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Issue 9 August 2012

posted 6 Sep 2012, 09:33 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 10 Sep 2017, 12:25 ]
Annual Horticultural Show
John Crane

The annual show of the Saline & District Horticultural Society will be held in the Saline Community Centre over the weekend of 1st & 2nd September. The doors will be open from 2.00 pm until 4.30 pm on both days.  Entry is free but we will accept small donations if you insist!

The Society was formed in 1905 and is the last remaining horticultural society in the West Fife villages. 

We have a very enthusiastic committee but our survival depends on the support of local folk from Saline and Steelend by their attendance.  Even better, why not enter a few exhibits such as that lovely pot plant that you’re so proud of or a few cut flowers from your back garden?
Schedules give the simple rules on entering exhibits and are available free from Saline Post Office. 

For further information, contact Muriel Phillips on 01383 852755.

Linda Bogue: A Presentation
John Crane

Jim Hensman, the chair of the Saline & Steelend Community Council, will make a presentation to Linda Bogue, the retiring caretaker of the Saline Community Centre. This event will take place at 7 pm on Tuesday 28th August in the Community Centre.

Donations towards a gift for Linda have come from the Community Council, other community groups and individuals.

All are welcome to attend.

Saline Gala
Joanna Jackson

As most of you will know, Saline Gala had to be cancelled because of the appalling weather. An attempt to rearrange some of the attractions the following week suffered a similar fate.  

The AGM of the Gala Committee has been arranged for the 18th September at 7.30 in the Church.  There are a number of unfilled places on the committee and if no new people come forward there is a possibility that next year’s gala might not take place.  The gala is at the heart of village life and if you feel you can help make it happen please attend the AGM or contact Joanna Jackson on 850934.

Don’t forget – if you have things you want to promote on the community website, contact Ian Holmes-Lewis on 851855 or Mark Baugh on 851059.

Saline and District Heritage Society 
Jane Roxburgh

The summer opening (was that summer?!!) of the mini-museum with the theme of the Queen's Jubilee/Saline and Steelend in the 1950s is into its last month and is open every Wednesday at 10.00 am-12.00 noon and Sunday at 11.30am – 1.00 pm until Wednesday 29th August.  It has been reasonably successful and is very popular with children.

Our winter programme starts on September 26th in the Church Hall at 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm with John Reid on Gravestones and Their Meanings, followed on 31st October by John Donaldson speaking about the carved heads in the refurbished Great Hall of Stirling Castle. 

Tickets on the doors are £1 for members and £2 for non-members. Coffee and tea are included in the price.

See you there!

Wednesday 26th September
John Reid
Gravestones and Their Meanings

Wednesday 31st October
John Donaldson
Carving the Heads on the Roof of the Great Hall in Stirling Castle

Wednesday 28th November
Craig Mair
Understanding Scottish Castles

Wednesday 30th January
Alf Ingram
General Wade and Scotland’s First Roads

Wednesday 27th February
David Easton
The Defences of the Forth

Wednesday 27th March
John Le Marie and Stan Walsh
The Prestons of Valleyfield

Wednesday 24th April
Lillian King
Famous Women of Fife

Saline First Responders
Hilary Warnock

Our First Responder team covers not only Saline but also Blairhall, Oakley, Comrie, Carnock, Gowkhall and outlying farms.   We still require volunteers as our aim is to be able to provide 24-hour cover for the area.

We are holding our first fundraising event on Friday 28th September in Saline Church Hall when the Queen Anne Singers will be singing from their mixed repertoire; there should be some laughs from A Funny Wee Turn and we are also looking for raffle prizes for that night.   

If you can support us in any way, please contact Hilary on  or telephone 01383 852797.

BIG Lottery Opportunities
Donald Murdoch

BIG Lottery Scotland has announced two funds that are particularly relevant to our communities.

Community Spaces aims to help communities to develop spaces that are important to them and significant grants are available. This is the fund that Saline Environmental Group has applied to for the Kinneddar Park path and our experience is that BIG Lottery staff are very helpful. 

All of our area is eligible based on Scottish Deprivation indicators, apart from a small area around Oaklea and Eastercraigs Garden. Unfortunately, the excluded area includes the Oakley Road playing fields. “Spaces” includes indoor facilities.

