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Issue 53 December 2016 - January 2017

posted 11 Dec 2016, 14:21 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 10 Sep 2017, 11:46 ]


Thank you – You did it! In the last paper bulletin I let you know that we needed funds to continue publishing our community bulletin in 2017. What can I say – you showed up and I can gratefully say that the bulletin has sufficient funds now for next year.

Thank You, Thank You and thrice Thank You to the following individuals and organisations for supporting us:

    Jane Roxburgh
    Jocelyn and Stuart Miller
    Saline Church
    Jackie McKenzie’s household in memory of Alan Robertson
    Friends and Neighbours Project
    Bandrum Nursing home
    Horticultural Society
    Saline & Steelend Community Council
    Kinneddar Park and Cowstrandburn Residents’ Association
    Environmental Group
    David and Diane Johnson
    Mr and Mrs Colin McCrones
    Saline & District Rural Institute
    Gareth and Christine Turner
    Mike and Sheila Travers
    Sheila and John Anderson
    Liz Mills and Clare 
    Gill and Peter Hart
    Cherry Tree Lodge
    Sharon and Robert Buchanan

With gratitude, 
Mark Baugh for the 
Communications Group Team
Tel: 851059


The congregation in Saline and Blairingone welcomed their new minister, the Reverend Alec Shuttleworth, at a Service of Linking with the parish of Tulliallan and Kincardine on Monday 14 November conducted by the Moderator of Dunfermline, the Reverend Peter Gerbrandy-Baird. The large congregation then enjoyed refreshments in the hall and an informal time together getting to know each other.  
Sunday 20 November saw the start of the new time for the morning service - 9.30 am with the service at Tulliallan moving to 11.00 am. The Reverend Alec Shuttleworth can be contacted on 01259 731002.

Advent and Christmas Celebrations - all are welcome. 
11 December: 9.30 am in the Church, Service for 3rd Sunday in Advent. 2.30 pm in the Hall, Church Family Party

21 December: 6.00-7.00pm, Carol Singing at the Golf Club, followed by mince pies and mulled wine (and soft drinks) 

18 December: 9.30 am in the Church, Service for 4th Sunday in Advent

23 December: 9.30 am, Saline Primary School Service 

24 December: 6.30 pm, Christmas Eve Family Service. 11.30 pm - Christmas Eve Service 

25 December: 9.30 am, Christmas Day Family Service 

1 January 2017: 9.30 am, Morning Service  

Church Guild
The Guild session closes with a Christmas meal at the Golf Club on Monday 12 December.  Meetings resume on Monday 9 January 2017, with a ‘Quiz Night’ at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall.   The meeting on 23 January is entitled Sing for Joy and will be led by our organist, Jenny Johnstone.  On Monday 6 February Jim and Rosemary Storm will give a presentation More than an African Safari.  

Walking Group
Outings resume on 7 January 2017, when an easy walk is planned to Kennet Estate. The walks on 21 January to Rumbling Bridge and Crook of Devon, and the Falkland Estate on 4 February are also classed as ‘easy’.  
Anyone interested in taking part in the Guild, Walking Group or any church activities will find more information from group members or the church website


Season's Greetings:

Betty and Graham Thomson send best wishes to all our neighbours and friends for a Merry Christmas and a happy 2017.


Members enjoyed a night filled with Christmas refreshments whilst listening to George Lawrie's fascinating talk on the Living Lomonds Heritage Trail. The photos were wonderful, the amount of funding applied for staggering and the stunning paths created is something we in Saline would like to emulate.

The speaker event in January will be on Wednesday 25 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Professor David Munro on The Archaeological Dig at Lochore Meadows. This will be interesting as we are hoping to have our own dig in the Graveyard to have another search for the missing church.

On 22 February, John Richardson will be giving a talk called In the Footsteps of the Roman Army. Did they march anywhere near Saline? Come to the talk to find out.

