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Important:

posted 21 May 2018, 15:53 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 21 May 2018, 15:56 ]

FUTURE OF THE WEST FIFE VILLAGES COMMUNITY COUNCILS FORUM UP FOR DISCUSSION


The Forum was originally formed in the 1980s as part of an initiative between the then authorities and the Scottish Development Agency to address issues arising from the decline in the local mining industry. 

As part of this, several projects were carried out throughout the area, including community-led initiatives such as newsletters, computer training and publication of several books. 
The original intention was that community councils would co-operate on issues that affected all West Fife villages but over a number of years this focus was lost along with the Forum's effectiveness. 

The situation has now been reached that the current membership is considering winding up the group. However, there is a need for a collective approach to the West Fife Villages to enable our voices to be held and to press for much-needed change. Our three councillors are united with several communities who feel that a Forum should continue. Nevertheless, the format needs to be changed. with a focus on clearly defined priorities. In particular, councillors and some community councils feel that participation should not be restricted to community councillors and that others should be encouraged to participate. There is a specific desire to involve more younger people.

There is to be a meeting in Oakley Community Centre at 7.30pm on 31st May to decide whether the current Forum should continue. This will be followed by an open meeting to discuss how the current or a new forum should be organised to better address the many issues in the area. 

This area is likely to be faced with contentious issues and opportunities over the forthcoming years and it is essential that our communities pull together for the common good. Please come along to the meeting on 31st May, have your say and perhaps identify a role for yourself.  

Attention

YOUNG CARERS!!

Are you a young carer?

Are you juggling study time?

Caring for a family member?

Would you like some free time?

 

Young Carers Respite Fife can help.

 

Find them on Facebook and Twitter

Email Moira or Adele at respite@disabilitiesfife.org.uk

 

or call them on 01592 026112



JIM HENSMAN

posted 21 May 2018, 15:41 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 21 May 2018, 15:43 ]

-  A MODEST MAN WITH A LOT TO BE PROUD OF

One of our community stalwarts, Jim Hensman, died in March and the tremendous attendance at his funeral paid testimony of the affection and respect he enjoyed. The following comments advise those who did not know Jim of his contribution to Saline and Steelend, the West Fife villages and beyond.


At Jim's funeral service the Rev Alec Shuttleworth asked how people would describe him. “since his death he has been variously described as one of the giants of the community giving so much of himself in the care of others, a kind and thoughtful guy, an amazing polite man and a true gentleman, talented and kind, unflappable and a joy to be with, and one in a million. All of these are true and none of them is enough.” 

He then described a motorbiking boxer, a footballer who played at Southampton in front of 54,000, a bus driving buccaneer adventurer who drove aid across Europe to the Soviet Union.

Rev Shuttleworth went on to describe a note found in Jim's papers that said “This is my code of practice. I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again”

Jim was born on the 6th of July 1935, moved to Gosport at the outbreak of WW2. On leaving school he got an apprenticeship at Portsmouth Dockyard. He worked with the MOD in various capacities until retiring in 1992. He spent several postings in Gibraltar, which he enjoyed before moving to Rosyth Dockyard and settling in Saline. One of his proudest moments was escorting the Queen when she visited the Dockyard in 1988. Sadly his wife died in 1990 and he later married Liz in 1996.

Within a week of retiring, Jim was driving aid lorries to Russia for an English-based Christian organisation and, with a close friend, went on to to establish the Edinburgh based charity, St Andrews Aid Relief, that ran for 13 years. Jim obtained buses from Stagecoach, removed the seats and used them to ship aid to Russia. On one trip he went to the assistance of our own Kay Jackson when the vehicle she was in overturned en route to St Petersburg. Jim was first on the scene and must have been worried about what he would find. Fortunately, she was ok.
 
By 2006 the situation in Russia had eased and the charity disbanded but Jim did not relax. Along with his good friend, John Crane, Jim threw himself into working in the Saline and Steelend community, the West Fife Villages Forum and the West Fife Community Planning Group. He served as chair of the community council and displayed his customary consideration for others. He loved helping with the annual bonfire night and was responsible for securing lorry loads of wood, selling raffle tickets, helping to prepare the bonfire and clearing up afterwards. He particularly enjoyed going round the schools to collect children's work for the West Fife Villages Exhibition of Art and Photography. Add in his duties as a conscientious elder in Saline and Blairingone Church and you have a man devoted to helping others.  

Jim and John's contributions to our community were recognised by awards at a packed celebration in 2016. Unfortunately, John died shortly afterwards and Jim missed him badly. In 2017 Jim was chosen as the Saline and Steelend Citizen of the Year.


Jim was kind and generous, never lost his temper, never swore and never put himself first. He coped with major surgery and poor health in his latter years with his usual 
dignity and tolerance.

Liz described Jim as the best husband that she could have wished for but Jim would have been the first to acknowledge her devotion to him, not least her nursing as his health declined. 

Jim's passing leaves a huge gap in our lives and he will be sorely missed.

Secondary Catchment Areas:

posted 29 Apr 2018, 16:45 by Ian Holmes-Lewis

Avril Graham, Sustainable Estate Officer writes to advise on the formal consultation process to commence on Tuesday 17 April regarding the proposal to rezone the secondary catchment areas

The consultation will be live on Tuesday 17 April 2018 and interested parties can review the document online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/dunfermlinecatchmentreview and complete the online consultation form at the same address.

Avril Graham

Sustainable Estate Officer
Education Service
4th Floor
Rothesay House
Glenrothes
KY7 5PQ

Tel: 03451 555555 ext. 444204

Issue 67 May 2018

posted 29 Apr 2018, 16:34 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 21 May 2018, 15:23 ]



COMMUNITY BULLETIN 
DONATION APPEAL 2018 

Great News! We have just been awarded £1,000 from The Pilot Trust to keep the Saline & Steelend Community Bulletin going for the next twelve months. The Pilot Trust commented;

“The trustees noted that the Bulletin continues to achieve the community spirit objectives of the Trust when it was conceived; in particular they felt that the commitment shown by the volunteers should be highly commended.”

There is a condition and that is that our community shows a financial commitment too with matched funding.

Would you/your community group/business be willing to make a donation to keep the Saline and Steelend Community bulletin going for the next twelve months?

Due to the success of the bulletin we need to budget to run to twelve pages for each edition.

Thank you to our dedicated team of over fifteen individuals currently involved in getting the bulletin to every household in our community, both online and/or as a paper copy, at a cost of only £190 per month. Launched over six years ago, and this is our 67th edition, it has become a reliable source of local information, activities and events.

Funding bodies will no longer provide on-going financial support for community bulletins such as ours. They are however happy to consider “communications costs” as an entry in a funding application. If you are applying to a funding body for a project, it would be great from the bulletin point of view if you would include such an entry in your application and let us know.

You can also sign up for the e-bulletin by going to www.salinesteelend.org/home/Register to receive a monthly email link – you get to be one of the first to see the village news!

Please do pass on this appeal to anyone who might be interested in supporting us.

                                                      Yours hopefully, 

Mark Baugh 

Co-ordinator of the Saline & Steelend Communications Group 
T: 01383 851059 




COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS

There was a reasonable attendance at April's meeting despite more freezing weather.
David Chisholm welcomed some new faces and said that there was no bad or sad news on the agenda. He remarked on the school's successful “Saline's Got Talent” event and those who had attended praised the children's contributions. The school's increased contribution to community life was also welcomed

The main focus of the meeting was traffic problems on Main Street.

Community Champion
It had been hoped that the “Dunfermline Press” would accept the nomination of the Playpark Group for their sterling work in raising funds to improve facilities for children. Unfortunately their work didn’t fit any of the categories. 

Playpark Group
A start to the much needed drainage works was due to start on 23rd April but there was no sign of the contractor. Nevertheless the project is anticipated to be completed on schedule.
Steelend Park

Steelend Residents Association has agreed to take forward improvements to the children's play area and are investigating funding opportunities with help from Cllr Helen Law. The proposals are for the works shown in the community consultations. Good luck to the Association and please contribute to fund-raising activities 

Community Action Plan and Community Centre

There is nothing to report but the key factor is prospective funders' requirement of an updated Community Action Plan. There was concern from some at the meeting over the suggestion mentioned previously about redevelopment of the Community Centre site. For the avoidance of doubt, the Community Council recognises that a community centre is an essential part of an expanding community. However, whilst Fife Council continue to meet the costs of keeping the centre open for the time being there is no guarantee that they will do so in perpetuity.

