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Issue 14 September 2014

posted 10 Sep 2014, 20:22 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 10 Sep 2017, 12:20 ]


Parishioners may recall that the July edition of this Bulletin included an article concerning the financial state of Saline Golf Club and the urgent need to take action. We are extremely pleased to report that by the remedial action taken by the Committee aided by the membership, the situation has improved. Social membership has risen (only £10 per annum; £4 for OAPs) and, as a result of discounted green fees, golf membership is also on the rise.

This is not to say that everything in the garden is rosy! The Club is extremely pleased to enrol new social members but would also very much like to see them using the social amenities. For instance, the quality of the cuisine on offer is gaining a reputation as good wholesome food at very reasonable prices. There is a wide choice of starters, main courses and desserts on offer and a three course meal can be enjoyed for around £12 with main courses at £6 or less, considerably less than you would pay elsewhere in the area. Additionally, toasties, hot filled rolls, sandwiches and other snacks are on the menu. Food is available from Wednesday through to Sunday. Times vary, see below.

On the evening of Monday 1 September, an open meeting was held at the Club House. The Guest Speaker was Alan Fowler from Fife Voluntary Action. Alan explained that his organisation was sponsored by Fife Council to assist community clubs and voluntary groups. The main subject of the talk was the legal standing of the Golf Club and the current liability of the office bearers. Alan's view was that the Club should consider changing to a Company Limited by Guarantee and also apply for charitable status. The advantages of such changes were discussed. Brian Lister, the President of the Club, thanked Alan Fowler for his advice. It was agreed that the Committee and the membership should seriously consider the recommendations outlined.

Q'ZINE at the Club House 

    Wednesday      5pm - 9pm
    Thursday           12 noon - 8pm
    Friday                12 noon - 5pm
    Saturday            11am - 5pm
    Sunday              12noon - 4pm

Bookings can be made out with the above times. Ring 01383 852591 


Saline First Responders are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Bank of Scotland Community Fund 2014 in Dunfermline and Central Fife. But they need your help to win £3000. Saline First Responders are volunteers who are trained by the Scottish Ambulance Service to attend medical emergencies within their local area, which in this case is Blairhall, Comrie, Oakley, Carnock, Gowkhall, Steelend and the outlying farms. As these areas are very rural the work undertaken by the First Responders is pivotal to help reduce deaths and complications in the community. Heart attack patients can die within 8 minutes and the rural nature of this area makes it very difficult for ambulances to respond quickly. This is where the First Responders come in. It’s not a replacement for an ambulance; when you dial 999 an ambulance and a First Responder will be dispatched at the same time. As well as this the First Responders assist communities with training in Defibulation Awareness and Heart Start Courses.

First Responder Hilary Warnock said:

“The Bank of Scotland Community Fund will make a huge difference to Saline First Responders. We currently purchase all of our equipment through the Scottish Ambulance Service so assistance with funding is essential. By having well trained and well equipped Responders across our area we hope to reduce potential deaths and complications within our community. We hope that the people across Dunfermline and Central Fife will vote for Saline First Responders to benefit from the Community Fund award. You can vote for Saline First Responders by tweeting “#COMMFUND GPC”, by texting “Vote GPC” to 82332, by going online or by visiting your local branch”

You can find out more about the Community Fund and Saline First Responders and cast your vote by visiting the Bank of Scotland Community Fund website at: Voting for the 2014 Community Fund is open until Friday 10 October.

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.


Earlier this year Kingdom Housing Association obtained outline planning consent to build affordable housing in the field on Oakley Road next to the park. Since then they have purchased the site and have been preparing a detailed planning application to show how the conditions attached to the outline consent will be met.

They intend to submit their detailed application later this month and on Friday 26 September from 3.30pm in Saline Community Centre there will be an opportunity to meet the team to discuss the proposals on a one to one basis. At 6.30pm Kingdom Housing Association will present and explain the development at an open forum hosted and facilitated by the Community Council.

