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Issue 71 October 2018

posted 2 Oct 2018, 14:45 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 6 Nov 2018, 17:31 ]


The effects of the ‘Beast from the East’ earlier in the year made many people appreciate our vulnerability as a community and the value of having a ‘plan’ for how to deal with emergencies. As a consequence, a group has been formed to work with Fife Council to prepare a Community Resilience Plan.

Sadly, the house fire in which Gail Lamb tragically lost her life further served to remind us how dependent we on the emergency services. A well-attended meeting of the Community Council at the end of September addressed this issue. Representatives of the Fire Service were present to explain the level of service we can expect as a rural community and to participate in a discussion about how individually and collectively we can minimise the possibility of lives being lost in the future. It had previously been suggested that equipment that might help in tackling a fire before the appliances arrive could be kept in the village. The officers present said that it was not realistic to consider untrained people tackling a fire and there was the possibility that doing so could make a situation worse. 

If a fire breaks out the most important thing is to dial 999, provide the address clearly, encourage occupants to evacuate the premises, and alert neighbours. In normal circumstances, an appliance should reach Saline and Steelend in around 20 minutes. The importance of avoiding fires starting in the first place was emphasised. Fire Prevention Officers are very happy to visit any home and advise on measures that might be taken. It was agreed that dealing with this kind of situation should be included in the Community Resilience Plan.

The meeting also addressed the issue of accidents and medical emergencies. Unfortunately the Ambulance Service had not responded to an invitation to attend the meeting. However, two members of Saline First Responders were present to explain the service they can provide. People at the meeting were surprised to learn that the Ambulance Service has very strict rules about the circumstances in which First Responders can be deployed, in particular they cannot attend to anyone under the age of 16. However, if a call is made using the GoodSam app, not only are the emergency services alerted but it will show the names of the three First Responders closest to the incident. They are able to attend to any emergency and assist until an ambulance arrives. Medical emergencies and accidents will also form part of the Community Resilience Plan. 

Editor's Note

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The Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday 7 October at 9.30am when the Church will be suitably decorated. There will be a Thanksgiving Offering which will be given to Christian Aid's work in response to recent Emergencies in different parts of the world.

Saline Primary School will be holding a Harvest Thanksgiving service in the Church on Thursday 4 October at 11.00am.

Remembrance Sunday, 11 November: The Sunday Service will be held as usual at 9.30 am. In recognition of the fact that this will be the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in 1918, the service at the War Memorial will start at 10.55am and the Two Minutes’ Silence observed at 11.00am. Wreaths will then be laid at the War Memorial on behalf of the parish, and other groups and organisations. Tea and coffee will be available in the hall from 10.30am. It is planned to have the church bell rung from 10.30-10.55am to join in the national event. It is hoped to involve a variety of members of the community and that this will be a real community effort.


It has been a quick and busy term with all of our new starts in nursery, Primary 1 and throughout the school settling in well to the Saline school routine. We are delighted to have appointed lots of our pupils into a variety of roles throughout the school. This follows jobs being advertised in the main school entrance, applications submitted and interviews held for certain posts, developing those skills for learning, life and work. The successful candidates are as follows:

School Captains - Mahathi A & Lewis B

Killernie House:
    Captain - Ross C
    Vice-Captain - Hadi S

Sheardrum House:
    Captain - Ella F
    Vice-Captain - to be appointed

Kinneddar House:
    Captain - Ruth W
    Vice-Captain - Archie V

Devonside House:
    Captain - Leah M
    Vice-Captain - Cameron G

Sports Ambassador - Nathan F

ICT Facilitators - Jack M, Findlay C, James C, Alex B, Harry W

Playleader - Calan C

Librarians - Katie H, Annabel S, Robert P, Callum D, Alys C

Our outdoor learning programme has been going well with all classes and nursery out and about around the village on a weekly basis. The P5-7s have also been involved in the conservation of the area opposite the shop as we have approached Fife Council about the possibility of this land becoming a community garden. We hope to pursue this further with support from the Community Council - fingers crossed! The Primary 7 children have also fine-tuned their cycling skills and have completed their Level 1 Bikeability training and will start Level 2 in due course. P6 will start their Level 1 in Term 2.

