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Issue 45 March 2016

posted 2 Mar 2016, 19:44 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 9 Jun 2016, 17:18 ]

The Community Futures exercise carried out back in 2011 established the steps that needed to be taken to secure a sustainable future for Saline and Steelend.
Since then many individuals, groups and businesses have contributed to putting some of these ideas into practice. Their efforts need to be recognised and celebrated.

However, the foundations for this recent activity were created many years back and carried forward by a small number of people working tirelessly through the Community Council, the Church, and other local groups and organisations. Amongst these are two people who have recently stepped down from their previous roles and who have, over a period of several decades, contributed an enormous amount to our community.

On Friday 22 April at 6.30pm, everyone living in the parish of Saline and Steelend is invited to gather at Saline Golf Club to recognise and celebrate the work of John Crane and Jim Hensman. It will also be an opportunity to reflect on the work of other individuals and groups. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be provided but we hope that those attending will stay on after the formalities and support the Golf Club by a drink from the bar (before walking home) or having a meal.

Please put this date in your diaries.


The 10th Exhibition of Art and Photography will take place in the Saline Community Centre on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May 2016.

This is an OPEN exhibition. Entry is free and, anyone can enter a picture. So don't be shy! Look out your paints! Dust off your camera! And get busy! Let's make this another exhibition to be proud of.

Bring your pictures to the Community Centre on the afternoon of Friday 20 May and hand them over to the organisers. We guarantee to hang everything we have space for.

Any problems or questions, let me know and I will do my best to help you. Contact me on or telephone me on 01383 851868.

Marylla Ferguson 
Exhibition Manager 


Both the Beaver Colony and Cub Pack are continuing to grow, which is indeed good news. If anyone is thinking of joining either of these sections, they should do so soon before all the available places are snapped up.

In March, the Beaver Colony is hoping to attend the District Sleepover, details of which are still to be confirmed. Their next outing will be a trip in April to the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Meanwhile the rest of the group of Cubs, Scouts and Explorers are looking forward to the District Swimming Gala on Sun 20 March at the Carnegie Leisure Centre.

Last week, the Explorers attended the District Explorer Quiz and acquitted themselves well. They made it to the final four but lost out in the buzzer-based final round. They were helped by a good knowledge of films and TV shows.

As the Beaver and Cub Sections are growing we are desperately short of Assistant Leaders to support the Section Leaders. Full training is given for these roles after the usual checks. For more details contact the Group Scout Leader.

Peter Philp 
Group Scout Leader 
01383 852612 
116th Fife Scout Group 
Registered Charity Number SC031132


On Friday 18 March, NHS Fife are promoting an event in the Glen Pavilion in Dunfermline that will provide the opportunity for anyone over the age of 65 to engage in a discussion about what improvements and changes need to be made to make Dunfermline an ‘age-friendly’ city. The event runs from 10.00am to 3.00pm and lunch will be provided. We don’t suppose they will be demanding to see birth certificates or bus passes so if this topic interests you please consider going along.

To book places or get more information contact Hazel Cunningham at Lynebank Hospital on 565440 or email her at

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The February Community Council meeting was less well attended than previous meetings but nevertheless there was animated discussion across a wide range of topics.


The Community Council is continuing to press BT to deliver the improvements to our broadband service that were promised several years ago. An Upper Kinneddar resident has succeeded in getting a written response from BT but it simply expresses the same tired old promises made previously. April is now the date by which ‘superfast broadband’ might be available in Saline but what about people in outlying areas?

North Road Play Park

The group of young parents that has come together to develop proposals for upgrading play facilities across the community is determined take their ideas further but for the moment the flooding of the North Road play park is something of a distraction. Claire Lovatt from Fife Council attended a meeting of the toddlers’ group a few weeks ago and Cllr Kate Stewart is providing support. Scottish Water continue to ignore requests for them to attend a meeting with local representatives, Fife Council and SEPA to seek a solution to the flooding problem which is now seen as a health hazard.

Bus Service

Efforts to get representatives of Stagecoach to attend a meeting to review the timings of the bus service continue. It is accepted that it is unlikely that additional services will be introduced but small adjustments to timings to ensure that connections are not missed could be valuable.

Planning and Development

Kingdom Housing Association have at last obtained their Building Warrant and completed other agreements. Work to construct 55 affordable homes should start on site after Easter. The Community Council will continue to press Fife Council to ensure that the path across the park that KHA are required to provide takes a route that is most beneficial to both new and existing residents. 
 Meanwhile, work to construct the ‘sustainable urban drainage’ system that will serve the development continues and Allanwater have commenced site preparation for the 80 homes they will be building across the road. The number of objections to the proposed development behind The Glebe will ensure that the application will be determined by the Planning Committee rather than a delegated decision by a planning officer. The position of the Community Council remains that the access arrangements are entirely unsatisfactory and that back-land development in this location is completely inappropriate. The Community Council have been in touch with Gladman Developments to ask if they still intend to submit a planning application for the West Road site. Their response was that the land is in the Local Plan and their file remains open, but they are not at the stage of developing proposals. Elsewhere in the parish, Fife Council planning enforcement team are investigating complaints from people living near Blairingone about noise from the nearby woodchip production facility.

