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Issue 22 - December 2013-January 2014

posted 4 Dec 2013, 16:09 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 6 Feb 2015, 11:18 ]

Tune into Saline Primary School 

The children in the choir will be on Boogie in the Morning on Forth FM on Tuesday 10 December 2013 at 7.40am singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

The end of term Christmas Service is 9.30am on Friday 13 December in the Church.

The children have been very busy this term with athletics tournaments and also the Scottish Country Dance festival at the Glen Pavilion in Dunfermline which was a great success.

The PTA have raised £850.00 from the Christmas Fayre. 

116th Fife Scout Group Christmas Post 2013 

We are again planning to give a Christmas Post service this year. The cost will be THIRTY PENCE (30p) per card.

Cards can be handed in at the following locations:

SALINE - Mr Peter Philp, 70 Upper Kinneddar, Saline

SALINE - Mr Eric Packham 1 Henderson Place, Saline

STEELEND - Mr John Williams, 5 Knockhill View, Steelend (Evenings)

Last date for collection is TUESDAY 10 DECEMBER at 5pm.

Cards will be accepted for Aberdour, Alva, Backmuir, Bowershall, Blairhall, Cairneyhill, Carnock, Charlestown, Clackmannan, Comrie, Cowdenbeath, Cowstrandburn, Crombie, Crossford, Crossgates, Culross, Dalgety Bay, Dollar, Dunfermline, Freuchie, Gowkhall, Halbeath, High Valleyfield, Hill of Beath, Hillend, Inverkeithing, Kelty, Kincardine-on-Forth, Kingseat, Limekilns, Lochgelly, Lumphinnans, Low Valleyfield, Menstrie, Newmills, North-Queensferry, Oakley, Pattiesmuir, Rosyth, Saline, Sauchie, Steelend, Tillicoultry, Torryburn, Townhill, Wellwood.

CARDS WILL NOT BE DELIVERED TO ANY OTHER AREA eg Burntisland, Glenrothes, Kinghorn or Kirkcaldy.

O Christmas Tree! 

Jim Hensman has informed us that Jim Evans from Rynd Farm has kindly donated a Christmas tree which will be placed in the Church grounds. On the evening of Thursday 12 December, the lights will be switched on at 6pm. All are welcome to join in the singing of a few carols around the tree and then for mince pies and refreshments in the Church Hall afterwards. 

Whist Fun Night 

A whist fun night social will be held in the Golf Club at 8.00pm on Wednesday 11 December. Everyone is welcome. For information, call Ann on 852528. Costs are £1 for tea and biscuits and 20p towards the Thirteen Trick Fund.

The Last Bonfire and Firework Display? 

A year ago, in Issue 11 of the Saline and Steelend Bulletin, Jim Hensman, the then Chair of our community council, wrote an article requesting that a person or a small group of people take over the running of the annual village Bonfire and Firework display. Needless to say, no offers were forthcoming and so Marie and John Crane carried on this year, and organised the main event and the associated village raffle.

The situation now is that Marie and John are no longer in a position where they can continue to organise this event. The matter was discussed at the Community Council meeting on Tuesday 26 November. It was decided that, if a suitable volunteer or group has not come forward to take over the organisation of the event by 25 March 2014, the next November Bonfire and Firework display will not take place.

John and Marie, together with Jim Hensman, would be happy to advise on all matters relating to arranging the event and the raffle. 

Heritage Society 

Christmas Quiz - this is a Members Only night on 11 December at 7.30 pm in the church hall. Liz and Brian Lister will tease us with a Scottish Heritage quiz. How good will you be??! Perhaps the mince pies and wine which we will serve will get your brain going!

Trip to First World War Battlefields - We sincerely apologise for the confusion which has arisen regarding the bus trip to WW1 battle fields. Jackie Kerr, who has been arranging this, was assured that the dates we publicised (30 June-5 July 2014) were available. It now transpires that this is not the case. Apparently the bus company is experiencing very heavy booking from all quarters. Jackie is making further inquiries and, as soon as definite information available, we will advertise it.

Next Speaker's Evening - 29 January 2014. Lilian King will be telling us about Women Mining in Fife. 7.00pm for 7.30pm. 

This bulletin edition is kindly sponsored by

Knockhill Racing Circuit

116th Fife Scout Group 

Along with a number of other Scout Groups in Dunfermline and the surrounding area, we are offering a Christmas Post service of 30p per card. See Scout Post article for further details.

