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Issue 83 February 2020

posted 3 Feb 2020, 11:21 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 9 Mar 2020, 11:34 ]


A decision from NHS Fife about the proposed community pharmacy in Saline is expected soon. It is understood that the consultation showed overwhelming support from local people for the idea, and virtually no opposition! At a very positive meeting before Christmas Fife Council reaffirmed their willingness to make part of the Community Centre available for the pharmacy and their property team have been asked to prepare heads of terms for the lease.

A specialist shopfitter has prepared drawings showing that the pharmacy, including a small consulting room, can be contained within the kitchen and small meeting room at the front of the building. Access would be along the short corridor from the existing front door. The glazed screen and door into the back part of the centre would be repositioned slightly further along the other corridor so that the disabled entrance is directly into the lobby. It has also been suggested that the school should be actively involved in making the entrance to the community centre more attractive both for pharmacy customers and hall users.

Community acquisition remains a possibility for the building in the long term but in the meantime Fife Council are considering the granting the community a licence to manage the building. Under this arrangement Fife Council would retain responsibility for the building but local people could introduce new uses and activities.

The Action Plan Review has demonstrated that the major concern for many people is access to local services. A pharmacy in the village, providing the extended range of services that pharmacists are now trained and licenced to carry out, could significantly reduce the need to travel to Oakley or to hospital for non-emergency matters.


During the Action Plan Review, several people have asked about the future of the village shop. Mr H is still looking to retire and sell the business and a number of people from outside the area have shown interest. However, he would be happy to see it taken over by the Development Trust and run as a not for profit enterprise providing jobs for local people. This could be achieved by the issue of Community Shares and representatives of the Trust will be attending a seminar later this month to learn how this might work.


As some of you will be aware, Friday 8 May 2020 will mark 75 years since the end of World War 2 and communities across the UK are being encouraged to participate in commemorations and to remember those millions of people who gave their lives.
SSAFA, the armed forces charity, is promoting and coordinating events over the weekend 8–10 May. The Community Council is intending to approach the church, the school and other interested parties to discuss how Saline and Steelend might participate.

Apart from encouraging street parties and celebrations on the Friday and Saturday, the programme provided by SSAFA identifies significant times for reflection and commemoration.

Winston Churchill made the announcement at 3.00pm on 8 May 1945 and this will be marked by a piper in each community playing two pieces of music of particular significance.

At 7.00pm, bells will be pealed in every church and cathedral.

At 10.30am on the Sunday, churches are encouraged to include a special commemoration in their services.

It would be nice to know if we still have veterans of the WW2 living in our community. We would also like to hear from anyone who would like to share recollections of VE day 1945 or has ideas how we should commemorate it this year. Contact David Chisholm on 853168 or email


The Christmas holidays are now behind us. All sections have enjoyed their outings: Beavers, the District Christmas Party; Cubs their trip to Jump-N-Joy; and Scouts their Ten Pin Bowling experience.

The Scout Christmas Post was all sorted and delivered on time providing us with a welcome boost to our funds. A very big thank you to all who made use of this service and to all those, parents and friends of the Group, who helped to sort and deliver the cards.

This term so far, the Beavers have completed their Scottish Thistle Award culminating with a mini Burns Supper with a taste of Scottish Food, songs and recitals.

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The Cubs have also been working on their Thistle Award which also had a tasting evening of Scottish food. At the end of January, they held an astronomy evening with a guest speaker where they learned all about the solar system and planets. Unfortunately, the evening was cloudy, so star gazing was not possible. The Cubs have also been practising for the annual District Safety Competition which takes place in February.

The Scout troop have been working towards their Skills and Teamwork Challenge Awards and hopefully they will complete them in the next few weeks. Four Cubs are now in the process of moving up to the Scout Troop and a whole set of new challenges.

Please note there will be no meetings on Thursday/Friday 13/14 February due to school half term.

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


Sadly, the Jigsaw Club at the Golf Club is being wound up; too few people were interested, but David should be congratulated for the effort he put in to trying to make it work.