Traffic and Road Safety 
Another vehicle has gone off at the bends on the West Road, this time apparently with injuries that might focus minds. The good news is that Fife Council intends to resurface the bends in question 

Saline Smilers
There is now a possibility of the group being accommodated in the school. As mentioned in previous Bulletins, this group offers a great opportunity for mums and toddlers, particularly new residents, to make new friends. Once again, if you are interested in attending or helping out, please contact Nicola Smith at nicshuff@tiscali.co.uk

Fireworks Night
Fife Council has been consulted and an application to stage an event at Saline Golf Club is being prepared. A group to arrange the event and raise funds is being formed. If you are interested in being part of the group or helping out, please contact Laura Chesby at laurachesby84@hotmail.com or via the Saline Facebook page.  
Those lucky enough to attend Drew McCulloch's entertainment night in Saline Golf Club will testify to a great experience. Drew has offered to provide entertainment after the display and might be introducing some new music, including one on our community. 
While people like Drew and volunteers are giving their services free, money requires to be raised for the display. Please contribute to events and raffles so that a successful event can be organised and that future events can be organised with confidence.

Community Resilience
Progress has been made regarding a group to co-ordinate a community response to events like events like the “Beast from the East” and more information will be available in future Bulletins. In the meantime, one of Fife Council's Resilience Team will be attending a community council meeting. The Emergency Resilience Newsletter will be available shortly on the Saline and Steelend, and West Fife Villages web sites. The newsletter describes some community action throughout Fife and gives some useful tips. Anyone without web access can contact Emma Palmer on 03451 555555 ext 442373.

Blair House Legacy Fund 
Saline and Steelend's share of the Blair House Trust's remaining funds will be used to support activities in the community. As these funds are limited, it is vital that they are used wisely. Accordingly, priority will be given to applications that give best benefits to the whole community, can be used as match funding or those that cannot raise funds by other means. Details on how to apply are being prepared. 

Blair House Site Restoration
David Chisholm, Donald Murdoch and two Kinneddar Park residents attended a meeting with our 3 councillors, Oakley and Comrie Community Council, Fife Council and the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust to agree how best to involve the communities in the after use of the site. A small committee will be formed to ensure that communities are fully involved.
Robin Caldow updated on progress following the recent consultations. Revised plans have been prepared and will be displayed shortly. The main changes are a reduction in the height of the bund south of Cowstrandburn and amendments to the large pond. 

The bond secured by Fife Council is £3.1m, which sounds a lot, but restoration to the original plans has now been estimated at over £9m. Consequently, SMRT's focus is to get the site to a safe condition where it can be transferred to an owner who will work with the communities to develop a local resource. It is likely that this will be Forest Enterprise Scotland.

Kinneddar Park residents raised the position regarding a memorial to the men who died in the Kinneddar Colliery fire. This will be incorporated into the development of the site following the reinstatement works. There will be further discussion on the questions on car parking raised during the consultations.

Main Street Parking and Road Corridor
Numerous people have raised the issue of congestion and road safety issues around the Saline shop and suggestions had been made for improvements. Problems around the school are also well known while West Road complaints continue. It was felt that the possibility of carrying out an exercise to prepare a co-ordinated approach to the road corridor through Steelend and Saline should be investigated. 

There was support for improved parking at the bus turning circle and David Chisholm has prepared sketches for a proposal to provide a green space for the school in the field to the west that would provide additional parking and an improved pedestrian access to the school. This would require the co-operation of the field's owners.

West Fife Villages Community Councils Forum
The Forum was originally formed in the 1980s as part of an initiative between the then authorities and the Scottish Development Agency to address issues arising from the decline in the local mining industry. As part of this, several projects were carried out in Saline and Steelend.

The original intention was that community councils would co-operate on issues that affected all West Fife villages but over a number of years this focus was lost along with the effectiveness of the Forum. The situation has now been reached that the current membership is considering winding up the group. However, there is a need for a collective approach to the West Fife Villages to enable our voices to be held and to press for much-needed change. Our three councillors are united with several communities who feel that a Forum should continue. Nevertheless, the format needs to be changed and with a focus on clearly defined priorities. In particular, councillors and our own community council feel that participation should not be restricted to community councils and that others should be encouraged to participate. There is a specific desire to involve more younger people.
There is to be a meeting in Oakley Community Centre at 7.30pm on 31st May to decide whether the current Forum should continue. This will be followed by an open meeting to discuss how the current or a new forum should be organised to better address the many issues in the area. Please take an opportunity to have your say on this.   

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 29th May at 7.30 in Saline Community Centre. It can be seen that things are progressing on a number of issues but there are also challenges to be faced. 

Why not come along and have your say? Everyone is encouraged to participate in a friendly way.


116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

The Beaver Colony has now swung into action after the holiday; they have inspected their garden plot at Carnock in preparation for the planting out of the bedding plants as part of their Gardener Badge. In May they hope to have a trip to the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Later in the term they are planning on doing some pond dipping and having a nature walk/bug hunt.

The Cub Pack have also got off to a good start with a planned walk over Saline Hill near the end of May. Before that, they have the Mowgli Shield Competition at the end of April and in mid-May the District Cub Camp. Congratulations to Kay our ACSL on completing all her training and thus gaining a coveted Wood Badge. We now eagerly await the presentation.

The Scout Troop have the Gibb Bugle - the annual District Scout Camping Competition - to be held over the weekend 5/6 May at Nineacres campsite at Crook of Devon. Despite this year having a young team they have been practicing hard, and we wish them well. Meanwhile they are pushing ahead with the plans for their trip to the Satellite Camp at Blair Atholl.

The Explorer Unit are putting in place plans for an overnight expedition and an introductory hill walk.

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



SALINE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP 

The last meeting for Saline Environmental Group was a talk on Marine Wildlife. This was delivered by the passionate and enthusiastic Tara Proud from the Marine Conservation Society. As well as learning about some interesting sea life, the talk also discussed the important topic of plastics pollution. 

This month on Friday 11 May we will be finding out about BATS!! 

Richard Smith (countryside ranger) will start by giving a short talk which will be followed by some bat monitoring round the village. 

This event is open to children (age 10 and up accompanied by an adult) and adults alike. 

As this type of event tends to be very popular spaces are limited to 30 places. If you wish to attend the event please confirm your attendance by emailing dicrawford1@talktalk.net.

Date Friday 11 May
Time 8.00- 9.30 pm
Location Church Hall and village environs







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. 




BRIGHTSIDE COMMUNITY CAFÉ 

We are delighted to welcome our new café manager Leona Fozzard and our new café assistant Magda Stobiecka to the Brightside Community Café team and wish them a successful and happy time with us. We look forward to seeing the café develop over the coming months as both of them settle into their new roles. Please let Leona know if you have any suggestions for improvements or any comments. You can contact her through the café Facebook page or email address given below.

Our outside seating area has been tidied up for the warmer weather over the coming months, with some lovely new planters – thank you to the Bandrum maintenance team for all their help with this.

Email: info@brightsidecommunitycafe.org.uk 

Facebook: Brightside Community Cafe 

Friends Indeed

Brightside’s befriending service at Bandrum Nursing Home is happy to report that it is now up and running with its first matched befriender/befriendee. We are looking forward to seeing this friendship develop and to further matches being made over the next few months. 

Susan has started running some training sessions and these will continue until our current volunteers feel confident and ready to be matched with a resident. Our aim is to provide companionship for residents who don’t have regular visitors, enjoying any activities they might like to try – art, board games, listening to music, a little bit of gardening, a walk round the grounds, visiting the café or simply chatting. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and do something worthwhile so why not have a chat to see if this could be what you’re looking for. If you are interested in joining Susan’s team of volunteer befrienders or would like to know more please call her on 07853 946949 or email brightsidebefriending@gmail.com. 

Training and support is provided throughout your voluntary work.

Brightside Community Café SCIO is a registered charity and the Trustees are grateful for the support of Bandrum Nursing Home which provides the café facilities and to the Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery whose grant has enabled us to start the Friends Indeed befriending project.



Are You That Winner? 

Win a place on Liz Harvey’s 2 day Creative Watercolour Workshop Saturday 12 May @ Cherry Tree Lodge. Liz invites you to have some fun and unleash your creativity trying out new techniques and materials, exploring the possibilities of this exciting medium. All welcome, beginners & more experienced artists. 

Materials will be provided and a scrumptious lunch. 



All you need to do is join www.meetup.com/Friends-wellbeing-art-nature/ locate Liz’s workshop in “upcoming meetups” where you will find the answer to the following question. “Where did Liz gain her Art History Degree?” 

Send your answer to markandtill@cherrytreelodge.net with your contact number – entries will be drawn from a hat and the winner contacted on Wed 9 May. If you do not have access to the internet but would still like to enter call Mark on 07940 421038. 



SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

None other than Jim Leishman was our most recent guest speaker and he entertained us with stories from his life, career, charity work, and, of course, his time managing the Pars. We got to see his wonderful array of medals and trophies and thoroughly enjoyed his visit to Saline.

