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Issue 27 June 2014

posted 4 Jun 2014, 18:30 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 6 Feb 2015, 11:04 ]

As some of you may already be aware, the Community Development Trust has been asked by the Community Council to represent Saline and Steelend on the recently-established steering group taking forward the ‘String of Pearls’ initiative, an ambitious project to create a network of paths across West Fife from Kincardine to Kelty. The intention is to link together all of the places of cultural, historical and environmental interest with paths that can be used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. At the last steering group meeting it was announced that Valleyfield Heritage Group has obtained a £10k grant from the Big Lottery Fund to appoint a consultant to carry out a feasibility study. The work will involve reviewing the existing path network, identifying the missing links, and preparing initial proposals for new sections of path. The work should be complete by the end of the year and provide a platform from which each of the West Fife villages can develop more detailed proposals for paths through and around their area for which further Lottery funding will be sought.

The proposed path project from Saline to Kinneddar Park, for which Saline Environmental Group obtained Lottery funding last year, will be an important link in the String of Pearls.

Unfortunately difficulties over access to the Forestry Commission land prevented the path going ahead but the Community Development Trust has been asked by the Community Council to resurrect the project and discussions with the Forestry Commission to resolve the access issues have been initiated with a view to making a fresh application for funding to the Big Lottery Fund later in the summer.

The Community Development Trust is seeking to establish a sub-group to take forward this initiative so if you have an interest in promoting and enabling access to the countryside please email or ring David Chisholm on 853168. 


The annual Saline Flower and Vegetable Show takes place on 6-7 September this year.

For the last few years we have been able to circulate a copy of the show schedule (click on the link, you'll find the downloadable schedule at the bottom of the page)  free to all residents of Saline thanks to the support of business who pay for advertising space. This year we have combined the schedule with the June bulletin. This has allowed the Horticultural Society to fund the June issue of the Bulletin and still make the schedule available to all for free. The show is open to all and as you will seem from the many schedule classes there is something for everyone.

You don’t have to be a prize vegetable or flower grower to take part. If you grow vegetables simply to eat and enjoy, then why not enter something for the fun of it. If gardening is not your thing, then look at the handicraft, baking or preserves sections; I’m sure you will find something of interest.

The show needs entries to fill the hall and taking part is what it’s all about; you just never know until you try. Let’s not forget the younger generation – there are lots of classes specifically for young people. Why not encourage your children to enter something this year?

I look forward to welcoming all exhibitors to this year’s show - regulars and I hope some new comers.

If anyone wants any advice, then why not give me a call on 852887 and I’ll be happy to help.

Gareth Turner 
Horticultural Society Chairman


From 5 to 15 June, artists and crafts people across central Scotland are again throwing open the doors of their studios and inviting you to come in, look, discuss and try your hand at the many and varied activities on offer.

This is the fifth year of the FVOS event which is growing in popularity with artists, local businesses and the general public. It is exciting and educational. Visitors are encouraged to explore the area and discover the rich diversity of creative talent that lives and works around us, often in lovely places.

Visit the web site and download the handy app suggesting interesting routes around the 80-plus venues.

Pick up a brochure from the Saline Post Office and go on a magical mystery tour or come to Drumfrosk Studio to see my latest works. As I was invited to exhibit in Kippen last year there are lots of new pieces to see, do, and talk about.

Marylla Ferguson

Editor's Note

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.


A lively Community Council meeting managed to provoke considerable debate.

Ongoing Issues

Progress has been made on a number of issues important to the community.

Overgrown Garden, Upper Kinneddar: While overhanging branches have been cut back, residents are concerned that the tall Leylandii hedge is dangerous. Fife Council is reluctant to take legal action and it appears that neighbours would have to apply and pay for it to be removed. The chair agreed to investigate further with Fife Council

Oakley Road Traffic Problems: Despite the many complaints from the community, Fife Council’s Transportation Service does not see a need for action. John Crane has asked them to meet him and Joan Featherstone to see at first hand the congestion outside the school. Cllr Bobby Clelland advised that plans are being prepared for a traffic calming scheme for construction later this year. More blobs of tar can presumably be anticipated.