Wednesday 5 March 07.30pm
Saline Community Centre
Crafting with Debbie
All Welcome 


The Wednesday afternoon badminton has ceased due to lack of bodies but the
Mondays and Wednesdays evenings remain. Any adult interested is welcome; no experience is necessary, and racquets are provided.
Betty Thomson 
01383 852610 


Yet another depressingly dreich evening led to another reduced attendance. Nevertheless, there was lively discussion on a number of important issues.

David Chisholm reported on the sad deaths of more residents, Colin Stuart and Les Gavin. Colin taught English at Queen Anne School and was recently best known for getting Saline into the pages of the Daily Mail. He was annoyed at Fife Council's decision to name a street in the Allanwater development after Sir Walter Scott, pointing out Scott's antipathy towards miners and the lower classes. Les was well known in biking circles and well-respected judging by the number of motorbikes in the funeral cortège. Our thoughts must be with both families and friends.

Traffic Issues

Potholes and Flooding: Fife Council was contacted yet again on the awful state of the notorious road between Steelend and Redcraigs. Transportation has now advised that the potholes are to be repaired properly although an exact date has not been identified.

Transportation also confirmed that ditches are to be cleared to alleviate flooding between Steelend and Redcraigs but flooding in the middle of Main Road, Steelend and Oakley Road continues to give rise to complaints. Cllrs Manekshaw and Clelland have been asked to raise these with officials.

One piece of good news is that the road between Saline Golf Club and Oaklea is to be resurfaced in February. Details are vague on arrangements for access between Saline and Steelend, but Cllr Manekshaw continues to press for information. Keep an eye on Facebook for information.

There have been more complaints that children are still running onto Oakley Road from the skateboard area and attention has been drawn to the narrow pavement between the Allanwater show house and Craighouse Place. This is an important route to the school and is also used by the school to access their orchard. Fife Council is to be pressed to act to remedy the situation.

People are reminded that potholes etc should continue to be reported to Fife Council. It is relatively easy to do this on the new Fife Council website at which replaces Fife Direct.

Upper Kinneddar residents will be pleased to note the removal of the abandoned car. This was possible as Fife Council was provided with evidence that the car was untaxed and that the MOT was running out. The DVLA web site can easily be used to establish whether vehicles are taxed or not.

Allan Pettigrew

People continue to bemoan the loss of Allan's work in keeping our community tidy, but Fife Council is not for budging. It's small consolation that Allan also misses our residents!

Blair House Site Restoration

Following the consultations in Oakley, the Forestry Commission has amended the proposal to take account of comments made. Unfortunately, it is not possible to erect a viewing platform on top of the mound, but planting will highlight routes to the top. The commission is asking for nominations on what the hill should be called (no Hilly McHill Faces, please). The idea is that children should be asked for ideas but there is no reason why others shouldn't submit suggestions.

Cllr Bobby Clelland pointed out that a cairn is to be erected to commemorate the men who died in the Kinneddar Colliery disaster. It will soon be the 125th anniversary of the disaster and it was agreed that a ceremony to mark this should be held.

The Kinneddar Colliery disaster was a particularly horrible one and more information can be found in the late John Crane's book Of Cabbages and Kings, available from Saline and District Heritage Society.

Self-Directed Support

For some years now, elderly people and those with disabilities who are in receipt of care have been able to opt for ‘self-directed support’. This enables them to decide how the money is spent and who should provide the service. It could lead to the establishment of ‘micro social enterprises’ so that local people with the appropriate skills and experience can look after local people in need, rather than travel out of the area to work. Someone from SDS Options Fife will attend a CC meeting later in the year to explain the scheme.

Council Garages

The aspiration to take the Council-owned garages into community ownership has been on hold for some while but it has been agreed that a formal request to acquire them will be submitted.

School Projects

David had had a meeting with the head teacher, Alexis Perkins, to discuss projects that the Community Council could assist with. It was agreed that there are two priorities, the first creating a route down into the Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) land by forming an opening in the stone wall between the Allanwater show house and the adjacent bungalow. The land is owned by FLS. It was agreed the CC should apply for funding to construct an outdoor classroom at the community orchard. The second priority is to secure the open space opposite Saline Shop for the school to use. The land is held on the housing account and Fife Council say their intention is to sell it. This will be challenged, and the possibility of a community buyout will be investigated. Children at the school are keen to have it as a growing area. The idea of having a poly-tunnel on the site will be considered.

