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May 3 & 24 Anster Harbour Festival Meetings

Wednesday May 3 and May 24  at 7:30pm  will see the last two planning meetings of the Anstruther Harbour Festival taking place before the big event itself. The Meeting Room in the lower level of the Anstruther Town Hall will see volunteers learning more about the Festival, which takes place May 26-28, and choosing which “job” they’d like to help out with.

Assisting visitors with information is the primary job, of course, as information about events taking place, schedules of music and dance performances, places to eat and shop,  parking location and other information is provided to visitors by volunteers  being the friendly face of Anstruther.

The event draws thousands of family-friendly, all-ages visitors to the weekend event.  This year, new musical acts will be on board in the marquee on the middle pier, while another marquee showcases crafts, and artisanal food products.  A popular combination of music, dance, kids activities, rowing demonstrations, Classic Boats in the marina, evening dances, and the  Scottish Fisheries Museum naming the Fisher Lad and Lass  ensure there is plenty to see, do and enjoy by everyone.

These May 3 and May 24 meetings are open to everyone, and volunteers are most welcomed to come along.


Get in the business bag for £15!

Anstruther’s Harbour Festival begins on Friday May 26, running through Sunday May 28, with thousands of visitors traditionally attending the Festival.
The East Neuk/Fife business information bag will promote regional sightseeing & activity venues, eating/drinking locales, accommodation providers, crafts people, farm shops, and other business/service providers such as home decorating/repair and gardening maintenance/repair professionals.
For £15, you can put your information — a business card, flyer, brochure or booklet — directly into the hands of at least 500 people — more efficient and less expensive than running an advertisement in a newspaper or doing a direct-mail campaign. Inserts don’t have to be fancy, and can be something you’re already using and have on hand.
This is a win-win-win situation: your business is promoted at a very affordable cost, Festival visitors learn about your business/service, and the Anstruther Harbour Festival develops funds it needs to cover its’ expenses.
The process is simple:
1. Send an email to to reserve space in the information bag;
2. Deliver/send 500  pieces of the item you want inserted to:  AHF Info Bag, c/o Pets Pantry, 56 High Street, Anstruther, Fife; KY10 3DH
3. Material needs to be received at Pets Pantry by May 18 to give us time to assemble the bags (we will stretch this delivery date as much as possible if you need the time!);
4. Include payment of £15 via cheque, cash, or money order; you will receive acknowledgement of your payment and insert being received.
We do the rest — the insertion of the sales piece and the distribution of the bag at the Festival.
 Please consider joining us in this effort, and many thanks for considering this request.

Citizen of the Year

We are holding a community get together on Monday 24th April at 7.45pm to announce the winner of our citizen of the year competition. We will announce the winner at around 8pm, finger snacks are kindly being provided by Blane from the Boathouse as well as some homebaking by members of the community council. We are hoping this will be an opportunity for organisations to come along and congratulate the new winner but also meet representatives from other community groups, we are hoping for as broad a representation as possible.

The nominees are;
Glenn and Lorna Jones, for years of community work in many organisations.
Pat Lawson, who has run the local Brownie/Rainbow group for over 40 years.
Roz Martin , who has worked tirelessly at Harbourlea for many years.
Kevin and Fiona Corps , Kevin and Fiona have run the ever successful East Neuk Dook for over 15 years raising many thousands of pounds for charity.

There is lots going on in our wonderful community please come along and make a great night for the four nominees and the eventual winner who have all worked quietly in the background for our community.

