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Issue 46 April 2016

posted 8 Apr 2016, 13:27 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 10 Sep 2017, 11:55 ]
Celebrating John Crane’s and Jim Hensman’s Contribution To Village Life 

As mentioned in last month’s Bulletin, everyone living in Saline and Steelend is invited to gather at Saline Golf Club at 6.30pm on Friday 22 April to recognise and celebrate the contribution that John Crane and Jim Hensman have made to our community over a period of more than twenty years. It will also be an opportunity to acknowledge the role of other individuals and groups in enriching village life. Tea and coffee will be available from 6.00pm and the bar will be open. Meals will be available from 5.00pm and also after the formalities. Places are limited so if you would like to eat at the Golf Club please telephone the Club in advance. 

March Community Council Meeting 

There was disappointment that Ian Jones, Lead Professional from Fife Council Transportation and Environment Services, was unable to attend the meeting to discuss issues around drainage and sewers, and the consequent flooding problems that arise around our area. However, there was plenty of lively discussion around other items on the agenda.

The meeting was pleased to learn that the Play Area Group is making some progress in resolving the flooding problems at the playground on North Road. The waters have subsided and Fife Council have undertaken to jet the drains which they believe may have been blocked. Arrangements are in hand to formally constitute the group which will receive more than £1500 from donations made in memory of local mum and grandmother Donna Chesby who died recently, and from a collection in her name taken at the school end-of-term church service.

The poor bus service continues to aggravate many people and Cllr Stewart’s efforts to arrange a meeting with Fife Council and Stagecoach are being ignored. It was noted that the planning application for new housing off North Road behind The Glebe are scheduled to go to committee on 27 April. There are a substantial number of objections on the Council website and concerned local residents will be petitioning councillors who serve on the committee before the meeting.

Residents from Saline and Steelend had attended the Dunfermline: An Age-Friendly City event and participated in workshops to identify the measures necessary to achieve this. High on the list of priorities was public transport improvements. Our community has also been represented at the report back of the Longannet Task Force, and at the West Fife Villages meeting which reviewed the action plan emerging from the Longannet report. There is concern that little effort is being made to engage with local communities to create a ‘vision’ for the reuse of the site which is of national, strategic importance. Local interest in re-opening the Longannet railway line to create a passenger connection from Alloa through to Edinburgh achieved coverage on national radio and television.

However, there was disappointment that unless people willing to take on the responsibility come forward, Saline Gala will not take place for a second year running. Like other village institutions, it has for far too long relied on the efforts of a small but dedicated group of local people.

The planning application for a Remembrance Garden on land at Bandrum created the longest discussion at the meeting. From a small parking area just off the road a small path would meander up the steep slope through the woodland, along which relatives would scatter a loved-one’s ashes. A previous application for a natural burial area on the same land was rejected several years ago on the grounds of unsatisfactory access arrangements. For the current application the applicant has commissioned a report from a leading transportation engineer that seeks to demonstrate that the appropriate conditions in terms of visibility splays at the entrance can be met by a slight repositioning and regrading of the verges. It also makes assumptions about vehicle speeds along that section of road. The view of the meeting was that these are unrealistic. There was concern too about the economic viability of the proposal. It was noted that the application includes a log cabin and there was concern that the long term intention might be development of other parts of the site. These concerns will be passed on to Fife Council.

There was some relief that statistics provided by the Community Health Team at NHS Fife demonstrate that in percentage terms the number of cancer diagnoses in Saline and Gowkhall over the three years up to 2014 is no greater than elsewhere in Fife. There had been concern that the number of people from Saline is disproportionally high. This can be partly explained by our population being relatively small. Ten people out of 1,500 seems more significant than, say, 100 out of 15,000.

The meeting also had the opportunity to review the project to construct twelve huts on Forestry Commission land at Carnock Moor, beyond Cowstrandburn. The proposal is a pilot for the Scotland-wide 1000 Huts initiative. ‘Hutting’ was a popular movement in the early part of the last century and provided the opportunity for families from over-crowded, unhygienic inner cities to get some fresh air. The huts being proposed at Carnock Moor are very simple and have no electricity or running water. Ten of the huts would be allocated by a lottery and two would be for community/ educational use. Most people at the meeting liked the idea but had concerns about security, vandalism and sanitation. There were questions too about whether the huts are being sold or provided on some other basis. The group have resolved issues about building regulations that had been preventing things moving forward and hope to submit a planning application soon.

