NEW 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.
Parish Church News
Culross and Torryburn Parish Church serving the villages of Culross, High and Low Valleyfield, Newmills, Torryburn, Shiresmill and Blairhall.
Services on Sunday 14th Jan. will be in High Valleyfield Church at 9.45am followed by refreshments, and in Culross Abbey at 11am. Both Services will be led by Rev. Liz Fisk.
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 evening – details from Rae Hunter tel. 881754.
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 http://www.pathsforall.org.uk/pfa/support/community-path-grants.html
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 email@example.com 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.