At this event Kingdom Housing Association will be providing

    · An analysis of the Saline built character against which the design can be assessed
    · A 1:500 scale site layout showing the mix of homes and how they will be arranged
    · 3D sketch views showing the streetscape around the scheme
    · A 1:500 physical ‘block form’ model of the development
    · Indicative plans and elevations of the different house types
    · Examples of some of the materials that are being proposed

Please come along and join in the discussion. Everyone is welcome. 


The new term is now well underway with three new faces joining the Beaver Colony. The Scout Troop ranks have risen by one with a Cub moving up to join the Scouts. Numbers in the Cub Pack have fallen to two, but on the bright side several Beavers are due to move up to the Pack after the October break. If you are between 8 and 10 years and would like to try Cubs, come along on a Thursday and give it a try.

The Scout Troop is planning a camp at Fordell Firs for early in September and the Explorer Unit is planning an overnight hike for later in the month.

The Beaver Colony is hoping to hold an indoor sleepover in early November, followed by a possible trip to a pantomime in December.

See notice section of this bulletin for further details or contact Peter Philp on 01383 852612.

Don't Forget

 – if you have things you want to promote on the community website, contact Ian Holmes-Lewis on 851855 or


Saline Golf Club is now hosting a Family Night on the first Saturday of each month from 5-7pm. Bring the whole family along to enjoy a family meal and competitions such as Prize Bingo, Beetle Drive and Quiz Nights!


Another lively Community Council meeting managed to provoke considerable debate covering a wide range of topics. 

New Chair

The meeting heard the bad news that the chair, John Crane, was having to step down while he received medical treatment and David Chisholm took over. David paid tribute to John’s unceasing work in our community and wished him success with his treatment.

Ongoing Issues

Progress has been made on a number of issues important to the community:

Removal of Anenometer Mast at Lockshaw Moss: This has still not been done and Cllr Clelland has taken up this matter. It has also be noted that the mast at West Craighouse Farm also has not been removed.

Main Street Parking: David Chisholm has prepared a sketch showing how improvements could be achieved. He is looking for suggestions and the proposals will be available at the Kingdom Housing Association meeting referred to later.

Play Facilities: Several parents have come forward to progress improvement of the North Road play area. This will require other parents to become involved as the community council has agreed to fund an open meeting while Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust has committed support. However, the success or otherwise of this initiative will be affected by the extent to which individuals become involved. This is a welcome initiative but it is vital that all help out.

Oakley Road: The proposed meeting with Transportation has been delayed. In John Crane’s absence, Joan Featherstone offered to arrange this meeting, which was accepted.

Updated Constitution: Alan Fowler from Fife Voluntary Action has agreed to suggest changes that will improve the constitution and will be presenting these to the September meeting.

Blair House Opencast Site Restoration

The lack of information regarding the site’s future has been a concern for some time with worries about the extent of the pond that is a magnet for young people, the timescale for restoration and rumours of further working on the site. Thomas Docherty MP passed on information that he obtained from Fife Council and offered to host a meeting of appropriate organisations to discuss a way forward.

New Bus Timetables

This has caused considerable concern with complaints about the removal of the 8.30 service to Dunfermline, large gaps in the timetable in the afternoon and the lack of evening services. This is causing severe problems for people with health centre appointments and those needing to travel to work. Some of those present compared Saline and Steelend’s service with smaller communities on other part of the route. People also criticised the expensive fares between Steelend, Saline and Oakley. It is important that this issue is addressed and the Community Council is seeking a meeting with Stagecoach and Fife Council. It would be helpful if people in our community could feed back information on how they are affected and why they are reluctant to use the bus.

Kingdom Housing Association Oakley Road Site

The Association will shortly be applying for final consent and will be consulting on the layout and design. This is described in more detail elsewhere but, again, it is important that people take the opportunity to participate.

Police Report

Diesel drivers must be a law abiding lot in Saline and Steelend! Recent checks for red diesel by HMRC resulted in no offences being detected. The next Police Engagement meetings will be held in Oakley Community Centre at 7.30pm on 7 September and 13 November. These are open meetings and are an opportunity to raise issues. Issues raised at these meetings also influence the police’s local priorities.