At the Saline Bonfire Night the Scout Group organised and run a stall selling hot dogs, tea, coffee and juice, and despite the poor weather raised a useful sum of money for funds.

During the past term, Cubs Thomas Brown, John Ferguson, Alex and John Nicol, and Kyle Watson all gained the Chief Scout's Silver Award. They have all now moved up to the Scout Troop. Recently the Cubs enjoyed an informative trip to Dunfermline Fire Station.

The Beaver Colony will be ending this term with a trip to the Pantomime at the Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline.

The Scout Troop has enjoyed a varied programme of activities and hope to embark on a series of winter camps to further their camping skills.

There are still vacancies in all Sections for both boys and girls from the age of 6 to 18. 

Panto Time! 

For the past two years the Events Group have organised a pantomime to come to our community. These have been fantastic productions for all ages, and as such are expensive for the Events Group to pay for. We have made a loss over the past two years and would ask people to support the community by coming along to this year’s production. You will have no transport costs, no parking costs, no traffic jams etc. The pantomime is Robin Hood, and will be held at Steelend Club on 22 December 2013 at 2pm. Tickets are £5 each. To pre-book your tickets, please phone Joanna Jackson on 01383 850934 today. We really hope you will support the Events Group by bringing your family and friends along.

Saline Brownies 

The Brownies are going on a Pack Holiday on the 13 -15 December to Fordell Firs. 28 Brownies are attending so along with the Guiders we have a full house. Lots of activities are planned including grass sledging - although that could turn in to real sledging!

We have had a very good year at Brownies, the highlight being our trip to London but the girls have also gained badges, played lots of games, made things, chatted, (a lot!!) and enjoyed themselves tremendously this year. 

Open Studio
Liz Harvey will be opening her studio at Grange Cottage, West Road, on Sunday 15 December. Come and have a browse; cards from £2.50, paintings from £12, accompanied by some festive baking! Open 10am - 5pm.


Not enough beds for friends and family visiting at Christmas? 

Cherry Tree Lodge, Saline, is open over the festive period. 

Take a look at or call 01383 851059 

Merry Christmas from Mark & Till 

Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust 

Notice of Annual General Meeting 6 March 2014

The first Annual General Meeting of Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust will be held on Thursday 6 March 2014 at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre. At this meeting the founding Trustees will stand down and up to ten new Trustees will be elected. A further two places are reserved for nominations from the Community Council. Anyone who is a member of the Trust is eligible to stand for election. It is not an especially onerous role and we are keen to use people’s skills, expertise, thoughts and experiences to help the community to meet its goals. Candidates will be required to say a little about themselves in a short personal statement of up to two hundred words. If you would like to play a part in implementing the Community Action Plan and would like to stand for election or want to discuss the role of a Trustee please email You can also telephone David Chisholm on 853168. Nominations and personal statements are required by 31 January so that they can be included in the February Community Bulletin.

Saline and Steelend Community Council sponsored the Community Futures exercise, from which the Trust has emerged, back in 2011 and have ‘ownership’ of the Community Action Plan. The Action Plan identified five Themes and a number of Priorities for each of them. The purpose of the Trust is to encourage and support local organisations and individuals to undertake projects that will achieve the Action Plan objectives.

The Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and is accountable to the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator (OSCR). Consequently it can also carry out the more-ambitious projects identified in the Action Plan that require the acquisition of buildings or property, the employment of staff, or significant expenditure.

Being a Trustee and helping to provide stewardship for our community is worthwhile and rewarding. Please think about becoming involved.

Daytime Crafts 

A number of ladies were interested in joining the craft group, but either couldn’t drive or didn’t want to go to Shieldbank. An afternoon group now meets in the Church Hall on a fortnightly basis on a Tuesday, 2-4pm. Next meetings will be on Tuesday 14 and 28 January 2014. So come along and bring your knitting, crochet, sewing and so on with you! 

Saline and Blairingone Parish Church 

Advent and Christmas Celebrations

Sunday 8 December: 10.30 am, Service for 2nd Sunday in Advent
Friday 13 December: 9.30 am, Saline Primary School Service
Sunday 15 December: 10.30 am, Family Service, 3rd Sunday in Advent
3.00 pm, Church Family Christmas party in the Church Hall
Sunday 22 December: 10.30 am, Service for 4th Sunday in Advent
Tuesday 24 December: 6.30pm, Informal Service for Christmas Eve
11.30 pm, Watchnight Service
Wednesday 25 December: 10.00 am, Informal Service for Christmas Day

A cordial invitation is extended to everyone to attend any or all of these services.

