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Issue 84 March 2020

posted 9 Mar 2020, 13:06 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 9 Mar 2020, 13:09 ]


A well-attended event in the Community Centre several weeks ago provided an opportunity for local people to review the information that Coalfields Regeneration Trust have collected during their review of the 2011 Community Action Plan. Alongside arts and craft activities and face painting, visitors were able to use coloured dots to indicate which ideas they favoured most. Work carried out by P5/6/7 children using the Scottish Governments Space Standard tool was on display and demonstrated that young people have just as good an appreciation as adults of what’s good about Saline and Steelend and what could be better. 
People also had the opportunity to choose which they thought was the best logo/vision produced by the children. Millie Jackson was the overall winner with Rory Stevenson and Callum Duncan as runners up. Each received a £25 voucher. CRT will publish their sixteen-page report later this month but it is already apparent that what people, young and old, appreciate most about Saline and Steelend is the rural setting and the strong sense of community. 
Unsurprisingly, the lack of amenities and services and poor public transport are amongst the negatives, along with the state of the roads. However, there are lots of suggestions for how these might be addressed. 
The event was also an opportunity to explain some of the big ticket ideas that have been spoken about for some time, such as the future of the Community Centre and Saline shop, the vacant site on Main Street, and paths across FLS’s Muirside Estate to the community orchard and on to Oakley and Blairhall. 
In the Prize Draw, the Jackson family and the McNaughts were the recipients of Knockhill Gold Passes allowing four people to attend any event at the circuit during 2020. The Community Council is grateful to the circuit for their generosity and also to Angie from the Golf Club for providing the catering. 


Our New Year Heritage Walk had to be cancelled due to the weather but we hope to reschedule it in a couple of months time when it might be a bit drier and warmer. Susan Mills gave us an enjoyable whistle-stop tour of the towers in Issue 84 March 2020 2 Clackmannan, and our next speaker will be on Wednesday 18 March, 7.00pm for 7.30pm in the Church Hall when Professor Richard Oram will be telling us about James Fyffie, Cattle Dealer, 1836-1840. 
There are drove roads not too far from here going over the pass from Dollar to Glen Devon and probably from Saline to Dollar at some point. 
Everyone welcome. 


Saturday 14 March, 9.00pm St Patrick's Night with vocalist Dave Alan. Tickets now on sale from the club, £5 (this includes an Irish-themed supper). 
Sunday 22 March, 2.00-4.00pm. Vintage Afternoon Tea. Tickets on sale from the club: adult £6, or £8 with glass of prosecco, child £2. 
Treat someone special for Mother's Day. 
Thursday 9 April, 6.30pm. Children's Easter Disco, entry £1. Prizes for best decorated egg, crown or bonnet.
Wednesday 29 April, 7.00pm. Prize Bingo.
These are some of the events planned by the club and the gala committee. Please come along, your support at some of these events would be very much appreciated. The club welcomes non-members but why not consider membership at only £5 per year? 
The club telephone number is 01383 851160. 


Forestry and Lands Scotland have completed their proposals for reinstating the landscape on the former open cast site and would like to receive feedback from local people. Details can be found using this link. 
 Don’t forget that FLS still require suggestions for what the hill should be called. 


Breakfast Church 
The informal morning service on Sunday 23 February was held in the Hall. We shared in worship while enjoying a meal together. It proved an interesting and helpful experience where all ages had the opportunity to take part and share with each other in a different way. It is hoped that this will become a regular occasional event and that others who may not worship regularly in Saline will feel welcome to join in. 

Fairtrade Fortnight 
February 24- 8 March. This is celebrated annually on a national scale to encourage us to think of those who supply many of our purchases, particularly from overseas. Where we see the Fairtrade logo we can be assured of the quality of the goods and that those who produce them get a fair price for their work. 
The emphasis is on chocolate this year which most of us enjoy! There will be a Traidcraft stall where Tradecraft goods are available in the Church Hall on Sunday 8 March at 10.30am and on Wednesday 11 March at the Coffee Morning (10.00am-12.00 noon in the Church Hall). 