West Craighouse Farm

The application for a wind turbine on West Craighouse Farm land in a prominent location to the west of Saline is still under consideration but Fife Council have granted planning permission for a house on the site where the wind monitoring mast stands. A condition of the permission is that it is occupied by a farm worker.

Nether Kinneddar Lodge

Fife Council planners continue to oppose an application from the owners of Nether Kinneddar Lodge for a change of use for one of the two buildings to provide ’holiday lets’ on road safety concerns raised by the transportation department. The Community Council is supportive of the applicants’ efforts to create something which will benefit visitors to our area, but recognises that vehicle access is problematic. However, the owners have undertaken to ensure that cars enter the property from the Saline direction, and do not turn right when coming up from Oakley. It is also felt that the reclassification will not significantly increase the number of vehicle turning in and out and paradoxically the owners have been advised by planners that if they had said the property was for ‘bed and breakfast’ a planning application for a change of use would not be required!

Cancer Concerns

A number of residents have drawn attention to what seems a disproportionate number of people from our community being diagnosed with cancer over recent years. The Community Council has been in touch with NHS Fife and the consultant for public health has undertaken to look at the figures for our area and provide a report for the March meeting.

A number of other matters reported at the Community Council are included elsewhere in this Bulletin. 


Some of you will already have visited the new Brightside Café at Bandrum Care Home and know of their interest in encouraging its use by the wider community. To this end they are seeking to appoint a Social Enterprise Café Manager. It would be great if a local person is appointed. The post is part time and the job description can be viewed at You can also ring 851030 or email to register an interest or get more information. 


Adult bodies required for Badminton on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Wednesday afternoons in Saline Community Centre. No experience is needed. Some bodies already attending are getting a little decrepit therefore new blood is required! Just turn up and you will be warmly welcomed. 


Flooding and poor drainage is an issue in many places around Saline and Steelend, and particularly acute in the play park on North Road, Saline. The Community Council has been successful in getting Ian Jones from Fife Council, who has particular responsibility for these issues, to attend the next meeting on 29 March. We are hoping too that we can get someone from Scottish Water to attend. Their failure to maintain and invest in sewers may be contributing to the problem. In the meantime. Fife Council environmental health officers have confirmed that they will investigate the North Road flooding problem and establish whether there are public health concerns. 


And, no, we’re not talking about the Community Council meetings either. Both villages’ clubs have live entertainment on this month so come along for great nights out. 
In addition to their bingo on Tuesday nights and the quiz on Thursday nights, Saline Golf Club has vocalist Carla on Saturday 5 March at 8.00pm; tickets are £3.00, available from the bar beforehand or on the door on the night. 
On Friday 25 March, vocalist Kenny is appearing at the Steelend Miners Club; tickets are £3 including a “bite to eat” and times are 9.00pm to midnight. 
Also, watch this space for more entertainment coming your way in April! 


Representatives from Saline and Steelend and other west Fife villages were recently invited to a report back from the Scottish Government/Fife Council Task Force considering the short and long term future of Longannet power station which closes next month. Whilst the efforts being made to protect the interests of those who have worked there and to consider the economic impacts on businesses whose livelihoods have been dependent on the power station are welcomed, there is disappointment that there is as yet no ‘vision’ for this strategically important site. 
 Much more effort needs to be made to engage with local communities and other stakeholders not only from west Fife but from across the central belt, to create that ‘vision’. People attending the meeting drew attention to the potential transformational effect of utilising the railway line to connect Fife to Glasgow, or the retention and adaptation of the turbine hall for new uses of national importance, for example a centre for Scottish film production and other creative industries. We need to be ambitious. The Community Council has written to Fife Council encouraging a much greater level of engagement.

Our Sonsors

This edition of the Bulletin is being sponsored by the Saline & Steelend Development Trust


The difficulty that some people have obtaining prescriptions from the pharmacy in Oakley now that it is no longer possible to collect them from Saline post office has been raised again. The Community Council has spoken to the pharmacy and they have asked us to point out again that they will deliver to people who have genuine difficulties getting down to Oakley, either because they do not have access to a car or because of mobility problems. However, they resent delivering to homes where there is a car standing in the driveway or the recipient is out walking the dog. 
If you, or someone you know, really need prescriptions delivered please speak to the pharmacy and/or your GP.


