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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.

Tourism-business? Two digital workshops of interest….

Tourism-related business? These two digital-marketing workshops may help you improve your business being online and reaching new customers….courtesy of Fife Tourism Partnership….
(1) Advanced Digital Marketing for Tourism: This advanced level workshop will help those with a good knowledge of digital marketing take their skills and knowledge to the next stage. Focusing on advanced techniques, this session enables delegates to develop digital marketing plans, manage and implement campaigns, and analyse results.
Date & Time: Nov. 13, 2018, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Location: Hotel du Vin, 40 The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AS;
Find out more and book at: https://www.digitaltourismscotland. com/events/advanced-digital-marketing-for-tourism-fife-tayside-tickets-50391103146
(2) Live Video and Instant Messaging for Tourism Businesses — This practical workshop covers two social and digital media features which are rapidly gaining a foothold in tourism and travel across the world, opening up new channels to wow and inspire potential visitors and supercharge the customer experience.
Date & Time: Dec. 3, 2018, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Location: Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries
1-7 Abbot Street, Dunfermline KY12 7NW
Find out more and book at:

Having an event or activity? Inviting the public?….

Anstruther.Info is the website for Anstruther, Cellardyke and Kilrenny to keep area residents and regional visitors updated on the people, news, events, activities, and “happenings” of this East Neuk area…..  If your shop/restaurant, group, charity or organisation is having a special event/activity — coffee morning? special speaker? quiz night? car-boot sale? wine tasting? charity run?, etc. — send info to Anster.activities@ so we can help publicise your event on this site, on other social media pages, to other appropriate groups, and via (limited) direct e-mailings.  If you’re creating a poster to put up in the area — send it to for added “oomph” to your publicity!!  WE WANT — WE NEED!! — information and news to help keep this site relevant and informative to East Neuk residents and readers….THANKS!


Community Kist Vintage Day at Dreel Halls…

Elizabeth Gordon, the Volunteer Manager of The Community Kist, has kindly sent along the following update:   The Community Kist continues to prosper and in the run up to Christmas is raising money to help cover the cost of the Community Fireworks and the Christmas Festival. Money will also be given to the Community Council to cover the cost of the postcards used in the GP Out of Hours campaign.
This Saturday — Nov. 10 —  the Kist shop will be closed as it relocates to Dreel Halls for the Annual Vintage Day. The Kist will have a vintage stall with items such as linen, clothes, glass, china, pamphlets, postcards, vinyl singles, jewellery and some Christmas items.
The event at the Dreel Halls runs from 11-4. Entry costs £3 but includes tea, coffee and home baking. There are also stalls featuring more vintage clothes, crafts, remnants and a raffle. All are welcome.

Kids Xmas Party, Dec. 8, 1-4pm in Erskine Hall

The Anstruther Community Council is happy to announce the Fourth Annual Kids Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1pm to 4pm, in Erskine Hall. Entry of £2pp on the day includes hot & cold refreshments, Santa visit and gift bag, and disco/bouncy castle for wee ones.  The Christmas party is a popular holiday event as kids have a fun afternoon disco dancing and jumping around in a bouncy castle before Santa stops by to check who’s “being naughty or nice….”  Onesies, fancy-dress and elf-wear are all encouraged!


Sunday, Nov. 11 has Remembrance Services

Nov. 11 Remembrance Sunday Commemorates Sacrifices Made in Cause of Freedom
The men and women who have sacrificed their lives in various wars over the decades for the cause of freedom will be honoured and remembered on Sunday, Nov. 11 as Remembrance Day ceremonies take place in Anstruther.  The East Neuk has a strong history of its’ men and women serving in the military over the years, and it is them, along with the family and friends they left behind who all served this country in various ways, being commemorated.
Ladywalk House is the meeting point at 10:30 am on Sunday, Nov. 11 followed by a procession to Anstruther Church at 10:45 for a church service. After the service,  church-goers make their way to the War Memorial in Anstruther Cemetery for the laying of wreaths, then return to the church to enable people to visit with each other, share memories, and enjoy a spot of tea to warm up with.
The 100th year anniversary of the end of World War I has been especially memorialised this year, with historical, military information and personal-history background pieces — still a source of fascination after all these years — appearing in newspapers and on television.
All are welcome to join this special memorial service.

Anster Halloween Party a BIG Fun-Filled Success!!

So we took on organising the Halloween disco for our children to help raise money to bring reindeer to Anstruther for Christmas ?.
“Mummy power”  took over with just over a week to get organised.  A huge thanks to mummies Sam Stewart, Daryl Wilson, Megan Salter, Lisa McDonald, Laurie Lawson, Lindsay McKinstray, Mairi Kerrigan, Louise McEwan, Jenna Richards for all your dedicated help and support to get this party going. It wouldn’t have been as incredible if we were missing any one of you ❤️
Huge special thanks needs to go to Susan and Coco at Munchies for all of their help and donations. You guys were a massive part of all of our party and Anstruther are very lucky to have you in our community ❤️
Thanks also to Pavla at for agreeing to run a slime workshop at our party and to donate all the proceeds to the reindeer.❤️
All of the businesses  in Anstruther deserve a massive shout-out for raffle prizes, tombola prizes, cake, apple and biscuit donations. We are all overwhelmed by your generosity ❤️.  BIG thanks to Barnett’s Baker, La Petite Patiserie, Stevie at Legends, East Neuk Centre Trust, Greig Plumbers, Anstruther Fish Bar, Halcyon Gallery, Guide Us Breaks, Blades, The Corner Shop, Halo, Mr & Mrs Swankie, Graeme at the Chemist, Staff at The Royal Hotel, the Community Kist, Wee David, Mudita Beauty, Customers at Munchies, Pets Pantry, Marion Cullen, Minicks Butcher, Family a Fayre, Esquire Men’s Barbershop, The Flower Shop, Susan Smith, Lisa’s Sweetie Shop, Forever Felts, Gibbles, The Waterfront,  and also everyone who individually donated home baking, raffle prizes and their time ?❤️
We successfully raised £840 and Daryl handed it to TEAM Anster yesterday to go towards reindeer and Christmas celebrations ???.
We thank everyone who attended and hope all our kids had a fantastic time! What a wonderful community spirit we have ❤️xxx

Digital Marketing for Tourism-Related Businesses….

Fife Tourism Partnership has alerted us that the following two workshops — specifically for tourism-facing businesses — are being offered:

(1)  Advanced Digital Marketing for Tourism —    This advanced level workshop will help those with a good knowledge of digital marketing take their skills and knowledge to the next stage. Focusing on advanced techniques, this session enables delegates to develop digital marketing plans, manage and implement campaigns, and analyse results.

Date & Time:     November 13, 2018, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location:    Hotel du Vin St Andrews,  40 The Scores, St Andrews  KY16 9AS

For more information and to book:;

(2) Live Video and Instant Messaging for Tourism Businesses — This practical workshop covers two social and digital media features which are rapidly gaining a foothold in tourism and travel across the world, opening up new channels to wow and inspire potential visitors and supercharge the customer experience.

Date & Time:  December 3, 2018, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Library & Galleries, 1-7 Abbot St., Dunfermline  KY12 7NW

Find out more and book at: