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Adult Protection Info from Fife Council

posted 9 Apr 2020, 04:27 by Ian Holmes-Lewis

ADULT SUPPORT AND PROTECTION COMMITTEE NEWSLETTER.  MARCH 2020

 

The Adult Protection Phone Line is available on 01383 602200 if you or someone you know is at risk of harm or neglect.  In an emergency or if you are in danger call 999.  All Adult Protection information is online at: www.fife.gov.uk/adultprotection

 

The Adult Support and Protection Committee have two posters giving advice: one for people who are self-isolating and one asking people to report harm or neglect if they see or hear anything that concerns them.  Please download and share these messages with your staff and the people you support.

 

For medical information on Coronavirus please call NHS on 111 or find information online at: www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus.  This includes easy read formats giving the latest advice and guidance on isolation.

 

Fife Council have a Coronovirus webpage giving advice including information on schools and childcare, housing and benefits and money.  Fife Council and Fife Voluntary Action (FVA) have launched a service to help match up vulnerable people in urgent need with organisations offering aid and support in our communities.   Fill out a  registration form on the Fife Voluntary Action website at www.fva.org/pandemic.   For more information email helpinghand@fva.org or call 0800 389 6046.

 

TRADING STANDARDS   Fife Council Trading Standards are warning the public to be extra vigilant and avoid being caught up in new scams related to the Coronavirus outbreak. In common with most other crisis situations there are reports of criminals cold calling homes, and using emails, text, online advertisements and phone calls to defraud people.    Trading Standards Scotland have a scam checker which you can access on their website, and people can also contact Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or visit consumeradvice.scot


INFORMATION HUB   The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has launched a community directory providing vital support during the current crisis.  The Covid-19 Third Sector Information Hub allows groups to share what non-medical help they can offer to the public and other organisations;  enables groups to find offers of help between organisations; and helps the public to search for support from organisations in their community, and find how they can volunteer.

 

NEED SUPPORT TO GET ESSENTIAL ITEMS?   Hourglass (the new name for Action on Elder Abuse) have volunteers ready to deliver a shopping bag of tinned and non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials to older people in isolation, in Dunfermline and West Fife at no cost.  If you, or someone you know, would benefit from a delivery, please call: 07496323801 or email: colinscott@elderabuse.org.uk

At this anxious time for many older people, Action on Elder Abuse Scotland are looking for helpline volunteers.   Find out more here.  Volunteers provide a confidential telephone service which provides information, advice and support to people who are concerned about abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.  Volunteers also provide support via email.  The freephone helpline is 0808 808 8141.

 

ANNUAL REPORT   The Adult Support and Protection Committee’s Annual Report and Easy Read version gives details of work between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.  Find out more about the work of the committee and working groups.

 

EASY READ INFORMATION   Every year in Scotland people move to a care home because they need support to look after themselves.  Fife Adult Support and Protection Committee and Solicitors for Older People Scotland have made the booklet ‘I’m moving to a care home.  How do I look after my money?’ to help people think about some of the financial decisions.  To request copies email: shona.mcewan@fife.gov.uk or call 03451 55 55 55 ext 442134. 

 

NEED ADULT PROTECTION TRAINING?   Anyone currently working from home can access the Adult Protection E-Learning module which should take around an hour to complete. Visit: http://socialwork.fife.gov.uk and click on either of the blue sections: ‘Do you belong to a Fife Council Partner Organisation’ or ‘Are you a Fife Council employee’ to start.  We’ll let you know more about training dates in future newsletter editions. 

 

HARMFUL SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR BY CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE  The Scottish Government Expert Group Report sets out proposals from the Expert Group on Preventing Sexual Offending Involving Children and Young People to improve prevention and early intervention in response to harmful sexual behaviour involving children and young people.

 

MENTAL HEALTH   Time to Talk day might be over, but conversations need to happen every day.  Don’t put off having a conversation, or avoid it because you think it might be awkward.  If you’re worried someone is struggling, you don’t have to be an expert to talk about it.  If you are having a hard time and need to talk, reach out to someone you trust or call the Samaritans 24/7 on 116 123.  Here are some resources that can help.

 

COULD YOU VOLUNTEER FOR FIFE YOUNG CARERS?   Their new Befriending Service enables young people with a caring role at home in Fife to experience the same opportunities and activities as their peers. Volunteers can support this by sharing their time and patience with a young carer.   For further information contact: Emma Pauley, Fife Befriending Coordinator by phone 07775844885 or email: epauley@lead.org.uk.

 

WANT TO BE A MUSIC DETECTIVE?   Music for dementia charity, Playlist for Life, launched a package of training programmes urging healthcare professionals and those with caring responsibilities to harness the power of music when caring for people living with dementia this week.  Playlist for Life also offers support for family members and communities caring for people with dementia.   

                                                 

SOCIAL CARE ONLINE  The Social Care Institute for Excellence invites you to look at Social Care Online – the UK’s largest database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work.  The database includes resources, information on legislation, research, reviews, digital media, and learning material.

 

STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY   The Scottish Government are carrying out a review into the current system of support for disabled students at college and university. The surveys are open to current and past students, staff, parents, carers and student representatives and are open until 3 April.

 

THE STATE OF CARING   The State of Caring 2020 survey is used by Carers UK  to help inform practice and to campaign for recognition and change for carers across the UK.  This year’s questions will help inform and shape practice around health and wellbeing, employment and technology. The survey closes on 17 May and a research report will be released later in the year.

Saline and Steelend Covid-19 Support

posted 19 Mar 2020, 08:05 by Ian Holmes-Lewis



After a discussion on the community Facebook page, it was decided to set up a separate Facebook group to ensure that no one in our community is left alone or in need of assistance during these difficult times. If you use Facebook, please come and join us as people are sharing information, activities for children that can be done indoors, offering goods and supplies to share, and so on. Here's the link:


(you'll have to click on 'join' then wait 'til one of the admins accepts you before you can see posts or post yourself)

In addition, there are many volunteers in our community who would like to help their neighbours and friends, particularly if you are self-isolating or social-distancing for health or age reasons. Would you like someone to get your shopping, post your letters, pick up your prescriptions, take you to hospital appointments to avoid public transport, just to check up on you to see that you are OK, or anything else?


If so, please get in touch with us on salineandsteelend@outlook.com.



Issue 84 March 2020

posted 9 Mar 2020, 13:06 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 9 Mar 2020, 13:09 ]



ACTION PLAN REVIEW 

A well-attended event in the Community Centre several weeks ago provided an opportunity for local people to review the information that Coalfields Regeneration Trust have collected during their review of the 2011 Community Action Plan. Alongside arts and craft activities and face painting, visitors were able to use coloured dots to indicate which ideas they favoured most. Work carried out by P5/6/7 children using the Scottish Governments Space Standard tool was on display and demonstrated that young people have just as good an appreciation as adults of what’s good about Saline and Steelend and what could be better. 
People also had the opportunity to choose which they thought was the best logo/vision produced by the children. Millie Jackson was the overall winner with Rory Stevenson and Callum Duncan as runners up. Each received a £25 voucher. CRT will publish their sixteen-page report later this month but it is already apparent that what people, young and old, appreciate most about Saline and Steelend is the rural setting and the strong sense of community. 
Unsurprisingly, the lack of amenities and services and poor public transport are amongst the negatives, along with the state of the roads. However, there are lots of suggestions for how these might be addressed. 
The event was also an opportunity to explain some of the big ticket ideas that have been spoken about for some time, such as the future of the Community Centre and Saline shop, the vacant site on Main Street, and paths across FLS’s Muirside Estate to the community orchard and on to Oakley and Blairhall. 
In the Prize Draw, the Jackson family and the McNaughts were the recipients of Knockhill Gold Passes allowing four people to attend any event at the circuit during 2020. The Community Council is grateful to the circuit for their generosity and also to Angie from the Golf Club for providing the catering. 



SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

Our New Year Heritage Walk had to be cancelled due to the weather but we hope to reschedule it in a couple of months time when it might be a bit drier and warmer. Susan Mills gave us an enjoyable whistle-stop tour of the towers in Issue 84 March 2020 2 Clackmannan, and our next speaker will be on Wednesday 18 March, 7.00pm for 7.30pm in the Church Hall when Professor Richard Oram will be telling us about James Fyffie, Cattle Dealer, 1836-1840. 
There are drove roads not too far from here going over the pass from Dollar to Glen Devon and probably from Saline to Dollar at some point. 
Everyone welcome. 