If an application is to be submitted, it is vital we pick the area with most local support. 

Suggestions to date include The Glen, Steelend Park and community food garden/allotments that scored highly in the Community Futures exercise. However, there may be other areas that should be considered. 

The second initiative is the Scottish Land Fund which gives grants to communities to buy property that they feel will improve the quality of life in the area. There are areas that would certainly meet the criteria but, again, these need to be agreed. 

Both of these funds require a strong demonstration of community involvement and support. 

Saline Environmental Group’s experience  is that the Community Action Plan has been invaluable but it is clear that there will be stiff competition for money and it is vital that more people become involved in improving our community.

More details are available on the BIG Lottery web site.

If you feel that you can help in any way, please contact: 
David Chisholm at,  Mark Baugh at  or Donald Murdoch at

Discussion Forum Regarding Wind Turbine
Til Kroeber

There is currently a planning application with Fife Council for a 125m wind turbine at Lockshaw Moss, approximately two miles West of Saline [application reference 12/02776/FULL]. 

As there hasn’t been much communication regarding this application yet, it is a good opportunity to make use of the Saline, Steelend and Communities website to participate in a discussion group, the details of which can be found on the homepage.

Art and Photographic Exhibition
John Crane

The provisional date for next year’s West Fife Villages Exhibition of Art, Photography and Craft is the weekend of 20th and 21st April.

As we did at the 2011 exhibition, we will be running a competition to select paintings and photographs of   scenes from the area of the West Fife villages. Those selected will be incorporated in a 2014 calendar. 

Prizes will be awarded to successful photographers and artists who will also be invited to attend a special launch of the calendar. The 2012 calendar was extremely successful and we hope to build on this success with the 2014 edition. The sponsoring organisation for the calendar is the West Fife Villages Community Planning Group. 

Anyone requiring the simple rules for entering the competition should contact John Crane on 01383 852698 or email           

Saline Hotel Site
David Chisholm

The planning application for three houses on the former Saline Hotel site has been approved, subject to a number of conditions, most of them drafted by the Transportation Department.  They include a requirement to widen the pavement along the frontage of the site to 2m; the provision of three in-curtilage car-parking spaces for each property; and the incorporation of a turning head within each front garden that must not overlap with the parking spaces.  In most respects this is a development to be welcomed but meeting Transportation’s requirements will result in ‘front gardens’ completely out of character with those of the older properties further along West Road. It is disappointing that the opportunity to create vehicle access from the cul-de-sac at the back of the site hasn’t been negotiated so that the unattractive, car-dominated frontages could be avoided.

Would you like to join a Suma Buying Co-operative?
Mark Baugh

Suma are specialist wholesalers for vegetarian, organic and fair-trade food. We are looking for interested households to join us in making up a monthly minimum order to take advantage of bulk buying prices. Their website is 

If this floats your boat please contact Mark Baugh on telephone number 01383 851059.

Calling All Local Societies and Groups

Are you the secretary or organiser of a local community group or society? Would you like to attract new members or remind people of what is coming up? Or perhaps tell everyone about your achievements and activities?

To have news and reports of your group or society included in the monthly bulletin, contact Jacquie Clapperton on 852367 or

Forthcoming Meetings and Events

Saline Environmental Group
Tuesday 28 August
6.30pm Saline Community Centre

Community Council
Tuesday 28 August
7.30pm Saline Community Centre

Steelend Club
Domino and pool competitions every Friday from 9.00pm

Climate Challenge
Donald Murdoch

The Climate Challenge Fund exists to help communities reduce their carbon footprint and address issues such as fuel poverty.

 Our recent consultations through the Community Futures exercise highlighted unreliable and expensive public transport, increasing energy bills and access to a wider range of facilities as key issues. 

The Climate Challenge Fund can help but applicants must show how their proposals will reduce carbon emissions. 

This community’s concerns are shared by other West Fife Communities but an obstacle to tapping into the Climate Challenge Fund is a lack of knowledge of what our community’s carbon footprint actually is. 

Accordingly, the West Fife Villages Community Planning Group will shortly be distributing questionnaires throughout the West Fife Villages. 

It is anticipated that ten homes in Saline, Steelend and the landward areas will be asked to complete the questionnaire.

If you are interesting in participating, please contact John Crane

This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Community Futures Group