We are also fortunate to have a music teacher visit the school on a Monday and have had a good uptake in learning the violin. This will be complimented with a music teacher coming in Term 2 as part of the Youth Music Initiative. I did notice in some old school pictures that Saline school used to have a samba drumming band. If anyone could point us in the right direction to get this up and running again we would love to hear from you! Are there any other musicians that would like to share their skills with us?

Talking about the old school pictures; we are trying to create a timeline for boxes of pictures that have been uncovered. Hopefully we can have an open event next term to invite the community into the school to help us. More details to follow.

Term 2 is already shaping up to be a busy one with P5-7 getting involved in WW1 and WW2 Remembrance events and learning about the role of Saline residents in these difficult periods in time. We are always interested in hearing about local stories so if you have any to pass on, please get in touch with the school office. P3/4 have also started an exciting enterprise initiative with Cafe Fresh in Dunfermline and will be creating their own sweet treat that will be sold in the cafe. Details are at the initial planning stages at the moment but more details will follow. The P6 pupils will be visiting Field Studies Centre Kindrogan in November as part of their residential experiences so I will look forward to sharing this with you in the next newsletter.

Lots to look forward to!

Alexis Perkins
Depute Head Teacher
Saline Primary School 


Steelend's Jean Morris got a huge shock last week when she received a message purporting to be from HMRC. When she called the contact number, she was threatened with bailiffs, freezing of her assets and a visit to arrest her from the Police if she didn't pay £3000 in back taxes by 5pm. Fortunately, Jean's not that daft and suspected a scam, especially when the aggressive caller didn't know what HMRC stood for. Nevertheless she had endured a traumatic experience. She contacted HMRC who confirmed that they would have contacted her by post and would have been polite if they did phone. Police officers also confirmed that they knew of the scam and had received a number of calls.

This is a particularly nasty crime and some people could be terrified into coughing up. It is a warning to everyone to be aware of such calls. If you receive a call saying that you owe money, do not give out your bank details. HMRC and financial organisations will not ask you for details over the phone. As Jean did, phone whoever you allegedly owe money to double check. Also inform the police who already have the scammers' phone number.

These apologies for human beings target vulnerable people. Please ensure that anyone you know who is vulnerable is warned of this and other scams. 


We have had a large number of children join the Beaver Colony at the start of the new term, such that we have now reached our maximum permitted number. This should ease after the October holiday when several are due to move up to the Cub Pack. In September, the Beavers held their ‘Chip Shop’ walk to the local chippy for a welcome snack of chips before returning to the hall. In the meantime, the Beavers are continuing to work on the Hike, and Emergency Aid Activity Badges.

On a brighter note we have now recruited, subject to the usual Disclosure Checks, an Assistant Leader to support Jackie, our Beaver Leader.

The Cub Pack held their belated summer outing in September as a fun day, full of activities at Fordell Firs. By the time you read this, the Cubs will have had a visit to the Kelpies to try their hand at night-time photography as the concluding part of the Photographer Activity Badge They are also continuing to work on the Collector and Cyclist Activity Badges. Work is also progressing on the Outdoor, Team Leader and Team Work Challenge Awards.

Since the holidays the Scout Troop have recruited two new members and two have moved up from the Cub Pack. The Troop are now embarking on an exciting programme of activities with JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) camp scheduled for October. JOTA is accomplished by communicating with other Scout Groups throughout the world by means of local amateur radio clubs and their short wave radios. Meanwhile, they are continuing to work on the World Challenge Award.

The Explorer Unit recently helped at the Oakley Gala by running the Burger and Hot Dog stall. They have also provided regular support to the Beaver Colony. The Explorers are now working on their Physical and Environmental Challenge Awards.

Though the Beaver Colony has now reached full capacity, there are still places available in the Cub Pack, Scout Troop and Explorer Unit.

