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Issue 29 August 2014

posted 6 Aug 2014, 20:18 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 6 Feb 2015, 11:02 ]


What is a Dead Man's Penny? Why is the house at the top of Main Street called "Maroc? What did the Mellon family do in the Great War? How many men from the area went off to fight in WW1?

The answers to these questions, and many others, can be found in the museum in the old Session House at Saline Church where there is an excellent presentation showing how WW1 affected the people who were then living in Saline and the surrounding areas. Tina Chapman has been instrumental in carrying out detailed research and putting together an informative display with the assistance of Dave Hatton.

Its normal opening hours are - every Wednesday 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon and every Sunday 11.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. However, we realise that it might be more convenient for some people to visit in the evening or on another day, so we are prepared to have special openings on request.

If you would like to take advantage of this offer, contact Tina Chapman on 852235 or Jane Roxburgh on 852677. Get together with your neighbours, family members (from the village or outside the village) or members of any organisation you belong to. We will try to accommodate you!

The premises are rather small so we recommend groups should be no more than eight in size so that viewing the displays is practical.


Church Services

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

Other Events

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.)

Sale of Garden Produce, Saturday 27 August, 10.00-12.30pm, South Burnside Farm on the Saline-Blairingone road (carry on from North Road). If you have a glut, please bring your leftover lettuces or rhubarb remainders for sale!

All church groups, such as the Brownies, the country dance group and the craft group will be starting up again after the summer break. The first meeting of the Guild will be on 10 September. Sunday School will start again after the end of the school holidays.

Please 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.


The Community Council did not have a meeting in July but there are a few things of interest to report. 

Steelend’s Rare Habitat
From Donald Murdoch

Motorists driving through Steelend will be blissfully unaware of the rare and important habitat opposite the football ground car park. Steelend Moss is an elongated raised bog and adjacent fen. It is a small but relatively intact raised bog and is one of the few remaining bogs in Fife that has not been afforested, though is now almost fully wooded due to natural regeneration. It is also the only known example in the region with a basin fen in close proximity. A representative and diverse range of vegetation types is present with an unusually large number of plant species, several of which are scarce either nationally or in Fife.

The long-term plan for the site is to maintain and enhance the moss to an “active” raised bog with associated vegetation and to retain the fen and its associated species in a favourable condition by:

· Clearing and removing trees from the central and northern part of the raised bog to reduce their drying effect through transpiration.

· Managing marginal drainage to maintain and restore a high water-table within the site

· Controlling tree and scrub regrowth across the site to prevent further drying

· To maintain the open bog and fen habitats. This will also reduce shading of the Sphagnum Moss (the essential building block of bogs) to allow it to grow more quickly.

· Preventing the build up of rank vegetation on the fen allowing a variety of less dominant plants to survive.

The first stage of this is an application to Forestry Commission Scotland for a felling licence to remove many of the low value trees. Saline and Steelend Community Council has been asked to comment and this will be discussed at the next Community Council meeting. Its chair, John Crane, remarked “Given the importance of the site and the fact that these works are required to preserve the site’s status, I cannot see anything other than support. I’m sure that the Community Council would also like to investigate how local people can be involved and obviously we will be consulting our colleagues and friends from the Saline Environmental Group.” 

Saline Golf Club Prize Bingo Night

Previous issues of this Bulletin have highlighted the importance of the golf club to our community and the need to raise funds. Activities are planned and one of these is a Prize Bingo Night on Monday 18th August at 7.30pm. June Ilderton has been busy collecting prizes but could do with more. If you have anything that you could contribute, please contact June at or telephone 853653. Please come along and help ensure the survival of the golf club.

Elsewhere in the club, the Thursday evening quizzes continue to be popular with a welcome number of new patrons. Entry is only £1 per person and is a pleasant way to pass an hour or two. There is still scope for new teams or for people on their own to join existing quizzers. 

