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posted by Ian Holmes-Lewis


Issue 81 November 2019

posted 4 Nov 2019, 09:38 by Ian Holmes-Lewis




FIREWORK DISPLAY 2019 

Not many days to go now, but still time for you to buy raffle tickets! Our sponsors, Fife Council, Bandrum Residential Home, Knockhill Motor Racing Circuit, Kingdom Housing Association and Campion Homes, have been very generous but your financial support is very valuable too. 

Tickets will be available on the night and the draw will be made on Friday 15 November. Food and drink will be available at the Golf Club before the display at 7.00pm. We are expecting a good turn out so please respect the tapes and barriers that will be in place, and accept any instructions given by the Stewards. We have to keep people safe! There will be very limited parking in the car park, so please consider walking to the Golf Club. Those coming from further afield should park out on the road. 



SALINE PRIMARY SCHOOL 

We are Layla and Harry, the School Captains, and we will now be taking responsibility for writing the community bulletin. Here is the learning that is happening around the school:

P1-2 are using The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark to support their learning and with P2-3 they are finding out all about the forest and woodlands. They are practising hard for their roles in the Nativity.

P3/4/5 are doing learning all about our solar system as their topic.

P5-6 and P6-7 are learning about war and conflict and enjoyed a trip to the Rothes Hall to see a screening of War Horse. They are now enjoying reading the book.

Each house has a level of responsibility. Here’s what they are focusing on:

Kinneddar are raising money for charity and are thinking about doing charity events like bake sale, dress down, drink stand, guess the baby and a dance-a-thon.

Devonside are focusing on enterprise initiatives and are planning to make Christmas cards to sell at the Christmas fair. They are raising money to invest in PE equipment for the school.

Killernie are helping the school and community to become more eco-friendly. The crisp packets are getting donated to help raise funds for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) but sadly the bottle caps are stopping as Lush, the company that was taking them, has stopped collecting them. We are looking for an alternative though. We are still a recycling point for batteries, toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes.


Sheardrum are focusing on health and wellbeing by helping with zoning in the playground, help organise sports events and to start the tuck shop again. Some ideas are fewer cereal bars and more breadsticks, veg sticks, strawberries, banana, raisins and apples.

Sports Leaders are going to be dividing the playground into zones. The shed is going to be a little quiet reading area, rounders is going to be held in the church grounds every Friday and bench ball is in the playground on Thursdays. We are collecting the Aldi stickers for sport and If we win the 20K prize we would be delighted to use the money to buy a trim trail for the playground. Fingers crossed!

There are now some pupil-led lunch clubs running in the school. Robyn, Amelie and Kali are running an art club and Kelsi, Tenisha, Ella and Alex are running a dance club. Olivia, Ava, Ben, Millie and Eva have received some Kit Bag training and are helping some boys and girls to resolve issues.

I have handed over our entry to the community newsletter as our children are very able to pass onto you what’s going on around the school. I hope you enjoy hearing from them all the exciting things that are happening.

Mrs Perkins 




STEELEND MINER'S CLUB: FORTHCOMING EVENTS 

Friday 15 November: Games Night. Pool, darts and dominoes for £1 per game. Come along for a laugh, food and prizes. 8.00pm.

Sunday 17 November: Christmas Sale. Lots of Christmas ideas, and refreshments available. 1.00pm-3.00pm. 


Sunday 24 November: Simply Arianna (great tribute act). Tickets on sale in club - £10. 3.00pm.

Sunday 8 December: Children's Christmas Party, 1.30pm.

Friday 13 December: Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party, 6.30pm.

Tuesday 31 December: Hogmanay Party - bring in the New Year dancing to Suited and Booted, 8.00pm.

These are some of the events planned and your support would be very much appreciated. The club is open to non-members who are signed in by a member, but why not consider membership as it is only £5 per year? The club is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 8.00pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 3.00pm. 




EXXPEDITION AROUND THE WORLD 

Thank you very much for the generous donation from the Saline Environmental Group towards eXXpedition. I am very excited to be taking part in this scientific research.

I recently finished a degree at the University of Dundee studying Environment Science. During my final year I attended a talk given by Tara Proud of the Marine Conservation Society hosted by Saline Environmental Group. This gave me the idea to research nurdle accumulation on beaches along the Firth of Forth as my dissertation. I was shocked to see the volume of these small plastic pellets on almost every beach I visited. These pellets are used to make the majority of plastic products we use every day and they are released unintentionally into the environment around the world. 



After watching an interview with Emily Penn regarding plastics and chemicals that could be harmful, I discovered that she is the co-founder of eXXpedition, an all-female sailing voyage highlighting the impact of plastic and toxins in our oceans. On 8 October eXXpedition Round the World began - a series of 30 voyages, including 300 women and covering 38,000 nautical miles. I have been lucky enough to be chosen (from 10,000 applicants) as one of those 300 women from around the world. I will set off on Leg 2 from the Azores to Antigua on 28 October on the 3,500-mile voyage. 

[Editor's note: Emily flew out on 25 October to start her amazing voyage.]

I am really looking forward to the trip (apart from the almost inevitable sea sickness)! Hopefully, I will be able to share my photos and experiences on my return. In the meantime, you can follow my journey on the eXXpedition.com website blog.

Emily Butler, Main Street, Saline. 





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. 







JIGSAW CLUB 

We are planning to run a jigsaw club/lending library in Saline Golf Club on Wednesdays between 1.00pm and 3.30pm.
It’s free to join and free to borrow! It will be weekly from 20 November. For more information, email jackgeorgejones@yahoo.co.uk or ring 850523.


David Wilkinson 




SURVIVING CHRISTMAS 

The Surviving Christmas and New Year information which has been produced and distributed since 2012 has now gone to print and will be distributed in November. It gives advice and information about support services during the festive period. A small number of copies may be available by emailing shona.mcewan@fife.gov.uk or call 03451 555555 extension 442134.




COMMUNITY PHARMACY 

As reported previously, the public consultation on the Community Pharmacy has been completed and shows overwhelming support for Lisa Duncan’s project. The Community Analysis Report (CAR) that has been prepared has been described by an NHS insider as one of the most convincing they have seen. NHS Fife are now consulting other interests, including pharmacies that might be affected by a new business opening. Interestingly, Oakley, the closest to Saline, has been sold and will be under new ownership from 1 November. 

 Once this exercise is complete, the Health Board will meet to decide. This is expected by February. Lisa expects to be open for business in three months once she has been given the green light!




16th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

With two weeks of holidays in October, not much has been happening in the Group but the Leaders have enjoyed a well-earned rest.

The Beaver Sleepover planned for November has been delayed until March next year as many of the Beavers are very young and are new to Scouting. The next major event for the Beaver Colony will be the annual District Beaver Christmas Party on Saturday 23 November between 2.00pm and 5.00pm in Abbeyview Community Centre.

Several Cubs were selected to take part in JOTA (Jamboree On The Air) at Fordell Firs in October. There will be a District Fun Day for Cubs, again at Fordell Firs, on Sunday 17 November from 12.00noon to 5.30pm.

At the end of September, Beavers, Cubs and some Scouts took part in the Annual District Sports Day at Pitreavie Sports Stadium.

The Scout Troop is now continuing with Activity and Challenge Badge work along with general Scouting skills. It is still hoped to get camping restarted soon.

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





SCOUT POST – CHRISTMAS 2019 

Along with a number of other Scout Groups in Dunfermline and surrounding area, we are offering a Christmas Post for 40p per card. Cards will be accepted for:

Aberdour, Alloa, Alva, Backmuir, Balmalcolm, Bowershall, Blairhall, Buckhaven, Cairneyhill, Carnock, Charlestown, Clackmannan, Coaledge Village, Coaltown of Balgonie, Comrie, Cowdenbeath, Cowstrandburn, Crombie, Crossford, Crossgates, Culross, Dalgety Bay, Dollar, Donibristle Village, Dunduff, Dunfermline, Falkland, Fordell Village, Freuchie, Glenrothes, Gowkhall, Halbeath, High Valleyfield, Hill of Beath, Hillend, Inverkeithing, Kelty, Kennoway, Kincardine-on-Forth, Kinglassie, Kingseat, Leslie, Leven, Limekilns, Lochgelly, Lumphinnans, Low Valleyfield, Markinch, Menstrie, Milton of Balgonie, Muckhart, Newmills, Newton of Falkland, North-Queensferry, Oakley, Pattiesmuir, Pitlessie, Rosyth, Saline, Star of Markinch, Steelend, Strathmiglo, Thornton, Tillicoultry, Torryburn, Townhill, Tullibody, Wellwood. Windygates. 

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 10 DECEMBER at 5.00pm 




COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS 

A smaller than usual attendance on a cold late-October evening enjoyed lively discussion about a number of issues affecting our lives here in Saline and Steelend. At the beginning of the meeting David Chisholm, Donald Murdoch and Marie Crane were reappointed as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. The position of Vice Chair is vacant. Some of the issues discussed at the meeting are covered by articles elsewhere in this Bulletin but amongst the remainder the following may be of interest.

Once again road safety was a concern, in particular a number of areas where water is either lying or running across the road surface. These will be dangerous once we start to get freezing weather. These include the road leaving Steelend towards Kelty and the bends on the Oakley Road just beyond Nether Kinneddar House where water seems to be flowing constantly. The junction between the B913 West Road and the road towards Forestmill also has water running across it which may have contributed a three-car crash last week. The concerns will be reported to Transportation.

The concerns about traffic, road safety and flooding are shared by other west Fife villages and the problems were discussed at a recent meeting of the West Fife Villages Forum who will seek to take these matters up with Fife Council at a strategic level. The Forum had also discussed how large groups of young people from Dunfermline and other outlying areas have been gathering in High Valleyfield to use drugs and alcohol. It was agreed that simply displacing the problem is not a solution. An effort has to be made to understand why it happens and to invest in activities for young people that will be attractive to them. Forestry and Lands Scotland will be holding a consultation event for the Blairhouse open cast restoration on 12 November (see details elsewhere). In the meeting Cllr Kate Stewart and Community Councillor Alastair Hamilton explained how the site could become a bio-diversity demonstration project and attract visitors from all over Scotland. On a similar project elsewhere, an on-site laboratory is used by local schools to learn how the big issues of climate change and habitat loss can be tackled. 

The idea will be discussed at the next Liaison Group Meeting. 

The meeting noted with disappointment that the Act of Remembrance on Sunday 10 November will be at about 10.20am, immediately after the Church service rather than at 11.00am, to allow the Minister to attend another service elsewhere. It was agreed that Jean Morris will lay a wreath on behalf of the Community Council. Jacquie Clapperton has volunteered to coordinate the Act of Remembrance next year to include a wreath laying after the 11.00am silence and the later placing of poppies at the cemetery. 

Jim Currie reported that the agents for the former hotel site development had confirmed that the partially completed housing is under offer. Concern was expressed that the construction is beginning to deteriorate. 

Cllr Bobby Clelland reported on the recent event to commemorate the eightieth anniversary of the Valleyfield pit disaster which killed 35 people. Victims came from all over west Fife including 32-year-old Robert Nicholson, described as a ‘brusher’, who lived on North Road, Saline. 

Community Council meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre. They are relatively informal and provide the opportunity for anyone to raise issues and join in the discussion. 

APOLOGY

In the previous Bulletin we incorrectly stated that George Orr’s exercise class on Thursday evening is between 8.00 and 9.00pm. 

It should have said 7.00 and 8.00pm. Our apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced.



SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY

Our most recent speaker event was very well attended and gave us a wonderful insight into the life of Mary Queen of Scots. 


Following on from our Scottish theme, our next event is on Wednesday 20 November, What is Burns’ Scotland by Professor Gerard Carruthers. 

