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Anstruther Community Kist

The Kist was happy to contribute to the magnificent fireworks display put on by the Round Table on Saturday Night. The Round Table did a grand job. We also congratulate the Firewalkers who walked over both glass and hot coal and raised more money for charity.
We raised £120 at our Christmas Stall at Dreel Hall’s Vintage Day and will now be in Christmas mode raising money for both the Waid Academy Equestrian Team and the Community Council’s Children’s Party.
This Friday opening will be a bit erratic with Armistice Day and a funeral to attend so bear with us.
Elizabeth Gordon, Volunteer Manager

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Anstruther Community Kist

We will be open slightly later this Tuesday at 1pm- apologies.

Now that Hallowe’en is over Anster’s looking forward to the Fireworks Display that the Round Table put on for us on the Saturday 5th November. The Kist is pleased to donate £750 to this event.
After a busy summer the shop is on Winter hours opening 11-5 Tuesdays to Saturdays. This coming Saturday the shop will be closed so that it can have a Christmas and Vintage Stall at the AIA’s  Vintage Day which runs from 10-4 pm. Come along and have some fun..
Elizabeth Gordon , Volunteer Manager

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Annual Trustee Report for East Neuk Centre Trust 2016 AGM, Tuesday 1st Nov.

This year has been very eventful for the East Neuk Centre Trust  and its Trustees.

At the last (2015) AGM it became apparent that Fife College would give us notice to vacate the learning centre, based in Anstruther Town Hall and withdraw from the East Neuk. This indeed happened at Christmas and the College vacated the learning centre at Easter this year.

In partnership with Fife Council Community Learning and Development, the Trust refurbished the room with new computers, printer and software. We also installed internet access which we extended to cover the entire building. This enabled classes such as ESOL, Job Club and others to continue in the Centre.  We quickly established that there is a strong demand for “over 55“ classes and are currently developing them to match the needs of the community. We have renamed this room the “Learning Hub”.

At the same time, we had it confirmed that the Fife Council local office at Ladywalk will relocate to the new Waid school in 2017  and the Public Library in the Town Hall will also move. The Trustees have put forward an expression of interest in both areas and are currently working on a business plan to integrate them into our complex.

Cellardyke Town Hall is proving quite problematic and not as straightforward as we believed. At the AGM two years ago,  those present supported merging the Trust with the Cellardyke Town Hall Committee.  We envisaged a smooth transition with the granting of a similar lease to what we currently have. However, this has not turned out to be the case and we are currently devising a business case and discussing with Fife Council how we can take this forward for the benefit of the community.

Looking forward, while integration of the Ladywalk local office building and the Lower Town Hall will be fairly straightforward, Cellardyke Town Hall will be a considerable challenge.  The building needs some work done on it such as rewiring, new fire alarm system, etc. which will cost a fair amount of money.  Also, our recurring grant does not cover this Hall so it has to be self- sustaining and cover its’ own costs.

Overall,  our Halls are being well used for a wide range of events, functions and community use. The number of weddings we host is increasing as our reputation for providing a high- quality and personal service is being more widely recognised. A lot of this is due to the hard work and dedication of the Trust’s staff, to whom the Trustees all give a well-earned vote of thanks.

During the year, Tom Phillips, our Council Link Officer and Dave Hewitt, our Community Education worker,  both moved on to pastures new and we wish them both well. Alex Sutherland has returned and is developing a range of courses in the East Neuk as well as setting up our “Learning Hub.“ Sheena Watson has returned as Link Officer and is trying to keep us under control — no chance!

Your trustees met monthly  to guide the work of the Trust and we welcome a new Trustee in Gail Sorley. At this stage your Trustees have to repeat what we say every year:  that we would welcome one or two more people to join us by becoming trustees.

The Trust is involved with a separate company, CCA Power, which  owns and operates the wind turbine at Cornceres Farm in Kilrenny. This started generating electricity in August 2016 and in time will return a profit to the Trust. We could be the only community centre that owns its own wind turbine!!