Our final event is on Wednesday 16 May, in the Church Hall, 7.00pm for 7.30pm - our chairperson, Barry Doyle, will be giving a talk on the History of Bandrum as well as our AGM. Everyone is welcome and it is your chance to give us feedback on our events and to suggest anything else the Society could do in the future.

Tina is continuing to collect many photos and stories about education in Saline and Steelend and our museum will open on Sunday 10 June.

Finally, thank you to everyone who has supported us this winter in attending our speaker events, come hail, rain or - dare I mention the word - snow.



KIRKLANDS GARDEN 

A reminder that Kirklands Garden will open again for charity on Sunday May 20 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Entrance fee £5.00, children free.

This year has been a challenge with our terrible winter weather (there was a 3 metre snow drift on top of the greenhouse and another in the garden!)

We have lived at Kirklands for 40 years and opened our garden for 25 years. Even after 40 years we still have many plans for the future! The garden is about two acres including woodland garden, walled garden, herbaceous borders. In May the bluebells are in flower and so are the meconopsis (blue poppies), tulips and rhododendrons.

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

If any village group would like a presence during the opening either with a stall or leaflets we would love you to be involved and we’re always looking for helpers. Please call 852737 or 07787 115477, or e-mail gill@i-comment360.com. 
Check out our Facebook page - Kirklands House and Garden, Saline. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=kirklands%20house%20and%20garden%20saline

Please come along.

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




Thank you to The Saline & District Horticultural and Handcraft Amateur Society for sponsoring this edition of the bulletin. 




CARNOCK WOODS HUTS COMING ALIVE 

May 19 sees the Carnock Woods Coming Alive Event at the Vine Conference Centre in Dunfermline. 

This is a ticketed event for those who have registered an interest in getting permission to build a hut in Carnock Woods. 


If you didn’t register but live within three miles of the wood, don’t despair! You can still enter the ballot for one of the two hut sites reserved for local inhabitants. 

Just e-mail me on carnock@reforestingscotland.org, answering a few simple questions:

    1 Name

    2 Address

    3 Phone

    4 Email address

    5 Why I would like a hut at Carnock Woods (50 words maximum)

    6 How often I would use it

    7 What activities I am interested in

I will then get back to you to tell you what to do next. This is the last chance to have a chance of getting a hut site. Of course, there will still be a number of hurdles before you can start building but I will explain those to you.

We are still hoping to build an outdoor classroom for the local schools but that will have to wait for the hutters’ group to form.

It’s getting closer and we will keep everyone informed of progress via this Bulletin.



SHIELDBANK COFFEE SHOP 

Discount Morning

From April 1, every Tuesday between 10.00am and 12.00noon will be DISCOUNT MORNING!

A cup of tea or coffee and any cake will be £2.50.

Floral Tea

On May 1 from 12.00noon till 4.00pm, Shieldbank Coffee Shop will be hosting a celebration of spring by having a flower-themed Afternoon Tea. As well as our normal coffees and teas, there will be flower and fruit teas, flower-themed cakes and the whole coffee shop will be decorated to suit. The cost of an afternoon tea with sandwiches will be £10, but you can just drop in for a coffee and cake as usual.





Heartfulness Meditation
 every Wednesday 7pm @ Cherry Tree Lodge

 




– like to join? Just call Mark on 07940 421038 
   or 01383 851059 to book your place.





SHIELDBANK RIDING AND VAULTING CLUB 

North Road, Saline. Telephone: 01383 852874 

Your local centre for everything to do with horses or ponies. 

Learn the traditional way to ride horses or ponies, and/or learn to care for them. Regular lessons from £19 per week. Private or small group lessons are available, as are special Easter Holiday Courses and Pony Days for children.

If you like gymnastics, why not join our equestrian vaulting team and learn to do gymnastics on horseback (Age 5 – 20)?

Everyone is welcome!

www.shieldbank.co.uk, email: info@shieldbank.co.uk. Also on Facebook.



FALSE TELEPHONE PREFERENCE SERVICE CALLS 

Action Fraud are warning of fraudsters phoning to provide a 'Telephone Preference Service' and asking for bank account details to cover a one-off charge

Victims instead see unauthorised monthly debits deducted from their accounts. There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS) and it is FREE. Register at www.tpsonline.org.uk. Report fraud to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.



SCOTRAIL’S NEW PROMOTIONAL FARE FOR ITS CUSTOMERS IN FIFE 

Scotrail has launched a new ticket for off-peak day return travel from Fife to Edinburgh or Dundee costing £5. It will be available from Monday 16 April until Friday 15 June.

The ticket – called the ‘Fife Fiver'– will allow off-peak day return travel between Fife and Edinburgh or Dundee any time after 10.00 until 15.30, and then from 18.30 on weekdays. At weekends, the ticket can be used at any time.

This ticket is only available online, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other rail promotional offers, Kids Go Free, Railcards or to upgrade to first class.

This offer is in addition to our ‘Delay Repay’ scheme, where customers who have been delayed by 30 minutes or more can claim compensation for the inconvenience.

Please note, to be eligible for this offer you'll need a My ScotRail account, and your registered account address must be in one of these postcodes: DD6, FK10, KY1 to KY16.



FREEDOM PROJECT 

The Dogs Trust Freedom Project is a dog fostering service for people who are fleeing domestic abuse in several areas of England, as well as the Central Belt of Scotland.

People fleeing domestic abuse are usually unable to take their dogs with them into a refuge so in many cases they are reluctant to leave their home until they know there is somewhere safe for their pets.

Dogs Trust offers a solution by placing dogs into the homes of volunteer foster carers for up to six months, until their owners are rehoused and can take them back. Dogs Trust covers all of the dog’s expenses during that time, including food and veterinary costs.

If you would like to refer your dog to our service, or you are interested in becoming a volunteer foster carer, please visit http://www.dogstrustfreedomproject.org.uk/ or call us on 0808 169 4315.



FUNDING BOOST FOR KINCARDINE AND SOUTH WEST FIFE 

Fife Council has started the regeneration of coastal communities within South West Fife supported by the award of £300,000 from the Big Lottery Coastal Communities Fund.

This funding will support the creation of new business units providing over 800 sqm of space for new and existing companies, a Kincardine town centre improvement/s programme and access improvements linking Devilla Forest to the Fife Coastal Path via Kincardine.

These projects support the delivery of the Longannet Task Force action plan by helping to diversify the local economy and encourage new enterprise into an area with a strong tradition of industry. The creation of new modern business infrastructure and the support to tourism assets across the area is also consistent with community aspirations including those within the 2017 Kincardine Charrette and other area-wide Participatory Budgeting exercises.

A planning application for the new business units has now been submitted to Fife Council as planning authority and the town centre improvement scheme will be launched in May 2018. Scoping and delivery of the Devilla Forest access improvements is also progressing well assisted by delivery support from Forestry Enterprise Scotland and Police Scotland.




FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

Saline Golf Club: May Events

Saturday 12 May: Monthly Quiz Starts 8.30pm Entry £2 per person. New teams most welcome

Saturday 19 May: Prosecco Afternoon Tea (Royal Wedding). Dress for the occasion. From 11am. Tickets £10

Sunday 20 May: Jam Session starts 7pm. Come along and jam or sing with local musicians.

Saturday 26 May: Live Music from Dionne Hickey. Tickets £5

All tickets available from the bar.
We have free Wi-Fi and BT sports.
Food available Tuesday-Sunday.
Bingo every Tuesday, 7.30pm start. Quiz night every Thursday, £1 entry.
Full Golf Membership £295, Junior Golf Membership £10, Social Membership £10.



Rainbows
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

Brownies
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

Saline Environmental Group
Bat Walk,
Friday 11 May, 8.00- 9.30 pm
Church Hall and village environs

Kirklands Garden Opening
Sunday May 20, 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
Entrance fee £5.00, children free.

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

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

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

Saline & Steelend Heritage Society
Wednesday 16 May
Barry Doyle on History of Bandrum
Also AGM
7.00pm for 7.30pm, Saline Church Hall

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

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

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




                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Senior Carers Respite Fife

posted 6 Apr 2018, 07:20 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 21 May 2018, 15:21 ]

We are pleased to introduce our great new service:

Please pass on this info to neighbours who might not have internet access

Senior Carers Respite Fife.

This is for carers 60 plus.

We come to you and lend a helping hand.

At a time thats convenient to you.


This is a FREE service.


For more information email Moira or Adele at         
respite@disabilitiesfife.org.uk
or call us on 01592 203993
find us on Facebook:          Senior Carers Respite Fife




Service Provided by Disabilities Fife
Registered Charity No SC026112

Issue 66 April 2018

posted 30 Mar 2018, 17:41 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 29 Apr 2018, 16:26 ]



THANKS FROM KINNEDDAR PARK 

This is a message of thanks to the farmers that helped the residents of Kinneddar Park. Without Dougie Templeton and Robbie Stevenson we would have been cut off for weeks. 








