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Issue 73 December 2018 - January 2019

posted 3 Dec 2018, 17:43 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 4 Feb 2019, 10:32 ]


P1 recently enjoyed a visit to the Kingdom Housing site to have a look around the new houses and ask Sean the site manager lots of very interesting questions about how to be a builder. We also asked Sean which skills you needed to develop to work as a builder and he advised that listening and being able to be a good communicator were very important. Everyone agreed at the end that they would like to be a builder except one little boy who is sticking with his plans to become a chemistry teacher! It was a great trip and our thanks go to Alana and Sean from Kingdom Housing for organising and helping us to develop our skills for learning, life and work.

P6 have recently returned from their short three-day, two-night residential trip to Field Studies Centre Kindrogan. This was part of our outdoor learning pathway and as part of our transition activities with Inzievar Primary School. 

A wet and soggy adventure was had by all and we have received good feedback from the children.

P5-7 have continued their learning around the Great War and WW2 with a visit to the cinema to watch a film called The Zoo as part of an Into Film initiative. They are also due to host a tea dance in school where they will be sharing their learning through song, poetry and art. P5/6 have been working with the Youth Music Initiative and have created their own fabulous song which they will be sharing. Also a big thank you to Mahathi and Lewis, our school captains, who represented the school at the Remembrance service held at Saline Church. They laid a wreath which was made by our younger pupils on behalf of all our pupils and staff.

We have had further input from the Youth Music Initiative who have supported Kodaly with our pupils in the nursery, P1, P2 and P3/4 which has been enjoyed by all.

P3/4 have been very busy this term working on their enterprise idea with Café Fresh in Dunfermline. They created a chocolate tray bake called Autumn Crunch which was for sale in the shop. Did you see their fantastic display on the shop window? The class also enjoyed a visit from Dr Ellen Patrick from the Gilbert & Sullivan Society who shared some of her chemistry expertise with them to create potions. This was then used as a stimulus to create a poster advertising their next production The Sorcerer at Carnegie Hall. Look out for it!

Rehearsals for the P1-3 nativity are well underway and it is looking to be the performance of the year! There will be two performances, one on Tuesday 11 December at 1.30pm and the other on Thursday 13 December at 9.30am. Both will be followed by carols from the other classes. If you might be interested in coming along, contact our school office for ticket availability and further information. The whole school and nursery are also looking forward to attending the pantomime at The Alhambra Theatre with support towards ticket pricing from our wonderful parent council.

Our Christmas assembly will be held in the Church on Thursday 20 December at 11.00am; please come along!

Finally that leads me to wish all of Saline community a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year from all the pupils and staff at Saline Primary School.

Mrs Perkins 
DHT Saline Primary School 


A healthy attendance braved a dark and dreich evening to discuss a variety of issues. David Chisholm opened the meeting with some good news. Kingdom Housing Association is finally allocating houses on Oakley Road and that several local people are believed to have received offers. 

Playparks Upgrading

Nicola Smith reported that the contractor is back on site at North Road, hopefully with no more setbacks. She thanked Stewart Miller for reporting the damage to a manhole when equipment was delivered. This prompt action enabled the problem to be resolved quickly. Several present are concerned about the boundary walls, which they feel are unsafe. Fife Council is being contacted about this. Unfortunately, there is still no action in Steelend.

Community Centre

Things are moving, albeit slowly due to the procedures that the pharmacist must follow. She has met the Health Board and will formally submit her application. After that, the Health Board will consult within the community. [Please see separate article in this issue for an update and more details.]

Fireworks Display

The event was very successful with a lot of favourable comments on Facebook. Lessons on how to improve the running of next year's event have been learned and work on this will start shortly. Saline Golf Club proved to be an excellent venue and the club will be approached again after their new committee is in place. Watch future issues for updates. 

Remembrance Events

The Remembrance Service went well with active participation by community groups in the bell-ringing, which they found rewarding but tiring.

Fife Council had arranged a special service in Dunfermline Abbey and had asked for a Community Council representative to attend. Rather than send an office-bearer, it was felt more appropriate for a relative of someone named on the memorial to attend. Linda Collins (nee Mellon), who grew up in Saline but now lives in Dunfermline, had lost two great uncles in the First World War and represented our village at the service She had felt honoured to do so and had found it a moving experience. Linda also went with Jacquie Clapperton, the Bulletin editor, to strew poppies on graves and memorials to those lost in active service, in both the Old Churchyard and the Old Cemetery, on behalf of the Community Council after the Remembrance Service (see picture, above)

Road Safety

The number of accidents at Redcraigs Toll and between there and Steelend is causing concern. Fortunately no-one was seriously injured in the recent bad crash near Steelend but the Community Council feels that traffic from Dunfermline should be required to stop at the Redcraigs crossroads and that the road should have a 40mph speed limit.

