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Issue 15 May 2013

posted 7 May 2013, 18:20 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 6 Feb 2015, 11:29 ]
Drumming Group at the Miners' Welfare

Following the success of Sambangra at the Family Fun Day last month (see previous E-Bulletin), Ian Holmes-Lewis is starting a drumming group, which will meet weekly, starting on Tuesday 21st May, in Steelend Miners' Welfare Club every Tuesday from 7pm. It's
FREE!!! No experience is necessary, and all instruments will be provided. The group is open to adults and children, although young children will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Sambangra has a start-up grant from Arts For Everyone, so for the meantime our costs are covered; in the future there may have to be a weekly charge to cover room-hire, so try it now, while it's free! 

Drumming activities like this have been shown to benefit health and well-being, helping to bolster concentration, co-ordination, attention-span, self-esteem etc.. There is even evidence that participating in this kind of activity can boost the immune system.

Whether or not you think you might be musical, please come along and give it a go. If you have any questions, please contact Ian on 851 855 or 

Christian Aid Week, 12-18 May: 
Bite Back At Hunger
Christian Aid's vision is to bring an end to poverty around the world by tackling its root causes as well as its immediate effects; along with other aid agencies, Christian Aid provide emergency help and long-term development projects with an emphasis on enabling people of all faiths or none, to help themselves.  We can't solve all the problems but this annual national effort enables us to work together to make a real difference.

The local church focus will be on Wednesday 15th May when the Church Hall will be open from 10am - 2pm.  There will be a variety of stalls and refreshments on sale (soup and rolls from 12 noon). Donations of all kinds will be welcome. Envelopes will also be available for cash donations which can be Gift Aided.

Our Community First Responders
A Community First Responder is a member of the public who volunteers to help their community by responding to medical emergencies while the ambulance is on its way. All volunteers receive specialist training and equipment so that they can provide an early intervention before the arrival of the professional ambulance crew. Anyone who wishes to help their community can volunteer and no previous medical experience is necessary, although you will need a caring attitude and the ability deal with potentially distressing situations.

The Scottish Ambulance Service operates more than fifty Community First Responder schemes across Scotland.

To become a volunteer First Responder you must be:
        at least 18 years old
        able to demonstrate and maintain a level of fitness to meet the role
        an effective communicator with good interpersonal skills
        able to demonstrate a logical approach
        work under pressure, yet stay calm
        have a desire to learn
        reside or work in the area in which the scheme is based
        complete a criminal records check (Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check)
        have some first aid knowledge (not essential)

Saline First Responders cover Blairhall, Comrie, Oakley, Carnock, Gowkhall, Steelend and outlying areas.  There are no set shifts; you chose when you can provide some cover.   
We receive monthly training sessions from the Ambulance Service.   We are struggling for volunteers; WE REALLY NEED YOU! If you are interested in becoming a Community First Responder, you should contact Hilary Warnock at or on 01383852797.

                                                              this edition of the Bulletin is sponsered by the Blair House trust

Embrace a new chapter with Bandrum Nursing Home
 At Bandrum Nursing Home we provide four specialist units providing care for the following people:
        Young Physically Disabled Unit 
        Young Independent Unit 
        Elderly Frail Unit 
        Dementia Unit
Each specialist unit has independent and specifically trained staff members that are dedicated to each unit. Staff are recruited for their values, attitudes and empathetic skills as well as their commitment to care for the residents. 

Being cared for is about more than having your physical needs met; it is also about feeling at home in a comfortable environment, and about a lifestyle which allows you to maintain your independence. It is about being able to form new relationships, enjoy companionship, sharing laughter and good times. You will find all this in the happy family atmosphere that exists within Bandrum Nursing Home. Most importantly you will find that your independence is valued and your dignity respected.

Our activity hosts arrange a varied mix of activities. Daily activity programmes are person centred and tailored according to current residents preferences. There is always plenty going on on the social front. We are also very proud that Bandrum’s choir won the Scottish Care Meaningful Activity Award 2012 and was runner up in the Carer of the Year Award 2012.

