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Issue 67 May 2018

posted 29 Apr 2018, 16:34 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 21 May 2018, 15:23 ]


Great News! We have just been awarded £1,000 from The Pilot Trust to keep the Saline & Steelend Community Bulletin going for the next twelve months. The Pilot Trust commented;

“The trustees noted that the Bulletin continues to achieve the community spirit objectives of the Trust when it was conceived; in particular they felt that the commitment shown by the volunteers should be highly commended.”

There is a condition and that is that our community shows a financial commitment too with matched funding.

Would you/your community group/business be willing to make a donation to keep the Saline and Steelend Community bulletin going for the next twelve months?

Due to the success of the bulletin we need to budget to run to twelve pages for each edition.

Thank you to our dedicated team of over fifteen individuals currently involved in getting the bulletin to every household in our community, both online and/or as a paper copy, at a cost of only £190 per month. Launched over six years ago, and this is our 67th edition, it has become a reliable source of local information, activities and events.

Funding bodies will no longer provide on-going financial support for community bulletins such as ours. They are however happy to consider “communications costs” as an entry in a funding application. If you are applying to a funding body for a project, it would be great from the bulletin point of view if you would include such an entry in your application and let us know.

You can also sign up for the e-bulletin by going to to receive a monthly email link – you get to be one of the first to see the village news!

Please do pass on this appeal to anyone who might be interested in supporting us.

                                                      Yours hopefully, 

Mark Baugh 

Co-ordinator of the Saline & Steelend Communications Group 
T: 01383 851059 


There was a reasonable attendance at April's meeting despite more freezing weather.
David Chisholm welcomed some new faces and said that there was no bad or sad news on the agenda. He remarked on the school's successful “Saline's Got Talent” event and those who had attended praised the children's contributions. The school's increased contribution to community life was also welcomed

The main focus of the meeting was traffic problems on Main Street.

Community Champion
It had been hoped that the “Dunfermline Press” would accept the nomination of the Playpark Group for their sterling work in raising funds to improve facilities for children. Unfortunately their work didn’t fit any of the categories. 

Playpark Group
A start to the much needed drainage works was due to start on 23rd April but there was no sign of the contractor. Nevertheless the project is anticipated to be completed on schedule.
Steelend Park

Steelend Residents Association has agreed to take forward improvements to the children's play area and are investigating funding opportunities with help from Cllr Helen Law. The proposals are for the works shown in the community consultations. Good luck to the Association and please contribute to fund-raising activities 

Community Action Plan and Community Centre

There is nothing to report but the key factor is prospective funders' requirement of an updated Community Action Plan. There was concern from some at the meeting over the suggestion mentioned previously about redevelopment of the Community Centre site. For the avoidance of doubt, the Community Council recognises that a community centre is an essential part of an expanding community. However, whilst Fife Council continue to meet the costs of keeping the centre open for the time being there is no guarantee that they will do so in perpetuity.

Traffic and Road Safety 
Another vehicle has gone off at the bends on the West Road, this time apparently with injuries that might focus minds. The good news is that Fife Council intends to resurface the bends in question 

Saline Smilers
There is now a possibility of the group being accommodated in the school. As mentioned in previous Bulletins, this group offers a great opportunity for mums and toddlers, particularly new residents, to make new friends. Once again, if you are interested in attending or helping out, please contact Nicola Smith at

Fireworks Night
Fife Council has been consulted and an application to stage an event at Saline Golf Club is being prepared. A group to arrange the event and raise funds is being formed. If you are interested in being part of the group or helping out, please contact Laura Chesby at or via the Saline Facebook page.  
Those lucky enough to attend Drew McCulloch's entertainment night in Saline Golf Club will testify to a great experience. Drew has offered to provide entertainment after the display and might be introducing some new music, including one on our community. 
While people like Drew and volunteers are giving their services free, money requires to be raised for the display. Please contribute to events and raffles so that a successful event can be organised and that future events can be organised with confidence.

