Also on Facebook.
Open Tuesdays to Sundays 9.30 am- 6.00 pm.
Craft Group meet here on Thursday mornings 10.00 am until lunchtime. 
New: Group for Amateur Photographers meet on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm.


                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group
 

BLAIR HOUSE SITE TO BE RESTORED

posted 30 Oct 2017, 15:30 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 2 Dec 2017, 15:01 ]



After a long battle, Fife Council has finally succeeded in securing over £3.1 million from the Royal Sun Alliance Insurance PLC to restore the former Blair House opencast site between Saline and Oakley. This follows a lengthy court battle in the Court of Session and an out of court settlement. The site had been left in a derelict state when the Scottish Coal Company went into liquidation in April 2013, prompting fears around the safety and future use of the site. The council has recovered the full amount of the restoration bond, which will now allow restoration plans to progress.

Cllr Alice McGarry, convener of the South West Fife Area and Planning committees said; “This is a great outcome for the environment, and for the residents of Oakley and surrounding areas. In the coming months, Fife Council will work with the current site owners, MRL (Mines Restoration Ltd), and the local community councils, to finalise the restoration plan and remove this unsightly and potentially dangerous site from the countryside”

The Scottish Mines Restoration Trust (SMRT) works with communities and other stakeholders involved in the opencast mine restoration process to address the issues left by unrestored opencast sites where coaling has ceased. The Trust's chair, Professor Russel Griggs OBE, said; “This is a very positive development for the future of Blair House and has the potential to have a significant impact on the site and the surrounding community. Our objective has always to deliver a pragmatic approach to restoration. We're looking forward to working with all the stakeholders involved to help facilitate a sustained programme of activity, which will incorporate significant land and environmental works. We are committed to working with Fife Council and the local community councils involved to finalise a restoration plan that makes best use of the available funds to improve the environment for local people”

Chair of Saline and Steelend Community Council, David Chisholm, welcomed the news and said “we have always advocated that local people should be actively involved in drawing up the restoration plans and welcome the commitment to this. The site currently impacts on the views from the Temple path that features in the new Heritage Trails leaflet produced by Saline and Steelend Heritage Society and restoration will have a dramatic impact on people's enjoyment of the trails. I am particularly pleased that our elected members have been rewarded for their determination to draw down the bond”

Your Bus, Your Say

posted 18 Oct 2017, 07:12 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 18 Oct 2017, 07:12 ]

Please find below a link for a survey currently being carried out by Citizens Advice and Rights Fife.

The Your Bus, Your Say campaign will run for two weeks from Monday 9th October until Sunday 22nd October. The campaign aims to identify and share consumer experiences of the bus network in Scotland, and use these experiences to influence the Scottish Government’s public transport strategy through a Passenger Rights Charter.

In 2017 we carried out a study into public transport which found Fife has some of the most expensive bus routes in Scotland. In addition, issues around accessibility, journey times and the number of changes were identified.

Only a few days to have your say: please click on this link

Issue 61 October 2017

posted 30 Sep 2017, 11:58 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 4 Nov 2017, 16:49 ]



COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS

David Chisholm welcomed an attendance that was down from the August meeting but nevertheless some decent discussion was possible.
A highlight was the cake donated by the Playground Group to mark David's 70th birthday. Fortunately, they had sensibly used a 70 candle to avoid the heat of seventy singles. There was consternation from the Slimming World attendees as they battled the temptation of a nice bit of cake against its twelve ‘sins’. Temptation won although, as they have all done really well with their diets, a little relaxation was merited. The cake was very nice too.

Street Naming
As mentioned in the last bulletin, the majority of respondents in the survey for the name of the new Kingdom Housing Association development favoured The Reverend Downie. Fife Council has now confirmed that the new street will be named Rev Downie Wynd. Many thanks to all who contributed

Playpark Group
Some progress has been made regarding the North Road play area but frustratingly bureaucracy continues to rear its head. Nevertheless, the Group is confident that the project will be delivered on schedule. It's been a long slog but the Group has done a remarkable job and has raised the community's profile with the major funders.
A plan has been produced for the upgrading of the Steelend playpark. Steelend Residents Association will be meeting to discuss how to move the project forward.

