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Issue 19, September 2013

posted 12 Sep 2013, 10:16 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 6 Feb 2015, 11:23 ]
Saline & District Flower Show 2013
Just hot off the garden press! The two-day Flower Show over the weekend was a resounding success. With the good summer the blaze of colour in the flower sections were wonderful. In particular, the dahlias were outstanding and one exhibit of huge mauve blooms entered by Jock Wallace was awarded the Best in Show accolade. The fuchsias were also colourful, ranging from the magnificent standard plants to the blooms floating in water, and the array of annuals and gladioli were very impressive.

The home baking was as popular as ever and there were very interesting entries for the Cake Containing At Least One Vegetable which was won by Mark Baugh’s courgette cake. The Chocolate Cola Cake also attracted entries.

The Handcraft entries were steady and we would love to see more to showcase the talent in the village.
[See below for details of next year’s classes– Ed]
Floral Art entries were reduced this year but the class titled T in the Park created amazing displays, with the most popular class being Three Blooms with Foliage, won with a startling vase of three sunflowers. 

The Children’s section ranged from incredible animals made from fruit and vegetables to poster designs for the Commonwealth Games next year. Katie and Robbie Muir were multi-winners here.

The Vegetable and Fruit sections ranged from gigantic cabbages to tiny alpine strawberries and showed what lovely food can be grown locally.

The Garden winners were:
Best Vegetable Garden         Bill & Muriel Phillips
Best Flower Garden          Sheila Travers
Best Patio Garden        Mrs Hartridge
Best Hanging Basket         Ian Hutchison
Best Planter          Mrs Innes
Best Garden of All Round Interest        John & Sheila Anderson

The AGM of the Horticultural Society will be held on 22 October in the Community Centre and all are welcome to attend.

Industrial Classes for the 2014 Saline & District Flower Show
These are as follows:
126 Hand-Crafted Flower
127 Tea Cosy
128 Photograph “Sky Drama”
129 Handmade Greeting Card
130 Patchwork Item
131 Painting
132 Stitched or Fabric Picture
133 Bowl or Basket, any media (max 30cm diameter)
134 Hand-Knitted Item
So, start crafting now for next year! 

Superfast Broadband?
The Development Trust and The Communications Group are attempting to secure an infrastructure upgrade to our local broadband. If we are successful then superfast broadband would be available to most of our community.

We urgently need statistics on local broadband speeds and on the level of interest, locally, in superfast broadband. 

Please fill out the amended broadband survey, which is on the home page of this website. Even if you've already filled out the survey, please do so again as we've adjusted some of the questions with a view to presenting our case to Community Broadband Scotland in a couple of weeks.

Saline Ploughing Match
The annual Saline Ploughing Match will be held on Saturday 14 September at West Saline Farm, starting at 9.30 am.
Shire horses will be participating.

Large Wind Turbines Around Saline
The Outhmuir Project has now been with Fife Planning since the end of June. More than 300 comments have been submitted by the public or bodies such as Edinburgh Airport and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to date. These can be read and your own added on the Fife Planning website under application number 13/01898/EIA or by writing to Fife Planning.

The decision regarding the 45m+ high turbine at Killernie Farm above Steelend is also still outstanding.

The next Wind Turbine Discussion Forum at Saline Golf Club is on Wednesday 18 September at 7pm. Everybody is welcome.

The 2014 West Fife Villages Calendar
On 6 September, in the Conference Room of Dunfermline’s Carnegie Library, the 2014 West Fife Villages Calendar was officially launched by Miss Jo Freeman and Mr Thomas Moffat from Visit Dunfermline. The calendar, produced by the West Fife Villages Community Project Group, features scenes from the West Fife Villages area. These photographs and paintings were selected from over 50 entries to a competition. These were all displayed at the West Fife Villages Exhibition of Art & Photography, held in Saline last April.

Dave Scott from Links Media and Liz Harvey, the well-known Saline artist, had the difficult task of choosing the thirteen scenes for inclusion in the calendar. A number of scenes from Saline are included, such as a remarkable photograph of Bridge Street by David Sproul and a fine painting of North Road from the Church grounds by Derek Higson. A photograph of Culross by Saline's Dave Hatton was also included.

