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Issue 76 April 2019

posted 30 Mar 2019, 15:35 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 7 May 2019, 06:38 ]

Kinneddar House have been leading a plastic-free recycling initiative at Saline Primary School. We have set up a recycling point at the old school entrance and currently have facilities for recycling the following:

    · Crisp packets – These are then sent to Walkers Crisps as part of their recycling initiative. Any crisp packets can be recycled, not just Walkers brands.

    · Plastic bottle tops – These are recycled by Lush, the cosmetics company, and have recently been recycled into playpark equipment.

    · Batteries – We have registered with Duracell’s Big Battery hunt and are collecting old batteries of any brand which are AAA, AA, C and D.

    · Toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes – Colgate have launched a partnership with TerraCycle to recycle these items.

There is a lot of learning for all of our children around sustainability coming from these initiatives and we are keen to look at more in due course.

Another exciting project we are involved in is a Goblin Kit Car project with Greenpower. Children from across P5-7 have submitted applications to take part and as we go to press a team of ten will have been selected. More news to follow! 


Unfortunately the Beaver Sleepover planned for 5 April has been postponed because, this being the first day of the school holidays, several would not be able to attend. The Scottish Thistle Award was completed in March and the badge became available in time for the presentation. By the time you read this, the Beavers will have held a bug hunt on the last meeting of this term.

The Cub Pack had a badge presentation evening on the last meeting of the term. Among several badges presented were two Chief Scout’s Silver Awards. Well done to Amber and Paul. After the holiday Amber and Paul will move up to the Scout Troop. In the longer term, the Cubs have a sponsored hike and a trip to Pets at Home planned for May.

In June the Beaver Colony and Cub Pack have a joint outing planned to Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

Eventually the Scout Troop managed a winter at Fordell Firs, four Scouts and two Leaders awoke on the Saturday to find themselves in a snow storm. Fortunately their skills were such that they coped very well with the adverse conditions.

The last meetings for this term will be on Thursday 28 March for Cubs and Scouts and Friday 29 for Beavers.

Meetings will restart on Thursday 25 April for Cubs and Scouts and on Friday 26 April for Beavers.

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

Steelend Club

Steelend Miners Club:
Sunday 28 April
Little Mix Magic 
(a great family show), 
Tickets are £10. 


Many of the regular attendees and some new folk gathered in Saline Community Centre for the March Community Council Meeting and engaged in discussion around a broad range of topics. In conveying his apologies, the Chair mentioned that Cllr Manekshaw was in Spain for follow up treatment on a detached retina that had been dealt with in a Barcelona hospital on Christmas Eve! The meeting wished him a speedy recovery.

North Road Play Park

There was broad agreement that the recently-opened play park on North Road is a huge hit with local children and their parents. 

However, it was noted that whilst most users arrive on foot, bike or scooter, some people are coming by car. The section of North Road along from the play park is particularly narrow and visibility for drivers is poor, so anyone with a car is asked to park further away. More concerning, an item of drugs paraphernalia was found and disposed of, and a close eye will need to be kept on this. 

Traffic and Road Safety

David has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, seeking his support for a review of the roads network across West Fife to establish appropriate speed limits for all roads through the area and to identify measures that might be introduced to restrict access for large vehicles to some smaller roads, except when making deliveries. People at the meeting again raised the issue of potholes, particularly the poor standard of patching which means that the problem reappears very quickly. It was suggested that if the Council invested more in carrying out high quality repairs they would pay out less in compensation to those whose vehicles were damaged. Attention was drawn to the solar-powered lights on the chicanes on the West Road, several of which are not working, and to the fact that Allanwater have still not painted the white markings on the speed bumps they have constructed on Oakley Road.

Street Naming

Several people have commented on the use of the abbreviation ‘Rev’ on the street sign for the new Kingdom Housing Association development off Oakley Road. It was felt that it should either be The Reverend Downie Wynd or just Downie Wynd. The matter has been taken up with Fife Council.

