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Raffle Prizes Sought for PSP Coffee Morning

A coffee morning on Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Pittenweem Church Hall will raise money to help in the fight against PSP — Progressive Supranuclear Palsy — a progressive neurological condition with debilitating and deadly effects. The fun and food-friendly event begins at 10am, and entry is £2.50.

Elizabeth Birrell has been involved in raising money for the PSP Association since her husband Ian was diagnosed with the condition, and passed away from it on October 7, 2014. Her efforts have been impressive and the support from the East Neuk community heart-warming, as more than £73,000 has been raised in just a few years. Ian, a man known for his humour, his open heart and generous spirit, arranged to donate his spinal column and brain at his death for research purposes — a magnificent bequest enabling researchers to learn even more about the disease.

Prizes for the raffle drawing at the coffee morning are being sought. Hampers, wine, spirits, restaurant / food vouchers, “freebies”, decorative/house/garden items and more are all being sought for the raffle. Please contact Elizabeth at 310451 or email her at if you’d like to make a donation for the raffle.

WHAT IS PSP? and what does it have to do with Dudley Moore?

The PSP Association estimates there are around 4,000 people with PSP living in the UK, but it could be as many as 10,000 due to mis-diagnosis.  Dudley Moore, the well-known UK comedienne and movie star, developed PSP at a time when it was virtually unknown. His symptoms made people think he was drunk all the time as he had trouble with speech, movement, and balance. The truth of this devastating illness eventually came out after his death.

PSP occurs when brain cells in certain parts of the brain are damaged by a build-up of a protein called tau. In people with PSP, it isn’t broken down properly and forms harmful clumps in brain cells. Movement, control of walking (gait) and balance, speech, swallowing, vision, mood and behavior, and thinking are all affected in no particular order as they decline due to the brain’s nerve damage.

There’s no single test for PSP, and currently there is no cure for PSP. Instead, the diagnosis is based on the pattern of symptoms, as the doctor tries to rule out other conditions that can cause similar symptoms, such as Parkinson’s disease. The disease gets progressively worse, with people becoming severely disabled within three to five years of onset. Affected individuals are predisposed to serious complications such as pneumonia, choking, head injury, and fractures. The most common cause of death is pneumonia. With good attention to medical and nutritional needs, individuals with PSP may possibly live a decade or more after the first symptoms of the disease.




Let’s Keep Out-of-Hours Medical Care….

Do your kids NEVER get sick at nights, or weekends, or when you least expect it? Does your asthmatic mother-in-law develop breathing problems ONLY between 8am and 6pm? Does your DIY partner injure themselves and NOT need medical care afterwards? THEN YOU’RE LUCKY!!!

But as we all know, luck runs out. People need medical care at odd hours, late nights, and holiday weekends. If St. Andrews Community Hospital stops providing odd-hours medical care, it means driving — or taking buses — to the Victoria in Kirkcaldy or Ninewells Hospital in Dundee for medical attention. This is what the NHS wants East Fife residents to do once they’ve shut down out-of-hours services at St. Andrews. COME TO THE MEETING ON THURSDAY, SEPT. 20 AT THE WAID CAMPUS, 6:45 (doors open 6:15) to let the NHS know this is unacceptable!


AIA AGM on Thurs. Sept. 20 in Dreel Halls

The Anstruther Improvement Association (AIA) will be holding its’ annual AGM on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7pm in Dreel Halls.  Immediately following the AGM meeting will be the organisation’s September Anster Nicht talk by Chris Oliver, “How NOT to Be A Surgeon.”

The AGM will update the community about the activities underway and the future plans of the AIA, including upcoming interior renovations of Dreel Halls.  At the AGM, Ordinary Members will be asked to elect the AIA’s Trustees, fix the annual subscription dues, and appoint the independent financial examiner.  More information about the AGM, nominating trustees and other activities/responsibilities of the AIA  an be found at the website,



Against GP Out of Hours Coverage Being Cut? READ THIS!!

There is a Waid Academy consultation meeting on Thursday,  Sept. 20 at 6:45 (doors open 6:15) to learn more about the proposed loss of late-night emergency medical coverage at St. Andrews Hospital.


The Fife Health and Social Care Partnership want to close the Primary Care Emergency Service (GP out of hours) run from St. Andrews Hospital. They propose to move the service to Kirkcaldy, which is a sizeable distance away from the current hospital when a child is sick, somebody is having trouble breathing, or a pregnant woman is having unexpected stomach pains.
Local GPs say that the proposed new service represents an unacceptable loss of local service that will threaten patient safety and impact most profoundly on our elderly patients and on families with children. North East Fife has the highest percentage of elderly residents (those over 85) in all of Fife, and patients of all ages in this area  will be the most significantly affected by these proposed changes. In addition, our community hospitals and palliative care units will be left without local medical cover during the out of hours period.