Between the two farmers, they cleared the main road down to Oakley and in parts the drifts were over 5ft so no amount of shovelling would have got through that. Dougie Templeton took time to come in to Kinneddar Park to clear the big drifts that had blocked the back of Kinneddar and opened up driveways so that we could get in with shovels, meaning that people who were being told that they must get to work by Sunday could. 

thanks to DAVE BATES for photos of Saline

Kinneddar Park is mainly older residents plus a little boy who may have required emergency care; we wouldn't have been able to get an ambulance in or a car out to meet an ambulance without the farmers. Our sincerest thanks to the farmers for taking time to unblock the roads.





KIRKLANDS GARDEN: APOLOGIES 

We managed to miss out the date of opening in the print bulletin last month; many apologies from the Editor.

Kirklands Garden will open again on Sunday 20 May 2018 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Sixty percent of the entrance fee (£5.00, Children free) will go to Saline Environmental Group who carry out sterling work around Saline and Steelend to improve our local environment. The other 40% goes to Scotland Garden Scheme charities (Maggie’s, Perennial, Qnis, NTS).



SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

Our most recent speaker event on the Pictish and Roman settlements of East Lomond was very well attended and was an excellent talk. It made us think about our own forts - Saline Hill, Craigluscar and the one on the Cults. Were they connected with the one on East Lomond? We may never know but it is something to consider. And did the Romans march near here?

Our next talk, the one before our AGM, is on Wednesday April 18 when the one and only Jim Leishman will be talking about his journey from Ball to Chain. As always, it is 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Everyone is welcome.

Tina is still looking for information/photos on education and schools for our forthcoming exhibition. Volunteers to help with the rota and any of our projects are always welcome - the pay is poor but the banter and tea/coffee are well worth it.



SALINE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP 

The next community event will be held on Friday 13 April at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall. This will give everyone an insight into the diverse marine life that is found along the Forth estuary. In addition, the Marine Conservation Society will explain current issues and solutions to some of the environmental concerns that surround all sea life. There will be coffee, tea, soup and cakes. Everyone is welcome. Please come along.

We are also hoping to have a bat evening on Friday May 11. It would start with our speaker giving a preliminary talk about bats in general. From there we would then take a walk around the village to some well-known bat locations and do some monitoring! Stick this date in your diary and we'll have more info on it in the next bulletin. Other projects in the pipeline include a village orchard and restoration of the bog at Steelend. More news on these later.








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

There was a decent turn out for the March meeting. In his opening remarks the Chair referred to the passing of two people who had contributed significantly to community life over many years. 

Douglas Aitken had combined his role as a minister with that of a broadcaster with the BBC and a member of Dunfermline District Council, and latterly as a member of the church in Saline. Jim Hensman had served as a Community Councillor for several decades and had been actively involved in the promotion of West Fife through the Community Forum and Planning Group. He had been instrumental in obtaining the funding for the housing study that has brought new affordable homes to the village and in the preparation of our Community Action Plan. His double act with the late John Crane had enriched community life. 

Condolences on behalf of the Community Council had been sent to both Fiona and Liz. David also mentioned Community Councillor Morag Aitken who has been in hospital for four weeks following a fall at home. The meeting wished her a speedy recovery. On a happier note David referred to the recently republished Villages of West Fife guide in which Saline and Steelend feature prominently. It is available as an eBook at www.westfifevillages.co.uk.

Saline Community Centre and Action Plan

Funding to appoint a consultant to carry out an update of the Action Plan and a feasibility study for the Community Centre was still being sought. Fife Council has asked whether the community is still interested in acquiring the Community Centre and had been told that without a feasibility study it was impossible to say. A number of people have commented that its value is as a potential development site and that the building itself is a liability.

New Housing behind The Glebe

The planning application for five houses behind The Glebe has been granted Conditional approval. Jim Currie and Peter Ball had attended the committee meeting and had been disappointed by the lack of challenge from elected members. They felt that officers from Planning and Transportation had undue influence on the outcome. Jim had had to contact the planning officer to point out that two additional conditions agreed by the committee had not been recorded in the minutes of the meeting. This has since been corrected. 

Concern was also expressed about the article that had appeared in the Dunfermline Press in which the developer was quoted as saying there was overwhelming support for the development. It was noted that the majority of the almost 100 people from the immediate area who had signed the petition were against the scheme. This account led to a discussion about the passage of the Planning Reform Bill through the Parliament. The campaigning group Planning Democracy is encouraging all Community Councils to write to MSPs demanding that they support an amendment to the Bill that will introduce equal rights of appeal against decisions. 

At present, a developer can appeal against a planning decision but not the community. It was felt that in a tiny way the handling of The Glebe application demonstrated why this amendment is necessary to prevent injustices. It was agreed that letters should be sent to our local and regional MSPs. 

Hotel Site 

Jim also gave an update on the mothballed hotel site development. His enquiries had revealed that the developer is struggling on developments elsewhere and it seems unlikely they will return to complete the West Road project. It is possible that the changes to the Land Reform Act currently passing through Parliament could provide the opportunity for communities to acquire unused and derelict land.

North Road Play Area

Nicola Smith reported that an order for the play equipment had been placed and it was hoped that it would be installed in early summer. Work on the drainage repairs and site preparation should start shortly. Jean Morris reported that Steelend residents were happy with the proposals prepared previously for an upgrade of the Steelend play park, subject to the reintroduction of the picnic tables that had been removed a while ago. It was unclear if Steelend residents required the assistance of the Play Parks Group in raising funds for the work. If this was not required, the Group would turn their attentions to the Upper Kinneddar play park.

Saline Smilers Toddlers’ Group

Nicola also reported that discussions were ongoing with the deputy head teacher of the primary school, Alexis Perkins, to see if the toddlers’ group could be accommodated there.

Street Naming

A response is still awaited from Allanwater Homes to the request for a ceremony to celebrate John Crane Close when it is completed.

Community Orchard

The previous meeting had noted the school’s interest in the proposed community orchard on the Forestry Commission land behind the Allanwater development. However, since then Saline Environmental Group have approached the Community Development Trust for assistance in acquiring a lease on the vacant land on Main Street, opposite the shop, for this purpose. Over the years various suggestions have been made for the site including affordable housing, a shop, a car park, and community growing space. However, it was felt that as a ‘meantime’ use, a community orchard could be supported and the school had been asked what they think of the idea.

Fireworks

An application has been made to Fife Council for the necessary permissions for an event on 2 November at the Golf Club. Once a response has been received, a working group will be convened to take the initiative forward.

Saline Shop and Post Office

Since the last meeting, David had had a meeting with the Coop’s property person. Sadly, their criteria for determining whether a store is viable have changed and they now look for a population of around 2500. Even with the new houses, this figure will not be met. However, the Coop representative, who had visited Saline shop, was of the opinion that in right hands it could flourish as an independent store. David had also exchanged emails with Stevie and William who attended the previous meeting and explained their interest in acquiring the shop. He had encouraged them to be modest in their ambitions but had heard nothing more from them for several weeks. However, the current shop owner has confirmed that he still expects them to take over later in the year.

It had also been rumoured that the Post Office is no longer operational. An email has been received from Post Office Ltd confirming this to be the case but confidentiality issues prevented them saying any more about it.

David had also established contact with the Chair of the Trust that has purchased Dunshalt shop and post office with the help of the Scottish Land Fund and is intending to run it as community-owned business. Community purchase of Saline shop could also be an option and details of the Dunshalt financial model will be sought.

Blair House Open Cast Restoration

Communication has been maintained with the Mines Restoration Trust who are reflecting on the comments and suggestions made at the last meeting. In particular, they have noted the concerns about the height of the bing and are considering whether more of it might be removed than originally envisaged. They will provide a further update once the views of Oakley residents have been established. They have also confirmed that a machine is being deployed to clear small trees and scrub to discourage birds from nesting this year as this would delay the restoration programme.

Community Resilience Plan

The comments and suggestions made at the community resilience workshop held in the aftermath of the heavy snow have been typed up and will be distributed shortly. A number of people had put themselves forward to form a small steering group to work with Fife Council’s Emergency Planning Team to devise a Community Resilience Plan. People felt the exercise had been worthwhile and the suggestion that if the situation arises again top priority is given to clearing the road across from Saline across to the M90 was particularly welcome.

Donation from Blair House Trust

Marie Crane reported that the Blair House Trust, for which she acted as Treasurer, has been wound up following the collapse of the company operating the pit. The Trustees had agreed, with the support of the Charities Regulator OSCR, that the residual funds should be divided between the communities of Oakley, and Saline and Steelend. However, it was a stipulation of OSCR that the money has be held by a registered charity and consequently Saline and Steelend’s share of approximately £600 has been paid into a restricted fund in the Community Development Trust’s account, to be allocated to local groups/bodies on the instruction of the Community Council. It was suggested that a small awards committee is established to receive and process requests from individuals and groups who have ideas for small initiatives that will benefit the community.