Kind Regards

Andy Peddie Community Council Chairman


Publicise Business/Service in Festival Business Bags for £15

The Anstruther Harbour Festival is Friday/Saturday/Sunday, May 26-28 this year.  A major event in the East Neuk, it brings visitors and families to the Anstruther/East Neuk area for a weekend of music, dance, kids’ activities, arts/crafts, Rowing Club competitions, the Scottish Fisheries Museum Open Day, the Muster, and more. Self-catering and holiday rental visitors visit to learn more about the East Neuk and enjoy the leisure it offers.
Last year, the East Neuk/Fife business information bag had 58 inserts and was appreciated by visitors to the Festival. Sightseeing venues, activity centres, restaurants/pubs/cafes, accommodation providers, crafts people, farm shops, and food/drink producers could highlight themselves by inserting a sales/marketing piece into 500 bags. Festival visitors then took away a ready-made bag with information about places and things they could plan to visit and enjoy.
For £15, your business card, flyer, brochure or booklet will be inserted into 500 bags which will be handed out at an information table at this year’s Festival.  Please note that ONE insert into 500 bags is £15; if you’d like to insert multiple sales pieces, each additional sales piece is an additional £15.  If you’re unable to have a table in the crafts marquee at the Festival, this is a way to have a presence at the Festival and put your information into the hands of AHF visitors.
 Just deliver/send 500  pieces of the business card or brochure or flyer or booklet you want inserted to:  AHF Info Bag, c/o Pets Pantry, 56 High Street, Anstruther, Fife; KY10 3DH.
items to be inserted need to be received at Pets Pantry by May 16 to give us time to assemble the bags.
Include  £15 payment  via cheque, cash, or money order; you will receive acknowledgment of your payment and insert being received.
Money raised from this information bag will be used towards expenses incurred in putting on the Festival.   For more info, email

Cheese-making & Nest-building — could YOU do either??

Farm life & cows vs. island life & rare birds — is there any contest between the two?? Not if you’re Jane Stewart of the St. Andrews’ Farmhouse Cheese Company, and David Steele of the Isle of May where birds, marine life and other flora/fauna are under his protective management. Tuesday, April 4 at 7pm, they will both be at Jane’s restaurant to talk about cheese-making, nest-building, and the whys and wheys of building businesses and environments where everything just thrives and soars to new heights. £5pp, come along for a coffee, some friendly visiting, and some interesting conversation.


April 4 Meet/Greet Business Meeting at St. Andrews’ Farmhouse Cheese Company

The East Neuk Local Tourism Association (ENLTA) is having another of its’ popular and enjoyable meet & greet business gatherings on Tuesday, April 4, at the St. Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company restaurant, beginning at 7pm.  The restaurant, known for its’ fresh home-cooked meals, wonderful countryside views, and on-the-premises cheesemaking (with a viewing window to watch the process!) is located at the Falside Farm in Pittenweem, off the B9171 road, and not far from Anstruther, Pittenweem, and Arncroach; telephone number is 01333-312580. Entry is £5 per person, with coffee and shortbread as refreshments.

Business people are invited to come along with sufficient quantities of their business cards, brochures, pamphlets, any sales/marketing pieces that can be displayed on tables and taken away by others at the meeting that night.  Accommodation providers, restaurants/pubs/bars, service providers, food producers, crafts/artisan/artwork/textile creators, fashion/accessories, health/wellness providers — everybody who is in business (large, small or home-based)  is invited to publicise themselves by exchanging their information with others.

Guest speakers this evening will include Jane Stewart, the manager/owner of the St. Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company business. Jane, along with her husband Robert, sees the Farmhouse Cheese restaurant as a natural progression of their Falside Farm (which the family has farmed since the 1930’s), where the dairy cows are very contented cows due to the excellent care and living conditions they receive. The Stewarts also grow barley, oil rapeseed  and wheat — used in feeding the herd — and running the farm is an ideal circumstance of “field to plate” management.  David Steele is the Manager of the May Isle Nature Reserve and oversees the Isle of May.  David’s “juggling act” includes managing the Isle of May by welcoming the human visitors who arrive by ferry, at the same time the wildlife of the island — a huge variety of birds and marine life — are being protected and preserved from encroachment by those same visitors. Andy Peddie, Chairman of the ENLTA, will provide opening remarks and introductions, and there will be plenty of time before/after the meeting for visiting with other attendees and exchanging information and tips on starting, running, and creating a business.

