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Issue 10 September/October 2012

posted 5 Oct 2012, 13:29 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 6 Feb 2015, 11:36 ]
Bonfire and Fireworks: A Community Event

Saline & Steelend Community Council will again be organising a bonfire & firework display this year. The event will be held on 3 November at the usual venue in West Road Park, starting at 7 pm. The field, always muddy, is even muddier than ever this year so wellies are essential!
Fireworks have been ordered and Mark Johnstone will again be “officer in charge” of the display. Apollo Disco will be entertaining us with music and, as usual, the local Scouts and the PTA will be providing hotdogs, hot drinks, toffee apples and glow sticks. 

If any other Saline or Steelend voluntary groups or clubs would like to provide any services on the night please give us a ring.

The event is funded from a grant provided by Fife Council and the local sale of raffle tickets. These are now on sale and we will be coming to your door over the next few weeks. 

If anyone would like to give us a hand, i.e. helping to build the bonfire, helping to monitor the event on the night, sell a few raffle tickets or donate a raffle prize, please let us know. 

Mr & Mrs Jones from the St Andrews Ambulance Association, who normally attend the event, have now retired.  We are extremely grateful to them for looking after us so well over many years.  We are, however, now looking for a fully qualified first aider to stand by during the event. 
If you can help in any of these ways, please ring John Crane on 852698 or email

Bus: Use It Or Lose It (1)
Jim Hensman
The 28 service to Falkirk and Queen Margaret Hospital is a convenient alternative to the 74B for residents in our area. It gets to Dunfermline quicker and avoids the tour of Oakley. It is also a convenient route to Kincardine to pick up express buses to Glasgow or local ones to Alloa and Stirling. This is particularly handy for folks flying from Glasgow Airport. However, this service is subsidised by Fife Council and 
              it is essential that we make use of it or the subsidy could be removed.

Boost For Saline Environmental Group
John Lyon

Saline Environmental Group received a boost thanks to a successful bid to the Colton Opencast Environmental Fund that resulted in an award of £5,000. 

This is the latest award to our community from the fund. Contributions include the Community Futures events, improvements to the Main Street road corridor and our heritage centre. Grants of up to £1,000 involve a fairly simple process. Above £1,000, applicants have to provide greater justification.

Use It Or Lose It (2)
Wanted - Mature ladies in the community with a sense of fun! (under 50s need not apply)
Keep fit classes for the over 50s (and 60s and 70s etc)

Why not come along to Saline Community Centre on a Friday morning for an hour of exercise to music? Not the old fashioned “touch your toes “routine but a little marching, boxercise, fancy footwork, Cha Cha and Mumba steps and finishing off with gentle stretching exercises. Working at your own pace at all times and can be adapted to suit all abilities.

Please come along 11.30 – 12.30 Friday (in term time) and try it out for yourself – I don’t think that you will be disappointed!

Cost £2 for the hour or £1 if you have a Fife Style Card. For more information please telephone Jocelyn Miller on 01383 852854.
This class is under review by Fife Council at this moment. If we do not support the facilities provided by Fife Council then in this economic climate we may lose them.


During the summer months Jackie Kerr and Linda Moyes have been very active doing research into the history of the old graveyard in Bridge Street and sourcing means of conserving it. They have been in consultation with Local Authority officials, in particular Douglas Spiers, the Fife County archaeologist. Applications for grant aid have been successful so work is expected to go ahead in the near future.

This will involve expert help with the cleaning and restoration of the gravestones, re-hanging the entrance gates and clearing out of self-sown shrubs etc. It is planned to plant the area with indigenous wild flowers, install bird boxes and provide seated areas. Two information boards will be installed - one giving information on the flora and fauna of the area and the other detailing historical facts about Saline. It is hoped to encourage local people, the school and youth groups to be involved in the restoration.

In addition to this, Douglas Spiers is keen to undertake a geo-physical survey of the Glebe Park field which adjoins the graveyard. He says this will possibly show up evidence of even older constructions than those already in view. Permission has been sought, and granted, from the Saline Church which owns the field.

Other news - our next winter meeting takes place on Wednesday 31 October in the Church Hall. John Donaldson, who carved the heads on the roof of the Great Hall of Stirling Castle, will tell us about his work. Join us at 7.00pm for tea/coffee followed by the speaker at about 7.30pm.