Community Resilience
Progress has been made regarding a group to co-ordinate a community response to events like events like the “Beast from the East” and more information will be available in future Bulletins. In the meantime, one of Fife Council's Resilience Team will be attending a community council meeting. The Emergency Resilience Newsletter will be available shortly on the Saline and Steelend, and West Fife Villages web sites. The newsletter describes some community action throughout Fife and gives some useful tips. Anyone without web access can contact Emma Palmer on 03451 555555 ext 442373.

Blair House Legacy Fund 
Saline and Steelend's share of the Blair House Trust's remaining funds will be used to support activities in the community. As these funds are limited, it is vital that they are used wisely. Accordingly, priority will be given to applications that give best benefits to the whole community, can be used as match funding or those that cannot raise funds by other means. Details on how to apply are being prepared. 

Blair House Site Restoration
David Chisholm, Donald Murdoch and two Kinneddar Park residents attended a meeting with our 3 councillors, Oakley and Comrie Community Council, Fife Council and the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust to agree how best to involve the communities in the after use of the site. A small committee will be formed to ensure that communities are fully involved.
Robin Caldow updated on progress following the recent consultations. Revised plans have been prepared and will be displayed shortly. The main changes are a reduction in the height of the bund south of Cowstrandburn and amendments to the large pond. 

The bond secured by Fife Council is £3.1m, which sounds a lot, but restoration to the original plans has now been estimated at over £9m. Consequently, SMRT's focus is to get the site to a safe condition where it can be transferred to an owner who will work with the communities to develop a local resource. It is likely that this will be Forest Enterprise Scotland.

Kinneddar Park residents raised the position regarding a memorial to the men who died in the Kinneddar Colliery fire. This will be incorporated into the development of the site following the reinstatement works. There will be further discussion on the questions on car parking raised during the consultations.

Main Street Parking and Road Corridor
Numerous people have raised the issue of congestion and road safety issues around the Saline shop and suggestions had been made for improvements. Problems around the school are also well known while West Road complaints continue. It was felt that the possibility of carrying out an exercise to prepare a co-ordinated approach to the road corridor through Steelend and Saline should be investigated. 

There was support for improved parking at the bus turning circle and David Chisholm has prepared sketches for a proposal to provide a green space for the school in the field to the west that would provide additional parking and an improved pedestrian access to the school. This would require the co-operation of the field's owners.

West Fife Villages Community Councils Forum
The Forum was originally formed in the 1980s as part of an initiative between the then authorities and the Scottish Development Agency to address issues arising from the decline in the local mining industry. As part of this, several projects were carried out in Saline and Steelend.

The original intention was that community councils would co-operate on issues that affected all West Fife villages but over a number of years this focus was lost along with the effectiveness of the Forum. The situation has now been reached that the current membership is considering winding up the group. However, there is a need for a collective approach to the West Fife Villages to enable our voices to be held and to press for much-needed change. Our three councillors are united with several communities who feel that a Forum should continue. Nevertheless, the format needs to be changed and with a focus on clearly defined priorities. In particular, councillors and our own community council feel that participation should not be restricted to community councils and that others should be encouraged to participate. There is a specific desire to involve more younger people.
There is to be a meeting in Oakley Community Centre at 7.30pm on 31st May to decide whether the current Forum should continue. This will be followed by an open meeting to discuss how the current or a new forum should be organised to better address the many issues in the area. Please take an opportunity to have your say on this.   

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 29th May at 7.30 in Saline Community Centre. It can be seen that things are progressing on a number of issues but there are also challenges to be faced. 

Why not come along and have your say? Everyone is encouraged to participate in a friendly way.


The Beaver Colony has now swung into action after the holiday; they have inspected their garden plot at Carnock in preparation for the planting out of the bedding plants as part of their Gardener Badge. In May they hope to have a trip to the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Later in the term they are planning on doing some pond dipping and having a nature walk/bug hunt.