Play Facilities: David Chisholm has met the “Saline Smilers” group and is aware of other parents seeking to improve play facilities for young children. Saline and Steelend Development Trust has agreed to give support

Disabled Access to Saline Cemetery: A meeting with Fife Council has been arranged to discuss several issues at the cemetery, mainly wheelchair access and availability of water

Blair House Opencast Site Restoration: The Community Council was disappointed that the restoration bond holders have been reluctant to meet Fife Council and noted that the council has appointed a legal firm to liaise with the insurers.

There is considerable concern over site security and police have had to remove children from the pond. Fencing is inadequate and the Community Council is concerned about public safety and will ask the Health and Safety Executive to investigate. The Community Council agreed that an open letter highlighting our feelings of disquiet should be sent to Fife Council’s Chief Executive.

A worrying development is that the Scottish Government has relaxed the rules regarding the distance of opencast sites from communities. This is particularly relevant here with coal known to be located beyond the current excavated areas. The Community Council is amazed that the Government should take such action given the anticipated costs of restoring existing sites

Bus Subsidies : Fife Council is consulting on bus subsidies in the South Fife area. Questionnaires are available at Dunfermline Bus Station or on Fife Direct. On 19 June an information bus will be at Main Street, Saline between 9.15am and 9.45am, and in Steelend between 9.45am and 10.15am. Fife Council staff will be available for discussions.

Further information can be obtained on the Community Web Site

Turbines: The revised application for a turbine at Lockshaw Moss has been approved. The greater output means that the community fund will increase to £6000 annually. A Trust is being formed to distribute this income, probably via the West Fife Villages Community Councils Forum.

Congestion On Main Street: Complaints have been made about parking problems around the shop and car sales. David Chisholm offered to speak to the businesses concerned.

Fife Voluntary Action: Alan Fowler advised on FVA’s activities. The organisation was established about eighteen months ago and is a merger of three previous bodies. It is funded by Fife Council and the Scottish Government to provide support services to communities. Organisational development and capacity building are key roles.

[Please also see separate article for full police report.]
Complaints have been received about teenagers gathering in the Glen with associated anti-social behaviour. It was felt that this is a matter for the police and was reported to the Police Community Engagement meeting by Marie Crane. This has been taken on board and patrolling will now be a priority.

Japanese Knotweed: Outbreaks of this plant have been noted in Saline and give cause for complaint as it is highly invasive and destructive. While it is an offence to spread it, there is no action that can be taken to force landowners to eradicate it. Consequently, the Community Council is checking the location of the outbreaks and try to establish the cost of eradication

Saline and Steelend Development Trust:
[Please see separate article for the full report of the Trust.] 

Next Community Council Meeting 

Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in discussions. The next meeting is at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre on Tuesday 24 June. Why not come along?

Something to promote?

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


Christian Aid

Many thanks to all who contributed in any way to the recent fund-raising for Christian Aid. As a result of the special event on 14 May and various donations, over £800 has been raised locally and will be put to good use in some of the emergency aid and development projects with which Christian Aid is involved nationally.

Church Services

Every Sunday at 10.30am (Children leave after the first part of the service for their own group in the Hall.)

Sunday 22 June: Presentation of books to the children to mark the end of the Sunday School Session. (NB During the summer provision is made for the children in the Hall each Sunday.)

Friday 27 June: 9.30am, Saline Primary School End of Term Service. (Refreshments will be available in the Hall after the service.)

Sunday 29 June: Celebration of Holy Communion.

