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Anster Harbour Festival AGM on Dec. 13–LOCATION CHANGE

The Anstruther Harbour Festival AGM takes place on Thursday, Dec. 13th, at 7:30pm in the Dreel Tavern. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A LOCATION CHANGE  — it’s no longer at the Meeting Room of the Anstruther Town Hall.

ALL ARE WELCOME at this meeting, and people interested in volunteering will learn what needs to be done, and how they can contribute time, energy and enthusiasm to make the event another success!  The AGM meeting will review the success of the 2018 AHF, and give an overview of the plans for the 2019 AHF.  This event has continued to grow year-on-year, with more visitors enjoying the weekend, more varied entertainment being put in place, and more crafts sellers participating with their wares.  Come be a part of this!


Anstruther Food Bank Needs & Holiday Hours Info.

As we approach Christmas, I would ask that those who are considering donating, please stick to our basic necessities. We are having to purchase things each week.

Please do not spend your hard earned cash on Christmas treats as we do not know what type of need there will be. We already have enough advent Calendars to see us through. In past years we have had boxes and boxes of mincemeat pies into February.

If you wish to help the Foodbank, we can always use:   Tinned meats, Tinned Veg, Cereals, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, UHT MIlk, Sugar, Tea/ Coffee, soups, beans, biscuits and jams.    WE WILL NOT be open Christmas Day or New Years Day but will be open

24th December 10 – 12
27th Dec 4-6 pm
31 Dec 10-12
3rd Jan 4- 6 pm

and then back to normal opening hours Tuesdays 12-4pm and Thursdays 4-6pm.

Thank you for your support!


Christmas Events Meeting Nov. 22 Open to All…

Just a reminder: the Christmas Parade takes place Friday evening, Dec. 7 and promises to be a lot of fun. Half-a-dozen reindeer, Santa Claus , the Christmas tree lighting, music, face painting, late-night shopping and other activities will encourage folks to enjoy Anstruther’s Shore Street, Rodger Street and High Street.

HELP IS NEEDED  that night to manage various events, and an open meeting on Thursday, Nov. 22, at 7 pm in the Play.Art.Create shop  will answer questions and detail everything taking place that night. If you’d like to help, please come to this meeting Thursday evening and learn how you can be a part of this holiday event.


Tourism meeting might be of interest to you….

If you have any involvement with visitors to Anstruther, Cellardyke, Kilrenny or are within the East Neuk/nearby areas, a meeting on Thursday, 29th November, might be of help and interest to you.

Playfair Consulting were engaged by Anstruther’s merchant group, TEAMAnster,  to investigate how ACK could increase the benefits that tourism offers.  Improving the visitor experience, how to attract more visitors to visit the town/area, how to increase their “spend”, and what visitors want/expect from their visit are among the topics which Playfair has been looking at.  After working on the project for three months, the Playfair team are ready to present their findings to all interested parties.

This presentation will be in the Lower Town Hall, Anstruther Town Hall ( the old library ), beginning at 7pm, and ALL ARE WELCOME to attend this presentation.




Sunday Erskine Hall Car Boot Tables Still Available

A few tables for Sunday’s Nov. 18 car boot sale at Erskine Hall are still available at £10 each. Set-up time is 10 am, doors open 11am -2 pm for all sorts of bargains, goodies and potential Christmas gifts to buy. Profits will be donated towards expenses for the town’s Dec. 7 Christmas Parade, with Santa Claus, reindeer, the harbour-front tree lighting and other holiday fun. Call Archie MacMillan to book a table at 312528 or if you have questions.


