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Issue 56 April 2017

posted 19 Apr 2017, 20:38 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 8 Jun 2017, 14:55 ]

As some of you may remember, during last year we canvassed nominations for the WFVF Citizen of the Year Award. Three nominations were received and considered by the Community Council before being passed to the WFVF who made the final selection last week. Jim Hensman will receive his award at a ceremony on the 24 April. Our two other nominees were Fiona Aitken and local couple, Margaret and Iain Murray.

Last year, Jim was recognised as someone who had contributed to the civic life of our community over a period of more than four decades, alongside the late John Crane. Both were honoured at a ceremony in Saline Golf Club.


Calling all artists and photographers living or working in the West Fife area! This popular village event will take place in Saline Community Centre on Main Street, on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April. Please bring your pictures and photos to Saline Community Centre on Friday 28th April, between 2.00 and 7.00 pm.

This is an OPEN exhibition. Anyone can enter their photographs or paintings.

Make sure your work is correctly labelled on the back with the name of the artist/photographer, its title, price (if you want to sell it), and the media used (e.g. oils on canvas, watercolour on paper). If your work is framed, see that it has a wire or string across the back. We have two browsers this year for unframed work. A word of warning, however, cover any unframed work intended for a browser with clear plastic to protect it from sticky fingers.

Please take care to submit work you have not previously exhibited in Saline.

If you have any questions email me at or phone me on 01383 851868.

This is your exhibition! Bring lots of lovely pictures on Friday 28 April. There is no age limit and it is always exciting to see what you produce. The organisers promise to hang everything they have space for. So don't be shy and let's make another fun exhibition for all.

Marylla Ferguson 
Exhibition Manager 


Come and join artist June McEwan in a Friends and Neighbours art project, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May, to create a willow sculpture which will be installed up Saline Main Street on the green near Upper Kinneddar. The sculpture will be a large plough horse, and if there is time we will also make a plough, in celebration of Saline’s connection with the Barrowman plough. The sculpture will be made from willow twigs and branches that are twisted and woven.

June McEwan is a professional artist with extensive experience of providing art workshops for children and adults of all abilities; she believes that you don't have to be 'good at art' to participate in and to benefit from creating something.

This event is FREE, anyone can drop in (between 10.00 am and 4.30 pm) over the two days and contribute to the sculpture; children aged under ten years will need to be accompanied by an adult. If the weather is fine, the project will take place outside on the green behind the bus stop and if not, it will be under cover.

Have a look at June’s blog

If you would like more information about the project, contact Clare Hebbert on email or telephone 07913 254456.


Kirklands’ garden will be open on Sunday 21 May from 2:00 pm to 5:00pm under Scotland’s Garden Scheme.

The two-acre garden is on the side of Saline Burn. The woodland garden will be awash with bluebells and rhododendrons, and the blue poppies will be in full bloom. On the rockery, the dwarf azaleas and rhododendrons will be putting on a show. The ornamental terraced walled garden has raised beds filling up with fruit and vegetables. Herbaceous borders will be starting their show too. Down in the bog garden, the giant, prickly leaves of the Gunnera will have unfolded.

If that was not enough, there will be a plant sales area and cream teas with home-made scones and strawberry jam (strawberries grown in the garden, of course) served in the marquee.

Entrance is £5.00 (children free). Our nominated charity is Saline Environmental Group. 40% of the entrance fee will go to Saline Environmental Group funds to use on projects within the village and 60% to Scotland’s Garden Scheme charities, ie Maggie’s, The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, The National Trust for Scotland’s Garden Community, and Perennial (Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society).

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. 


On March 13, along with many others, I attended the funeral of Bill Philips who passed away on February 27. For us all this was a sad occasion and specifically for the Horticultural Society of Saline as Bill had proudly served the Society for over 30 years as a passionate contributor to the annual shows and as a committee office bearer. As you might imagine, Bill’s own garden was his pride and joy and the vegetable section took centre stage. He won Best Vegetable Garden many times and often heard to say “the only flower worth growing was a cauliflower”, that said he did pretty well with dahlias too. Bill was not only a very keen gardener, he was also a very good gardener and a competitive one at that. Bill enjoyed the challenge of growing long carrots, fat leeks and super smooth potatoes; sadly that skill and experience is now no longer available for those of us who aspire to grow things better.