The recent accident at the bends between Steelend and Upper Steelend had caused a lot of problems and Fife Council had been criticised for not gritting the road. Cllr Bobby Clelland had checked and established that the weather forecast had not identified icy conditions. The police had closed the road for several hours.

Passengers on the No 6 service had had to endure a long wait till the bus could reverse to Steelend. The driver was praised for ensuring that a visually impaired passenger was able to return home safely as was the passenger who ensured that the road was clear while the bus reversed.

Speeding through Kinneddar Park continues to cause concern and, again, the Community Council feels that the road should have a lower speed limit.


Kinneddar Park residents have complained about poor broadband service with a complete shutdown for two hours recently. Villagers have been asked to prepare a record of when slow speeds occur, which will hopefully enable Openreach to be approached.

West Fife Villages Forum

The Forum now has a new constitution, bank account and interim chair and treasurer. Its initial meeting will be in Oakley Community Centre on 4 December. A big change is that representation will no longer be restricted to Community Councils and community groups will be able to appoint a representative.

Date of Next Meeting

29 January 2019 at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre. All are welcome. 

Editor's Note

The Editor reserves the right to refuse or edit 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. 


Many readers will recollect participating in events to consult on people's aspirations for South and West Fife. The information gathered has now been pulled together in the draftWest Fife Villages.

We hope the draft plan will be available on the Saline and Steelend, and West Fife Villages websites soon. The possibility of being able to feedback comments via the Saline and Steelend website or Facebook is being examined. Alternatively, comments can be sent to Fife Council at the Civic Centre, Inverkeithing. 


The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) was set up in 1917 to exchange life-enhancing skills and knowledge to reduce serious accidental injuries. From awareness campaigns, education and training to calling for legislative change, the Society is committed to standing up for safety at home, on the road, at leisure and through safety education.

Accidents and unintentional injuries can happen in all situations. In Scotland in 2016/17 there were 2214 deaths due to accidents and unintentional injuries, and a further 56,697 serious injuries. RoSPA is committed to reducing these injuries

RoSPA is currently working with "Building Safer Communities" on scoping the opportunity for a national prevention strategy for Unintentional Injury and Harm in Scotland. The aim is to provide insight into whether a strategy is needed for Scotland. It will also consider gaps across the Scottish policy landscape. As part of this research, they are interested in hearing people's views on the current situation regarding the prevention of unintended injury and harm.

A short online survey has been prepared and can be accessed at 


The response to the village fireworks festival at the beginning of November has been very positive and the possibility of repeating it next year is being considered. In the meantime the Community Council would like to express its thanks to the Golf Club for hosting the event, to the Community Development Trust and the Play Parks Group for their contributions, and to Drew McCullough for organising the music. Special thanks too to the catering and bar staff at the Golf Club who were almost literally rushed off their feet supplying food and drink! The Community Council would also like to acknowledge the financial support provided by Fife Council and the generosity of Kingdom Housing, Campion Homes, Knockhill Racing Circuit, Bandrum Residential Home and Shieldbank Coffee Shop in donating more than £700 towards the cost of the event. Finally, congratulations to Eve Wright who won the £100 first prize in the raffle! 


We have just learned that Lisa Duncan, who wants to open a Community Pharmacy in Saline, has had her application to do so accepted by NHS Fife. The next step in the process is a consultation with affected parties, and - most importantly - with local people. An advertisement will appear in the Dunfermline Press inviting comment but the Community Council will be ensuring that the questionnaire is available for residents to use. The establishment of a pharmacy in the Community Centre could act as a catalyst for other uses to open up, for example a ‘satellite surgery’, and spaces where people might provide treatments and therapies. 


At the end of November some twelve Beavers took part in the District Annual Christmas Party in the Abbeyview Community Centre, where all had a good time.

On Sunday 2 December the Beaver Colony will join with the Cub Pack for the Annual District Carol Service. This service which is hosted by representatives of all the Cub Packs in the District is to be held in North Parish Church, Dunfermline from 2.00 to 3.00pm. This year it was decided to support Women’s Aid Charity from collections made before and at the Carol Service.

This year the cubs are going to Sky High at Falkirk for their Christmas Outing at 6 pm on Thursday 6 December.