Other Events

Family Fun Day and BBQ, Saturday 21 June, 11.00am-2.00pm, Church Hall and Grounds
Games, Competitions, Face-painting, Crafts, Cake Stall and Tombola; Refreshments on Sale.
BBQ tickets £2.00, obtainable in advance from Pat Bagnall, Janette Macnaught and Joanna Lawrence.
Entertainment by the Drumming Group
Heritage Centre Exhibition open
All welcome (NB: Young children should be accompanied by an adult)

Garden Party, Saturday 9 August, 2.00 -4.00pm, Carradale Oakley Road.
Afternoon Tea, Games on the Lawn, Raffle.
Admission £5
Dress for the occasion!

Holiday Club, Monday 11-Friday 15 August, 10.00 -12.30pm, Church Hall, children P1-P7. (See posters for further information.)


27 May 2014

Mr S Grimmond
Chief Executive
Fife House
Glenrothes KY7 5LT

Dear Mr Grimmond,

Blair House Opencast Site 

On the 30 May last year I wrote to you to highlight our concerns regarding the situation at the Blair House Opencast site. We received an acknowledgement to this letter but nothing further. I enclose a copy of this letter for information.

A Blair House Opencast liaison meeting was held in early May. This was a good month following the cardinal date of 31 March, the date when the bond relating to this operation, could be called in.

Following this liaison meeting I received a report from Mr D Arneil, who was appointed by the Saline & Steelend Community Council as our representative at these meetings. Mr Arneil informed me that the information from Fife Council was that they could not see any legal reason why the bond would not be provided by the Sun Alliance Insurance Co. It appears, however, that the insurance company is unwilling to enter into any discussions concerning this bond.

Mr Arneil added said that he had questioned KPMG on why they had stopped pumping water from the pond as this would increase to restoration costs that would be paid by the bond. He also highlighted the inadequate safety fence surrounding the pond.

This question of safety had been raised previously as the only barrier is a low wire strand fence that wouldn't deter a granny. Warning posters and lifesaving equipment is not in evidence. A further worrying aspect is that at the Police Community Engagement Meeting held on 22 May, we were informed that young people had been observed swimming in the pond.

In my previous letter, attached, I highlighted Land Engineering Services who are operating a successful opencast site close to the Blair House site. It seems common sense that KPMG should enter into negotiations with Land Engineering Services whilst they still have their earth moving machinery next door to the Blair house site.

When this application was submitted by UK Coal, there was considerable opposition to the operation by both the local community council and the Kinneddar Park & Cowstrandburn Residence Association. As you will appreciate, the community generally and the residents of Kinneddar Park and Cowstrandburn in particular, are extremely unhappy and dissatisfied with the way this situation has and is being handled. We would request that Fife Council take urgent action to facilitate the early restoration of this site.

Yours sincerely

John Crane 
Chair - Saline & Steelend Community Council 


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

Jacquie Clapperton on

or by telephoning 852367


The British Council Film Collection is an archive of over 120 short documentary films made by the British Council during the 1940s, designed to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played. Preserved and digitised by the BFI National Film Archive, the films are now available online.

One film in particular may be of interest to local folk. This is a film that describes the early days of the Comrie Colliery mine. This sixteen-minute film is described:

A modern colliery in Scotland, situated in unspoilt country instead of an ugly mining town, has up-to-date machinery, the latest ventilation and safety devices, and new methods in mining practice. The surface buildings of this model colliery are built on symmetrical lines.

To access the film, go to:     


The possibility of setting up a 100 Club to raise money for local groups has been mentioned previously in the Bulletin but, following further discussion, it has been agreed that Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust should act as promoter and administrator, using the Small Lotteries Licence held by the Community Council.

The Trust is seeking 100 local people prepared to pledge £1 each week. Approximately half the proceeds will be distributed as monthly cash prizes, with the winner pocketing £100. The remainder of the money will be distributed at the Trust’s discretion to local organisations.

If you would like to register to be a member please email or ring Kay Jackson on 853168. 


Calls And Crimes Reported

A total of eight calls were received between 29/04/2014 and 23/05/2014 for the area with no crimes being recorded.

Notable Crimes/Detections/Incidents

There have been a number of deployments using the speed gun throughout the West Fife Villages area. PC Wilson and PC Chandler cycled up to Saline on 21/5/2014 and used the speed gun in the village. There were no offences recorded, their visible presence was clearly a deterrent to motorists.