World Day of Prayer 
Friday 6 March. The local service this year will be held in Oakley Parish Church, Station Road, Oakley, at 7.00pm and will be led by members from Saline, Oakley Parish Church and Church of the Holy Name. 
The service was written by a group of Christian women from Zimbabwe. 

Walking Group 
The two walks planned for March are designated ‘easy’. March 14: Kelpies to Falkirk Wheel. Depart Saline turning circle at 9.00am. Four miles. March 28: John Muir Way, Cramond to Slateford. Depart 8.53am bus from Saline. Six miles. Further information from Peter Philp or Church website. 

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The absence of some of the regular attendees reduced the turnout but those that were there engaged in lively discussion on a wide range of issues. In opening the meeting, David Chisholm announced that Allanwater had finally put up the John Crane Court street sign and the planned unveiling ceremony with Marie Crane and her family, to remember John and his tireless work in the community, would take place in late April. 
David also remarked that it was also good to see the new café and organic butchers shop under construction out on the West Road. It was expected to open late spring/early summer. 

Traffic and Road Safety 
There was praise for Fife Council for the excellent resurfacing work on Main Street and in clearing the ditches and gulleys along the B914 towards the Redcraigs crossroads. However, the potholes along this stretch of road still require permanent repair and the volume of water running across the road surface at the bends on the Oakley Road was creating dangerous conditions. Several people also mentioned the condition of the A907 in places. 
People continue to be concerned about the removal of the hedge across the road from the Allanwater development but the new pavement has now been constructed and a new hedge has been planted. However, there is still a 4 concern about children running out from the park and onto the road. 
The future of the old changing rooms was raised. The intention has always been to remove them but it is unclear where the responsibility for this rests. It has been suggested that the building might be lifted with a crane, transported around the corner and placed at the back of the vacant site on Main Street where it could be refurbished to provide an outdoor classroom for the school!
Development behind The Glebe 
It was noted that there has been some activity involving the storage of building materials on the site and that an application for a building warrant has been lodged. 

Pharmacy and Community Centre 
A decision from NHS Fife about the community pharmacy is not now expected until the end of April. In the meantime, David has written to Fife Council in response to their suggestion that they might provide a licence to manage the building, rather than owning it, and had outlined a basis on which this might be acceptable. Under this, the Council would retain responsibility for the fabric of the building and for the running costs, and receive the payments from existing users. The community would be key holders and have the right to introduce new users and to determine rents. Where new users pay rent, this would be passed to Fife Council. 
The community would also seek grant funding to undertake improvements to the appearance and accessibility of the building. 

Paths towards Oakley and Blairhall 
The Community Development Trust is about to submit a funding application to Fife Environment Trust for money to create the path across FLS’s Muirside Estate towards Oakley and Blairhall. 
It will also improve access to the community orchard for the school. Oakley CC and West Fife Woodlands are responsible for the paths beyond the old coal road. 
Caledonian Construction have offered to provide the surfacing materials for the section down to the White Gates. 

VE Day 
Discussions are continuing about how the 75th anniversary of VE Day should be commemorated. The church bell will chimed at the designated time on the Friday evening and there will be a remembrance at the service on Sunday morning. 
The school is keen to participate but Friday 8 is a holiday. Local piper George Shaw is already booked to play in Dunfermline at 3.00pm on the Friday but has suggested someone else in the village who would be happy to play. 
There is some interest in a street party but as yet no one has stepped up to make it happen! 

Street Orderly 
People continue to complain about popular street orderly Alan Pettigrew being transferred away from Saline and Steelend. It is felt that the standard of service is much poorer now. Cllr Manekshaw explained that a major restructuring is being undertaken and it will take some time to implement and for the service to improve. 

Other Matters 
The meeting also discussed the village shop, the vacant site on Main Street, and the Council garages. Articles about these issues appear elsewhere in this Bulletin. 


