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Issue 62 November 2017

posted 4 Nov 2017, 18:36 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 2 Dec 2017, 15:03 ]


A clash with Halloween meant that a number of regular attendees were unable to attend October’s Community Council Meeting. However, those that were present, including Cllrs Bobby Clelland and Kate Stewart, participated in discussions across a broad range of topics.

Action Plan Review and Possible Community Centre Acquisition
Sadly the Community Council’s application to the Comrie Environment Trust for a contribution towards the cost of appointing a consultant to carry out this work had been turned down. It was agreed that it would be impossible to consider community acquisition of Saline Community Centre unless a thorough evaluation of options had been carried out and a robust business plan prepared.  Efforts to obtain funding for this work would continue.

Housing Development behind The Glebe
An objection had been lodged to the proposed construction of a double garage at 3 The Glebe on the grounds that the application had to be considered in relation to the earlier application for five new homes on the land behind The Glebe.

Accidents on West Road
Tom Dodds’ efforts to get Fife Council’s transportation team to take seriously the high number of vehicles leaving the road and overturning on the bends just outside the village have achieved a small success. Officers have been asked to examine the road surface to establish whether it is a contributory factor. Several drivers have described a sudden loss of grip as they approach the bends. The meeting was also concerned that there seems to be little communication between Police Scotland - who attend the accidents - and Fife Council, allowing the latter to claim that the figures don’t justify action being taken.

Blair House Open Cast
The meeting was pleased to learn that Fife Council has settled its action against Royal and Sun Alliance over the insurance bond and will receive approximately £3.2m towards the cost of reinstating the land. Sadly, the insurer’s efforts to avoid their responsibilities have delayed the work by several years and the scale of the task is greater than it would have been. On a more positive note, the Council has publicly stated its intention to involve local communities in planning the restoration.

Brightside Community Café Befriending Project
David Chisholm reported the recent launch of this initiative. The intention is to tackle the issues of loneliness and isolation and to recruit local residents who are willing to spend a few hours each month with elderly and infirm people. An application form is available and it will be necessary for anyone applying to complete a PVG disclosure form. This is not as daunting or difficult as it might appear!  More information is available from Michelle at Brightside Community Café on 852030 Ext 206 or  Several people at the meeting remarked on the excellent coffee, cakes, soup and hot snacks available between 11.00am and 3.00pm Wednesday to Saturday. It’s well worth a trip out to Bandrum!

Paths Network
The meeting had the opportunity to learn about a number of initiatives that will improve and extend the opportunities to explore the countryside around Saline and Steelend.  Through her involvement with Fife Access Forum, Linda Moyes has succeeded in getting action taken over the dangerous section of the core path through Saline Glen. The intention is to introduce a diversion across the ‘dog-walking field’ on to the road, and back into The Glen just beyond Ravenscraig. The meeting also welcomed Robert Squair’s plans for new woodlands on the Killernie Farm lands behind Steelend and up towards Upper (High!) Steelend.  The planting will incorporate paths that should provide opportunities for circular walks up, down and around Saline Hill. The Heritage Society has produced a leaflet publicising two circular heritage trails taking in Steelend and Bandrum, and around Saline Golf Course. It was also noted that a sign has been put up on the path behind Bandrum directing people towards the Memorial Woodland. Finally, Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust has been notified that its application to LEADER for £50k towards the cost of the Saline to Bickramside path can proceed to Stage 2. Fingers crossed!


Everyone enjoyed our last talk on The Lost Village of Lassodie and learnt that none other than Sean Connery used to visit there as a boy. There is now no trace of the village apart from the war memorial close to the road.
Our next event is on Wednesday 15 November when Dr Sue Hamstead will deliver a talk on The Wemyss Caves. As it is our last event before Christmas, there will be a variety of refreshments on offer as well as the usual tea/coffee and biscuits.
The coffin house dig is progressing well and finds range from roof tiles to old Smarties tubes and crisp packets. Our exhibition theme for next year will be Schools so if you have any photos or stories to tell, please let a member of the committee know.