Possible Affordable Housing at Steelend

The Scottish Land Fund is not able to consider an application from the community to acquire the additional Council-owned land necessary to create access to the football ground site. They regard it as a matter between a potential developer and Fife Council and accept that, if a sale cannot be agreed, the development may not go ahead. They reject the argument that the community has a legitimate interest in facilitating development, the over-riding interest being affordable homes for local people.

Christmas Lights

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has said that it is not able to fund the rewiring of street lights to facilitate the attachment of Christmas lights. Other sources of funding are being sought.

Church Family Fun Day

This event has been confirmed for Saturday 25 May from 2.00pm in the Church grounds. It will be an opportunity to welcome new families to the village and will be supported by the Community Council.


This edition of the Bulletin is kindly sponsored by Saline Environmental Group.

Mobility Scooter Access to the Golf Club

In response to requests from the Golf Club and Community Council, Fife Council is considering providing a new dropped kerb opposite the vehicle ramp.

Housing Development behind The Glebe

It was reported that some work to remove topsoil, involving a low-loader lorry and an excavator, had been carried out outside the defined working hours for the site, and in a manner that contravened other conditions imposed to protect the residential amenity of people living in The Glebe. Fife Council Planning Enforcement Officers had visited the site to assess the situation. It was noted too that during the excavation a drain had been damaged and raw sewage was draining into the burn. SEPA has been informed.

Community Pharmacy

The Health Board have finally announced a three-month consultation on Lisa Duncan’s proposal to open a community pharmacy in Saline. The questionnaire can be completed online at or ring 01592 226413 to obtain a hard copy. Lisa intends to visit Saline and Steelend to meet local interest groups and distribute copies of the questionnaire. The announcement coincided with a second, Scotland-wide announcement about countering the chronic shortage of medical staff in hospitals and GP surgeries with a plan to develop community pharmacies into mini surgeries. This strengthens the case for developing Saline Community Centre as a community health and well-being hub. A representative of the Scottish Land Fund will be attending the next Community Development Trust meeting to discuss financial support for a detailed feasibility study and business plan.

Number 6 Bus Service

There was a lengthy discussion about the use of a mini-bus for the Number 6 service at some times of the day. Whilst it was agreed that the size of the bus is not an issue, and that there were no reported problems of it being overcrowded and people not being able to get on, there were concerns about accessibility for those with mobility problems and those with children in buggies. The absence of handles for getting off, combined with the greater distance to the kerb, the narrowness of the aisle, and the lack of space for shopping and luggage were all mentioned. It is understood that it is for a trial period and Stagecoach are seeking feedback. Community Council concerns will be conveyed to them.

Burning Old Sofas and Mattresses

Several occurrences of people burning old sofas and mattresses were reported to the meeting. Whilst it was acknowledged that in rural areas people have bonfires to dispose of garden waste, etc, it was agreed that these should not be used to dispose of items containing toxic chemicals as they can affect people’s health. The guidance issued by Fife Public Protection Team is that if it produces black smoke you are committing an offence. The telephone number for reporting such matters is 03451 555550. It was recognised that the Council charge a fee to take away large items and it was suggested that anyone unable to pay who had something big to dispose of should advertise the fact on the villages’ Facebook page. It was thought there were a number of people who would be willing to pick stuff up and take it to the dump as an act of neighbourliness.

Dog Nuisance

Dog fouling has been an on-going issue for a while but recently several Saline residents have reported dogs that have been left shut in barking continuously throughout the day. The matter has been reported to the authorities but dog owners should be asked to ensure that their pets are not a nuisance to others.

