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Issue 61 October 2017

posted 30 Sep 2017, 11:58 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 4 Nov 2017, 16:49 ]


David Chisholm welcomed an attendance that was down from the August meeting but nevertheless some decent discussion was possible.
A highlight was the cake donated by the Playground Group to mark David's 70th birthday. Fortunately, they had sensibly used a 70 candle to avoid the heat of seventy singles. There was consternation from the Slimming World attendees as they battled the temptation of a nice bit of cake against its twelve ‘sins’. Temptation won although, as they have all done really well with their diets, a little relaxation was merited. The cake was very nice too.

Street Naming
As mentioned in the last bulletin, the majority of respondents in the survey for the name of the new Kingdom Housing Association development favoured The Reverend Downie. Fife Council has now confirmed that the new street will be named Rev Downie Wynd. Many thanks to all who contributed

Playpark Group
Some progress has been made regarding the North Road play area but frustratingly bureaucracy continues to rear its head. Nevertheless, the Group is confident that the project will be delivered on schedule. It's been a long slog but the Group has done a remarkable job and has raised the community's profile with the major funders.
A plan has been produced for the upgrading of the Steelend playpark. Steelend Residents Association will be meeting to discuss how to move the project forward.

Community Action Plan and Community Centre
Unfortunately the bid for Scottish Government funding reported in the last bulletin has been unsuccessful. It appears that bids were many times the actual budget. However, it is vital that the Plan is updated and a bid for a contribution has been made to the Comrie Colliery Environmental Trust while bids to Fife Council and the Coalfield Communities will be submitted shortly

The Glebe 
While the Community Council and objectors accept the principle of development on this site, there are concerns about the ability of the proposed private access to cope. Subsequent to the submission of the application for five houses, there now is an application for another large double garage to also take access from this road. Accordingly, an objection has been submitted

Speed Watch 
Jean Alexander described what has been going on. There are now four local volunteers who have been trained and who have been out on two occasions. Nine drivers were clocked speeding on Main Street while nine were clocked on West Road. These drivers will not be prosecuted but will be warned by police that they will be prosecuted if caught again. Given the many complaints from villagers, it is good that Jean and co are out and about.

Kingdom Housing Association 
People on Kingdom's waiting list will be disappointed that the site start has been delayed yet again. This time Scottish Water is doing more checks on drainage. Hopefully, the problems will be speedily resolved.

Blair House Site  
Fife Council has been asked for an early meeting to discuss how to maximise community input to the restoration proposals. The Community Council is keen to ensure that these reflect community priorities. The Blair House Trust has now been given permission to wind up, subject to transfer of the remaining funds to local charitable bodies meeting the Trust's objectives. These funds are to be divided equally to the Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust for works in our community and to the Comrie Colliery Environmental Trust for works in Oakley and Comrie. Before anyone gets too excited, £600 will be transferred to the Development Trust although it is hoped that this can be used to lever money from other sources. It should be noted that our representative, Marie Crane, has fought tirelessly on behalf of this community and must be thanked for her efforts.

Traffic and Road Safety 
Transportation confirmed that the camber on Oakley Road meets Fife Council's requirements. With the new council housing completed and a welcome increase in the number of young people, some at the Community Council meeting were concerned about danger to children crossing the road to the Upper Kinneddar Playpark. Fife Council will therefore be asked to ensure that contractors comply with road safety conditions.
The meeting was shocked to hear that there have been eight serious accidents on the bends beyond West Road, including the Fiesta on the back of the recovery truck parked on Oakley Road. While it is a view of many in Saline that these accidents are the consequence of speeding, there is also a suspicion that there are other factors as drivers have lost control at claimed moderate speeds. The Community Council feels that the road surface needs to be checked and that further measures to highlight the corners should be considered, for example, a different surface colour and rumble strips. The Community Council feels that action is required before someone is seriously injured or worse. 

Scottish Government Consultations
The Scottish Government is currently consulting on two matters: Making Places and Low Emission Zones. Regarding Making Places, the Government has run a grant scheme since 2011 to help fund the delivery of Design Charettes in communities across Scotland. These are designed to bring together the community, other key stakeholders, and design professionals to develop viable proposals to improve their place. The Community Council is considering a bid. More details can be found at https:/
The Government has also launched a consultation on Building Scotland's Low Emission Zones. It is seeking views on how best to put these in place following a commitment to introduce them to Scotland's four biggest cities by 2020. The Government will shortly announce the location of the first, which will be put in place in 2018. The consultation is available here:

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 31 October in Saline Community Centre. Everyone is welcome and it's an opportunity to raise issues that concern you or your ideas for improvements. Why not give it a go?