Steelend Moss

Further to the report in last month’s Bulletin, the Community Council has established that management of the site will create a habitat that people should not be encouraged to enter. Consequently, the possibility of community involvement is not being progressed

Next Community Council Meeting

Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in discussions. The next meeting is at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre on Tuesday 30 September 2014. This should be an interesting meeting so, why not come along? 


Dorella Broadie of 72 Easter Craig Gardens, Saline was very brave on 11 August by having her hair shaved off by Cllr Bobby Clelland. Unfortunately, Bobby wasn’t able to reciprocate. This was in aid of a great cause, Cancer Research, and Dorella’s effort raised £3341 and is still rising. This was helped by a silent auction and raffles in a packed Saline Golf Club. Dorella wishes to thank family, friends and the community for helping out and providing prizes and donations. Most of all, she thanks everyone for making this successful event happen 


Saline’s favourite Mackem, June Ilderton, led a team of ladies to hold a very successful Prize Bingo Night that raised over £800 for club funds. The Golf Club was packed on the night and patrons were able to savour the delights of the sandwiches, scones and cakes by the ladies, and had a chance of winning the many prizes donated by people in the community. The quiz nights continue to be popular with new teams and quizmasters. Steve McDonald (not him from Corrie, Missus) debuted with a particularly challenging set of questions. There is still scope for more people to participate so why not come along on Thursdays at 8.30pm? Everyone is reminded that the Golf Club is now the only licensed premises in the village and that it can only survive if people continue to patronise it, either as golfers or social members. Membership fees are reasonable so, again, why not come along? 


A total of 18 calls were received for Saline between 3/7/2014 – 3/9//2014. Two crimes have been recorded with both of them being detected. A total of 9 calls were received for Steelend between 3/7/2014 – 3/9/2014. One crime was recorded and this has been detected.

We continue to deploy with the speed gun throughout the West Fife Villages area. A specific complaint has been made about speeding on North Road and all community staff have been made aware of this.

There have recently been a number of housebreakings and ‘sneak in’ thefts in the West Fife area. We cannot stress the importance of good home security which can act as a deterrent.

Joint surgeries are held monthly with Councillor Willie Ferguson and Councillor Kate Stewart in Kincardine and High Valleyfield. PC Orrock is to confirm dates with Councillors Ferguson and Stewart.

On an ‘ad hoc’ basis West Fife Villages staff drop into the coffee afternoon held in the Church hall in Limekilns and at the coffee shop within the walled gardens in Devila Forest. 


I hope you have all enjoyed the wildflower displays around Saline this summer. I have certainly had many positive remarks from both locals and people who pass through our village often. We will be planting the same areas for 2015; however, if there is another area you feel would benefit from such a display, please phone me with your suggestions on 851162.

Jackie Kerr 


This year the Saline & District Vintage Ploughing Society will hold their annual Ploughing Match on Saturday 20 September at West Saline Farm. The match will start at 9.30am and will conclude at around 3pm following the presentation of awards and the drawing of the raffle. Up to 50 tractor powered ploughs will be in competition and a number of horse drawn ploughs will lend a traditional atmosphere to this annual event. The event is well worth a visit. Plenty of car parking space is available, hot and cold refreshments are on hand and raffle tickets are on sale. The location of the field is on the north side of the Saline/Dollar Road close to the parish boundary and is held by kind permission of Mr Cuthbertson. If anyone would like further details of the event they should contact Mr Alan Ramsay on 852205

Looking back into the local history of the Saline parish, we find that Saline was holding ploughing matches as far back as 1839. According to an article in the Fife Herald dated February 1840, the Western District of Fife Ploughing Society held competitions on 27th December 1839 and 17th January 1840. These events took place on Langfauld Farm in the parish of Saline. This farm, owned at that time by Mr Robert Barnard, is most probably the farm located a mile or so west of the village on the north side of the Saline to Dollar Road. There is, however, another farm called Langfauld that is located alongside the B913 north of Cowstrandburn. Both farms appear on the early ordnance survey maps produced in 1855/6.