A recent seminar organised by Community Shares Scotland explained how Community Shares have helped local people acquire valuable assets such as shops, pubs, and post offices that have closed or are in danger of closing. 
In Scotland more than 250 properties have been taken into community ownership in this way. 
A small group has been established to investigate whether they could provide the key to acquiring Saline Shop. Mr H is keen to retire and is happy to see it taken over by the community. Up to 95% of the cost would come from the Scottish Land Fund and the balance would be made up from a share issue. Typically for this kind of venture shares would be priced at a round £25, and local people could choose how much they would like to invest. 
After three years investors would be free to withdraw their money. In some cases interest is paid. At present, a Community Development Trust is not permitted to operate in this way so a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, would be set up to run the business on behalf of local people. 
Apart from the value of keeping the shop going and tailoring what it sells to meet local needs, it would provide jobs that pay a living wage with shifts that fit in with people’s home lives. For example, if it is assumed that running the shop is a full-time job for two people, it could be as many as eight part-time jobs. 
Kirkmichael Village Shop in Perthshire is a good example of what can be achieved. Have a look at their Facebook page. 
If you are interested in exploring this idea, email or ring David Chisholm on 853168. 


Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust has finally grasped the nettle and submitted a formal application to Fife Council to take the three garage blocks on Eastercraig Gardens into community ownership
Once acquired, the Trust would apply for grants to refurbish the garages and to make them more secure. Anyone renting space would be able to continue 6 doing so but local groups such as the Scouts and Horticultural Society would be able to take more space. Space would also be made available to local tradespeople who need somewhere to keep tools and materials. 
There have been a number of suggestions for how unallocated garages might be used. These include creating a furniture, electrical and white goods recycling centre where someone who has serviceable but unwanted items can leave them for others to make use of. 
This facility might be extended to include a workshop where those with the interest and skills might repair and upcycle items. 
A further suggestion is to create a community tool store. Not everyone has a fork and spade, a lawnmower, power tools and other equipment for tasks that don’t arise every day. 


Saline Environmental Group have 120 trees to offer local residents FREE of charge! Yes, we are giving them away! Would you like to have either a Hazel or Field Maple tree? They are both indigenous to Scotland and will attract lots of wildlife to your garden. They are a medium size and can be pruned to fit any space available. 
There will be a tree planting demonstration on Saturday 14 March at 11.00am at Saline Church. Here you can simply learn how to plant and care for your tree to give long lasting health. 
All are welcome and your tree will be available to take away with you. We’d love to see you there but if you can’t make it we can arrange to drop the tree at your door if you contact us on the following email address There are 120 trees - first come first served! 


Did you know Highland Dancing has been taught in Saline for 50 years? Initially by local Allana Brown(née Cruickshank), now teaching in Dunfermline, and afterwards by me, Elizabeth (Betty) Thomson, a former pupil of Allana. 
A late starter with two children in tow, perseverance paid off eventually, enabling me to teach Highland Dancing. The certificate arrived while sorting the mail in Saline post office, (nice surprise for me the postie!). Now the time has come for retirement, I've recruited a brilliant young lady who is very keen and willing to step into my shoes! 
Emma is a pupil of Allana's, fully qualified in Highland dance, is a Tattoo dancer, and has danced in many different countries, even performing for the Queen on her ninetieth birthday, among other accolades too many to mention here. Now Emma looks forward to teaching people in the Saline area from four years old upwards. 
Classes will be in Saline church hall, beginning on Thursday 19 March at 5.30pm and all are welcome. Until then, 7 Betty's classes will run as normal. Leggings or shorts and old socks are all that's needed to start. 
Many thanks to go Allana for her patience, children and parents past and present, and the helpers over the years. I am hoping that my present dancers will continue to dance and learn with Emma; they've made me proud. 
Please keep in touch, dancers, and let me know how your getting on. Very best wishes to Emma in your new venture - remember I'm only doon the road! 
Emma's phone number is 07710 533724 and Betty is on 01383 852610. 


I have been selected by Fife Active Schools to go to Malawi in June to help young girls feel more confident getting involved in sport. I have been a Platinum Sports Ambassador with Active Schools for two years and have led lots of workshops and sport clubs, and delivered talks to over 200 people regarding the importance of giving young girls the confidence to achieve their goals within sports. 
I have been given the opportunity of an amazing experience by going to Malawi to further my experience of delivering sports programmes to girls around the world. I would appreciate the help and support I need in raising funds to get there. So far, I am about half way to my total required of £3250. 

