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AIA AGM + Anstruther Burgh Survey project discussion

The AIA’s AGM will be held at Dreel Halls on Thursday 31st August 2017 at 6.30pm. Please come along to hear what the committee has been busy getting up to in the past year, and plans for the future.

Following on from the AIA’s AGM, at approximately 7pm, we will welcome the team that led the Anstruther Burgh Survey, a year-long project involving the Anstruther, Kilrenny and Cellardyke community. They will be available to discuss the project in depth and answer any questions, and will launch the book that has been published to mark the project, which will be available to buy.

The project enabled volunteers to discover and engage with their heritage, exploring the origins and evolution of the burghs through archaeology and historical research. It was part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Townscape Heritage Initiative and Historic Environment Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme, led by Fife Council in partnership with Fife Historic Buildings Trust. The survey was delivered by Rathmell Archaeology Ltd, who provided support for the individual volunteer and community archaeology projects.


Community Council agenda for 14th August 2017

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

Agenda for the Monthly   Meeting on Monday 14th August   2017  at 7.30 in the Burgh Chambers, Anstruther Town Hall.


  • Welcome and Apologies.
  • Mr Andrew Stokes, fife council. To discuss the new waid Academy.
  • Mr Bruce Weir, CW properties. To discuss proposed development on land north of Crail Road .
  • Adoption of Minutes of the Last Meeting and Matters arising.
  • Questions from the Public.
  • New Members.
  • Planning Report.
  • Ongoing projects:
  • Cycle Route
  • Banners.
  • Telescope
  • Website.
  • Floral
  • Financial  Report.
  • Harbour issues
  • Secretary’s report .
  • Representatives on other Groups.
  • Murray Library Trustees
  • Silverdykes Liaison Committee.
  • AOCB.




Traders association for Anstruther

Sometimes it’s the things right in front of our noses which escape us.  amazing shops in the High Street and Rodger Street in Anstruther. we all know they were there, but how often do we use them.

A traditional pet shop which breeds rare rabbits and guinea pigs people travel the length and breadth of Scotland to purchase; the kind of hardware shop I remember from my childhood where the proprietor can miraculously lay his hands on whatever you need.  genuinely independent book shop; a sweetie and ice-cream shop; a pharmacy; a bespoke barber’s shop; a charity shop concealing the treasures of a jumble sale. But also bang up-to-date businesses such as a family-friendly ceramic café and shops selling organic cotton and herbal supplements.

All these shops and more, old and new, are independent and unique.


So yesterday a community project was born: to shine a light on these extraordinary streets.

To this end, a public meeting has been called at the Anstruther Ceramic Café on Thursday 10th August at 5.30 pm. The aim of this meeting is to form a new organisation to promote  traders in Anstruther and to give a voice to the business community in our wonderful Town



Dancing at Anster’s Harbour an Enjoyable Event




The 24th Dunedin International Folk Dance Festival came to Anstruther, and to say “a good time was had by all” would be an understatement.  A wonderfully enthusiastic and appreciative audience began to assemble early to welcome the dancers as they marched down from The Waid Academy.  Additional photos are in an album under the “photo” section of the Anstruther.Info Facebook page. 

The dance groups  from Croatia and The Balearic Island of Majorca joined with Scottish country dancers to perform on the town’s harbourfront folly amidst colourful traditional costumes and folk music performed live.
Croatia’s Varazdin Folk Dance Ensemble and Majorca’s Balladors des Raiguer joined with the Dunedin Dancers,  Edinburgh University New Scotland Dancers, and the Kinfauns Step Dancers (whose specialty is traditional Shetland  “clogging” style of dance) in demonstrations of the lively dances that are native and traditional to each country.
The Croatian dance group drew laughter from the audience as one or two of the dances relayed tales representing the relationship between men and women, husbands and wives, with the women dancers wagging a finger at the abashed-looking men dancers to  “chastise” them for some infraction or other.  All was well, though, as couples happily strode off at the end of each dance.  Toward the end of their dance set, the Croatian dancers took onlookers onto the folly to dance with them with some very easy to follow dance steps.
The group from Majorca performed dances that  are specific to the Raiguer region of Majorca, and the costumes of oversized pantaloons on the men, and long, full skirts with aprons for the women, are based styles worn from the eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century.  Headscarves were worn by the majority, and the women’s dress especially was similar to what a Scottish “fisher” woman  would have worn at that time.
Both the Croatians and Majorcans danced to live performances of traditional music, and both groups were created to protect, save, and perform their traditional cultures, music, folk song, and dances while wearing authentic,  traditional costumes. 
Scotland’s music and dance traditions were well represented, as The City of St. Andrews Pipe Band escorted the dancers to the harbour-front, and then entertained the crowds.  The Scottish dance groups then took to the cobbles, with soft-shoe stepping as well as a hard-soled shoe clogging.
Despite a few rain drops falling at one point, the performance ended under clear evening skies. Dancers from all the groups AND the audience onlookers finished the evening by joining  together to dance in a ceilidh that was easy-going and relaxed, but lively and definitely Scottish! 
The award-winning, and internationally known Anstruther Fish Bar, provided traditional fish suppers to all the performers – who by the end of the event, had worked up an appetite!  
This visit to Anstruther was sponsored by the Anstruther, Cellardyke and Kilrenny Community Council, with additional donations from The Spindrift Guest House, and Bill and Beth Kennaway.