Welcoming the guests to the launch, John Crane, chair of the Project Group, thanked the Trustees of the Blair House Trust for providing a generous grant towards production costs. He also thanked all the talented artists who had entered the competition. In conclusion, John praised the sterling work undertaken by Dave Scott of Links Media who had compiled and arranged the production of the calendar.

The calendars, together with envelopes, are available from Saline Post Office for £5 each. They are also available in the Carnegie Library and in a number of local shops in the West Fife villages.

The West Fife Villages Project Group's main objective is to initiate projects that benefit all sixteen villages in West Fife. The calendar is one such project. Membership of the group is open to all. This friendly group meet monthly and welcome new members with fresh ideas.
Contact John on 852698 if interested in attending a meeting or visit 

Church News
Church Services: every week in Saline Parish Church at 10.30 am (children leave during the service for their own worship in the Hall).

Harvest Thanksgiving: Sunday 29 September, (offering in support of Embrace the Middle East, a charity which works with local groups providing emergency food and medical aid).

Coffee Morning: every Wednesday throughout the year (with a few exceptions) from 10.00 am till 12.00 noon in the Church Hall. Come and enjoy some refreshment and a chat; children are welcome. Some weeks there is a sales table or a special effort in support of a particular charity; we hope to be part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on 25 September.

Flower Festival: The recent Flower Festival, held in the church, produced some wonderful displays and very clever ways of portraying some of what we have to offer in our community. The organising group are very grateful to everyone who supported this event in so many ways. Apart from raising over £1200 towards the Restoration Fund, the event proved a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and learn something new about the area.

Curry Night: to be held in the Church Hall on Saturday 28 September at 7.00 pm. Tickets are £10 from Lynda (812512) or Lorna (852617) and must be bought by 21 September; none will be on sale at the door. The meal will comprise a starter and a selection of curries and accompaniments. A quiz competition will keep the conversation going!

Imagining Scotland's Future: In preparation for the Referendum in 2014, the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland are promoting a series of events in different parts of Scotland. One is planned to be held at Dunfermline Abbey on Thursday 28 November; full details will be advertised later. The Church takes a neutral position in the debate, favouring neither position, but it is committed to facilitating the presentation and discussion of the issues involved.

Meditation in a Mad, Mad World
How often do you get the chance to just stop and “be”? To take some time out just for you? To pause and appreciate the richness of the present moment?
I am looking to offer a medley of meditation approaches that can go some way to smooth out the emotional peaks and troughs of everyday life. I am proposing either a daytime or an evening one-hour session on a donation basis.
If this catches your attention, then call me on 851059 and register your interest. I wish you peace - Mark. 

Len Woods
At the Saline & Steelend Community Council meeting held on 27 August, John Crane opened the meeting by paying a tribute to Len Woods who had passed away on Saturday 24 August. John said that Len was extremely well known in the area for organising opposition to NHS plans to downgrade Queen Margaret Hospital and for his political activities. It was also noted that Len had at one time been a community councillor.

John added that, on behalf of the Saline & Steelend Community Council, deepest sympathies are sent to Elma and the other members of the family.

Outh Muir Wind Farm Application
At the Saline & Steelend Community Council meeting held on 27 August, the councillors present voted to object to the Outh Muir Wind Farm application. We were to a degree influenced by the large number of objections that had been submitted to Fife Council. We did acknowledge, however, that some of these objections had come from folk outside of our community council area.

We considered that there was a clear community view that was generally opposed to the erection of large wind turbines in this location and that we, as the community council, had a duty to reflect this view to Fife Council.

The wording of the objection is being considered and will be presented for agreement at the September meeting. 

John Crane

Your Village Needs YOU!
Many groups in our villages rely on a few people to get things done. If more people could help with one thing once a year, we could achieve so much more. Please check the list below and see if there is one thing you could do to help:

 Slow internet? Help to speed things up by supporting the Development Trust who are working to bring Superfast Broadband to our villages. Test and record your broadband speed today! For details how to do this, go to the home page of this website.

 Sort out unwanted clothes, shoes and bedding to help the Events Group raise funds for children’s events in the villages. Bags, with instructions, will be delivered in September.

 Sell raffle tickets in your street (or part of your street) for the Bonfire and Firework display on 2 November. You could just drop them off and collect the stubs and money a couple of days later. Please help - many hands make light work. Contact John Crane on 852698.