Date for your Diary: Saline & District Heritage Society are holding a Festive Fundraising Evening on Wednesday 4 December in Saline Church Hall from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

  Come along and test your knowledge with our Local History Quiz
  Try your luck at our raffle, featuring some fantastic prizes
  Indulge in some seasonal home baking
  Visit our boutique stall of heritagerelated goodies
  The perfect start to the Christmas period! 7 Doors open from 7.00pm, refreshments will be available, and a warm welcome is guaranteed. 
Linda Moyes 



SALINE & BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH NEWS

Holiday Club: On Monday 21 October, over 30 children, adults and team members spent a most enjoyable (if somewhat exhausting) morning in the church and hall, singing, dancing, listening to stories, making all sorts of crafts, and playing games, finishing off with sharing lunch together. Thank you to all who came along and took part so enthusiastically and helped in any way - we look forward to seeing you all again. 

Sunday 3 November: The morning service will be a joint service with the congregation of Tulliallan and Kincardine. This will be the last service at which the Reverend Ronald Matandakufa will be with us and will be held at 11.00am in Tulliallan Church. The service will be followed by lunch in the church hall when there will an opportunity to express our thanks and good wishes to Ronald and his family. (Anyone requiring transport for this should contact Anne Easton on 852885). 

The Reverend Ronald Matandakufa is to be inducted into the charge of the Kirk of the Holy Rood, Grangemouth on Thursday 21 November. 

Remembrance Sunday, 10 November: This year the service at the War Memorial will take place immediately after the morning service at the church. Anyone wishing to attend who is not able to be at the Church service should be at the War Memorial in the Church grounds by 10.15am. 

Christmas Services 
Sunday 1 December: First Sunday of Advent, 9.30 am, Saline Church. 
Wednesday 18 December: Carol Singing for all at the Golf Club at 6.00pm, followed by mince pies and mulled wine (soft drinks available). 
Sunday 22 December: Family Christmas Service, Saline Church, 9.30am. 
Tuesday 24 December: Christmas Eve Service, Saline Church, 6.30pm. 
Watchnight Service: Carols, Saline Church, 11.15pm. 
Wednesday 25 December: Christmas Day Service, Saline Church, 10.00 am. 
Sunday 29 December: last Sunday of the year, Saline Church, 9.30 am. 



Thank You

We are grateful to Susan Gearing, the owner of The Poodle Parlour Doggy Hotel and Spa here in Saline, for her very generous sponsorship of this edition. 

Details of the services she can provide have been distributed with your Bulletin.
 



Talk

There will be a talk by Professor David Monroe on The Shackleton Expedition to the Antarctic on Monday 25 November 7.30pm in Saline Church Hall, followed by a light supper. Tickets are £5 (with all proceeds going to Guild Projects) and can be obtained from Guild members or at the door on the night. 



GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS?

Come and make Christmas wreaths, tree and table decorations out of willow, greenery and foraged natural materials. Friday December 6 at Saline Community Centre from 3.00pm until 9.00pm. Bring along some evergreens, pine cones and other greenery and berries and create your own decorations. Refreshments and snacks will be on sale. 
This is organised by the Saline Environment and Horticultural Groups. All are welcome to drop in on this FREE event, but donations will be welcome and will go towards planters around the village and covering our costs. 



THE MOON, METEORS, THE NIGHT SKY – AND YOU!

Astronomy for Beginners back by popular demand! Moon, Geminid meteor shower, and star spotting with Isobel Gibson, exploring the special connections between us and the night sky. Meet at the Church Hall at 7.15pm on Saturday 14 December. 

Weather permitting, we will be going outside so wrap up warmly. Soup and refreshments will be provided. 

Please note, numbers are limited. To secure your place, contact Clare on 07913 254456. If there are too many people, we will host a further session in January. 

Children are welcome. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Entry to this event is FREE; we will be asking for donations to cover our costs. 

Organised by the Saline Environment Group 



HAVE YOUR SAY ON ‘CLIMATE FIFE’ 
FIFE'S SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND CLIMATE ACTION PLAN 

Fife Council is developing a sustainable energy and climate action plan (SECAP) and is welcoming views and ideas from everyone in Fife. An online consultation on the draft Climate Fife action plan and the accompanying Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report will be taking place from 28 October – 9 December 2019. Fifers can take part by going to www.fife.gov.uk/climatechange or visiting Fife Council offices to view printed copies at Cupar Customer Service Centre, County Buildings; New City House, Dunfermline; Fife House, Glenrothes; and Town House, Kirkcaldy. 

Feedback from the consultation will be used to shape the action plan and the SEA report and the action plan will be published in February 2020. Over the next two years, projects included in the action plan will be developed in collaboration with the local community to:

 • Move away from fossil fuel vehicles to active travel and low emission transport by the 2030s.
 • Reforest land with native trees to absorb greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
 • Reorganise our settlements and daily lives to reduce the need to travel.
 • Produce enough renewable energy and biomass to meet our energy needs.
 • Find alternatives to gas-fired boilers which will no longer be installed after 2032.
 • Protect communities, who face the greatest risks from extreme weather and flooding.
 • Adapt assets, services, settlements and landscapes to build resilience to existing and future climate extremes.
 • Respond to rising sea levels. 



SALINE COMMUNITY CENTRE

Community Enterprise have completed their feasibility study into the possibility of the community acquiring Saline Community Centre under Fife Council’s Assets Transfer Programme and have concluded that it could be viable. The Community Development Trust will now have to decide whether to make a funding application on behalf of the Community Council to the Scottish Land Fund for money to appoint consultants to carry out a detailed Options Appraisal and prepare a robust Business Plan. 

They will look at a wide range of options, from doing very little work to the building apart from essential repairs and improvements, through to more radical changes to make the building more attractive and accessible, and even phased demolition and rebuilding to create accommodation matched to the uses to which people wish it to be put. 



ACTION PLAN REVIEW

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust have moved into the second stage of their Action Plan Review and everyone is encouraged to complete their questionnaire using a hardcopy available from the Golf Club, Steelend Club, the Church and the Shop, online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/salineandsteelend, or using the QR symbol below. 



The original Action Plan, to which almost half the households in our community contributed, was extremely important in demonstrating community support when applying for grants. Consequently our 2020 Plan needs the same level of input from local people. Contributions from people who have moved into the villages since the original plan was produced are especially valuable. 




IMPROVE YOUR COMPUTER’S ACCESSIBILITY

AbilityNet supports people of any age, living with any disability or impairment, to use technology to achieve their goals at home, at work and in education. Find out more about their free IT support at home, and free resources including how to improve your accessibility features and make your device easier to use on www.abilitynet.org.uk. 



COULD YOU BE A TRUSTEE? 

As you will read elsewhere in this Bulletin, it will be Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust who will take responsibility for taking forward major projects such as the acquisition of the Community Centre on behalf of the Community Council. 

As a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), it is sufficiently robust legally and financially to acquire land and property, employ people and to manage large sums of money. Membership of the Trust is open to anyone living in the area and it is controlled by a small number of Trustees, including two nominated by the Community Council, most of whom have been involved since it was established in 2013. Taking forward the Community Centre acquisition will require the Trust to demonstrate that it has the appropriate skills amongst Trustees. Community Enterprise will carry out an audit. 

Consequently, the Trust would like to hear from anyone who would consider taking on this role. We are particularly interested in people who have a background in financial services, property management, law, retail, PR and marketing, or simply want to help ensure a sustainable future for our community. 

The responsibilities are not onerous, a SCIO ensures limited personal liability, and the time commitment is modest. Trustees work together to ensure good governance and accountability. 

Please email sscdtmembers@btinternet.com or telephone David Chisholm on 853168 if you would like to know more. 



BLAIR HOUSE OPEN CAST RESTORATION 

Forestry and Land Scotland plan to create a productive and resilient mixed  woodland on the previous opencast coal mine site at Blairhouse near Saline. The new woodland will be a mixture of productive conifer, native broadleaf and open space areas. Existing woodland and water habitats on site will be protected and expanded upon. 

The woodland will be designed with landscape appearance and wildlife habitat connectivity carefully considered. Public access throughout the site will be improved for the benefit of local communities, with the installation of a new path network. 

In order to give local people a chance to comment, they are hosting a community consultation to discuss their plans for planting and management on Tuesday 12 November, 4.00pm-7.00pm, Oakley Community Centre. 




FIFE COUNCIL’S NEW WEBSITE

Fife Council has a new website which is www.fife.gov.uk. You will notice that the Direct has been dropped from the council’s domain name. This is to fall in line with government standards. Anyone who visits the old site (www.fifedirect.org.uk) will be automatically redirected. 

A web chat function on the website is continuing to be piloted, which is currently available on our missed bins and housing advice pages. Included in this initial phase is the first iteration of the link to the national customer account, myaccount. A new www.fife.gov.uk online account will soon be launched, linked to the national mygov.scot, myaccount. This account is a simple, secure way to access a range of Scottish public services and will directly link into the new Fife account, using one username and password. This will make the online services more user-friendly. 

Bulky uplifts will be the first service to be launched on the new website - very soon residents will be able to book and safely pay for this service online at a time that suits them, without calling the Contact Centre, making it easier for local people to book a cost-effective collection of unwanted large items. 

These developments are part of the digital first approach, which will continue to be backed up by phone and face-to-face support for those who need it the most.




 FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS

Saline Golf Club 
We have free Wi-Fi and BT Sports. 
Food available throughout the year: 
Monday: Closed Tuesday: 11.00am-2.30pm Wednesday: 11.00am-2.30pm Thursday: 11.00am-8.00pm Friday: 11.00am-2.30pm Saturday: 10.00am-2.30pm Sunday: 12.00noon-4.00pm 
Golf Memberships available. Junior Golf Membership only £10 per year. 
Social Membership only £12 per year. 
Bingo every Monday, 7.30pm start. 
Quiz night every Thursday at 8.30pm. £1 entry. 

8 November: Community Council Fireworks Party. 
6.30pm for 7.00pm. Raffle tickets (to pay towards the fireworks) now on sale. 



12 31 November: Echo Beach, 80s Tribute Duo. £10 tickets. 

Steelend Miners Club 
Games Night, Friday 15 November, 8.00pm. Pool, darts and dominoes for £1 per game. Come along for a laugh, food and prizes. 

Christmas Sale, Sunday 17 November, 1.00pm3.00pm Lots of gift ideas. Refreshments available. 

Simply Arianna (a great tribute act): Sunday 24 November, 3.00pm. £10 adult, child £5. Nonmembers welcome. 

Children's Christmas Party, Sunday 8 December, 1.30pm. 

Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party, Friday 13 December, 6.30pm. 

Hogmanay Party, Tuesday 31 December, 8.00pm. Bring in the New Year dancing to Suited and Booted. 

Brownies Every Thursday 6.30pm-8.00pm 
Saline Church Hall 

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

Highland Dancing Classes Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm, 
Thursdays 6.30pm8.00pm. 
Tel Betty on 852610 

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

Beginner Hatha Yoga Tuesdays, 7.30pm 
£30 / 6 sessions or £6 per class drop-in. 
Saline Community Centre 
Although most equipment such as blocks, bricks and belts are provided, 
please bring a yoga mat. 

Circuit Training Thursdays, 7.00pm-8.00pm, £5. 
Saline Community Centre 

Shieldbank Coffee Shop 
North Road, Saline, Fife, KY12 9LN 
Hot and cold drinks, savory toasties, baguettes, cheese tarts, scones, carrot cake etc. 
Open Tuesdays-Sundays from 9.30am-6.00pm. 
Craft Group, Thursdays, 10.00am-12.00noon. 
Photography Group, Fridays, 7.30-9.00pm. 
Tel: 07792 759583 

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

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

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

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

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church 
Sunday 10 November: Remembrance Sunday Act of Remembrance, 
War Memorial, 10.15am. 
Sunday 3 November: 
joint service with the congregation of Tulliallan and Kincardine, 11.00am, Tulliallan Church, followed by lunch in the Church Hall. 