Community Action Plan and Community Centre
Unfortunately the bid for Scottish Government funding reported in the last bulletin has been unsuccessful. It appears that bids were many times the actual budget. However, it is vital that the Plan is updated and a bid for a contribution has been made to the Comrie Colliery Environmental Trust while bids to Fife Council and the Coalfield Communities will be submitted shortly

The Glebe 
While the Community Council and objectors accept the principle of development on this site, there are concerns about the ability of the proposed private access to cope. Subsequent to the submission of the application for five houses, there now is an application for another large double garage to also take access from this road. Accordingly, an objection has been submitted

Speed Watch 
Jean Alexander described what has been going on. There are now four local volunteers who have been trained and who have been out on two occasions. Nine drivers were clocked speeding on Main Street while nine were clocked on West Road. These drivers will not be prosecuted but will be warned by police that they will be prosecuted if caught again. Given the many complaints from villagers, it is good that Jean and co are out and about.

Kingdom Housing Association 
People on Kingdom's waiting list will be disappointed that the site start has been delayed yet again. This time Scottish Water is doing more checks on drainage. Hopefully, the problems will be speedily resolved.

Blair House Site  
Fife Council has been asked for an early meeting to discuss how to maximise community input to the restoration proposals. The Community Council is keen to ensure that these reflect community priorities. The Blair House Trust has now been given permission to wind up, subject to transfer of the remaining funds to local charitable bodies meeting the Trust's objectives. These funds are to be divided equally to the Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust for works in our community and to the Comrie Colliery Environmental Trust for works in Oakley and Comrie. Before anyone gets too excited, £600 will be transferred to the Development Trust although it is hoped that this can be used to lever money from other sources. It should be noted that our representative, Marie Crane, has fought tirelessly on behalf of this community and must be thanked for her efforts.

Traffic and Road Safety 
Transportation confirmed that the camber on Oakley Road meets Fife Council's requirements. With the new council housing completed and a welcome increase in the number of young people, some at the Community Council meeting were concerned about danger to children crossing the road to the Upper Kinneddar Playpark. Fife Council will therefore be asked to ensure that contractors comply with road safety conditions.
The meeting was shocked to hear that there have been eight serious accidents on the bends beyond West Road, including the Fiesta on the back of the recovery truck parked on Oakley Road. While it is a view of many in Saline that these accidents are the consequence of speeding, there is also a suspicion that there are other factors as drivers have lost control at claimed moderate speeds. The Community Council feels that the road surface needs to be checked and that further measures to highlight the corners should be considered, for example, a different surface colour and rumble strips. The Community Council feels that action is required before someone is seriously injured or worse. 

Scottish Government Consultations
The Scottish Government is currently consulting on two matters: Making Places and Low Emission Zones. Regarding Making Places, the Government has run a grant scheme since 2011 to help fund the delivery of Design Charettes in communities across Scotland. These are designed to bring together the community, other key stakeholders, and design professionals to develop viable proposals to improve their place. The Community Council is considering a bid. More details can be found at https:/beta.gov.scot/publications/making-places-initiative-2018-prospectus-form.
The Government has also launched a consultation on Building Scotland's Low Emission Zones. It is seeking views on how best to put these in place following a commitment to introduce them to Scotland's four biggest cities by 2020. The Government will shortly announce the location of the first, which will be put in place in 2018. The consultation is available here:

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 31 October in Saline Community Centre. Everyone is welcome and it's an opportunity to raise issues that concern you or your ideas for improvements. Why not give it a go?

 

STEELEND GALA

Steelend Gala Committee would like to thank all those who came along to the gala, and the events during gala week.  We would like to thank Harry Wood, Wellwood, who provided a vintage car, and also those who gave up their time to help with the preparations. A special thank you goes to the local businesses who gave so generously: Cusick Motors, Johnson Butchers, SRJ Windows, Express Garage Doors, Village Cars, Saline Store, Mainbrace Rosyth, Saline and Steelend Community Council, Fife Council and CISWO for grants. Also a big thank you goes to those who contributed to the raffle and gave donations. The weather was unpredictable with some showers but the gala was able to go ahead and a great day was had by all. So thank you again for your support.



WALKING THE WIZARD



Building on the success of last year's Lantern Parade to mark the installation of the village mosaics in Saline and Steelend, it is proposed to hold another community celebration on Saturday 11 November.   This time it is to celebrate the 12th Century ‘Wizard of Fife’, Michael Scot, who may have been born near Steelend.