STEELEND CLUB: 
FORTHCOMING EVENTS 

Saturday 14 March, 9.00pm St Patrick's Night with vocalist Dave Alan. Tickets now on sale from the club, £5 (this includes an Irish-themed supper). 
Sunday 22 March, 2.00-4.00pm. Vintage Afternoon Tea. Tickets on sale from the club: adult £6, or £8 with glass of prosecco, child £2. 
Treat someone special for Mother's Day. 
Thursday 9 April, 6.30pm. Children's Easter Disco, entry £1. Prizes for best decorated egg, crown or bonnet.
Wednesday 29 April, 7.00pm. Prize Bingo.
These are some of the events planned by the club and the gala committee. Please come along, your support at some of these events would be very much appreciated. The club welcomes non-members but why not consider membership at only £5 per year? 
The club telephone number is 01383 851160. 



BLAIRHOUSE OPENCAST RESTORATION

Forestry and Lands Scotland have completed their proposals for reinstating the landscape on the former open cast site and would like to receive feedback from local people. Details can be found using this link. 
 Don’t forget that FLS still require suggestions for what the hill should be called. 



SALINE AND BLAIRINGONE 
PARISH CHURCH NEWS 

Breakfast Church 
The informal morning service on Sunday 23 February was held in the Hall. We shared in worship while enjoying a meal together. It proved an interesting and helpful experience where all ages had the opportunity to take part and share with each other in a different way. It is hoped that this will become a regular occasional event and that others who may not worship regularly in Saline will feel welcome to join in. 

Fairtrade Fortnight 
February 24- 8 March. This is celebrated annually on a national scale to encourage us to think of those who supply many of our purchases, particularly from overseas. Where we see the Fairtrade logo we can be assured of the quality of the goods and that those who produce them get a fair price for their work. 
The emphasis is on chocolate this year which most of us enjoy! There will be a Traidcraft stall where Tradecraft goods are available in the Church Hall on Sunday 8 March at 10.30am and on Wednesday 11 March at the Coffee Morning (10.00am-12.00 noon in the Church Hall). 

World Day of Prayer 
Friday 6 March. The local service this year will be held in Oakley Parish Church, Station Road, Oakley, at 7.00pm and will be led by members from Saline, Oakley Parish Church and Church of the Holy Name. 
The service was written by a group of Christian women from Zimbabwe. 

Walking Group 
The two walks planned for March are designated ‘easy’. March 14: Kelpies to Falkirk Wheel. Depart Saline turning circle at 9.00am. Four miles. March 28: John Muir Way, Cramond to Slateford. Depart 8.53am bus from Saline. Six miles. Further information from Peter Philp or Church website. 


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 

The absence of some of the regular attendees reduced the turnout but those that were there engaged in lively discussion on a wide range of issues. In opening the meeting, David Chisholm announced that Allanwater had finally put up the John Crane Court street sign and the planned unveiling ceremony with Marie Crane and her family, to remember John and his tireless work in the community, would take place in late April. 
David also remarked that it was also good to see the new café and organic butchers shop under construction out on the West Road. It was expected to open late spring/early summer. 

Traffic and Road Safety 
There was praise for Fife Council for the excellent resurfacing work on Main Street and in clearing the ditches and gulleys along the B914 towards the Redcraigs crossroads. However, the potholes along this stretch of road still require permanent repair and the volume of water running across the road surface at the bends on the Oakley Road was creating dangerous conditions. Several people also mentioned the condition of the A907 in places. 
People continue to be concerned about the removal of the hedge across the road from the Allanwater development but the new pavement has now been constructed and a new hedge has been planted. However, there is still a 4 concern about children running out from the park and onto the road. 
The future of the old changing rooms was raised. The intention has always been to remove them but it is unclear where the responsibility for this rests. It has been suggested that the building might be lifted with a crane, transported around the corner and placed at the back of the vacant site on Main Street where it could be refurbished to provide an outdoor classroom for the school!
 
Development behind The Glebe 
It was noted that there has been some activity involving the storage of building materials on the site and that an application for a building warrant has been lodged. 

Pharmacy and Community Centre 
A decision from NHS Fife about the community pharmacy is not now expected until the end of April. In the meantime, David has written to Fife Council in response to their suggestion that they might provide a licence to manage the building, rather than owning it, and had outlined a basis on which this might be acceptable. Under this, the Council would retain responsibility for the fabric of the building and for the running costs, and receive the payments from existing users. The community would be key holders and have the right to introduce new users and to determine rents. Where new users pay rent, this would be passed to Fife Council. 
The community would also seek grant funding to undertake improvements to the appearance and accessibility of the building. 

Paths towards Oakley and Blairhall 
The Community Development Trust is about to submit a funding application to Fife Environment Trust for money to create the path across FLS’s Muirside Estate towards Oakley and Blairhall. 
It will also improve access to the community orchard for the school. Oakley CC and West Fife Woodlands are responsible for the paths beyond the old coal road. 
Caledonian Construction have offered to provide the surfacing materials for the section down to the White Gates. 

VE Day 
Discussions are continuing about how the 75th anniversary of VE Day should be commemorated. The church bell will chimed at the designated time on the Friday evening and there will be a remembrance at the service on Sunday morning. 
The school is keen to participate but Friday 8 is a holiday. Local piper George Shaw is already booked to play in Dunfermline at 3.00pm on the Friday but has suggested someone else in the village who would be happy to play. 
There is some interest in a street party but as yet no one has stepped up to make it happen! 

Street Orderly 
People continue to complain about popular street orderly Alan Pettigrew being transferred away from Saline and Steelend. It is felt that the standard of service is much poorer now. Cllr Manekshaw explained that a major restructuring is being undertaken and it will take some time to implement and for the service to improve. 

Other Matters 
The meeting also discussed the village shop, the vacant site on Main Street, and the Council garages. Articles about these issues appear elsewhere in this Bulletin. 



COULD COMMUNITY SHARES HELP US ACQUIRE THE VILLAGE SHOP? 

A recent seminar organised by Community Shares Scotland explained how Community Shares have helped local people acquire valuable assets such as shops, pubs, and post offices that have closed or are in danger of closing. 
In Scotland more than 250 properties have been taken into community ownership in this way. 
A small group has been established to investigate whether they could provide the key to acquiring Saline Shop. Mr H is keen to retire and is happy to see it taken over by the community. Up to 95% of the cost would come from the Scottish Land Fund and the balance would be made up from a share issue. Typically for this kind of venture shares would be priced at a round £25, and local people could choose how much they would like to invest. 
After three years investors would be free to withdraw their money. In some cases interest is paid. At present, a Community Development Trust is not permitted to operate in this way so a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, would be set up to run the business on behalf of local people. 
Apart from the value of keeping the shop going and tailoring what it sells to meet local needs, it would provide jobs that pay a living wage with shifts that fit in with people’s home lives. For example, if it is assumed that running the shop is a full-time job for two people, it could be as many as eight part-time jobs. 
Kirkmichael Village Shop in Perthshire is a good example of what can be achieved. Have a look at their Facebook page. 
If you are interested in exploring this idea, email sscdtmembers@btinternet.com or ring David Chisholm on 853168. 



BID MADE TO ACQUIRE COUNCIL GARAGE BLOCKS 

Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust has finally grasped the nettle and submitted a formal application to Fife Council to take the three garage blocks on Eastercraig Gardens into community ownership
Once acquired, the Trust would apply for grants to refurbish the garages and to make them more secure. Anyone renting space would be able to continue 6 doing so but local groups such as the Scouts and Horticultural Society would be able to take more space. Space would also be made available to local tradespeople who need somewhere to keep tools and materials. 
There have been a number of suggestions for how unallocated garages might be used. These include creating a furniture, electrical and white goods recycling centre where someone who has serviceable but unwanted items can leave them for others to make use of. 
This facility might be extended to include a workshop where those with the interest and skills might repair and upcycle items. 
A further suggestion is to create a community tool store. Not everyone has a fork and spade, a lawnmower, power tools and other equipment for tasks that don’t arise every day. 



FREE TREES 

Saline Environmental Group have 120 trees to offer local residents FREE of charge! Yes, we are giving them away! Would you like to have either a Hazel or Field Maple tree? They are both indigenous to Scotland and will attract lots of wildlife to your garden. They are a medium size and can be pruned to fit any space available. 
There will be a tree planting demonstration on Saturday 14 March at 11.00am at Saline Church. Here you can simply learn how to plant and care for your tree to give long lasting health. 
All are welcome and your tree will be available to take away with you. We’d love to see you there but if you can’t make it we can arrange to drop the tree at your door if you contact us on the following email address dicrawford58@gmail.com. There are 120 trees - first come first served! 