Housing Development on the Solsgirth Colliery Site

It was noted that an Edinburgh-based practice, EMA Architects, are carrying out a PAN (Proposal of Application Notice) consultation for a housing development of between 50 and 100 homes on the former Solsgirth Colliery site out towards Dollar. This precedes a possible planning application and is intended to establish what the issues are. Although the site is in Clackmannanshire, people in Saline and Steelend will have the opportunity to attend a consultation event in Saline Primary School at 2.30pm on Wednesday 24 April. In discussion at the meeting it was acknowledged that there will be impact on the infrastructure, services and amenities of our part of Fife and residents are encouraged to attend to make their feelings known.


My motocross bike was stolen on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, 19/20 March. CCTV from Steelend Club is being looked at and a couple of witnesses say that they saw a white Vauxhall Vivaro driving round Steelend on Tuesday night. If anyone has seen anything suspicious on Monday 18 or Tuesday 19, please let me or the police know. Perhaps something may have been captured on cameras on a house. The thieves may have passed through Saline, Upper Steelend or the golf club area. A registration plate would be of great help.
Thank you,               
Dale Hynd 


The golf season tees off on Saturday 6 April. Players will be put into teams and it is a shotgun start. Names to be on the sheet on the Notice Board; there will be soup and sandwiches provided when games are finished.

Prize Bingo Night is on Friday 26 April at 7.00pm. All are welcome; just come in and pay at the door.

Karaoke Night is on Saturday 27 April at 8.30pm with free entry.

Social membership is still only £5. Please pick up a membership form in the front hall or from the bar.

Junior Golf Membership only £10 for the year.

Come and join us!

Editor's Note

The Editor reserves the right to refuse, edit or factually correct all items submitted for publication. All views expressed in this Bulletin are purely those of the author of the item concerned and are not necessarily those of the Editor or of the Communications Group as a whole. 


Easter Services

This year, Saline Church will be joining with neighbouring congregations for worship during Holy Week.

Sunday 14 April, Songs of Praise for Palm Sunday, Oakley Parish Church, 6.30pm
Wednesday 17 April, Stations of the Cross, Culross Abbey, 7.00pm
Thursday 18 April, Service of Holy Communion, Tulliallan & Kincardine Church, 7.00pm
Friday 19 April, Tenebrae Candle Service, Saline Parish Church, 7.00pm
Sunday 21 April, Easter Service, Saline Parish Church, 9.30am. Family Breakfast/Brunch, Saline Church Hall, 10.30am.

All are welcome to take part in any of these events.


We enjoyed a talk on Scottish Sundials and were impressed by the number there are in Scotland. We don't have any in the village but Saline, Michigan have one and they are coming here on 9 May for a visit so that is quite a coincidence.

Our next talk is by Sue Mowatt on Dunfermline Abbey Graveyard on 17 April, in the Church Hall, 7.00 for 7.30pm.

On Sunday 24 March, Clackmannan Field Study Society came for a visit and were particularly interested in the mill lade; they hope to return to see if they can trace its route.


The Bulletin team would like to thank the Pilot Trust for their generous 2019 donation towards the production and distribution of the Bulletin. 

There are over 25 volunteers involved in getting the Bulletin to your computer or door every month, and the printing costs each month are up to £258.75. We are very grateful for all the donations we receive towards our costs. Remember – the Bulletin is free to every house in the community. 


Kirklands Garden, Bridge Street, Saline will once again open (for the twenty-sixth year) for charity on Sunday May 26 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Entrance fee is £5.00, children free.

The garden is about two acres including a woodland garden, a walled garden, and herbaceous borders. In May the bluebells are in flower and so are the meconopsis (blue poppies), tulips and rhododendrons and many, many other plants.

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 that 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 01383 852737 or 07787115477 or e-mail: Check out our Facebook page for Kirklands House and Garden, Saline

Please come along and support good causes. 

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


There were big smiles on the faces of local children in Saline this week as the community enjoyed the opening of a new play area in the village.

Funded through community fundraising, Fife Council, Fife Environment Trust and LEADER grants, the play area is the result of local people coming together and working to create a better environment for local children.