I think it’s fair to say that without the hard work and dedication from Bill and Muriel the Saline Horticultural Society might have fallen by the wayside some time ago. Those of us who remain involved will try hard to ensure that this centenarian society continues to function and we encourage others to join in Bill’s legacy of growing some of your own food.

This year’s annual show on Sept 2/3 won’t be the same without Bill. We will miss his humour, exhibits and above all his wealth of experience but he won’t be forgotten and each show will be a time to remember old friends. Thank you, Bill, for everything you did, all the time you gave and the things you have left for others to enjoy. Our thoughts are with Muriel and the rest of the family.

Gareth Turner 
Saline Horticultural Society Chairman and President 

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


Holy Week and Easter Services

Sunday 9 April
9.30 am, Palm Sunday Service, Oakley Church
6.30 pm, West Fife Churches Songs of Praise, Carnock Parish Church

Wednesday 12 April
7.00 pm, Stations of the Cross, Saline Church

Thursday 13 April
7.00 pm, Celebration of Holy Communion, Tulliallan Church

Friday 14 April
7.00pm, Tenebrae Candlelight Service for Good Friday, Culross Abbey

Sunday 16 April
9.30 am, Easter Service, Saline Church, followed by a Prayer Walk round the village and Family Brunch in the Church Hall.

Mid-Week Service
Wednesdays 5 and 9 April at 11.30 am, Saline Church.

Church Guild

Captain Ali Macrae's film and talk on A Life On The Ocean Wave proved very popular and raised £360 for two Guild Projects. The session draws to a close with a Business Meeting on 3 April, followed by an Easter-themed evening led by members on 17th April, finishing with an outing on 1 May.

Walking Group

Forthcoming walks include 22 April in Bantaskin Estate and Community Woodland and 6 May in Holyrood Park. Further information can be obtained through the Church website or from Stewart Miller or Peter Philp.

Coffee Morning

10.00 am - 12 noon every Wednesday in the Church Hall.

Craft and Chat

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm, Tuesdays 4 April, 18 April and 2 May.

Swap Shop

Evening of Friday 21 April in the Church Hall, organised by the Fellowship Team. Note the date and watch out for more details on posters in due course.


The Beaver Colony, whose numbers have now risen to twenty, are working hard towards their Challenge Awards. They are also working on their Science Activity Badge and, for the environment part of the Gardening Activity Badge, they are planting and looking after flowers in a border at the hall. The Beavers are planning future trips to the Museum of Scotland and to the Coastguard.

The Cub Pack, whose numbers have also now risen to nearly twenty, are working on their My World Challenge Badge. They have an Outdoor Challenge weekend planned for April followed by JOTT (Jamboree On The Trail) in May. They will be joined by the Beavers for this event which will be based at Lochore Meadows Country Park.

The Scout Troop is continuing with its camping programme, having held themed camps based on grass sledging and caving. They are busy learning navigational skills in preparation for summer expeditions. The Scouts have also been busy building and programming Lego Robots.

The Explorers, as part of their service element of their awards, have been busy helping both the Beaver Colony and Cub Pack on their meeting nights and have also helped run some of the Scout Camps. They had a recent trip to the Crazy Golf at Fife Leisure Park.

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


Brightside Community Café has been a great success over the past few weeks with many new faces coming to use our café. We would like to thank everyone for showing your support.

Brightside Community Café is now open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm. Due to Thursday being a great success so far, we have decided make it a permanent open day.

Our upcoming event is our Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 15 April from 1pm until 3pm. There will be a goody bag for the kids to take away after their fun day hunting for eggs and decorating boiled eggs (all appropriate equipment for this will be provided). We would ask that children are accompanied by an adult at all times. We look forward to seeing you on the day.

We have an amazing opportunity for six volunteers to join the Brightside team. For more information, please contact me using the details below.

Michelle Graham, Manager 
Contact: 07869581599 
Find us on Facebook @ Brightside Community Cafe 


Our latest speaker event was about Shipwrecks of the Forth and was very well attended. It was fascinating to learn just how many ships have been wrecked in the Forth estuary and the stories behind them. Some ran aground, earlier ones sunk with lost treasure (still to be found) and, tragically, many sank with loss of life.

