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Issue 20 - October 2013

posted 30 Sep 2013, 13:31 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 6 Feb 2015, 11:22 ]
Saline & Steelend Bonfire & Firework Display 

This year’s event will be held on Saturday 2 November at the usual site on West Road Park. Colin Leask will light the bonfire at 7pm and the firework display will commence shortly after, under the expert supervision of Mark Johnstone, who has undertaken this task for the last 15 years.

The Scouts and Guides will be providing hot snacks and soup and the PTA will selling their usual light sticks.

Apollo Disco will again be supplying music and a PA system.

This annual event is fully licensed and insured through Fife Council.

The overall cost of staging the event is well over £1000. We are grateful for a grant from Fife Council that meet part of the cost of fireworks and the remaining cost comes from the sale of our “Bonfire & Firework Display “ raffle tickets. These raffle tickets will be on sale shortly with cash prizes of £100, £50 and £25.

We are still looking for folk to sell raffle tickets so if you can take a few books for your neighbours and friends please let me know. In particular, we do not have anyone to sell tickets around Steelend. Any additional raffle prizes would also be appreciated.

John Crane Tel: 852698 

Saline & Steelend Heritage Society 

Winter Talks - the first of these took place in September when we had an excellent informative talk and slide show about the building of the Forth Bridge. The meeting was well attended with about 50 people present. Our next talk, on 30 October in the Church Hall, is by Fiona Houston who will speak on Women Living in the 18th Century.

Old Graveyard in Bridge Street - Research has been ongoing all this year and, after a geo-physical survey undertaken on our behalf by the Edinburgh Field Society, evidence of an old building (probably a church) has been found. The suggested date of construction is about 11th century or possibly older. A careful excavation on the site is to take place. Watch this space!

Other than the survey, clearance of self planted shrubs and trees has taken place, wild flowers have been planted and there are now two seats available. These, in themselves, are interesting. Each is made of 2000 recycled plastic bottles and has the appearance of wood. Barry Doyle and his brother, Denis, installed them last week.

Museum Theme Next Year - This will mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Tina Chapman, our archivist, is seeking any information or artefacts you might have relating to this subject. She can be contacted on 852235.

West Fife Villages 2014 Calendar 

This calendar is available from Saline Post Office at £5. Produced by the West Fife Villages 
Community Projects Group, thirteen photographs and paintings of West Fife views are depicted. A number of views of Saline are included, having been contributed by Saline artists and photographers.

Envelopes are included and this will make an ideal Christmas gift for relative and friends who are not fortunate enough to live in the Saline area. 

Bees, Bees, Bees 

Did you know that a fully productive hive contains up to 60,000 bees? Last year I decided I wanted to do my bit about the declining bee population. I joined the West Fife Bee Keeping Association course and I now care for a colony of Buckfast bees. I am preparing to build the apiary for spring already and wondered if you or anyone you know has any redundant National Hive equipment lying around in a garage that you would like to see benefiting the environment again. 

Many thanks in advance. 
You can contact me on or 851059. 

Events at Shieldbank 

Indoor Craft Fair Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November. This will be held in the coffee shop and in some of the buildings round the yard. We already have bookings for stalls, but would like to hear from anybody who may be interested in taking a stall. The cost is £5.00 per table for the two days. The Fair will run from 10.00am till 6.00pm each day. The coffee shop will be open as usual, plus we will be offering soup and stovies. Public entry to the Fair is free.

Folk Evening with Wendy Arrowsmith on Saturday 23 November at 8.00pm Tickets for this event are £8.00 in advance. They can be paid over the phone anytime after 1 October. Tel: 01383 852621 (9.30am - 6.00pm seven days). This is a bring your own bottle event (glasses will be provided). Soft drinks, tea and coffee plus snacks can be bought from the coffee shop.   
                                                                                                              Wendy Arrowsmith

Community Council Matters 

The September meeting of the Saline & Steelend Community Council generated considerable debate.

John Crane remarked on the large attendance at Len Woods’ funeral, which he felt reflected the respect that Len had in our community and his varied interests.

Cllr Kate Stewart advised on how parents in Crombie were fighting closure of their primary school. They were concerned at lack of safe routes and transport to Cairneyhill where Fife Council wishes to relocate. At a push, parents preferred to transfer to Limekilns Primary as some village children were already enrolled there. The community council thought that this was reasonable, particularly as the two schools shared the same head teacher. 