Steelend Gala Committee would like to thank all those who came along to the gala, and the events during gala week.  We would like to thank Harry Wood, Wellwood, who provided a vintage car, and also those who gave up their time to help with the preparations. A special thank you goes to the local businesses who gave so generously: Cusick Motors, Johnson Butchers, SRJ Windows, Express Garage Doors, Village Cars, Saline Store, Mainbrace Rosyth, Saline and Steelend Community Council, Fife Council and CISWO for grants. Also a big thank you goes to those who contributed to the raffle and gave donations. The weather was unpredictable with some showers but the gala was able to go ahead and a great day was had by all. So thank you again for your support.


Building on the success of last year's Lantern Parade to mark the installation of the village mosaics in Saline and Steelend, it is proposed to hold another community celebration on Saturday 11 November.   This time it is to celebrate the 12th Century ‘Wizard of Fife’, Michael Scot, who may have been born near Steelend.

There will be a FREE drop-in workshop between 10am and 3pm in Steelend Miners
Club for making lanterns and decorations with willow.   We will also be making a giant processional figure of Michael Scot (imagined in the picture above).

In the evening, we will be joined by the Sambangra Drummers for a lantern procession from the Glen Entrance to Steelend Miners Club where there will be prizes for the best fancy dress and carved pumpkin. 

All free!

For further information, please contact Marylla on 851 868 or or Ian on 851 855  or 

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.


Bandrum Nursing Home will be advertising very soon for a gardener. If you are interested, keep an eye on the website for more details.


Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) Scotland would like to find out about older people's awareness of the support available for those affected by harm or abuse.  Take 5 minutes to fill out their survey:

The AEA Helpline is 080 8808 8141 (press 2 for Scotland) 
or e-mail

Don’t forget that information about support for those affected by Adult Abuse is available on under Health and Social Care > Help for Adults & Older People > Adult Protection. 

All information is available in an easy read format.


Sunday 29 October: The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated at the 9.30am Service and also at 3.00pm. The Sunday Club will meet as usual during the Morning service.  All are welcome to join any of the services.

Sunday 12 November: Due to the change in the time of the morning service, it is planned to hold the Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial earlier than usual. Further details will be advertised in due course.

Friday 27 October: A 'Swap Night' will be held at 7.00pm in the Church Hall. Clothes and accessories in good condition will be welcome. Come and find a bargain, and enjoy light refreshments and good company. Proceeds will go to the church Restoration Fund.

Thank you to all who supported the Coffee Morning on 26 September. As a result, £346.55 was raised for the Macmillan Cancer charity.

Hon President The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine KT
Season 2017/2018
Our curling season begins in October. To encourage new members we will be organising COME AND TRY sessions. These will be held in the newly refurbished Kinross Curling Facility which is our home rink. The sessions will be held in the evenings or weekends. Transport will be provided and you will have the opportunity to chat about curling and the internal weekly leagues within Broomhall Curling Club, our bonspiels against neighbouring clubs, our social events, and how you can enjoy participating in a competitive, enjoyable team sport as a member. Most of our members are from Dunfermline and the surrounding villages.

For further details, please contact Ian on 07989 280785 or Bob on 07484 664817.


The situation with the Beaver Colony has eased slightly over the last month and there are still a couple of places left, but they are likely to be filled fast. By the time you read this, a planned outing to the Kinghorn Lifeboat Station will have taken place, thus completing the last item of the Beaver Safety Badge. The take up for this event has been very good.

The Cub Pack enjoyed an evening activity, courtesy of Tesco, completing the Farm to Fork Food Trail. This was despite a slight mix up over which store in Dunfermline was hosting the event. Our Pack have entered two teams in the Dunfermline District 5-a-side football competition which is taking place on the last Saturday of September at Dunfermline High School. We wish the teams well and eagerly await the results.

The older members of the Scout Troop and Explorer unit are now all geared up for their two-day overnight expedition to be held on the middle weekend of the school holidays. For the younger Scouts, an overnight camp will be held at Fordell Firs in conjunction with this expedition.