Saline & Steelend Community Council 
Last Tuesday of each month, 7.30pm Saline Community Centre 

Saline & District Heritage Society 
What is Burns’ Scotland? 
Professor Gerard Carruthers Wednesday 20 October, 7 for 7.30pm 

Saline Church Hall Festive Fundraising Evening 
Wednesday 4 December, 7.00pm to 9.00pm 
Saline Church Hall



                 This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group



Issue 80 October 2019

posted 3 Oct 2019, 18:34 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 3 Nov 2019, 14:19 ]



COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN REVIEW 

Enid Trevett and her colleagues from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust are making good progress with their review of our 2011 Community Action Plan. Analysis of the original plan informed by discussion with the Steering Group shows that more progress has been made with delivering the priorities set out in the document than might have been imagined. Most importantly, it has highlighted the wide range of individuals, groups and businesses that helped achieve this. However, much remains to be done and new needs will have emerged.

The new Kingdom Housing homes on Oakley Road and the council houses included in the Allanwater development have addressed the need for affordable homes for families but we still need similar homes for older people. The Church, Steelend Club and the Golf Club have all adapted to meet the need for places for people to gather, and we now have cafes at Bandrum and Shieldbank, but, as yet, the aspiration for a community shop and café at the heart of the villages remains unfulfilled. Both Saline and Steelend have new play parks but there is still nowhere for older children to gather. Measures have been introduced to improve road safety but speeding vehicles and heavy lorries rat-running through Saline and Steelend
remain a problem. The Heritage Society has been very successful in getting people to appreciate the place where they live through monthly meetings, the museum and graveyard, and their heritage trails. Much has been done to re-establish and extend the network of core paths. And, of course. the Community Bulletin, website and Facebook page have made it difficult for people to say they don’t know what’s going on!

However, we need feedback from everyone in the community. A simple questionnaire is available online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8kf6pqs. Paper copies will be available at the Golf Club, Steelend Club, Saline P School, the Church and in the shop. Those with the appropriate app on their phone will be able to access the survey using a QR code.

An open, public meeting early in the new year will provide the opportunity for people to set the priorities for the next five years. Look out for more details. 




SALINE PRIMARY SCHOOL 

We would like to start by sending a warm welcome to all of our new families and pupils to Saline Primary School. Our new Nursery pupils and Primary 1 pupils have settled well into school life and are already developing their self-help skills and their independence in many ways. We have also enrolled further pupils throughout the school and would like to welcome Millie, Ethan, Ben, Caleb, Elise and Innes.

Our School, House and Vice Captains have also been allocated following successful online applications through Microsoft Teams. These are as follows:

  School Captains: Layla D & Harry W

  Devonside House: Callum M (C) & Tenisha S (V) - with a responsibility for Enterprise

  Kinneddar House: Alex B (C) & Anna B (V) – with a responsibility for Charity initiatives

  Sheardrum House: Ella F (C) & Sally C (V) – with a responsibility for Health & Wellbeing ideas

  Killernie House: Hadi S (C) & Katie H (V) – with a responsibility for Recycling initiatives

  Sports Leaders: Paul M (C), Kerr P (V) & Savannah M (V) – developing activities in school and the playground.

We will also be continuing with the Junior Leadership Pathway with support from Fife Active Schools and will also be introducing Digital Leaders, Peer Mediators and a variety of pupil lead lunch clubs. More exciting news to follow!

Our recycling was very successful last term and we have signed up with Terracycle to be a collection point for a variety of recyclable items including tooth brushes and toothpaste tubes, batteries and crisp packets. We are looking to extend this further and more information will follow in due course. We are supporting the Crisps for Helimed79 appeal and will recycle our crisp packets to send onto them. This supports our learning around the Sustainable Development Goals.

Look out for us when we are out and about on our outdoor learning and give us a wave or say hello! You can follow our school adventures on Twitter @Salineps.

Mrs Perkins 





SALINE GOLF CLUB 

Social Membership is now due. Adult Social Membership is only £12 and means that you can enjoy the facilities in the clubhouse; it is important for the running costs of the club including heating, lighting, water charges etc. You can use the clubhouse at any time for drinks, snacks, meals, teas and coffee with family and friends as well as joining in the regular social events.

Existing members please pay at the bar. Becoming a new member is easy – simply fill in the form (available in the front hall or at the bar) and hand it in to the bar with your payment.

Events

5 October: Bowie & Rod Tribute Night. 8.00pm, £10, tickets at the bar.

25 October: Prize Bingo & Raffle Night. 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Donations of prizes appreciated. Pay at the door on the night. All welcome to join in the fun.

8 November: Community Council Fireworks Party. 6.30pm for 7.00pm. Raffle tickets (to pay towards the fireworks) now on sale.

31 November: Echo Beach, 80s Tribute Duo. £10 tickets.





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. 






OAKLEY HEALTH CENTRE 

Historically there has been two entirely separate practices within Oakley Health Centre. This has worked well for many years; however, it has restricted the patient’s choice of a medical team and has meant that, when a GP partner is on annual leave, there is immense pressure on the remaining partner.

As I’m sure you will be aware from the local media, High Valleyfield Medical Practice has been unable to recruit sufficient GPs to cover their practice population and therefore the practice was handed back to be run under NHS Fife control back in July. Here in Oakley, we have cross-boundary areas that we share with High Valleyfield. A decision was taken to encourage the patients in the cross-boundary areas to register with us in Oakley.



This presented an exciting opportunity for the practice and the patient population of Oakley Health Centre. Due to the increased patient numbers, this has allowed us to increase the size of our practice team and indeed the amount of specialist medical treatment our patients can access. It also made sense when increasing the number of GPs to rethink the business model and, for sustainability in the future, merge the practices.

The positives for our patients are:

    · Greater access to on the day and routine appointments.

    · Greater access to choose GP, now six as opposed to two or three before.

    · Reassurance that the practice is sustainable for the future (bearing in mind that we do have a couple of older GPs who will look to retire sometime!).

    · A larger Practice team, encompassing a Physician Associate, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, a physiotherapist, and a pharmacist as well as the usual GPs and Practice Nursing Team.

We appreciate the patient support as we go through this merger.

The open flu clinic as usual is on the last Saturday in October: 26 October 08.30am to 11.30am.

Jen Walls, Practice Manager 
Oakley Health Centre 
01383 850212/01383 850293 




SALINE AND STEELEND FIREWORK DISPLAY 2019 

Final arrangements are now being made for our 2019 Firework Display on Friday 8 November at Saline Golf Club. People can gather from 5.30pm with the fireworks themselves at 7.00pm. We have received a smaller grant from Fife Council than we did last year so we are more reliant on donations from local businesses and monies from the sale of raffle tickets. Knockhill Racing Circuit, Bandrum Residential Home and Campion Homes have all pledged their support. Raffle tickets are on sale at Saline Golf Club and Steelend Club, and there will people selling them door to door and in the school playground. 

If you would be prepared to sell raffle tickets in your street, please email 

If you would like to donate a raffle prize, such toiletries, a bottle of wine, or a box of chocolates for example, they can be left at the Golf Club. Help make our event bigger and better than last year!




BEAUTIFUL FIFE AWARDS 

Saline and Steelend is an attractive place to live so it is something of a surprise that, unlike Carnock, Cairneyhill, Charlestown, Crombie and Low Valleyfield, we have never received a Beautiful Fife Award. Over the years, a small band of dedicated local people has worked hard to enhance the appearance of our community with planting boxes, floral displays and drifts of wild flowers. Perhaps this is the time for a group to come forward to take on the challenge of entering Saline and Steelend in next year’s Beautiful Fife Awards?




WOULD YOU LIKE TO SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY? 

The next Community Council meeting on 29 October will include a very short AGM to appoint Office Bearers. The current Community Council was elected last year; however, there are vacancies, and these can be filled at the AGM. So, if you feel you would like to be more active in our community, please consider putting yourself forward. This is no time to be modest! 

If you would like to know about the role, please ring David Chisholm on 853168.



116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

Since the start of this term we have had a steady influx of young people joining our Beaver Colony; we are now back up to 18 in number. We also have been very fortunate to recruit an Assistant Beaver Leader to support our Beaver Leader. We would still like to recruit another adult either as an Assistant Leader or as Sectional Assistant. The Beavers took part in the District Sports Day at Pitreavie Sports Stadium on Sunday 29 Sept. Planning is also underway for the District Beaver Christmas Part on Saturday 23 November between 2.00-5.00pm in Abbeyview Community Centre. It is hoped to hold the postponed Beaver Sleep Over in November; more of this to follow.

The Cubs and younger Scouts enjoyed a camp at Nineacres, Crook of Devon, despite heavy rain and strong winds. Nevertheless, they managed several outdoor activities such as archery, a day hike and a camp fire, not to mention the endless fun in and around the burn and swimming pool. As with the Beavers, the Cubs are taking part in the District Sports Day, but this time from 1 to 5 pm. Also on the cards, some of the Cubs will be joining others from the District at Fordell Firs for JOTA (Jamboree On The Air) to gain their Communicators Badge. Places are limited so get your name in quick.

At the moment, despite having healthy numbers in the Scout Troop, we are struggling to get enough Leaders to be able to run weekly meetings. In the meantime, camps have been put on hold. It is our aim to re-start camping after the October holiday. Though we have not had any returns from Scouts wishing to attend the District Sports Day, it is hoped there will be some last-minute entries. There will be no meetings during the October School Holiday ie on 10/11 and 17/18 October. Meetings will resume on 23/24 October.

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




COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS 

There was a poor attendance on a horrible night at September's meeting. Nevertheless, a broad range of issues was discussed.

Traffic and Road Safety

David Chisholm will be arguing for an updated traffic and road safety strategy for West Fife at a meeting of the West Fife Forum on the 30 September. Hopefully, this will lead to action on speed limits and restrictions on lorry routes that will benefit all communities.

One piece of good news is that two people have volunteered to join Community Speedwatch while others from elsewhere are known to have offered their services to the Police. However, it seems that the Police don't have the resources to provide training at present. Hopefully, this will be resolved to enable Community Speedwatch to be more active in the lighter months.

It appears that people have taken notice of the request to stop parking on the pavement on Oakley Road.

Complaints continue about potholes. Cllr Manekshaw outlined Transportation's new approach to dealing with this and of the delegation of decisions to our three Councillors. It is important to note that Transportation tends to respond quickly to reports of potholes, defective streetlights, etc made through Fife Direct.

Saline Community Centre

The consultant provided by Scottish Community Enterprise has started work and has already contacted the prospective pharmacist. She also attended a session of the Saline Smilers (toddlers) group, and mums and grans took an opportunity to talk about the activities that might be introduced if the building was open every day. She has a copy of Fife Council’s schedule of repairs and details of groups already using the building and the income from these activities.

As reported previously, she will also be considering the benefits of taking the council garages into community ownership.

Street Orderly

The petition to reinstate our street orderly has been dismissed. Cllr Manekshaw advised that the previous system of separate departments for street cleaning and grounds maintenance has been reinstated and that functions will be carried out by teams covering the ward rather than individual communities. These will report to the three Councillors.