Saline & District Heritage Society would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Jim Currie took the chair for another good attendance at November's meeting. Highlights were discussion of the proposed path to Comrie Colliery access road, Lantern Parade and the customary traffic issues.

The evening's Speaker, Kevin Fairclough works for Paths for All, a charity to improve people's access to walks. He had been asked to carry out an assessment of a route to link Oakley Road to the colliery access road, to assess its feasibility and advise on costs.  The suggested route has been chosen on the basis of having the optimum gradients for all users, interest for users and minimal ongoing maintenance. His assessment etc can be accessed by contacting Donald Murdoch ( or David Chisholm (

Cllr Bobby Clelland advised that he had been contacted by riders seeking a safe access to the White Gates. This fits in with the Saline and Steelend objective of a safe connection to the Millennium Cycleway. Oakley and Comrie Community Council will likely be approaching Paths for All re the feasibility of extending our path to Oakley. This is a welcome development as funding potential is enhanced with benefits for both communities.

It appears that some people are unaware of how to access the Forestry Commission land over which the path would run. The Community Council will be liaising with Scotways re installing signs but, in the meantime, the area is accessed via the road leading to The Steadings and turning right into the track before the houses. Appropriate footwear is required if you want to cross the burn.

The Community Council will be consulting on the proposals but will be establishing the Forestry Commission's views first (they own the land).

That Oakley Road Leak
Stewart Miller continues to liaise with Scottish Water and Fife Council on our behalf. He has established that there was no water in the Scottish Gas trenches while Scottish Water has checked sealed off pipes with no signs of leaks. Scottish Water suspects that the water is coming from further up Oakley Road and are investigating ways to divert it.  

Transportation Issues
Fife Council has indicated that budget constraints mean that changes to the chicanes on West Road and installation of a speed monitor cannot take place. However, rumble strips are to be installed at either end of Kinneddar Park in an attempt to reduce speeds.
Fife Council investigated the complaints of speeding lorries allegedly delivering quarry material to Wellwood. It turned out that quarry material to that site actually came from Goat Quarry. However, it appears that the problem has ceased and that no further action is required

Donald Murdoch advised on a discussion that he had had with Fife Council's lead officer responsible for bus information. Fife Council will be rolling out “real time” displays on some bus shelters and it was suggested to her that Saline and Steelend should be a priority in view of the many complaints about bus punctuality. It was noted that a Stagecoach app is now available for smartphones but that signal quality is poor in our community. However, it appears that Fife Council is investigating providing Wi-Fi in some bus shelters. The Community Council will now be formally requesting priority status for this area on both issues.

Lantern Parade
The parade and the preceding lantern making in the community centre were an outstanding success with over 200 people participating in the parade. Cllr Bobby Clelland praised the attendance and highlighted the electric atmosphere from enthusiastic children (and parents) in the community centre. Many thanks are due to Marylla Ferguson, Liz Harvey and ian Holmes-Lewis who came up with the original idea and who worked hard to build up the interest. Unfortunately Liz has moved from Saline but she has left a legacy of raising interest in the arts. Thanks are also due to Clare Hibbert who was a major force in the willow weaving.

Marylla, Liz, Clare and Ian have demonstrated the community interest in events like this. Accordingly, the possibility of creating willow sculptures to be placed throughout the area is being investigated. 

Watch this space.

Local Plan
Many people will be disappointed to find out that their objections to further development in Saline have been overruled. The reporters accepted the concerns over infrastructure constraints and lack of facilities but still felt that development should take place. The Community Council's view is that the priority now is to ensure that quality developments take place and that adequate facilities are provided.

Community Centre  
The Community Council has advised Fife Council of a possible interest in a community run centre subject to the feasibility study and business plan proposed by many participants at recent meetings. It has agreed to apply to BIG Lottery Scotland for funds to appoint and expert to carry out this work. Progress will be reported in this Bulletin and on the website.

The boys and girls in blue have been busy this month with calls about sheep on the road, a road accident, cyclist knocked from bike, assault, found dog and fraud. Disturbingly, there were five instances of false 999 calls.