Upcoming open events: 
Prize Bingo at Oakley Community Centre, 19 June 2013, 7 pm
Bandrum are also taking part in the National Care Home Open Day on 21 June 2013. Please see our website or the national site - for more information.

Bandrum Summer Fete, 17 August 2013, 2–4pm 
For more information or call us on 01383 851030.

Back Pain Sufferer?
by Mark Baugh
As part of my recovery from a recent prolapsed disc I am keen to set up a weekly Pilates group in Saline on a Tuesday night. 

Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps to build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core or centre, and improving coordination and balance. The Pilates system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises. Pilates improves muscle tone, balances musculature, supports correct posture, and teaches one to move with ease and grace.

I go to Philip Yeates Physiotherapy in Dunfermline and all his therapists are Pilates teachers; the idea would be to invite one of them along. They need twelve people to run a class and six sessions must be booked at £36. Interested? – call Mark Baugh on 851059.

Saline and District Heritage Society
Summer Exhibition

This will be on local Industries past and present and will be in the old Session House of Saline Church. Open from 9th June until 7th September on Wednesdays, 10am -12 noon and Sundays, 11.30am-1pm. We are still looking for items you may have which are related to farming, mining, weaving, iron-works and lime-works.

26th May at 7 for 7.30pm. Yes, the dreaded Annual General Meeting but, please, don't be put off! We are genuinely looking for your views on what the Society is doing - complimentary or otherwise. Any suggestions/criticisms will be carefully considered. An attraction is the fact that the famous (!) John Crane will give a short talk at the beginning of the meeting on the subject of the Barrowman Plough.

Graveyard Project

Work here is on-going but slow. Fife Council have repaired the entrance gates but have not yet re-erected the gravestones. The planned geo-physical survey of the Glebe Field by the County Archaeologist, originally scheduled for March, was postponed due to snow. As Fife Council is now into a new financial year, funding has to be re-negotiated so... we wait. It is intended to erect notice boards which will tell of the history of the area together with information about flora and fauna. With regard to this, 300 plug plants of indigenous wild flowers have already arrived in the village and are, at present, being potted on. It is hoped to involve local children in the eventual planting of these in the graveyard.

Saline Heritage Trail Map
The map is freely available at several outlets in the village including the post office and the shop. It gives a guided tour around Saline and the producers, Linda Moyes (research) and Dave Hatton (photographs), should be congratulated on the excellent  work they have put into its creation.

Free Bus Trips - yes, free!

World Heritage site, New Lanark on 3rd August and the East Lothian Mining and Farming Museums on 14th September. In both cases, the bus will leave Saline bus turning circle at 10am and pick up just after that at the Steelend bus stop. Some places are still left and booking is essential. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Jane on 852677.

Public Exhibitions For Blairadam Forest Wind Energy Project
Partnerships for Renewables and Forestry Commission Scotland are holding further public exhibitions later this month to show their latest plans for the potential renewable energy project in Blairadam Forest. During the exhibitions, the local community will be presented with key information including potential local viewpoints and will have the opportunity to ask questions to the development team.

Craig Mullen, Communications Manager at Partnerships for Renewables, said: “Since the previous exhibitions held in December last year, we have made a number of changes to the scheme and we want to show these before any planning application is submitted. We are keen to keep the local community informed of the results of our work so far and consult on any questions they may have on our development process.”

The events will also give an opportunity for groups to hear about the potential community investment opportunity and the benefit fund that will be established should the development be consented.

The events, which members of the public can drop into at anytime, will take place on:
        Monday 20th May, 2pm-8pm, Saline Community Centre
        Thursday 23rd May, 2.30pm-7.30pm, Kelty Community Centre
        Anyone who is unable to attend the public exhibition can contact: 
                     or telephone 0800 731 7395.

Horticultural Society
The Flower Show schedule is with the printers and it will be distributed free to all residents in the early part of May.   

There are some exciting new additions, particularly in the baking section.   In addition, it is hoped to get the schedule in a format to be able to download a copy from the Horticultural Society page of this site, so that if your copy is mislaid all is not lost!