HIGHLAND DANCING BATON IS PASSED 

Did you know Highland Dancing has been taught in Saline for 50 years? Initially by local Allana Brown(née Cruickshank), now teaching in Dunfermline, and afterwards by me, Elizabeth (Betty) Thomson, a former pupil of Allana. 
A late starter with two children in tow, perseverance paid off eventually, enabling me to teach Highland Dancing. The certificate arrived while sorting the mail in Saline post office, (nice surprise for me the postie!). Now the time has come for retirement, I've recruited a brilliant young lady who is very keen and willing to step into my shoes! 
Emma is a pupil of Allana's, fully qualified in Highland dance, is a Tattoo dancer, and has danced in many different countries, even performing for the Queen on her ninetieth birthday, among other accolades too many to mention here. Now Emma looks forward to teaching people in the Saline area from four years old upwards. 
Classes will be in Saline church hall, beginning on Thursday 19 March at 5.30pm and all are welcome. Until then, 7 Betty's classes will run as normal. Leggings or shorts and old socks are all that's needed to start. 
Many thanks to go Allana for her patience, children and parents past and present, and the helpers over the years. I am hoping that my present dancers will continue to dance and learn with Emma; they've made me proud. 
Please keep in touch, dancers, and let me know how your getting on. Very best wishes to Emma in your new venture - remember I'm only doon the road! 
Emma's phone number is 07710 533724 and Betty is on 01383 852610. 



LOCAL GIRL LEILA IS MALAWI-BOUND 

I have been selected by Fife Active Schools to go to Malawi in June to help young girls feel more confident getting involved in sport. I have been a Platinum Sports Ambassador with Active Schools for two years and have led lots of workshops and sport clubs, and delivered talks to over 200 people regarding the importance of giving young girls the confidence to achieve their goals within sports. 
I have been given the opportunity of an amazing experience by going to Malawi to further my experience of delivering sports programmes to girls around the world. I would appreciate the help and support I need in raising funds to get there. So far, I am about half way to my total required of £3250. 

(Malawi's international netball team)

I have set up a fundraising page on Facebook called Leila’s Malawi Fundraising and this gives more info about events and other fundraisers I am doing. 
I am holding a safari themed family night to which all are welcome with disco, tombola and fun quiz in Steelend Miners Club on Saturday 25 April at 8pm. Tickets are £5 for adults, and children go free. If anyone would like further information about the trip, to buy tickets or donate, please get in touch either on Facebook or email sarahsoz@hotmail.co.uk. 



116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

Another month has passed and having enjoyed a mid term break in February our sights are now on better weather and a more outdoor programme. 
The Beavers have now completed their Team Work and Outdoor Challenge Badges. They are now working their way through the Air and Space Activity Badges. The long awaited night away is planned for May, more of which to follow later. 
The Cub Pack have just completed their Astronomer Activity Badge. With a trip to the Battle of Bannockburn Experience planned for 28 March, this will complete their Scottish Thistle Award. The Cubs have now started work on the Disability Awareness Activity Badge and are also preparing for the Mowgli Shield competition due to take place at the end of April.  
We are now in a position to restart the Scout camping programme with the Leaders now having the necessary permits etc in place. The first camp is scheduled for the 13/14 March at Fordell Firs; application forms have been issued to Scouts. The Scouts have almost completed their Skills and Team Work Challenge Badges and hopefully these awards will be gained before the Easter break. 
The Leaders have now embarked on a mammoth task of creating a four-year plan to ensure that all nine Challenge Awards and appropriate Activity Badges are completed in a timely manner. 
We are now happy to report that the Explorer Unit is now up and running and, members are now working towards the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award. 
We would welcome new members, both boys and girls, aged between 14 and 18 years to join our Unit and make the programme even more exciting. 
Peter Philp
 Group Scout Leader
 01383 852612
 116th Fife Scout Group
 Registered Charity Number SC031132 



SHIELDBANK PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP: ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION 2020 

The exhibition will run daily, excluding Mondays, throughout the spring and summer, starting on March 31 and continuing until August 9. Entry is free. This important exhibition will be held within Shieldbank Coffee Shop, with each photographer having exclusive use of the space for two weeks. 
There will be a huge variety of styles and subjects on display. Encounter the beauty and fragility of wildlife, see the wonderful forms of architecture, feel the wind and sun as you look deep into stunning landscapes. 
This exhibition will be a rare opportunity to see superb images from different countries taken by photographers of outstanding talent. This is a must-see exhibition for anyone who is interested in the art of photography. 
The coffee shop will be open as normal for teas, coffee, and light lunches throughout the exhibition. For further information, please telephone 07792 759583. 



KIRKLANDS SNOWDROP WEEKEND 

Kirklands, Bridge Street, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. Entrance £4.00 which includes a small clump of snowdrops to plant in your garden, window box or plant pot. 
Accompanied children free. Please like and Follow our Facebook page: Kirklands House and Garden, Saline Stroll round our two-acre garden awash with a carpet of white snowdrops interspersed with hellebores of pink, purple, yellow, white and almost black.  



SALINE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP 

The Blue Planet BBC programme recently highlighted the issues concerned with plastic pollution in our oceans. Our talk in March brings to you the most up to date and interesting news. eXXpedition Across the Atlantic Ocean in Search of Plastic Friday 20 March, 7.00pm, Church Hall All welcome. Tea , coffee , juice and soup refreshments available. No need to book - just turn up on the night. 
Local woman Emily Butler recently travelled from the Azores to Antigua Island on an award winning voyage aboard the S/V Traveledge yacht . Come and hear about her adventure! Emily attended Saline Primary School and Queen Anne High School in Dunfermline . She has gone on to gain an Honours degree in Environmental Science from Dundee University. 



NOTICE GIVEN FOR THE SCHOOL TO USE THE VACANT SITE ON MAIN STREET 

The Community Council has given formal notice to Fife Council of its intention to acquire the vacant site on Main Street opposite the shop, using asset transfer powers contained in Scottish Government Community Empowerment legislation. Asset transfer is a process to allow a community organisation to take over publicly owned land or buildings, in a way that recognises the public benefits that the community use will bring. 
This may be at a discounted price, with a grant or other support, or simply the agreement to transfer something the public authority did not plan to sell. As many of you will know, the school spent many months clearing the site of weeds and brambles, only to be told that they could not make use of it as outdoor classroom and growing space. 
In acknowledging the notice, the Council has said that it is prepared to look at ways the site could be made available to the school without formally disposing of the land. 



CORONAVIRUS

The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus. You can help too. The best way to protect yourself and others is to wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel, regularly throughout the day.


 
Catch your cough or sneeze in a tissue, bin it, and wash your hands. This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus. 
For more information visit NHSinform.scot/coronavirus. 
A coronavirus is a type of virus. Typical symptoms include: fever, a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.  
Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. 
COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan city, China. This is a rapidly changing situation which is being monitored carefully. 

What are the symptoms of coronavirus? 
Common symptoms include: • high temperature or fever • cough • shortness of breath 



NATIONAL ADULT PROTECTION DAY 

National Adult Protection Day was on 20 February. If you think an adult is being harmed, get it checked out. It’s right to act on your instinct. 
Fife Council is raising awareness of how some adults are harmed or abused and to encourage people to act on their gut feeling and say something when they see things that point to that happening to someone they know or come across. 
Harm and abuse can take many forms; physical, psychological, financial, sexual harm, neglect and self-harm but there are usually signs and clues that indicate something out of the ordinary might be happening. We all have a responsibility to look out for people in our communities. 
The message is simple – if you think an adult is at risk of harm or something feels wrong, you’re right to get it checked out. If you’ve seen something, say something. For more information, visit fife.gov.uk/adultprotection. 
You can also follow on Twitter at #AdultProtection #SeenSomethingSaySomething  



PROJECT YOU 
URGES FIFERS TO MAKE TIME FOR THEMSELVES - AND FEEL BETTER 

A new campaign is highlighting the benefits of Fifers regularly taking time for themselves. Project You encourages people to take a regular break from life’s daily demands, to help boost their mood and feel more in control. With the campaign message ‘to keep going, sometimes you need to stop’, people can sign up to a six-week email programme providing practical help and advice on how to make that happen. 
Project You highlights how making time to go for a walk, having a blether with pals, taking a breather or switching off screens before bed can all help people feel more able to take on whatever life brings. 
For help and inspiration – and to sign up to the six-week email programme – visit ProjectYou.scot 
Research shows that almost half of people (46 per cent) in Fife expressed having levels of anxiety, with over half (57 per cent) feeling elements of stress, and 62 per cent saying they felt tired. However, over three quarters of people (78 per cent) recognise there are things they are personally able to do to improve their health and wellbeing. Fife has been selected for the Project You pilot due to the wealth of activities and support available within the community. A five-date roadshow will also travel to venues to prompt people to make time, and the campaign is also being supported by local employers. 