Our community officer, Kirsty Kay, has been involving our schoolchildren in all aspects of road safety. She is looking to set up a small group of children who would go out with her before school with the speed-gun as part of the of the road safety initiative. She will also be out with the speed-gun around Saline and Steelend in the run up to Christmas. You have been warned!!

Police are still trying to recruit volunteers to Speedwatch. This would involve training from Traffic officers in working the speed-gun and general safety. They would then go out into the community with the speed-gun themselves and record any speeding breaches. They would not stop vehicles but would pass details to the Police who would issue warning letters.  A couple of people enthusiastically shot their hands up at the Community Council but more volunteers are required. If you are interested, please contact Kirsty at

Hotel Site
Following concerns regarding the number of houses, Jim Currie has established that the developer has planning permission for three.

The Community Council has been approached by consultants for the Scottish Government about establishing exactly what concerns people about fracking. While most felt that the concerns are well known, it was also considered that the community should be given an opportunity to clarify their concerns or, indeed, support. A meeting will therefore be arranged and will be publicised.

Previous meetings have highlighted concerns about access to health services, quality of care, particularly for the terminally ill, and new developments that will add to current pressures. A representative from NHS Fife has been invited to the January meeting and people are encouraged to attend and participate. Please take advantage of this opportunity.

Next Meeting
Tuesday 31 January 2017 at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre. This will also be the AGM. All welcome.

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.


New players are welcome, adults 16 years and up. If you want to work off the extra pounds gained during the Christmas festivities, why not join us for a game of badminton? We play every Monday evening (7.45pm), Wednesday afternoons (1.30pm) and Wednesday evenings (7.30pm) in the Community Centre. You don't have to be an expert, just come along and join in.

Cherry Tree Lodge

Not enough beds for friends and family visiting at Christmas?
Cherry Tree Lodge, Saline is open over the festive period.
Take a look at or call 01383 851059
Merry Christmas from Mark & Till


Recently the Beaver Colony held a joint indoor sleepover with the Cub Pack. The theme for this event was animals and the Beavers and Cubs enjoyed various activities based around this theme.

After Christmas the Beavers are planning trips to the Science Museum and the Edinburgh Planetarium.

The Beavers joined with Cubs, Rainbows and Brownies from all over Dunfermline for their annual Carol Service in North Parish Church where the youth enjoyed a well-presented telling of the Christmas story, and singing carols and Christmas songs.

The Scouts and Explorers have now embarked on their winter camping programme.

All sections are looking forward to their Christmas joint night out of 10-pin bowling followed by snacks at Macdonald’s.

By the time you read this the group will be hard at work delivering the Scout Christmas Post. Many thanks to all who have made use of this service.

The last meetings for this term will be Thursday 15 December for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and will be the Christmas Outing and for Beavers Friday 16 December.
Meetings will restart on for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers on Thursday 12 January and for Beavers Friday 13 January 2017.


Entertainment and Events
Saturday 17 December, 2.00 pm, Tommy Docherty Memorial Trophy (Darts and Dominoes), £2 entry. 

Wednesday 21 December, Evening Carol Singers with mulled wine and mince pies.

Saturday 31 December, 7.30 pm, Hogmanay Party with entertainment from Under Fire till 1 am. Tickets £10. 

Every Thursday is Quiz Night at the Golf Club. £1 entry per person; 8.30 pm start.

Catering Available

    Monday - Closed
    Tuesday – 11.00- 14.30
    Wed – 11.00-14.30
    Thursday – 11.00-20.00
    Friday – 11.00-14.30
    Saturday – 10.00-16.00
    Sunday – 12.00-16.00
The kitchen is closed 25/26 December and 1/2 January.

Winter Special Menu available 12.00-14.00. Festive Fare Menu pre-bookings only.