Offerings received at the special Christmas services will go to a new project starting in the Dunfermline Area called Footsteps. This is a befriending service being started by FrontlineFife in conjunction with Scottish Churches Housing Action to help people being re-housed to cope with their new circumstances and avoid becoming homeless again.

Church Restoration Fund 

This now stands well over £10,000 thanks to recent fundraising efforts. The next event will be a Scots Night at the end of January. This is always a most enjoyable evening with plenty of music and good food - full details will be advertised in due course.

Church Guild: The Christmas Social Evening takes place on Monday 16 December. Meetings start again on Monday 13 January with a Quiz Evening.

There will be no Coffee Morning on Wednesday 25th December or 1st January but everyone will be welcome back on 8 January.

The newly formed Craft Group which meets fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons (2-4 pm) will meet on 10 December and resume on Tuesday 14 January. 



KM Pilates runs two Pilates sessions per week in Saline on Tuesday night at 7.15pm and 8.15pm. 

The next block of 6 weeks starts Tuesday 7 January 2014, cost £36 for the block.

It is a popular class so book early with Suzy on  or telephone 07576 368231

Horticultural Society 

As we all leaf through the catalogues and ponder what to grow next year it is good to sit back and reflect on a happy gardening year which started off with a cold spring when we all wondered whether anything would grow, but which turned into the best summer for several years.

The soft fruits flourished, fruit trees laden, flowers in abundance and vegetables in overdrive.

As a result we had increased participation at the Annual Show both for the garden produce and for the baking and handcraft exhibits which was so encouraging. Hopefully this is a stepping stone to more taking part next year. We would particularly like to see children more active in entering the Show and extra effort will be directed to that aim. There was a reduction in the Floral Art entries and after such a successful Flower Festival in the Church it is sad that more of the local flower arranging talent who displayed fantastic exhibits there didn’t feel moved to enter something in the Flower Show. The winners are listed below. Congratulations to all.

Children’s Section
David King Cup – Theo Kirby
Junior Cup - Robbie Muir
Mrs King Cup – Katie Muir
M & A Phelan Cup – Lyn Cousar

Floral Art 
Society Rose Bowl – Sharon Buchanan & Sheila Travers (shared)

Preston Place Cup – Jackie Kerr

Alexander Downie Cup – Pat McFarlane

Craig Cup – Lorna Jack & Moira Cousar (shared)

David King Salver – Sheila Travers

Miss Jean Smith Cup – M Aspin

Pot Plant
Carstairs Quaich – M Aspin

Baxter Cup – Muriel Phillips

Luscar Cup – Jock Wallace

Flowers, most points 
Stevenson Cup – Margaret Grainger

Vegetables, most points 
James White Cup – John Lowe

Vegetable Garden 
Mrs. Barbara Dewdney Cup – Bill Phillips

Flower Garden 
Mr Fothergill Cup – Sheila Travers

Patio Garden 
Phillips Cup – Pam Hartridge

Hanging Basket 
Community Rose Bowl – Ian Hutchison

Planter, Tub 
David Graham Cup – Mary Innes

Garden All Year
John & Sheila Anderson

Horticultural, most points 
Rennie Cup – John Lowe

Best Exhibit, Cut Flowers 
Society Shield – Jock Wallace, dahlias

Outstanding Exhibit 
Mathie Memorial Cup – Jock Wallace, dahlias

Heaviest crop potatoes competition 
Katie Muir

The Committee are open to any constructive comments to improve the activities undertaken by the Horticultural Society and would give a warm welcome to anyone who would like to help us next year. Our next committee meeting is on Tuesday 28 January at 7.30 pm in the Community Centre.

The West Fife Villages Exhibition of Art, Photography and Craft

At a meeting of the Art Committee held on 26 November it was decided that an art exhibition will not be held next April. The Committee agreed to meet again on Tuesday 25 November 2014 to discuss the possibility of arranging a Spring 2015 exhibition.


Q'ZINE Catering at Saline Golf Club

Open Wednesday 11-4, Thursday 11-8, Friday & Saturday 11-5, and Sunday 12-4 during the winter months; other times by appointment

We cater for birthdays, Christenings, funerals and private dinner parties.