(Malawi's international netball team)

I have set up a fundraising page on Facebook called Leila’s Malawi Fundraising and this gives more info about events and other fundraisers I am doing. 
I am holding a safari themed family night to which all are welcome with disco, tombola and fun quiz in Steelend Miners Club on Saturday 25 April at 8pm. Tickets are £5 for adults, and children go free. If anyone would like further information about the trip, to buy tickets or donate, please get in touch either on Facebook or email 


Another month has passed and having enjoyed a mid term break in February our sights are now on better weather and a more outdoor programme. 
The Beavers have now completed their Team Work and Outdoor Challenge Badges. They are now working their way through the Air and Space Activity Badges. The long awaited night away is planned for May, more of which to follow later. 
The Cub Pack have just completed their Astronomer Activity Badge. With a trip to the Battle of Bannockburn Experience planned for 28 March, this will complete their Scottish Thistle Award. The Cubs have now started work on the Disability Awareness Activity Badge and are also preparing for the Mowgli Shield competition due to take place at the end of April.  
We are now in a position to restart the Scout camping programme with the Leaders now having the necessary permits etc in place. The first camp is scheduled for the 13/14 March at Fordell Firs; application forms have been issued to Scouts. The Scouts have almost completed their Skills and Team Work Challenge Badges and hopefully these awards will be gained before the Easter break. 
The Leaders have now embarked on a mammoth task of creating a four-year plan to ensure that all nine Challenge Awards and appropriate Activity Badges are completed in a timely manner. 
We are now happy to report that the Explorer Unit is now up and running and, members are now working towards the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award. 
We would welcome new members, both boys and girls, aged between 14 and 18 years to join our Unit and make the programme even more exciting. 
Peter Philp
 Group Scout Leader
 01383 852612
 116th Fife Scout Group
 Registered Charity Number SC031132 


The exhibition will run daily, excluding Mondays, throughout the spring and summer, starting on March 31 and continuing until August 9. Entry is free. This important exhibition will be held within Shieldbank Coffee Shop, with each photographer having exclusive use of the space for two weeks. 
There will be a huge variety of styles and subjects on display. Encounter the beauty and fragility of wildlife, see the wonderful forms of architecture, feel the wind and sun as you look deep into stunning landscapes. 
This exhibition will be a rare opportunity to see superb images from different countries taken by photographers of outstanding talent. This is a must-see exhibition for anyone who is interested in the art of photography. 
The coffee shop will be open as normal for teas, coffee, and light lunches throughout the exhibition. For further information, please telephone 07792 759583. 


Kirklands, Bridge Street, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. Entrance £4.00 which includes a small clump of snowdrops to plant in your garden, window box or plant pot. 
Accompanied children free. Please like and Follow our Facebook page: Kirklands House and Garden, Saline Stroll round our two-acre garden awash with a carpet of white snowdrops interspersed with hellebores of pink, purple, yellow, white and almost black.  


The Blue Planet BBC programme recently highlighted the issues concerned with plastic pollution in our oceans. Our talk in March brings to you the most up to date and interesting news. eXXpedition Across the Atlantic Ocean in Search of Plastic Friday 20 March, 7.00pm, Church Hall All welcome. Tea , coffee , juice and soup refreshments available. No need to book - just turn up on the night. 
Local woman Emily Butler recently travelled from the Azores to Antigua Island on an award winning voyage aboard the S/V Traveledge yacht . Come and hear about her adventure! Emily attended Saline Primary School and Queen Anne High School in Dunfermline . She has gone on to gain an Honours degree in Environmental Science from Dundee University. 


The Community Council has given formal notice to Fife Council of its intention to acquire the vacant site on Main Street opposite the shop, using asset transfer powers contained in Scottish Government Community Empowerment legislation. Asset transfer is a process to allow a community organisation to take over publicly owned land or buildings, in a way that recognises the public benefits that the community use will bring. 
This may be at a discounted price, with a grant or other support, or simply the agreement to transfer something the public authority did not plan to sell. As many of you will know, the school spent many months clearing the site of weeds and brambles, only to be told that they could not make use of it as outdoor classroom and growing space. 
In acknowledging the notice, the Council has said that it is prepared to look at ways the site could be made available to the school without formally disposing of the land. 


The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus. You can help too. The best way to protect yourself and others is to wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel, regularly throughout the day.