All Community Officers stationed at Oakley are aware of the recent anti-social behaviour at the Primary School and will carry out patrols in the area.


Operation Tusker – This operation took place 5-26 May with officers being deployed to provide a proactive and effective response to combat predicted seasonal increases in crime and disorder that occurs in May year on year. The initiative utilises a range of measures and incorporates partnership working, prevention methods and enforcement. The emphasis is on reducing violent crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour, including alcohol-related violence.

Joint Surgeries

Joint surgeries are held monthly with Councillor Willie Ferguson and Councillor Kate Stewart in Kincardine and High Valleyfield. The next surgeries are:
    · Kincardine – 31/5/2014 (venue change, within the Senior Citizens Club)
    · High Valleyfield – 27/5/2014

‘Coffee With Cops’

On an ad hoc basis, West Fife Villages staff drop into the coffee afternoon held in the Church Hall in Limekilns and at the coffee shop within the walled gardens in Devila Forest. Discussions to pursue similar visits are on-going with Mr Ball the Session Clark in Saline with a view to attending the Church Coffee Morning and at Fairley’s Garden Centre in Cairneyhill.

Community Engagement Priorities

At the meeting held on 22 May it was agreed that Saline Glen would be a policing priority.
Next Community Engagement Meeting
Thursday 24 July, 7.00pm, Oakley Community Centre.

Contact Details

Inspector Ian Flynn,, 01383 318911
Sergeant Jillian Neill,, 01592 251184
PC Paul Sherriff,, 101
PC Ian Rushford,, 101
PC Kirsty Orrock,, 101
PC Mike Harvey,, 101
PC Gill Wilson,, 101
PC Kev Chandler,, 101

Forthcoming Meetings & Events: 

Steelend Miners’ Club

Zumba: Mondays, 7.00pm-8.00pm
Zumba Toning: Wednesdays, 7.00pm-7.45pm
Prize Bingo: 19 June.
Drumming Group, Tuesdays, 7.00pm-8.30pm, £2

Please note that the Steelend Gala Day is 2 August

Saline Golf Club

Tuesdays: Bingo Night, 7.30pm
Thursdays: Quiz Night, 8.30pm, entry £1 per person
Sky TV and free wi-fi. Associate membership £10 per annum, £4 concessions
Q’zine Catering: also available for all functions. Catering opening hours are Wednesday 4.30-9pm, Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 12-4pm .

Saturday 28 June: live entertainment. 

Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
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

Saline Environmental Group
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 18 June, 7.30pm, Saline Community Centre.

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

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

Police Community Engagement Meeting
Thursday 24 July
7.00pm, Oakley Centre

Holiday Huts Meeting
Wednesday 11 June
3.00pm-7.00 pm, Saline Community Centre

Shieldbank Events
Wednesday 11 June: Chocolate-Making Workshop, 10.00am-12.30pm, £24.00 including lunch.
Thursday 17 June: Jewellery-Making Workshop, 10.00am-12.30pm(-ish).
Flexible dates in July: Shieldbank Riding Holidays and Pony Days, by arrangement.
Saturday 2 August: Swiss Night, 7.30pm, £20 (under 15 and over 65 £15)
Monday 18 August: Shieldbank Riding Club Summer Competition, afternoon and evening
All the above can be booked through Shieldbank Coffee Shop on 01383 852621.

Kelty & Blairadam Parish Church
Friday 27 June: 9.30am, Saline Primary School End of Term Service.
Sunday 29 June: Celebration of Holy Communion.
Family Fun Day and BBQ, Saturday 21 June, 11.00am-2.00pm, Church Hall and Grounds
Garden Party, Saturday 9 August, 2.00 -4.00pm, Carradale Oakley Road. Admission £5

Holiday Club,
Monday 11-Friday 15 August, 10.00 -12.30pm, Church Hall, children P1-P7

This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group