The December competition was held in two different fields called New Lea Field and Old Lea Field. 28 ploughs took part and the Highland Society's Medal was to be awarded to the best ploughman. but the land of the two fields differed so widely in quality of soil, that the Judges could not decide which of the first-prize men should get the Medal. The Society and Judges agreed that they should again plough for it and this is the reason why the competition was extended and held on the 17th January. On this day the two finalist ploughed on the ground on the Old Lea Field. Both completed their work in such a superior style that the Judges considered the competition a draw.

The newspaper article concludes:-  After the labours of the day the Members and Judges sat down to an excellent dinner in Mr Hutton's inn, Saline, when after many toasts, songs, and interesting conversation, the company broke up, much delighted with the performance of the day, and the social entertainment of the evening.

If anyone can confirm the location of this early ploughing match or where Old Lea and New Lea fields are located, please give me a ring on 852698.

John Crane


The Garden Party at Carradale in August was thoroughly enjoyed by all who came along on the lovely sunny , if somewhat breezy afternoon.
The ladies all came suitably turned out with a lovely display of hats - the men in the party had very varied ideas of suitable garden party attire! But everyone had a pleasant afternoon playing croquet or bowls having a chat with friends, sampling the delicious afternoon tea or just relaxing and enjoying the view and the music provided by Joyce and Liam Hope. Thanks to all who supplied the hampers for the raffle, baking for the tea and helped in many ways in organising and supporting the event. A good sum was raised for the Church Restoration Fund. Unfortunately the sale of surplus garden produce planned for September has had to be cancelled but we look forward to the 'Spuds and Puds' evening with entertainment on 24 October - more information later. The Restoration Fund at the moment stands at £13, 520; many thanks to all who continue to give support.

The Holiday Club for primary children held during the last week of the holidays went with a swing when an average of 30 children each day enjoyed a programme of songs, stories, games, crafts, food and fun. The team of leaders enjoyed it too, although some were very glad to have a rest each afternoon before preparing for the next day!

The Church Guild meetings start on Monday 8 September and continue fortnightly at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. The Craft Group meets fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons from 2-4pm starting on 9 September. The Sunday School, Brownies, and Highland Dancing will also be starting again this month at their usual times. These groups all welcome newcomers whether or not they have a church connection. Further information can be had from the church website or Fiona Aitken (852 730). The halls are used from time to time by various groups and enquiries are welcome.

The regular Wednesday Coffee Morning will be part of the Macmillan Cancer Support World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Wednesday 1 October. There will also be a Bring and Buy stall and information about the Charity.

The Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held on 28 September at 10.30am. As in previous years, the Church will be suitably decorated, but our Thanksgiving will be in support of a chosen charity, the choice this year being the Leprosy Mission. A representative of the Mission will make a presentation of its work during the service. 


The Flower Show was a tremendous success over the two days of 6 and 7 September in sunny warm weather. Claire Paton, President of the Kinross Show opened the Show with encouragement and praise to all who took part.

The displays of dahlias and garden flowers were fantastic. More children took part with miniature gardens, animals from fruit and vegetables and edible necklaces among the entries. The fruit section reflected what a good summer we have had. The floral art section featured an arrangement in a kitchen utensil with a cheese grater, food mixer, utensil container and an egg poaching pan all featured! Vegetables were prolific and the handcraft section amazing with the photographs of a sky drama quite unbelievable. 

If anyone has photos of the exhibits that they would like to see in next month's E-bulletin, please send them to 
(please attach each image to a separate email, thank you).


Our winter session is starting soon, with the first meeting being on 24 September in Saline Church Hall at 7 for 7.30, when the subject will be "How many canals?” Geoff Bailey is the speaker. Interesting talks will continue on the last Wednesday of each month until the end of May. Admission is members £1.00 / non-members £2.00. 
A leaflet giving information on dates and speakers will be put through your door soon. We look forward to seeing you.