Unclaimed item from museum exhibition - We were extremely grateful to all those who lent us articles for the summer display . To date we have returned nearly all the items which were loaned to us with exception of one. This is a book entitled "The Queen Elizabeth Coronation Book" by Neil Ferrier. It has a royal blue cover and measures 8.5"x12". If you recognise it as yours, please contact Jane Roxburgh on 852677.

Creative Scotland Funds Drumming in Saline and Steelend
Local percussionist and workshop-leader, Ian Holmes-Lewis, has received an Awards For All grant from Creative Scotland to set up a community-drumming group in Saline/Steelend. 
MP Thomas Docherty, and MSP Bill Walker, have both written with their congratulations, expressing their interest and offering support and assistance if needed. 

The original plan was to launch the group with an event during the Saline Gala - but the weather put paid to that, so Ian is now in discussion with the Gala committee to devise an alternative plan. 
Ian set up Sambangra in Manchester in 1996, and the band is still performing around the UK & Ireland under the leadership of two of his protégés. His plan is to start a similar band here, structured like a samba school (e.g. The Edinburgh School of Samba, with whom Ian has worked several times), but playing original percussion-based music.
The advantage of the samba-school format is that it allows complete beginners of all abilities to play alongside more experienced drummers.           (Sambangra in Dublin on St. Pat's Day)

Check out Sambangra on YouTube or go to the website:  If you’ve ever fancied banging a drum, this could be the thing for you.
For more information, email  
or phone 851 855.

Art & Photographic Exhibition
John Crane, Exhibition Manager

The first meeting to discuss next year’s West Fife Villages Exhibition of Art, Photography and Craft, will be held at 7.00pm on 30 October in the Community Centre. All are welcome to attend. The event, to be held over the weekend of 20 and 21 April, will include a competition to select thirteen photographs and paintings of West Fife village scenes for a 2014 calendar. 
For more details, please contact either Dave Quinney, tel 852698 or Marylla Ferguson, tel 851868.

Plants Wanted
Saline Environmental Group and the Horticultural Society intend to plant a variety of shrubs at the entrance to the Glen. 
The proposed plants are as follows:
Dog Wood - mixed colours
Hebe - variegated
Ilex – variegated
Potentilla - any colour Pyrocantha
Acuba - variegated
Any donations, in cash or in kind, would be most gratefully received, so if you could help with our venture, please contact Gareth Turner on 852346 or John Lyon on 852218.

Update on large Wind Turbines
Till Kroeber 

The autumn hasn’t only brought wind but also turbine talk. now hosts a discussion forum on wind turbines and hopefully you will find it useful to read or share information and discuss the topic.

The 125m turbine at Lockshaw Moss to the west of Saline will go to the South West Fife Planning Committee on the 17 October. Up to that date it is still possible to register comments via the Fife Council Website or to send comments to the Fife Planning Department. 
Another wind turbine development is now in the planning stages. REG Windpower plans to build eight up to 115m turbines on Outhmuir between Knockhill and Loch Glow. This comes as a surprise as the area has been marked by the council as unsuitable for turbines. Unlike with Lockshaw Moss, where to date the developer hasn’t engaged with Saline, there is currently a public consultation process under way regarding the Outhmuir project. A community event has been organised by REG to be held at Saline Community Hall on Thursday 4 October from midday to 8pm. 
Taking the fourteen 125m turbines considered for Blair Adam into account, turbines of industrial size could  line the road from junction 4 of the  M90 , through the Knockhill area to the west of Saline. 

What Was Camelot Famous For? Its Knight Life!
John Crane  
Talking about Camelot, did you know that the village General Store now has a lottery terminal?

They had been trying for some time to obtain one on the basis that there are five terminals in Oakley.  David Quinney, our Community Council’s secretary, also wrote to Camelot HQ supporting the case for a Saline terminal.
So if you have a wee flutter on the lottery, please use the terminal at the General Store and support a local business that is an asset to the local community.

More Wind Farm Proposals

Most residents will have received notice of the proposed wind farm at Outh Muir, opposite Knockhill Racing Circuit.