One new item of business was traffic speeds and accidents on the West Road. Tom Dodds who lives on the edge of the village along the West Road has documented these over a period of a few months. At the road safety meeting with the Lead Officer from Fife Council transportation team last year, the West Road was not identified as a priority but the information now provided suggests that perhaps it should be. The meeting noted the measures that have been taken at Upper Steelend and it was agreed that Fife Council should be asked to carry out similar investigative work into traffic speeds and driver behaviour on the West Road that had led to them being introduced.

The meeting concluded with a discussion about insurance cover for community groups operating in the Saline and Steelend area. The Community Council obtains insurance cover for its activities through Fife Council and this can be extended to any sub-committees. However, the cover provided is extremely limited and the definition of a sub-committee is narrow. The majority of members on a sub-committee have to be elected members of the community council. It does not cover activities outside meetings and any group undertaking one-off events to which the general public are invited need to ensure they carry out risk assessments and obtain the appropriate insurance cover.

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. 

Friends and Neighbours Project 

Over the last year, residents of Saline and Steelend have been making upwards of 500 ceramic tiles. These are now being assembled into two large mosaics which will be mounted for permanent display in Saline and Steelend, with an unveiling ceremony planned for late May. A lot of grouting will be required! Please contact Liz on 851493 if you would be willing to lend a hand – no experience necessary. 

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church News 

The Monday Club meetings are planned to restart on Monday 18 April at 3.00pm till 4.30pm in the Church Hall with the usual programme of games, stories, crafts and snacks. All pupils in P4. P5, and P6 will be very welcome. Further details will be available on posters or from Lorna Cochrane.

The Quiz Night planned for 22 April has been postponed due to clashing with another village event. Further plans will be publicised in due course.

The Study Group resumes meeting on Thursday 14 April at 10.30am in the Church Session Room when we will be using material prepared by Christian Aid in preparation for Christian Aid Week (15-21 May).

The Walking Group have Saturday walks planned for 9 and 23 April.

The Church Guild AGM will be held on Monday 18 April and the final meeting for the session will be an outing (details have still to be arranged).

Full of these and other regular activities as well as Worship Services will be found in the Parish News and on the website. A warm welcome awaits newcomers to any of these events. 

Shall We Dance? 

Plans are afoot to celebrate, with music and dance, the construction of our two mosaic panels, one in Saline, one in Steelend. The tiles for these mosaics have all been designed by local residents with help from artists Marylla Ferguson and Liz Harvey. If the funding application is successful there will be an opportunity to work with a top choreographer on a dance piece to mark the occasion. Enthusiasm and a willingness to commit to rehearsals in May/early June are the principle requirements - age and dance experience are really not so important. Until the funding gets the go-ahead, details must remain sketchy but once it has been officially announced there may be a rush to join, so if you want to register your interest now contact Ian from the drumming group on

116th Fife Scout Group 

The Beaver Colony joined with the other Colonies in Dunfermline District for a sleepover at Pitreavie Stadium. This was held to mark the anniversary of 30 years of Beaver Scouting. The weather being kind, the Beavers enjoyed a whole host of outdoor activities.

Recently the Cubs and Scouts took part in the Dunfermline District Swimming Gala held in Carnegie Leisure Centre, where they acquitted themselves well with one of the Cubs gaining first place in the backstroke and one of the Scouts placing first in the freestyle.

As part of the 100 Years celebration of Cub Scouting, the Cubs have a fun day planned for 1 May at East End Park.

The Scout Troop were successful in their application for places at the Satellite Camp of the International Patrol Jamborette at Blair Atholl in July. They will now be honing their skills for this prestigious event.

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

Will You Help Us To Keep Everyone Safe? 