There will be a FREE drop-in workshop between 10am and 3pm in Steelend Miners
Welfare
Club for making lanterns and decorations with willow.   We will also be making a giant processional figure of Michael Scot (imagined in the picture above).

In the evening, we will be joined by the Sambangra Drummers for a lantern procession from the Glen Entrance to Steelend Miners Club where there will be prizes for the best fancy dress and carved pumpkin. 

All free!

For further information, please contact Marylla on 851 868 or  maryllaferguson@gmail.com or Ian on 851 855  or  sambangraman@gmail.com. 



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.


CALLING ALL GARDENERS

Bandrum Nursing Home will be advertising very soon for a gardener. If you are interested, keep an eye on the website www.bandrum.co.uk/recruitment for more details.




DO YOU KNOW HOW TO GET HELP?

Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) Scotland would like to find out about older people's awareness of the support available for those affected by harm or abuse.  Take 5 minutes to fill out their survey:

 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YSW73FV

The AEA Helpline is 080 8808 8141 (press 2 for Scotland) 
or e-mail scotland@elderabuse.org.uk

Don’t forget that information about support for those affected by Adult Abuse is available on https://www.fifedirect.org.uk/ under Health and Social Care > Help for Adults & Older People > Adult Protection. 

All information is available in an easy read format.




SALINE AND BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH NEWS

Sunday 29 October: The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated at the 9.30am Service and also at 3.00pm. The Sunday Club will meet as usual during the Morning service.  All are welcome to join any of the services.

Sunday 12 November: Due to the change in the time of the morning service, it is planned to hold the Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial earlier than usual. Further details will be advertised in due course.

Friday 27 October: A 'Swap Night' will be held at 7.00pm in the Church Hall. Clothes and accessories in good condition will be welcome. Come and find a bargain, and enjoy light refreshments and good company. Proceeds will go to the church Restoration Fund.

Thank you to all who supported the Coffee Morning on 26 September. As a result, £346.55 was raised for the Macmillan Cancer charity.




BROOMHALL CURLING CLUB
Hon President The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine KT
 
Season 2017/2018
Our curling season begins in October. To encourage new members we will be organising COME AND TRY sessions. These will be held in the newly refurbished Kinross Curling Facility which is our home rink. The sessions will be held in the evenings or weekends. Transport will be provided and you will have the opportunity to chat about curling and the internal weekly leagues within Broomhall Curling Club, our bonspiels against neighbouring clubs, our social events, and how you can enjoy participating in a competitive, enjoyable team sport as a member. Most of our members are from Dunfermline and the surrounding villages.

For further details, please contact Ian on 07989 280785 or Bob on 07484 664817.




116TH FIFE SCOUT GROUP

The situation with the Beaver Colony has eased slightly over the last month and there are still a couple of places left, but they are likely to be filled fast. By the time you read this, a planned outing to the Kinghorn Lifeboat Station will have taken place, thus completing the last item of the Beaver Safety Badge. The take up for this event has been very good.

The Cub Pack enjoyed an evening activity, courtesy of Tesco, completing the Farm to Fork Food Trail. This was despite a slight mix up over which store in Dunfermline was hosting the event. Our Pack have entered two teams in the Dunfermline District 5-a-side football competition which is taking place on the last Saturday of September at Dunfermline High School. We wish the teams well and eagerly await the results.

The older members of the Scout Troop and Explorer unit are now all geared up for their two-day overnight expedition to be held on the middle weekend of the school holidays. For the younger Scouts, an overnight camp will be held at Fordell Firs in conjunction with this expedition.

Despite a poor Group turnout at the Dunfermline District Sports Day held at Pitreavie Stadium, those that attended enjoyed a good day of friendly competition.

The Group is preparing for our annual fund raising event, The Scout Christmas Post; please look out for our advertisement in next month's Bulletin for further details and cost. 
Peter Philp
Group Scout Leader
01383 852612
116th Fife Scout Group
Registered Charity Number SC031132




LET’S TALK ABOUT A NEW PLAN FOR FIFE – AND THE COUNCIL
 
For the first time in Fife, we have one plan for the future of public services - our vision for Fife for the next ten years. One plan that the Council and its partners have signed up to and which provides a vision for Fife for the next ten years.

