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Scottish Fisheries Museum Keeping Folks Busy with LOTS of activities, things to do

The Scottish Fisheries Museum has pulled out not one, but a number of entertaining tricks out of its’ hat as kids and grown-ups can explore various stages of history in workshops and presentations.  Looking for something to do during the cold, windy days of winter?  Come to the SFM for an enjoyable learning experience!

“Awesome Archeology”  will bring out the Indiana Jones adventurour, curious spirit in any kid as three different workshops explore three different ages of human history. The first, “Ruthless Romans,” is on Saturday 11th February, 2.00-3.30pm (Ages 7-12).  Did the Romans ever come to Fife? And if they did, what traces did they leave behind?  Find out as we learn about the objects they made and kids have a go at making wax tablets and wonderful mosaics.  The second, “Burials and Grave Goods” is on Saturday 11th March, 2.00-3.30pm (Ages 7-12), shows how archaeologists use bones and burial goods to learn about people from the past. The third, “Rubbish Pits and Cave Paintings” is on Saturday 8th April, 2.00-3.30pm (Ages 7-12).  As recycling wasn’t used by iron Age people, their rubbish pit remnants and cave paintings teach us what it was like to live at that time and what made up their lifestyle.  Each  of these sessions has an entry fee of £3, and prebooking is advised as space is limited.

Tuesday, February 14, from 5-7:15pm, has “Woven Communities,” an exhibition talk by Dr. Stephanie Bunn, who gives fascinating insight into the crucial role that baskets played in the Scottish fishing industry. Who made them, how they were made, and how they were used will be explored as she looks at a craft which still exists today.

Thursday 16th February —  is “Fabulous Photo Frames & Albums”  day as two sessions for two age groups of kids is offered: 11.00am-12.00pm (Ages 3-6); 2.00-3.00pm (Ages 7-12) Create the perfect place to store your favourite photographs as we use craft sticks, netting, and lots of other materials to create some fantastic — and personalised —  photo frames and photo albums. Take the tricks and skills home, and let the kids get an early start on gifts they’ve made themselves!

Booking for all of these events is advised, and entry is £3.00 per person.  To make bookings or ask questions, call 01333-310628, or email





Erskine Hall Kids Xmas Party Enjoyed by All!!

Kids Christmas Party today (Sat., Dec. 10) at Erskine Hall was lots of fun and a great success!

Many thanks to Elizabeth Gordon and the Community Kist for their generous donation in support of the party; to The Boathouse for providing a generous — and delicious — spread of sandwiches, sausage rolls and tablet for everybody to enjoy; to Larna Fox of FoxiFaces who painted little faces to look like butterflies and flowers; and to Brian Brelow who did a disco dance with the kids and had a bouncy castle that they jumped around in. A big Ho-Ho-Ho to Archie MacMillan who thrilled the wee ones as Santa Claus — a role he has down to absolute perfection! Lorna Jones and granddaughter Amy helped keep the party on track, and Erskine Hall had Paul (misnamed in earlier  post — sorry Paul!)  helping out, keeping an eye on things, and was the perfect venue for this fun-filled event.

Most off all, many thanks to the parents, family and kids who came along to this party — the second year the Anstruther Community Council has sponsored this holiday event — whose little ones showed how joyous, entertaining and engaging kids can be when they’re having a great time! Thanks to ALL!!!


Santa Will Be Busy in Anstruther Dec. 9-10!!

On Friday, Dec. 9, at about 6:15, Santa makes a quick stop at the Anstruther tree lighting at the harbour-front to give George Findlay, Anstruther’s 2016 Citizen of the Year, tips on the best way to get the tree switched on and brightened up  with its’ hundreds of lights.

From the tree lighting, Santa visits with Mrs. Rose Davidson, the proprietor of the Sweetie Shop on Rodger Street, beginning at 6:30 pm.  Rose is continuing the popular tradition of Santa  being at the Sweetie Shop that was undertaken by the previous owner, Helen Allan.  Kids visit with Santa and receive a gift, a slush and a sweetie, and as in previous years,  a strong turn-out is expected.

This is Rose’s first year owning the Sweetie Shop, and she is especially  “…looking forward to having the shop full of kids and the excitement they’ll  create visiting with Santa.”   Rose also contributes to the community with raffle prizes to the school, nursery and karate club, and collects money for local charities.

Visits with Santa Clause—aka Archie MacMillan–should be pre-booked with Rose by ticket purchase, which is £5 per child. For more information and to pre-book a visit with Santa, the phone number at the Sweetie Shop is 312914.

Santa then goes to a kids’ party (ages 2-9) at Erskine Hall on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1:30-4:30. Entry fee is £1pp, including a gift from Santa and refreshments generously provided by The Boathouse as part of their own Christmas activities in Anstruther.  Disco dancing, a bouncy castle, and face painting by Larna Fox (£2 per child) will keep kids entertained before Santa makes his grand entrance at 3pm.  Santa leaves for the North Pole at about 4:30 to make sure the elves are not slacking off in their toy-making while he’s away…

The tree lighting and Kids Christmas Party are sponsored by the Anstruther Community Council, with additional  support from the Community Kist, which has been generously supporting numerous local charities, events, and groups with the revenues it raises from the sale of goods in its’ High Street shop and is always worth a look-in.


Kids Christmas Party Sat., Dec. 10, at Erskine Hall

A Kids Christmas Party at Erskine Hall (1:30-4:30), with sponsorship from the Community Kist and the Anstruther Community Council, takes place on Saturday,  Dec. 10. Wee ones aged 2-9 can dance, sing, play in a bouncy castle, and have their face painted (£2 per child) by Larna Fox (Foxi Faces, Cellardyke).  The party entry of £1pp includes drinks, snacks and a small gift bag for each child when Santa comes to visit at 3pm. Last year’s party was  a great success, so come along for an afternoon of fun.


George Findlay to Switch on Anstruther Tree Lights

Anstruther’s Christmas tree lighting takes place Friday night, Dec. 9, at 6.30pm at the harbour front, sponsored by the Anstruther Community Council.  George Findlay, Anstruther’s Person of the Year, flips the switch that sets the tree lights a-glow. Christmas carols will be sung, and Santa makes a quick visit enroute to the Sweetie Shop on Rodger Street where he will visit with children.  Dress warmly, and bring the wee ones to say hello to Santa!

Remberance Sunday

Remberance Sunday this  Year is on 13th November.  Community Groups and individuals can meet at Ladywalk House at 10.30 to parade to the Anstruther Church for the 10.45 Service. Following the Service,  we parade to the Cemetry in Anstruther for the act of remembrance .  Following this,   we parade back to Anstruther Church for Tea and food.

ALL Welcome


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.