Call Angela on 01383 852591.

Saline and Steelend Communications Group AGM 

9 January 2014, 7pm, Saline Golf Club

Did you know?...

· 8,800 community bulletin deliveries were made this year

· Over 25 dedicated community volunteers are involved – THANK YOU: it couldn’t be done without you.

· Over 100 households are now receiving the monthly e-bulletin with its additional photos and news we struggle to squeeeeeze into the paper version

· We are consistently achieving our copy, printing and delivery dates making the bulletin and e– bulletin a reliable source for community information, events and activities

· We have a website with a community calendar, information about groups, events and local contacts:

· We are working for improved broadband services in our community

· Watch out for village notice boards in 2014!

· We are a constituted group, meeting monthly

· We are looking for office bearers and additional committee members – would you like to join our crew?

If you want to be a part of our success story please get in touch.

Mark Baugh, Chair, Telephone 851059

Community Council Matters 

Once again, a modestly attended community council meeting nevertheless managed to provoke considerable debate on several issues

Cllr Clelland’s Report 

Bobby advised that the one-way system was now operational in Oakley and that it should not impact on our community as two-way flows will be maintained to the shops and Health Centre.

He advised that Fife Council is consulting on its draft budget in which savings of around £94 million have been identified.

There was considerable discussion on the situation at the Blair House Opencast site with concerns about inadequate fencing around the hole. It was noted that children had been swimming in the water and that the right of way was too close to the edge. Bobby advised that two companies are interested in taking the site over. Members felt that there is scope for the community to participate in the restoration proposals to mutual advantage. 

Bonfire Night 

It was noted that there was a disappointing attendance this year, mainly due to a bad weather report. for the night.. In fact, at about 6.30pm it had stopped raining, the wind dropped and those who did attend had a good night. There had been a poor response from requests for additional volunteers. This could well be the last Bonfire and Firework Night. See further article in this Bulletin. 

The West Fife Villages Exhibition of Art and Photography 

John Crane reported that at the meeting of the Exhibition Committee held previously that evening, it had been decided that an exhibition would not be held in the spring of 2014. 

Wind Matters 

John Crane reported on discussions at the Outh Muir Liaison Group that had agreed that, should planning permission be granted, the community fund would be divided between the community councils. Saline and Steelend would receive 30% with the others getting between 5 and 10%. Joan Featherstone felt that this implied that planning permission would be granted but Till Kroeber confirmed that the group were only discussing the possible funds and participation was on the basis that this did not imply support for the proposal. Donald Murdoch felt that our representatives had done an excellent job in looking after our community’s interests and moved that representatives be given a mandate to continue negotiations. Following a vote supported by the majority present, this was agreed. Joan Featherstone was concerned that Fife Council had ignored its own guidance in approving a turbine on Killernie Farm.

Christmas Tree 

Joan Featherstone reported that she had investigated the sourcing of a tree and that the suppliers did not have a suitable one due to storm damage. She advised that Saline Environment Group did not have any funds to contribute. It was pointed out that this was an initiative by SEG originally and the community council had agreed not to contribute this year due to its own financial position. However it was agreed to examine the possibility of using the lights held by the church. 

Saline Community Centre Access 

It was noted that elderly and/or disabled people had difficulty in getting entry via the main door and that the WRI had suggested that a handrail be provided. This was supported but there as a view that the whole question of accessibility should be examined and contact will be made with Fife Council about this 

West Fife String of Pearls 

This is a proposed initiative to link all of West Fife communities to each other as well as to Kelty and Lochore Meadows. The original suggestion came from the Valleyfield Historic Society and the West Fife Villages Community Projects Group agreed to co-ordinate its planning. Applications have been submitted to fund more detailed investigations and to establish a Steering Group of representatives from all communities. This will be reported in more detail in future Bulletins. Initial discussions identified the importance to Saline in progressing the link to Oakley and to identifying a connection to Kelty. Joan Featherstone pointed out the problems encountered by SEG but it was felt that it was important to make the effort to address these issues. Most present felt that Saline and Steelend Development Trust was the most appropriate group to be involved and this was agreed following a vote by the majority in favour. 