Saline 20mph Zone: Traffic Calming Scheme 

The following information has been received from Fife Council:

With respect to the above, Fife Council Transportation and Environmental Services are to carry out speed reduction measures on Oakley Road and North Road. These measures will involve the construction of three sets of speed cushions on Oakley Road, with a further two sets of cushions and one speed hump on North Road. Please see drawing 01/R71702/001 for locations. The works are programmed to start on 8 September 2014 and last for five days. Should you require any further information regarding the construction of these measures, please contact Mark Burns on or on 03451 555555 Ext:493674.

Note: Plans showing the locations of the various traffic calming features may be downloaded from the bottom of the Community Council page on this site.

Turbine News 

A planning application has been submitted in order to build two wind turbines at Knockhill Racing Circuit. This application will be discussed at the next Community Council meeting on 28 August.

We have also been informed that the developer (REG), whose application for five large turbines at Outh Moor was rejected by Fife Council, has appealed to the Scottish Government.

Police Matters 

Police have recently received calls regarding theft and damage being caused at Woodend Park, the former football ground outside Steelend. Enquiries are underway and local youths have been identified as having attended the park, causing damage and removing property. Please be advised that this area is now subject to extra attention and is under surveillance. Police ask that only persons attending there for appropriate reasons, such as playing football, enter the park. Any further complaints involving this area will be dealt with accordingly.

The dates of the next two Community Engagement Meetings are 11 Sept and 13 November, and will be held at Oakley Community Centre at 7pm. PC Ian Rushford will be attending both of these meetings. These meetings are open to the general public. If anyone has any concerns or questions relating to police matters they should attend one of these meetings. 


A meeting was held in the old graveyard on Tuesday 5 August for those interested in helping SEG and the Heritage Society to maintain it during the summer months.  If you missed the meeting and would like to help out, please contact Linda Moyes. All this would involve is clearing any weeds and undergrowth, picking up stray litter and a general tidy up before winter, probably three or four times during the summer months. Rewards will be a tidy graveyard and a seat on one of the lovely benches.

SEG would like to thank Liz Mills for her hard work in weeding and tidying the wildflower beds at Oaklea and to Jackie Kerr for arranging the planting of wildflowers throughout the village; residents have commented on how beautiful they look.

Finally, there was a fantastic turn out of people to help tidy up the Glen recently, so many thanks from SEG to everyone involved.

SEG are holding an open meeting on Wednesday 10 September at 7pm in Saline Community Centre to formalize the Constitution and to discuss any ideas for enhancing the village which SEG could consider taking forward.


Hot off the press is the news that George Davidson will be escorted for the judging of the many hanging baskets, patio gardens, containers, flower and vegetable gardens entered in the various competitions during the week of 12 August on a fine weather afternoon. Good luck to all who have entered.

With the marvellous spell of weather we have been having, several of the categories at the Show will be difficult to enter as all the produce will have been and gone, but conversely there will be other categories which will be able to attract more entries because they are ready, such as plums and apples. Copies of the Schedule can be downloaded from if you have mislaid the hard copy which came with the June issue of the Bulletin.

We hope that children of the village are also beginning to look at things they can create in the many sections for them, and perhaps the marvellous bakers of the village are running tasting trials of cakes made with at least one vegetable!

Editor's note

All contributions for inclusion in the Bulletin are welcome and

can be submitted to

Jacquie Clapperton on

or by telephoning 852367.

There is a detailed description of the walks and the registration form on the website,


Craigencalt Rural Community Trust is very pleased to announce that we will be holding a local Walking Festival in September. Paths are mostly hilly and with grand views over the Firth of Forth and also coastal walks along the Fife Coastal Path. There is a wealth of industrial heritage, history and remarkable geology to make our walks interesting, together with bird watching both inland and on the SSSI and special conservation sites of the coast. The big advantage is that virtually all the walks are very accessible by public transport – frequent buses and trains. Walk 14 is best accessed by car or cycle. Walks are free but because places are limited, you will need to register for walks through the website or by phone. To see the programme, check online at 


Classes are held in the Church Session Room on Tuesdays 4-5pm and Thursdays 6.30-8pm. Anybody interested?

At the end of last term Katie Bath, Sally Buchanan and Leah Thomson all gained awards for their dancing - well done, girls! An additional thank you goes to Julie who danced for us.