This meeting will also spread the word further about the Fife Business Information Bag which will, again, be handed out at this year’s Anstruther Harbour Festival (May 26-28). Fife business owners can have a business card, flyer or brochure (or multiple sales pieces)  inserted into 500 Fife business information bags for a cost of £15 per insert (one insert  into 500 bags = £15; two inserts into 500 bags = £30, etc.). Information bags were distributed at last year’s Anstruther Harbour Festival and proved to be very popular for visitors to learn more about what Fife has to offer, while being an inexpensive, affordable way for businesses to promote themselves. For more information about the Fife Business Information Bag, or to let us know that you’d like to participate in this bag, please email


April 5 Harbour Festival Meeting Open to Everyone

With the Anstruther Harbour Festival getting nearer to its’ event dates of May 26-28, the putting-in-place of arrangements, logistics, entertainers, market-stall holders and more continues apace.

The next meeting is Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30 in the Meeting Room of Anstruther Town Hall, Lower Level, and this meeting is open to everybody who would like to learn more about what is scheduled for the Festival weekend.

Beginning on Friday evening, May 26 and continuing through to Sunday, May 28,  there will be a marquee for entertainment, dancing, kids activities/entertainment and other events on the middle pier, while a crafts marquee on the folly will showcase for sale homemade food/snacks, art work and crafts, ceramics, art cards/photos,  textiles, fashion accessories and jewellery, and more.

 Volunteers to help out over the weekend are being sought, and whatever spare time a person can offer to this event is most welcomed.  To volunteer, or learn what types of “jobs” volunteers can help with, please come along to the April 5 meeting, or email



Community Councils  

Community Initiatives North East Fife (CoINEF)  

NEF Superfast Broadband Project.

We know that many of you are still struggling with poor broadband speeds and the frustration that it brings to your daily working and family lives

We are all working hard to bring superfast broadband to the communities in North East Fife who have little or no access to the minimum national target for superfast broadband of 24mbps or the planned Universal Service Obligation (USO) of 10 MBPS.    

We are currently working with our partners and stakeholders (Fife Voluntary Action, Fife Council, Community Broadband Scotland) to bring superfast broadband to these areas.

Background to the delay    

In September 2015 CoINEF participated fully in helping to pilot the national procurement framework, planned to enable the selection of suppliers, who would deliver the North East fife Superfast Broadband Project locally.

However, in January 2016 CoINEF started to experienced delays in the procurement.

This was due to the impact of the political processes (SG election / UK European referendum). These delays continued as the procurement process underwent change and revision, regionally and nationally, to comply with Scottish law.  

The national Procurement framework was finally implemented September 2016 and the process started for earnest in October 2016 with a national supplier’s engagement event.

Looking to the future

Since the beginning of 2017 we have been proactive, working with our partners and stakeholders to ensure that   North East Fife Superfast Broadband Project document reflects the expressed needs of NEF communities for high speed broadband and mobile access.

However, the scoping of the areas which the superfast broadband project will cover have experienced significant change, since the project began in 2015. This is due to the coverage being extended by Openreach.  

Community Broadband Scotland are currently reviewing our particular project area and we hope learn more about this and other opportunities by the end of March. We will share this information with you as soon as reasonably possible.

We do realise how frustrating this process has been during this last year and thank you for your continued support and patience.  We hope to have some good news to share fairly soon.       



minutes febuary 2017

The Royal Burgh Of Kilrenny, Anstruther and Cellardyke Community Council.

Agenda for the Monthly   Meeting on Monday 13th February 2017  at 7.30 in the Burgh Chambers, Anstruther Town Hall.


Present:  Andrew Peddie ( chair),  Don Mckenzie, Lorna Jones, Martin Dibley, Kevin Lancaster,  Ann Banks,   Blane McKnight,   Cllr Elizabeth Riches,


Mr Anderson, Alan Nairn



  • Welcome and Apologies.  Andrew welcomed everyone to the meeting . Apologies Mary Thomson , Cllr  John Docherty , Jim Braid, Gail Sorley, Cllr Donald Mcgregor.




  • Adoption of Minutes of the Last Meeting and Matters arising. Approved after small changes by Don , seconded by lorna.




  • Questions from the Public.  Alan stated that the pedestrian crossing is an accident waiting to happen. Car etc parks right on the crossing obscures views. Very dangerous. What can be done? Taking two spaces away would solve the problem. Bollards? Cannot leave things as they are. Action Cllr Riches. Alan also commented he would consider applying to become a member of the CC.




