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Community Council Agenda for 11th December 2017

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

Agenda for the Monthly   Meeting on Monday 11th December  2017  at 7.30 in the Burgh Chambers, Anstruther Town Hall.



  • Welcome and Apologies.
  • Adoption of Minutes of the Last Meeting and Matters arising.
  • Questions from the Public.
  • New Members.
  • Planning Report.
  • Fife councillors report.
  • Ongoing projects:
  • Cycle Route
  • Banners.
  • Telescope
  • Website.




  • Financial  Report.
  • Harbour issues
  • Representatives on other Groups.
  • Murray Library Trustees
  • Silverdykes Liaison Committee.
  • AOCB.




Kids Christmas Party Sat., Dec. 9@Erskine Hall

For the third year running, the Anstruther Community Council is sponsoring a Christmas party for kids aged 2-9 at Erskine Hall.  The party is on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 1:30-4:30, and entry is £2pp.

A bouncy castle, disco music for dancing, sparkly lights, “snow”, face painting, and a visit from Santa handing out small gift bags will keep wee ones busy and happy. Snacks and hot/cold refreshments will  keep everybody energized for this afternoon of activity.

The party has become a popular part of Anstruther’s Christmas celebration calendar, and previous co-sponsors and benefactors have been the Community Kist, Rotary Club, The Boathouse, and Barnett’s Bakers.  For any questions or more information, email


The Harbour Festival IS Taking Place!

The Anstruther Harbour Festival has now been confirmed for the weekend of July 28-29, 2018.

New members – local residents all! – have joined the committee, and they bring new energy, fresh ideas, and the event help/support that the Committee had sought.  Happily, there is now a better range of ages, interests and abilities of members on the Committee, and anybody wishing to join the Committee or help in any way in the months ahead is welcomed to do so.

Ideas for changes to the Festival are already being explored for a wider-ranging weekend of events and activities, appealing to a greater variety of Festival visitors.  More local entertainers, food producers and craftspeople will be sought to make the AHF a truly East Neuk event celebrating the fishing, sea-faring way of life and history of the area. The Anstruther Muster is yet another traditional part of the event as visiting boats and the Classic Boat Rally showing themselves off to their sea-worthy best.

The Festival will still have two marquees  in use during the weekend along the shore front. One marquee will be devoted to music, entertainment, kid’s activities and the Sunday morning worship service which has become a large and popular part of the Festival.

The other marquee will house tables for food vendors to sell fresh, locally-made food products and have cooking demonstrations.   Nearby, artisans and craftspeople will have their goods–  jewellery, artwork, knitted goods, beachcraft, photowork, ceramics, decorative home pieces and more – for sale.  is the email address to use for volunteers interested in helping the Festival at any step along the way;  for musical performers,  dance groups,  kids’ activities/crafts leaders, magicians, and other entertainers;  and for artisans/craftspeople to all express interest in participating in the Festival, receive more information, or request stall booking forms for the food/crafts marquee.

The Anstruther Harbour Festival Trust is a registered Scottish charity incorporated organisation (‘SCIO’) whose number is SC046562.  More detailed information about the Festival will be released as time goes on, and information can be found on the Anstruther Harbour Festival website, Facebook page, or town’s webpage at Anstruther.Info.


Anstruther Rotary Collecting £££ for ShelterBox @ Co-Op

The Anstruther Rotary Club and the Co-Op are partnering this Saturday, Nov. 18, to help collect money for the charity, ShelterBox.  Volunteers will be on hand at the Co-Op to collect donations, and demonstrate exactly what a ShelterBox is and how it works.

ShelterBox assists people throughout the world who have lost their housing due to devastating circumstances, such as a flood, hurricane or earthquake.  Each box contains the tools of very basic living for 10 people, items such as tents, pots/pans, a water purification unit, etc.  ShelterBox is able to help people with immediate, if not permanent housing, so they can regroup, work through the shock of what has happened to them, and begin the process of rebuilding what they have lost.



Santa is Making Several Anstruther Visits!!