In general, preparations are now well in hand for the Scout Christmas Post. Please see our article in the November issue of the Bulletin for further details.

Peter Philp 
Group Scout Leader 
01383 852612 


There was a healthy attendance on a rather dreich evening at the August meeting. Most of the meeting was taken up by the presentation from the Fire Service, reported in more detail elsewhere in this issue.

North Road Playpark

Little progress seems to have been made since last month and people are getting frustrated by the lack of feedback from Fife Council.

Community Centre

Fife Council has agreed in principle to lease part of the building to a pharmacist who can now at least move forward with her proposals. Obviously most folk would welcome a local pharmacy, particularly given the potential to develop other health-related and social activities in the centre. However, it should be noted that the pharmacist has much more work to do before a pharmacy becomes likely.

Remembrance Day

It has been agreed that the service will be at 11.00am and that the Community Council will lay a wreath.

Grit Bins

Complaints have been made about bins being removed. Fife Council's response has been that these bins are on roads and pavements already gritted or are close to another bin. The council has also stated that, once bins have been removed throughout Fife, there will be an opportunity for people to argue the case for some reinstatements. See table below this issue for details.

Oakley Road Safety

Following concerns about speeding on Oakley Road, Transportation were contacted and they advised that two speed tables are to be installed and the Saline signs moved. Unfortunately, the speed limit from the White Gates to Saline remains unchanged. 

One positive aspect is that a number of younger people have expressed an interest in Speedwatch and will be contacted by one of the Saline Team. Remember that voluntary action like this can only be really successful if there is a bigger pool of volunteers. Please consider signing up. 

New Community Council Members 

It has been possible to fill nine of the ten available posts, which compares favourably with other communities throughout Fife. Muriel Phillips and Morag Aitken have stood down and are thanked for their contributions over a fair number of years. Welcome to Anne Buchanan, Ken Wcislo and Alastair Hamilton for joining. There is still a vacancy and anyone interested should get in touch. Don't all rush at once!!

Date of Next Meeting

30 October at 7.30pm at Saline Community Centre. All are welcome. 


Royal Mail is looking to raising awareness of scam mail in our community. Royal Mail never knowingly delivers scam mail and understands the distress that it can cause. Scam mail is illegal and targets the most vulnerable in society and the aim is to put a stop to it.

Scam mail typically involves professional fraudsters sending convincing letters designed to trick people out of money or other valuables. It can include bogus competitions and fake prize draws. This mail mostly originates overseas and is hard to detect.

Anyone can receive scam mail and even the most alert people can be taken in by these criminals.

Royal Mail is committed to doing all it can to protect customers and in 2016 introduced a series of additional measures to reduce the impact. This includes a new industry-wide code of practice for dealing with scam mail as well as a new clause in bulk mail contracts. The company is working with other postal operators in the UK and around the world to share intelligence and take steps to prevent scam mail from entering the UK. To date, Royal Mail has stopped over 4 million suspected pieces of scam at its distribution centres around the UK, before they can be posted through customers' letterboxes.

While Royal continues to tackle this issue vigorously, it is important that we all remain vigilant and report possible scams sent to ourselves, relatives, friends or neighbours. Should you be concerned that you or someone you know has received scam mail, please contact Royal Mail by:

    · writing to Royal Mail at FREEPOST SCAM MAIL enclosing any suspect items or

    · calling the Royal Mail Scam Mail Helpline on 0800 0113 446 or

    · Emailing   


As previously reported in the Bulletin, the annual Firework Display returns to Saline and Steelend on Friday 2 November after an absence of several years. There will be no bonfire but plenty of other activity and entertainment. The event is being promoted by the Community Council and hosted by the Golf Club.

From 6.00pm activities for children and families will be organised by the Play Parks Group, and Ian Holmes-Lewis and Clare Hibbert from the Community Development Trust will be presenting the work they are carrying out with the school that should see the re-emergence of the mysterious Wizard of Saline. 