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. 

Steelend Miners Club 
Saturday 14 March, 9.00pm St Patrick's Night with vocalist Dave Alan. 
Tickets now on sale from the club, £5 (this includes an Irish-themed supper). 
Sunday 22 March, 2.00-4.00pm Vintage Afternoon Tea. 
Tickets on sale from the club: adult £6, or £8 with glass of prosecco, child £2. 
Treat someone special for Mother's Day. 
Thursday 9 April, 6.30pm Children's Easter Disco, entry £1. 
Prizes for best decorated egg, crown or bonnet. 
Wednesday 29 April, 7.00pm Prize Bingo. 

Brownies Every Thursday 6.30pm-8.00pm Saline Church Hall 12 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  

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 75958 

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 There will be a Traidcraft stall in the Church Hall on Sunday 8 March at 10.30am and on Wednesday 11 March at the Coffee Morning (10.00am-12.00 noon in the Church Hall). 
World Day of Prayer Friday 6 March, Oakley Parish Church, Station Road, Oakley, 7.00pm. 

Walking Group The two walks planned for March are designated ‘easy’. March 14: Kelpies to Falkirk Wheel. Depart Saline turning circle at 9.00am. Four miles. March 28: John Muir Way, Cramond to Slateford. Depart 8.53am bus from Saline. Six miles. 

Saline & Steelend Community Council Tuesday 31 March, 7.30pm Saline Community Centre 

Saline & District Heritage Society James Fyffie, Cattle Drover 1836-1840 Professor Richard Oram Wednesday 18 March, 7.00pm for 7.30pm, Saline




                 This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Issue 83 February 2020

posted 3 Feb 2020, 11:21 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 9 Mar 2020, 11:34 ]



COMMUNITY PHARMACY 

A decision from NHS Fife about the proposed community pharmacy in Saline is expected soon. It is understood that the consultation showed overwhelming support from local people for the idea, and virtually no opposition! At a very positive meeting before Christmas Fife Council reaffirmed their willingness to make part of the Community Centre available for the pharmacy and their property team have been asked to prepare heads of terms for the lease.

A specialist shopfitter has prepared drawings showing that the pharmacy, including a small consulting room, can be contained within the kitchen and small meeting room at the front of the building. Access would be along the short corridor from the existing front door. The glazed screen and door into the back part of the centre would be repositioned slightly further along the other corridor so that the disabled entrance is directly into the lobby. It has also been suggested that the school should be actively involved in making the entrance to the community centre more attractive both for pharmacy customers and hall users.

Community acquisition remains a possibility for the building in the long term but in the meantime Fife Council are considering the granting the community a licence to manage the building. Under this arrangement Fife Council would retain responsibility for the building but local people could introduce new uses and activities.

The Action Plan Review has demonstrated that the major concern for many people is access to local services. A pharmacy in the village, providing the extended range of services that pharmacists are now trained and licenced to carry out, could significantly reduce the need to travel to Oakley or to hospital for non-emergency matters.




SALINE SHOP 

During the Action Plan Review, several people have asked about the future of the village shop. Mr H is still looking to retire and sell the business and a number of people from outside the area have shown interest. However, he would be happy to see it taken over by the Development Trust and run as a not for profit enterprise providing jobs for local people. This could be achieved by the issue of Community Shares and representatives of the Trust will be attending a seminar later this month to learn how this might work.




COMMEMORATING VE DAY 


As some of you will be aware, Friday 8 May 2020 will mark 75 years since the end of World War 2 and communities across the UK are being encouraged to participate in commemorations and to remember those millions of people who gave their lives.
SSAFA, the armed forces charity, is promoting and coordinating events over the weekend 8–10 May. The Community Council is intending to approach the church, the school and other interested parties to discuss how Saline and Steelend might participate.


Apart from encouraging street parties and celebrations on the Friday and Saturday, the programme provided by SSAFA identifies significant times for reflection and commemoration.

Winston Churchill made the announcement at 3.00pm on 8 May 1945 and this will be marked by a piper in each community playing two pieces of music of particular significance.

At 7.00pm, bells will be pealed in every church and cathedral.

At 10.30am on the Sunday, churches are encouraged to include a special commemoration in their services.

It would be nice to know if we still have veterans of the WW2 living in our community. We would also like to hear from anyone who would like to share recollections of VE day 1945 or has ideas how we should commemorate it this year. Contact David Chisholm on 853168 or email sscdtmembers@btinternet.com.




116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

The Christmas holidays are now behind us. All sections have enjoyed their outings: Beavers, the District Christmas Party; Cubs their trip to Jump-N-Joy; and Scouts their Ten Pin Bowling experience.

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

This term so far, the Beavers have completed their Scottish Thistle Award culminating with a mini Burns Supper with a taste of Scottish Food, songs and recitals.





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.
 





The Cubs have also been working on their Thistle Award which also had a tasting evening of Scottish food. At the end of January, they held an astronomy evening with a guest speaker where they learned all about the solar system and planets. Unfortunately, the evening was cloudy, so star gazing was not possible. The Cubs have also been practising for the annual District Safety Competition which takes place in February.

The Scout troop have been working towards their Skills and Teamwork Challenge Awards and hopefully they will complete them in the next few weeks. Four Cubs are now in the process of moving up to the Scout Troop and a whole set of new challenges.

Please note there will be no meetings on Thursday/Friday 13/14 February due to school half term.

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




JIGSAW CLUB 

Sadly, the Jigsaw Club at the Golf Club is being wound up; too few people were interested, but David should be congratulated for the effort he put in to trying to make it work.




SALINE AND DISTRICT RURAL 

Wednesday 5 March 07.30pm
Saline Community Centre
Crafting with Debbie
All Welcome 





BADMINTON 

The Wednesday afternoon badminton has ceased due to lack of bodies but the
Mondays and Wednesdays evenings remain. Any adult interested is welcome; no experience is necessary, and racquets are provided.
Betty Thomson 
01383 852610 




COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS 

Yet another depressingly dreich evening led to another reduced attendance. Nevertheless, there was lively discussion on a number of important issues.

David Chisholm reported on the sad deaths of more residents, Colin Stuart and Les Gavin. Colin taught English at Queen Anne School and was recently best known for getting Saline into the pages of the Daily Mail. He was annoyed at Fife Council's decision to name a street in the Allanwater development after Sir Walter Scott, pointing out Scott's antipathy towards miners and the lower classes. Les was well known in biking circles and well-respected judging by the number of motorbikes in the funeral cortège. Our thoughts must be with both families and friends.

Traffic Issues

Potholes and Flooding: Fife Council was contacted yet again on the awful state of the notorious road between Steelend and Redcraigs. Transportation has now advised that the potholes are to be repaired properly although an exact date has not been identified.

Transportation also confirmed that ditches are to be cleared to alleviate flooding between Steelend and Redcraigs but flooding in the middle of Main Road, Steelend and Oakley Road continues to give rise to complaints. Cllrs Manekshaw and Clelland have been asked to raise these with officials.


One piece of good news is that the road between Saline Golf Club and Oaklea is to be resurfaced in February. Details are vague on arrangements for access between Saline and Steelend, but Cllr Manekshaw continues to press for information. Keep an eye on Facebook for information.

There have been more complaints that children are still running onto Oakley Road from the skateboard area and attention has been drawn to the narrow pavement between the Allanwater show house and Craighouse Place. This is an important route to the school and is also used by the school to access their orchard. Fife Council is to be pressed to act to remedy the situation.

People are reminded that potholes etc should continue to be reported to Fife Council. It is relatively easy to do this on the new Fife Council website at www.fife.gov.uk which replaces Fife Direct.

Upper Kinneddar residents will be pleased to note the removal of the abandoned car. This was possible as Fife Council was provided with evidence that the car was untaxed and that the MOT was running out. The DVLA web site can easily be used to establish whether vehicles are taxed or not.

Allan Pettigrew

People continue to bemoan the loss of Allan's work in keeping our community tidy, but Fife Council is not for budging. It's small consolation that Allan also misses our residents!

Blair House Site Restoration

Following the consultations in Oakley, the Forestry Commission has amended the proposal to take account of comments made. Unfortunately, it is not possible to erect a viewing platform on top of the mound, but planting will highlight routes to the top. The commission is asking for nominations on what the hill should be called (no Hilly McHill Faces, please). The idea is that children should be asked for ideas but there is no reason why others shouldn't submit suggestions.

Cllr Bobby Clelland pointed out that a cairn is to be erected to commemorate the men who died in the Kinneddar Colliery disaster. It will soon be the 125th anniversary of the disaster and it was agreed that a ceremony to mark this should be held.