 Attend the Talking Tables event on Saturday 26 October in Steelend Club to be updated on the Action Plan. Over 400 people gave their views about what they wanted to happen so please come along to check out the progress and see if things are going as you wanted.

Easy! How many boxes did you tick?

Many thanks.

Heritage Society 
Our winter session starts on Wednesday 25 September in Saline Church Hall at 7.00 for 7.30 pm. Come along and hear about The Briggers. Len Saunders and Frank Hay will tell us about the men who built the Forth Bridge over 100 years ago. The Heritage Lottery Fund is funding our admission fees for this year - so entrance is free! However, we do hope that as many of you as possible will continue to support us by accepting the option of becoming members by paying the annual membership fee of £5.00. 

The museum has now closed after having a reasonably successful season. Planning for next year is underway when we will seek to acknowledge our nation's involvement in the First World War.

After a successful visit to New Lanark, the next bus trip is on 14 September to the Mining Museum.

Never Volunteer

It’s said that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Well, since not enough people are volunteering to help our local community organisations, it's starting to get tough, so we're going.

Or at least, that was the plan. Turns out, if they’re not paying you, quitting isn’t always an option.

Also, if I spend more time at home, I just get deaved to death by telemarketing calls. Then the family start saying that they could use a break from me. Now my doctor says that if I don't go out each day, I’ll get older much faster. She says that research has shown that people who volunteer will live longer. Apparently, volunteering provides physical and mental rewards and reduces stress. The latest research shows that when we focus on someone other than ourselves, it interrupts the usual tension-producing patterns. It’s healthier - moods and emotions like optimism, joy and control-over-one's-fate are felt more often by volunteers and these strengthen the immune system. It’s almost as if not volunteering isn’t an option.

I used to wonder if a bunch of amateurs could ever achieve anything, until someone pointed out that Noah's Ark was built by amateurs, and the Titanic was built by professionals.

Ok. I give in. Now that I think about it, amazing things have been achieved 'round here by volunteers, it’s just that there aren’t enough of them. 


Forthcoming Meetings and Events:

Steelend Club
Domino and pool competitions every Friday from 9.00pm
Pilates, every Monday 6.15pm-7.00pm
Zumba ,every Monday 7.00pm-8.00pm
Sambangra Drumming Group Tuesdays, 7.00pm. £2

Every Thursday 6.00-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

Every Thursday 7.30pm-9.00pm
Saline Church Hall

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

Highland Dancing Classes
Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm
Saline Church Hall
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-12.00 noon
Last Friday of month 7.00-9.00pm
Shieldbank Coffee Shop

Sambangra Drumming Group
Tuesdays, 7.00pm. £2
AGM: Tuesday 24th, 8.15pm
Steelend Club

Heritage Society
Wed. 25th. Sept. - Len Saunders & Frank Hay on "The Briggers" - the men who built the Forth Bridge

Wed. 30th. Oct.- Fiona Houston on "Women living in the 18th. century"

Wed. 27th. Nov. - Martin Rogers on "Rosyth garden city & the Royal Dockyard"

Wed. 29th. Jan. - Lilian King on "Women mining in Scotland"

Wed. 26th. Feb. - Margaret Dean - "The Lord Lieutenant of Fife, the Queen's representative"

Wed. 26th. Mar. - Rod McNeil on "The Knights Templar"

Wed. 30th. April - Jack Pryde on "Dunfermline - Canmore to Carnegie"

Meetings at 7
pm for tea/coffee. Speaker starts at 7.30pm.

Community Council Meeting
Tuesday 24 September
7.30 pm, Saline Community Centre

Saline, Steelend & District SWRI
Talk on Sea Eagles with Colin from Vane Farm
Annabel’s Christmas Sales Table
Wednesday 2 September
7.15pm, Saline Community Centre

Curry Night
Saturday 28 September
7.00pm, Saline Church Hall

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
In aid of Macmillan Cancer Care
25 September
10.00am, Saline Church Hall

Saline Ploughing Match
West Saline Farm
09.30am, Saturday 14 September 

Wind Turbine Discussion Forum 
Wednesday 18 September
7.00pm, Saline Golf Club

Talking Tables
Saturday 26 October
Steelend Club

Don’t forget – if you have things you want to promote on the community website, contact Ian Holmes-Lewis on 851855 or

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