Kate drew attention to an initiative by Saline resident Allan Prentice to progress town twinning with Peronne in Northern France and who had already arranged successful cycle trips. He had accompanied Provost Jim Leishman on an exploratory visit. Interestingly, he is organising Battlefield Tours based in Peronne, using community-owned accommodation, to tie in with the commemoration of the centenary of the start of the Great War. It is anticipated that there will be further details in the next Bulletin issue.
Cllr Bobby Clelland advised on limited progress on the Blair House opencast site where there is interest from two companies. He also advised of major works required on the A823 between Hill End and Powmill. It was noted that there appears to be no increase in traffic through Saline and Steelend as a consequence of these works. He also advised on Police Scotland’s decision to abandon previous commitments to Fife Council regarding staffing levels. Those present were concerned that this confirms sceptics’ views on the outcome of centralising police services.

Till Kroeber gave an update on wind developments and noted that the consent for a test mast at West Craighouse had lapsed and that the mast had not been removed. He also noted that measures to prevent bird strike required by the planning consent had not taken place. It was agreed that the community council would investigate further.

In planning terms, it was reported that the application for the Green Cemetery above the Golf Course had been refused, which is good news for the residents in Cowstrandburn who had raised serious road safety concerns.

There was considerable discussion on Kingdom Housing Association’s application for planning permission for the Oakley Road site. Some had concerns over road safety and local infrastructure although it was pointed out that planning recommendations will take full account of recommendations from the appropriate statutory bodies. It was noted that Kingdom Housing Association were committed to further consultation and it was agreed that the Association be invited to the October community council meeting.

In response to Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust’s request for nominations to its board from the community council, it was agreed that Marie Crane and Donald Murdoch be the representatives. In response to questions, rumours of housing meetings excluding some members of the community were disputed but will be checked with the Trust. It was also confirmed that the current board will be disbanded once 100 members have been recruited. An AGM will be held and nominations to the new board will be invited.

Joan Featherstone reported on problems regarding the path to Kinneddar Park that had resulted in the awards from the BIG Lottery Fund, Blair House Trust, Colton Trust and Fife Council not being taken up. Saline Environmental Group is continuing and will be looking to progress improvements such as Saline Glen.

It was agreed that the next meeting of the community council will be held on Tuesday 29 October at 7pm in the Community Centre. All are welcome.

Our Telephone Kiosk 

With a new coat of paint, the telephone kiosk at Kinneddar Park looks quite smart. Following consultation with local residents, this non-operational kiosk was purchased from BT for £1 in 2010 by the community council. It was repainted earlier this year, funded by a small grant from the Blair House Trust.

This is the last remaining old-style red telephone kiosk in the parish. Designated the K6, the red kiosk was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. The K6 kiosk is recognised on a global scale as an emblem of Britain, along with the double-decker bus and pillar boxes; all red!

In consultation with Karen Marsh, the chair of the local residents association, the community council has provided a cork notice board within the kiosk. We will also be inserting a small shelf below the notice board to provide a local library for used paperbacks and magazine.

Built in about 1938, there are perhaps other uses that this 75-year-old historic structure can be put to. We will leave that to the imaginative folk of Kinneddar Park. 

Changes to Local Roads 

Those who use the road extending from North Road on to Blairingone will have noticed that there have been some changes. The road now has a 40mph limit and is designated as a Walker and Cycle Friendly Road. This road has always been popular with local walkers, riders, cyclists and dog walkers and so this reminder to vehicle users can only be good news, as well as giving hope to those who hope to get a similar 40mph limit created at Cowstrandburn and Kinneddar Park. 

However, a limit is only useful if vehicles obey it, as can be seen in the 20mph areas of North Road and Oakley Road where vehicles regularly flout the limit. Remember, it’s not just your life and licence you’re taking risks with but it could be the lives of others just around a bend.

Church News 

Coffee Morning The coffee morning held on 25 September as part of the Macmillan Cancer Care Biggest Coffee Morning was well attended and raised £185.75p. Many thanks to all concerned.