Blair House Site Restoration

Representatives from our Community Council, Oakley Community Council and Kinneddar Park/Cowstrandburn were treated to a visit to the site by the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust. Remarkable progress has been made with spoil heaps reshaped to more natural profiles and areas sowed with grass. Trespass on the site continues to be a problem with off road vehicles using it as a race track.

The reshaping of the site will be completed shortly, and it will then be sold to Forestry and Lands Scotland (formerly Forestry Commission Scotland). Once this takes place there will be consultations on how best to create a facility that can be enjoyed by all sections of the community as well as visitors. FLS's indicative layout and planting strategy is on display in Saline Golf Club. Please note that the drawing is indicative and that final proposals will be agreed via the consultations.

Witchcraft Victims

At August's meeting Cllr Kate Stewart advised of the possibility of erecting a national monument to the women who were effectively murdered following accusations of being witches. 4,000 unfortunate women were executed, usually by burning, in Scotland in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Fife had a particularly high proportion of these. One Torryburn woman, Lilias Adie, died in custody and, unusually, was buried rather than the usual custom of throwing victims into the sea or rivers. Apparently, people thought that the devil could reincarnate witches who hadn't been disposed of in water, so her grave was sealed with a huge slab to stop her exacting revenge. The site of her grave is known and is felt to be an appropriate site for the monument.



[Editor’s Note: I was present at the conference at the Glen Pavilion when the memorial was first mooted and asked about records for Saline; apparently there are no records at all about witches in Saline parish so either Saline was more tolerant, or records have been lost – unless anybody in the parish knows better!]

Police

This month's Police Newsletter reveals that 33 calls from Saline and Steelend were received but there were no reported crimes. However, a disturbing incident of a suspected prowler on the Allanwater estate is a reminder to be vigilant and report suspicions to the police. The milkman story on Facebook was funny but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Date of Next Meeting

Tuesday 29 October at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre. This will also be the (short) AGM. All welcome.




NEW ACTIVITIES IN SALINE COMMUNITY CENTRE 

Di Crawford has started her Yoga classes in Saline Community Centre again. It's a beginner Hatha Yoga class that meets at 7.30pm on Tuesdays. Although Di provides most equipment such as blocks, bricks and belts, it's best if people bring a yoga mat as her supplies are limited. The cost of classes is six sessions for £30 or the drop-in rate of £6 per class.

George Orr has also restarted his popular Circuit Training on Thursdays between 8.00pm and 9.00pm. Cost is a modest £5 with obvious health benefits.

A really welcome development is that the Smilers group for toddlers has started again. This gives the children a chance to play and make friends and for mums and grans to have a good blether with tea/coffee and biscuits/cake. They meet on Tuesdays between 9.00am and 11.00am and are really sociable.

It is important that facilities like these, and existing ones like badminton, are well patronised to ensure their sustainability and that of the centre. All are very reasonably priced so please give them a try.




SUBSIDISED PUBLIC TRANSPORT CONVERSATIONS 

Fife Council currently spends £22m each year to subsidise transport, which includes our 28, evening and Sunday services, and school transport. The Council is now asking residents to find out more about the passenger services it provides to help lots of people to travel around Fife for a variety of reasons.

Over the year ahead, the Council wants Fifers to help it explore whether its resources could be used differently for better results. This is about working together to design the best solutions for the future.

The Council has published a range of information on-line at http://our.fife.scot/transportingpeople to help people understand what is presently invested and why it is important. This includes supported local bus services, rail concessions, school transport and demand-responsive transport.

People now have a chance to understand the impact that these services have on our lives, how much they cost and to tell the Council what they think already works well or to ask questions about the services

In October and November, people will be asked about what solutions they would like to see in an ideal world. 

This will involve an interactive online conversation where residents will be able to rate and comment on each other's ideas, as well as face-to-face conversations with transportation users.

In early 2020, the Council will start to consider how ‘the dream’ matches up with policy, legislation, existing contracts and other practicalities. This will allow it to refine ideas and gather some more specific feedback. Later in 2020, some concrete options will be put up for a vote.

This not a traditional consultation process. Several phases of engagement, including opportunities to get involved offline as well as online, will examine a complex set of services that are inextricably linked to other public services and other aspects of community life.

This is one of the ways in which the Council is taking forward Participatory Budgeting in Fife. It is a new approach and the council will be learning from it as it goes. You can find out more about Participatory Budgeting, and what the Council is looking to achieve, at https://pb.scotland.scot/charter

The first phase of the exercise is live now, with information available at http://our.fife.scot/transportingpeople

To join online debates and submit feedback, you need to register with a new citizen participation platform Let’s Talk about Our Fife. This platform is being developed by COSLA for Scottish councils to use. It will increasingly allow the Council to open up debates and gather feedback, as well as letting residents share ideas and submit proposals, comment on others' input and participate in votes and polls. Through the various sections of the system, citizen-generated ideas can lead to actions by Fife Council and its partners

Public transport is vitally important to our community. Without it many would effectively be isolated. Please take this opportunity to have your say.




HELP A BROWNIE 

The Brownie Pack are in desperate need of adult help. We meet on a Thursday in the Church Hall from 6.30pm to 8.00pm; leaders arrive at around 6.00pm and leave by 8.30pm. We would like a person or persons willing to commit to attending on a weekly basis. No previous experience in guiding is needed. If anyone is interested, to find out more or to visit, please call 853080.




NEW GROUP 

A new group has been set up for breastfeeding mothers. It meets on Monday mornings between 9.30am and 11.15am. For more information, contact the Facebook group Saline Breastfeeding Group.

In addition, the Saline Baby and Toddler Group meets on Tuesday between 9.30am and 11.30am at Saline Community Centre. The charge of £2.50 also includes tea or coffee, and a children’s snack. See Facebook group for more information.





STEELEND CLUB 

Steelend Gala Committee are holding the following events in Steelend Club:

    · Children's Halloween Disco, Thursday 31 October, 6.30pm until 8pm. Prize for best pumpkin and best fancy dress. Entry £1.

    · Vintage Afternoon Tea, Sunday 3 November, 2.00pm-4.00pm. Tickets are on sale in Club for £6.

    · Christmas Sale, Sunday 17 November, 1.00pm-3.00pm Lots of gift ideas. Refreshments available.

    - Simply Arianna (a great tribute act): Sunday 24 November, 3.00pm. Tickets on sale in the club, £10 adult, child £5. Please come along; non-members welcome.






SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

Open Doors day was well attended, and people seemed to enjoy visiting the church, museum and graveyard. Thank you to everyone who helped with and supported the event. Our second speaker event is on Wednesday 18 October, 7 for 7.30pm, Mary Queen of Scots at Loch Leven Castle. Were the keys to the castle really flung in the loch? How long was she imprisoned there? Professor David Munro is our speaker and will answer these questions and many more.

We are hoping to hold a Christmas quiz night sometime in December; the theme is currently secret, but more will be revealed in the coming weeks.




SALINE & BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH NEWS 

Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Charities: Thank you to everyone who supported the Coffee Morning on 25 September when the excellent sum of £260 was raised. If anyone who was unable to come on Wednesday would like to contribute, donations can be given to the church treasurer, Stewart Miller, to be forwarded to the charity. Cathie Hall and Margaret Graham were the winners of the two competitions.

Holiday Club: planned for Monday 21 October (an in-service day following the October holiday) will run from 10.00 am to 12.45pm. The programme of games, songs, stories, crafts, and food will suit any primary school children. Parents/guardians are welcome to stay and/or join us for lunch at 12.15pm. The cost will be £1 per child or £2 for a family. Further information can be found through the church website.

Harvest Thanksgiving: will be celebrated on Sunday 13 October at 9.00am. All are welcome to join us at the service which will be followed by a Bring and Share Brunch in the Church Hall. As in previous years, there will be the opportunity to give a Thanksgiving offering. This year we will be supporting the Cyrenians who are based in Edinburgh but also work in Midlothian and Fife. The charity works through a number of projects and in cooperation with other agencies in helping people in difficulty for various reasons find accommodation or emergency supplies and suitable training or employment, and to establish themselves back into the community.

Ceilidh: This regular event in the church calendar has had to be postponed from 16 November as originally planned. It is hoped to hold this early in the new year and details will be available in due course.




NURSERY NEEDS A HAND (OR FEW) 

Saline Nursery is in desperate need of volunteers over the October holidays as we are revamping our nursery garden and fitting a new kitchen. If anyone has a couple of hours (or more!) to spare, we would be very grateful. Call or text Clare on 07759 348837.




VACANT SITE ON MAIN STREET, SALINE 

Elsewhere in this Bulletin you will have read about the progress that is being made in reviewing and updating our 2011 Community Action Plan. Amongst the opportunities included in the plan is bringing the vacant site on Saline Main Street, opposite the shop, back into use. Sadly, little progress has been made. A variety of suggestions have been made over the years; allotments, community growing space, three or four ‘alms-house’ style homes for older people, café and shop. Even a car park to alleviate parking problems on the road! None has found a ‘champion’ to take an idea forward. Contrary to the rumour that was circulating on Facebook some weeks ago, Fife Council has not sold it off. It is still in Council ownership, but their affordable housing team has deemed it ‘too small’ and consequently it will be marketed as a ‘development opportunity’. The Community Empowerment Act and money available from Scottish Government for asset transfer makes it viable for communities themselves to sponsor development. As recent events have demonstrated, many of those in in positions of power and authority have shown themselves to be unwilling or incapable of delivering what local communities themselves believe to be in their interest. This is the time for local people to take a lead.

Most recently P5, 6, 7s from the primary school spent many hours of ‘outdoor learning’ time clearing the site, only to be told that they can have no further use of it. Many people feel that in the short term the school must be supported in developing the site for ‘learning’. If you feel strongly about this issue, please come along to the next Community Council meeting on Tuesday 29 October and share your views. Alternatively convey them to the Bulletin Team at editorsandsbulletin@gmail. Make sure include that second ‘s’ in the email address!




ACCESS TO MUIRSIDE 

Many people who have used the tortuous route through the Allanwater site to access Forestry and Lands Scotland’s Muirside estate will be pleased to learn that it will become easier. A 2m wide strip of the land currently being used by Allanwater, adjacent to the last bungalow on that side of Oakley Road, is owned by FLS. Permissions and funding are being sought to create a gated access through the stone wall, and a ramp down to where the footpath begins. This will be especially valuable to the school, who currently use a path through the muddy field from the bus turning circle to get to the Community Orchard. Also, discussions are taking place to see whether a simple ‘outdoor classroom’ might be constructed at the orchard to provide a measure of shelter for staff and children.




FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

Saline Golf Club

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

Golf Memberships available.
Junior Golf Membership only £10 per year.
Social Membership only £12 per year.
Bingo every Monday, 7.30pm start.
Quiz night every Thursday at 8.30pm. £1 entry. 

5 October: Bowie & Rod Tribute Night. 8.00pm, £10, tickets at the bar.

25 October: Prize Bingo & Raffle Night. 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Donations of prizes appreciated. Pay at the door on the night. All welcome.

8 November: Community Council Fireworks Party. 6.30pm for 7.00pm. Raffle tickets (to pay towards the fireworks) now on sale.

31 November: Echo Beach, 80s Tribute Duo. £10 tickets.


Steelend Miners Club

Children's Halloween Disco, Thursday 31 October, 6.30pm-8.00pm. Prize for best pumpkin and best fancy dress. Entry £1.

Vintage Afternoon Tea, Sunday 3 November, 2.00pm-4.00pm. £6.

Christmas Sale, Sunday 17 November, 1.00pm-3.00pm Lots of gift ideas. Refreshments available.

Simply Arianna (a great tribute act): Sunday 24 November, 3.00pm. £10 adult, child £5. Non-members welcome.