The Beaver Colony enjoyed their trip to the Life Boat Station at Kinghorn and so completed their Safety Badge; well done to all.
The Cub Pack took part in the Dunfermline District 5-a-side football competition and came in at a very close third place; again, well done.
The Scout Troop and Explorer Unit successfully completed their two day overnight expedition during the school holiday, thus completing their Expedition Challenge Award. Congratulations to all.
The Group is now gearing up to take part in the Annual Scout Christmas Post (see local advertisement).
Peter Philp
Group Scout Leader
01383 852612
116th Fife Scout Group
Registered Charity Number SC031132


Along with a number of other Scout Groups in Dunfermline and the surrounding area, we are offering a Christmas Post for 35p per card. Cards will be accepted for:
Aberdour, Alva, Auchtermuchty, Backmuir, Bowershall, Blairhall, Cairneyhill, Carnock, Charlestown, Clackmannan, Coaledge, Comrie, Cowdenbeath, Cowstrandburn, Crombie, Crossford, Crossgates, Culross, Dalgety Bay, Dollar, Donibristle Village, Dunfermline, Fordell Village, Freuchie, Gowkhall, Halbeath, High Valleyfield, Hill of Beath, Hillend, Inverkeithing, Kelty, Kincardine-on-Forth, Kingskettle, Kingseat, Ladybank, Limekilns, Lochgelly, Lumphinnans, Low Valleyfield, Menstrie, Muchart, Newmills, North-Queensferry, Oakley, Pattiesmuir, Pitlessie, Rosyth, Saline, Sauchie, Steelend, Tillicoultry, Torryburn, Townhill, Tullibody, Wellwood.
Cards will not be delivered to any other area

Local collection points are:
GOWKHALL Mr Tom McCreary, 39 Dean Ridge, Gowkhall 
SALINE Mrs Gail Clark, 14 Henderson Place, Saline
Mr Peter Philp, 70 Upper Kinneddar, Saline
STEELEND Mr John Williams, 5 Knockhill View, Steelend (evenings)
Last date for collection Tuesday 12 December at 5pm
116th Fife Scout Group 
Scottish Charity Number SC031132

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David Chisholm has had a meeting with the Site Manager and Clerk of Works. Campion Homes, the contractor, are aware of the problems Allanwater had and are anxious to do better. Operations that might create mud on the road will be carefully scheduled so that cleaning machines are on standby to deal with the mess. They are also endeavouring to avoid having articulated lorries delivering materials to avoid the road being blocked while they manoeuvre.


The Walking the Wizard event, funded jointly by the Community Council and the Development Trust, will take place on Saturday 11 November. Carve a pumpkin and bring it to Steelend MWC. There will be a prize for this, so make it scary and don't forget to put in an LED!

There will be a lantern making workshop in Steelend Club between 10am and 3pm, open to all adults and children. 

In the evening, there will be a procession from the Glen entrance to Steelend Club where soup and hot dogs will be available. Last year’s event attracted over 200 people. Let’s see if we can do even better this year! For further information, please contact Marylla on, or Ian on 

Star Walk

The Saline Environmental Group are holding a Star Walk on Friday 8 December with star and planet spotting, and 'hopping', star stories from around the world, and special connections between us and the stars. The meeting point is Saline Church Hall at 18.45. We will walk to the fire walk field (West Road) to star gaze. Ages 10 + - but all welcome. U16s must be accompanied by an adult. The event will mostly be outdoors but will take place indoors if there is unsuitable weather. There will be a low tech approach with binoculars only (if you have them) and a small torch (rear bike lights are good). Wrap up warm and welly boots are recommended. Our guide is Isobel Gibson who describes herself as an enthusiastic amateur!

There will be refreshments at the end in the Church Hall with hot snacks, coffee, tea and soft drinks available. This is a free community event. Please visit the Saline Environmental Group page and, if coming, click interested or text 07890 109308.

Decoration of Christmas Tree and Lights

Saline Environmental Group will be putting the lights on the spruces in the Church grounds.
Anyone willing to help would be most welcome. Contact us on 01383 852705.


Remembrance Sunday, Sunday 12 November
The Service of Remembrance will be held at the War Memorial in the Church grounds at 10.15 am immediately after the short morning service. All are invited to attend. Tea and coffee will be available in the hall after the service.

Advent and Christmas Celebrations
Sunday 3 December, 9.30am, service for First Sunday in Advent, Saline Church
Sunday 10 December, 9.30am, service for Second Sunday in Advent, Saline Church
Sunday 10 December, 3.00pm, Presbytery Praise Service for Advent, Cowdenbeath North Church.
Sunday 17 December, 9.30am, service for Third Sunday in Advent, Saline Church
Sunday 17 December, 2.30 - 4.30 pm Family Christmas Party, Saline Church Hall
Wednesday 20 December, 6.15-7.30pm, carols at Saline Golf Club (followed by mince pies and mulled wine) 
Sunday 24 December, 9.30am, service for Fourth Sunday in Advent, Saline Church
Sunday 24 December, 6.30pm, Family Service for Christmas Eve, Saline Church
Sunday 24 December, 11.30pm, Christmas Eve Watchnight Service, Saline Church
Monday 25 December, 10.00am, Christmas Day Service, Saline Church


Saturday 11 November:  Psychic Night, tickets £10, private readings available after floor show @ £10, 7.00pm start.