Anstruther Community Kist

The Community Kist’s Used Book, Record, CD Sale which ran for three weeks in the former library made a total of £2400 and £1600 has already been donated to the Community Council for the Anstruther and Cellardyke in Bloom campaign.
Many thanks to the East Neuk Centre Trust, who now manage the Lower Town Hall, for making us welcome and being so helpful and many, many thanks to the volunteers who helped over the three weeks. The St Ayles Rowing Club did the initial moving of the books and many others volunteered on a daily basis.
Many books were sold making it much easier in the wee shop in the High Street. On Saturday we has our best day this year so we’ll soon be making our 10% donations to the Anstruther Improvement Association, the East Neuk Emergency Trust and the East Neuk Centre Trust.
Books, records, CDs etc are available in the shop from 11-5.00, Tuesday to Saturday.
Elizabeth Gordon, Volunteer Manager



Dancers from Scotland, Croatia and Majorca will be stepping out on the Anstruther harbour-front “folly”  — and inviting onlookers to join in the lively footwork — on Thursday,  July 20, beginning at 4 pm.

The 24th Dunedin International Folk Dance Festival will be coming to Anstruther – the first time such a visit will be made.

Scottish country dance group favourites performing  are the Dunedin Dancers,  Edinburgh University New Scotland Dancers, and the Kinfauns Step Dancers (whose specialty is the traditional Shetland and “clogging” style of dance).

Croatia’s Varazdin Folk Dance Ensemble was formed in 1998 to protect, save and perform Croatian traditional culture, folk dances,  songs and music – all performed to live music in authentic, hand-made traditional costumes.

Majorca’s Balladors des Raiguer is a newer (formed in 2015) but no less talented group of musicians and dancers who have sharpened their musical skills by performing in other groups.

Like the group from Croatia, they are also tasked with protecting and preserving  aspects of the  traditional culture of the “Raiguer” region of Majorca.  Dances performed are from this specific region of the island, and costumes imitate those of the eighteenth century until the beginning of the twentieth century.

Anstruther’s  dance festival begins at 4pm at The Waid as The City of St. Andrews Pipe Band escorts the dance groups down to the folly, and then gives a brief performance.  Thereafter, each dance group takes to the stage to perform for 35 minutes.

Opening dance performers will be the Dunedin Dancers and the Edinburgh University New Scotland Dancers.  They are followed by the Kinfauns Step Dancers,  Croatia’s Varazdin Folk Dance Ensemble,  and Majorca’s Balladors des Raiguer Dancers.

Concluding the evening will be a ceilidh whereby on-lookers are invited dance along with the dance group members, and gentle guidance will be given to enable everybody  to  try some simple country dances under the summer skies that night.

In the event of rain, the event will be held at the Anstruther Town Hall. This visit to Anstruther is sponsored by the Anstruther, Cellardyke and Kilrenny Community Council , with additional donations from The Spindrift Guest House, and Bill and Beth Kennaway.

The Folk Dance Festival is making a tour of Scotland, and in addition to Anstruther, will be visiting Edinburgh, Perth, The Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies, and Stirling Castle.


Council office and Library

Currently, there is some confusion about the opening hours of the Local Office and Public Library at the New School in Anstruther

Hopefully, the following will give some clarity.

3rd July to 21st July Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

25th July to 10th August Tuesday and Thursday 9 am to 5 pm

from 14th August Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

If anyone has comments about this new regime then please feel free to contact the Community Council who will pass on all comments etc to the relevant persons.