Brownies
Every Thursday 6.30pm-8.00pm
Saline Church Hall

116th Fife Scout Group

Beaver Colony
Every Friday, 6.00pm-7.30pm

Cub Pack
Every Thursday, 6.30pm-8.00pm

Scout Troop
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm

Explorer Unit
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm

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


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

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

Beginner Hatha Yoga
Tuesdays, 7.30pm
£30/6 sessions or £6 per class drop-in.
Saline Community Centre
Although most equipment such as blocks, bricks and belts are provided, please bring a yoga mat.

Circuit Training
Thursdays, 8.00pm-9.00pm, £5.
Saline Community Centre

Shieldbank Coffee Shop
North Road, Saline, Fife, KY12 9LN
Hot and cold drinks, savory toasties, baguettes, cheese tarts, scones, carrot cake etc.
Open Tuesdays-Sundays from 9.30am-6.00pm.
Craft Group, Thursdays, 10.00am-12.00noon.
Photography Group, Fridays, 7.30-9.00pm.
Tel: 07792 759583

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

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

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

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church 

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

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church Holiday Club:
Monday 21 October, 10.00 am-12.45pm. Parents/guardians are welcome to stay and/or join us for lunch at 12.15pm. £1 per child/£2 per family

Harvest Thanksgiving:
Sunday 13 October, 9.00am. Followed by a Bring and Share Brunch in the Church Hall.

Saline & Steelend Community Council
Includes short AGM.
Tuesday 29 October, 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre

Saline & District Heritage Society
Mary Queen of Scots at Loch Leven Castle. Professor David Munro
Wednesday 18 October, 7 for 7.30pm



                 This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group


Issue 79 September 2019

posted 5 Aug 2019, 09:37 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 3 Oct 2019, 17:24 ]



FUTURE OF THE COMMUNITY BULLETIN 

The suggestion in the previous Bulletin that paper copies of the Bulletin might be discontinued has provoked quite a debate. As the article explained, printing the bulletin has become quite costly and distribution to individual homes is entirely reliant on a small band of volunteers, but the value that most people attach to receiving the Bulletin in this way cannot be understated. It has been a key component in achieving greater social cohesion and neighbourliness. Consequently, at their August meeting SSCDT Trustees decided that no changes needed to be made at the present time. Most importantly, the private trust that has grant-funded the Bulletin for the last three years has agreed to provide a further grant that will ensure financial security until 2022. We have also benefitted from the generous donations from Knockhill Racing Circuit and Bandrum Residential Home, and numerous other small groups and individuals. 

However, the Communications Group will be looking at how the Bulletin, the villages’ Facebook page and the website might be better integrated so that local people can be aware of everything that is going on and have greater opportunities to participate and contribute. The possibility of linking into the planned, new West Fife Villages website will also be explored. 

If you would like to register your interest in helping to distribute the Bulletin to homes around you, or in any other way, please email editorsandsbulletin@gmail.com. 



BUS CHANGES 

Our bus services changed on 19 August.

The former 6 service to Limekilns now terminates at Dunfermline bus station and is re-numbered as 6A. The evening service remains (the F6) but is now operated by Bay Travel. Please note that this service travels via Carnock to Dunfermline and does not enter the main part of Oakley. It stops at the bus stops on the main road in both directions. Also note that Bay Travel does not accept Stagecoach tickets. 

The 28 service is unchanged but residents are reminded that it can be used to connect to Glasgow buses at Kincardine. It also accesses Queen Margaret Hospital. 

A useful late night service is the 4C from Dunfermline bus station to Blairhall and returns via Saline and Steelend. It leaves Dunfermline Monday to Saturday at 22.45 and 23.45, reaching Saline at 23.27 and 00.27, and Steelend at 23.30 and 00.30. On Sundays, the only service is the 23.45. These are useful services for getting to and back from functions in Saline Golf Club and Steelend Club. 

Stagecoach timetables are available from Dunfermline bus station and on-line. Bay Travel timetables are available on line but, at the time of writing, are not available at the bus station. 



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. 





COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS 

A decent attendance at June's meeting discussed a number of issues, not least progress towards updating our Community Action Plan. 

Community Action Plan

Enid Trevett from the Coalfield Communities Regeneration Trust attended to discuss a possible CCRT involvement in the review. She described work undertaken in other communities similar to the approach taken here. Updating would be similar to that taken in the original, emphasising community participation and control of the process. CCRT would provide in-house professional support, and fund printing and events. While the Community Council had hoped to use Lesley Campbell again to provide support, it was accepted that funding from other sources was unlikely and it was felt that it was more important to get things moving. 

The next stage is to form a steering group to co-ordinate the works and it is hoped that volunteers from outside the Community Council will come forward. This approach proved successful in the original plan. Further details will be available shortly but if you want to know more contact David Chisholm (david.chisholm47@btinternet.com) or Donald Murdoch (djmurdoch47@btinternet.com) 

Traffic Issues 

David Chisholm will be raising the issues raised at previous meetings with the West Fife Villages Forum as we are aware of similar concerns within other West Fife Villages communities. It is felt that a joined-up approach on a ward-wide basis would be more effective. 

The chicanes on West Road continue to cause complaints and several near misses were described. 

The June/July Bulletin referred to complaints about a recovery vehicle parked on Loch Road and it is disappointing that the problem has escalated with antagonism towards the driver. David Chisholm visited the site and spoke to the driver and complainants. He had suggested an alternative area, which the meeting felt was sensible, but this was unacceptable to the complainants. Various options were discussed but found to be impractical. Police have been involved and have confirmed that no laws have been broken. Consequently, given the impasse, there is nothing that the Community Council can do other than deplore threats of violence. 

Following discussion of the danger of children running onto Oakley Road from the skateboard park, Cllr Manekshaw contacted Transportation who maintained their previous stance. David Chisholm asked Campion Homes to fence off the gap at the Kingdom development but, before this could be done, a child was injured. Fortunately, she has not been seriously hurt but had to spend time in hospital and her injuries will need time to heal. The message is for drivers is to be vigilant and obey speed limits but parents also need to educate their children on road safety. 

Jean Alexander indicated that Speedwatch activities are restricted by a shortage of volunteers. Anyone interested? 


Fife Council Garages

Scottish Community Enterprise has provided some resources to assess the viability of acquiring the garages. 

Saline Community Centre

The remainder of the Scottish Community Enterprise resources will be used to carry out a preliminary assessment of the options for the use of the centre. 

It is disappointing to hear of the Heritage Lottery Fund's withdrawal of its offer to contribute to improving Saline Church due to uncertainty over its future. Nevertheless the church has had an important role in the community and its future is likely to be an important aspect of the Community Action Plan's deliberations. 

The Big Lunch 

It has been established that there is no reason why an event couldn't be held at any time and it is believed that that there might be a volunteer willing to organise a Saline and Steelend event 

Fireworks Night

Thanks are due to our three councillors who voted through a grant to this year's event. Knockhill Racing Circuit and Bandrum Nursing Home are also willing to continue support for the event so thanks to them too. Nevertheless, there is still a shortfall in funding and it is important that the raffle is successful. If you are able to help with selling and/or providing prizes, please contact David Chisholm at david.chisholm47@btinternet.com. 

Community Bulletin

Mark Baugh is standing down as chair of the Communications Group at the end of this year due to a need to devote more time to his business. Mark has been co-ordinator from the start and his commitment will be missed. He, the Bulletin editors and the army of distributors deserve a huge vote of thanks for providing a publication that many people look forward to receiving. 

In view of Mark's impending departure a new member is required for the editorial team. David Chisholm has agreed to stand in but it would be best for someone new to step into Mark's shoes. If you feel that you can help, please contact Mark or David to discuss the editorial team's duties. 

Weeds on Roads and Footpaths 

A lot of people have complained about this. Cllr Bobby Clelland is investigating but warned of cutbacks to Fife Council's budget for such works. 

Dunfermline Delivers (or does it?) 

Several people complained about the amount of funds allocated to Dunfermline city centre compared to other Fife centres. It was felt that the environment in Dunfermline was considerably poorer than in Kirkcaldy yet the bulk of funds was going there. 

The essential problem is that Fife Council has little real control over where this money is spent as it is a Scottish Government initiative that sets out the priorities and areas for spending. The budget must target Fife's most deprived areas with the objective of creating economic activity. Most people are aware that Kirkcaldy's centre has been deteriorating for some years while Dunfermline's is reasonably stable. 

AUGUST MEETING

Another decent attendance discussed progress since the June meeting and new issues of dog fouling, reinstatement of our popular street orderly and provision of a seat at Saline cemetery along with the future of the Community Bulletin, Community Action Plan review and Eden Project initiatives. The latter three items are reported elsewhere in this Bulletin. 

Our three councillors attended and had their ears nipped on a number of issues. 

Traffic and Road Safety

Many of the issues raised in Saline and Steelend are also relevant to other West Fife villages. David Chisholm will be raising Traffic matters at the West Fife Forum. It is understood that other communities have also raised problems of flooding, something also relevant here. 

Speedwatch has been out on West Road recently and recorded a number of speeding vehicles. As indicated earlier, they need more recruits to be effective. 

On Oakley Road, Transportation heels seem to have been dug in, but the situation will be reassessed when the new developments are completed. In the meantime, Kingdom Housing Association will be contacted to expedite completion of the footpath from their site. 

Allanwater Homes have been contacted about the lack of street names and the need to finish road surfacing. Problems of cars parking on pavements have led to on-line discussions and arguments. It would be best that cars are parked on the highway. The possibility of a sign directing visitors to the car park at the playing fields entrance will be investigated. 

Some residents in 1-17 Upper Kinneddar who have suffered from deliveries for Upper Kinneddar Gardens will be pleased to hear that Fife Council has agreed to install clearer signage to Upper Kinneddar Gardens. 

Council Garages and Community Centre

The consultants appointed by the Scottish Land Fund to assess the feasibility of community acquisition will be visiting the sites in early September. Fife Council has provided additional information on the community centre's condition that will help with their assessments. 

Fireworks Night

Knockhill Race Circuit has contributed a gratefully received £250 to the event while Bandrum Nursing Home is also willing to contribute. Raffle tickets are currently being printed and the organisers are looking for people to donate prizes and/or sell tickets door-to-door. Last year's event was very popular and needs financial support to continue. 

Street Orderly

One thing that most people in Saline and Steelend were agreed on was the good job done by Alan Pettigrew in keeping our community tidy. Consequently, there was considerable disquiet when he was shifted to Rosyth and an on-line petition has been sent to Fife Council. The Community Council has also written to Fife Council asking that Alan returns here. 

Seat for Saline Cemetery

Visitors to the cemetery have suggested that a seat is required. Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust has acquired or is buying seats to commemorate people who have contributed a lot to our community. Due to a number of factors, the Trust has been able to commission another seat for installation in the cemetery. 

Date of Next Meeting 

Tuesday 24 September at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre. All are welcome. 



SALINE GOLF CLUB

You are invited to become a Social Member at Saline Golf Club for only £12 from now until August 2020. This means you can enjoy the facilities and events at the Club. 

    Monday Night Cash Bingo (over 18), 7 for 7.30pm start. 

    Thursday Night Quiz, 8.30pm start. New Teams welcome £1 per person entry. 

    Saturday 14 September: Quiz Night, 8.30pm start. 

Why not get a team together and join in the Monthly Saturday Quiz? £2 per person entry. Cash prize for winning team and great fun. 

    Tuesday 17 September: Vintage Bus Trip to the Falkirk Wheel which leaves the Golf Club at approximately 11.00am and arrives back at approximately 4.00pm for High Tea. Details on Club notice board. 

    Sunday 22 September: Gents Open Golf Competition, £10 entry. 