Our next event, back on dry land, will be Dr Jean Barclay on The Mitchells of Craigluscar. This will be on 26 April at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall; coffee and tea will be served from 7 pm.

Wednesday 31 May will be our AGM combined with a talk by Moira Fleming on Robert Henryson, Dunfermline Poet.

And a date for your diary - towards the end of May/beginning of June we will be holding our Heritage Open Day with stalls and activities in the Church and graveyard. Date and details to follow soon.


Do you want to grow your own vegetables or flowers at home but don’t have the garden or greenhouse to do it in? Or maybe you might want to develop or extend your gardening hobby and skills but have no greenhouse for seedlings and no plot to dig over? On the other hand, do you have a greenhouse or garden that you haven’t got the time or energy to look after, that you’d be quite happy for someone else to use and for them to get the fruit of their labour?

The Horticultural Society is sounding out whether there are folk with a greenhouse or bit of a garden that they would be glad to be looked after by somebody else. Similarly get in contact if you would be interested to explore the possibility of growing in somebody else’s garden. The Horticultural Society is happy to bring both parties together and to give some support along the way. Get in contact by e-mailing or ring Christine Turner on 01383852887.

Happy home-growing,

Your Horticultural Society 


Some of you may remember the Community Council’s announcement last year about creating an annual award in memory of John Crane to be made to the Saline Primary School pupil most demonstrating the principles of civic responsibility and service to which John adhered.
Discussions with the head teacher about making the award at the end of the summer term will continue after the Easter holiday. In the meantime any parent whose child contributes in this way should ensure that details are included their Wider Achievement records. 


Wednesday 3 May

7:30 pm, Saline Community Centre 
Speaker from Dunfermline Beekeepers 

Open meeting - all visitors welcome 


A number of residents have drawn attention to the contribution that Fife Council’s recently appointed Public Space Orderly, Alan Pettigrew, is making to Saline and Steelend. Alan was previously part of the Oakley team but is very pleased about his transfer to Saline and Steelend. Alan is very enthusiastic about his role in keeping our community neat and tidy and welcomes suggestions for areas that need extra attention. At Community Council we spend a lot of time talking about negative things and at the most recent meeting it was nice that someone chose to mention Alan’s efforts, provoking a feeling of positivity. Perhaps an opportunity to draw attention to positive actions should be a regular agenda item? Feel free to make suggestions for those who deserve recognition.


A smaller audience than usual enjoyed another lively discussion at the March Community Council meeting. Local people took on the role of Guest Speaker and explained projects which address priorities identified in the Community Action Plan.

Church Restoration Project

Stewart Miller explained the Church’s restoration project. An attempt to secure funding some years ago had not been successful but it had helped the Church to focus on what they wanted to achieve. They had received valuable support from the Church of Scotland and had been able to appoint a specialist conservation architect to carry out a detailed survey and make proposals for how longstanding problems could be tackled. One major issue has been dampness in the walls and the architect’s recommendation is for the cement-based harling that was applied during the last century, and prevents the walls ‘breathing’, to be hacked off and replaced with traditional lime render. Not only will this eliminate the dampness problems but it will dramatically improve the appearance of the building, which most people acknowledge is ‘dreary’. Removing the harling will also expose the dressed stone window surrounds and other features that have been concealed, restoring the Church to something more like its appearance when it was constructed over two hundred years ago, and much more appropriate to its prominent location at the heart of our community.

The project also seeks to enhance the Church’s value to the wider community. Discussions have been held with Saline Heritage Group about developing the west end of the Church as a heritage centre. The group currently utilise the tiny Session House as their museum. Saline Primary School is also supporting this initiative, as ‘heritage’ is part of the curriculum.

The cost of the work is likely to exceed £250k and an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund will be submitted very soon. It was agreed that the Community Council/Community Development Trust should provide a letter of support.