The fireworks themselves will be at 7.00pm. Food will be available at the Golf Club from 5.00pm but tables will need to be booked. After the fireworks, local song-writer Drew McCullough, accompanied by other musicians, will perform in the Club until late. Tickets for this will be £5 at the door. 

Before the event, the artists will be working with children from Saline  school to create some decorative effects. The theme of the decorations is based around Michael Scot the Wizard of Fife. Along with some story-telling about his life in the Middle Ages (12-13th Century) and some of the myths and legends about him, we will be creating lanterns, decorations and an enchanted garden.

Parents are invited to join in the creation of the decorations and to hear about the wizard:
     P5-6-7 Friday 26th October from 1.30pm in the school hall
     P1-2-3 Friday 2nd November from 1.30pm in the school hall, followed by a walk up to 
     the Golf Club to put the decorations up

     Come and join in!

The Community Council is grateful to Fife Council for a grant of £750 towards the event but tickets for a raffle with cash prizes will go on sale shortly at the Golf Club. The Play Parks Group will also be selling them door to door and they will be available on the night. A book of five tickets is £1. The draw will take place in Saline Golf Club at 6.30pm on Friday 9 November. 


We have a few exciting events coming up.

Prize Bingo Night: 12 October, 7.00pm. Books are £1 each. All are welcome.

Saturday Night Quiz: 13 October, 8.30pm start. Entry is £2 per person. New teams are welcome and the roll over is £211.

Saturday 27 October: the Guest Band is RITZ, as seen on Keep It Country. 8.30pm start, entry £5.

On Friday 2 November at 6.00pm, the Golf Club is hosting the Community Fireworks Display. It is free and all are welcome.

Saturday 1 December: Rod Stewart Tribute, 8.30pm, tickets £10, on sale now from the bar.


GoodSam and Saline First Responders are partnering up to enable the community to call 999 through the Alerter App. By using the app, nearby Saline First Responders will be instantly alerted of a cardiac emergency, thereby harnessing local first aid skills until the ambulance arrives.

The Alerter App is available on iOS, Android and Windows stores. To use it:

1 Download The App. Try out a SIMULATION and then simply leave the app running in the background of your phone.

2 In An Emergency, Open The App And Press The Red Button. Confirm who the call is for and speak to the operator as normal – help is on its way as usual.

3 Nearby Trained Local Responders Are Alerted. GoodSam uses your phone location to alert responders and request them to come to the scene. 


Most homes will have received a postcard from the Fire Service offering free Home Safety visits and Free Smoke Alarms. This can be arranged by calling 0800 0731999 or texting “Fire” to 80800 or visiting

The Fire Service has useful booklets on Home Safety and Electrical Safety. These and other safety information can be obtained online at or by phoning 0800 0731999. The officers who attended Tuesday's meeting left some hard copies, which can be picked up from the Community Centre or village shop. 


Saline Golf Club

We have free Wi-Fi and BT sports.
Food available Tuesday-Sunday.
ery Tuesday, 7.30pm start. Quiz night every Thursday, £1 entry.
Prize Bingo Night: 12 October, 7.00pm. Books are £1 each. All are welcome.
Saturday Night Quiz: 13 October, 8.30pm start. Entry £2 per person. New teams welcome.
Saturday 27 October: the Guest Band is RITZ, as seen on Keep It Country. 8.30pm start, entry £5.

Community Fireworks Display.
Friday 2 November, 6.00pm, free entry. 
Saturday 1 December: Rod Stewart Tribute, 8.30pm, tickets £10, on sale now from the bar.

Rainbows - Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm - Saline Church Hall
Brownies - 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

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

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

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Saline Community Centre. T: 852610

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

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

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Sunday 7 October, 09.30am.

Saline Primary School Harvest Thanksgiving Thursday 4 October, 11.00am.

Remembrance Sunday, 11 November:
Sunday Service, 9.30 am.
War Memorial Service, 10.55am; Two Minutes’ Silence observed at 11.00am. Tea and coffee will be available in the hall from 10.30am. It is planned to have the church bell rung from 10.30-10.55am to join in the national event.

                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group