Fife Council Draft Housing Supplementary Guidance 

Fife Council is seeking comments on this document covering housing land requirements between 2009 and 2014.. It can be examined at:
There will no doubt be pressure from developers for more private housing in the West Fife Villages, many on sites opposed by local people. It is important therefore that people examine the document and feed their comments, for or against, to Fife Council. If you do not do this, you cannot complain about projects that you do not like being incorporated into the final version. The closing date for comments is 23 December 2013.

John and Marie Crane 

This meeting highlighted the considerable work carried out by John and Marie to make our community a better place to live in. John will shortly be undergoing major surgery and cannot obviously devote the many hours that he has until now. It is therefore vital that others take on much of John and Marie’s workload otherwise things that we have taken for granted will not take place.

Next Meeting and AGM

This will be held on 28 January 2014 in Saline Community Centre at 7.30pm and will also be the AGM. Everyone is welcome to attend and, indeed, participate in the meeting. It is important that people attend meetings to ensure that the Community Council is clear on what people think so please make an effort to come along. You never know, you might actually enjoy yourselves!!


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?

Soul Space offers 6 x 1 hour sessions on a donation basis, a medley of meditation approaches that can go some way to smooth out the emotional peaks and troughs of everyday life.

The next six-week cycle starts Monday 6 January.

If this catches you attention then call me on 851059 and register your interest. I wish you more peace in 2014 -  Mark.


I have occasionally wondered why the somewhat isolated house opposite the Saline Golf Club was called Maroc. Today I found out why when an e-mail arrived from Margaret Thomson from Guilford. This lady was enquiring about any activities that our parish were undertaking in remembrance of the start of the First World War. Her interest is that her great uncle, Second Lieutenant James Bennett was killed during this conflict and his name appears on the War Memorial that stands in front of Saline Church. The Bennett family lived in Maroc but at that time the house was known as Hillview. However, in remembrance of James, the house was renamed after the Maroc British cemetery, Grenay, France where James is buried.

Another brother, John Houston Bennett, who was the grandfather of Margaret Thompson, also fought in the war and was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French. He survived the war but sadly he died of pneumonia believed to be the result of damage to his lungs after a gas attack in France. I wonder if his name should also have been included on our memorial. Perhaps there were rules governing this situation when injured service personnel died a few years after the war.

The Kinrossshire Advertiser of 23 April 1921 stated "Few places in the district possess a more ideal site for a memorial to the brave lives sacrificed for their country than the sequestered and beautifully situated village of Saline. Consisting of an imposing column in front of Saline Parish Church a handsome memorial has been erected to the memory of some 45 members of the parish who made the supreme sacrifice in the recent war.”

A further fact to emerge was that James's sister Jean Bennett appears to have spent most if not all of her teaching career at Saline and became headmistress of the infant's school. I have a photograph of this lady in a group with her teaching colleagues. Some of the senior members of our community may well remember this lady from their own schooldays.

John Crane

Stay Safe This Winter

During these dark evenings, many of us are walking or cycling during the hours of darkness. While drivers must be on the lookout for others out and about on the roads, we all have a responsibility to keep ourselves (and our beloved pets) safe.

Dark clothing can make you difficult to spot even in built-up areas and is particularly dangerous when walking or cycling in areas where there are no street lights. Torches and headlamps can only help so much and can be difficult for a driver coming from another direction to see.

High-visibility and reflective clothing and vests are easy to come by and make you clearly visible to all other road users. Even our four-legged friends are catered for with their own reflective vests and bands on warm winter coats.

Keep safe this winter – stay visible!

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 
Sambangra Drumming Group, every Tuesday from 7th January, 7pm, £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, 7.00-8.30pm, £2
Steelend Club

Heritage Society
Members Night Scottish Quiz
Wednesday 11 December
7.30, Saline Church Hall

Women Mining in Fife
Wednesday 29 January
7.00 for 7.30pm, Saline Church Hall

Community Council Meeting & AGM
Tuesday 28 January
7.30 pm, Saline Community Centre

Indoor Christmas Market
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December
10.00am-6.00pm, Shieldbank Coffee Shop

Saline Church Family Christmas Party
For all ages! 15 December, 3pm

Communications Group AGM
7.00pm, 9 January
Saline Golf Club

Horticultural Society Meeting
7.30pm, Tuesday 28 January
Saline Community Centre

Saline Primary School End of Term Christmas Church Service
9.30am, Friday 13 December
Saline Church

Church Guild Christmas Social Evening
Monday 16 December

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 The Saline & Steelend Communications Group and all those involved in the Bulletin wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!