The Kinneddar Colliery disaster was a particularly horrible one and more information can be found in the late John Crane's book Of Cabbages and Kings, available from Saline and District Heritage Society.

Self-Directed Support

For some years now, elderly people and those with disabilities who are in receipt of care have been able to opt for ‘self-directed support’. This enables them to decide how the money is spent and who should provide the service. It could lead to the establishment of ‘micro social enterprises’ so that local people with the appropriate skills and experience can look after local people in need, rather than travel out of the area to work. Someone from SDS Options Fife will attend a CC meeting later in the year to explain the scheme.

Council Garages

The aspiration to take the Council-owned garages into community ownership has been on hold for some while but it has been agreed that a formal request to acquire them will be submitted.

School Projects

David had had a meeting with the head teacher, Alexis Perkins, to discuss projects that the Community Council could assist with. It was agreed that there are two priorities, the first creating a route down into the Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) land by forming an opening in the stone wall between the Allanwater show house and the adjacent bungalow. The land is owned by FLS. It was agreed the CC should apply for funding to construct an outdoor classroom at the community orchard. The second priority is to secure the open space opposite Saline Shop for the school to use. The land is held on the housing account and Fife Council say their intention is to sell it. This will be challenged, and the possibility of a community buyout will be investigated. Children at the school are keen to have it as a growing area. The idea of having a poly-tunnel on the site will be considered.

Date of Next Meeting

27 February 2020 at 7.30 in Saline Community Centre. All welcome




SALINE PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS 

Happy New Year to all the residents of Saline and the surrounding areas from all the pupils and staff at Saline Primary School!

This is a long term with lots going on around the school and in classes. The whole school have been involved in learning about Scottish heritage, culture, history and language. We had an open afternoon sharing our learning of Scots poetry and songs and watching our talented highland dancers, Emma and Iona from P3, Annabel from P5 and Robyn from P6. On Friday we were treated to an accordion sing-a-long session from a local musician. All the videos can be viewed on our school twitter page @Salineps.

What Learning Opportunities are there this term?

P1/2/3 will be collaborating on an Under the Sea topic. Outdoor learning will continue to develop the skills that will support us with our learning, life and work. P1/2s outdoor learning is Thursday afternoon & P2/3s outdoor learning is Friday between break and lunch.

P3/4/5 are extending their learning on Scottish traditions and culture by focusing on the impact of the Vikings and how their legacy is still part of life in parts of Scotland. They will also continue with developing their outdoor skills on a Thursday between break and lunch.

Primary 5/6 continue to work closely with P6/7 on literacy and numeracy tasks and are working towards achieving their John Muir Award through outdoor activities. Outdoor learning is on a Friday afternoon

P5/6 will be having a trip back in time to learn about the Jacobite movement and P6/7 will be extended their knowledge on climate change and our impact.

We have a lot of pupil led clubs in school at the moment such as Dance, Art and Microsoft Bit Code Club. Mr Garnham leads the Airfix club on a Wednesday lunchtime and Jax Hannan delivers her popular Drama Club after school on a Monday. The Pars in the Community have been running football training for P1-4 after school on a Wednesday. Paul and Savannah, our sports leaders, are developing their sports coaching skills by helping out.

Upcoming Events

    · P7 are preparing for their residential experience at Lockerbie Manor with Inzievar Primary as part of their transition to high school events.

    · Applications will be opening soon for pupils in P6-7 to be part of the Goblin car racing team. Do you have any free time to support a team of budding engineers to disassemble and assemble our Goblin car from last year? If so, get in touch!

    · We are completing surveys for the Community Consultation Event for the Coalfields Community Futures. Our design logos will be on display at the community event on Saturday 15 February.

Saline School Captains:

Layla Annie Davidson 

Harry George Thomas Watson 




SALINE AND DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

Heritage members enjoyed a talk on the geology of Charlestown and Limekilns and had the chance to look at some fossils that Dr Katie Strong had brought along. Walls and rocks will never look the same again. Our next talk will be on Wednesday 19 February with Susan Mills on Clackmannan Towers, in the Church Hall, 7.00 for 7.30pm. We can see one of them on the way to Alloa but why were they built? When were they built? Everyone welcome.

Heritage Walk

On Saturday 22 February we will be hosting a Heritage Walk so if you would like to learn more about our village, you are welcome to join us. This is a free event and will start at the turning circle at 10.30am where we will look at the church and session house before going along West Road back to Bridge Street, the old Cemetery, up Main Street and finishing at the Golf Club where refreshments will be provided by the Community Council. Dress for the weather, including umbrellas. Names by 18 February to Linda Moyes on lm57.moyes@gmail.com or 07840 759384. 




HIGHLAND DANCING 

Iona Stevenson, Emma Duncan, Annabel Smith, Robyn Smith, Carmen Thomson, Katie Birks, and Hayden Thomson all recently took part in UKA Highland Dancing Exams and earned the following awards:

Pre-Bronze        - Iona and Emma
Bronze               - Annabel
Silver                  - Robyn
Silver Bar           - Robyn
Gold                   - Carmen
Juvenile Award  - Carmen
Gold Bar 2         - Katie and Hayden
Junior Award      - Katie and Hayden

In the National dances, they gained the following:

Bronze Earl of Errol and Scots Measure            - Carmen, Katie, Hayden
Bronze Hielan' Laddie and Barracks Johnnie    - Carmen
Silver Scottish Lilt and Flora                               - Robyn and Carmen
Silver Scots Measure and Hielan' Laddie           - Katie and Hayden
Bronze Irish Jig                                                   - Carmen and Katie
Bronze Sailors Hornpipe                                     - Carmen
Bronze Bar Irish Jig                                             - Hayden
Bronze Bar Sailors Hornpipe                               - Katie and Hayden

The dancers received their very well-deserved medals and trophies at the recent Scots night held with the Brownies, in the Church Hall.

Thank you, dancers for doing so well in the exams; your teacher and your parents are extremely proud of you!

Betty Thomson 
01383 852610 





OUR PLACE – YOUR PLACE 

Help shape the future of Saline and Steelend 

Coalfields Regeneration Trust, who are facilitating the Community Action Plan Review, have analysed the information they have gathered from the survey forms and face to face meetings, and will share it with the community at a drop-in event on Saturday 15 February between 12.00 noon and 2.00pm in Saline Community Centre. Residents will have an opportunity to review the issues and ideas that have emerged and choose those which they feel should have the highest priority in the updated Action Plan. It is already apparent that what people value most about Saline and Steelend is the strong sense of community and its rural setting but better services and amenities and improvements to the ageing infrastructure are also priorities for many people.

The school have been involved in this review and the children’s work will be on display at the Community Centre. There will also be art and craft activities for children, and refreshments will be provided.

There will also be a free prize draw. Everyone attending and participating in the review will receive a ticket. Knockhill Motor Racing Circuit have very generously provided Family tickets for their 2020 events including the Superbikes and Touring Cars. The draw for these will take place at 2.00pm.




SALINE & BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH NEWS 

Church Services continue as usual each Sunday at 9.30 am and on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 11.30am. The Sunday Club for children meets in the Hall during part of the service. On Sunday 23 February the morning worship will be a ‘Breakfast Service’ and will be held in the Church Hall. The worship will contain the usual elements in a more informal manner than usual; a simple meal of cereal, egg or bacon rolls, tea, coffee and juice will be served, and worshippers of all ages will be made very welcome. Everyone will be very welcome whether or not they are regular worshippers.

Lent Studies in preparation for Easter are being held starting on Thursday 1 March at 6.00pm at the Manse in Kincardine and on Thursday mornings starting 5 March at 10.30am in the Church Hall (Session Room). The studies are based on some of the themes expressed in the book and film Les Misérables. Further information can be found in the church website or from the Minister.

The Wednesday Tea and Toast (9.30am during term time) and weekly Coffee Morning (10.00am-12 noon) continue to be well supported. The Tuesday Craft Group continues to meet fortnightly in the hall from 2.00-4.00pm (4 & 18 February). The Walking Group have just produced their programme for the year. There is a warm invitation to any of these activities and more information and contact will be found on Church notice boards and the website.

The World Day of Prayer is held each year on, or as near as possible, to the first Friday in March. This year Saline and Blairingone will be joining with folk from Oakley and Carnock Parish churches and the Church of the Holy Name (Oakley). The service will be held in the Parish Church, Station Road, Oakley at 7.00pm on Friday 6 March. The service has been compiled by a group from Zimbabwe and we will be joining with others from all over the world praying for their special needs as well for current situations in our own country and in many other parts of the world. A warm welcome is extended to all interested in joining in this service.




STEELEND CLUB 

Friday 28 February 8.30pm
Family Games Night - Pool, Dominoes and Darts. £1 per game.
There will be games available in the Function Hall for under 18s.

