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Issue 78 June/July 2019

posted 1 Jun 2019, 17:53 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 2 Sep 2019, 11:26 ]

New Look E-Bulletin

We are moving to e-distribution of the Community Bulletin.

Countdown – 4 paper editions to go 

It has become more and more challenging to obtain funding for the Community Bulletin and is taking up an increasing amount of time to fundraise. The bulletin is becoming more and more popular and has needed to increase 50% in size, proportionately increasing costs. We have taken the decision to move to move to e-distribution of the bulletin by December 2019, and are taking into account GDPR issues. 

It will have a number of benefits:

    · Costs will be drastically reduced

    · You will receive colour bulletins in a similar format to this one - not just a link - by email, which will contain more images, will be easier to read and will be accessible on all devices.

    · It will be easier to send out a ‘call to action’ if, for instance, we start getting a spate of burglaries.

    · It will be easier to announce any events that occur outwith the bulletin copy deadlines

We are glad that you enjoy being ‘in the know’ with what is happening in your community.

The next five months will be a transition period where we will deliver both hard copy bulletins and an e-bulletin. 

We recognise that there are folk in our community that do not have access to the internet – do not worry. We will be making provision for you. Over the remaining months that the paper edition will be delivered, we will include a form to request a paper bulletin. More information will follow in the next edition.


Your details will only be used to set up and distribute the bulletin by email. We promise not to share the information with any other parties. 

You can click HERE or access the sign up form on the home page, or you can access the form directly by typing in the following into your browser address bar:

REMEMBER - Complete the form for each person in the household that wishes to receive the bulletin.

In service 
The Communications Group 


Our Community Police Officers for Ward 1, PCs Kevin Chandler and Ian Fraser, have produced a quarterly newsletter for the West Fife and Coastal Villages. It can be read on the West Fife Villages website. 

Of particular interest to our community is the widespread concern about speeding and poor parking. Police will be increasing checks over the next months so beware. 

Kevin and Ian can be contacted by email at If you don't have Internet access, call 101 and the call handler will pass your message to Kevin or Ian.

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. 


Church Services at 9.30am will continue as usual over the summer months. There will be provision for children in the hall during part of the service.

The end of the regular Sunday Club session will be marked on Sunday 23 June. The service will be followed by a Church Family BBQ in the hall and grounds.

A Service of Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 30 June at 9.30 am.

The Wednesday Coffee Mornings (10.00-12.00) continue over the summer.

The walking group programme also continues and further details can be found on the church website or from Stewart Millar or Peter Philp.

The Church premises will be open to the public, coinciding with the Museum in the former session house, on Sundays 10.30-12.30, Tuesdays 18.00-20.00, and Wednesdays 10.30-12.30. Visitors are welcome to come and learn something of our history and present life, or just take the opportunity of spending a time of peace and reflection.


There was a decent attendance on a typically dreich evening, brightened up by some new faces. David Chisholm welcomed them and hoped that they would continue to attend.

In his introductory remarks, David referred to his and Donald Murdoch's attendance at a visit from residents from Saline, Michigan, USA organised by the Heritage Society. This had been a pleasant experience and he hoped that there would be more visits. Visitors to the Church Hall will have noticed the flag left by the guests who had gone back to the States with heritage material (plus souvenirs from their visit to the Glengoyne Distillery!) He also noted that new residents had participated in the recent Fun Day organised by Saline Church and praised the quality of photos posted on the Community Facebook site.

Traffic Issues

The previous issue referred to the Scottish Government's response to Fife Council's attitude to our requests for speed and weight limits on some local roads. Cllr Manekshaw has raised this with Transportation who had responded that the Council can only take forward projects based on proven need. As our views are shared by other West Fife villages, David Chisholm will be taking this matter up with the West Fife Villages Forum to establish whether a co-ordinated effort is required.

Regarding last month's reference to complaints about a lorry parked on Loch Road, it appears that the driver has received Facebook and face-to-face threats. This is an over-the-top reaction which is not warranted by the situation. [Please see letter later in this issue. Editor]

Several people were concerned about children running across Oakley Road from the skateboard area to the new houses, using a gap between the hedge and the temporary fence along the Kingdom frontage. A new fence will be installed when the roadside path is constructed but, in the meantime, Kingdom Housing will be asked to extend the temporary fence to block off the gap. However, it is also vital that parents remind their children of the dangers of running on to the road.

Jean Alexander advised that there are only four Speedwatch volunteers available, which limits their availability, and they are desperate for others to join. A new police officer has been appointed to support the group.