Dec. 7 Christmas Parade Update, Help Needed on Night

Anstruther Christmas celebrations kick off on Friday, Dec. 7 with a reindeer-led Christmas Parade, followed by other events and activities that evening and weekend.  The local merchants association, TEAM Anster, has been diligently fundraising as they especially wanted the reindeer back as part of the parade as their absence has been missed over the years — and they’ve done it!
An open meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7pm in the Meeting Room of the Anstruther Town Hall will provide more details — and EVERYBODY is invited to attend!  Volunteers to marshall the parade — walking ahead and behind the parade as escorts — are especially needed on the night. 
Local groups, organisations, church/school/play groups, and others are invited to participate by walking in the parade as everyone gathers to light the harbour-front tree and welcome Santa Claus with his escort of reindeer.
Musicians, entertainers, jugglers — anybody who can help charm and entertain a crowd of all ages is also invited to kick the fun up a few notches!
Santa and parade participants will meet at 6pm at Ladywalk House before setting off for the harbour side. Traditional carol-singing will lend a Christmasy air, as the Christmas tree lights are switched on.
Reindeers will be escorting Santa Claus and many will be happy to see them again as a part of Anstruther’s Christmas festivities.
After the tree lighting, the parade will continue to Rodger Street, where the reindeer will enter a penned-in area on High Street East (near Play.Art.Create and the Community Kist) so they can be looked at and petted, and Santa will enter his grotto in the Sweetie Shop to begin visiting with kids.
Late-night shopping after the tree lighting helps people plan their gift-giving by looking at the goodies for sale,  and The Bank  will have its’ Beer Garden Christmas Fayre — always great fun — in full swing.
On Saturday, Dec. 8,  the fourth annual Community Council Kidz Christmas Party takes place at Erskine Hall from 1-4pm, entry of £2pp includes hot/cold drinks and snacks, a disco, bouncy castle, and visit from Santa Claus with gift bag.
Sunday, Dec. 9,  has Tabletop Games in the afternoon at Dreel Halls — plan your strategy, use your deductive reasoning — and friendly-clobber your opponent over a variety of board games!
Other local businesses are still putting plans in place, so updates will follow as details are provided.

Stay busy & entertained with a variety of activities, events…

Anstruther is just hotching with events, activities, displays and things to do over the next two months — and this isn’t even counting Christmas related events such as the Dec. 7 Christmas Parade and Dec. 8 Kids Xmas Party!