    Saturday 5 October: The next show is a David Bowie/Rod Stewart Tribute. Tickets £10 from the Bar. 

    Friday 8 November: Community Council Fireworks Party. 




EDEN PROJECT COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME 

Many of you will be aware of the Eden Project housed in a series of geodesic domes down in the south west of England; but, as you may have read in a previous Bulletin, they are now developing a communities programme across the UK that includes encouraging people to organise Big Lunches – an opportunity for communities big and small to get together, share food and chat. It has not been possible to arrange such an event in Saline and Steelend this year but 2020 is the 75th anniversary of VE Day and villages across Fife are being encouraged to celebrate. This could provide the excuse we need for a street party!

In the meantime, the Eden Project are arranging a series of workshops that people, young and old, who want to make a positive change in their community can attend. There will be opportunities for skills sharing, brainstorming and networking with others. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. The workshop for West Fife will be held at Blair Castle Scottish Mineworkers Convalescent Trust, Culross KY12 8JW on Thursday 26 September from 3.00pm to 7.00pm. 

For more information email sandrabrown@edenproject.com or book a free place at eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-fife-networking-event-tickets-69988287853. 



116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

At the beginning of June the Beavers held a joint trip with the Cubs to Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. A most enjoyable day was had by all. 

In July six Scouts teamed up with Scouts from the 40th Fife from Garvock Bank Dunfermline for a joint summer camp at the Barrwood Campsite near Stirling. Again, this was enjoyed by all. 

All Sections have now restarted after an extended summer holiday. The new session has started with a bang with six new Beavers and two new Cubs joining the Group. 

At the end of August the Beavers and Cubs joined the Carnock & Gowkhall Gala parade. 

The next major event is the Cub and younger Scout camp to be held at the Nineacres Memorial Site at the Crook of Devon over the last weekend in August beginning of September. At this camp we will be joined by Cubs from the 83rd Fife based in Cairneyhill. 

There are still places available in all Sections for both boys and girls aged between 6 and 18. 

On a more serious note, we have lost another Leader; this time from the Scout Section. We are therefore now urgently seeking not only another Leader for the Beaver Colony but also a Leader to work with the Scout Section. If you would like to work with the youth of today to help develop them to reach their full potential and have fun doing so (all necessary training is provided free), please get in touch for an informal chat. All adult posts require to be Disclosure Scotland checked. 

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




STEELEND GALA 

Steelend Gala Committee would like to thank all those who came along to the Gala on 3 August, and to the events during gala week. We would like to thank Jane Smart who provided her beautiful car for the Gala Queen, Princess and Page Boy. A special thank you to the local businesses who gave so generously: Montgomery Butchers Oakley, Cusick Motors Oakley, Express Garage Doors, Saline General Store, Mainbrace Rosyth, Knockhill Racing Circuit, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, Scottish Coal Industry Special Welfare Fund, and Saline & Steelend Community Council, and to Fife Council for their grant. Also a big thank you goes to those who contributed to the raffle, gave donations and have supported the fundraising events throughout the year. 

The gala was a great success, the sun shone and the children had great fun on all the inflatables, plus there was the added bonus of the new play park which just opened in time for gala day. A great day was had by all so thank you again. 




STEELEND MINERS WELFARE CLUB 



ABBFAB
(a great Abba tribute band) will be at Steelend Club on Sunday 15 September from 3.00pm. Tickets on sale in the club, Adult £10 and Child £5. Please come along for a great afternoon (non-members welcome). 




CHURCH NEWS 

Church services continue as usual at 9.30am on Sundays, with Sunday Club going on in the church hall at the same time. The Harvest Thanksgiving service will be on Sunday 13 October followed by brunch in the Church Hall. 

The church will provide a one-day holiday club for primary-age children on Monday 21 October, the in-service day at the end of the October holiday. Details will be distributed through the school nearer the time. 

The programme of Guild events starts again on Monday 2 September at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. The Wednesday coffee mornings and Tuesday craft group continue as usual. 

Details of the fortnightly walking groups can be found on the church website. 

A social evening with an Italian theme will be held in the church hall on Friday 20 September at 7.00pm. Tickets are £10. Contact Ann Easton for more information. 

The coffee morning between 10.00am and 12.00 noon in the church hall on Wednesday 25 September will be in aid of McMillan Cancer Support. 




SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

The museum has enjoyed a good summer with many visitors and our final day of opening will be on Sunday 15 September when, along with the Church, we will be taking part in the annual Doors Open Day from 10.30am until 2.00pm. A graveyard tour will be included for anyone who has not yet been or who would like to go again. Entry to the museum and other buildings throughout West Fife on 15 September is free and booklets have been distributed in various locations throughout the village. 

Our speaker events start back up in September; check our Facebook page for further information. 




POSSIBLE ACQUISITION OF SALINE COMMUNITY CENTRE AND COUNCIL GARAGES 

Several failed attempts to obtain professional help to assess the viability of the community acquiring Saline Community Centre and the Council garages, the Community Development Trust has been successful in securing the help of Community Enterprise under the Scottish Government-supported ‘Accelerate’ programme. Community Enterprise will be able to provide ten days’ consultancy time to carry out background research and assistance in carrying out option appraisals and preparing financial models. 

A key element in the financial planning for the Community Centre is the proposed community pharmacy which will provide a commercial anchor. The NHS Fife consultation on the proposal has closed and the indications are that there is considerable support for the idea from local people. We will not know for some months whether they will give the go ahead. If this initial work suggests there is a viable business model, funding will be available from the Scottish Land Fund to appoint consultants to carry out a much more detailed appraisal. 

The help that Community Enterprise can provide with the garages should determine whether a Stage 2 application can be made under the Community Asset Transfer programme. If this is successful, the intention is that a sub-group of the Community Development Trust would obtain funding for essential repairs and improvements. Several community organisations use the garages to store equipment but need more space. Unused garages could also be made available to local tradespeople for storage or workshops, as well to residents who need space to keep bikes, garden furniture, play equipment, etc. Please contact David Chisholm on sscdtmembers@btinternet.com if you would like to become involved in this project. 




BROOMHALL CURLING CLUB 

Broomhall Curling Club have arranged an introduction to curling night on Thursday 19 September at 6.00pm followed by a free Come and Try session on Saturday 14 December 12.15pm. These events will take place at the Kinross Curling Rink. For more information please contact Bob Owens on 07484 664817. 




DOG PROBLEMS.....AGAIN 

Complaints about dog fouling and barking continue and, while it is accepted that bad owners are a minority, things are getting beyond a joke. The best way forward is to provide information on the culprits to Fife Council. Further information can be obtained from Fife Direct. 

Dog owners are reminded that while access legislation permits dogs, it also imposes responsibilities on owners. In particular, it is not a licence to foul areas like the ‘dog walking’ field off Main Street nor to cut fences. This area can be used thanks to the tolerance of the owner so please respect his property and pick up after your pooch. 




TEMPLE PATH 

In response to requests from users, Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust commissioned West Fife Woodlands to cut back undergrowth. This built on earlier voluntary action by Linda and Gordon Moyes. 

It should be noted that the Development Trust agreed to pay for these works as a one- off contribution and it is hoped that local volunteers will come forward to either help to manage the undergrowth or to raise funds for West Fife Woodlands to carry out further work on this invaluable community asset. 




LET'S TALK... ABOUT PLAY SPACES 

Between 21 August and 10 December 2019, you can take part in Fife Council's discussion on the future of play spaces. 

Play spaces include equipped play parks, greenspaces with play spaces such as slopes for sliding or logs for climbing on, and greenspaces for playing in such as parks and woods. The council is looking at the future of its play spaces. The council needs a long term plan as most play equipment will be at the end of its safe use in the next year while many parks can only be used by pre-school children. The council has a draft Play Spaces strategy to address these challenges that can be downloaded from Fife Council's play parks webpage https://fifedirect.org.uk/playparks/ . 

If the council approves the strategy it will 

  · be used to secure funding for upgrading play parks 

  · ensure that play parks have a range of equipment that can be used by children of all ages 

  · transform many greenspaces into play spaces 

After the Let's Talk discussion, a report will be compiled to aid councillors on approving the strategy. 

An event to discuss proposals for the West Fife Villages will be held on 4 December between 6.30 and 8.30pm in Valleyfield Community Centre. 




NEW FIFE DIRECT WEBSITE 

Most users will acknowledge the frustrations of using the Fife Direct website. It seems that it only ever provides answers when you actually know the specific question to ask. 

Cllr Mino Manekshaw has contacted the Community Council to advise that a new website is in the final stages of development and will soon be entering a testing phase before its final release to the public. 

To quote the letter to Cllr Manekshaw, “we are currently revising any content and tidying up pages of the site ready for testing in September. We will be testing with a group of 80 staff volunteers, plus the Fife Digital Participation Panel who are external to the council and from all walks of life, who will provide some valuable insight. We welcome any other testers who would like to get involved if you have constituents who would like to participate.” 

Cllr Manekshaw's view is that robust testing, by as wide an age-range and IT-awareness as possible, will play an essential part in ensuring that the new site delivers on the promise. If you would like to get involved or know of someone else, please let Mino know as soon as possible.

cllr.Mino.Manekshaw@fife.gov.uk




ACTION PLAN REVIEW

For some years the Community Council has been seeking funding to carry out a review of the Community Action Plan that was prepared in 2011 and to produce an updated document. Sadly these efforts have been unsuccessful. However the Coalfields Regeneration Trust have stepped forward to assist us. They will receive money from Scottish Government for their work. 

The intention of the exercise is to review the content of the original plan, particularly the priorities, and consider which have been achieved, partly achieved or remain to be addressed. Some may no longer be relevant and there may also be issues that weren't identified first time around. We will also endeavour to align the plan with the Scottish Government's Place Standard template which adopts fourteen characteristics of place and provides a way of representing them graphically. The value of having an updated plan is that it helps validate any future funding applications. Funders always require evidence that there is an identified need and support from local people. 

There will an opportunity for everyone living in the villages to contribute through a questionnaire in the Bulletin, on-line, or through the villages’ Facebook page and/or at an open event in the Golf Club. In the immediate term, we have established a small, representative 'steering group' to act as a sounding board for the work. The group met at the end of August and reviewed the themes and priorities identified in the 2011 Action Plan. While there are a few issues that have yet to be addressed and some that are still in progress, there are many that have been achieved. What is particularly pleasing is the number of individuals, groups and businesses that have ‘stepped up to the plate’ and helped deliver a better Saline and Steelend. 

Look out for further information on the villages’ Facebook page and in the Bulletin. 




CHERRY TREE LODGE 

Cherry Tree Lodge is looking for part time support.


Cherry Tree Lodge is a retreat space and guest house one mile outside Saline village. We are a focus for inner peace for a compassionate world and are looking for additional part time help, on a self employed basis, to maintain our consistently high standard of guest care. We are looking for 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 space. Support in the kitchen and sometimes the garden is also needed. If you would like to know more then please contact Mark at:
markandtill@cherrytreelodge.net        telephone 01383 851059 or 07940 421038. 




SALINE FIRST RESPONDERS 

The Queen Anne Singers will be in concert in support of Saline First Responders on Saturday 14 September at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. Tickets are only £5 per person and include light refreshments. See Ann Easton or any of the First Responder team members to get your tickets, telephone 852797 or 852866, or message direct on the Saline First Responders' Facebook page. 




SALINE AND DISTRICT HORTICULTURE AND HANDICRAFT SHOW

The 89th annual show is taking place this weekend on Saturday 7 September and Sunday 8 September in Saline Community Centre. Don’t forget to enter or go along to support everyone, wonder at the flowers and vegetables, and enjoy tea and cake! 