All the children at class took a spot at Dollar gala and did themselves, their parents and grandparents proud. Even if we did have a hiccup when the swords and radio all clattered onto the wooden floor!

Classes resume on Tuesday 19 August. All are welcome. If interested, contact Betty Thomson on  852610 or at 


The badminton groups still have room for more bodies at any of the sessions. No experience is needed as we as yet have not been invited to play at the Commonwealth Games! Drop-in sessions are on Mondays at 7.45pm and Wednesdays at 1.30pm and 7.30pm in the Saline Community Centre. 


We are now nearing the end of the school summer holidays. The Leadership Team, having rested over the holidays, are now preparing for the start of the new term.

Meetings will resume on Thursday/Friday 21/22 August. (See notices section of this bulletin for Section meeting times and further information).

We are still actively recruiting new members for all Sections particularly the Cub Pack. We also would welcome any adults who would like to join our Leadership Team (full training given).

Are you between 6 and 18 years old, looking for fun, friendship, activities, earning badges and lots more? Then Scouting is for You!!

If interested, please contact Peter Philp on  852612 or at 


You may recall my article (Boozah) on beer in the last month’s issue. Having started brewing beer at home just two years ago, my aim was simple - to brew a beer that would be as good as any real ale you might buy in a pub from real ingredients. I believe that objective has now been achieved with consistently good results from each batch of beer brewed.

I normally bottle the beer as it keeps longer and is more portable than a cask although this does make more work. As for the ingredients, I try to use Scottish grown and malted barley so where possible I use Golden Promise which meets both criteria, whereas the hops come from all over the world as this is makes such variety of flavours possible.

Recently I started to research the requirements that would enable me to legally sell my beer. Now the important thing is to determine if the beer is good enough to sell, would anyone want to buy it? Some market research is required and so this is where those of you who like beer could potentially help me.

I plan to have two different beers available for tasting at an upcoming event on 30 August here in Saline. From 2.00pm on Saturday August 30 at the Shieldbank Coffee Shop, continuing up from North Road, there will be a local produce fair. Marianne and Vic are hosting the event and I will be there with some beer.

Other producers taking part will offer fresh bread from a new local baker, smoked fish, jams and pickles and more……plus some craft stalls.

So if you like the idea of local produce and fancy an afternoon out why not come along? If it’s a nice day it’s an easy walk – just up North Road for about a mile. The Coffee Shop will also be open as usual.

Hope to see you there.



InspireFit Limited, Dunfermline run two classes on a Tuesday night in Saline Community Centre at 7.15pm (Beginner) and 8.15pm (Beginner/Intermediate). Both classes are suitable for beginners.

There are a few spaces left for the next block, starting August 19. The block runs for eight weeks and the cost is £52 for the block, payable in advance.

If you would like a space in either class, please contact Suzy on 07576 368231 or email Visit our website for more information on the benefits of Pilates.

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 

Forthcoming Meetings & Events: 

Steelend Miners’ Club
Zumba: Mondays, 7.00pm-8.00pm
Zumba Toning: Wednesdays, 7.00pm-7.45pm
Sambangra Drumming: Tuesdays, 7.00pm-8.30pm, £2

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.

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
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

Community Council Meeting
Tuesday 26 August
7.30pm, Saline Community Centre

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

Shieldbank Events
Monday 18 August: Shieldbank Riding Club Summer Competition, afternoon and evening 

Saturday 30 August: Harvest Festival. Market, 2.00pm (entry free). Dinner, 7.00pm, £25. The meal will consist entirely of local produce cooked by the stallholders. 
The evening will round off with music provided by The Morgan Lee Band.
All the above can be booked through Shieldbank Coffee Shop on  852621.

Saline & Blairadam Parish Church
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
Sale of Garden Produce, Saturday 27 August, 10.00am-12.30pm, South Burnside Farm.

Police Community Engagement Meeting
Thursday 11 September
7.00pm, Oakley Centre

Saline Golf Club
Prize Bingo Night
Wednesday 20 August.

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