The Scout Troop has still to finalize details of their Christmas Outing. At the end of November they held their first camp of the winter season at Fordell; this was the last camp of the year.

Last meetings for this term will be Thursday 13 December for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and Friday 14 December for Beavers. Meetings will resume at the usual times on Thursday 10 January for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and Friday 11 January for Beavers.

It is hoped to have in place the ability to pay fees by Standing Order in addition to cash or cheque for the start of the new term. Please contact GSL for further details.

Please remember that the last date for collection of the Scout Christmas Post is Tuesday 11 December at 5.00pm. It is anticipated that deliveries will commence on Saturday 15 December.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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


At the most recent Community Council meeting, someone with a severe visual impairment who moved to Saline last July drew attention to the difficulties she has avoiding in obstructions on the pavements, particularly in darkness. These include bins put out for collection or left out for a period after the bin lorry has been. 

We all have a responsibility to act with consideration for others, and to park cars and position refuse bins so as to minimise the obstruction to the footway. This is not always easy because of the narrowness of the pavements and roadways in places. Council operatives also have a duty to place them back so that they don’t cause obstructions. Cllr Mino Manekshaw contacted the Council’s Waste Operations Officer immediately after the meeting and has received a response confirming that operatives will be reminded of their responsibilities.


For many years, the West Fife Villages Community Forum provided the opportunity for individual villages to discuss issues affecting West Fife as a whole. However, representation was through Community Councils and attendance was restricted to nominees. The situation was exacerbated by some villages not having a Community Council. Latterly it had struggled to attract participation and conduct business.

The group has now been reconstituted as the West Fife Villages Forum, and any group or organisation that serves the community and has any kind of Constitution can register as a member and receive notifications of its meetings and minutes of its proceedings. The Forum is committed to operating in an open and transparent manner, and always in the interests of West Fife and its constituent communities. It has opened a bank account and appointed interim post holders to the positions of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, pending a General Meeting to adopt the new Constitution and elect Officers. So, if you, or any group you are associated with, would like to express an interest in registering please email 


Our group meets Wednesdays at 7:30pm in the Community Centre (Meetings are not held in January, July, or August). Our planned syllabus for 2019 is below.

We welcome anyone who would like to come along to join in. 

6 February: Taste and try night

6 March: Crafts with Laura and Ruth

3 April: Silent Auction

1 May: Visit to Japanese gardens

5 June: Demo on cake decorating

4 September: Saline First Responders

2 October: Cosy Kingdom on keeping warm in winter

6 November: Business meeting 


We had a wonderful turnout for Tina Chapman's talk on The Men behind Saline Cenotaph and it was very moving to hear the stories behind those who lost their lives and those who returned. Please contact Tina if you would like a copy of her newly launched book, Saline and District Remembers the Great War 1914 - 1919.

Our speaker event on 16 January 2019 will be by Miranda Lorraine on Fife Pilgrims Way, a newly opened Fife trail - part of it goes through St Ninian's restored open cast site by Kelty.

It has been a busy year for our committee and we could not have achieved so much without the support of everyone who attends our events. 

We look forward to 2019 and would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 


Hogmanay Party: 31 December, 8.00pm until 1.00am. 
Dancing to Carly Schiavoni. 
Tickets adults £5, Children free; this includes supper. 
Tickets on sale in club. 

The Annual Burns Supper will be held on Saturday 26 January. Tickets go fast so watch out for further details. 


The stars on the church bell tower are in place and will shine out over the village during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Apart from the regular services on Sunday mornings at 9.30am, there are a number of special events planned. A warm welcome is extended to anyone in the area to join us on these occasions. 

Sunday 9 December - Tulliallan and Kincardine Church 
6.30pm Carols and Candles: this will be a quieter celebration particularly for those who, for various reasons, find this a difficult time of year. There will be an opportunity to light a candle in memory of a friend or relative.

Wednesday 19 December - Saline Golf Club
6.00pm Carol singing followed by seasonal refreshments; come and enjoy the old favourites.

Thursday 20 December - Saline Church
11.00am Saline Primary School Christmas Service

Monday 24 December - Saline Church
6.30pm Christmas Eve Family Service
11.30pm Watchnight Service. Carol singing from 11.15pm

Tuesday 25 December - Saline Church
10.00am Christmas Morning Family Service

Wednesday Coffee Morning 
The Wednesday Coffee Morning will continue as usual over the Christmas period except for Wednesday 26 December and Wednesday 2 January.