It’s simple, it’s straightforward, and it puts fairness at the heart of everything we do, bringing together Fife’s communities and services in a way that means everyone can get involved in improving their neighbourhoods and creating a fairer Fife.

Our research team looked closely at communities across Fife to find out all sorts of information from population changes to employment prospects. We spoke to local people about their priorities and highlighted lots of different issues that you feel public services need to focus on.

Some areas are thriving, some are doing ok, but there are other areas of Fife where there are real challenges. Too many Fifers are living in poverty – and that’s not acceptable.
This new plan puts fairness at the heart of everything we do, bringing services and communities together in new ways.

Our focus is on tackling poverty and inequality and preventing problems before they become too big and expensive to fix. And the best bit about this new way of working is that communities will be involved in decisions that affect them. This includes you.
We’re asking people for their views right now – check it out and leave your comments online, because this will shape the way we all work in the future. 

Find out more at http://wordpress.fifedirect.org.uk/letstalk/.




SALINE GOLF CLUB

A day trip on a vintage bus across the new Queensferry Crossing was recently organised by the Club and was thoroughly enjoyed by 53 members of the community as well as visitors from Canada. They all had a brilliant time.  

The Golf Club catering will continue with the following opening hours: 
  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-4.00pm
  Sunday: 12.00pm-4.00pm

The clubhouse and catering are available for any function of up to 80 people. The buffet menu is available on request.  

Tuesdays: 7.30pm, Bingo.
Thursdays: 8.30pm, Quiz Night, £1 entry.
Upcoming events include the Monthly Quiz on Saturday 14 October, 8.30pm, £2 entry. 

 
FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS:

Saline Golf Club 
First Saturday of each month: Family Night, 5-7pm
Tuesdays: Bingo Night, 7.30pm
Thursdays: Quiz Night, 8.30pm, entry £1/person 
Monthly Quiz: Saturday 14 October, 8.30pm, £2 entry. 
Sky TV and free Wi-Fi. Associate membership £10 per annum, £4 concessions
Q’zine Catering: also available for all functions. 

Steelend Miners’ Club
Wednesday 27 September, 7.00 pm: Prize Bingo in aid of Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party. Any donations for prizes or raffle would be very much appreciated.
Sunday 1 October, 2.00-4.00 pm: Kids’ Afternoon Club. £1 entry, plus 50p for a burger or hot dog; £2 adults.  A fun afternoon with games and activities.
Sunday 15 October, 2.00-4.00 pm: Vintage Afternoon Tea, tickets £5 on sale in the club.
Friday 20 October, 9.00 pm: Carly Schiavone (a great vocalist), £3 entry plus supper.
Please come along.

Rainbows
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

Brownies
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

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

Community Council Meeting
31 October, 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre


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

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

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

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

Saline & Steelend Heritage Society
Wednesday 25 October, 7.00pm for 7.30pm, Saline Church Hall

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

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Afternoon Craft Group 
Every second Tuesday from 5 September. Everyone is invited to join with any sewing, knitting or craft - and enjoy the blether! 2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall.

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club, North Road, Saline, Fife KY12 9LN
Telephone: 01383 852874   Website: www.shieldbank.co.uk  Also on Facebook.
Riding lessons for children and adults of all ages and stages.
Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) instruction for 5-20 year olds.
Everyone welcome.
Just call or email to book.

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


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Festival of Fife 30th sep

posted 21 Sep 2017, 09:23 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 30 Sep 2017, 09:37 ]


Workshops

Heritage – tented heritage village near the underpass

Story Tent- wide range of storytellers for different ages and interests, be sure to be along for the start of the tale!

Waulking Songs – Committee Room 1- learn traditional waulking songs.  Limited places, booking essential.

Maeve McKinnon- Large Craft Room- Gaelic singing workshop.  Booking strongly recommended

Chanter + Drums – Disco area/ Multi-Purpose Room 

Highland Dancers – Multi-Purpose Room.  Booking recommended

Scottish Step Dance – Mutil-Purpose Room.  Booking recommended

Digital Sessions are in the computer suite, pc’s are limited, so please book to avoid disappointment.