 It is still very cold and windy so plants are not blooming as fast as usual, but don’t despair as nature has a knack of catching up as soon as a sniff of warm weather appears.

Improving the Glen
On Saturday 13th April, a six-person team could be seen busy at The Glen entrance with spades, forks, trowels and laughter, planting out more than 100 shrubs. It has immediately transformed the appearance of the entrance and should produce a lovely colourful addition to this part of the village. The next stage is to raise funds to improve the seating area which has become rather unsightly. Hopefully, the whole village will come to admire and enjoy this garden and stopping point as the plants mature and become more obvious and attractive.

Scotia Aid
It is with much regret that we announce that the charity, Scotia Aid, will draw to a close at the end of December.
This is a result of retirements and reorganisation in Serbia. We would like to express our grateful thanks to all those who have supported us over the last eighteen years. We will continue to accept donations of craft items, wool, thread, buttons, etc up to the end of May as our last lorry to Serbia will leave in July.
Trustees: Anne McIntyre, (60 Upper Kinneddar), June Patterson, Frances Wilson.

All contributions for inclusion in the Bulletin are welcome and should be submitted to Jacquie Clapperton at:


Police Scotland: Fife Community Engagement Meetings
The dates and venues of future Community Engagement meetings are:
Wednesday 3rd July, 7pm at Oakley Community Centre
Wednesday 4th September, 7pm at Blairhall Community Centre
Wednesday 6th November, 7pm at Oakley Community Centre
To have your say on local priorities you would like to discuss with your local community police team, attend one of these meetings. If you would like a lift from the Saline or Steelend area, contact Marie Crane on 852698.

Exhibition of Art, Photography and Craft
The Eighth Annual West Fife Villages Exhibition of Art, Photography & Craft was held over the weekend of 20th - 21st April in Saline Community Centre.  
The event was judged by many visitors to have been the best ever as far as the quality and quantity were concerned.  All twelve primary schools located in the West Fife villages were involved and, for the first time, senior students from Queen Anne High School provided some thought-provoking exhibits. 

We were also pleased to display a board containing exhibits from the residents of Bandrum Nursing Home and were equally pleased to welcome a group of visitors from the Home.
Liz Harvey and Anne Marie Irving kept the children, and some adults, busy in their respective art workshops and Jim Douglas talked to numerous visitors about his work that was on display.

The event was opened by the Reverend Lesley Risby who was introduced by Gareth Turner, the President of the Saline Horticultural and Handicraft Society.  Ms Risby was presented with a potted orchid by Brendan Kerr.

In total 70 artists and photographers were involved in the event. The Saline and Blairingone Church Guild provided an excellent service with refreshments and light lunches during the two days of the exhibition.

The only disappointment was in the reduced number of visitors to this year’s event. Approximately 360 visitors were welcomed to the exhibition over the two days that it was open.  Over previous years the numbers have been over 400. It was very obvious from our observations and the visitor’s book that we welcomed far more folk from Dunfermline and the other West Fife villages than from Saline and Steelend.  A few local people put a lot of work into this annual event which is ignored by most of the local population. The Exhibition committee will therefore be reviewing the future of this exhibition in November.  

Community Council Matters
April’s meeting was a lively affair with considerable discussion of the proposed eco cemetery and Kingdom Housing Association’s site on Oakley Road. 

Proposed Eco Cemetery on Bandrum Ridge.
Presentation by Mr George Kelly at the Community Council meeting held on 30th April.
Mr Kelly outlined his proposals for a green cemetery with an access from the Saline to Cowstrandburn road and with parking for 15 vehicles. As there would be no headstones etc, there would be nothing to see and the facility would connect to the Core Path south of Saline Golf Course.

There was considerable concerns expressed by residents from the Cowstrandburn area, primarily about road safety and Mr Kelly’s claims of 42mph average speeds were disputed. The viability of the project was also questioned and some neighbours were concerned about rainwater discharges onto their own properties.