  • Citizen of the year nominations. A number of names were put forward . It was agreed to form a sub group under  the Chair. Similar ceremony to last year.




  • Fife Councillors Report.


              Anti Skid surfacing.  On Sunday 26th February there will be a road closure along part of Shore Street  from 8.00 am til 4.00 pm to allow the anti-skid surface to be laid at each pedestrian crossing.  This is both a noisy and dusty process.  The bus stop will temporarily be in the East Basin car park and access to and from the Folly car park will be via the same entrance.  Traffic lights will be used at the pedestrian crossing opposite the Ship.  Residents and shopkeepers have had a letter explaining all of this.



  • Pass Plus. This is a scheme available for young drivers who have just passed their driving test.  It enables them to quickly gain experience with driving on motorways, and in difficult conditions etc. with an instructor. Promoted by Fife Council at £30 it overs a saving of over £100 and equally important many insurers give specially discounted rates to young drivers who have successfully completed this course.  Details from



  1. Grey bins at the Harbour Toilets.  The current use of these bins has been monitored and as they are not being used to their capacity they will be removed.  This will improve the area around the toilets.


  1. Possible toilet for Bankie Park.  Discussions are underway for a possible solution to the lack of toilets in Bankie Park. It may be possible to hire a portable toilet for the summer months with a view to having a permanent solution later on.  Details of responsibilities for cleaning and supervision still need to be sorted out.


  1. St Andrews Road planting.  There is a plan for suggested planting, and BAM have agreed that they will contribute and spread top soil to help with the landscaping.  An application needs to be made for monies for the cost of the planting.  Martin agreed to look at this.


  1. Fife Council budget. Both the Revenue and Capital budgets will be set on Thursday 16th February.  Decisions on raising Council Tax will be made; on how much monies will be available for roads maintenance and a bid has been made to dredge Anstruther Harbour amongst many other issues.


  1. Chat and Brew events.  These have been set up to take place with support from various agencies such as Energi, DAPL and needle exchange organisations being present if anyone wants a chat or to ask how to access help.



  • Planning Report.



16/00059/NMV 2 Union Place Anstruther, Rear Extension
16/04174 LBC 20 Roger Street Replacement windows
16/04190/FULL Fife Council, Waid Academy Erection of three enterprise units



  • Ongoing projects:
  • Cycle Route. Bankie and dreelside parks ongoing.
  • Banners.  Ongoing.
  • Telescope. funding application now in
  • Website. Still quite a lot to come in , ongoing. Blane offered to help. Also Gail.
  • Floral . martin reported on the recent meeting. Further meetings are to be held. Insurance cover to be clarified




  • Financial  Report.  Lorna updated on the accounts and explained that some details still need ironing out. £448  raised  for coffee morning. £163.92 from collecting tins. Thank you letters. Blane spoke about a sponsored event? Blane to investigate




  • Harbour issues. Don reported on a meeting with Tom Mckenzie. Pittenweem is getting CCTV and not a joint venture with Anstruther. Harbours liaison committee , not over impressed but will continue going.




  • Secretary’s report .


    1. Common Good fund application.   Application from Harbour festival Trust. Martin declared an interest and took no part in the comments. After discussion members agreed to support
    2. Closure of British Legion. would the CC take on buying  legion wreaths for various town groups ?  Members declined   



  • Representatives on other Groups.


Murray Library Trustees. The trustees held their first annual public meeting on Thursday 9/02/17. On the agenda for the members of the public who attended were :-

a power point presentation showing slides of the ML building before and after the restoration

an update on the trustee’s’ business plan for the future

an update on the grants awarded to local organisations – Anstruther Philharmonic, Redfield Arts and Waid Academy Drama Department.

Yann Sypniewski then conducted a tour of the hostel



  • AOCB.


    1. Blane: fundraising and community engagement. Year long fundraising plan? How do we contact the right people to do things in the community. Will come up with some ideas. Lorna: lack of people getting involved, same people over and over again.  Blane to investigate
    2. Ann: small sign for 1hour parking only.