Golf Club

Ann Hatton described the continuing work at the Golf Club and in particular the enhancement of the putting green area and driving range at the far end of the car park. The work will also involve seating and picnic benches. Funding is still being sought for safety fences.




CREATIVE WATERCOLOURS 
WITH LIZ HARVEY 

Cherry Tree Lodge, 12 May, 10.00am



Have some fun and unleash your creativity on a two-day watercolour painting workshop led by local artist Liz Harvey.











Try out new techniques and materials, and explore the possibilities of this exciting medium. 


All are welcome, whether beginners or more experienced artists.






The non-residential fee is £95 and includes tuition, materials, and a delicious and nutritious lunch on both days.











For more information and to book, just call Mark on 01383 851059 or 07940 421038.














COMMUNITY BULLETIN DONATION APPEAL 2018 

Great news! We have just been awarded £1,000 from The Pilot Trust to keep the Saline & Steelend Community Bulletin going for the next twelve months. There is a condition and that is that our community shows a financial commitment too with matched funding.

Would you/your community group/business be willing to make a donation to keep the Saline and Steelend Community Bulletin going for the next twelve months?

Due to the success of the Bulletin, we need to budget to run to twelve pages for each edition.

We have a dedicated team of over fifteen individuals currently involved in getting the bulletin to every household in our community, both online and/or as a paper copy, at a cost of only £190 per month. Launched over six years ago, and this is our 66th edition, it has become a reliable source of local information, activities and events.

Funding bodies will no longer provide on-going financial support for community bulletins such as ours. They are however happy to consider “communications costs” as an entry in a funding application. If you are applying to a funding body for a project, it would be great from the Bulletin point of view if you would include such an entry in your application and let us know.

You can also sign up for the e-bulletin by going to www.salinesteelend.org/home/Register to receive a monthly email link – you get to be one of the first to see the village news!

Please do pass on this appeal to anyone who might be interested in supporting us.

                                Yours in hope

Mark Baugh 
Co-ordinator of the Saline & Steelend Communications Group 
T: 01383 851059 




116TH FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

The Beaver Colony is now almost at its maximum number, though this should ease as some five Beavers are due to move up to the Cub Pack after the summer holiday. The Beavers have now completed their Cook's Badge and after the Easter holiday should be able to make a start on the Gardener Badge.

The Cubs were disappointed that the football match between Dunfermline and Livingston was postponed due to the bad weather. The match has now been rescheduled for 3 April. The last meeting of this term was hectic with the Cubs assembling bird boxes to be placed on the trees near to the hall and in Saline Church grounds.

The Scout Troop had to postpone their March camp due to bad weather and lack of available Leaders. Unfortunately they were unsuccessful in their bid for places at the Satellite Camp at the Blair Atholl Patrol Jamborette. Despite this, they have been offered places with the 40th Fife who have several surplus places, so all who applied should be able to attend. Meanwhile they have continued to work on their awards at the weekly meetings.

The eagerly awaited results of the District Explorer Scout Quiz is now to hand. Despite not winning they managed to reach the final four, a very creditable result. In the past term the Explorers have experienced international cooking and have taken part in a model aeroplane flying contest.

The Group is now enjoying the Easter Holiday especially the Leaders. All meetings will resume at the usual times on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 April when we will be happy to welcome any new members wishing to join us.

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





STEELEND PLAY PARK

Steelend Village Community Association met with an Officer from Fife Council and Cllr Bobby Clelland on Friday 16 March. The Association had agreed to take forward a new plan for the play area and are now applying for funds to improve and update the play park. 

The Steelend play park has been really well used over the years and the local communities are keen to see the broken equipment replaced. Local residents are also keen to see the return of the picnic benches.

Cllr Helen Law
Convener City of Dunfermline Area Committee 




SMOKE ALARMS

Rigorous fire safety standards will apply to all homes in Scotland after changes are made to the Housing (Scotland) Act. This will ensure homeowners and those who rent from a social or private landlord will benefit from the same level of protection. 

To book a free home fire safety visit call 0800 0731 999 or text ‘FIRE’ to 80800. You can also do it online at: www.firescotland.gov.uk





BANDRUM NURSING HOME AND BRIGHTSIDE COMMUNITY CAFÉ 

Bandrum Nursing Home are taking part in this year’s International Care Home Open day on 21 April 2018. This year, the date coincides with the Queen’s real birthday and the theme is linking communities. 

We’ve decided that it’s the perfect time to invite the local community in to join us for a fun afternoon and to celebrate all the wonderful work the staff and the wider community did for us at Bandrum during the treacherous weather recently. We can’t thank everyone enough!

Please come to join us at Brightside Café within the grounds of Bandrum on 21/4/18 from 2pm to 4pm. We will have refreshments and entertainment and really look forward to opening our doors to you all.

Brightside Café hope to announce a new café manager and café assistant in the next bulletin. Once the new café manager is in place, Susan will be concentrating on her new role as manager of Friends Indeed, the charity’s befriending service, but will still be helping out one day a week in the café.

The befriending service has been set up to provide residents at Bandrum Nursing Home who don’t have regular visitors with a friend who makes a point of visiting them, sharing memories, and helping them make social connections. Do you have an hour or so to spare once a week or fortnight? If so, we are currently looking for additional volunteers and we would love you to join us by becoming a befriender. Training and ongoing support will be provided. Email Susan at the address below or pop in to the café where she will be happy to chat with you.

Email: info@brightsidecommunitycafe.org.uk 
Facebook: Brightside Community Cafe 





SALINE GOLF CLUB

Volunteers and members are springing into action for spring! 

There are two main improvement activities underway. The first is the upgrade of the lighting throughout the clubhouse to LED lights which will improve the environment and reduce the electricity bill by up to 50%. Many Thanks go to the Comrie Colliery Environmental Trust and the Fife Council West Fife Ward Budget for supporting our grant application for this project.

The second project underway is the revamp of the practice area. As well as a general tidy up the revamp will include the driving nets, putting green, safety fence and a seating area making a good fun and social space for all ages. We are grateful for the generous support from Allanwater Homes, Boys and Girls Clubs of Scotland, and Scotmid to fund some of these improvements. 

Thanks also to Allanwater Homes for providing new signage for the club.

New Golf and Social members (£10) are always welcome. You can join at any time so please pop in and join us!

Follow us on Facebook at Saline Golf Club Official for the latest information on entertainment, volunteering and golf club updates.

SALINE GOLF CLUB: APRIL EVENTS 

Saturday 7 April: Opening match scramble, Tee-Off at 10.00am. Soup and sandwiches available after the match.

Saturday 7 April: Coffee morning 10.00am-12.00noon. All are welcome.

Friday 13 April: Prize bingo evening, 7.00pm start. £1 per book.

Saturday 14 April: Monthly quiz starts at 8.30pm. Entry £2 per person.

Saturday 28 April: Escapade, an excellent five-piece band. Tickets £5.

Bingo every Tuesday, 7.30pm start.

Quiz night every Thursday, £1 entry.

Saline Golf Club has Free Wi-Fi and BT Sport.

Q’zine catering is available for all functions.

Food available on six days, excluding Mondays.

Full Golf Membership £295, Junior Golf Membership £10, Social Membership £10.



Weekly Heartfulness Meditation
at Cherry Tree Lodge starting Wednesday 11 April at 7.15pm. 

Heartfulness offers a simple and practical approach to meditation and relaxation which is easy to learn and integrate into your daily life. You meditate on your heart. As you tune into your heart through regular meditation, you can find yourself more in touch with your feelings, more compassionate, less judgemental and better able to understand yourself and other people. 

Your intuitive understanding grows so that your decisions can be guided by a deeper sense of what is really right for you and this in turn can bring about greater confidence.

Sessions are free and are open to anyone interested. Any donations received go to support Heartfulness work.

To reserve your place or for more information, just call Mark on 01383 851059 or 07940 421038




SALINE AND BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH 

Friday 20 April: Family Beetle Drive, 6.30pm in Church Hall.

Guild
Monday 16 April: AGM

Monday 30 April: Afternoon outing (to be arranged)

Walking Group
Saturday 21 April: Benarty Hill (from Lochore Meadows)
7 miles and 260m cumulative ascent (intermediate). Depart Saline bus turning circle 9am.

Saturday 5 May: Scenic Road to Balmerino
6 miles and 50m cumulative ascent (easy). Depart Saline bus turning circle 9am.

Contact Peter Philp or Stewart Miller for more details.



SHIELDBANK COFFEE SHOP

Discount Morning

From April 1, every Tuesday between 10.00am and 12.00noon will be DISCOUNT MORNING!

