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Building the East Neuk’s Tourism Business

The East Neuk Local Tourism Association (ENLTA) is shaping up its 2018 year to be an active one of meetings, activities and membership outreach.

The ENLTA, a subsidiary of the Fife Tourism Partnership, has research showing East Neuk visitor rates have increased  year-on-year.  It would like to help and support tourism businesses take advantage of, and build on, travel, holiday  and economic changes which could increasingly benefit businesses in the East Neuk area.

Opportunities for increasing the number of visitors to the area have never been better, especially with  “staycations”  a popular alternative to  airport/airline unreliability, and weak pound/currency  conversion rates making  overseas travel expensive.

Among other activities planned, the group wants to meet with and “pick the brains” of visitor-facing businesses to better understand what visitors want to see/do, and what improvements can be made to better serve these visitors .  By reviewing feedback from these businesses the ENLTA hopes a picture will emerge of how best it can provide support and assistance.

The ENLTA will be holding its popular annual Spring meeting on Tuesday, March 27 (more details forthcoming) which will enable guests to meet, network, enjoy a presentation from a guest speaker, and learn how interaction with the ENLTA can be a resource for them.

A new Facebook page is up and running @east neuk local tourism association, kingdom of fife, ready for the addition of news, information,  visitor input, and business information exchanges.

The popular ENLTA publication – the East Neuk Visitor Guide – will be available at selected sites and online at

For more information, please email



Bundle up warmly, layer your jumpers and leggings, and be thankful you’re fully dressed as you cheer on the half-dressed  brave souls jumping into harbour waters for the East Neuk Dook on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 1pm.  These  potential human ice-cubes are raising money for charity, so come along, throw money in the buckets, and make their efforts worthwhile!


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.




Spindrift Guest House Staff Raises £330.50 for Children in Need

Ken and Christine Lawson, proprietors of the Spindrift Guest House, and their staff of young workers who also go to school at the Waid, raised £330.50 at the coffee afternoon they hosted on Saturday, Nov. 18.  Proceeds will benefit the Children in Need charity, and over £2500 has now been raised by these coffee get-togethers.

Staff waitresses — dressed in the bright yellow t-shirts and wearing the kitten ears of Children in Need — provided warm welcomes and enthusiastic service as they handled the afternoons’ ever-changing rotation of visitors eager to contribute to the charity and enjoy a cuppa and a blether.

The Guesthouse, gaily decorated with balloons, opened their doors at 2pm to begin hosting visitors, and the dining room and lounge were immediately at capacity with supportive — and hungry — visitors.  An extensive variety of sandwiches, sausage rolls, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, fairy cakes, layer cakes and more were all on display, ready for the choosing (and eating!).  Everything served was home-baked, and baked by staff members.

Thanks are given to visitors who came to support Children in Need, and especially the hard-working efforts of all the staff at The Spindrift Guest House.


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.


AIA Vintage Day & Community Kist @Dreel Halls

Dreel Halls will be busy this Saturday, Nov. 4, as the AIA (Anstruther Improvement Association) and Community Kist team up to put on a display of goods for sale to eager customers  looking for quality items that can be useful as Christmas gifts, or as a longed-for treat for themselves.

The AIA Vintage Day is always popular, as china and ceramic pieces, clothing, jewellery, fashion accessories and other decorative items can perk up a house, a table-setting or be fun as an eye-catching fashion statement for a special occasion.  Crafts, fabrics, tabletop and Christmas decorations round out the items for sale, and Vintage Refreshments will be available for purchase and enjoyment.

The Community Kist, under the management of Elizabeth Gordon, continues its’ outstanding and full-steam-ahead fund-raising efforts by being at the Dreel Halls for this very special Vintage Day with vintage items moved from the Kists’ shop (which will be closed on Saturday) .

Items donated to the Kist over the years have ranged from a dinghy to sought-after bakelite jewellery pieces to delicate crystal glasses and classic clothing items. ALL of them were sold by the cheery and high-energy Elizabeth, who has rarely turned away a donation and could easily sell snow to Eskimos if she had to with her selling ability…

The Kist continues to be very busy,  with twice the usual target being reached this past  Saturday and money being donated to good causes in the area. The East Neuk Frail Elderly Project, providing activities such as Lunch Clubs and Singing Clubs,  received a donation of £500. Waid Academy FP Rugby Club will receive £600 towards coaching youngsters this week and the Kist will also be sponsoring the Round Table’s Fireworks Display once the monies have been raised.



Elizabeth Riches to speak at Nov. 7 East Neuk Centre Trust AGM

Cllr. Elizabeth Riches, a very familiar face and long-time active presence in the East Neuk area, will be the guest speaker at the AGM for the East Neuk Center Trust  meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7.  The meeting takes place in Cellardyke Town Hall, and begins at 7pm.

Former councillor Riches was a very involved, proactive representative of the East Neuk during her years in office and was a source of information and encouragement for the villages as they continued to undergo growth and change.  She continues to be involved in, and knowledgeable about, issues affecting local communities.

The East Neuk Centre Trust manages four halls in the Anstruther/Cellardyke area:  Anstruther Town Hall, Erskine Hall, Cellardyke Town Hall, and the East Neuk Centre Ladywalk.  Information about all four halls,  the  finances involved in overseeing their management and maintenance, how the halls are used by the community,  and other subjects related to the halls,  will all be discussed at this meeting.

The AGM is open to all and refreshments will be served.


AGM for Anster Harbour Festival on Nov. 15

Meeting location has changed to the Meeting Room of the Anstruther Town Hall, Lower Level, not the Burgh Chambers as previously detailed in an earlier release

The Annual General Meeting of the Anstruther Harbour Festival will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 in the Lower Level Meeting Room of Anstruther Town Hall.  The meeting is open to everyone, and it is hoped there will be a strong turn-out from area residents.

The future of the AHF is still in doubt as more volunteers and festival helpers are needed.  At the recent Oct. 19 meeting, attendance/participation by area residents was not what had been hoped for by AHF committee members, although several people came along and offered to help with the festival. A tentative  festival date of July 28-29, 2018  has been set for now.

A  final decision about the festival’s viability  will be made after the AGM by committee members.  This decision will be strongly dependent on whether sufficient volunteers/helpers express interest in assisting with the festival.

Aside from the future of the 2018 festival and assistance concerns, the AGM will discuss the financial status, funding/grant changes, and other aspects of this community event.

For information or questions, please email