Wikipedia, an introduction to Wikipedia editing in English, Gaelic and Scots.

Digital Storytelling, maximum 12 places, under 12’s must have accompanying adult

Language Tasters – Committee Room 3 - the Gaelic Development Group will be there all day for tasters or just a blether, pop by.

Shinty- available throughout the day on the astroturf, with hopefully a match and the Camanachd Cup Final showing live!


Issue 60 September 2017

posted 10 Sep 2017, 10:44 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 30 Sep 2017, 09:39 ]



FIFE COUNCIL WINS COURT BATTLE FOR BLAIR HOUSE SITE RESTORATION 

The end of the long-running saga of who pays for the restoration of the Blair House opencast site seems in sight. 
Fife Council has won the battle for the £3.1m bond from Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance PLC. The Council had instructed lawyers to go to the Court of Session when Royal and Sun Alliance had declined to pay as they considered that the exact terms of the bond did not require them to pay. The matter seems to have dragged on for an interminable time but Lady Wolffe has now issued a written judgement in the Council's favour. 
Hopefully, we can now look forward to early progress. 




CARNOCK WOOD HUTTING SITE GAINS PLANNING PERMISSION 

Another hurdle has been cleared in the journey to build huts on the edge of Carnock Wood to the south of Saline and Steelend. The
 
details of the planning permission can be viewed at http://planning.fife.gov.uk/online. The reference is 16/03759/FULL. 

Reforesting Scotland spokesman Donald McPhillimy commented, “As this is the first hutting site to be approved in the modern era, the planners, not surprisingly, went through our application with a fine tooth comb. We had to make a few changes and it took longer than expected but we now have full planning permission. Our next step is to promote the opportunity widely, hold a ballot if necessary and select the group of people who wish to have a hut at Carnock, two of whom will come from the local area.” 

Of the thirteen huts permitted, ten will be built by families or individuals from the south of Scotland plus two from the local area. The final hut will be an outdoor classroom for the use of local schools. 

Donald McPhillimy continued, “This is a lovely site for hutting and we are excited that it is the first of what will be many in Scotland. It is currently well used by walkers and we don’t want this to stop. Walkers will continue to be welcome and we hope that the hutters and walkers will get along well together. When we are ready, we will be advertising the opportunity to become a Carnock hutter in this Bulletin and around the local area. 
It is possible to register an interest right now by e-mailing me at  donaldmcphillimy4@gmail.comThis will put you on a mailing list for further information” 




PERTHSHIRE OPEN STUDIOS 

Perthshire Open Studios will be taking place from 2 to 10 September; over 140 artists and venues throughout Perth and Kinross-shire will be open, displaying a wonderful variety of artwork. Liz Harvey's new studio at Crook of Devon will be open (Venue 59), please join me for arty chat & cakes by the river! Details of opening times at www.perthshireopenstudios.com. 






CHURCH NEWS 

Special services this month include Harvest Thanksgiving on September 24. 
The Church Guild meets for the new session on Monday 4 September and will continue to meet every fortnight. 
The Sunday Club (all ages) meets during the Sunday morning service and the Monday Club (for P5/6/7 pupils) starts a six-week programme on 4 September. 
The Coffee Morning continues each Wednesday at 10.00 am in the Church Hall and the Craft Group on every second Tuesday from 5 September at 2.00 pm in the Hall. 

Special events this month
Wednesday 27 September: 10.00 am -12 noon in the hall the Coffee Morning will be in aid of Macmillan Cancer Services (part of the national effort). There will be a Bring and Buy stall; all donations will be gratefully received. 
Friday 29 September: Quiz Night in the Church Hall. Tickets £5 (includes light supper). Proceeds to the Church Restoration Fund. 
Sunday 17 September: The Church will be open 11.00 am-3.00 pm as part of West Fife Open Doors, together with The Heritage Museum and Old Graveyard. 



Editor's Note

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




SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

Our speaker events are due to start soon with the first on Wednesday 20 September at 7.00 for 7.30pm with James Waugh on Knockhill and Steelend: Its Pits and People followed by an extra one on 26 September when our American researcher, Jean Coker, will be giving a talk on Old Saline Cemetery: History, Family, Sadness and Surprises. The full list will be distributed shortly. Entry is £1 for members/£2 for non-members. Membership is only £5 per year, so why not join? 