Council Garage Sites

As reported previously, Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust has expressed an interest in taking over the sites with a view to modernising the garages to enable some to be used by community groups and for use by small local businesses. A Phase 2 bid is currently being prepared.

Christmas Lights

This proposal needs a ‘champion’, supported by a small team, to take forward. Is there anyone out there willing to volunteer?

Mobility Scooter Access to Saline Golf Club

The ramps have been marked out and the access to the Golf Club car park will be resurfaced in June. The Club is also considering applying for funding to install an electric car charging point. The Club has made significant and welcome changes over the last year or so and is a valuable community asset. Please consider making more use of it.

Hotel Site

The Community Council has established that there are three limited companies involved in the Kelcon Group: Kelcon Property Group (in administration), Kelcon Construction (winding-up order issued) and Shellabear Timber Manufacturing. All three companies' accounts for the year to June 2018 are overdue for submission to Companies House and could therefore be subject to a compulsory strike-off.

The Glebe

The April meeting learned that the site is now being marketed as five individual plots – three for offers over £100,000 and two for offers over £80,000 - and there was concern that this would create difficulties regarding the planning conditions/obligations imposed for the whole site. Whilst Cllr Manekshaw had been assured by planning officers that the existing conditions would apply, there are doubts about the practicalities of leaving individuals to meet collective requirements such as roads, services, wheel washing and the outstanding Coal Authority survey. Indeed, should the purchasers of the plots wish to materially amend the house types already approved, they would need to apply for planning permission afresh.

Possible Steelend Housing

There has been no response from Kingdom Housing yet but it appears that Fife Council sold off more land than realised when disposing of Steelend Community Centre. However, the new owner is amenable to approaches from any potential developers of the adjacent land.

Acquisition of Saline Community Centre

The Scottish Land Fund has provided details of possible funding sources for a feasibility study and business plan, and an application is currently being prepared. Moray Royles of City Architecture has prepared some interesting sketches on how the centre could be re-configured to make it more attractive. In the meantime, please remember to post your views on the proposed pharmacy to NHS Fife.

Comrie Colliery

Fife Council has been advised that the Community Council supports restoration of the site but has stressed the need to ensure that activities are properly controlled with reference to the points raised at the last meeting and by objectors.

Food Waste Bags 

It has been established that these can be obtained free of charge from Oakley Community Centre. Cllr Bobby Clelland pointed out that bags should be left untied (this helps the composting process) and that it was acceptable to wrap potato peelings in old newspapers.

The Big Lunch

David had obtained the information pack for the Big Lunch Initiative produced by the Eden Project. The intention is for communities like ours to host a street party where people make or buy food to share with others. The date of the national event has already passed but there could still be an event later in the year, maybe at the same weekend as the Horticultural Show. Beth Shaw undertook to raise the idea with the Rural.

VE Day Celebrations

The West Fife Forum has raised the possibility of all the villages in West Fife collaborating in the celebration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day in 2020. 

More information will be provided when available.

Fireworks Display 2019

Thanks are due to our three councillors for approving a grant of £600 towards this year's event. Other sponsors are being approached but there will still be a need to raise more money through a raffle. Volunteers to sell tickets, possibly on a street to street basis, are required. Can you help to put on another great show? If so, please contact David Chisholm (

Date of Next Meeting:
Tuesday 25 June at 7.30pm in Saline Community Centre. All welcome. 


Due to requests, breakfasts are now being served on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9.00am. No need to book, just pop in.

Regular events are the Monday night cash bingo (over 18 years only) at 7.30pm, and the Thursday evening quiz starts at 8.30pm. New teams most welcome.

The Saturday Monthly Quiz is on 8 June and is £2 per person – why not get a team together and join us?

The next show is a Beatles, Wings and Paul McCartney tribute on Saturday 29 June at 8.00pm. Tickets are only £10 and are available from the bar.

Golf and Social Memberships are available. Pick up a form from the entrance hallway or the bar.


The proposed Beaver sleepover will now be held after the summer holiday. In May, the Beaver Colony successfully took part, along with other Colonies from Dunfermline District, in the Jamboree on The Trail (JOTT) with walks in and around Lochore Meadows. They also had fun evening ‘pond dipping’ in Carnock Burn followed by a play session in the park in Carnock.

The joint trip with the Beavers and Cubs to Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh is now booked for 8 June.

The Cub Pack have been very busy over the past month with various activities. To earn their Animal Carer Activity Badge, the Cubs visited the Pets at Home store in Dunfermline. For their JOTT the Cubs had an enjoyable walk over Saline Hill. On the evening of the European Elections when the hall was unavailable, the Cubs went to the Carnegie Swimming Pool in Dunfermline where they all passed the Stage 2 Swimmer Activity Badge.