The Trust continues to be active in the wider community, supporting amongst others, the Anstruther Harbour Festival and Anstruther & Cellardyke in Bloom events.

The Trust acknowledges the continued support from Elizabeth Gordon and the Anstruther Community Kist. Their generous donations allow us to continue to play a full part in Anstruther & Cellardyke in Bloom as well as pursue other projects.

The Co-Op supermarket nominated us as one of its’ three Local Charities to benefit from the new Dividend card. We are honoured that we have been put forward for this support.

Overall costs continue to rise and our grant is slowly being cut back, so we rely more and more on generating our own income in order to maintain the high standards our users have become accustomed to.

However, with the support of everyone involved we believe we can deliver what the community needs, wants and expects.

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Royal Visit to Anstruther

8-scottish-fisheries-museum-visit-of-king-gustav-xviA photo of the visit by the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, to the Scottish Fisheries Museum on 2nd October. After a local fish supper, The King and his party spent forty-five minutes on a guided tour led by volunteer guide Rodger McAslan and expressed interest in the museum’s extensive displays and collection of boats. He was able to see Reaper, our historic herring drifter, which had arrived home on the day before.

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Anstruther Fish Bar Feeds Royalty Very Royally!

The Anstruther Fish Bar has always said its’ food was fit for a king — and now it can prove it! King Carl Gustav of Sweden recently visited the seaside restaurant and enjoyed a fish ‘n’ chip lunch meal with his guests, which continued as ice cream cones were afterwards enjoyed out in the sunshine along the harbour front. The visit was part of the king’s holiday as he stayed locally in the East Neuk as well.

Alison and Robert Smith, owners of the Anstruther Fish Bar since 2003, have had other royal visitors enjoy their award-winning fresh-fish meals. Prince William, during his student days in St. Andrews’, and the Princess of Wales, Camilla Parker Bowles, have both sampled AFB meals. Acting “royalty” has seen Tom Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson, Robert DeNiro and Robert Duvall all make a meal stop at the restaurant also.

As the AFB is already world-reknowned, can further royal visitors be far behind after King Carl talks to friends and family about his East Neuk holidays?

 

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Anstruther Community Kist

The Kist is having a wee holiday and will return again on Friday 7th October at 11am. Until then keep your donations at home.
We had a good day on Saturday and are raising money for the Fireworks on 5th November now.
Elizabeth Gordon, Volunteer Manager

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Anstruther Community Kist

The Kist continues to have a very busy time. We were able to give £150 each to the AIA, the East Neuk Centre Trust and the East Neuk Emergency Trust for their August share. £1000 went to the East Neuk Kids After School Club.
We are now saving up to support the Community Council with their Cycle Route Project and are privileged to be involved with a project that gave us such a great Clan Day at Bankie Park.There is an application from the Scottish Fisheries Museum regarding the restoration of The Reaper and another from the Community Council for a Children’s Christmas Party.
Thanks again everyone.
Elizabeth Gordon, Volunteer Manager

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Anstruther Community Kist

Thanks to visitors, purchase of school uniforms and some good weather, the Community Kist made a healthy profit last week and will be able to give the Community Council a £300 grant for advertising banners. We are well on our way to saving up for a donation to the After School Club who should receive this in the middle of September. Thanks to all those who handed in plastic bags this week. A reminder that the shop will be closed for a couple of hours on Wednesday afternoon so Elizabeth can go to an 80th Birthday Party.
Elizabeth Gordon, Volunteer Manager

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Anstruther Community Kist

Thanks to some wonderful donations of goods, last week was the most profitable in over a year. There were lots of lovely visitors, many of them also visiting the Pittenweem Arts Festival. This means that apart from the regulars getting their 10% share, the Bowling Club will receive £700 this week, the Waid Academy Private Fund will receive £110 from clothes recycling and we start saving up for the next £3000 of applications now on the table.
Thanks to all volunteers this week and keep these donations coming in. 
Next Wednesday, I’m taking a couple of hours off on the afternoon to go to a birthday celebration but am open 11 – 5 Monday to Saturday.
Elizabeth Gordon, Volunteer Manager

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