Silent Auction. The next fund raising event for the Church Restoration Fund will be held on Friday 18 October at 7.00pm in the Church Hall. Tea, coffee and cake will be on sale during the evening. Items for sale will include offers of service eg two hours of gardening. Come along and find a bargain! For those not familiar with such an event the following explanation may be of help. All the items for auction are displayed around the hall with a bidding paper beside each item. On entering the hall participants are given a slip with a number and their name and number recorded. Everyone views the items on display and, if they are interested in buying, put their number on the bidding paper. A reserved amount may be put on some items (ie they won't be sold for less than that amount). Bidders can return as often as they wish to increase their bid if others are also bidding. A time is set for the close of bidding and the items disbursed to the highest bidder on payment being made.

Holiday Club. A one-day event has been arranged for primary school children on Tuesday 15 October 10.00am-1.00pm in the Church Hall. The children at Saline School will receive details but, as always, other children will be welcome.

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 and to help you keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, to quote a certain poet. I am proposing either a daytime or an evening one-hour session on a donation basis.

If this catches your attention, then contact me on or 851059 and register your interest. I wish you peace - Mark.

PS: could the person I haven’t yet contacted please get in touch again? The message on the answer machine was distorted. 

Comrie Colliery Environmental Trust Invites Applications for Grant Funding 

The Comrie Colliery Environmental Trust was set up following the granting of planning permission for the former Comrie Colliery site. The Trust will provide community benefits in the area affected by the mining operations and the reclamation of the site.

The Trust is now inviting applications from community groups for grant funding of local community and environmental projects in the communities of Saline/Steelend, Oakley/Comrie and Blairhall.

Further information and application forms can be obtained by contacting Alan Kenney:

Telephone: 07769 938242 
By Post: Comrie Colliery Environmental Trust, c/o 29 Sinclair Drive, Cowdenbeath, Fife, KY4 9NZ 

The Butterflies are Back 

We were pleasantly surprised at the large number of butterflies that visited our garden during August and early September. On some sunny days the buddleias in our garden were alive with feeding small tortoiseshells and peacock butterflies. Even an occasional red admiral was spotted.

Buddleia (the “butterfly bush”) is extremely easy to grow in almost any soil. Different varieties will flower in pink, red, purple, and white. Usually in bloom through July and August, these shrubs need pruning well in spring as they can grow 5' to 8' from the ground in a single season. Other plants that attract butterflies are verbena and lavender. 

Can You Help The Bulletin? 

As noted in a previous issue, the Bulletin is written, edited and distributed by volunteers. In addition, it is delivered free of charge to all houses in the community council area, whether electronically or in hard copy, unlike other local newsletters which have to be purchased. Can you spare some of your time to contribute items for print or to distribute the Bulletin to your neighbours? If so, please contact

The Bulletin has no magic source of income. It is dependent on the occasional advertisement from local businesses such as Knockhill, small grants from local organisations and the occasional kind donation from local people, to pay the monthly cost of over £120. 

As you will notice, the Communications Group is considering running small advertisements in the Bulletin and this may be a possible way forward for the Bulletin.

If you value your monthly copy, please consider offering your help! 

CRICKET: As explained to a foreigner...

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

Forthcoming Meetings & Events: 

Steelend Club

Domino & pool competitions, Friday 9.00pm
Pilates, every Monday 6.15pm-7.00pm 
Zumba ,every Monday 7.00pm-8.00pm 

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, 7.00 - 8.30pm, £2 Steelend Club 

Heritage Society 
Women Living in the 18th CenturyWednesday 30 October, 7.00 for 7.30pm, Saline Church Hall

Community Council Meeting
Tuesday 29 October, 7.00 pm, Saline Community Centre

Saline, Steelend & District SWRI
AGM with tellers from Crossford Branch 
Wednesday 2 November, 7.15pm, Saline Community Centre

Indoor Craft Fair
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November 
10.00am-6.00pm, Shieldbank Coffee Shop 

Folk Evening with Wendy Arrowsmith
Saturday 23 November 
8.00pm, Shieldbank Coffee Shop 
Tickets £8 in advance. 

Saline & Steelend Bonfire & Fireworks Display
Saturday 2 November 
7.00pm, West Road Park 

Silent Auction for Church Restoration Fund
Friday 18 October 
7.00pm, Saline Church Hall 

One-Day Primary School Holiday Club
Tuesday 15 October 
10.00am-1.00pm, Saline Church Hall

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. 

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