With no other business the chairman closed the meeting at 9.10


minutes January 2017

The Royal Burgh Of Kilrenny, Anstruther and Cellardyke Community Council.

Agenda for the Monthly   Meeting on Monday 9th January  2016  at 7.30 in the Burgh Chambers, Anstruther Town Hall.

Present:  Andrew Peddie ( chair), Jim Braid, Don Mckenzie, Lorna Jones,  Martin Dibley, Kevin Lancaster,     Cllr Elizabeth Riches,



  • Welcome and Apologies.  Andy welcomed everyone to the meeting . Apologies from Cllr John Docherty, Blane McKnight, Gail Sorley, Ann Banks, Cllr Donald McGregor




  • Adoption of Minutes of the Last Meeting and Matters arising.  With small changes  minutes approved by lorna, seconded by Jim.
  • Community Council Vacancies.  Advertise on etc, make it possitive . action martin.
  • Drop in facilities for drug issues. Jim with increasing drug related issues is there a need to develop something on the lines of DAPL?  Cllr Riches reported on a meeting taking place tomorrow on this issue. Elizabeth to update.




  • Questions from the Public.  No questions




  • Fife Councillors Report.


1)Bins by the Harbour toilets. The grey containers are there for the flats above the shops. These properties are on a sack collection as they have nowhere to store bins. Five years ago it was decided to,provide these bins to prevent the seagulls from destroying the sacks on collection day.The usage is being monitored and then a decision will be taken to retain,reduce in number or to remove the containers.

2)      Harbour Toilets were closed over the six public holidays for several days over the holidays, with a notice on the door to this effect.

3)      The area to the east of the Fire Station was initially purchased in 1964 and is currently held as Economy, Planning and Employability land byFife Council.

4)      The Local Development Plan is likely to be approved by Fife Council in April 2017. It is for the period 2016 – 20 26.

5)      Possible CCTV for the Harbour. This is being investigated to see if a joint

bid could be made for this harbour and for Pittenweem Harbour.

6)      Approaches to Anstruther from the north. The 30 mph signing has already been moved north to cover the entrance to the new road to the primary school. There are no plans to provide a flashing 20 mph sign at this position as there will be no pedestrian movements. If attempts are made to use the new road as access to the new Waid this might need to be reviewed or (managed’ through the school.

7)      Devolved grants. Changes are to be made to the manner in which some grants are decided upon: Floral Enhancement Grant, Community Capital Grant, Community Events Grant and Community Organisations Grant.The decisions will be taken at an area level but the exact details have still to be confirmed. Applications already made for the Floral Enhancement Grants are still valid and notification will be sent out by midFebruary.



  • Planning Report. No report




  • Ongoing projects:
  • Cycle Route. Proposal for 20MPH on Crail Road at Bankie Park . Starting in Dreelside soon, Bankie park nearly finished.
  • Banners.  East Neuk dook had banners up. now back up. Booking form for potential users. Action Kevin.
  • Telescope. ongoing
  • Website. £10.00 s coming in. How many paid up. Action Gail.  Update CC minutes. Information boards?
  • Floral .Financial  Report.   Coffee morning 28th January. Meeting early Feb . Action Martin.  Thank corner shop. Action Martin. Contact Mary !!!!!!.   St Andrews Road _ ongoing. Action Elizabeth.




  • Financial report.  Lorna produced a spreadsheet putting the accounts together. Members  went over the figures to identify some income and expenditure.




  • Harbour issues. Don CCTV ongoing , working with Pittenweem.  Proposing possibly £10.00 per boat owner per year to pay to maintain system.




  • Secretary’s report .


    1. Christmas Lights all taken down and stored away.
    2. Community Council insurance form to fill in.  email round



  • Representatives on other Groups.
  • Murray Library Trustees.  No report
  • Silverdykes Liaison Committee.  No report.




  • AOCB.


    1. Kevin: Common good assets?  Map ?
    2. Kevin: Tim Fitzpatrick ? next christmas? Action Kevin.

With no other Business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.15.