A cup of tea or coffee and any cake will be £2.50.

Floral Tea

On May 1 from 12.00noon till 4.00pm, Shieldbank Coffee Shop will be hosting a celebration of spring by having a flower-themed Afternoon Tea. As well as our normal coffees and teas, there will be flower and fruit teas, flower-themed cakes and the whole coffee shop will be decorated to suit. The cost of an afternoon tea with sandwiches will be £10, but you can just drop in for a coffee and cake as usual.

SHIELDBANK RIDING AND VAULTING CLUB 

North Road, Saline. Telephone: 01383 852874
Your local centre for everything to do with horses or ponies.

Learn the traditional way to ride horses or ponies, and/or learn to care for them. Regular lessons from £19 per week. Private or small group lessons are available, as are special Easter Holiday Courses and Pony Days for children.

If you like gymnastics, why not join our equestrian vaulting team and learn to do gymnastics on horseback (Age 5 – 20)?

Everyone is welcome!

www.shieldbank.co.uk, email: info@shieldbank.co.uk. Also on Facebook. 




FREEDOM PROJECT

The Dogs Trust Freedom Project is a dog fostering service for people who are fleeing domestic abuse in several areas of England, as well as the Central Belt of Scotland. 

People fleeing domestic abuse are usually unable to take their dogs with them into a refuse so in many cases they are reluctant to leave their home until they know there is somewhere safe for their pets.

Dogs Trust offers a solution by placing dogs into the homes of volunteer foster carers for up to six months, until their owners are rehoused and can take them back. Dogs Trust covers all of the dog’s expenses during that time, including food and veterinary costs.

If you would like to refer your dog to our service, or you are interested in becoming a volunteer foster carer, please visit http://www.dogstrustfreedomproject.org.uk/ or call us on 0808 169 4315.






RECOVERY PROJECT VOLUNTEERS

The Recovery project is a new model to help older people in Fife who have experienced any form of harm or abuse, which has left them isolated, having lost confidence, or finding it difficult to engage with others. Action on Elder Abuse Scotland are looking for volunteers of all ages to help victims recover and regain independence and control over their lives.

All volunteers will be provided with full training, ongoing support and guidance and expenses. Find out more at www.elderabuse.org.uk/elder-abuse-recovery-project.

If you are an older person who has recently experienced harm and would like support from the Recovery Project, fill out the Initial Interest Form at www.elderabuse.org.uk/forms/elder-abuse-recovery-project-fife-initial-interest-form. Someone else can fill in the form for you.

For further information call Lesley Carcary on: 07496 663 815 or email: lesleycarcary@elderabuse.org.uk





FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS: 

Saline Golf Club: April Events

Saturday 7 April: Opening match scramble, Tee-Off at 10.00am. Soup and sandwiches available after the match.
Saturday 7 April: Coffee morning 10.00am-12.00noon. All are welcome.
Friday 13 April: Prize bingo evening, 7.00pm start. £1 per book.
Saturday 14 April: Monthly quiz starts at 8.30pm. Entry £2 per person.
Saturday 28 April: Escapade, an excellent five-piece band. Tickets £5.
Bingo every Tuesday, 7.30pm start. Quiz night every Thursday, £1 entry.

Saline Golf Club has Free Wi-Fi and BT Sport. 

Q’zine catering is available for all functions. Food available on six days, excluding Mondays.
Full Golf Membership £295, Junior Golf Membership £10, Social Membership £10.

Rainbows
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

Brownies
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

116th Fife Scout Group

Beaver Colony
Every Friday, 6.00pm-7.30pm

Cub Pack
Every Thursday, 6.30pm-8.00pm

Scout Troop
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm

Explorer Unit
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9.00pm

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



Community Council Meeting

Tuesday 24 April, 7.30pm 
Saline Community Centre 

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

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

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

Saline & Steelend Heritage Society
Wednesday 21 April
Jim Leishman on Ball to Chain
7.00pm for 7.30pm, Saline Church Hall

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

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

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

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

New: Group for Amateur Photographers meet on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm.




                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Issue 65 March 2018

posted 8 Mar 2018, 08:17 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 30 Mar 2018, 11:15 ]

STOP PRESS:  COMMUNITY RESILIENCE MEETING 

The response from our community to the appalling weather over the past five days has been magnificent but, before we forget how bad it was, it is important that we review events and think about what worked well and what could have worked better. 


The Community Council has convened a special open public meeting at which these issues can be reviewed against the template for a Community Resilience Plan provided by Fife Council.  It will also be an opportunity to celebrate the work of everyone who struggled to keep us safe. The meeting is open to EVERYONE – adults and children!  Refreshments will be available.
MONDAY 12 MARCH, 6.00 - 7.30pm, SALINE CHURCH HALL



SALINE & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY 

There was a very good attendance for the recent talk on the Fife Coastal path and our next one is on Wednesday 21 March on Pictish and Roman settlements on East Lomond. 

I wonder if they experienced the heavy falls of snow we have had?

Tina is still looking for any old school photographs or stories for our summer exhibition. For instance, there was a transfer of pupils to Oakley to attend the new Catholic school? Does  know any more about that? Or do you know anything about the school at Steelend and Dunduff? All information is welcome.

We are looking for volunteers to man the museum on Sunday and Wednesday mornings, and on Tuesday evenings.
 


KIRKLANDS GARDEN

Kirklands Garden will open again on Sunday 20th May 2018 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Sixty percent of the entrance fee (£5.00, Children free) will go to Saline Environmental Group who carry out sterling work around Saline and Steelend to improve our local environment.  The other 40% goes to Scotland Garden Scheme charities (Maggie’s, Perennial, Qnis, NTS). 
 
We have lived at Kirklands for 40 years and opened our garden for 25 years.  Each year we have a project – creating a new bit of garden or improving other areas.  Even after 40 years we still have many plans for new projects.  Next year we will be helped by the next two generations when our daughter and family will be involved. 
 
There is about two acres of garden including woodland garden, walled garden, herbaceous borders.  In May the bluebells are in flower and so are the meconopsis (blue poppies), tulips and rhododendrons.

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

If any village group would like a presence during the opening either with a stall or leaflets we would love you to be involved and we’re always looking for helpers.  Please call: 852737 or 07787115477 or e-mail: gill@i-comment360.com  
Check out our Facebook page: Kirklands House and Garden, Saline 
https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=kirklands%20house%20and%20garden%20saline 
We would love to welcome you to Kirklands.



SALINE PRIMARY SCHOOL 

Thank you to everyone who has kindly made contact with us following the previous bulletin. We have a few things hopefully in the pipeline which I will share in due course. This week (26 February-2 March) our Primary 7 children have been braving the elements at Lockerbie Manor with the pupils from Inzievar Primary school as part of their transition to Queen Anne High School. It will definitely be a week to remember for many reasons!

Over the next few weeks P5/6 and P6/7 will be making a visit to the Poppy Factory in Edinburgh to make poppy wreaths. The children will start the wreaths and they will be completed and sent to the school in time for Remembrance day with our school badge on them.

Primary 4 and Primary 7 will be hosting assemblies soon to share their learning. P7 will share their experiences from their residential stay at Lockerbie Manor on the morning of Friday 9 March and P4 will be sharing their learning about famous Scots, Glasgow and the models they have made on the afternoon of Thursday 15 March.

Finally our new school office is taking shape and we hope to make the move in the next week or two. We will have a grand opening and would welcome visitors, especially those with links to the school. Details will follow as soon as we can confirm a date and time. This move will free up our current office space which we hope to turn into the new school library. Our Parent Council have kindly offered to help us with soft furnishings and will supply us with a small amount of new books. I hope to source further funding and involve the children in fundraising activities for more books. That's all for now folks! 
Mrs Alexis Perkins
Depute Head Teacher



Higher English Prep

Until recently I ran this Easter course at Perth College, and it was very successful, usually raising candidates’ grades by at least one step if not two.   I’m retired now, but if there’s enough demand I could run a version of this course in the Easter holidays – for no charge – for candidates in Saline and Steelend.  

This is not just more practice; it clarifies the demands of the exam and provides simple routines to meet those demands – something which, regrettably, often seems to be left out of the school course.

If there’s enough interest, then I’ll see about obtaining a space in the Community Centre or the church hall.

Colin Stuart 

colin.stuart208@btinternet.com   852587



116th FIFE SCOUT GROUP 

February has been a bit of a slow month for the Beaver Colony with a half term holiday in the middle of the month. Despite a few members dropping OUT, another two have joined the Colony, keeping the numbers fairly stable. Having recently completed their Animal Friends' badge they are now working towards their Cooks' Badge; this not only covers cooking but also learning about a balanced diet, kitchen hygiene and kitchen safety. Other badges planned are Gardener and Disability Awareness just to mention a couple.