Mr Kelly was questioned on a fence erected by Fife Council along the Core Path and why this was funded at public expense when there is no stock on the application site. It was pointed out that the fence was a boundary marker to avoid walkers straying onto the golf course at the golf club’s request. Mr Russell confirmed the nature of the fence and indicated that the club had agreed to a diversion over part of the course.

It was noted that the Saline Hotel has now been cleared, which will please those who have been concerned about safety. It is only a pity that the Community Council’s suggestion of a path to Argyll Place was not incorporated into the original planning consent.

Cllr Bobby Clelland reported that the Schools Review had now been completed and only Crombie School was affected. Nevertheless, Fife Council has to make £100m of savings regardless of who is in power. Bobby also advised that there was a bond to restore the Blair House opencast site but that this cannot be considered until planning consent runs out in 2014. There is also the possibility of another company taking over the consent although nothing is known at present. He also confirmed that funds held by the Blair House Trust are independent of the operators and will continue to be available for eligible local projects (news about the Blair House site may be found on the Minewatch page).

Unfortunately, Dave Quinney has resigned as secretary due to family illness. Dave has waged a long campaign to improve the road from Redcraigs Toll to the Clackmannan boundary. Dave will be greatly missed as an extremely efficient and hard working secretary. We are fortunate, however, that Muriel Phillips has agreed to take over the post. Muriel cares deeply about local matters and will be just as determined.

The next community council meeting is 28th May at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre. All are welcome. 

Planning Application
by John Crane
By accident I discovered that the developer of the proposed 10 houses to be built to the north of Main Street, Saline, has applied for a 2 year extension to his original application that was approved in 2010. I have personally objected to this extension on the grounds that about 100 objections from the village were lodged on the original application and that applications/approval to build around 130 houses in Saline are already in the pipeline.  

If anyone wants to comment on this application, it is suggested they e-mail Mr David Shankland     The reference is <13/01241/FULL> and details can be found on

We will discuss at the next community council meeting on 28th May. 

Progress Towards Affordable Housing
The Community Council has been advised by Alan Henderson of Kingdom Housing that agreement has been reached regarding acquisition of the Oakley Road site, subject to outline planning consent being granted.
Kingdom will now be consulting on their proposals to develop the site for around 55 houses prior to submitting an application to Fife Council in August. Houses will range from social rent to affordable sale with the main aim being to help those currently in housing need, something badly needed in this area. An open event is being arranged for early June with Kingdom staff available for discussion.

Some people at the community council meeting expressed concerns about too much extra housing and difficulties with traffic impact on Oakley Road. Traffic issues will be considered by Fife Council while possible opposition to housing may need to be balanced by the need to keep Saline School viable and to consider additional income to the local economy.
Whether or not you support this proposal, it is vital that you take the opportunity to make your views known. If you don’t, you can’t complain if you don’t get the decision you are hoping for. 

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Community Development Trust
The Community Development Trust Steering Group has been working with Lesley Campbell to develop a Constitution and submit an application to the Charity Commissioners. This stage of the work is now complete and a copy of Constitution is available to download from the Community Council page of this website (at the bottom of the page). It is hoped that the Trust will be operational in two or three months’ time.

In the meantime the Steering Group will be seeking to build up the membership before arranging the first AGM in the autumn. At the AGM the founding trustees will stand down and the membership will elect a board of up to twelve new trustees, two of whom will be members of the Community Council in order to ensure a close working relationship between the Trust and the Community Council.

It is hoped too that the establishment of the Trust will give fresh impetus to the implementation of the Community Action Plan (a copy of which can be downloaded from the Community Council page of this website). A number of projects have already been completed or are in progress such as the establishment of the Communications Group, the creation of the all-abilities path from Saline to Oakley, activities and facilities for young people and the provision of affordable housing. However, a start has yet to me made on some of the more ambitious projects such as the creation of a community cafe or the provision of support services for the elderly or other vulnerable groups within our community.

The Trust will be arranging another 'talking tables' event in the near future to review progress with implementing the Action Plan and to identify new projects that will help us meet our objectives.