Despite a poor Group turnout at the Dunfermline District Sports Day held at Pitreavie Stadium, those that attended enjoyed a good day of friendly competition.

The Group is preparing for our annual fund raising event, The Scout Christmas Post; please look out for our advertisement in next month's Bulletin for further details and cost. 
Peter Philp
Group Scout Leader
01383 852612
116th Fife Scout Group
Registered Charity Number SC031132

For the first time in Fife, we have one plan for the future of public services - our vision for Fife for the next ten years. One plan that the Council and its partners have signed up to and which provides a vision for Fife for the next ten years.

It’s simple, it’s straightforward, and it puts fairness at the heart of everything we do, bringing together Fife’s communities and services in a way that means everyone can get involved in improving their neighbourhoods and creating a fairer Fife.

Our research team looked closely at communities across Fife to find out all sorts of information from population changes to employment prospects. We spoke to local people about their priorities and highlighted lots of different issues that you feel public services need to focus on.

Some areas are thriving, some are doing ok, but there are other areas of Fife where there are real challenges. Too many Fifers are living in poverty – and that’s not acceptable.
This new plan puts fairness at the heart of everything we do, bringing services and communities together in new ways.

Our focus is on tackling poverty and inequality and preventing problems before they become too big and expensive to fix. And the best bit about this new way of working is that communities will be involved in decisions that affect them. This includes you.
We’re asking people for their views right now – check it out and leave your comments online, because this will shape the way we all work in the future. 

Find out more at


A day trip on a vintage bus across the new Queensferry Crossing was recently organised by the Club and was thoroughly enjoyed by 53 members of the community as well as visitors from Canada. They all had a brilliant time.  

The Golf Club catering will continue with the following opening hours: 
  Monday: Closed
  Tuesday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Wednesday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Thursday: 11.00am- 8.00pm
  Friday: 11.00am-2.30pm 
  Saturday: 10.00am-4.00pm
  Sunday: 12.00pm-4.00pm

The clubhouse and catering are available for any function of up to 80 people. The buffet menu is available on request.  

Tuesdays: 7.30pm, Bingo.
Thursdays: 8.30pm, Quiz Night, £1 entry.
Upcoming events include the Monthly Quiz on Saturday 14 October, 8.30pm, £2 entry. 


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 
Monthly Quiz: Saturday 14 October, 8.30pm, £2 entry. 
Sky TV and free Wi-Fi. Associate membership £10 per annum, £4 concessions
Q’zine Catering: also available for all functions. 

Steelend Miners’ Club
Wednesday 27 September, 7.00 pm: Prize Bingo in aid of Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party. Any donations for prizes or raffle would be very much appreciated.
Sunday 1 October, 2.00-4.00 pm: Kids’ Afternoon Club. £1 entry, plus 50p for a burger or hot dog; £2 adults.  A fun afternoon with games and activities.
Sunday 15 October, 2.00-4.00 pm: Vintage Afternoon Tea, tickets £5 on sale in the club.
Friday 20 October, 9.00 pm: Carly Schiavone (a great vocalist), £3 entry plus supper.
Please come along.

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
31 October, 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre

Highland Dancing Classes from 22 Aug
Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm
Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm
Tel Betty on 852610

Adult Badminton from 21 Aug
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre T: 852610

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

Saline & Steelend Heritage Society
Wednesday 25 October, 7.00pm for 7.30pm, Saline Church Hall

Sambangra Drumming Group
Tuesdays, 7.00pm-8.30pm, £2
Steelend Club

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Afternoon Craft Group 
Every second Tuesday from 5 September. Everyone is invited to join with any sewing, knitting or craft - and enjoy the blether! 2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall.

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club, North Road, Saline, Fife KY12 9LN
Telephone: 01383 852874   Website:  Also on Facebook.
Riding lessons for children and adults of all ages and stages.
Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) instruction for 5-20 year olds.
Everyone welcome.
Just call or email to book.

Shieldbank Coffee Shop
Telephone: 01383 852621 Also on Facebook.
Open Tuesdays to Sundays 9.30 am- 6.00 pm.
Craft Group meet here on Thursday mornings 10.00 am until lunchtime. 
New: Group for Amateur Photographers meet on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm.

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