WALKERS BE SAFE 

With the nights already starting to draw in, it’s time to think about staying safe while out walking, particularly when walking dogs outside the villages themselves. While dark clothing can be dangerous even in areas with streetlights, it's far more dangerous in areas without. A small torch is difficult to be seen in oncoming car lights and not at all from behind. There are plenty of options out there, none of which are expensive, and carried by several discount and cheaper shops. Try a hi-viz vest for both yourself and your dog, and there are also small lights sold for bikes as well as animals which can be attached to collars, leads, or backpacks, etc. Stay safe and be seen! 





This edition of the Bulletin is kindly sponsored by Knockhill Racing Circuit 





FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 



Saline Golf Club

We have free Wi-Fi and BT Sports. 
Food available throughout the year: 
Monday: Closed 
Tuesday: 11.00am-2.30pm 
Wednesday: 11.00am-2.30pm 
Thursday: 11.00am-8.00pm 
Friday: 11.00am-2.30pm 
Saturday: 09.00am-2.30pm 
Sunday: 09.00noon-4.00pm 
Saturday and Sunday breakfasts from 9.00am. 
Golf Memberships available. 
Junior Golf Membership only £10 per year. 
Social Membership only £12 per year. 
Bingo every Monday, 7.30pm start. 
Quiz night every Thursday at 8.30pm. £1 entry. 

Rainbows 
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm 
Saline Church Hall 

Brownies 
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm 
Saline Church Hall 

116th Fife Scout Group 

Beaver Colony 
Every Friday, 6.00pm-7.30pm 

Cub Pack 
Every Thursday, 6.30pm-8.00pm 

Scout Troop 
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm 

Explorer Unit 
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm 

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

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

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

Community Council Meeting 
Tuesday 24 September 
7.30pm, Saline Community Centre. 
All are welcome. 

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

Anyone who runs, or is involved with a group, is invited to Shieldbank Coffee Shop to showcase the activity of their group. (Free) 

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club 
Everyone welcome! Riding lessons for children from 4 years upwards. Adult riding lessons from complete beginners to competition standard riders. Small groups or individual tuition. Well-schooled horses and ponies. Opportunity to compete. Equestrian Vaulting for young people from 5 years+. Come and have a go! 
Tel: 01383 852874 
Email: info@shieldbank.co.uk 
fb: Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club 

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

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

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church 

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

The Harvest Thanksgiving service will be on Sunday 13 October followed by brunch in the Church Hall. 

The church will provide a one-day holiday club for primary-age children on Monday 21 October, the in-service day at the end of the October holiday. 

A social evening with an Italian theme will be held in the church hall on Friday 20 September at 7.00pm. Tickets are £10. Contact Ann Easton for more information. 

Saline & District Rural 
Wednesday 2 October 7:30pm
Saline Community Centre
Speaker from Cosy Kingdom 



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Issue 78 June/July 2019

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New Look E-Bulletin

We are moving to e-distribution of the Community Bulletin.

Countdown – 4 paper editions to go 

It has become more and more challenging to obtain funding for the Community Bulletin and is taking up an increasing amount of time to fundraise. The bulletin is becoming more and more popular and has needed to increase 50% in size, proportionately increasing costs. We have taken the decision to move to move to e-distribution of the bulletin by December 2019, and are taking into account GDPR issues. 

It will have a number of benefits:

    · Costs will be drastically reduced

    · You will receive colour bulletins in a similar format to this one - not just a link - by email, which will contain more images, will be easier to read and will be accessible on all devices.

    · It will be easier to send out a ‘call to action’ if, for instance, we start getting a spate of burglaries.

    · It will be easier to announce any events that occur outwith the bulletin copy deadlines

We are glad that you enjoy being ‘in the know’ with what is happening in your community.

The next five months will be a transition period where we will deliver both hard copy bulletins and an e-bulletin. 

We recognise that there are folk in our community that do not have access to the internet – do not worry. We will be making provision for you. Over the remaining months that the paper edition will be delivered, we will include a form to request a paper bulletin. More information will follow in the next edition.


PLEASE ACT NOW IF YOU WISH TO CONTINUE RECEIVING THE MONTHLY BULLETIN - BY EMAIL 


Your details will only be used to set up and distribute the bulletin by email. We promise not to share the information with any other parties. 

You can click HERE or access the sign up form on the home page, or you can access the form directly by typing in the following into your browser address bar: https://tinyurl.com/Saline-Steelend-bulletin

REMEMBER - Complete the form for each person in the household that wishes to receive the bulletin.

In service 
The Communications Group 



NEW POLICE NEWSLETTER 

Our Community Police Officers for Ward 1, PCs Kevin Chandler and Ian Fraser, have produced a quarterly newsletter for the West Fife and Coastal Villages. It can be read on the West Fife Villages website. 

Of particular interest to our community is the widespread concern about speeding and poor parking. Police will be increasing checks over the next months so beware. 

Kevin and Ian can be contacted by email at WestFifeCoastalVillagesCPT@pnn.police.uk. If you don't have Internet access, call 101 and the call handler will pass your message to Kevin or Ian.





Editor's Note

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





SALINE & BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH NEWS 

Church Services at 9.30am will continue as usual over the summer months. There will be provision for children in the hall during part of the service.

The end of the regular Sunday Club session will be marked on Sunday 23 June. The service will be followed by a Church Family BBQ in the hall and grounds.

A Service of Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 30 June at 9.30 am.

The Wednesday Coffee Mornings (10.00-12.00) continue over the summer.

The walking group programme also continues and further details can be found on the church website or from Stewart Millar or Peter Philp.

The Church premises will be open to the public, coinciding with the Museum in the former session house, on Sundays 10.30-12.30, Tuesdays 18.00-20.00, and Wednesdays 10.30-12.30. Visitors are welcome to come and learn something of our history and present life, or just take the opportunity of spending a time of peace and reflection.



COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS 

There was a decent attendance on a typically dreich evening, brightened up by some new faces. David Chisholm welcomed them and hoped that they would continue to attend.


In his introductory remarks, David referred to his and Donald Murdoch's attendance at a visit from residents from Saline, Michigan, USA organised by the Heritage Society. This had been a pleasant experience and he hoped that there would be more visits. Visitors to the Church Hall will have noticed the flag left by the guests who had gone back to the States with heritage material (plus souvenirs from their visit to the Glengoyne Distillery!) He also noted that new residents had participated in the recent Fun Day organised by Saline Church and praised the quality of photos posted on the Community Facebook site.

Traffic Issues

The previous issue referred to the Scottish Government's response to Fife Council's attitude to our requests for speed and weight limits on some local roads. Cllr Manekshaw has raised this with Transportation who had responded that the Council can only take forward projects based on proven need. As our views are shared by other West Fife villages, David Chisholm will be taking this matter up with the West Fife Villages Forum to establish whether a co-ordinated effort is required.

Regarding last month's reference to complaints about a lorry parked on Loch Road, it appears that the driver has received Facebook and face-to-face threats. This is an over-the-top reaction which is not warranted by the situation. [Please see letter later in this issue. Editor]

Several people were concerned about children running across Oakley Road from the skateboard area to the new houses, using a gap between the hedge and the temporary fence along the Kingdom frontage. A new fence will be installed when the roadside path is constructed but, in the meantime, Kingdom Housing will be asked to extend the temporary fence to block off the gap. However, it is also vital that parents remind their children of the dangers of running on to the road.

Jean Alexander advised that there are only four Speedwatch volunteers available, which limits their availability, and they are desperate for others to join. A new police officer has been appointed to support the group.

Council Garage Sites

As reported previously, Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust has expressed an interest in taking over the sites with a view to modernising the garages to enable some to be used by community groups and for use by small local businesses. A Phase 2 bid is currently being prepared.

Christmas Lights

This proposal needs a ‘champion’, supported by a small team, to take forward. Is there anyone out there willing to volunteer?

Mobility Scooter Access to Saline Golf Club

The ramps have been marked out and the access to the Golf Club car park will be resurfaced in June. The Club is also considering applying for funding to install an electric car charging point. The Club has made significant and welcome changes over the last year or so and is a valuable community asset. Please consider making more use of it.

Hotel Site

The Community Council has established that there are three limited companies involved in the Kelcon Group: Kelcon Property Group (in administration), Kelcon Construction (winding-up order issued) and Shellabear Timber Manufacturing. All three companies' accounts for the year to June 2018 are overdue for submission to Companies House and could therefore be subject to a compulsory strike-off.

The Glebe

The April meeting learned that the site is now being marketed as five individual plots – three for offers over £100,000 and two for offers over £80,000 - and there was concern that this would create difficulties regarding the planning conditions/obligations imposed for the whole site. Whilst Cllr Manekshaw had been assured by planning officers that the existing conditions would apply, there are doubts about the practicalities of leaving individuals to meet collective requirements such as roads, services, wheel washing and the outstanding Coal Authority survey. Indeed, should the purchasers of the plots wish to materially amend the house types already approved, they would need to apply for planning permission afresh.

Possible Steelend Housing

There has been no response from Kingdom Housing yet but it appears that Fife Council sold off more land than realised when disposing of Steelend Community Centre. However, the new owner is amenable to approaches from any potential developers of the adjacent land.

Acquisition of Saline Community Centre

The Scottish Land Fund has provided details of possible funding sources for a feasibility study and business plan, and an application is currently being prepared. Moray Royles of City Architecture has prepared some interesting sketches on how the centre could be re-configured to make it more attractive. In the meantime, please remember to post your views on the proposed pharmacy to NHS Fife.

Comrie Colliery

Fife Council has been advised that the Community Council supports restoration of the site but has stressed the need to ensure that activities are properly controlled with reference to the points raised at the last meeting and by objectors.

Food Waste Bags 

It has been established that these can be obtained free of charge from Oakley Community Centre. Cllr Bobby Clelland pointed out that bags should be left untied (this helps the composting process) and that it was acceptable to wrap potato peelings in old newspapers.

The Big Lunch

David had obtained the information pack for the Big Lunch Initiative produced by the Eden Project. The intention is for communities like ours to host a street party where people make or buy food to share with others. The date of the national event has already passed but there could still be an event later in the year, maybe at the same weekend as the Horticultural Show. Beth Shaw undertook to raise the idea with the Rural.

VE Day Celebrations




The West Fife Forum has raised the possibility of all the villages in West Fife collaborating in the celebration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day in 2020. 

More information will be provided when available.




Fireworks Display 2019

Thanks are due to our three councillors for approving a grant of £600 towards this year's event. Other sponsors are being approached but there will still be a need to raise more money through a raffle. Volunteers to sell tickets, possibly on a street to street basis, are required. Can you help to put on another great show? If so, please contact David Chisholm (david.chisholm47@btinternet.com)

Date of Next Meeting:
Tuesday 25 June at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre. All welcome. 




SALINE GOLF CLUB 

Due to requests, breakfasts are now being served on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9.00am. No need to book, just pop in.

Regular events are the Monday night cash bingo (over 18 years only) at 7.30pm, and the Thursday evening quiz starts at 8.30pm. New teams most welcome.

The Saturday Monthly Quiz is on 8 June and is £2 per person – why not get a team together and join us?

The next show is a Beatles, Wings and Paul McCartney tribute on Saturday 29 June at 8.00pm. Tickets are only £10 and are available from the bar.

Golf and Social Memberships are available. Pick up a form from the entrance hallway or the bar.




116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

The proposed Beaver sleepover will now be held after the summer holiday. In May, the Beaver Colony successfully took part, along with other Colonies from Dunfermline District, in the Jamboree on The Trail (JOTT) with walks in and around Lochore Meadows. They also had fun evening ‘pond dipping’ in Carnock Burn followed by a play session in the park in Carnock.