There is a free app available and we are encouraging everyone to download it. You can use the Goodsam Alerter app for any life-threatening situation; it is very simple to use and, as soon as you push the emergency button, the three nearest Responders will be contacted and 999 will be called. There is also a Responder app; all of the Saline First Responders have signed up to this app to ensure better safety for those in our communities whilst still working with the Scottish Ambulance Service. However, here's something exciting: anyone with at least a First Aid at Work certificate can sign up as a Responder, you don't need to be part of our team to become a Goodsam Responder. The online application is short and easy to fill out. You will need to supply a photo of your qualification but that is all. In less than a day, Goodsam will verify you as a Responder and then you can help others around you too!

Please check out Goodsam on Facebook, online at or contact us on our Facebook page for more information.

Goodsam works anywhere in the world, not just when you are home but it won't work well here unless we can encourage everyone to become an Alerter and all our First Aiders to become Responders.

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

Saline Environmental Group 

Join us on Sat 16 April to repaint village signs and benches, and spring clean the Glen footpath! Meet at the Glen entrance at 10.00am.

The group will also be helping at Kirklands’ garden open day on Sunday 22 May. The garden will be open 2.00pm-5.00pm as part of the Scottish Gardens Scheme; if you would like to be part of the SEG team helping on the day, please contact Joe on 852705. 

Horticultural Society

The annual Saline and Steelend Flower Show will be held as usual on the first weekend of September, on Saturday 3 September and Sunday 4 September. There will be the usual categories and some very exciting and amusing classes for the children of the district, so we hope that there will be a good number of entries. The schedule will be coming out with the May online edition of the Bulletin and paper copies will be distributed around the village at about the same time. With the warmer weather, the first sign that spring is here is that the weeds are showing themselves, and the trees and shrubs are beginning to show their green shoots which always heralds a positive feeling that winter is going. It was interesting to see that March was the second driest March for the last 20 years.


Dollar Ladies Curling Club, which meets at The Peak in Stirling on Thursday mornings during September through to March, is very keen to welcome new members. One or two ladies of the village are already members and would give a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join the club. It is a very friendly club and a great way to exercise over the winter without being outside. If you would like to know more please contact Sheila Travers (01383 852249) who would be delighted to give you more information. 

Spring Clearing 

Did you know about

It is an online community where one man's rubbish is recycled, reused and up-cycled to become another man's treasure. It is easy AND FREE to set up a profile and you get access to all community groups in the area. It was set up to reduce the amount of stuff going to landfill. It’s surprising what people are giving away - hi-fi, greenhouses, slabs, sheds, furniture and recently even a boat - take a look, be surprised and reduce the amount going to landfill.

[Editor: don’t restrict yourself just to Fife recycling groups; thanks to our location, groups in Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk are equally accessible. There’s also Freegle in addition to Freecycle.]

Going On Holiday? - Always Best To Book Direct 

On-line Travel Agents such as Trip Advisor,, Expedia, and Late Rooms charge accommodation providers up to 20% of the value of the booking in listing fees. By using these convenience on line services, you are helping to keep accommodation prices higher than they need to be; for more reasons why it is best to book direct, see

Did You Know About Friends Of Well-Being, Art & Nature?

It is a local group (in fact it is so local, it is under your nose) offering events such as Creative Writing, Drumming, Willow Weaving, Sketching, or Meditation - in fact anything to do with Well-being, Art & Nature - You can check the next event at 


Steelend Miners’ Club

Zumba: Mondays, 7.00pm-8.00pm
Zumba Toning: Wednesdays, 7.00pm-7.45pm 
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
Sky TV and free wi-fi. Associate membership £10 per annum, £4 concessions
Q’zine Catering: also available for all functions.

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
Monday Club meetings start on
Monday 18 April, 3.00pm-4.30pm
Saline Church Hall
Study Group resumes on
Thursday 14 April, 10.30am
Church Session Room
Christian Aid Week: 15-21 May

Walking Group
Saturday 9 April
Saturday 23 April.

Church Guild
AGM, Monday 18 April

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

Country Dancing
Mondays, 7.00pm
Saline Community Centre

Saline, Steelend & District SWRI
Wednesday 4 May, 7:30pm
Saline Community Centre
Demo of painting on feathers
All welcome

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 Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Shieldbank Easter Competition: Thursday 7 April from 3.00pm – 8.00pm (Handy Pony, Jumping and Dressage)
Open Day: Saturday 16 April from 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Come and have a try!

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