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Issue 24, March 2014

posted 7 Mar 2014, 06:29 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 6 Feb 2015, 11:15 ]
Saline & Steelend Community Council 

The Saline & Steelend Community Council meeting was held on Tuesday 25 February. John Crane took the chair. 

Prior to the meeting proper, the chair invited Tom Bishop and Ewan Masson, who represented "Dunfermline Advocacy", to give a presentation on the activities of their organisation. It was explained that Dunfermline Advocacy had been working throughout West Fife since 1992. The objective was to provide a lifeline in the local community, linking local citizens with vulnerable people in the area.

Following a number of questions, Tom concluded by stating that anyone wishing to help Dunfermline Advocacy in any way should ring 01383 624382 or go online to The Chair thanked Tom and Ewan for their interesting and thought provoking talk.

The Centre's caretaker had informed the Chair that a requisition to fit a handrail at the entrance of the Community Centre had been raised by Fife Council. We will continue to monitor. 

Peter Ball, Peter Philps, Stewart Miller, Sandy Carstairs and John Crane had visited the church grounds and decided a location and type of platform for the Barrowman Plough. The Chair said that he was awaiting a drawing from Sandy Carstairs and added that he had decided to obtain a written certification from Fife Council that planning permission is not necessary.

Concerning the agreement at the previous meeting, letters relating to the road subsidence on the A823 had been sent to Thomas Docherty MP and Cora Hilton MSP.

A letter had been received from Fife Council stating that the owner of the overgrown garden had been given 28 days to cut back the bushes and trees encroaching onto the footpath. If this was not done, Fife Council would undertake the task and endeavour to recover the costs from the owner.

With regard to the complaint from Liz Harvey on the flooding of the car park at the turning circle, a letter has been sent to Fife Council requesting that the drain in this area be unblocked and asking for a survey to determine if any other action could be undertaken to avoid future flooding. Peter Ball and Isobel Menzies highlighted other drains in the village that were blocked and it was agreed that the regular cleaning of drains appeared to have ceased. It was agreed that we should wait and see the reaction to our letter before taking any further action. The Chair agreed to monitor.

The Chair welcomed Sgt Jillian Neill to the meeting. She stated that she was extremely happy to be back working in the West Fife Villages. Sgt Neill continued by outlining the procedures and duties of the local Community Police and added that she was supported by PCs Gillian Wilson and Ian Rushford.

Sgt Neill provided a detailed report of incidents that had occurred in the Saline and Steelend area over the past month. These included one case of sheep worrying, an attempted house breaking that was detected, the theft of a ladder from a garden, damage to a parked car and some disruptive behaviour by a group of youths. She continued by advising that lights should be left on in houses when people were out and outlined a scam where people were asked to enter a lottery in support of the Commonwealth Games. She added that people should make absolutely sure of the identity of callers before letting them into the house. The chair thanked Sgt Neill for her report and for attending the meeting.

The Treasurer reported that there was no change to the finances since the last meeting.

The Secretary outlined correspondence and planning applications received since the last meeting. These included planning applications for additional rooms at Bandrum Nursing Home and alterations to the listed Prestonfield House.

Fife Council had asked where warning signs about the consumption of alcohol should be displayed. It was considered that these signs should be placed at the Glen entrance, the bus turning circle and the bus stop on Main Street by Oaklea. The Secretary said she would respond to Fife Council.

The Secretary outlined an e-mail received from Sue Hamilton the secretary of the Charlestown, Limekilns and Pattiesmuir Community Council. This communication warned of the dangers to the environment from gas extraction. It was noted that an article on this subject had appeared in the Courier dated 18 February.

The Secretary concluded by saying that when she returns from holiday she intends to take up the matter of the deplorable state of the West Road recreation field with Fife Council.

Under Any Other Business, Peter Ball mentioned that Fiona Aitken was looking into the possibility of setting up a group to help local people suffering with Alzheimer's. The Chair said he would speak to Fiona about this. Peter Ball stated that he had received an extremely detailed analysis of the 2010 census statistics for the Saline area and on request, agreed to pass the link to the Chair.

The date of the next meeting is 25 March at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. Why not come along and have your say? Everyone is welcome. 

24-Hour Sponsored Craftathon! 

West Fife Art & Crafts Group are holding a 24-hour crafts event on March 15/16, in aid of local hospital charity Cash for Kids. Members of the group will be working on a selection of different craft activities from 10am on Saturday 15 March to 10am on Sunday 16 March, at Shieldbank Coffee Shop. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in; either bring your current project to work on, or try something new!

There will be craft activities for kids and a raffle with beautiful hand crafted prizes.

For more details phone Liz on 851493

Be An Advocate? 