Saturday 14 March 9.00pm
St Patrick's Night dancing to Dave Alan with an Irish themed supper. Watch out for tickets going on sale.

Sunday 22 March 2.00-4.00pm (Mothers’ Day)
The Gala Committee are holding a vintage tea. Tickets will be going on sale soon; £6 adult, child £2 or £8 with a glass of prosecco. Treat someone special.



SALINE GOLF CLUB 

Saturday 22 February, 7.30pm. Free Open Mic night. Come and join in the fun.

Saturday 29 February, 8.30pm, £2 per person entry. Big Roll Over. Why not get a team together and join in?

Thursday Nights Quiz night, 8.30pm, £1 per person entry. The clubhouse kitchen is open for meals all day until last orders at 7.30pm. Why not enjoy a meal and stay for the quiz?

Sunday 22 March: Mothers’ Day Lunches and High Teas. Book a table to treat your Mum. Telephone the clubhouse ON 01383 852591.

Ann Hatton 
Honorary Secretary 
Saline Golf Club 




KIRKLANDS SNOWDROP WEEKENDS 

Saturday and Sunday 29 February and 1 March from 2:00-4:30pm 

Saturday and Sunday 7 and 8 March from 2:00-4:30pm 

When we arrived at Kirklands, there was one small clump of snowdrops. Each year for over 40 years we divided and replanted the bulbs. They are now naturalised and continue to spread around the whole garden in a dazzling white carpet of galanthus nivalis snowdrops interspersed with hellebores of pink, white, almost black and purple and even the occasional yellow.

Enjoy a walk around the two acres of woodland garden. Please let us know if you would like a guided tour for groups or individuals.

Entrance £4.00, children free when accompanied by an adult. Entrance includes a clump of snowdrops to plant in your own garden.


Kirklands House, Bridge Street, Saline. 
Limited parking at Kirklands, otherwise park in the centre of the village. 

We are also open under Scotland’s Garden Scheme on Saturday and Sunday May 23 and 24 from 2pm to 5pm. Proceeds are divided between SGS charities (40%) and our nominated charity – Saline Environmental Group (60%). Cream Teas will be available too and a plant sales area.



Season's Greetings

Betty and Graham Thomson send all our neighbours and friends best wishes for Christmas and New Year.
 





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.
Saturday 22 February, 7.30pm. Free Open Mic night. Come and join in the fun.
Saturday 29 February, 8.30pm, £2 per person entry. Big Roll Over. Why not get a team together and join in?
Sunday 22 March: Mothers’ Day Lunches and High Teas. Book a table to treat your Mum. Telephone the clubhouse ON 01383 852591.

Steelend Miners Club 

Friday 28 February 8.30pm
Family Games Night - Pool, Dominoes and Darts. £1 per game. There will be games available in the Function Hall for under 18s.
Saturday 14 March 9.00pm
St Patrick's Night dancing to Dave Alan with an Irish themed supper. Watch out for tickets going on sale.
Sunday 22 March 2.00-4.00pm (Mothers’ Day)
The Gala Committee are holding a vintage tea. Tickets will be going on sale soon; £6 adult, child £2 or £8 with a glass of prosecco.

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

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
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
Wednesdays 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 Services continue as usual each Sunday at 9.30 am and on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 11.30am. The Sunday Club for children meets in the Hall during part of the service.
Sunday 23 February: ‘Breakfast Service’ will be held in the Church Hall.
Lent Studies: starting on Thursday 1 March at 6.00pm at the Manse in Kincardine and on Thursday mornings starting 5 March at 10.30am in the Church Hall (Session Room).
Wednesdays, Church Hall: Tea and Toast (9.30am during term time) and weekly Coffee Morning (10.00am-12 noon).
World Day of Prayer: Parish Church, Station Road, Oakley at 7.00pm on Friday 6 March.

Saline and District Rural
Wednesday 5 March 07.30pm
Saline Community Centre
Crafting with Debbie
All Welcome


THIS EDITION IS KINDLY SPONSORED BY THE
COALFIELD COMMUNITY FUTURES




Community Consultation Event 

Sat 15 February, 12.00-2.00pm, Saline Community Centre 

Art, Craft and Creativity 
Children’s Activities and Refreshments.

Information and Ideas. Prize Draw. 

Art, Craft and Creativity 

Come along and help shape the future for our communities.

Facilities 

Amenities and Leisure 

Children’s Activities and Refreshments. 

Information and Ideas. Prize Draw. 

Come along and help shape the future for our communities. 

Have your say on what you would like to happen in your village. What would you like Saline and Steelend to be? 




                 This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group


Issue 82 December 2019 - January 2020

posted 3 Dec 2019, 14:10 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 3 Feb 2020, 10:07 ]

detail from a photo by Dave Hatton



SALINE PRIMARY SCHOOL REPORT 

Hi, Layla and Harry here, the Saline Primary School Captains. We are going to tell you what has been going on in the school since our last entry into the newsletter.

November 11-15 was Anti-Bullying Week and P6/7 made posters and put them around the school. P5/6 made posters and researched what bullying actually is and then recited a poem at the anti-bullying assembly on Thursday 14 November. P3/4/5 made posters and scenarios about bullying. 

P1-3 have been too busy practising hard for the nativity alongside their normal school work they have had no time for anything else!

This year the nativity will be held in the Community Centre. We will have a dress rehearsal for the school on Friday 6 December and the performances for parents and carers will be on Monday 9 December (pm) and Wednesday 11 December (am).

On Tuesday 10 December the whole school and nursery are going to the Alhambra Theatre to watch the Pantomime. We are very excited!

It is a very busy term with lots going on. The Parent Council Bazaar will be on Friday 13 December from 3pm onwards. There is a special visitor coming! We will also be celebrating Christmas Jumper Day that day too. Our end of term service will be on Friday 20 December in the Church – all welcome!

All the pupils and staff at Saline Primary School wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Layla, Harry and a small addition at the end from Mrs Perkins.




SALINE GOLF CLUB 

We are now in the busy run up to Christmas and New Year.

6 December - The Seniors Christmas Party for members is at 7.00pm. Please put your name on the list behind the bar if you would like to attend.

14 December – The monthly Saturday quiz starts at 8.30 pm. New teams welcome.

18 December – Christmas Carols and Mince Pies at 6-7.30 pm. All Welcome.

19 December – The Christmas Quiz with “bring a contribution of festive goodies to share”.

22 December – Children’s Christmas Party, 2.30-4.30 pm. Members please add your children’s names to list in the clubhouse.

27 December – The weekly quiz moves to Friday this week but at 8.30pm as normal.

3 January – The quiz is Friday again this week, 8.30pm as normal.

Angie is serving up festive lunches during December. Why not pop in, see the menu and book a table? The full breakfast menu is available from 9.00am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Social Membership is still available for only £12 per person. Come and join us! 

The Committee would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has supported the Golf, social and fundraising events. It has been a fabulous year with a wide range of events and we wish you all the best for Christmas and New Year.




OUT-OF-HOURS URGENT CARE 

The Fife Health and Social Care Partnership has produced a leaflet on what to do when your GP surgery, dentist and local pharmacy are closed, and you are too ill to wait. In this instance you should call 111 but, in an emergency, call 999. The full leaflet contains more information on what to do and can be examined on the community Facebook page. The gist of the leaflet is as follows:

How to access urgent care out of hours

When your GP, Dentist or Pharmacy is closed Dial 111, unless it's an emergency (e.g. severe injury, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding, suspected heart-attack or stroke) in which case dial 999.

To ensure everyone gets seen by the right person and in the right place, please talk before you walk and call NHS 24 (111 – free number) first. There are a few ways you will be supported depending on your needs:

  • an advice call from a GP, nurse or paramedic

  • an appointment at a centre with a GP, nurse or paramedic

  • receive a home visit from a GP, nurse, paramedic or district nurse


Other useful information for help over the holiday season can be found by clicking on these links:





COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS 

A depressingly dreich evening and the latest head cold afflicting some regulars led to another reduced attendance. Nevertheless, there was lively discussion on a number of important issues. David Chisholm reported on the death of another former attendee, Dennis McIntosh. Dennis and Margaret had been faithful regulars at Community Council meetings until Dennis's failing health forced a move to be closer to their family.

Community Action Plan

The sub-committee of volunteers who are working with the Coalfield Communities Regeneration Trust on the Action Plan Review has met. One issue is that there is a need for young people's views to be considered and, ideally, for representatives to be involved. 

Saline Primary School is already engaged but there is a need to consult Queen Anne pupils. If you are willing to help, possibly by canvassing opinion on the school bus, please contact David Chisholm (david.chisholm47@btinternet.com) or Donald Murdoch (djmurdoch47@btinternet.com) if you need more information. 