The Cub Pack have also got off to a good start with a planned walk over Saline Hill near the end of May. Before that, they have the Mowgli Shield Competition at the end of April and in mid-May the District Cub Camp. Congratulations to Kay our ACSL on completing all her training and thus gaining a coveted Wood Badge. We now eagerly await the presentation.

The Scout Troop have the Gibb Bugle - the annual District Scout Camping Competition - to be held over the weekend 5/6 May at Nineacres campsite at Crook of Devon. Despite this year having a young team they have been practicing hard, and we wish them well. Meanwhile they are pushing ahead with the plans for their trip to the Satellite Camp at Blair Atholl.

The Explorer Unit are putting in place plans for an overnight expedition and an introductory hill walk.

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


The last meeting for Saline Environmental Group was a talk on Marine Wildlife. This was delivered by the passionate and enthusiastic Tara Proud from the Marine Conservation Society. As well as learning about some interesting sea life, the talk also discussed the important topic of plastics pollution. 

This month on Friday 11 May we will be finding out about BATS!! 

Richard Smith (countryside ranger) will start by giving a short talk which will be followed by some bat monitoring round the village. 

This event is open to children (age 10 and up accompanied by an adult) and adults alike. 

As this type of event tends to be very popular spaces are limited to 30 places. If you wish to attend the event please confirm your attendance by emailing

Date Friday 11 May
Time 8.00- 9.30 pm
Location Church Hall and village environs

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. 


We are delighted to welcome our new café manager Leona Fozzard and our new café assistant Magda Stobiecka to the Brightside Community Café team and wish them a successful and happy time with us. We look forward to seeing the café develop over the coming months as both of them settle into their new roles. Please let Leona know if you have any suggestions for improvements or any comments. You can contact her through the café Facebook page or email address given below.

Our outside seating area has been tidied up for the warmer weather over the coming months, with some lovely new planters – thank you to the Bandrum maintenance team for all their help with this.


Facebook: Brightside Community Cafe 

Friends Indeed

Brightside’s befriending service at Bandrum Nursing Home is happy to report that it is now up and running with its first matched befriender/befriendee. We are looking forward to seeing this friendship develop and to further matches being made over the next few months. 

Susan has started running some training sessions and these will continue until our current volunteers feel confident and ready to be matched with a resident. Our aim is to provide companionship for residents who don’t have regular visitors, enjoying any activities they might like to try – art, board games, listening to music, a little bit of gardening, a walk round the grounds, visiting the café or simply chatting. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and do something worthwhile so why not have a chat to see if this could be what you’re looking for. If you are interested in joining Susan’s team of volunteer befrienders or would like to know more please call her on 07853 946949 or email 

Training and support is provided throughout your voluntary work.

Brightside Community Café SCIO is a registered charity and the Trustees are grateful for the support of Bandrum Nursing Home which provides the café facilities and to the Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery whose grant has enabled us to start the Friends Indeed befriending project.

Are You That Winner? 

Win a place on Liz Harvey’s 2 day Creative Watercolour Workshop Saturday 12 May @ Cherry Tree Lodge. Liz invites you to have some fun and unleash your creativity trying out new techniques and materials, exploring the possibilities of this exciting medium. All welcome, beginners & more experienced artists. 

Materials will be provided and a scrumptious lunch. 

All you need to do is join locate Liz’s workshop in “upcoming meetups” where you will find the answer to the following question. “Where did Liz gain her Art History Degree?” 

Send your answer to with your contact number – entries will be drawn from a hat and the winner contacted on Wed 9 May. If you do not have access to the internet but would still like to enter call Mark on 07940 421038. 


None other than Jim Leishman was our most recent guest speaker and he entertained us with stories from his life, career, charity work, and, of course, his time managing the Pars. We got to see his wonderful array of medals and trophies and thoroughly enjoyed his visit to Saline.