North Road Play Park

Nicola Smith, Lisa Murray and Laura Chesby followed Stewart with a presentation of the proposals for improving play facilities in Saline and Steelend. The group have been very successful in raising match funding and applications will be made soon to Fife Environment Trust and LEADER for the £100k needed to implement the project on North Road, Saline. The group explained how the £10k that they had received from the Participatory Budgeting fund, which has to be spent before September, would be used for enabling work to the drainage necessary to eliminate the flooding problems. The group were congratulated for their energy and enterprise and it was agreed that a letter of support should be provided to accompany their funding applications.

Brightside Café

An approach for support from the Community Council has also been made by the Chair of the Brightside Café Community Trust. The Trust is keen to encourage use by the wider community of its newly completed café at Bandrum Nursing Home. The Trust would also like to work with the Community Council to develop a befriending scheme, for which Big Lottery funding is being sought. The possibility of volunteer drivers from Saline and Steelend using the West Fife Villages Community Minibus to take local people without transport to Brightside Café once a week has been suggested. The possibility of extending and diverting the existing paths network to make Brightside Café a stopping off point on circular walks is also being explored.

It was agreed that the Community Council should provide a letter of support for the Trust’s funding application.

If you would like to volunteer to drive the minibus occasionally, become a befriender or have other ideas for building a relationship with Brightside Café Community Trust email or ring David Chisholm on 853168.

If you would like to volunteer to drive the minibus occasionally, become a befriender or have other ideas for building a relationship with Brightside Café Community Trust email or ring David Chisholm on 853168.

Roads and Traffic

The Community Council has enjoyed a positive working relationship with Fife Council’s Transportation Team over the last of couple of years and many of the concerns that people had have been addressed. The meeting was pleased to note that the Council has now upgraded the rumble strips at Kinneddar Park to make them more effective, in response to complaints from KPCRA. Work has just been completed to install six new road gullies along the verge at the bottom of the hill down into Steelend and it is hoped that this will eliminate the flooding that frequently occurs after periods of heavy rain. The work also unearthed (literally) a large manhole that has now been unblocked and repaired and should lead the water away to the burn. However, the Community Council will continue to press for more effective measures on West Road as the chicanes installed some years ago are regarded by many as worse than useless. Also, KPCRA and others have suggested that the 20mph speed warning signs on the Oakley Road that have recently been relocated adjacent to the entrance to Nether Kinneddar should in fact have been positioned further down beyond the narrow bridge and sharp bends. Concern was also expressed that, although the recently-completed Allanwater homes have in-curtilage parking, vehicles are being parked outside with two wheels on the pavement.

Community Speed Watch

The first cohort of Community Speed Watchers has received their training and are waiting to be deployed. Suggestions for target areas include the West Road and Main Street through Steelend.

Saline to Bickramside Path

Work to implement the Saline to Bickramside path continues. The Forestry Commission have recently placed canes along through the plantation areas to delineate the proposed route so that people can begin to use it whilst funding for the permanent path is being sought. Access to the path from Oakley Road is affected by the Allanwater construction work at present but will eventually be via a gate opposite the end of Eastercraig Gardens. In the meantime it can be reached from the Steadings access road, currently relocated further down Oakley Road. The path leads you down past the Community Orchard and the site of an ancient settlement, along the bottom the paddocks to the burn where, until the bridge is constructed, you will have to paddle across! Once across follow the canes up to the old pit road. It is hoped that in the future it will connect with new paths to Oakley and Blairhall, but until they are created you will have to retrace your steps back to Saline.

Development Behind The Glebe

There is disappointment that Fife Council have chosen to grant planning permission in principle for the proposed housing development behind The Glebe, albeit for a smaller number of homes than was initially being sought. The opinion of people living in the area, supported by the Community Council, is that the access arrangements are impractical and that the development is opportunistic and unnecessary. The application for detailed consent will receive close scrutiny when it is submitted.

There was amusement that the planning officer’s lack of appreciation of local issues was demonstrated by a statement in her report suggesting that it was unnecessary to make the provision of on-site amenity space a condition of the permission as it is close to a play park on North Road. Presumably she has not paid a visit to this derelict, flooded and health-threatening amenity! Fortunately we have the clued-up folk in the Play Parks Group to protect our interests in children’s play!

Blair House Open Cast

Still no news about the remediation of the pit but Police Scotland are endeavouring to put a stop to the illegal, and dangerous, use of the bing by young people on motorcycles. They have linked it to concerns about another location in Blairhall but their enquiries are hampered by a reluctance on the part of those who know who the culprits are to name names.