The Wednesday Coffee Morning continues each week in the Church Hall from 10.30am to 12noon. The Craft Group meet on Tuesdays 8 and 22 March between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. The next Guild meeting is on Monday 7 March at 7.30 pm when there will be a Discussion on Conflict Resolution. The meeting on 21 March will be led by the Rev Douglas Aitken on Reflections for Holy Week. The Walking Group have outings on 5 March to Whitegates and Culross and Bridging the Forth on 19 March. All interested are welcome to join in these events - fuller details will be found in the Church Newsletter or on the website

Sunday 6 March - The Annual Stated Meeting of the congregation will take place after the morning service

Easter Celebrations

March 20 Palm Sunday Service - 10.30am
March 25 Good Friday Service - 7.00pm
March 27 Easter Prayer Walk - meet at Church Hall at 8.30am
Breakfast in Church Hall - 9.30am (followed by egg decorating etc)
Easter Service - 10.30am (Special offering for World Mission Build a House in Nepal project}
April 3 Service of Holy Communion - 10.30am


Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland have announced the 2016 date for The Loch Leven Walkathon. Taking place on Sunday 13 March, there will be a choice of three walking routes, 6km, 11km and 13 miles. Set along the stunning Loch Leven Heritage Trail, the walk is in its sixth successful year and has raised a staggering £45,000 so far for the charity. All routes start and finish at the Boathouse Bistro in Kinross, have fantastic views and follow well-maintained, signposted, traffic-free footpaths. The 6km and 11km routes are suitable for all ages and fitness levels and the 13 mile walk is available for those aged 13 and above. Come along for some fun and healthy exercise on Sunday 13 March by signing up for the walk and paying the small entry fee (£10 for adults, £5 for young people 5 – 17, under 5s free) – and raise money for a great cause at the same time! Please note that spaces are limited for the 13mile walk so register quickly.

A new addition for 2016 will be a family Easter Egg Hunt. Can you beat the bunny and solve the clues to find the eggs? A great day out for all the family and an Easter Egg is included for all young participants. You might be lucky and spot the Easter Bunny!

With your support the charity can improve lives for the almost half a million Scots affected by chest, heart and stroke illness. Enter online now at or call into the CHSS charity shops in Leven, Kirkcaldy, Anstruther or Cowdenbeath.

All contributions for inclusion in the Bulletin are welcome and can be submitted to Jacquie Clapperton on   or by telephoning 852367. 


Steelend Miners’ Club

Zumba: Mondays, 7.00pm-8.00pm
Zumba Toning: Wednesdays, 7.00pm-7.45pm
Live Entertainment: Brilliant vocalist Kenny, Saturday 25 March, 9.00pm-midnight, tickets £3.00 including a bite to eat.
Sambangra Drumming Group, Tuesdays, 7.00pm-8.30pm, £2

Saline Golf Club

First Saturday of each month: Family Night, 5-7pm
Tuesdays: Bingo Night, 7.30pm
Thursdays: Quiz Night, 8.30pm, entry £1/person
Live Entertainment: Vocalist Carla, Saturday 5 March, 8.00pm, tickets £3.00.
Sky TV and free wi-fi. Associate membership £10 per annum, £4 concessions
Q’zine Catering: also available for all functions. 

YOGA, Saline Church Hall, every other Tuesday (next session: 15th March), 3pm - 4.15pm, £5

Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

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

Carnock Community Centre, Camps Road, Carnock. Open to both boys & girls

Community Council Meeting
29 March, 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre

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

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

Fitness with Lesley Halstead
Thursday mornings, 10.00 am
Saline Community Centre

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

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Guild: 7 & 21 March 7.30pm
Easter Celebrations
March 20 Palm Sunday Service - 10.30am
March 25 Good Friday Service - 7.00pm
March 27 Easter Prayer Walk - meet at Church Hall at 8.30am
Breakfast in Church Hall - 9.30am (followed by egg decorating etc)
Easter Service - 10.30am (Special offering for World Mission Build a House in Nepal project}
April 3 Service of Holy Communion - 10.30am

Afternoon Craft Group
Every second Tuesday from 8 March
2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall

Country Dancing
Mondays, 7.00pm
Saline Community Centre

Shieldbank Coffee Shop
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 9.30am-6.00pm.
Coffee/Tea/Cakes or Lunch
Vegetarians, Vegans and Coeliacs catered for
Meeting place for local clubs/groups
Events: Birthday parties & evening functions
Home Baking can be ordered and carried out

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
Riding lessons Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all year
Equestrian Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback)
Pony Days on 25th, 30th and 31st March
First Event of the Year: Open Day Saturday March 26th, 10 am till 4 pm.

Celebrating John and Jim
Recognising and celebrating those who have served our community, particularly John Crane and Jim Hensman.
Friday 22 April, 6.30pm, Saline Golf Club.
Tea, coffee and soft drinks provided; alcohol and meals available to purchase from the bar.

This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group