The community council had a visit recently from Tom Bishop and Ewan Masson who came to chat about the work of Dunfermline Advocacy. Dunfermline Advocacy recruits local citizens, young and old, to act as Citizen Advocates for vulnerable people in their communities. This is to ensure these people’s voices are heard, their rights are upheld and to prevent social isolation. These Citizen Advocates do not need any specific experience or qualifications. They simply need to be caring, compassionate and keen to spend their time helping others. A Citizen Advocate can be matched with one person on a long-term basis or alternatively can help people with specific issues over several short term matches. If you know someone who may be able to benefit from Citizen Advocacy or if you would like to find out how to become a Citizen Advocate then please call 01383 624 382 or visit for more information. 

Joe Nelson 

A minute’s silence was observed at East End Park on Saturday 22 February in memory of Steelend's Joe Nelson. Joe, who passed away on Sunday 16 February, had been involved with the club as trainer and kit man since the 1960s. Many of the Dunfermline Athletic players and managers, past and present, have paid tribute to Joe. Jim Leishman said "He was a wonderful help to every manager of the club he worked with and to the hundreds of players who thought the world of him".

Joe was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame and the SPFA gave him one of the highest accolades possible with a special award for services to football.

Former managers Bert Paton, Dick Campbell and Jim McIntyre, together with the current first team squad and management, attended the funeral held at a packed Dunfermline crematorium on Monday 24 February.


Police Community Engagement Meeting 

The next meeting will be at 7pm on Thursday 20 March at the Oakley Community Centre. Marie Crane (852698) would be happy to provide a lift to any folk from the Saline or Steelend area who would like to attend.

Bandrum Nursing Home Update 

The fund-raising disco in October, attended by residents, staff, family and friends, was a great success, raising in excess of £400. The funds raised went towards the purchase of Christmas gifts for all our residents.

Zumba Gold has also started and all of Bandrum have the opportunity to participate every Wednesday afternoon.

The in-house Domino Championships finally drew to a conclusion with our very own resident Stan Brown winning the trophy for 2013.

There was much activity leading up to Christmas with trips to the theatre to see pantomimes as well as Christmas lunches and so on. In-house 'Shoogalie Road Productions' put on Jack and the Beanstalk along with the Salvation Army and local Brownie Group entertaining all with Christmas carols. All our outings were supported by our new vehicles Peugeot Expert and Renault Master. Both vehicles are adapted to take wheelchair users, giving all an opportunity to go out and about. On the day itself (Christmas) there was a visit by a red-suited, portly gent with white beard and black boots going around and wishing all a very merry Christmas and lavishing gifts on all.

The fishing season for 2014 is about to commence and Bandrum Nursing Home has a membership of Dunsmore Angling Club which allows keen anglers an opportunity to fish by Loch Dunsmore. It has landscaped areas for those in wheelchairs and facilities which support the disabled angler. Bandrum is also looking forward to a visit by 'Balloon Sculpture' which will take your breath away.

As part of Healthy Working Lives Week, Bandrum staged a number of events including advice and support on promoting a healthy lifestyle and is currently supporting a group of staff in giving up smoking – good luck to all!

In order to support the care and well being of our residents, Bandrum has recruited an additional Care Assistant and Domestic.

For further information about what we do you can access this information on our website at

Future Developments

Bandrum Management are currently planning a major upgrade of the home, including replacing part of the older building at Meadow View with a new unit for eight residents and café /activities centre, followed by making rooms at Orchard Park larger, creating a family room and adding more public space for the residents. The café will be open to residents, relatives and the wider community. These changes aim to improve the home for those staying here and bring Bandrum closer to the community

Upcoming events

Drop in Session – 6 March, 2.00pm to 4.00 pm. This is run by Jane Maskalyne from Alzheimer Scotland who will be offering information, support and help to anyone touched by Dementia. Please let us know if you will be coming as we will be putting on tea, coffee and cakes!

Bandrum Long Service Award On 13 March at 2.30 pm, Councillor Bobby Clelland will be presenting awards to our staff who have been with us for 10, 15, 20 and 25+ years!

Prize Bingo 23 April at 7.00 pm, held at Oakley Community Centre

National Care Home Open Day 20 June – more details to follow.

All events are open to all. Please let us know if you would like to come or, for more information, call 01383 851030 or visit our website 

Upcoming Events at Shieldbank 


Saturday 8 March at 7.30pm: Swiss Night. Tickets £20 (under 15s and over 65s £15)
10am Saturday 15 March to 10am Sunday16 March: Craftathon in aid of Cash For Kids.
Thursday 27 March, 7.00pm-9.00pm: Highland Dance Class. Tickets £5 including a drink


Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 April, 2.30pm-5.30pm: Shieldbank Riding Club Open Day. Entry Free.
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 April, 10.30pm-5.00pm: Craft Fair. Entry Free.
Saturday 26 April, 7.30pm: Folk Night. Tickets £8.
TBA: Ladies’ Pamper Party. Time TBA

All the above can be booked through Shieldbank Coffee Shop on 01383 852621.

Bulletin Articles

All contributions for inclusion in the Bulletin are welcome and should be submitted to

Jacquie Clapperton on

or by telephoning 852367.