A Patrol from the Scout Troop attended the Gibb Bugle which is the District’s Annual Camping Competition. Though they didn’t win, they enjoyed themselves and gained valuable experience.

The Group Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 20 June at 7.30 pm in the hall at Carnock. As this will be the last meeting for this session for all Sections, the youth membership will be having hotdogs and outdoor games, weather permitting.

Meetings for the new session will start on Thursday 22 Aug for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and on Friday 23 for Beavers all at the usual times.

As we have vacancies in all Sections, new members (both girls and boys) are very welcome to join.

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


The sun shone for the visit by our heritage twin, Saline, Michigan, on Thursday 9 May. They enjoyed refreshments in the church before being taken on a tour of the museum and graveyard. We have also held our AGM and a well-attended last speaker event for the winter/spring season.

The museum opens on Sunday June 10.30am - 1.00pm, our exhibition being on Healthcare across Saline & District. Opening hours are also Tuesdays 6.00 - 8.00pm and Wednesdays 10.00am-12.00noon. We look forward to welcoming everyone.


Bandrum placed a static spin bike in Reception with the aim of cycling the distance of the West Highland Way – 154 km – as part of their Healthy Working Lives initiative. Staff, friends and residents smashed the total, cycling 166.6 km and raising £100 for Penumbra which supports those with vulnerable mental health. Donations can still be made.

Bandrum Summer Fete will be on the 14 September, 02.00-04.00pm; more information will follow in the next bulletin.


Bored sitting in the house on dark winter nights?

Drop your laptop, tablet or mobile; Broomhall Curling Club are looking for new members.


For further details, please call Bob Owens on 01383 872696 


In response to your traffic concerns raised, in particular concerns over the parked lorry on Loch Road, we at Randy’s Vehicle Recovery Ltd have had several complaints over the situation – please see below.

Our technician, who is a local man, has been threatened at his door.

Some of the phone calls complaining about the lorry have been aggressive, some using abusive language along with threatening behaviour.

The vehicle has been defaced using raw eggs.

Please note all of our phone calls are recorded and we as a company have a duty of care to all of our staff; we will not tolerate abusive, aggressive or threatening behaviour towards them.

Efforts have been made to relieve the situation to ensure there are no more issues with residents. Our technician is only trying to do his job and provide for his family, not forgetting that he is part of your community.

Any complaints made to our company are taken very seriously and we will do everything possible to rectify the situation but, if this behaviour persists, we will have no option but to call in the police, which we will do as a last resort.

Catherine Pennycook 

This month's sponsor:

This edition of the Bulletin is kindly sponsored by 

Knockhill Racing Circuit 
East of Scotland Motor Group Limited 


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: 09.00am-2.30pm
  Sunday: 09.00noon-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.

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

Hot and cold drinks, savory toasties, baguettes, cheese tarts, scones, carrot cake etc.
Open Tuesdays – Sundays 09.30am-06.00pm
Craft Group, Thursdays, 10.00am-12.00noon
Photography: Friday, Fridays,07.30pm-09.00pm
Tel: 07792 759583
Photography Day for Beginners with Colin Kilgour
Saturday June 29
Cost £75 including coffees & lunch
!0.00 till 18.00
For details, ring Vic on 07792 759583

Explore New Hobbies
Saturday August 10
Anyone who runs, or is involved with a group, is invited to Shieldbank Coffee Shop to showcase the activity of their group. (Free)
Anyone interested in trying a new hobby should come along to Shieldbank and meet the different groups and, where possible have a hands-on experience.
For information, ring Vic on 07792 759583

Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club 

Everyone welcome! Riding lessons for children from 4 years upwards. Adult riding lessons from complete beginners to competition standard riders. Small groups or individual tuition. Well-schooled horses and ponies. Summer holiday riding courses from Introduction to Horses/Ponies right up to Improving your Riding Position/Control and Getting Results! Opportunity to compete. Equestrian Vaulting for young people from 5 years+. Come and have a go! 

Tel: 01383 852874 
fb: Shieldbank Riding & Vaulting Club 

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

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

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. 

The service on Sunday 23 June will be followed by a Church Family BBQ in the hall and grounds. 

A Service of Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 30 June at 9.30 am. 

The Church premises will be open to the public, coinciding with the Museum in the former session house, on Sundays 10.30-12.30, Tuesdays 18.00-20.00, and Wednesdays 10.30-12.30. 

                This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Communications Group