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NEW Abbey Tea Room, Up the hill beside the Abbey, open Tuesday-Sunday 11am – 4pm.
Serving - Soup with bread,Scone with butter & jam,Home Baking
, Tea/Coffee, Soft Drinks, Tea & Cake £3.30.
Dogs Welcome


Carnock and Gowkhall Community Trust newsletter

For more information on the Trust, visit their website


West Fife Villages
Community Planning Group minutes


Saline Community Council Matters


Culross Community Council minutes (PDF files)


West Fife Woodlands
Group minutes


Torryburn and Newmills Community Council minutes


A new service has been been introduced - Senior Carers Respite Fife.

Established for carers 60 plus, the service comes to you and lends a helping hand, at a time that's convenient to you.

The service is free, and for more information, email Moira or Adele at  respite@disabilitiesfife.org.uk
or call 01592  203993.

If you know anyone without internet access who would benefit from this service, please pass on this information.


Charlestown, Limekilns and Pattiesmuir Community Council minutes


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)


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



Fife Forum Newsletter


Culross Community Council minutes (PDF files)


Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust AGM


Saline and Steelend Community Council matters


 



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

On Sunday 27th May there will be a Service in High Valleyfield Church at 9.45am, and in Culross Abbey at 11am. Both Services will be led by Rev. Liz Fisk. The Annual Stated Meeting of Culross and Torryburn Parish Church to be held in High Valleyfield Church on Sunday 27th May will be preceded by a soup lunch commencing at 1230 with the Meeting following at approximately 1pm. All Church Members are encouraged to attend this Meeting

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 in High Valleyfield Church will close for the Summer after this Thursday and will restart after the Summer holidays.

The Abbey Tea Shop is now open Tuesday – Sunday inclusive 11am – 4pm. Come in and enjoy home baking, home made soup and a selection of leaf teas in a pleasant and convivial setting at reasonable cost. Volunteers wishing to help please contact Rae in the Shop.

It is now intended to hold a Meeting of all those interested in, or willing to help with, the Summer Fete in High Valleyfield Church on Tuesday 5th June at 2pm. Those who have not already expressed their interest, please contact Agnes Robertson tel. 882657 or mob. 07415425822


Jim Hensman - a modest man with a lot to be proud of

One of The West Fife Villages Community Planning Group's founder members, Jim Hensman, died in March and the tremendous attendance at his funeral paid testimony of the affection and respect he enjoyed.

The following comments advise those who did not know Jim of his contribution to Saline and Steelend, the West Fife villages and beyond.

At Jim's funeral service the Rev Alec Shuttleworth asked how people would describe him. “Since his death he has been variously described as one of the giants of the community giving so much of himself in the care of others, a kind and thoughtful guy, an amazing polite man and a true gentleman, talented and kind unflappable and a joy to be with, and one in a million. All of these are true and none of them is enough”

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Future of West Fife Villages' Community Councils up for discussion

The Forum was originally formed in the 1980s as part of an initiative between the then authorities and the Scottish Development Agency to address issues arising from the decline in the local mining industry. As part of this, several projects were carried out throughout the area, including community-led initiatives such as newsletters, computer training and publication of several books.

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Attention Young Carers

Are you a young carer?

Are you juggling study time?

Caring for a family member?

Would you like some free time?

Young Carers Respite Fife can help.

Find them on Facebook and Twitter

Email Moira or Adele at respite@disabilitiesfife.org.uk

or call them on 01592 026112

 


 


Consultation on proposals for rezoning school catchment areas

Fife Council have announced that the formal consultation regarding the proposal to rezone the secondary catchment areas has commenced.
  
The consultation went live on April 17 and interested parties can review the document online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/dunfermlinecatchmentreview and complete the online consultation form at the same address.

The consultation relates to proposals to rezone the catchment areas of Dunfermline, Inverkeithing, Queen Anne and Woodmill High Schools.


Villages guide available as E-Book

The 2018 West Fife Villages Guide has been launched - and for the first time it’s available as an E-Book which can be downloaded to various devices.

Produced by West Fife Villages Community Planning Group, the 52-page print version of the booklet is also available from various outlets.

The E-Book has added features, including links to various places of interest and local businesses.

The E-Book will be updated during the year to promote the area and businesses which can have their details listed without charge.

Produced in Adobe pdf file format, the E-Book can be downloaded to phones, tablets and computers. It is a comparatively small file - just under 2MB - so should download fairly quickly.

Our thanks go to the Big Lottery Fund and also to the Colton Trust, Comrie Colliery Environmental Trust and the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative.

The print booklet and E-Book were launched in Culross Abbey (pictured).

Planning Group chairman, Allan Arbuthnott (third from right), presented a bouquet of flowers to Marie Crane (second from right), whose late husband, John, chaired the group for many years and was one of the main drivers of the E-Book.

A minute's silence was also observed for Jim Hensman, a long serving member of the group, who sadly died the day before the launch.

Download here


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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 wfspb@gmx.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.

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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.

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