The alternative route from the Core Path to and from Bandrum and the Brightside cafe is ready to be walked - it is marked with a sign post at the top. Still a couple of finishing touches are needed such as a gate at the top and more steps at the steep bit but thanks are due to Bandrum for making this possible and all the hard work from Barry, Donald and Alistair. It is a lovely path especially when the sun dapples the fallen leaves but walkers are to be responsible for their own safety because of the steepness in places. We now have two core path circular walks by Steelend and Saline, both taking in sites of historical interest. 

The dig on the remains of the old coffin house at the corner of the church will be starting soon - local school children will be helping Dunfermline Young Archaeologists in the coming weeks. If you notice them working away, you are welcome to come and see what they have found. 

Finally, both the church and the museum (including graveyard tours) will be taking part in Doors Open Day on Sunday 17 September 11.00 am-2.00 pm. This is the first time we will have participated in this event so please spread the word. 




116TH FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

All Sections have now returned to normal meetings after the summer break. 

The Beaver Colony has now reached full capacity and we have a short waiting list which we hope to be able to accommodate in the next few weeks. Since returning the Beavers have participated in an outdoor bug hunt, making the most of the light evenings. 

By the time you read this the Cub Pack will have participated in the Farm to Fork Food Trail courtesy of the Tesco store in Dunfermline. In September they will be taking part in the Dunfermline District 5-a-side football competition. 

The Scout Troop along with the Explorer Unit are well into the planning stages for their two-day overnight expedition to be held during the October school holidays. 

The whole Group are looking forward to taking part in the District Scout Sports Day to be held at Pitreavie Stadium on 17 September. Here's hoping for a day of good weather. 

All Sections of the Group benefited from the recent grant awarded by the Co-op Community Fund. This was for the replacement of camping gear, such as tents, cooking stoves and first aid kits. 




COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS 

David Chisholm welcomed a very good attendance to the August meeting. Two new matters were added to the agenda; a planning application for five houses off The Glebe and the run-down appearance of West Fife compared with the St Andrews area 

John Crane Award 

David Chisholm had attended Saline Primary School's prize giving ceremony at which the award had been won by Cailyn Symons. David and Marie had subsequently met the new joint head teacher of Saline and Inzievar Primary Schools. They were pleased to note Saline' School's commitment to citizenship. It is also good to hear that a deputy head for Saline Primary School has also been appointed. 


Street Naming 

The fairly recent survey on the village Facebook page attracted a number of suggestions that were passed to Fife Council. The council asked that these be reduced by the Community Council. As most nominations were for the Rev Sandy Downie, this information was passed to Fife Council. Many thanks to all who took the trouble to respond. 

Hotel Site 

The concerns about safety appear to have been addressed but the developer's intentions are less clear. Jim Currie had been able to establish that the owners are Kelpin Construction who are currently developing a site in Springburn, Glasgow. As the company seems to be concentrating on that site, it looks like development in Saline will have to wait. 

Main Street Telephone Box 

Cllr Manekshaw described how Blairhall was about to use its redundant telephone box as a base for a public access defibrillator. It is understood that the West Fife Villages Community Planning Group was considering applying for funds to provide defibrillators for those communities without one and to provide first aid training to complement this. It was felt that this might be a good use for the box and that there might also be potential to use it as a community information point. 

Playpark Group 

There is concern that the drainage problem on North Road has still not been resolved. Fortunately, the Playpark Group has been given an extension to the timescale for spending the contribution from the Participatory Budgeting event. 

The Group continues to raise money and had held a successful event at Saline Golf Club. Thanks are due to all who worked hard to make this and the other events so worthwhile 

Fife Council has been contacted following rumours that the Steelend playpark has been condemned and might not be replaced. The Council has yet to respond but the meeting was unanimous that Steelend children need a playpark and that, if necessary, pressure will be put on Fife Council to deliver an improved facility. 

Traffic and Road Safety 

Transportation was contacted re the disabled parking bay on Oakley Road. It was confirmed that the bay was for the school and the markings have been repainted. It should be noted that Transportation reacted quickly and that the repainting had been carried out prior to the report in the Dunfermline Press. 

