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NEW Stagecoach East Scotland are proposing changes to their bus network from Monday 14th May 2018. 
Clicking here will take you to the Stagecoach website where details of the service changes can be found.   
Towards the bottom of the page there is an online form where you can provide your feedback on the proposed changes.  Feedback can be submitted until Friday 23rd March.

NEW Torryburn and Newmills Community Council minutes

West Fife Villages
Community Planning Group minutes

Culross Community Council minutes (PDF files

West Fife Woodlands
Group minutes

Charity Walkathon at Loch Leven

Culross road closure (pdf file)

Charlestown, Limekilns and Pattiesmuir Community Council minutes

Torryburn and District History Group meeting dates

Saline and Steelend Community Council

Stagecoach service changes (PDF file)

Fife Access Forum - Open Meeting (PDF file)

Culross and Torryburn Parish Church 800th anniversary events (pdf file)

Fife Leader event in Charlestown on May 18 - book your place!

Local communities have their say on how to spend £60,000 - "Forward West Fife"

Office-bearers at West Fife Vilages Community Planning Group

Fife Council's Community Resilience Newsletter

Oakley and Comrie Community Council minutes

West Fife Woodlands
Group minutes

Fife Forum Newsletter

Culross Community Council minutes (PDF files)

Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust AGM

Saline and Steelend Community Council matters

Gellet Society (history / heritage society)programme of speakers for 2015/ 16

Unpaid Carers information event

Oakley and Comrie Community News (PDF file)

Lastest news from West Fife Rotary Club

Torryburn and Newmills Community Council minutes

Carnock and Gowkhall Community Trust Newsletter
(PDF file)

West Fife & Coastal Villages Community Council Forum

Kincardine History Group meeting dates

Saline and Steelend newsletter (PDF file)

Cairneyhill Community Council minutes

Check out Saline, Steelend and Communities' new website

Blairhall Community Council minutes

Oakley and Comrie Community Council (PDF file)

Cairneyhill Community Council

Saline Environmental Group

The newly formed Saline
and District Heritage Society
have set up their own website.

Click here to visit the site




NEW Parish Church News

Culross and Torryburn Parish Church serving the villages of Culross, High and Low Valleyfield, Newmills, Torryburn, Shiresmill and Blairhall.

Services for Sunday, March 18th, will be held in High Valleyfield Church at 9.45am followed by refreshments, and in Culross Abbey at 11am. These will be led by Rev. Liz Fisk. Additional services for Holy Week commencing on Palm Sunday 25th March will: Palm Sunday – ‘Songs of Praise’ in Oakley Church at 6.30pm; ‘Stations of the Cross’ in Saline Church on Wednesday 28th at 7pm; Holy Communion in Culross Abbey or High Valleyfield Church (venue to be confirmed), and Tenebrae Service in Kincardine and Tulliallan Church on Good Friday 30th March.

Coffee mornings with home baking are held in High Valleyfield Church each Tuesday morning 10 – 12. All welcome to come in for a blether with like-minded company. The Kids Club meets also in High Valleyfield Church each Thursday 5 – 6.30pm, details from Rae Hunter tel. 881754.

An Easter Fayre including an egg hunt will be held in High Valleyfield Church on Saturday 31st March between 10.30am and 1pm. Do come along with the kids and enjoy the fun.

Woodlands Group gains charity status

The West Fife Woodlands community group has become a registered Scottish Charity Organisation.

Who are we, what we do and where we do it?

The group which was started in 2006 by just two people has now a membership of over 50 members from all walks of life with 25 active members regularly participating on the Monday morning ‘workout’ activities.


A Celebration of Snowdrops

West Fife Woodlands is pleased to once again join forces with other partners to host this year’s Fife Snowdrops Spectacular, now in its twelfth year.

2018 is particularly significant since it is the bicentenary anniversary of the death of Humphry Repton, the esteemed landscape designer engaged by Sir Robert Preston to improve the former Valleyfield estate.