Nicola from the Saline and Steelend Play Park Project commented: "It's been a long road, over three years of work, but it's all worth it to see the kids playing and having fun. In that time we've had prize bingo, family BBQs, speed dating style fundraising and an actual mountain to climb! The community have been 100% behind us with our local fundraising; we owe them many thanks. Also a huge thank you to Fife Environment Trust, Fife Leader, and Fife Council for their generous contributions and help along the way. Thanks also to Saline and Steelend Community Council for their advice and support. Lastly, thanks in memory of Donna Chesby, our biggest supporter. The money from her funeral was what really kicked this all off and got us started. We couldn't have done it without you all."

Fife Council's Community Manager Alastair Mutch welcomed the efforts of everyone involved and added: "This is a fantastic example of people coming together, working with the council, and making a difference to their local area. Congratulations to all those involved - it's great to see efforts like this paying off for the benefit of the whole community."


Fife communities are being asked to take part in the national Spring Clean 2019 of Fife’s Coastal Path. Keep Scotland Beautiful’s national campaign is aiming to get as many community groups, businesses, schools, individuals and other organisation working together to clean-up Scotland.

Fife Council, along with Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, are in full support of Spring Clean 2019 and are encouraging locals to get involved and organise their own clean-ups along the 117 miles of Fife Coastal Path and beaches. The clean-ups will tackle the problems of illegal dumping, land-based and marine litter which are an eyesore and can be dangerous to people, wildlife and pets.

Groups are provided with skips, litter-pickers, bags, gloves and liability insurance so they can carry out the clean-up safely, and they give their time, energy and enthusiasm to improve their local environment.

To coincide with Keep Scotland Beautiful’s national campaign, the coastal path community clean-up will take place throughout April and May 2019.

To find out if there’s a clean-up happening near you or to organise your own clean-up please go to for more information.

Perhaps there are some areas around Saline that could be cleaned up?


Saline Golf Club
We have free Wi-Fi and BT Sports.
Food available throughout the year:
  Monday: Closed
  Tuesday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Wednesday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Thursday: 11.00am-8.00pm
  Friday: 11.00am-2.30pm
  Saturday: 10.00am-2.30pm
  Sunday: 12.00noon-4.00pm
Golf Memberships available.
Junior Golf Membership only £10 per year.
Social Membership only £10 per year.
Bingo every Monday, 7.30pm start.
Quiz night every Thursday at 8.30pm. £1 entry.

Steelend Miners Club
Sunday 28 April: Little Mix Magic 
(a great family show), 
Tickets are £10. 

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 

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

Shieldbank Coffee Shop
North Road, Saline, Fife, KY12 9LN
Everyone welcome for hot and cold drinks, savory toasties, baguettes, cheese tarts, scones, carrot cake etc.
Open Tuesdays – Sundays from 9.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Craft Group every Thursday morning 10 – 12.
Photography every Friday evening from 7.30 – 9 p.m.
Tel: 07792 759583

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club
North Road, Saline, Fife, KY12 9LN
Everyone welcome (4 yrs plus) for learning to ride horses and ponies.
Regular lessons plus special day courses in the Spring Holidays.
Equestrian Vaulting lessons for 5-18 yr olds.
Please call to book: 01383 852874

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.

Saline & Steelend Rural
5 June, 7:30pm
Demonstration of cake decorating
Saline Community Centre

Saline & Blairingone Parish Church
Sunday 14 April, Songs of Praise for Palm Sunday, Oakley Parish Church, 6.30pm
Wednesday 17 April, Stations of the Cross, Culross Abbey, 7.00pm
Thursday 18 April, Service of Holy Communion, Tulliallan & Kincardine Church, 7.00pm
Friday 19 April, Tenebrae Candle Service, Saline Parish Church, 7.00pm
Sunday 21 April, Easter Service, Saline Parish Church, 9.30am. Family Breakfast/Brunch, Saline Church Hall, 10.30am.

                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group