  • Rose Davidson at the Sweetie Shop on Rodger Street has arranged for Santa to make Anstruther his first Christmas visit to wee ones for the holiday.  The Sweetie Shop will have Santa at the shop on Friday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 to visit with kids and give them each a little gift. Tickets are £5 each and are best purchased in advance at the Sweetie Shop. 
  • Friday, Dec. 8, is also be THE night for late night shopping in Anstruther as stores stay open later for browsing and choosing gifts for family and friends (and don’t forget yourself!!). Shopkeepers are readying their new holiday season stock, and a variety of gifts for all ages, interests, and budgets are easily found at shops such as East Neuk Books, Gibbles, Ladies Fayre, Sew ‘n’ Sew, The Flower Shop, Harbour Interiors, and Halcyon Galleries.  Can’t decide?  Then gift certificates for lunches/ dinners, haircuts/beauty treatments, coffees/teas, even ceramic painting sessions, can easily be given to happy recipients.  And don’t overlook The Community Kist (especially for beautiful stemware, vintage pieces, even puzzles/books/games/DVDs to keep everyone entertained) and the Chest, Heart, Stroke shop for Christmas cards as well as table-settings, jewellery/accessories, and winter-wear to stay warm in as you’re out and about enjoying holiday festivities and visits to others.
  • Of special fun on the same night is The Bank’s popular Christmas market, held outdoors in their beer garden. A variety of stalls will sell crafts, toys, bric-a-brac and other gift-giving appropriate items.  After shopping the stalls and working up an appetite, knock back a tasty, outdoor-barbecued hamburger along with a cold drink (beer? cider? ).  If you’re lucky, a man with a white beard and a red suit may just be chomping on a burger next to you…
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, Santa makes his third annual visit to the Community Council Kids Christmas Party at Erskine Hall.  Doors open at 1:30, entry is £2pp with dancing, bouncy castle, face painting, snacks/refreshments, and visit with Santa and gift.  An afternoon in which the kids can let loose, adults/caregivers can visit and catch up with each other, and a great time is had by all.
  • Santa will also be coming along to The Bank for breakfasts with kids, seating is limited and pre-purchased tickets/reservations are needed.   More details about breakfast dates, pricing, timing, etc. will be coming along, so watch this space!





Reminder: Coffee morning Wed., Nov. 15 starting at 10am….

Coffee morning at Pittenweem Church Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 15, between 10-11:30am to benefit East Neuk Wheelchair Appeal….a £2.50 entry fee gets you hot coffee, home-baked goodies, good company,  and even more home baking/cooking to buy and take home for later enjoyment.  Raffle prizes, warm welcome, good food….perfect way to start the day….come along and enjoy!


The Spindrift Guesthouse Staff Hosts Charity Coffee Event

With an entry fee of £3pp on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2-4pm, home-baking by staff at The Spindrift Guesthouse will raise money for Children in Need as they host a coffee afternoon.  To date, staff at The Spindrift Guesthouse have raised more than £2000 for this charity which helps children living in a variety of dire situations who need help and support.   Guests will enjoy a warm welcome, a chance to meet The Spindrift staff — hard workers all !!! — and catch up with friends over a cuppa and some cakes.

Please support this tasty endeavour as it raises funds for a very worthwhile cause.


Reminder: Harbour Festival Meeting and AGM Nov. 15

The Annual General Meeting of the Anstruther Harbour Festival Trust is Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Meeting Room (lower level) of the Anstruther Town Hall, beginning at 7:30 pm.  Anybody interested in the status of the Festival, or volunteering to help with the Festival, is welcome to attend.    The 2018 Festival is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of July 28-29, and volunteers are needed to help.  IF there are insufficient volunteers to help with the Festival, it may not take place after all. 

AGENDA: Anstruther Harbour Festival Trust AGM –Scottish registered Charity SCO46562.  1. welcome
2. Chairman’s annual report.
3. Accounts.
4. Way forward.

New ideas and new approaches are being sought to keep the Festival “fresh” and help  surmount budget constraints, grant cut-backs, and insurance/liability/H&S limitations. Alternative thinking is needed, and the more alternative suggestions  the better!

Formerly a “boatie”-centred weekend, the Anstruther Harbour Festival has radically changed over the past six years. It is now an event specifically designed to appeal to a wider range of ages, interests and to be very family-friendly.  Musical entertainment runs the gamut from traditional Scottish ceilidh to rock, jazz, blues, honky-tonk and golden oldies.  Kids activities have included handling exotic animals, seeing birds of prey, creating arts/crafts, interacting with swashbuckling pirates, enjoying puppet shows, and learning magic/juggling tricks.  There are rowing races in the harbour, the RNLI has put on rescue demonstrations, and the Scottish Fisheries Museum has had Open Days and named their Fisher Lad/Lass that weekend. A service to the memory of submariners lost at sea during World War II adds a note of solemnity and respect as those who died in service to their country are honoured and remembered.

A second marquee on the folly now enables craftspeople and artists to display their hand-made goods such as jewellery, hand-knit goods, beach art, felted artwork, home decorative items, and more. Food producers give tasting samples, cooking demonstrations are done, and fresh local produce can be purchased for at-home enjoyment.

The “Muster” is still a part of the Festival as visiting boats vie for various awards, Classic and working boats tie-up in the harbour, and area residents, visitors from the region, and those who have sailed into Anstruther enjoy the Festival overall.

For any questions, please call Gail Sorley, AHF Secretary, at 01333-310063.