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Community Initiatives North East Fife (CoINEF)  

NEF Superfast Broadband Project.

We know that many of you are still struggling with poor broadband speeds and the frustration that it brings to your daily working and family lives

We are all working hard to bring superfast broadband to the communities in North East Fife who have little or no access to the minimum national target for superfast broadband of 24mbps or the planned Universal Service Obligation (USO) of 10 MBPS.    

We are currently working with our partners and stakeholders (Fife Voluntary Action, Fife Council, Community Broadband Scotland) to bring superfast broadband to these areas.

Background to the delay    

In September 2015 CoINEF participated fully in helping to pilot the national procurement framework, planned to enable the selection of suppliers, who would deliver the North East fife Superfast Broadband Project locally.

However, in January 2016 CoINEF started to experienced delays in the procurement.

This was due to the impact of the political processes (SG election / UK European referendum). These delays continued as the procurement process underwent change and revision, regionally and nationally, to comply with Scottish law.  

The national Procurement framework was finally implemented September 2016 and the process started for earnest in October 2016 with a national supplier’s engagement event.

Looking to the future

Since the beginning of 2017 we have been proactive, working with our partners and stakeholders to ensure that   North East Fife Superfast Broadband Project document reflects the expressed needs of NEF communities for high speed broadband and mobile access.

However, the scoping of the areas which the superfast broadband project will cover have experienced significant change, since the project began in 2015. This is due to the coverage being extended by Openreach.  

Community Broadband Scotland are currently reviewing our particular project area and we hope learn more about this and other opportunities by the end of March. We will share this information with you as soon as reasonably possible.

We do realise how frustrating this process has been during this last year and thank you for your continued support and patience.  We hope to have some good news to share fairly soon.       



Community Centre Manager

Hours: 25 hours per week

Salary: £9.57 per hour

The post holder will be responsible for the day to day running of the East Neuk Centre and other Community facilities under management of the Trust.  They will be responsible for a small team who keep the buildings running for community groups and others to use for a wide range of events, classes and courses.

Relevant Qualifications – Educated to HNC level

Necessary Experience – Experience in Management, experience of Community work

Application packs are available from the East Neuk Centre or download from the website,

Send your application to –

East Neuk Centre



KY10 3EX

Mark it Private and Confidential


NO CVs will be accepted.  The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 17 March 2017. Interviews are scheduled for 27th March


Anster Harbour Fest meeting Wed., March 1 — Volunteers Needed!!

The next meeting of the Anstruther Harbour Festival committee is Wednesday, March 1, at 7:30 in the meeting room of the Anstruther Town Hall (lower level).
The agenda for this meeting, and the minutes of the meeting held on February 1 can be received, just email
The AHF takes place this year beginning on Friday evening, May 26 and continues through to Sunday, May 28.  There will be a marquee for entertainment, dancing, kids activities/ entertainment and other events on the middle pier, and a crafts marquee on the folly where homemade food/snacks, art work and crafts, ceramics, art cards/photos,  textiles, fashion accessories and jewellery, and more will be sold, highlighting the talented people of Fife.
East Neuk people have turned out for this event in ever-increasing numbers in the past few years to enjoy themselves and have a great family day out.
However, the Festival needs to be managed before the event itself, and on the weekend of the Festival. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP OUT OVER THE WEEKEND.    Whether it’s for a few hours on one of the days, or the whole weekend, WE NEED YOUR HELP!! WE NEED YOUR INVOLVEMENT!!
Volunteers serve as an information source for visitors, there is no heavy lifting or anything dangerous involved — all you have to do is be helpful and smile!
Please come along to Wednesday’s meeting and learn more about the plans for the event, and how the volunteers are such a crucial part of this weekend.

Anstruther Harbour Festival Future Meeting Dates

The Anstruther Harbour Festival planning has begun for this year’s Festival on May 26-28, and future meeting dates — all on Wednesdays — are as follows:  March 1, April 5, May 3, and May 24. Meetings begin at 7:30 pm in the Meeting Room in the lower level of the Anstruther Town Hall.

The Festival has become a major event in Anstruther, drawing thousands of visitors to the town. This popular weekend celebrates the royal burgh’s maritime traditions, with ceilidhs, pipe bands, dance displays, classic boats, competitive rowing races, market stalls of foods and crafts, and children’s entertainment, as well as the well supported yacht muster with a variety of boats gathering at the historic harbour.

Meetings are open to everybody, and all ideas and suggestions for the Festival are greatly appreciated! Information is updated at, or on it’s Facebook page.


Harbour Fest Meeting on Wed., Feb. 1 — All Invited!!

The 2017 Anstruther Harbour Festival has its’ first meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1, to listen to ideas, additions, and improvements offered by interested parties making such suggestions! Everyone is invited to come along and participate to make this year’s Festival another success.

This year’s Festival is May 27 and 28, with a food/crafts marquee, kids’ activities and entertainment, music, dancing,  boating demonstrations and activities of interest to hobbyist seafarers appealing to all ages and interests. In the past several years, turnout for the weekend Festival has been especially strong, with visitor numbers estimated to be over 3000 on the Saturday and 2000 on Sunday, with enthusiastically favourable reviews given by attendees.

The Meeting Room in Anstruther’s Town Hall is the location for the meeting, which begins at 7:30 pm.




Anstruther Harbour Forum Tackles Harbour, Marina Issues

The Anstruther Harbour Forum held its’ first meeting on January 18, 2017 with a variety of interested parties attending the meeting.

The Forum is an informal association of local organisations and individuals, created with the purpose of promoting dialogue between all those with an interest in the harbour, and with Fife Council.  Those participating include commercial harbour users, the Fisheries Museum & Boats Club, St. Ayles Rowing Club, Anstruther Sailing Club, Anstruther Improvements Association, Anstruther Harbour Festival and  Anstruther Community Council.

Alex Gardner was elected as chairman, and Bill Kennaway was elected as secretary. Anybody interested in learning more about the Forum or in joining the group can obtain information by contacting Bill Kennaway at  The next meeting  date is due to be announced shortly and will most likely be in March.

There were a number of items discussed at this first meeting, including:

    • Dredging – possibility of long postponement due to Fife Council budget cuts
    • Harbour dues- likelihood of significant increases due to Fife Council budget cuts
    • Pontoon maintenance – works due to start
    • Facilities for harbour users & proposed development of harbourmasters office site 
    • Harbour Festival weekend – 26 to 28 May, with Muster,  Lifeboat Open Day, Classic Boat Rally, and Boats Club Boat Jumble
    • CCTV cameras for harbour

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.