People have complained about the camber on Oakley Road around the Allanwater/Kingdom Housing Association developments and of a pothole on the bend near Kinneddar Lodge. Transportation was contacted and confirmed that the camber is within acceptable limits and that the pothole will be inspected. 

The bends beyond West Road continue to be problematic with several more vehicles leaving the road on a regular basis. There does not appear to be a clear cause although many suspect speeding. However, drivers have reported ABS lights flickering at moderate speeds while a recent victim said that the back end of his van went out of control at a relatively low speed. 

Community Action Plan Review 

David Chisholm reported that he and Donald Murdoch had met Lesley Campbell who had co-ordinated the original Action Plan preparation. Following this, a bid for Scottish Government funding had been submitted to update the Action Plan, obtain a business plan for a possible community takeover of the Community Centre and for a sum of money to kick start priorities in the revised Action Plan. However, the Scottish Government fund was grossly oversubscribed and David recently heard that our bid has been unsuccessful. However, other opportunities are being investigated. 

One possibility being investigated is a Scottish Government fund administered by the Community Learning Exchange. This can be used for visits to examine good exemplars in other communities and is seen as relevant to the possible acquisition of Saline Community Centre. Watch this space. 

Friends and Neighbours Project 

This initiative by the Community Development Trust has generated a lot of community involvement and the lantern parade was especially popular. To build on this, Ian Holmes-Lewis has been trying to raise funds to hold a music event in Saline and Steelend. This is obviously a lot of work to raise the necessary cash and, in the short term, a Walking the Wizard event will hopefully be held as a “starter for ten”. This would commemorate the importance of Michael Scot, the Saline Wizard. The Community Council has agreed to contribute. Watch the Bulletin for further details 

Proposed Housing Development next to The Glebe 

An application for the erection of five houses has now been submitted. The Community Council has accepted the principle of housing on the site but has concerns over several issues. The Community Council also notes the Scottish Government's Places, People and Planning initiative and feels that new developments should comply. (See separate article on Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP letter) 

Bin Collection Calendars 

Fife Council has advised that it will no longer provide household with a bin collection calendar. These can be downloaded online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/bincalendar. Paper copies can also be obtained from Oakley Local Office at a cost of 25p. The Community Council is concerned about those in the community without internet access or who are unable to travel to Oakley so the possibility of incorporating monthly details in the Bulletin is being explored. 

Bus Changes 

Saline and Steelend have additional services in Stagecoach's new timetables. The 6 is unchanged but new services 86 and 86A have been introduced. The 86 leaves Steelend turning circle at 4.50 am and travels to Ferrytoll via Saline (4.53), Oakley, Dunfermline and Rosyth Marine Harvest. The 86A leaves Saline turning circle at 7.00am, Steelend at 7.03 and then follows the 6 route as far as Dunfermline then Marine Harvest and Ferrytoll. Return services are at 6.00, 8.00, and 10.00pm from Ferrytoll. This service is the result of Fife Council receiving Scottish Government funding to improve access to jobs at Marine Harvest but will eventually need to be commercially viable to survive. 

Next Meeting 

Tuesday 26 September at 7.30 in Saline Community Centre. All welcome. 




PLACES, PEOPLE AND PLANNING 

Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP contacted the Community Council to advise of the Scottish Government's Places, People and Planning package of proposed changes to the planning system. The Government has now published a position statement setting out the proposals that ministers propose to take forward. This includes Community Planning and Spatial Planning; an enhanced role for communities, home building and infrastructure; and leadership and resources. The position statement can be examined at beta.gov.scot/policies/planning-architecture. 

The Government is now required to consider the impact of its proposals on the environment and is inviting views on its Strategic Environmental Assessment Report. This paper and online survey can be obtained at consult.scotland.gov.uk. 




TEMPLE PATH 

The July Bulletin advised of improvements to the core path adjacent to Saline Golf Course. These have opened up some attractive views, provided benches in attractive locations and removed obstructions to easy progress. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, people were advised to cut through the golf course. The golf club's insurers have required that public access is not encouraged. Consequently, walkers are advised to follow the original route. 

Following approaches from Saline and District Heritage Society, the owners of Bandrum Nursing Home have agreed to people cutting through their woodland and access road to Cowstrandburn. This will create a circuit from the Steelend to Cowstrandburn core path about 400 metres south of the turn off to The Temple. A route has been waymarked through the woodland but please note that it is steep in parts and walkers should be suitably shod and fit. Use is at the walkers' risk. 