Date of Next Meeting

27 February 2020 at 7.30 in Saline Community Centre. All welcome


Happy New Year to all the residents of Saline and the surrounding areas from all the pupils and staff at Saline Primary School!

This is a long term with lots going on around the school and in classes. The whole school have been involved in learning about Scottish heritage, culture, history and language. We had an open afternoon sharing our learning of Scots poetry and songs and watching our talented highland dancers, Emma and Iona from P3, Annabel from P5 and Robyn from P6. On Friday we were treated to an accordion sing-a-long session from a local musician. All the videos can be viewed on our school twitter page @Salineps.

What Learning Opportunities are there this term?

P1/2/3 will be collaborating on an Under the Sea topic. Outdoor learning will continue to develop the skills that will support us with our learning, life and work. P1/2s outdoor learning is Thursday afternoon & P2/3s outdoor learning is Friday between break and lunch.

P3/4/5 are extending their learning on Scottish traditions and culture by focusing on the impact of the Vikings and how their legacy is still part of life in parts of Scotland. They will also continue with developing their outdoor skills on a Thursday between break and lunch.

Primary 5/6 continue to work closely with P6/7 on literacy and numeracy tasks and are working towards achieving their John Muir Award through outdoor activities. Outdoor learning is on a Friday afternoon

P5/6 will be having a trip back in time to learn about the Jacobite movement and P6/7 will be extended their knowledge on climate change and our impact.

We have a lot of pupil led clubs in school at the moment such as Dance, Art and Microsoft Bit Code Club. Mr Garnham leads the Airfix club on a Wednesday lunchtime and Jax Hannan delivers her popular Drama Club after school on a Monday. The Pars in the Community have been running football training for P1-4 after school on a Wednesday. Paul and Savannah, our sports leaders, are developing their sports coaching skills by helping out.

Upcoming Events

    · P7 are preparing for their residential experience at Lockerbie Manor with Inzievar Primary as part of their transition to high school events.

    · Applications will be opening soon for pupils in P6-7 to be part of the Goblin car racing team. Do you have any free time to support a team of budding engineers to disassemble and assemble our Goblin car from last year? If so, get in touch!

    · We are completing surveys for the Community Consultation Event for the Coalfields Community Futures. Our design logos will be on display at the community event on Saturday 15 February.

Saline School Captains:

Layla Annie Davidson 

Harry George Thomas Watson 


Heritage members enjoyed a talk on the geology of Charlestown and Limekilns and had the chance to look at some fossils that Dr Katie Strong had brought along. Walls and rocks will never look the same again. Our next talk will be on Wednesday 19 February with Susan Mills on Clackmannan Towers, in the Church Hall, 7.00 for 7.30pm. We can see one of them on the way to Alloa but why were they built? When were they built? Everyone welcome.

Heritage Walk

On Saturday 22 February we will be hosting a Heritage Walk so if you would like to learn more about our village, you are welcome to join us. This is a free event and will start at the turning circle at 10.30am where we will look at the church and session house before going along West Road back to Bridge Street, the old Cemetery, up Main Street and finishing at the Golf Club where refreshments will be provided by the Community Council. Dress for the weather, including umbrellas. Names by 18 February to Linda Moyes on or 07840 759384. 


Iona Stevenson, Emma Duncan, Annabel Smith, Robyn Smith, Carmen Thomson, Katie Birks, and Hayden Thomson all recently took part in UKA Highland Dancing Exams and earned the following awards:

Pre-Bronze        - Iona and Emma
Bronze               - Annabel
Silver                  - Robyn
Silver Bar           - Robyn
Gold                   - Carmen
Juvenile Award  - Carmen
Gold Bar 2         - Katie and Hayden
Junior Award      - Katie and Hayden

In the National dances, they gained the following:

Bronze Earl of Errol and Scots Measure            - Carmen, Katie, Hayden
Bronze Hielan' Laddie and Barracks Johnnie    - Carmen
Silver Scottish Lilt and Flora                               - Robyn and Carmen
Silver Scots Measure and Hielan' Laddie           - Katie and Hayden
Bronze Irish Jig                                                   - Carmen and Katie
Bronze Sailors Hornpipe                                     - Carmen
Bronze Bar Irish Jig                                             - Hayden
Bronze Bar Sailors Hornpipe                               - Katie and Hayden

The dancers received their very well-deserved medals and trophies at the recent Scots night held with the Brownies, in the Church Hall.