The possibility of an event for young people is currently being investigated. 



YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU
(to answer four questions)

It is vital that people make their views known if the new Plan is to reflect community priorities. More people need to complete the questionnaires that ask 4 relatively simple questions. The easiest way to respond is by clicking on this link:


Alternatively, hard copies can be picked up from Saline Golf Club, Steelend Club and the Church.

Traffic Issues

Potholes and Flooding: Fife Council has been contacted about the complaints raised at last month's meeting but have yet to respond.

West Road patching: A number of people have complained about the closure of the road and local people being advised to use Loch Road as an alternative. While this was inconvenient due to the poor surface, it met its purpose and it was found sensible for Fife Council to not direct through traffic along this street.

Better News: Ann Hatton, Secretary of Saline Golf Club, was pleased to report that the dropped kerb to improve access to the club by wheelchair users has been completed and it was noted that the disintegrating pavement on Oaklea is being resurfaced, again in response to difficulties for wheelchair users. Thanks are due to Transportation for taking these requests on board.

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 Community Centre

There was lively discussion on this. The consultant has provided an initial report and has identified a shortfall in income against expenditure based on current usage. However, possible funding sources were also identified. While these would be limited to the early years, it would create some breathing space within which a fully viable centre could be created and maintained in the longer term. Most felt that it was essential that a manager be appointed to ensure that the community centre thrives once initial grants are finished.

The next stage will be to consult via the Action Plan Review and to listen to all ideas on how the centre can be better used and how it can be developed as a vibrant community hub. It will also be important to consider the important contributions made by Saline Church, Saline Golf Club and Steelend Club.

Gill Curwen, a new resident in the Allanwater development, described her involvement in developing Menstrie Community Centre when Clackmannan Council wished to close all community centres. Gill brings valuable hands-on experience that she is willing to share with us.

An important question to everyone is what would the community be like if the community centre closes, which must be accepted as a possibility? The lesson from other communities similar to Saline and Steelend is that a determined community can work wonders.

Leaf Clearance and Street Cleaning

The loss of Allan Pettigrew continues to frustrate residents who have noticed a deterioration in street cleaning, litter bins not being emptied and leaves on some footpaths creating a slipping hazard. This matter will be raised with our councillors.

Main Street Gap Site

Fife Council has still to confirm the future of the site. While it is accepted that it is likely that the site will be sold off for housing, it is felt that any development should be for a use that meets a local need, such as elderly people's homes, and that a school garden should be incorporated into the site

Fireworks Night

Feedback seems to show that people enjoyed the evening, not least thanks to the atmosphere in the golf clubhouse. Someone had remarked that it was much better than event she had attended in a “bigger” town.

The draw for the raffle was held in the golf club on 15 November and seventeen prizes were awarded. The first prize of £100 was won by Jacqui Kennedy, and Kinneddar Park was lucky again when Danni Gordon won the second prize of £50. Donald Ross won the £25 third prize.

Thanks are due to everyone who bought tickets, those who sold them and those who provided donations

Date of Next Meeting

Tuesday 28 January 2020 at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre. All welcome. Please note that there is no meeting in December.



HELPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS 

Fife Adult Support and Protection Committee have created the Staying Safe and Keeping Well - Surviving Christmas and New Year information for 2019. Sometimes people find that the Christmas and New Year period is really hard. Everyone else seems to be having a great time but you're feeling worried or finding it hard to cope. It can be difficult to deal with extra stress and keep yourself well when other people are drinking and having parties.

Often the places where you get support at other times of the year have closed for the holidays, so other sources of support that may be available have been included. Ideas that help you find the sort of support that will work for you - which can be being with other people or keeping away from some of them – have also been included.

The information comes as a 36-page A5 booklet, or as a wallet sized foldout. Copies can be found at Saline Golf Club, Saline Church Hall, Saline Community Centre, the shop and Steelend Club, and online via the 'Surviving Christmas' link, above. 

[If you can’t find any of these, please contact the Editor at Jacquie.clapperton@fife.gov.uk] 




LET’S TALK ABOUT PLAY SPACES 

You are reminded that you can take part in Fife Council's discussion on the future of play spaces until 10 December. Please take the opportunity to comment to ensure that our children get the best possible play areas. The following notes were published in the Bulletin earlier this year to remind you of what is up for discussion: 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.




REFLECTIONS ON 2019 

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is finding it hard to believe that Christmas is only a few weeks away. Perhaps the year has passed so quickly because the seasons blended into one cool, wet and windy interlude between this winter and the last. Few opportunities to sit in warm sunshine or to enjoy the tranquillity of an Indian summer. However, the long evenings in front of the fire have provided an opportunity to reflect on what we as a community have achieved over the last twelve months.

After several years of trying to secure funding for an update of the 2011 Community Action Plan, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust came forward to provide the resources that are needed carry out the exercise. The Steering Group has made good progress and an event early in the New Year will provide an opportunity for everyone in Saline and Steelend to contribute their views. Meanwhile, the work already completed has been extremely valuable in demonstrating just how many of the issues identified in the original plan have been addressed and the wide range of groups and individuals involved in achieving this.

One priority was to keep people better informed and it may be hard to believe that you are reading the eighty-second edition of the Community Bulletin that started more than eight years ago as a single sheet of A4 paper folded in half. We have a lot to thank Mark Baugh, Jacquie Clapperton, Fiona Aitken and Ian Holmes-Lewis, the ‘Comms Group’, for. And we also have the villages’ website and the Facebook page to which an increasing number of people turn to learn what is going on an hour by hour basis. Affordable housing was also a priority and this year we have welcomed 55 new families into Rev Downie Wynd with a further seventeen Council homes in the Allanwater development. We also extend a warm welcome to those moving into the new homes on the Allanwater site. Sadly, they are moving into a community with inadequate infrastructure. However, the planned pharmacy in the Community Centre will begin to address the need for local health facilities and several people have come forward to champion the development of the existing facility as a health and well-being hub serving all sections of the community. Recently several people have shown interest in acquiring the shop on Main Street and running it as a community enterprise, and the possibility of bringing a franchised post office back to the village is being spoken about.

We are also lucky to have kept our Primary School. Now, with the influx of new families into the village, its future is more secure, and we can perhaps look forward to reaching the magic figure that will require a non-teaching head and an end to combined classes. Meanwhile we continue to support initiatives that will give children access to green space and outdoor learning.  Acquiring the vacant site on Main Street and an outdoor classroom down at the community orchard remain priorities, and perhaps a ‘biodiversity laboratory’ in Blair House woodland!

We are fortunate to have the Church, Golf Club and Miners’ Club, all of which have worked hard to extend the opportunities to socialise with a wide range of activities and events. And for the younger members of our community, our Brownies, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers are flourishing.

The Heritage Society, led by Linda Moyes, Tina Chapman and Barry Doyle, has put considerable effort into promoting and celebrating the history and archaeology of the area and into creating trails out into the surrounding countryside. Their work has been complemented by the projects that Donald Murdoch continues to promote which will create safe walking and cycling routes down into Oakley, and into the planned woodland on the former Blair House open cast site. This year has also seen the completion of two new play parks, one on North Road, Saline, promoted by young parents led by Nicola Smith, and the other at Steelend. Local artists Liz Harvey and Marylla Fergusson, with help from Clare Hibbert and Gareth Turner, must be congratulated for their Friends and Neighbours initiative which reached its conclusion this autumn with the placing of commemorative seats around the villages. Over the previous three years, hundreds of children, their parents and other adults participated in events to make the decorated tiles that form the mosaics at the Glen entrance and at Steelend, the lantern making and torchlight processions along Main Street, and last, but not least, the weaving of the willow Shire horse. We have also seen the reintroduction of an annual firework display.

I extend my thanks to my fellow Community Councillors, to those who regularly attend the monthly meeting, and to our elected members Cllrs Kate Stewart, Bobby Clelland and Mino Manekshaw for their support. Also, to those not named above who have helped make these projects a success.

Finally, I wish you all a peaceful and enjoyable time over the festive period.

David Chisholm 
Chair, Saline and Steelend Community Council 




SDS OPTIONS (FIFE) 

This is an organisation set up to help disabled people. Their newsletter can be found via the link above (Self-Directed Support Options) and includes an article on the Disabled Housing Service and useful information on events, training and job vacancies.




FACEBOOK SCAM 

Police Scotland are warning of people receiving what appear to be genuine messages from friends and family members via their Facebook account. The messages advise you to pay an administration fee to get lottery “winnings”. If you receive a message like this, get in touch with your family or friends, but NOT by using social media. Check your privacy settings on social media. Hide your friends list and keep your photos private. For further advice on Scammers go to the Police Scotland website or www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk.