As in previous years the group will be providing guided walks through Valleyfield Woodland Park with its wonderful displays of snowdrops and remnants of the Repton designed landscape. Valleyfield is one of many venues participating in Visit Scotland’s annual Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

After your walk you might like to visit the Valleyfield exhibition in the Reading Room at the newly appointed Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, where photos and other records of the former estate will be on display throughout February.


Kincardine Bridge works

Amey advise of essential upcoming works they (on behalf of Transport Scotland) are planning to undertake to refurbish the two viaduct spans of the A985 Kincardine Bridge, south of the Swing Span.

This will consist of resurfacing, re-waterproofing, concrete repairs and joint replacement.

Amey are currently planning to commence these works in mid-February 2018, subject to budgetary allowance. Alternatively, this next phase of bridge deck refurbishment will be postponed until late March/early April 2018.


Trails leaflet unveiled

Saline and District Heritage Society has unveiled its latest trails leaflet round Saline and Steelend.

The latest leaflet gives walkers info on two routes that both start in the car park in Steelend although they can be followed in reverse from Saline.

The first route follows the signposted core path towards and turns off towards The Temple with spectacular views to the south. It skirts the bottom of Saline Golf Club before exiting to the B914 road to Saline.

The second route follows the core path as far as Cowstrandburn and returns to the route to The Temple via Bandrum. Users can then either return to Steelend or take the Temple route.


Pupils visit Community Orchard to celebrate Blossom Day

The community orchard at Valleyfield Woodland Park, now in its second year, has been celebrated with the holding of a Blossom Day.

Pupils from St Serf’s, Culross and Torryburn primary schools returned to see how the trees were progressing after they and four other local schools planted the trees back in February 2016.

Grants for paths on offer

Paths for All is offering grants of up to £1,500 to help community groups improve, maintain and promote their local community paths.

Does your group have a great idea for a community paths project but doesn’t have the money to carry out the work?

If the answer is “yes” Paths for All can help.

Click link for details

Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre Needs You!
Volunteers Urgently Required – Can You Help Us?

Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre has been helping children and people of all ages with physical, learning, social and behavioural disabilities for over 30 years.

Since 1996 it has been based at its present location, a beautiful, peaceful spot above High Valleyfield Woods.

There are indoor and outdoor arenas, as well as a wonderful Sensory Park that’s constantly being developed and improved for the enjoyment of our riders and ponies.


Enhancing the quality of life in rural Fife
What is Fife LEADER?

The aim of LEADER is to support local, rural community and business networks, and farms diversifying their activities.


Top award for Woodlands group

West Fife Woodlands based at Shiresmill near Blairhall was presented with the “Community Path Group of the Year” award at the “The Surgeon’s Halls” in Edinburgh.

This award was made at the Paths for All 2016 Volunteer Awards Ceremony which was attended by Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell MSP.

West Fife Woodlands was commended for developing and maintaining a network of paths in 112 acres of woodland with 1,600 volunteer hours expended during the last year. 


Band seeking pipers and drummers

West Fife Schools Pipe Band are currently recruiting tenor drummers, snare drummers, bass drummer and pipers. Any children currently being educated in the West Fife area aged 8 - 18 years are eligible to join us.

We have a dedicated team of experienced tutors who specialise in teaching children.

No previous experience necessary; drums and uniform are provided. We practice in Rosyth, Fife, and perform throughout the area.

Please contact or message us on Facebook for more details.

Woodlands 'highly commended'

West Fife Woodlands were Highly Commended in the 2016 Scottish Finest Woods Awards ‘Community Woodland’ competition for promoting Healthy Lifestyles, on Friday 24 June at the Royal Highland Show.

The Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards recognises, celebrates and commends the dedication and commitment to the creation and management of Scotland’s finest woods.


Longannet Power Station closes

By John Le Marie

Longannet Power Station formally closed on 31st March after ceasing to output to the grid on Thursday 24th March. It is the last of the coal-fired power stations to close in Scotland.

It first began generating electricity in 1970 and once fully commissioned, was the largest coal-fired station in Europe. Prior to its closure it was the third largest, after Belchat? in Poland and Drax in England. However with its installed generating capacity of 2,400 megawatts it remained the highest of any power station in Scotland.