Thank you, dancers for doing so well in the exams; your teacher and your parents are extremely proud of you!

Betty Thomson 
01383 852610 


Help shape the future of Saline and Steelend 

Coalfields Regeneration Trust, who are facilitating the Community Action Plan Review, have analysed the information they have gathered from the survey forms and face to face meetings, and will share it with the community at a drop-in event on Saturday 15 February between 12.00 noon and 2.00pm in Saline Community Centre. Residents will have an opportunity to review the issues and ideas that have emerged and choose those which they feel should have the highest priority in the updated Action Plan. It is already apparent that what people value most about Saline and Steelend is the strong sense of community and its rural setting but better services and amenities and improvements to the ageing infrastructure are also priorities for many people.

The school have been involved in this review and the children’s work will be on display at the Community Centre. There will also be art and craft activities for children, and refreshments will be provided.

There will also be a free prize draw. Everyone attending and participating in the review will receive a ticket. Knockhill Motor Racing Circuit have very generously provided Family tickets for their 2020 events including the Superbikes and Touring Cars. The draw for these will take place at 2.00pm.


Church Services continue as usual each Sunday at 9.30 am and on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 11.30am. The Sunday Club for children meets in the Hall during part of the service. On Sunday 23 February the morning worship will be a ‘Breakfast Service’ and will be held in the Church Hall. The worship will contain the usual elements in a more informal manner than usual; a simple meal of cereal, egg or bacon rolls, tea, coffee and juice will be served, and worshippers of all ages will be made very welcome. Everyone will be very welcome whether or not they are regular worshippers.

Lent Studies in preparation for Easter are being held starting on Thursday 1 March at 6.00pm at the Manse in Kincardine and on Thursday mornings starting 5 March at 10.30am in the Church Hall (Session Room). The studies are based on some of the themes expressed in the book and film Les Misérables. Further information can be found in the church website or from the Minister.

The Wednesday Tea and Toast (9.30am during term time) and weekly Coffee Morning (10.00am-12 noon) continue to be well supported. The Tuesday Craft Group continues to meet fortnightly in the hall from 2.00-4.00pm (4 & 18 February). The Walking Group have just produced their programme for the year. There is a warm invitation to any of these activities and more information and contact will be found on Church notice boards and the website.

The World Day of Prayer is held each year on, or as near as possible, to the first Friday in March. This year Saline and Blairingone will be joining with folk from Oakley and Carnock Parish churches and the Church of the Holy Name (Oakley). The service will be held in the Parish Church, Station Road, Oakley at 7.00pm on Friday 6 March. The service has been compiled by a group from Zimbabwe and we will be joining with others from all over the world praying for their special needs as well for current situations in our own country and in many other parts of the world. A warm welcome is extended to all interested in joining in this service.


Friday 28 February 8.30pm
Family Games Night - Pool, Dominoes and Darts. £1 per game.
There will be games available in the Function Hall for under 18s.

Saturday 14 March 9.00pm
St Patrick's Night dancing to Dave Alan with an Irish themed supper. Watch out for tickets going on sale.

Sunday 22 March 2.00-4.00pm (Mothers’ Day)
The Gala Committee are holding a vintage tea. Tickets will be going on sale soon; £6 adult, child £2 or £8 with a glass of prosecco. Treat someone special.


Saturday 22 February, 7.30pm. Free Open Mic night. Come and join in the fun.

Saturday 29 February, 8.30pm, £2 per person entry. Big Roll Over. Why not get a team together and join in?

Thursday Nights Quiz night, 8.30pm, £1 per person entry. The clubhouse kitchen is open for meals all day until last orders at 7.30pm. Why not enjoy a meal and stay for the quiz?

Sunday 22 March: Mothers’ Day Lunches and High Teas. Book a table to treat your Mum. Telephone the clubhouse ON 01383 852591.