116TH FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

At the end of November, the Beaver Colony attended the Annual District Beaver Christmas Party in the Abbeyview Community Centre, where a good time was had by all. Recently some seven new Beavers were invested into the Beaver Colony and so joined the world-wide family of Scouting.

For their Christmas Outing the Cub Pack are going to Jump-N-Joy in Alloa on Thursday 12 December. The Scouts and Explorers are going Ten Pin Bowling, also on Thursday 12 December, for their Christmas Outing.

There will be no meetings in Carnock Community Centre on Thursday 12 December as the hall will be in use as the Polling Station.

This year there will be no joint District Carol Service due to poor attendance in the past.

The Christmas Outings for both the Cubs and Scouts will be the last meetings for this year. The last meeting for the Beaver Colony will be in the Community Centre on Friday 13 December. Meetings will resume in the New Year on Thursday 9 January for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and on Friday 10 for Beavers all at the usual times.

Please remember that the last date for collection of the Scout Post is Tuesday 10 December at 5 pm. It is anticipated that deliveries will commence on Saturday 14.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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




SALINE PRIMARY SCHOOL 

Friday 6 December - P1-3 Nativity dress rehearsal for the school

Monday 9 December - P1-3 Nativity Performance, 1.30pm. Contact office for tickets.

Tuesday 10 December - Whole school visit to the Alhambra Theatre to see Aladdin

Wednesday 11 December - P1-P3 Nativity Performance, 09.30am. Contact office for tickets.

School Christmas Lunch

Thursday 12 December - Nursery party

Friday 13 December - Christmas Jumper Day

Parent Council Christmas Bazaar, 3pm -7pm

Wednesday 18 December - P1-3 Parties 

Thursday 19 December - P5-7 Parties

Friday 20 December - Church Service, 9.30am. All welcome. 




SALINE & BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH NEWS 

Sunday Services will continue as usual at 9.30am during December and January.

The joint service with the congregation of Tulliallan and Kincardine to say farewell to the Reverend Ronald Matandakufa and his family was well attended and a most inspiring event. There was also a good representation of both congregations at the service of Induction of Mr Matandakufa into the charge of The Kirk of the Holy Rood, Grangemouth, on Thursday 21 November. We have greatly enjoyed his ministry here in Saline and wish him and his family God’s Blessing in this new part of their journey.

The Wednesday Coffee Morning will continue as usual during December and January apart from Wednesday 25 December and Wednesday 1 January. The Church Guild are meeting for a meal together on Monday 9 December and will resume regular meetings on Monday 13 January with a Quiz Evening which usually produces more hilarity than knowledge! Please join us at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall.

Christmas Services and Celebrations

Sunday 8 December: Candles and Carols, 6.30 pm, Tulliallan and Kincardine Church (a time to remember family and friends no longer with us)

Sunday 15 December: 2.30pm, Family Party, Church Hall

Wednesday 18 December: 6.00pm, Carols for all the family, followed by mince pies and mulled wine (and soft drinks), Saline Golf Club

Friday 20 December: Saline Primary School Christmas Service, Saline Church.

Tuesday 24 December: 6.30pm, Family Christmas Eve Service, Saline Church 
11.30pm, Watchnight Service (carols from 11.15pm), Saline Church

Wednesday 25 December: 10.00am, Family Service for Christmas Day, Saline Church

A warm welcome is extended to all to join in these celebrations, particularly to those recently come to the villages.





WINTER DRIVING AND WALKING: 

Advice from Police Scotland and Government websites

Bad weather is often blamed for causing accidents; however, the real cause is often inappropriate driving for the conditions that exist. Given that there have been a number of accidents on the rural roads around Saline and Steelend recently, please keep yourselves and your passengers safe.

In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads. Aquaplaning can be a frightening experience; this is where a wedge of water builds up between the front tyres and the road surface. If this happens, the safest solution is to remove pressure from the accelerator, allowing the vehicle to lose speed which will help the tyres regain their grip.

Ice and snow can increase stopping distance by up to ten times so keep well back from the vehicle in front. Anticipate when you will need to be stopping and be alert to other road users. When the roads are icy, drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible; accelerate and brake very gently.

Driving in fog drastically reduces visibility so it is important to make your presence aware to other road users. Use dipped headlights if driving in light fog and use fog lights if driving in thick fog. Fog lights must only be used if visibility is less than 100 metres and must be switched off if visibility improves.

Remember that the National Speed Limit is actually 60mph on single carriageway roads and 70mph only on dual carriageways and motorways; this is lowered to 50mph and 60mph when towing a trailer or caravan. In restricted areas, the National Speed Limit is 30mph unless signage says otherwise; restricted areas are identified by street lighting. If you come across street lighting where there is no speed signage, the NSL is automatically 30mph (eg Kinneddar Park). All NSL roads around Saline and Steelend are 60mph maximum until you get to the motorways!

Pedestrians should wear suitable clothes and footwear. Consider wearing high-visibility or light colours in order to be more easily seen in the dark; these are more easily seen in car headlights than carrying a torch or other light. If walking a dog, there are many flashing or fluorescent accessories to protect both yourself and your dog. High-visibility vests for both humans and dogs are cheap and easily available.




MATE CRIME AND CUCKOOING 

Recent mentions of mate crime and cuckooing in the media has prompted the Adult Support and Protection Committee to create a new easy-read resource to prompt discussion of these difficult subjects with people with a learning disability who are often targets of this criminal behaviour [as well as elderly and other vulnerable people]. The booklet Mate Crime and Cuckooing deals with issues around ‘fake friends’ – being befriended by someone who wants to take advantage of you. Cuckooing is the term for a fake friend taking over your house for criminal purposes. To request copies, email shona.mcewan@fife.gov.uk or call 03451 555555 extension 442134.





Season's Greetings

Betty and Graham Thomson 
send all our neighbours and friends 
best wishes for 
Christmas and New Year 






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.
Seniors Christmas Party 6 December 7.00pm.
Monthly Saturday Quiz 14 December, 8.30 pm. New teams welcome.
Christmas Carols and Mince Pies 18 December, 6.00-7.30 pm. All Welcome.
Christmas Quiz bring a contribution of festive goodies to share, 19 December.
Children’s Christmas Party 22 December, 2.30-4.30 pm.
Weekly Quiz Friday 27 December, 8.30pm.
Weekly Quiz Friday 3, 8.30pm.


Steelend Miners Club

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 6.30pm-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, 7.00pm-8.00pm, £5.
Saline Community Centre

Shieldbank Coffee Shop
North Road, Saline, Fife, KY12 9LN
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 8 December: Candles and Carols, 6.30 pm, Tulliallan and Kincardine Church (a time to remember family and friends no longer with us)

Sunday 15 December: 2.30pm, Family Party, Church Hall

Wednesday 18 December: 6.00pm, Carols for all the family, followed by mince pies and mulled wine (and soft drinks), Saline Golf Club

Friday 20 December: Saline Primary School Christmas Service, Saline Church.

Tuesday 24 December: 6.30pm, Family Christmas Eve Service, Saline Church

11.30pm, Watchnight Service (carols from 11.15pm), Saline Church

Wednesday 25 December: 10.00am, Family Service for Christmas Day, Saline Church


Saline Environment and Horticultural Groups
Wreath and Decoration Making Event
Friday December 6 at Saline Community Centre from 3.00pm until 9.00pm.

Stargazing for Beginners
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.
Limited numbers so 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

Saline Primary School
Friday 6 December
P1-3 Nativity dress rehearsal for the school
Monday 9 December
P1-3 Nativity Performance, 1.30pm. Contact office for tickets.
Tuesday 10 December
Whole school visit to the Alhambra Theatre to see Aladdin
Wednesday 11 December
P1-P3 Nativity Performance, 09.30am. Contact office for tickets.
School Christmas Lunch
Thursday 12 December
Nursery party
Friday 13 December
Christmas Jumper Day
Parent Council Christmas Bazaar, 3pm -7pm
Wednesday 18 December
P1-3 Parties
Thursday 19 December
P5-7 Parties
Friday 20 December
Church Service, 9.30am. All welcome.

Season's Greetings

The Editor, contributors and distributors of the Saline & Steelend Monthly Bulletin would like to wish everyone a joyful holiday season, however you celebrate, and a very happy New Year.






                 This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group


Temporary Road Closure

posted 22 Nov 2019, 13:05 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 3 Dec 2019, 12:10 ]


Issue 81 November 2019

posted 4 Nov 2019, 09:38 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 3 Dec 2019, 12:12 ]




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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