The joint trip with the Beavers and Cubs to Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh is now booked for 8 June.

The Cub Pack have been very busy over the past month with various activities. To earn their Animal Carer Activity Badge, the Cubs visited the Pets at Home store in Dunfermline. For their JOTT the Cubs had an enjoyable walk over Saline Hill. On the evening of the European Elections when the hall was unavailable, the Cubs went to the Carnegie Swimming Pool in Dunfermline where they all passed the Stage 2 Swimmer Activity Badge.

A Patrol from the Scout Troop attended the Gibb Bugle which is the District’s Annual Camping Competition. Though they didn’t win, they enjoyed themselves and gained valuable experience.

The Group Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 20 June at 7.30 pm in the hall at Carnock. As this will be the last meeting for this session for all Sections, the youth membership will be having hotdogs and outdoor games, weather permitting.

Meetings for the new session will start on Thursday 22 Aug for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and on Friday 23 for Beavers all at the usual times.

As we have vacancies in all Sections, new members (both girls and boys) are very welcome to join.

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




SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

The sun shone for the visit by our heritage twin, Saline, Michigan, on Thursday 9 May. They enjoyed refreshments in the church before being taken on a tour of the museum and graveyard. We have also held our AGM and a well-attended last speaker event for the winter/spring season.

The museum opens on Sunday June 10.30am - 1.00pm, our exhibition being on Healthcare across Saline & District. Opening hours are also Tuesdays 6.00 - 8.00pm and Wednesdays 10.00am-12.00noon. We look forward to welcoming everyone.




BANDRUM NEWS 

Bandrum placed a static spin bike in Reception with the aim of cycling the distance of the West Highland Way – 154 km – as part of their Healthy Working Lives initiative. Staff, friends and residents smashed the total, cycling 166.6 km and raising £100 for Penumbra which supports those with vulnerable mental health. Donations can still be made.

Bandrum Summer Fete will be on the 14 September, 02.00-04.00pm; more information will follow in the next bulletin.



TAKE UP CURLING 

Bored sitting in the house on dark winter nights?


Drop your laptop, tablet or mobile; Broomhall Curling Club are looking for new members.

FREE COME & TRY SESSIONS 

For further details, please call Bob Owens on 01383 872696 




LORRY ON LOCH ROAD: 
LETTER RECEIVED IN RESPONSE TO LAST MONTH'S BULLETIN 

In response to your traffic concerns raised, in particular concerns over the parked lorry on Loch Road, we at Randy’s Vehicle Recovery Ltd have had several complaints over the situation – please see below.

Our technician, who is a local man, has been threatened at his door.

Some of the phone calls complaining about the lorry have been aggressive, some using abusive language along with threatening behaviour.

The vehicle has been defaced using raw eggs.

Please note all of our phone calls are recorded and we as a company have a duty of care to all of our staff; we will not tolerate abusive, aggressive or threatening behaviour towards them.

Efforts have been made to relieve the situation to ensure there are no more issues with residents. Our technician is only trying to do his job and provide for his family, not forgetting that he is part of your community.

Any complaints made to our company are taken very seriously and we will do everything possible to rectify the situation but, if this behaviour persists, we will have no option but to call in the police, which we will do as a last resort.


Catherine Pennycook 



This month's sponsor:

This edition of the Bulletin is kindly sponsored by 

Knockhill Racing Circuit 
East of Scotland Motor Group Limited 




FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

Saline Golf Club

We have free Wi-Fi and BT Sports.
Food available throughout the year:
  Monday: Closed
  Tuesday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Wednesday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Thursday: 11.00am-8.00pm
  Friday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Saturday: 09.00am-2.30pm
  Sunday: 09.00noon-4.00pm

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

Rainbows
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

Brownies
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

116th Fife Scout Group

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

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

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

Shieldbank Coffee Shop

Hot and cold drinks, savory toasties, baguettes, cheese tarts, scones, carrot cake etc.
Open Tuesdays – Sundays 09.30am-06.00pm
Craft Group, Thursdays, 10.00am-12.00noon
Photography: Friday, Fridays,07.30pm-09.00pm
Tel: 07792 759583
Photography Day for Beginners with Colin Kilgour
Saturday June 29
Cost £75 including coffees & lunch
!0.00 till 18.00
For details, ring Vic on 07792 759583

Explore New Hobbies
Saturday August 10
Anyone who runs, or is involved with a group, is invited to Shieldbank Coffee Shop to showcase the activity of their group. (Free)
Anyone interested in trying a new hobby should come along to Shieldbank and meet the different groups and, where possible have a hands-on experience.
For information, ring Vic on 07792 759583

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club 

Everyone welcome! Riding lessons for children from 4 years upwards. Adult riding lessons from complete beginners to competition standard riders. Small groups or individual tuition. Well-schooled horses and ponies. Summer holiday riding courses from Introduction to Horses/Ponies right up to Improving your Riding Position/Control and Getting Results! Opportunity to compete. Equestrian Vaulting for young people from 5 years+. Come and have a go! 

Tel: 01383 852874 
Email: info@shieldbank.co.uk 
fb: Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club 

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



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

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church 

Afternoon Craft Group 

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

The service on Sunday 23 June will be followed by a Church Family BBQ in the hall and grounds. 

A Service of Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 30 June at 9.30 am. 

The Church premises will be open to the public, coinciding with the Museum in the former session house, on Sundays 10.30-12.30, Tuesdays 18.00-20.00, and Wednesdays 10.30-12.30. 




                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

KINCARDINE BRIDGE TRAFFIC DELAYS

posted 29 May 2019, 07:27 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 29 May 2019, 07:31 ]

FINAL PHASE OF KINCARDINE BRIDGE MAINTENANCE COMMENCES 5th JUNE

The work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday 5th June and will run until Wednesday 10th July 2019.

Undertaking this work now will ensure the continued safe and reliable operation of this important section of the A985 and reduces the need for more extensive maintenance in the future.

To facilitate this process there will be a full night time carriageway closure on the A985 Kincardine Bridge, with a signed diversion route in operation, between 8pm and 6am, each night from Wednesday 5th June to Saturday 8th June 2019 and again, on Saturday 6th July to Tuesday 9th July 2019.

During the full closure of the A985 Kincardine Bridge the signed diversion will be as follows:

A985 Eastbound traffic will be diverted onto the A876 Clackmannanshire Bridge via Higgins Neuk Roundabout. At Kilbagie Roundabout, traffic will take the exit to join the A977 towards Kincardine. The Diversion will end at Longannet Roundabout and traffic should follow local signage to complete journey.

A985 Westbound traffic will follow the same diversion route but in the opposite direction.

From 6am on Saturday 8th June until 8pm on Saturday 6th July 2019 there will be 24-hour single lane closures on the A985 Kincardine Bridge with temporary traffic signals in place. Saturday 22nd June 2019 will be an exception from the above full carriageway closure to allow for the switchover from the eastbound lane to the westbound lane and the diversion route will apply between 8pm Saturday 22nd and 6am on Sunday 23rd June.

In addition, this scheme will require the partial 24-hour closure of the A876 North Approach Road, affecting the westbound right-turn towards Kincardine Bridge from 6am on Saturday 8th June until 8pm on Saturday 6th July 2019. Traffic will be diverted left via the A985 eastbound to Longannet Roundabout. From here, it will be able to join the A985 westbound towards Kincardine Bridge and diversion will end.

Eastbound traffic at Kincardine Bridge off-slip will also be affected from 6am on Saturday 8th June until 6am on Sunday 23rd June 2019. Traffic will be diverted via the A985 to Longannet Roundabout where it will be able to join the A977 Toll Road towards Kincardine where diversion will end.

Bus operating companies affected by these works will also be instructed to follow the above diversion routes.

Works on the west footway will also take place during the first two weeks of the scheme requiring its closure, signage will be erected with pedestrians instructed to use the east footpath. To allow this an additional pedestrian crossing will be situated on the A876 North Approach Road and a pedestrian phase will be incorporated into the temporary traffic light set-up. The east footway will always be open for the duration of the works to allow pedestrians to cross the bridge.

Traffic journey time monitoring equipment will be used to monitor any traffic delays through the works, with real-time updates provided to the travelling public through variable message signage. Traffic delays are expected during construction, particularly at AM and PM peak times, with a maximum delay of 12 minutes anticipated. Road users are therefore asked to be patient during the works.

Cyclists will be instructed to dismount if using the footpaths across the bridge.

Please note, all schemes are weather dependent and may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not favourable.

This scheme has been planned in consultation with Transport Scotland, Traffic Scotland, the emergency services, Stagecoach, First Bus, Kingfisher Tours, Road Hauliers Association, Freight Transport Association, Abnormal Loads, Clackmannanshire Council, Falkirk Council, Fife Council, and Stirling Council.

A free Road Work Alerts service is available from our website: www.setrunkroads.co.uk

An email address is all that is required to sign up for the service.



Robyn Dale
Community Engagement Manager | Highways

Stagecoach Service Alterations

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

Stagecoach Service Alterations
Public Consultation


Please see the following from Stagecoach:

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

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

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



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



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



Scott Hall 
Commercial Manager

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

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

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

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

Issue 77 May 2019

posted 7 May 2019, 08:10 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 1 Jun 2019, 15:50 ]



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

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

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


Blair House Site Restoration

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

Mobility Scooter Access to Saline Golf Club

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

Pharmacy and Community Centre

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

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

Misbehaving Dogs

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


Possible Steelend Housing

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

Traffic

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

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


Christmas Lights

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

Hotel Site

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

Solsgirth

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

Comrie Colliery

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

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

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

Date of Next Meeting

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




JOIN the COMMUNITY
BULLETIN & WEBSITE TEAM 

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

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

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

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

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

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




SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

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

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

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




BADMINTON 

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




KIRKLANDS GARDEN 
Charity Opening 

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

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

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




WEST FIFE ORCHESTRA - INTERESTED? 

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

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




DUNFERMLINE TO ALLOA RAIL LINE REINSTATEMENT CONSULTATION 

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

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

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

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




TAIGO STEAMS AHEAD 

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




FOOD WASTE BAGS 

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




STEELEND GALA COMMITTEE

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

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




REV DOWNIE WYND 

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

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

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

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

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

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




SALINE HORTICULTURAL SHOW 2019 

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

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

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




SALINE GOLF CLUB 

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

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




STREET CLEANING 

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



BULLETIN DISTRIBUTOR NEEDED
for the Allanwater & Kingdom Housing Developments 

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

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




SOCIAL GARDENING
@ Cherry Tree Lodge 

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

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

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

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




SALINE SCHOOL 

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

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

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

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

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

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





CHURCH NEWS 

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

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

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

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




116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

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

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

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







THE LATE ISOBEL MENZIES’ POEM



The Paradise 


Six miles west of Dunfermline Town 

a lovely village can be found 

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

Known as the "Paradise of Fife" 

as you turn round the golf course bend 

The views in front there is no end. 

The Ochil hills they look so braw. 

whether sunshine, rain or thick with Snaw 

In the village life there's plenty to do 

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

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

or the quiz nights you try hard to win 

coffee mornings, Zumba, golf, Historic Group 

you're spoilt for choice 

and the choir practice if you have a good voice. 

So this village is a good place to reside 

and the people are brilliant you live beside. 




photo: Elaine Laidlaw



SALINE BABY & TODDLER GROUP 

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

What you will get is:

    · CPR for babies and children

    · choking for babies and children

    · croup

    · febrile convulsions

    · Some general child / baby first aid information

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





FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 



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

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

Rainbows
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

Brownies
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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




                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

DUNFERMLINE TO ALLOA RAIL LINE

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

Listening Exercise 

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

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

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

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

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

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