The Cubs have taken part in the District Safety Competition coming a creditable third equal out of nine teams. Well done to those who took part. The Cubs are now looking forward to their visit to East End Park to watch Dunfermline play Livingston. Here's hoping they will not be disappointed. In the longer term they have the District Camp at Nineacres in May to look forward to.

The Scout Troop held its first camp of the year at Fordell Firs and despite the atrocious weather which resulted in lots of mud, they all enjoyed themselves. I will not mention the Leaders’ comments. They are due to camp again early in March, so lets hope the weather is kinder. Meanwhile the Leaders are applying on behalf of the Scouts for places at the Satellite Camp at the Blair Atholl Patrol Jamborette which takes place in July.
The Explorers at the end of February were off to the District Explorer Scout Quiz; as I write we are eagerly awaiting the results. At the moment the Explorers are finalizing their future programme, more of which will be listed in forthcoming editions.
Peter Philp
Group Scout Leader
01383 852612
116th Fife Scout Group
Registered Charity Number SC031132



SALINE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP 
The walk to the High Valleyfield Snowdrop event was held on 25 February. The guided tour was very interesting and covered many aspects including the history of the rise and decline of the Valleyfield estate. On view was the walled garden, canal and orchard. The estate has many beautiful and interesting walks throughout them as well as the illustrious carpet of snowdrops. Definitely worth a visit! 

The next event will be held on Friday 13 April at 7.30pm in the Church Hall.



This will be a talk by Tara Proud from the Marine Conservation Society. It will focus on the wildlife that exists in the Forth Estuary and the environmental concerns that surround all marine life. There will be coffee, tea, soup and cakes. Everyone is welcome. Please come along.



BRIGHTSIDE COMMUNITY CAFÉ

On behalf of the trustees of the charity, I would like to thank Michelle Graham for all the hard work put in over the last year, getting the café up and running so successfully. Michelle has now moved on to pursue a career elsewhere and we wish her every success for the future. 

Susan Smith, who has been assisting Michelle, will step in to keep Brightside Community Café open for business as usual – Wednesday to Saturday 11.00am till 3.00pm. Whether it’s soup, baked potato, salad, panini, toastie or just cake and coffee, you’ll be made very welcome. The menu may be restricted on some days and we hope you will support Susan whilst we recruit new staff. 

We are looking for a café manager (16 hours a week) and café workers to cover four three-hour shifts. If these posts would interest you, please ask for an application form.  
Once the new café manager is in place, Susan will be concentrating on her new role as manager of Friends In Deed, the charity’s befriending service.

The befriending service has been set up to provide residents at Bandrum Nursing Home who don’t have regular visitors with a friend who makes a point of visiting them, sharing memories and helping them make social connections. Do you have an hour or so to spare once a week or fortnight? If so, we are currently looking for additional volunteers and we would love you to join us by becoming a befriender. Training and ongoing support will be provided. Email Susan at the address below or pop in to the café where Susan will be happy to chat with you.

Email: info@brightsidecommunitycafe.org.uk
Facebook: Brightside Community Cafe



CARNOCK WOOD HUTTING SITE: 
NEXT STEPS

The Register of Interest to get a hutting site at Carnock has now closed. There was a huge response and if you registered you will be hearing soon about our Carnock Coming Alive event in Dunfermline on 19 May. This event will also feature other hutting sites around Scotland.


If you didn’t apply but live within three road miles of the Carnock Woods site, you can still apply for one of the two hut sites allocated to local people. Please Email me at carnock@reforestingscotland.org giving the following information
   1. Name
   2. Address
   3. Phone
   4. Email address
   5. Why I would like a hut at Carnock Woods (50 words max)
   6. How often I would use it
   7. What activities I am interested in

We will be holding a separate ballot for the two sites at the same time as we hold the ballot for the remaining ten sites. This will be a fully transparent and honest process (honestly).
After that, the Thousand Huts team will meet the twelve successful Carnock hutters on several occasions to guide them through forming a constituted group and negotiating the lease with Forest Enterprise Scotland. It will take a bit of effort but after that hut building can begin.

On other fronts, the campaign held a very successful Hutters’ Rally in Edinburgh in November. The simpler form of Building Regulations for huts is now enshrined in law and we hope to be publishing a Good Practice Guide to guide you through it, in the near future. 

The huts are coming!
Donald McPhillimy



SALINE & BLAIRINGONE PARISH CHURCH

Holy Week and Easter Services 
As in previous years we will be joining with several other congregations in West Fife  for special services during Holy Week.
Sunday 25 March, 9.30am, Palm Sunday Service and Celebration of Holy Communion, Saline Parish Church. 6.30pm, Praise Service, Oakley Parish Church
Wednesday 28 March, 7.00pm, Stations of the Cross, Saline Parish Church
Thursday 29 March, 7.00pm, Communion Service, Culross Abbey
Friday 30 March, 7.00pm, Good Friday Tenebrae Service, Tulliallan Parish  Church
Sunday 1 April, 9.30am, Easter Service, followed by rolling eggs and Family Brunch
Swap Shop
Friday 9 March, 7.00pm in the Church Hall. £3, including light refreshments. Proceeds to the Church Restoration Fund. Come and find a bargain and enjoy the company.

Concert 
Monday 19 March at 7.00pm in the Church. Entertainment by Bruce Davies. Tickets (including light refreshments) £5, proceeds to Guild Projects. 



COMMUNITY COUNCIL MATTERS

A Message from the Chair of the Community Council

At the February meeting of the Community Council, as the heavy snow began to fall, I commented in my introductory remarks to the meeting on what I perceive to be a noticeable strengthening of community spirit and social cohesion, indicated by increasing numbers of
individuals and groups stepping up to the plate to help deliver the aspirations contained in our Community Action Plan.

Forty-eight hours later as we struggle under a thick blanket of snow, this impression is reinforced by reading about the individual acts of kindness and generosity described in posts on the villages’ Facebook page, Saline, Steelend & District Community Futures. They are truly heart-warming. This post by someone who is new to Saline sums it up:

“To all of you amazing people, we just moved here in the summer so are experiencing our first Saline winter. I’m so impressed and touched by the community spirit here! From helping people in and out with 4x4s (some in life-threatening situations), to picking up groceries for others, planning snowman-building competitions, and even sharing toilet rolls, it has been incredible to read all that is happening.

"To all that are helping, want to help and are supporting the best way they can - thank you.
It means the world to someone and a lot to many. Stay safe guys, God bless."


David Chisholm
2 March 2018

More than 30 people fought there way through blizzards and deep snow to attend February’s Community Council meeting.  

In his introductory remarks, the Chair, David Chisholm, mentioned the ‘walkabout’ that he and Donald Murdoch had had with Alexis Perkins, deputy head of Saline PS, as a follow up to her attendance at the January meeting.  During the ‘tour’ various opportunities for outdoor learning were pointed out. Of particular interest was the ‘community orchard’ on the Forestry Commission land behind the Allanwater development and only a short walk from the school once the proposed path towards Bickramside is constructed.

Blair House Open Cast Restoration
David went on to introduce the evening’s keynote speaker, Robin Caldow from the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust, who was attending with two colleagues from environmental consultants Ironside Farrar to explain their initial proposals for the restoration of the Blair House open cast site.  Robin explained that over the last four years their wholly owned operational arm, Mines Restoration Limited, had been operating care and maintenance contracts, addressing health and safety aspects, together with environmental and geotechnical management issues.  Now that Fife Council have succeeded in their legal battle with Royal Sun Alliance to recover the £3.1m bond, work on the restoration of the area can commence.  SMRT are committed to working with communities to develop detailed proposals for the site and Saline and Steelend CC can expect to have representatives on the consultative group. 
 
Unfortunately, because of the time it has taken to force Royal Sun Alliance to pay out, it has cost money to maintain the site and the technical challenges for the restoration have grown. Consequently, there is no longer enough money to carry out all of the work originally envisaged. Most significantly, it will not be possible to remove the bing. Also, ground water levels have risen as a consequence of the closure of Longannet and some bodies of water will have to be retained. However, using the budget that is available 1,000,000 m3  of spoil will be removed from the bing, reducing the height by 6/8m. Some of this will be used to recontour the margins of the bodies of water to make them safer and more attractive and to introduce a more ‘natural’ appearance to the terrain. Since mining operations ceased, the number and variety of species has increased significantly. The site now provides habitats for newts, bats, otters, badgers, water voles and red squirrels. Settling ponds will be reconfigured to create wildfowl and wetlands areas.  Grass seed will be spread to accelerate the ‘greening’ process and woodland trees will be planted on around 80% of the site. Bridle paths and footpaths will be reinstated. The timetable is tight but if everything goes smoothly the work could be complete by September 2019 at which time ownership would transfer to a new body, for example Forestry Commission Scotland.