Soup & Sandwich Deal £3.00

Soup & Panini Deal £4.00

2 Course Lunch Special £5.95

3 Course Lunch Special £7.95

Soup of the Day
Garlic Mushrooms
Pate with Oatcakes
Garlic Bread
Steak Pie
Battered Chicken Goujons
Mini Club Sandwich
Ice Cream with Sauce
Apple Pie
Pancakes with Toffee Sauce & Ice Cream

(booking essential)

2 Courses £12.45

3 Courses £16.45

Deposit of £5.00 per person required on booking. Pre-order preferred.

Platter of Fresh Fruit with Fruit Coulis
Timbale of Smoked Salmon and Prawns
Carrot and Coriander Soup

Traditional Roast Turkey with all the
Balmoral Chicken stuffed with Haggis
         and wrapped in Bacon, served with a Whisky Cream Sauce
Braised Steak Chasseur
(All the above main courses are served with seasonal vegetables and potatoes)

Traditional  Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce
Chocolate Yule Log with a Cherry Compote
Raspberry Meringue Roulade

Tea or Coffee and Petit Fours


The following pupils of E Thomson’s classes held in the Church Session Room were successful in recent UKA examinations. Well done, dancers!
    Eva Courtney – Pre-Bronze
    Eva Courtney – Beginner’s Fling
    Carmen Thomson – Beginner’s Fling
    Katie Bath – Silver & Silver Bar
    Katie Birks – Silver & Silver Bar
    Hayden Thomson – Silver & Silver Bar
    Leah Thomson – Gold Bar 3 in the National Novices Section
    They achieved:
    Katie Bath – Bronze Flora, Lilt
    Katie Birks – Bronze Flora, Lilt
    Hayden Thomson – Bronze Flora, Lilt
    Leah Thomson – Silver Hornpipe, Jig, Earl of Errol, Heilan’ Laddie, Scots Measure, Village Maid
    Leah Thomson – Gold Barracks Johnnie, Flora, Lilt

On exam day, top marks for Hayden getting Honours for his superb Highland Fling.


Cherry Tree Lodge had a full house with local gardeners, members of the Horticultural Society and the Environmental Group in late November. This was a good opportunity to blether, exchange ideas about gardening and come up with ideas for people to grow green fingers in 2017. Watch the space. The event raised £140 for the bulletin – thank you for the donations! Hope you got your bulbs in for next spring. 
Merry Christmas.

North Road, Saline, Fife KY12 9LN. Tel: 01383 852874

Horse riding instruction for children and adults from beginners right through to experienced horse riders on our well-schooled horses and ponies, equestrian vaulting for children (gymnastics on horseback), horse livery and private lessons on your own horse or pony. Pony Days for children during the Christmas holidays. Friendly atmosphere. Everyone welcome. Opening hours: Wednesday through Sunday every week. Closed Christmas Eve (pm) and Christmas Day plus New Year’s Eve (pm) and New Year’s Day.

North Road, Saline, Fife KY12 9LN. Tel: 01383 853
Excellent coffee, a great selection of teas, rich hot chocolate, home baking (scones, delicious caramel shortcake and carrot cake, chocolate crispy cake, etc) as well as savoury snacks (soups, paninis, crusty baguettes, toasties with mouth-watering fillings) await you at Shieldbank Coffee Shop. For those looking for a carry out, all or any of the above can be wrapped and taken home.  Come to the craft group on Thursday mornings and bring your knitting/sewing etc.  Photo enthusiasts meet on a Wednesday evening at approx. 7.30 pm for a chat about photography. 
Everyone welcome. Opening hours: 09.30 – 6 pm, Tuesday through Sunday every week. 
Closed Christmas Eve (pm) and Christmas Day plus New Year’s Eve (pm) and New Year’s Day.

for work around house. Recommendations welcome. Evening or weekend work no problem. Please contact or 01383 852367.


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 & AGM, 31 January, 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

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

Country Dancing
Mondays, 7.00pm
Saline Community Centre

This Bulletin was produced by the Saline, Steelend & Communities Communications Group