Church Guild

The Church Guild resumes meetings on Monday 14 January at 7.30pm when we have a Quiz Night (not too serious with lots of laughter!). On 28 January we look forward to hearing of the work of The Samaritans and on 11 February our speaker will help us explore the Fife Pilgrim Way. We are happy to welcome anyone who would like to come along to our fortnightly meetings.

Walking Group

The Walking Group have a Mystery walk planned for 8 December, Limekilns and Charlestown for 5 January, Alloa and Clackmannan Towers for 19 January, and Thornton Woods for 2 February. Further information will be found using the Contact page of the website. 


The good news is that red squirrels can now be spotted around the Saline area, the bad news is that dead red squirrels have been seen on local roads. Hopefully we would all want to see red squirrels doing well and re-establishing a sustainable local population, so drivers, if you see one in the road, try not to run it over.


The Adult Support and Protection Committee in partnership with Fife Council Communities and Neighbourhoods have produced the 2018 Surviving Christmas information. Foldout copies remain - email: or call 03451 55 55 55 ext 442134. You can also visit the Fife Direct Winter mini-site which includes the Helping Older People and People with a Disability in Winter booklet. 


Community Justice and the TUЯN group are holding a Winter Warmer event on 12 December at Del Farquharson Centre, Dunfermline KY12 7DS from 11.00am-2.00pm, open to anyone over 16. The event will have information stands plus some fun interactive stalls and music. Volunteers from TUЯN, a new Men’s Group addressing isolation, will be on hand in the kitchen to provide lunch, with tea and coffee available throughout the day.


A new online Disability Safety Hub from Disability Equality Scotland raises awareness of disability hate crime, and details how to report it. Resources include case studies and videos of disabled people talking about their own experiences of hate crime.


The Social Care Institute for Excellence is working with a number of faith groups to enable improvements to their safeguarding practice (‘Safeguarding’ relates to English legislation, but is still relevant to us in Scotland). They have an online summary of the SCIE Inter faith breakfast that brought together senior UK faith leaders to talk about safeguarding adults and children. 


Find the latest updates on frauds and scams on the Action Fraud website including their A-Z of fraud. They also give advice on free services that stop you from visiting malicious websites and protect you from email fraud. Click on the logo (below) to visit their website.


The NSPCC have highlighted the risks of livestreaming and video-chatting. Learn more about video apps, the risks when using them and how to keep safe at


The Scottish Government is currently finalising its policy decision on the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

As part of that process, the Scottish Government is inviting views on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and the partial Business, Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) of their preferred policy decision that the Scottish Government does not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

These assessments are necessary before the policy position can be finalised and are the latest steps in the approach that the Scottish Government has adopted on this issue.

On 28 January 2015 the Scottish Government put in place a moratorium on unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland that prevents hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale oil and gas, and coal bed methane extraction taking place.

In May 2017 the Scottish Government concluded a far-reaching investigation into unconventional oil and gas, including a four-month consultation Talking Fracking that received more than 60,000 responses. You can read more at .

On 24 October 2017 the Scottish Parliament voted in favour of the Scottish Government's preferred position of not supporting unconventional oil and gas. The practical effect of the current moratorium and the ongoing policy-making process is that no fracking etc activity can take place anywhere in Scotland. Further information is available at .

Any policy decision with potential for significant environmental effects must be subject to a SEA prior to its finalisation. Requirements are set out in the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005. A SEA is a means of considering the likely significant impact on the environment of a public plan, programme or strategy.

As there is potential for business and regulatory impacts, either as a consequence of industrial activity or as a consequence of not permitting an unconventional oil and gas industry, a SEA is required before the policy is finalised. Similarly, as there is potential for business and regulatory impacts, a BRIA is required before a policy is finalised.

A partial BRIA has been produced to help identify the likely costs, benefits and risks of the preferred policy position and views are sought its contents. The final BRIA will build on the partial BRIA and the consultation analysis.

The consultation is available. It will close on Tuesday 18 December at 2018. Alternative formats can be made on request via

Our community sits within an area of interest for fracking and it is important that people make their view known, whether in favour or not. 


More people are becoming aware of the excellent catering available from Angie at Saline Golf Club but some are unaware of opening times. 

They are:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 11.00am-2.30pm
Thursday: 11.00am-8.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am-2.30pm
Sunday: 12.00noon-4.00pm

Angie is doing special ‘Festive Fayre’ till 23 December but availability is limited and booking is essential. Telephone 01383 852591 to book.

Thursdays are ideal times to combine a meal with the Club's popular quizzes. 