Our final event is on Wednesday 16 May, in the Church Hall, 7.00pm for 7.30pm - our chairperson, Barry Doyle, will be giving a talk on the History of Bandrum as well as our AGM. Everyone is welcome and it is your chance to give us feedback on our events and to suggest anything else the Society could do in the future.

Tina is continuing to collect many photos and stories about education in Saline and Steelend and our museum will open on Sunday 10 June.

Finally, thank you to everyone who has supported us this winter in attending our speaker events, come hail, rain or - dare I mention the word - snow.


A reminder that Kirklands Garden will open again for charity on Sunday May 20 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Entrance fee £5.00, children free.

This year has been a challenge with our terrible winter weather (there was a 3 metre snow drift on top of the greenhouse and another in the garden!)

We have lived at Kirklands for 40 years and opened our garden for 25 years. Even after 40 years we still have many plans for the future! The garden is about two acres including woodland garden, walled garden, herbaceous borders. In May the bluebells are in flower and so are the meconopsis (blue poppies), tulips and rhododendrons.

Delicious cream teas will be served in the marquee and there will be a plant stall with plants raised in the garden so you know they’ll survive in our part of Fife!

If any village group would like a presence during the opening either with a stall or leaflets we would love you to be involved and we’re always looking for helpers. Please call 852737 or 07787 115477, or e-mail 
Check out our Facebook page - Kirklands House and Garden, Saline.

Please come along.

60% of the entry fees will go to Saline Environmental Group who carry out sterling work around Saline and Steelend to improve our local environment. The other 40% will go to Scotland Garden Scheme charities (Maggie’s, Perennial, Qnis, and NTS).

Thank you to The Saline & District Horticultural and Handcraft Amateur Society for sponsoring this edition of the bulletin. 


May 19 sees the Carnock Woods Coming Alive Event at the Vine Conference Centre in Dunfermline. 

This is a ticketed event for those who have registered an interest in getting permission to build a hut in Carnock Woods. 

If you didn’t register but live within three miles of the wood, don’t despair! You can still enter the ballot for one of the two hut sites reserved for local inhabitants. 

Just e-mail me on, answering a few simple questions:

    1 Name

    2 Address

    3 Phone

    4 Email address

    5 Why I would like a hut at Carnock Woods (50 words maximum)

    6 How often I would use it

    7 What activities I am interested in

I will then get back to you to tell you what to do next. This is the last chance to have a chance of getting a hut site. Of course, there will still be a number of hurdles before you can start building but I will explain those to you.

We are still hoping to build an outdoor classroom for the local schools but that will have to wait for the hutters’ group to form.

It’s getting closer and we will keep everyone informed of progress via this Bulletin.


Discount Morning

From April 1, every Tuesday between 10.00am and 12.00noon will be DISCOUNT MORNING!

A cup of tea or coffee and any cake will be £2.50.

Floral Tea

On May 1 from 12.00noon till 4.00pm, Shieldbank Coffee Shop will be hosting a celebration of spring by having a flower-themed Afternoon Tea. As well as our normal coffees and teas, there will be flower and fruit teas, flower-themed cakes and the whole coffee shop will be decorated to suit. The cost of an afternoon tea with sandwiches will be £10, but you can just drop in for a coffee and cake as usual.

Heartfulness Meditation
 every Wednesday 7pm @ Cherry Tree Lodge


– like to join? Just call Mark on 07940 421038 
   or 01383 851059 to book your place.


North Road, Saline. Telephone: 01383 852874 

Your local centre for everything to do with horses or ponies. 

Learn the traditional way to ride horses or ponies, and/or learn to care for them. Regular lessons from £19 per week. Private or small group lessons are available, as are special Easter Holiday Courses and Pony Days for children.

If you like gymnastics, why not join our equestrian vaulting team and learn to do gymnastics on horseback (Age 5 – 20)?

Everyone is welcome!, email: Also on Facebook.


Action Fraud are warning of fraudsters phoning to provide a 'Telephone Preference Service' and asking for bank account details to cover a one-off charge

Victims instead see unauthorised monthly debits deducted from their accounts. There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS) and it is FREE. Register at Report fraud to Action Fraud at or call 0300 123 2040.