Catch your cough or sneeze in a tissue, bin it, and wash your hands. This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus. 
For more information visit 
A coronavirus is a type of virus. Typical symptoms include: fever, a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.  
Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. 
COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan city, China. This is a rapidly changing situation which is being monitored carefully. 

What are the symptoms of coronavirus? 
Common symptoms include: • high temperature or fever • cough • shortness of breath 


National Adult Protection Day was on 20 February. If you think an adult is being harmed, get it checked out. It’s right to act on your instinct. 
Fife Council is raising awareness of how some adults are harmed or abused and to encourage people to act on their gut feeling and say something when they see things that point to that happening to someone they know or come across. 
Harm and abuse can take many forms; physical, psychological, financial, sexual harm, neglect and self-harm but there are usually signs and clues that indicate something out of the ordinary might be happening. We all have a responsibility to look out for people in our communities. 
The message is simple – if you think an adult is at risk of harm or something feels wrong, you’re right to get it checked out. If you’ve seen something, say something. For more information, visit 
You can also follow on Twitter at #AdultProtection #SeenSomethingSaySomething  


A new campaign is highlighting the benefits of Fifers regularly taking time for themselves. Project You encourages people to take a regular break from life’s daily demands, to help boost their mood and feel more in control. With the campaign message ‘to keep going, sometimes you need to stop’, people can sign up to a six-week email programme providing practical help and advice on how to make that happen. 
Project You highlights how making time to go for a walk, having a blether with pals, taking a breather or switching off screens before bed can all help people feel more able to take on whatever life brings. 
For help and inspiration – and to sign up to the six-week email programme – visit 
Research shows that almost half of people (46 per cent) in Fife expressed having levels of anxiety, with over half (57 per cent) feeling elements of stress, and 62 per cent saying they felt tired. However, over three quarters of people (78 per cent) recognise there are things they are personally able to do to improve their health and wellbeing. Fife has been selected for the Project You pilot due to the wealth of activities and support available within the community. A five-date roadshow will also travel to venues to prompt people to make time, and the campaign is also being supported by local employers. 


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. 

Steelend Miners Club 
Saturday 14 March, 9.00pm St Patrick's Night with vocalist Dave Alan. 
Tickets now on sale from the club, £5 (this includes an Irish-themed supper). 
Sunday 22 March, 2.00-4.00pm Vintage Afternoon Tea. 
Tickets on sale from the club: adult £6, or £8 with glass of prosecco, child £2. 
Treat someone special for Mother's Day. 
Thursday 9 April, 6.30pm Children's Easter Disco, entry £1. 
Prizes for best decorated egg, crown or bonnet. 
Wednesday 29 April, 7.00pm Prize Bingo. 

Brownies Every Thursday 6.30pm-8.00pm Saline Church Hall 12 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 6.30pm8.00pm. 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, 8.00pm-9.00pm, £5. Saline Community Centre 

Shieldbank Coffee Shop North Road, Saline, Fife, KY12 9LN Hot and cold drinks, savory toasties, baguettes, cheese tarts, scones, carrot cake etc. Open Tuesdays-Sundays from 9.30am-6.00pm. 
Craft Group, Thursdays, 10.00am-12.00noon. Photography Group, Fridays, 7.30-9.00pm. Tel: 07792 75958 

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 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 & Blairingone Parish Church There will be a Traidcraft stall in the Church Hall on Sunday 8 March at 10.30am and on Wednesday 11 March at the Coffee Morning (10.00am-12.00 noon in the Church Hall). 
World Day of Prayer Friday 6 March, Oakley Parish Church, Station Road, Oakley, 7.00pm. 

Walking Group The two walks planned for March are designated ‘easy’. March 14: Kelpies to Falkirk Wheel. Depart Saline turning circle at 9.00am. Four miles. March 28: John Muir Way, Cramond to Slateford. Depart 8.53am bus from Saline. Six miles. 

Saline & Steelend Community Council Tuesday 31 March, 7.30pm Saline Community Centre 

Saline & District Heritage Society James Fyffie, Cattle Drover 1836-1840 Professor Richard Oram Wednesday 18 March, 7.00pm for 7.30pm, Saline

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