We teach horse riding to adults and children (from 4 years upwards) on a selection of well-schooled horses and ponies. Furthermore, we also teach equestrian vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse) to young people between the ages of 5 and 20 yrs. Everyone welcome.

Opening hours: Wednesday through Sunday 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Evening lessons available during the summer months during the week.

Pony Days for children (10.00 am – 4.00 pm) and Horse Experience Days for adults (9.00 am – 6.00 pm) are being held during the Easter Holidays. Please call to book.


Open from Tuesdays through Sundays 10.00 am till 6.00 pm.

Real, freshly ground coffee, a large selection of teas and the tastiest of cakes and scones await all visitors (you do not have to be connected to the riding stables to come to the Coffee Shop). Tasty lunches, consisting of soup, paninis, baguettes and toasties with diverse fillings, plus a selection of cold drinks, are also available and served all day. Just come up for a warm welcome and a tasty treat.

Craft Group meet here on Thursday mornings 10.00 am – lunchtime.

New: Group for Amateur Photographers meet on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm.

Everyone welcome.


Several residents have mentioned dogs barking and yapping continuously throughout the day at properties on the West Road and North Road. It seems that they have been locked in all day while their owners are out at work. It is possible that the owners are unaware of their pet’s behaviour and we are including this item in the Bulletin in the spirit of encouraging all dog owners to think about the nuisance that can be caused to neighbours, and of course to consider the animal’s welfare if they are indoors all day.


Steelend Miners’ Club

Gill Knight, a great vocalist, will be appearing in the Club on Friday 17 June from 8.00 pm until midnight.

The Gala Committee are holding the following events:

Children's Easter Disco on Thursday 13 April, 6.30 pm -8.00 pm. Entry £1. Prize for best decorated egg.
Prize Bingo on Wednesday 19 April at 7.00 pm. Any donations for prizes would
be gratefully received.
Ladies Night on Friday 5 May from 8.00 pm. £5 entry which includes one cocktail.

Please note this year’s Gala is on Saturday 5 August.
One Sunday per month (look out for posters with dates), 2.00-4.00 pm: Children’s Club, entry £1. Come and join in the table tennis, pool, arts & crafts, and much more. 

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

BT Sport TV and free wi-fi. Associate membership £10 per annum, £4 concessions
Q’zine Catering: also available for all functions.

Saturday 8 October: Broch, tickets £3.00
Saturday 15 October: Quiz Night, 08.30 pm
Saturday 29 October: Side By Side, tickets £3.00

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
25 April, 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre

Saline Church Hall, 3pm - 4.15 every second Tuesday from 11 April. Cost £5. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring a blanket and some warm socks.
Please phone Rose on 07951 121374 if you are planning to come along, or leave a message on the Yoga in Saline Facebook page

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

Slimming World
Saline Community Centre, Thursdays, 5.30 pm & 7.30 pm. Contact Claire Crossett on 07988 848241.

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

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

Saline & Steelend Heritage Society
Dr Jean Barclay:
The Mitchells of Craigluscar
26 April, 7.00 pm, talk starts at 7.30 pm.
Admission £1 members/£2 non-members.

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

Country Dancing
Mondays, 7.00pm
Saline Community Centre

Saline & District Rural
Wednesday 3 May
7:30 pm, Saline Community Centre
Speaker from Dunfermline Beekeepers
Open meeting - all visitors welcome

Shieldbank Coffee Shop, North Road, Saline
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9.30am-6pm
Coffee/Tea/Cakes/Lunch or Afternoon Tea
Vegetarians, Vegans and Coeliacs catered for
Meeting Place available for local clubs/groups
Venue available for Birthday Parties and Evening Functions
Home Baking can be ordered and carried out
Please let us know if you need transport.

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
Riding Lessons on Wednesdays - Sundays all year
Tuition in Small Groups or One to One
Child & Adult Beginners
Adults Coming Back to Riding
Summer Holiday Courses
Pony Days
Equestrian Vaulting for Children & Young People
Follow us on Facebook: Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
Tel: 01383 852 874

This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group