Scotrail has launched a new ticket for off-peak day return travel from Fife to Edinburgh or Dundee costing £5. It will be available from Monday 16 April until Friday 15 June.

The ticket – called the ‘Fife Fiver'– will allow off-peak day return travel between Fife and Edinburgh or Dundee any time after 10.00 until 15.30, and then from 18.30 on weekdays. At weekends, the ticket can be used at any time.

This ticket is only available online, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other rail promotional offers, Kids Go Free, Railcards or to upgrade to first class.

This offer is in addition to our ‘Delay Repay’ scheme, where customers who have been delayed by 30 minutes or more can claim compensation for the inconvenience.

Please note, to be eligible for this offer you'll need a My ScotRail account, and your registered account address must be in one of these postcodes: DD6, FK10, KY1 to KY16.


The Dogs Trust Freedom Project is a dog fostering service for people who are fleeing domestic abuse in several areas of England, as well as the Central Belt of Scotland.

People fleeing domestic abuse are usually unable to take their dogs with them into a refuge so in many cases they are reluctant to leave their home until they know there is somewhere safe for their pets.

Dogs Trust offers a solution by placing dogs into the homes of volunteer foster carers for up to six months, until their owners are rehoused and can take them back. Dogs Trust covers all of the dog’s expenses during that time, including food and veterinary costs.

If you would like to refer your dog to our service, or you are interested in becoming a volunteer foster carer, please visit or call us on 0808 169 4315.


Fife Council has started the regeneration of coastal communities within South West Fife supported by the award of £300,000 from the Big Lottery Coastal Communities Fund.

This funding will support the creation of new business units providing over 800 sqm of space for new and existing companies, a Kincardine town centre improvement/s programme and access improvements linking Devilla Forest to the Fife Coastal Path via Kincardine.

These projects support the delivery of the Longannet Task Force action plan by helping to diversify the local economy and encourage new enterprise into an area with a strong tradition of industry. The creation of new modern business infrastructure and the support to tourism assets across the area is also consistent with community aspirations including those within the 2017 Kincardine Charrette and other area-wide Participatory Budgeting exercises.

A planning application for the new business units has now been submitted to Fife Council as planning authority and the town centre improvement scheme will be launched in May 2018. Scoping and delivery of the Devilla Forest access improvements is also progressing well assisted by delivery support from Forestry Enterprise Scotland and Police Scotland.


Saline Golf Club: May Events

Saturday 12 May: Monthly Quiz Starts 8.30pm Entry £2 per person. New teams most welcome

Saturday 19 May: Prosecco Afternoon Tea (Royal Wedding). Dress for the occasion. From 11am. Tickets £10

Sunday 20 May: Jam Session starts 7pm. Come along and jam or sing with local musicians.

Saturday 26 May: Live Music from Dionne Hickey. Tickets £5

All tickets available from the bar.
We have free Wi-Fi and BT sports.
Food available Tuesday-Sunday.
Bingo every Tuesday, 7.30pm start. Quiz night every Thursday, £1 entry.
Full Golf Membership £295, Junior Golf Membership £10, Social Membership £10.

Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Saline Church Hall

Every Thursday 6.00pm-7.30pm
Saline Church Hall

Saline Environmental Group
Bat Walk,
Friday 11 May, 8.00- 9.30 pm
Church Hall and village environs

Kirklands Garden Opening
Sunday May 20, 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
Entrance fee £5.00, children free.

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

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

Craft and Chatter
Thursdays 10.00am-12.00noon
Last Friday of month 7.00pm-9.00pm
Shieldbank Coffee Shop

Saline & Steelend Heritage Society
Wednesday 16 May
Barry Doyle on History of Bandrum
Also AGM
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. Everyone is invited to join with any sewing, knitting or craft - and enjoy the blether! 2pm-4pm, Saline Church Hall.

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
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.

                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group