Diners are welcome to participate and there is usually potential for people to join an existing team for the evening if desired.

The Golf Club also organises a monthly quiz with rollover prizes. The next monthly quiz is on Saturday 15 December. Why not give it a go?

Saline Golf Club and Steelend Club are valuable community resources that need support both through new membership and attendance at social events. The Golf Club's green and social membership fees are more than affordable while Steelend Club's are equally reasonable. 

Both are welcoming to visitors so why not join?


Alzheimer Scotland is setting up a monthly social group for people living with dementia to share memories about golf - although there is no reason why others can't participate. There will also be putting activities for those who want to play. The next meeting is programmed for 6 February 2019 between 1.30 and 3pm, then 6 March and 3 April at the same times.

For more information or to book a place, please contact Janis Brash at 01592 204541/07771 788538 or email Alternatively, contact the Fife Dementia Resource Centre on 01592 204541. 


The Carnock Hutters’ group, which includes several local people, has started meeting regularly in Saline Community Centre to prepare the way for hut building in Carnock Woods, possibly next summer. As this is a Pilot Study project, the first of a new era of huts in Scotland, there is no well-trodden path to getting permission to build a hut. Instead, each step along the way has to be carefully worked out.

The one thing that the hutters are sure about is that they want to have good relations with the existing communities based around Saline and Carnock. As part of this, they have endorsed the idea of a school hut or outdoor classroom. However, that is some way down the line although it will happen in due course. All ideas are welcome about that project.

The first task is for the group of hutters, who didn’t know each other before their first meeting in September, to form a legal entity which can sign the lease with Forest Enterprise Scotland, which manages the woods on behalf of the nation.

The group is also working on a Code of Conduct- what happens if someone is playing loud music after midnight? Who is allowed to stay in the huts? What happens if someone wants to leave? All this has to be thought about carefully in advance and agreed in a code.

Then there is the design of the huts. Can this be tweaked from the original design in the planning application?

The group is coming together well with delicious shared lunches and animated discussions.

If anyone reading this newsletter is interested in building a hut on another site, the Thousand Huts campaign is happy to point you in the right direction. You could start by going to the Facebook group, where people often discuss other huts and hut sites-

We will keep you up to date with progress as the ideas and plans develop.

Meanwhile here is a photo of a nice hut at Carbeth to the north of Glasgow.

Donald McPhillimy 


The following dancers have passed UKA exams recently:
Pre Bronze: Annabel Smith
Bronze: Robyn Smith
Silver: Carmen Thomson
Silver Bar: Carmen Thomson
Gold Bar 1: Katie Bath, Katie Birks, Hayden Thomson
Bronze Flora and Lilt: Robyn Smith and Carmen Thomson
Bronze Barracks and Sc Measure: Katie Bath, Katie Birks, Hayden Thomson
Bronze Hornpipe: Katie Birks and Hayden Thomson
Bronze Irish Jig: Hayden Thomson
Gold Flora and Lilt: Katie Bath, Katie Birks, Hayden Thomson

The children have worked hard over the past year and this shows in the exam reports! Well done everybody.

Does anybody have Irish jig shoes they no longer use? Size immaterial, all pupils’ sizes differ!

Any unwanted shillelaghs in Saline?

Season's Greetings

Betty and Graham Thomson send all neighbours and friends in and around Saline best wishes for Christmas and New Year 


Saline Golf Club
We have free Wi-Fi and BT sports.
Food available Tuesday-Sunday.
Bingo every Tuesday, 7.30pm start. Quiz night every Thursday, £1 entry.

Steelend Club
Hogmanay Party: 31 December, 8.00pm until 1.00am. Dancing to Carly Schiavoni. Tickets adults £5, Children free; this includes supper. Tickets on sale in club.

The Annual Burns Supper will be held on Saturday 26 January. 
Tickets go fast so watch out for further details.

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 7.45pm
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, Thursday mornings 10.00 am until lunchtime. Group for Amateur Photographers meet on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm.

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Sunday 9 December, Tulliallan & Kincardine Church, 6.30pm Carols and Candles
Wednesday 19 December, Saline Golf Club
6.00pm Carol singing followed by seasonal refreshments; come and enjoy the old favourites.
Thursday 20 December, Saline Church
11.00am Saline Primary School Christmas Service
Monday 24 December, Saline Church
6.30pm Christmas Eve Family Service
11.30pm Watchnight Service.
Tuesday 25 December, Saline Church
10.00am Christmas Morning Family Service 

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