Friday 24 November:  Schiehallion - top Scottish folk group, tickets £3, 8.00pm start.

Friday 8 December:  Abbamania, tickets £10.

BT Sport and free Wi-Fi is available. Full golf membership is now only £60 to play until 1 April 2018. 
Our Christmas menu will be available from Friday 1 December, please see below. Booking is essential.

2 COURSES £12.45
3 COURSES £16.45


After further discussion with the Forestry Commission and wind turbine operator, the broadleaf woodland planting programme for Saline Hill has been slightly revised, as detailed on the plan shown here:

The Fife Council Archaeologist has confirmed that there is no archaeological interest within the proposed planting areas.
Pedestrian gates are to be provided at the bottom and top of Compartment 1 to enable passage through this area up to Saline Hill, and a low-lying more accessible area has been identified for involvement by the local primary school and scout group.

Do you sometimes run out of food waste bags for your compost caddy? Resource Efficient Solutions, Fife Council’s arms-length company, have teamed up with Fife Sports and Leisure Trust to provide food waste bags to Fife’s householders. Food waste bags are now available at Leisure Centres in Fife for £1.30 for a roll of 25 bags. Food waste bags will continue to be delivered to households as well as sold at Leisure Centres. Details of Fife’s food waste recycling and a full list of leisure centres taking part can be found at


We’ve seen an intriguing change in the people seeking work with us. Not only have the number of great people applying to work at Bandrum increased but we’ve seen an interesting shift to people who are choosing to do bank, part time or relief work with us.
While our good reputation is still attracting people to apply to our posts and part-time jobs with people coming from further afield, we are also seeing more and more nurses and carers with a wealth of experience who either want to do the odd bank/relief shift or, say, one night per week with us to supplement their current jobs. When asked, these people say it’s great to keep their professional skills developing and to meet new people.

We have also seen an increase in experienced nurses who have just retired from their NHS jobs deciding to come to us to maintain their skills. They are enjoying the different atmosphere, the chance to get to know the residents and the feeling they are making a difference to people’s lives.

One nurse who joined us recently said: 
“It’s like a family here. You get a chance to get to know your residents, and the support and learning available to staff is excellent.” 

Let me begin with saying thank you to everyone who attended our Befriending Launch; it was a great success with a lot of applications packs being asked for. Also, thank you to the lovely residents for attending and the staff of Bandrum for all their help and support. We had a special visit from Douglas Chapman MP; he was very interested in what we are doing and is going to let us write something for his website. We do not have any events on in November but keep an eye on our December events that will be coming up. If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch with me.
Michelle Graham, Manager
Contact: 07869581599



Fifers are being urged to make sure they don’t risk losing their vote because they’ve not returned their annual canvass form.

Annual canvass forms were sent to every household at the start of August. The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who need to register to vote individually. 

Although this isn’t a registration form, it’s still important that you complete it. The information you provide will enable us to send a separate individual registration form to all the people in your household who are eligible and need to register.

Linda Bissett, Electoral Registration Officer for Fife, said: “Anyone who wants to vote must be registered so if you haven’t already, simply check the form and reply as soon as possible. It’s also important to include 14 and 15 year-olds on the form as 16 year-olds are able to vote in Local Government elections. This is so they are on the register when they become old enough to vote. For those households who have replied, we’ve also been sending out invitations to individuals who aren’t currently registered to vote so that they can to do so. It’s also important that you reply if you receive this invitation. 

"To make sure as many people as possible can have their say in any upcoming elections, electoral registration canvassers will also be out and about across Fife in the next few weeks. If they visit you, I would encourage you to take the time and complete the form with them if you haven’t already so that you don’t lose your vote.”

Registering to vote is quick and easy. If you’re not currently registered, you can find out how to register at


If you are hearing or speech impaired and cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone. Emergency SMS is part of the standard 999 service which has been designed specifically for people with hearing loss or difficulty with speech. You will only be able to use this service if you have registered with Emergency SMS first. Register now: don’t wait for an emergency. To register, text ‘register’ to 999. You will get a reply –then follow the instructions you are sent. For more information go to:



This takes place on 24 November with the theme ‘Making Connections, Getting Support’. Having the right information at the right time can make a huge difference when you are looking after someone. Further information at: 
and including the Looking After Someone guide.

Cherry Tree Lodge

Need a spare room for family and friends at Christmas?

Cherry Tree Lodge is open over Christmas and New Year and we will be glad to host your nearest and dearest. Just call Mark to book on 01383 851059. Take a look at, follow us on Facebook and take a look at the unfolding story.


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
28 November, 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre

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

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Saline CC 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 15 November, 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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