One benefit of this route is that the hospitality at the Brightside Cafe can be enjoyed. This is a welcome addition to catering facilities in this area and prices are reasonable. Please take advantage of its availability. 




POLICE SCOTLAND IS LOOKING FOR YOUR VIEWS 

Police Scotland, Fife Division would like to know what issues you think we should prioritise, nationally and in your local area, as well as best methods for communicating with you. 

Your views are important to us. We are committed to using this information to help shape our policing priorities and deliver them through continued commitment to working with partners and communities. We will do this through analysing this information and data from a number of other important sources. 

What you tell us will also influence how we communicate and engage with you and your community going forward. Any of the questions which refer to your local area, for the purpose of this survey, should be considered the area you live in. 

We value your opinion, please be assured that the information you provide us with, will be treated with the strictest confidence and anonymity. The data you provide will be used to shape local and national policing priorities going forward. We will not share your personal data outside Police Scotland. 

We would encourage you to complete a short online survey entitled Your View Counts. It should take approximately five minutes to complete and can be accessed by clicking on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CXH85XJ 




FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

Saline Golf Club 

First Saturday of each month: Family Night, 5-7pm
 
Tuesdays: Bingo Night, 7.30pm 

Thursdays: Quiz Night, 8.30pm, entry £1/person 
Sky TV and free Wi-Fi. Associate membership £10 per annum, £4 concessions 
Q’zine Catering: also available for all functions. 

Steelend Miners’ Club 

Wednesday 27 September, 7.00 pm: Prize Bingo in aid of Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party. Any donations for prizes or raffle would be very much appreciated.

Sunday 1 October, 2.00-4.00 pm: Kids’ Afternoon Club. £1 entry, plus 50p for a burger or hot dog; £2 adults. A fun afternoon with games and activities.

Sunday 15 October, 2.00-4.00 pm: Vintage Afternoon Tea, tickets £5 on sale in the club.

Friday 20 October, 9.00 pm: Carly Schiavone (a great vocalist), £3 entry plus supper.
Please come along.

Rainbows 
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm 
Saline Church Hall 

Brownies 
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm 
Saline Church Hall 

116th Fife Scout Group 

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

Community Council Meeting 
29 August, 7.30pm 
Saline Community Centre 

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

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

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

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

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

Saline & District Rural 
Wednesday 4 October 
Community Centre, 7:30pm 
Speaker from Poppy Scotland 
Open meeting - all welcome 

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church 
Afternoon Craft Group 
Every second Tuesday from 5 September. Everyone is invited to join with any sewing, knitting or craft - and enjoy the blether! 2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall. 

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

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


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Issue 59 July/August 2017

posted 5 Jul 2017, 17:10 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 10 Sep 2017, 09:57 ]


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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116TH FIFE SCOUT GROUP
The Beaver Colony recently enjoyed their summer outing to Edinburgh Zoo. They were blessed with good weather. Unfortunately, they were only able to get a glimpse of the pandas. The trip was rounded off in the afternoon with ice creams all round. At their last meeting, the Chief Scout's Bronze Award, the highest award in Beaver Section, was presented to Ryan Muir by Owen Forrest, Assistant District Commissioner for Beavers. Well done Ryan. We are looking forward to Ryan joining the Cub Pack after the summer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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




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



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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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



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

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

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




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



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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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





FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS:

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

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

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

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

116th Fife Scout Group

Beaver Colony 
Every Friday, 6.00pm-7.30pm 

Cub Pack 
Every Thursday, 6.30pm-8.00pm

Scout Troop 
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm

Explorer Unit 
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm 

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


Community Council Meeting
29 August, 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre

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

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

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

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

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


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

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club, North Road, Saline, Fife KY12 9LN
Telephone: 01383 852874   Website: www.shieldbank.co.uk  Also on Facebook.
Just call or email to book.
Shieldbank Coffee Shop
Telephone: 01383 852621 Also on Facebook.
Open Tuesdays to Sundays 9.30 am- 6.00 pm.
Craft Group meet here on Thursday mornings 10.00 am until lunchtime. 
New: Group for Amateur Photographers meet on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm.

This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group


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