Daytime Craft Group

This craft group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 2pm until 4pm, in Saline Church Hall; the next meetings will be on 11 and 25 March, followed by 8 and 22 April. Bring any sort of craft such as knitting, crochet, tapestry or quilting, enjoy the chatter and learn different techniques! 

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church News

Easter Celebrations

Sunday 13 April, 10.30am, Palm Sunday Service
Sunday 13 April , 7.00pm, Praise Service (with members of several other West Fife churches)
Friday 18 April, 7.00pm, Good Friday Service
Sunday 20 April, 8.30am, Prayer Pilgrimage (starting from the Church Hall)
Sunday 20 April, 9.30am, Easter Breakfast
Sunday 20 April, 10.30am, Easter Service
Monday 21 April, 7.30pm, Easter Reflections
All are welcome to join in any of these activities.

Restoration Fund Raising Events

Saturday 15 March, 10.00am- 1.00pm, Coffee Morning and Table Top Sale in the Church Hall
Friday 11 April, 6.30pm, Prize Bingo in Steelend Community Hall
Saturday 24 May, 10.00am-1.00pm, Swop Shop – adults’ and children's clothes, accessories, toys etc in good condition, in the Church Hall - £5. Refreshments on sale

Linked Living 

Linked Living is an organisation, based in Kirkcaldy and funded by the Scottish Government, to promote services in West Fife for the elderly, particularly for those who live alone or have problems with dementia. Some projects provide practical help or one-to-one befriending while others find providing opportunities for meeting and social interaction are more helpful. One such project is a social club, Real Living, which meets in High Valleyfield Community Centre on Tuesday mornings, operating successfully for the past year. The members and volunteers come from a wide area including Saline. The need for something similar here has been identified and the Linked Living staff are prepared to help get one started in the Church Hall. The Kirk Session have agreed this suggestion should be followed up and a meeting will be arranged in the next few weeks for anyone who is interested in being involved in any way - look out for further information about the time and place. 

A Saline Distillery 

On Saturday the 9th instant, Mr Morrison, supervisor, accompanied by Messrs Dick, Mackintosh, Reid, and Davidson, officers of Excise, discovered a very large illicit distillery about half a mile from the village of Saline, west of Fife, which consisted of two large stills, with worms and worm tubs, (one of the stills had been occasionally used as a mashing copper) one large. mash tun, which was charged at the time, and the worts running off; eight wash batches, six of which were full of wash, together with a complete set of the other necessary utensils for such an establishment; a large quantity of lowines, a quantity of grist, consisting. of oats and barley, all of which they completely burnt and destroyed. From a large hill of draff which lay close by and the appearance of the work, there is good reason to believe that this work has been carried on for a long time, and to a great extent. The men, who were employed at the distillery, having got notice of the approach of the officers, had fled.

The above was an article from the Caledonian Mercury dated Thursday 21 January 1819. This was unearthed during continuing research into the local history of our parish and my objective is to eventually publish a third edition of our book, Saline Parish, of Cabbages and Kings. If anyone has information, old letters or photograph, relating to the history of the parish, please let me know.

John Crane Tel: 852698 

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.

Forthcoming Meetings & Events:

Saline Primary School
Spring Church Service: 9.30-10.30am,
28 March, Saline Church
Spring Holiday: 3.00pm, 28 March until Friday 11 April inclusive
Good Friday Holiday: 18 April

Steelend Miners Social Club

Domino & pool competitions, Friday 9.00pm

Pilates, every Monday 6.15pm-7.00pm

Zumba, every Monday 7.00pm-8.00pm 

Sambangra Drumming, every Tuesday 7pm - 8.30pm, £2

Curry Night: 12 April, £10

Children's Disco and Hat Competition: 17 April

Ladies Night: 9 May

Prize Bingo: 19 June

Psychic Night: Date to be confirmed

Please note that the Steelend Gala Day is 2 August.

Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

Every Wednesday 7.30pm-9.00pm
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
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-12.00noon
Last Friday of month 7.00pm-9.00pm
Shieldbank Coffee Shop

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

Heritage Society

The Knights Templar
Rod McNeil
Wednesday 26 March
7.00pm for 7.30pm, Saline Church Hall

Community Council Meeting
Tuesday 25 March
7.30pm, Saline Community Centre 

Saline, Steelend & District SWRI
Make a Shambala Bracelet with Ann McNeill
Wednesday 2 April
7.15pm, Saline Community Centre
SWRI Spring Tea
Tombola/Plants/Bring & Buy 
April 26, 10.00am-12.00 oon
Saline Church Hall 

Saline Golf Club Coffee Morning & Easter Bonnet Competition
Saturday 19 April, 10.30am
Adults Section & Children's Section, 12 years & under 

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

Police Community Engagement Meeting

7.00pm, Thursday 20 March
Oakley Community Centre.

This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group