Village Museum: The museum is due to close at the end of September but the exhibition will be held in situ until after a special opening on Armistice Sunday, 9 November. 

Upper Steelend cat  shot with an airgun

Several weeks ago our black and white cat Chubby returned to our home at Steelend Farm with an air gun pellet embedded between his shoulder blades.  He was badly traumatised and once he had had some food he ran off.  We contacted the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  They logged the details and asked us to ring them when Chubby returned.  Fortunately he returned the following evening and the next morning we took him to the vet where he was sedated while the pellet was removed.  He was able to come home again later that day.  Chubby was extremely lucky.  The pellet had just missed his spine and his skin was tough was tough enough to prevent it entering his body, even though the slug was of the pointed type.  Clearly the intention of the perpetrator was to kill or seriously injure.

X-ray pictures were taken and these were included in a press release that the SSPCA circulated across Scotland.  As some people will have seen, the x-ray photograph and an article about Chubby’s close escape appeared in the Dunfermline Press with the request that anyone with information should call the SSPCA.  We were even contacted by the Scottish Sun!  

The SSPCA has a zero-tolerance attitude towards crimes of this nature and they are determined to prosecute the culprit.  Since they have the pellet that was removed from Chubby’s neck it may be possible to match it to the rifle that fired it.  Chubby is a farm cat and likes roam, but it is unlikely that he ventured beyond Upper Steelend, which has fewer than a dozen homes. 

Do you have any information you could pass on to the SSPCA?  

Have you seen anyone using an air rifle in the Upper Steelend area? 

If so please contact the SSPCA on 03000 999999. 

David Chisholm

Forthcoming Meetings & Events: 

Steelend Miners’ Club

Zumba: Mondays, 7.00pm-8.00pm
Zumba Toning: Wednesdays, 7.00pm-7.45pm 
Sambangra Drumming Group: Tuesdays, 7.00pm-8.30pm,  £2

Saline Golf Club

First Saturday of each month: Family Night, 5-7pm
Tuesdays: Bingo Night, 7.30pm
Thursdays: Quiz Night, 8.30pm, entry £1 per person
Sky TV and free wi-fi. Associate membership £10 per annum, £4 concessions
Q’zine Catering: also available for all functions. 
Catering opening hours are Wednesday 4.30-9pm, Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday 11am-5pm.

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

The Group meets in Carnock Community Centre, Camps Road, Carnock. Open to both boys and girls

Highland Dancing Classes
Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm
Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm
Saline Church Session Room

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre
Beginners welcome

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

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

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

Community Council Meeting
Tuesday 30 September
7.30pm, Saline Community Centre

Line Dance Classes
Monday 10.00am - 11.00am
Friday 10.00am - 11.00am
Saline Community Centre

Saline & Blairadam Parish Church
Harvest Thanksgiving: 10.30am, 28 September
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning: 10.00am 1 October, Saline Church Hall

Police Community Engagement Meeting
Thursday 11 September
7.00pm, Oakley Centre

Saline, Steelend & District SWRI
Open meeting - Silent Auction
Wednesday 1st October
7:30pm, Saline Community Centre

Afternoon Craft Group
Every second Wednesday from 9 September
2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall

Scottish Country Dancing
Every second Monday from 15 September
7.30 pm - 9pm Saline Community Centre

Saline & District Heritage Society
How Many Canals? Geoff Bailey
Wednesday 24 September
7.00 for 7.30pm, Saline Church Hall



InspireFit Limited, Dunfermline run two classes on a Tuesday night in Saline Community Centre at 7.15pm (Beginner) and 8.15pm (Beginner/ Intermediate). Both classes are suitable for beginners.

There are a few spaces left for the next block, starting August 19. The block runs for eight weeks and the cost is £52 for the block, payable in advance.

If you would like a space in either class, please contact Suzy on 07576 368231 or email Visit our website for more information on the benefits of Pilates.

This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group