Till Kroeber’s article in the last Bulletin highlighted the importance of residents carefully considering such proposals. Obviously, wind turbines divide opinion and the community council is keen to best represent the needs of the whole community and not be unduly influenced by one side or the other. It is therefore important that you make your views known.

REG WINDPOWER is hosting an exhibition in Saline Community Centre between Noon and 8.00pm on Thursday 4 October. The purpose of the exhibition is for people to get an idea of the proposals and question the project team.

It should be stressed that this is NOT a debate on the merits and economics of wind power or a chance to object to any application. It is meant for people to define concerns that need to be addressed and define possible community benefits. The opportunity for objections will come if and when an application is submitted. 

For more information visit or call the free information line on 0800 088 4322

Attention! Attention! Grants Available
Marie Crane, Trustee and Treasurer

The Blair House Community Trust is now open for business.  At present, over £26,000 is held in the Trust’s account.  Applications from all constituted Saline and Steelend voluntary groups and clubs, including Saline School, Saline Golf Club and Steelend Miners Club, are invited. 

Application forms and further details can be obtained from Donna Stewart, Secretary to the Trust, on tel 01259 733027, or email

A Recipe To Remember

Do you have a recipe which has been handed down through the family?  Are you known for your delicious homemade treats? 
The Saline and District Heritage Society would like to create a recipe booklet on traditional recipes from West Fife and would appreciate your contributions.
Please send your recipes to:
Jackie Kerr, 63 Upper Kinneddar, Saline, KY12 9TR, tel 851162, or email
All profits will go to the Saline and District Heritage Society.

Community Futures Beyond This Area
David Chisholm

The value of the recent Community Futures consultations and events has been demonstrated by the Community Action Plan providing the justification for funding bids by individual groups. 

Our experiences have received favourable coverage to the extent that the Coalfields Regeneration Trust has appointed Lesley Campbell to do a similar exercise in Oakley while other communities throughout Fife are considering similar exercises. The 
Community Futures Steering Group has indicated a willingness to share our experience with these other communities.

Enjoy Crafting and Chatting?
How about coming along to the Golf Club lounge between 7.00pm and 10.00pm on the last Friday of each month? Bring your knitting, crochet, sewing, cross-stitch, embroidery or whatever and enjoy your craft while having a sociable evening with like-minded people. You don’t have to stay all evening, just pop in and out as it suits your timetable. For further details, contact Jackie Kerr on 851162 or and Jacquie Clapperton on 852367 or 

Calling All Local Societies and Groups

Are you the secretary or organiser of a local community group or society? Would you like to attract new members or remind people of what is coming up? Or perhaps tell everyone about your achievements and activities?

To have news and reports of your group or society included in the monthly bulletin, contact Jacquie Clapperton on 852367 or

Forthcoming Meetings and Events

Steelend Club: 
Domino and pool competitions every Friday from 9.00pm

Saline Church Hall:
Rainbows: Every Monday 5.30-6.30pm
Brownies: Every Thursday 6.00-7.30pm
Guides: Every Thursday 7.30pm-9.00pm
Highland Dancing Classes: Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm (Saline Church Hall)
                                                Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm (Saline Church Session Room)
The Guild: Alternate Mondays, September-April, 7.30pm
On Your Marks: Holiday Club Follow up Fun Evening for Primary School children
                               Tuesday 2 October, 6.00-7.30 pm in the Church Hall.
Martha's Sale: Bric-a-brac, books, garden equipment, etc, plus refreshments. 
                          Saturday 6 October, Saline Church Hall, 10.30am-12.30pm. 
Proceeds to go to the Wednesday Coffee Morning and the local SWRI.

Saline Community Centre:
Saline, Steelend & District SWRI
            Wednesday 3 October: Tales of a Traveller’s Life  7.15pm
            Wednesday 7 November: AGM  7.15pm
Quiz Night and Social Evening: Friday 26 October, 7.30 pm, Saline Church Hall. 
                                                      All welcome - further details from Ann Easton (852885).
Over 50s Keep Fit Class: 1130am-1230pm, Fridays in term-time

If anyone knows who the owner of the field on the east (Steelend) side of Maroc (opposite the golf club) is, please contact Jackie Kerr on or telephone 851162.

This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Community Futures Group