These consultation meetings held throughout Fife are to present information on:   Community Health & Wellbeing Hubs,  Out of Hours Urgent Care Redesign, and  Community Hospital and Intermediate Care Bed Redesign.  For more information visit:

Petitions for signing have been distributed at local shops, GP surgeries and other locations — please make sure you add your name and sign a petition.  Or,  go online to sign up here, and pass along link to others:



Update Your Calendars…

TEAManster, Anstruther’s merchant association, is working on the following upcoming events to raise money towards this year’s Christmas events and activities, so add them to your calendar/schedule so you make time to come along and participate:

Saturday, Sept. 14 — Pyjama Party Around Anstruther — wear your PJ’s, dressing gowns or bathrobes when visiting identified Anster shops to do some shopping, catch up with friends, or start early Christmas-gift browsing….you won’t be the only one in nightclothes as merchants will also be wearing their jammies!  Discounts will be offered, with money raised going towards Christmas events.

Saturday, Oct. 27 — Halloween Disco Family Party, 6-9:30, Cellardyke Town Hall; £5 per family (2 adults, kids); bar, music, dancing, games for all ages — everybody is invited — and costumes should be funny, bright, unusual but not gory or scary (think of the little ones!).

Saturday, Nov. 17 — Family Quiz Night (kids aged 7+), 6-9 pm, location to be announced; BYOB and snacks, a Reindeer Raffle will have tickets available at the Sweetie Shop in Anstruther’s Rodger Street (availability dates, price, and prize info forthcoming).

Sunday, Nov. 18 — Indoor Car Boot Sale at Erskine Hall, 11am-2pm, details to follow.

late Nov/early Dec. — “Deck Your Doors” competition for best holiday-decorated doors; £2 per house to enter competition, with judging done and “bragging rights” awarded to most creative, best looking holiday doors in Anstruther, Cellardyke and Kilrenny. Details to be released shortly.

Dec. 7-8-9, Friday/Saturday/Sunday — Christmas comes to Anstruther!  More information is forthcoming, but for starters: Friday night tree lighting, Santa Grotto visit at the Sweetie Shop, carol singing, and SPECIAL GUESTS hoofing their way to town!  Saturday afternoon Kids Christmas Party — an annual favourite of dancing, bouncy castle, Santa, snacks, and more. Sunday afternoon — we’re working on SEVERAL activities/events. All together, this weekend is aimed at the young ones in the area, and will even bring the child out in adults!




Halloween Family Disco Sat., Oct. 27, 6-9:30

A Family Halloween Disco with a bar, disco dancing, games, and costumed attendees is taking place on Saturday, Oct. 27, 6-9:30pm in Cellardyke Town Hall. £5 per family (2 adults, kids) will help raise money towards Christmas activities taking place the weekend of Dec. 7-9 in Anstruther.

TEAManster, the local merchants association, is sponsoring the disco as a way of having some family fun and getting the word out about the December Christmas events and activities.  Costumes of all kinds are encouraged BUT nothing gory or frightening to wee ones — after an evening of dancing, seeing friends, watching some “Dad dancing” (which can be scary depending on who’s doing it!), and having fun, they don’t need nightmares!   ALL AGES WELCOMED!


Pooches in Pyjamas for Sept. 14 Pyjama Day

These pooches are in their nightshirts and nightgowns,  ready for Anstruther’s Pyjama Party Around Anstruther  on Friday, September 14.  TEAManster, the town’s merchant association, is inviting people to don their pyjamas and come along to shop in local businesses and enjoy special events taking place that day/evening.

Merchants will also be in their jammies as they serve customers, and participating, identified shopkeepers will offer Merchants discounts with money being donated towards the costs of the town’s Christmas events.

Participating Anstruther merchants — with more being confirmed — include Body Kindness, Cha-NAIL, Community Kist, Dos Mundos, Eastern Touch Indian Restaurant, East Neuk’s Paw Patrol, Pet’s Pantry, Cha-NAIL, Play.Art.Create, Sweetie Shop and Royale Hotel.

TEAManster shopkeepers are planning a bigger, better Christmas weekend on Dec. 7 & 8.  Festivities will include the annual tree lighting, late-night shopping, a children’s Christmas party, Santa visiting throughout the town, and SURPRISE special guests that kids and adults alike will enjoy getting close to.

Jump into your jammies, as these dogs did, and come shop, eat, and have fun. More details to follow on the Anstruther.Info and TEAManster Facebook pages.


Beautiful Fife GOLD Award — 3rd Year in Row!!

The Beautiful Fife GOLD Award for Best Kept Small Village and Town 2018 has been awarded to Anstruther and Cellardyke for the third year in a row.

Winning this Fife Council competition is result of hard work by Anstruther In Bloom committee members and volunteers, and townspeople all showing their green thumbs and gardening enthusiasm to virtually carpet the area with a variety of blooms, plants, herbs, grasses and virtually anything that will grow in soil.

Judges made a visit through the area several weeks ago to review the bounty of colourful floral baskets, planted up rowboats, multi-tiered planters, window boxes, lush and colourful  house gardens, and pots, pots, and more pots of flowers with all types and hues of flowers.

Anstruther in Bloom always welcomes new members, and fundraising takes place throughout the year to cover planting costs. Contact the Anstruther Community Council via its’  webpage at  Anstruther.Info.

Congratulations to all!!