Wind Turbine Update
The developer of Outhmuir Wind Turbine Project , REG, presented a display in Saline Community Centre on 18th April. It showed the five 110m (361 feet) turbines which REG will submit planning permission for this summer. A parallel exhibition organised by the Saline Wind Turbine Discussion Forum gave an overview of all large turbine projects around Saline.

REG mentioned at a meeting with the local Community Liaison Group that they might put a foot/bridle path across Outhmuir should the project go ahead.

Another developer, Partnership for Renewables, is hoping to build a wind farm of 12 or so wind turbines over 100m (over 300 feet) in Blairadam Forest. They will hold their exhibition at Saline Community Centre on Monday 20th May from 2pm - 8pm. As with the REG presentation, the Wind Turbine Discussion Forum will be providing the big picture of all large wind turbine developments which affect our communities.

The next Wind Turbine Discussion Forum is on Wednesday 22nd May at 7pm at Saline Golf Club.

Community Website and Bulletin
Over the past two months the Communications Group has been able to analyse website traffic for and it seems that many folk are now reading the bulletin online, prompting a huge rise in site traffic following the monthly email sent to those who’ve requested it. It’s worth noting that the E-Bulletin sometimes contains articles or updates that were too late to make the printed version.

Prodigal Cats
by Kay Jackson & David Chisholm
At the end of January one of our two black and white cats, Weasel, went missing from our home at Steelend Farm.  Initially we weren't particularly concerned since his mother Penny, who sadly was knocked down and killed on the main road at the end of our track, was born at Killernie Farm and her kittens have all inherited her prodigious hunting and survival skills. Weasel's older sister Florence wandered off last year and was discovered some months later at Bents Farm where she remains, now known as Alice.  His other sister, Fiona, a lovely white, ginger and black cat, disappeared at around the same time and has not been seen since. Weasel's brother Mr Chubby had also developed an inclination to disappear off for a night or two.  However, as the days passed we came to accept that perhaps Weasel had become lost in the snow and that we might not see him again.  Once or twice we saw a black and white cat disappearing into the undergrowth down at Steelend but we couldn't be sure that it was him.  Then, three weeks ago, just to compound our loss, Mr Chubby failed to return from a night or two away. 

So imagine our delight last week when we received a text message from our house-sitter while we were on holiday in Mallorca to say that Weasel had come sauntering back looking fit and well and sporting a black velvet collar complete with bell. The following day we received a second text to say that Mr Chubby had returned!

a Dunfermline night club, last weekend

So we would like to say a big thank you to whoever took Weasel in and looked after him.  And maybe someone has been looking after Mr Chubby too? We would love to know more about where they've been.  Please ring either Kay or David on 853168 if you have information about them.

Forthcoming Meetings and Events:

Wind Turbine Discussion Forum
7.00pm, 22nd May
Saline Golf Club

Steelend Club
Domino and pool competitions every Friday from 9.00pm

Drumming Group (at Miners' Welfare Club from May 21st)
Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm

Saline Church Hall
Every Thursday 6.00-7.30pm

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

Saline & District Heritage Society
Wednesday 26th May
Annual General Meeting
7.00pm for 7.30pm, Church Hall

Saline Community Centre
Community Council Meeting
Tuesday 28th May7.30 pm.

Saline, Steelend & District SWRI
Wednesday 5th June
Mary, Queen of Scots.

Over 50s Keep Fit Class
Currently closed

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Beginners welcome

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

Saline Church Session Room

Craft and Chatter
Moving to a wednesday - more details in next month's bulletin

Carnock Community Centre:
116th Fife Scout Group
Beaver Colony 
Every Friday, 6pm-7.30 pm 
Cub Pack 
Every Thursday, 6.30pm-8pm
Scout Troop 
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9pm
Explorer Unit 
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9pm 
The Group meets in Carnock Community Centre, Camps Road, Carnock. 
Open to both boys and girls.

This community bulletin produced by Saline, Steelend & Communities Communications Group