The presentation provoked a large number of questions and comments, particularly from Cowstrandburn and Kinneddar Park residents. These included ‘what is the site to be used for’.  Robin suggested it was probably best thought of as a publicly-accessible wildlife reserve. Several people asked whether there was any intention to introduce commercial uses or any activities that might contribute to economic growth or provide opportunities for local employment and training. The long-term maintenance of the site might provide opportunities. The possibility of an outdoor activities or water sports centre was suggested. 
Other concerns included the implications for animal health of water courses becoming contaminated by dog urine and faeces and where car parking for visitors will be located.  It was also suggested that there should be a ‘walkabout’ for local people before the proposals are finalised. Robin thought there could an opportunity to involve local school children in the project. Questions were asked about working hours and how noise nuisance would be managed. It was acknowledged that allowing the contractor to work longer hours would reduce the overall length of the contract.  

Robin and his colleagues were thanked for attending the meeting.

Action Plan Review and Community Centre Acquisition 
Ian Holmes-Lewis has had offers of assistance from several people to carry out a ‘talking tables’ style review of the 2011 Action Plan.  It was hoped this might take place in early summer. In the meantime, efforts would continue to obtain funding to appoint a consultant to carry out a full review and prepare a feasibility study and options appraisal for the possible acquisition of Saline Community Centre .

Housing behind The Glebe
Conditional planning permission has been granted for the reinstatement of the double garage at 3 The Glebe which was demolished some years ago to create access to the land-locked site behind The Glebe.  The latest planning application for five houses on this site has still to be considered by Fife Council.

North Road Play Park and Saline Smilers
Nicola Smith reported that the outstanding issues preventing the restoration work going ahead are almost resolved and it was hoped that it would be completed by the summer. A ‘grand celebration’ is being planned! Efforts to keep Saline Smilers toddlers’ group going are continuing.

Snow Clearing 
David reported that he had spoken to Ken Smith in Fife Council’s transportation team who has responsibility for gritting and snow clearing. The Council’s priorities are set on their website. The general intention is to clear both roads and pavements in the village centres but if pavements are narrow or obstructed the machines can’t do their job.  

Street Naming 
David is in touch with Allanwater about the intention to name one of the small streets in their development after John Crane, with a view to arranging an unveiling ceremony.  The developer is expecting to be on site for at least another eighteen months.

Saline Shop and Post Office
Following the announcement at the previous meeting that the owner of Saline Shop is keen to retire, David has, as requested, been in touch with the Coop to establish whether they would be interested in opening one of their stores in Saline.  In previous discussions with them three years ago it was learned that they look for a population of between 1500/2000.  Once the new homes under construction are completed this figure would be achieved.  Two sites have been suggested – the vacant site across the road from the shop, and, more ambitiously the inclusion of a store in a complete redevelopment on the Community Centre site which would also include new community facilities.

David also reported an item that appeared in FifeToday regarding a small community in north east Fife, Dunshult, that has been awarded nearly £100k from the Scottish Land Fund to acquire their village shop which has been closed since in 2016, and to run it as a community trust.

However, since the last meeting it has emerged that a local couple are in advanced discussions with the owner to obtain a lease to run the shop from April. Steve and Will were at the meeting to explain their proposals which include an enhanced range of products and produce, a small café, and hot food takeaway.  They will also open up the front of the shop to make it more attractive and improve access. A cash machine and enhanced postal service are planned.  Their initiative was welcomed by those present.  More details can be found on the village Facebook page, Saline, Steelend & District Community Futures.

Firework Display 
David was able to report that the Golf Club are happy to host the village firework display on Friday 2 November at 7.30pm.  See further details elsewhere in this Bulletin. 

Put this Date in your Diary

Over recent years we have lost a number events from our community calendar,  most significantly Saline Gala, and the Bonfire and Fireworks and, sadly, this year there will be no Art Show. Happily, a small number of committed and hardworking people are endeavouring to maintain those we still have and revive those that have been lost. Consequently we are pleased to be able to announce that 2018 will see the return of the firework display. Saline Golf Club have agreed to host the event which will take place on Friday 2 November and include a professional display against the backdrop of the golf course hill at 7.30pm. It is intended that the fireworks will be preceded by activities and entertainment for families and children and there will live music in the clubhouse afterwards. Food and drink will be available throughout.  It is felt that a bonfire is too much of a challenge but it is hoped that there will be another torchlight procession and celebration around the legend of Michael Scot, the 12th century 'Wizard of Saline'.  The Community Council will be applying to Fife Council for funding towards the event and we will be selling raffle tickets after the summer holidays.  We are hoping that people will come and volunteer to sell them in their street or local area.

A working party is being formed to take these ideas through to fruition. If you want to be involved or wish to volunteer to sell raffle tickets please email sscdtmembers@btinternet.com

Blair House Open Cast Restoration Proposals
Saline Golf Club have very kindly agreed to allow the panels showing the proposals for restoring the Blair House Open Cast site, which you will have read about elsewhere in this Bulletin, to be displayed in the club house.  Scottish Mines Restoration are very keen to get as much feedback as possible and a comments book will be provided.  The panels will be on display from Saturday 10 March for two weeks.



SALINE GOLF CLUB 

Volunteers and members are springing into action for spring! 
There are two main improvement activities underway. The first is the upgrade of the lighting throughout the clubhouse to LED lights which will improve the environment and reduce the electricity bill by up to 50%. Many thanks go to the Comrie Colliery Environmental Trust and the Fife Council West Fife Ward Budget for supporting our grant application for this project.

The second project underway is the revamp of the practice area. As well as a general tidy up, the revamp will include the driving nets, putting green, safety fence and a seating area, making  a good fun and social space for all ages. We are grateful for the generous support from AllanWater Homes, Boys and Girls Club of Scotland and Scotmid to fund some of these improvements. Thanks also go to AllanWater Homes for providing new signage for the club.

New Golf and Social Members (£10) are always welcome. You can join at any time so please pop in and join us!
Follow us on Facebook at Saline Golf Club Official for the latest information on entertainment, volunteering and golf club updates.

 
FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS:

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

Rainbows
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

Brownies
Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

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

Community Council Meeting
Tuesday 27 March, 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre

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

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

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

Saline & Steelend Heritage Society
Wednesday 21 March, 
Pictish and Roman Settlements on East Lomond 
7.00pm for 7.30pm, Saline Church Hall

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

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

Holy Week and Easter Services 
Sunday 25 March, 9.30am, Palm Sunday Service and Celebration of Holy Communion, Saline Parish Church. 6.30pm, Praise Service, Oakley Parish Church
Wednesday 28 March, 7.00pm, Stations of the Cross, Saline Parish Church
Thursday 29 March, 7.00pm, Communion Service, Culross Abbey
Friday 30 March, 7.00pm, Good Friday Tenebrae Service, Tulliallan Parish  Church
Sunday 1 April, 9.30am, Easter Service, followed by rolling eggs and Family Brunch
Swap Shop
Friday 9 March, 7.00pm in the Church Hall. £3, including light refreshments. 
Concert 
Monday 19 March at 7.00pm in the Church. Entertainment by Bruce Davies. Tickets (including light refreshments) £5.
 
Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
Telephone: 01383 852874   Website: www.shieldbank.co.uk  Also on Facebook.
Riding lessons for children and adults of all ages and stages.
Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) instruction for 5-20 year olds.
Courses for Children in the Easter Holidays. 
Everyone welcome.
Just call or email to book.

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



                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group

Dementia and the Outdoors

posted 14 Feb 2018, 11:06 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 8 Mar 2018, 06:46 ]




There is still time to join Paths for All for a half day workshop looking at how we can make our path networks more accessible to people living with dementia. 

Sharing Best Practice: Dementia and the Outdoors

Date: Thursday 1st March 2018
Time: 10:00 - 13:30
Cost: Free
Venue: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Oatridge Campus


Adult Protection

posted 11 Feb 2018, 12:43 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 8 Mar 2018, 06:43 ]

Here's a link to the latest Adult Protection newsletter - there are a few things on here which might be of interest locally.  In particular there’s Respect Me, Parents’ Support Group, the Connected Scotland and the Curnie Clubs.

Jacquie Clapperton

Early Masonic minute books...

posted 7 Feb 2018, 08:18 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 8 Mar 2018, 06:43 ]

Lodge Kinneddar No.1239 has met continuously in the village hall / community centre since it was formed in November 1920 and is the oldest organisation in the village  currently using the community centre.

Unfortunately, over the years, some of our early minute books have been mislaid and I wonder if any of the older residents of the village (who may have had grandfathers, fathers or other relations who were members of the Lodge) have any memorabilia relating to Masonry. 


I would be grateful if they would contact me or any other member with any documents or photographs etc.


The Lodge will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in November 2020.


Andrew Hall: email address: chall001@btinternet.com  telephone: 09548 317914 

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