Now until 20th January 2019:   Lest We Forget: Remembrances of WW1
A New Exhibition at the Scottish Fisheries Museum to mark the Centenary of The Great War
A poignant exhibition of World War 1 stories, highlighting the personal memories of some of the people mentioned on our local war memorials, how their lives were touched by war and how our communities remember them. Normal museum admission prices and winter opening times apply –
Now until Friday 23rd November:   East Neuk Art Club  – Autumn Exhibition in our Merchant’s Room, Scottish Fisheries Museum
 We’re not quite sure why it’s taken so long, but we’re so pleased to welcome the East Neuk Art Club for their first exhibition here in our Merchant’s Room Community Art Gallery!   The East Neuk Art Club are a small amateur club  where both beginners and the more experienced can meet to paint and draw.  They have regular guest artists and workshops for members and the club are always delighted to have the opportunity to showcase their members’ work.   Autumn/winter sessions for the club began again on Monday 1st October at 7pm in the New Town Hall, Pittenweem. The club are looking forward to welcoming old members and hopefully some new.  Why not pop in and see the exhibition here for inspiration?!  It runs until Friday 23rd November. Admission is free.  Visit:
Thursday 15th November the AIA presents an Anster Nicht, “The Art Collections of St Andrews University Museum” at the Dreel Halls, 7.30pm
Claire Robinson, Collections and Exhibitions Curator in the Museum Collections Unit at the University of St Andrews, will discuss the University’s Art Collection. It encompasses works from across many mediums, artistic styles and time periods that are exhibited across the University. The collection includes the Harry and Margery Boswell Art Collection of Scottish modern and contemporary art that includes works by the artists Alan Davie, Ken Currie, Calum Colvin, John Bellany, Steven Campbell, Will Maclean, Alison Watt, Callum Innes, John Byrne and Adrian Wisniewski. The University also possesses the Recording Scotland Collection, which was amassed during the Second World War to create a permanent pictorial record of a Scotland thought to be at risk from bombs and growing industrialisation.  If you are not yet a member of the AIA you can attend individual Anster Nichts for £3 per event. Membership is £7.50 and will allow you to attend all the 2018 Anster Nichts and the Christmas Social. If you are a current member, renewal notices will be sent out in November 2018. Visit:
Friday 16th November and Sunday 18th November:   Marine Pollution Photo Exhibition at the Dreel Halls
This photographic exhibition will show the grave reality of litter and its impact on the East Neuk’s shores.  During a 12-month period, Christine Keay of the Anstruther Improvements Association (AIA) undertook the task of cleaning up her local beaches of rubbish and litter, saving a fraction of her haul to highlight the huge range of items that are left, or washed up, on Anstruther’s beaches.   Christine teamed up with local retired environ-mental scientists, Graham and Linda James, to discuss how best to show to the public what she had witnessed and collected over that year. The resulting photographic exhibition, It Ends Up On Our Beach, will display 20 photographs taken by Graham (a keen hobby photographer), highlighting the scale of the problem of litter and plastic on our beaches and in the sea.
With the images split into the varying categories of waste found, alongside information supplied by Linda regarding the composition of the waste, whether it is recyclable, and potential future uses for such recycled materials, this eye-opening exhibition hopes to ignite people’s passion in the local and global environment, taking a look at what we can all do to limit the impact we have on our seas.
It Ends Up On Our Beach is co-hosted by the Anstruther Improvements Association (AIA) and Plastic Free Anstruther, with generous sponsorship from The Community Kist.  The exhibition will come to the museum in the New Year.  The exhibition at Dreel Halls will open on Fri 16th November (7-9pm) and Sun 18th November (2pm – 5pm). NB Sunday opening time may be extended from 12pm – keep an eye on the AIA Facebook Page. Free.
Sunday 18th November, Anster Cinema presents, “The Clean Bin Project”(PG) at the Dreel Halls, 6.45pm
Is it possible to live completely waste free? In this multi-award winning, festival favourite, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem waste.  Even as Grant and Jen start to garner interest in their project, they struggle to find meaning in their minuscule influence on the large-scale environmental impacts of our “throw-away society”. Described as An Inconvenient Truth meets Super Size Me, The Clean Bin Project features laugh out loud moments, stop motion animations, and unforgettable imagery. Captivating interviews with renowned artist, Chris Jordan and TED Lecturer Captain Charles Moore, make this film a fun and inspiring call to individual action that speaks to crowds of all ages.  Tickets available on the door. Price TBC. Keep an eye on AIA Facebook page
Wednesday 21st November:  National Book Week Event, Scottish Fisheries Museum, TBC
A writing workshop with author, Geoff Barker, for Book Week, including an afterhours visit to the museum galleries and light refreshments to get the creative juices flowing!  Event to be confirmed – please keep an eye out for details on our website/Facebook page, ,
24th – 25th November:  Casting the Net Project  “Ring Net Bus” visiting the Scottish Fisheries Museum
The Ring Net bus was designed by Tarbert Primary School pupils to spark memories of ring net fishing for the herring. It is a product of “Casting the Net”, an oral history project developed by Clyde Fisherman’s Association and the Scottish Fisheries Museum, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Over the past year, the project has toured the country, collecting memories and experiences of the ring-net fishermen and their families from around the Firth of Clyde and West Coast of Scotland.
The interior was designed and upholstered by project artists, Deirdre Nelson, with children from Tarbert Academy.  The children’s designs were inspired by stories from the fishermen.
Films, slideshows, oral histories and soundscapes form part of the unique digital exhibitions being shown on the bus.   The bus has been touring throughout October and November to Campbeltown, Ayrshire and Stirling and ends its tour at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther on 24 – 25 November where it will be open at the Harbour from 11am – 4pm over the weekend.
26th November – 6th January 2019:    Emily Noakes and Caroline MacDonald photo exhibition in Merchant’s Room of Scottish Fisheries Museum
Local photographers Emily and Caroline capture the best of the East Neuk and beyond in their work.  Framed prints are for sale if you’re looking for that special and unique Christmas gift!  Free. Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 12 pm to 4pm
All details (hopefully!) correct at time of going to press (unless indicated as TBC) but please check with the museum  — — about suitability, availability etc. if you have any doubts or queries – especially if you are travelling to us for an event. Feel free to drop us a line with any queries.

Agenda for Mon., Nov. 12 Community Council Meeting

The Royal Burgh of Kilrenny, Anstruther & Cellardyke Community Council Meeting on Monday 12th November 2018 at 7.30pm at The Burgh Chambers


  1. Welcome & Apologies
  2. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising
  3. Questions from the public
  4. Input from Community Police
  5. Out of Hours Healthcare Update
  6. Bathing pool Cellardyke
  7. Skeith Health Centre Noise
  8. Secretaries Report
  9. Planning Issues
  10. Harbour Issues
  11. Financial Report
  12. Councillors Report
  13. Representation from other groups:
    • Silverdykes Liaison Committee;
    • Murray Library Trustee
    • Multi Use Path Group
    • Floral Group
  14. AOCB