Ann Hatton 
Honorary Secretary 
Saline Golf Club 


Saturday and Sunday 29 February and 1 March from 2:00-4:30pm 

Saturday and Sunday 7 and 8 March from 2:00-4:30pm 

When we arrived at Kirklands, there was one small clump of snowdrops. Each year for over 40 years we divided and replanted the bulbs. They are now naturalised and continue to spread around the whole garden in a dazzling white carpet of galanthus nivalis snowdrops interspersed with hellebores of pink, white, almost black and purple and even the occasional yellow.

Enjoy a walk around the two acres of woodland garden. Please let us know if you would like a guided tour for groups or individuals.

Entrance £4.00, children free when accompanied by an adult. Entrance includes a clump of snowdrops to plant in your own garden.

Kirklands House, Bridge Street, Saline. 
Limited parking at Kirklands, otherwise park in the centre of the village. 

We are also open under Scotland’s Garden Scheme on Saturday and Sunday May 23 and 24 from 2pm to 5pm. Proceeds are divided between SGS charities (40%) and our nominated charity – Saline Environmental Group (60%). Cream Teas will be available too and a plant sales area.

Season's Greetings

Betty and Graham Thomson send all our neighbours and friends best wishes for Christmas and New Year.


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 £12 per year.
Bingo every Monday, 7.30pm start.
Quiz night every Thursday at 8.30pm. £1 entry.
Saturday 22 February, 7.30pm. Free Open Mic night. Come and join in the fun.
Saturday 29 February, 8.30pm, £2 per person entry. Big Roll Over. Why not get a team together and join in?
Sunday 22 March: Mothers’ Day Lunches and High Teas. Book a table to treat your Mum. Telephone the clubhouse ON 01383 852591.

Steelend Miners Club 

Friday 28 February 8.30pm
Family Games Night - Pool, Dominoes and Darts. £1 per game. There will be games available in the Function Hall for under 18s.
Saturday 14 March 9.00pm
St Patrick's Night dancing to Dave Alan with an Irish themed supper. Watch out for tickets going on sale.
Sunday 22 March 2.00-4.00pm (Mothers’ Day)
The Gala Committee are holding a vintage tea. Tickets will be going on sale soon; £6 adult, child £2 or £8 with a glass of prosecco.

Brownies - Every Thursday 6.30pm-8.00pm
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

Beginner Hatha Yoga
Tuesdays, 7.30pm
£30/6 sessions or £6 per class drop-in.
Saline Community Centre
Although most equipment such as blocks, bricks and belts are provided, please bring a yoga mat.

Circuit Training
Thursdays, 7.00pm-8.00pm, £5.
Saline Community Centre

Shieldbank Coffee Shop
North Road, Saline, Fife, KY12 9LN
Open Tuesdays-Sundays from 9.30am-6.00pm.
Craft Group, Thursdays, 10.00am-12.00noon.
Photography Group, Fridays, 7.30-9.00pm.
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 holidays. Equestrian Vaulting lessons for 5-18 yr olds.
Please call to book: 01383 852874

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesdays 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 & Blairingone Parish Church Services continue as usual each Sunday at 9.30 am and on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 11.30am. The Sunday Club for children meets in the Hall during part of the service.
Sunday 23 February: ‘Breakfast Service’ will be held in the Church Hall.
Lent Studies: starting on Thursday 1 March at 6.00pm at the Manse in Kincardine and on Thursday mornings starting 5 March at 10.30am in the Church Hall (Session Room).
Wednesdays, Church Hall: Tea and Toast (9.30am during term time) and weekly Coffee Morning (10.00am-12 noon).
World Day of Prayer: Parish Church, Station Road, Oakley at 7.00pm on Friday 6 March.

Saline and District Rural
Wednesday 5 March 07.30pm
Saline Community Centre
Crafting with Debbie
All Welcome


Community Consultation Event 

Sat 15 February, 12.00-2.00pm, Saline Community Centre 

Art, Craft and Creativity 
Children’s Activities and Refreshments.

Information and Ideas. Prize Draw. 

Art, Craft and Creativity 

Come along and help shape the future for our communities.


Amenities and Leisure 

Children’s Activities and Refreshments. 

Information and Ideas. Prize Draw. 

Come along and help shape the future for our communities. 

Have your say on what you would like to happen in your village. What would you like Saline and Steelend to be? 

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