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APRIL 2012

Balmullo Newsletter

In this issue Council Contacts


200 Club


Canvassing Woes






Balmullo Hall Car Park 5 5





Leuchars Church


Creative Gardeners


Our Post Office



Burns Club




Newsletter: Ina Cameron 870253

Chairman: Zoë Sanders Vice-Chairman: John Docherty 871497 Treasurer: Andrew Falconer 870496 Secretary: Raymond Crush 871400 Minute-Secretary: Andrew Falconer 870496


Useful Contacts

Dog Warden Community Police Officer: P.C. Gavin Rae 5702

0845 155 0022

RAF Aircraft Noise:


Burnside Hall Keeper: Lynn Murphy The Minister Rev. Caroline Taylor

870466 870038

Alison Jeffrey John Normand Jim Taylor



Fife Councillors Maggie Taylor 01382 552718 Tim Brett 01382 330905 Ron Caird 01382 542414

0845 600

GALA Committee:

Statements made or opinions expressed in this Newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the Balmullo Community Council or any of its officers. Advert Prices

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How to Join? It's easy to join the 200 Club. Call or email Ina at or call 870253. It only costs £1 per entry per month, and you can enter as many times as you like. We are currently trying to raise money for various Balmullo community activities and projects.


WHAT’S ON? APRIL 29th Paths Group walk, leave Burnside Hall at 2pm 29th Evening of Light Music 7pm in St Athernase Church Leuchars 30th Guided tour of St Athernase Churchyard 2pm. D e t a i l s in newsletter MAY 1st Afternoon cafe for P5-S2 pupils. 3pm in Coachhouse 2nd Wee Room Divas entertain. 7pm in Coachhouse of Church 3rd WRI with talk on Merci Ships 4th Talk by Jim Lawrence on Combat Stress. 7.30pm in Coachhouse 6th M e n ’ s Breakfast. 9am in Coachhouse at Church 7th Illustrated talk on graveyard. 7pm at Coachhouse 17th Clairvoyant evening in Balmullo Inn 18th Under 5’s Avon Party in Balmullo

Inn. Details in newsletter 19th WRI Soup & Pudding Lunch in Burnside hall 11am – 2pm JUNE 9th BALMULLO GALA 12th Olympic Torch Procession - Cupar, Dairsie, Guardbridge Leuchars, & Dundee @ 1650 22nd Burns Club Music Evening Bruce Davies 8pm in Balmullo Inn SEPTEMBER 19th Burns Club Music evening Robert Kerr 8pm in Balmullo Inn OCTOBER 30th Burns Club St Andrews Night Dance music Deirdre Adamson 8pm in Balmullo Inn NOVEMBER 30th Burns Club St Andrews Night in Balmullo Inn. Running an event? Email


Councillors Maggie Taylor & Tim Brett ‘there is someone at the door’ and yet no one bothers to answer. It might be that there is a big football match on or there may be some crisis in the soap world and that household is none too interested in meeting possible councillors. The temptation, which I assure you is always resisted is to remember who did not answer the door and yet a month or a year later those living there make an impassioned plea for the councillor to do something about something that is bothering them. The weather also plays an important role in canvassing. People are more likely to answer the door if the sun is shining although perversely we have received the promise of votes from people when it is raining heavily. These expressions of support go into the category of ‘if they are looking out for votes in this weather, then they will obviously be very dedicated councillors’. You may well wonder why anyone would want to be a local politician and it may upset your prejudices to know that we like many colleagues do so for the best reasons; that of working for the betterment of the community. And remember local councillors are not responsible for wars, unemployment, and the debt in Greece, nationalism or bankers bonuses. We are the politicians you will want to complain to if the pavements are icy, the bins are not emptied and the streetlights burn all day and night.

Every single person who goes and knocks on doors whether they be the postie, the door to door salesman or just someone like Tim and I wanting to be a councillors knows there are two main types of dogs. They are either the big barking type that you can hear as you open the garden gate or you can visualise as they claw the back of the door while the owner shouts at the ‘down boy, down’. We meantime have a vision of a massive hound about to be unleashed upon us. Or they are the small and sneaky type that lies quietly behind the door ready to ambush the fingers pushing something through the letter box. They may look like sausages to you little dog, but these are our fingers! Once the door has been opened, those in this latter small dog category also attack your ankles as the owner tries to reassure you that they are just being playful. A similar line is taken by the owners of the big slobbery dogs that jump and slaver all over us as we try to smile and present ourselves as good candidate councillors. So we try not to be dog phobic’s as we go from door to door canvassing for support. They are all kept as pets we tell ourselves and not as attack dogs. In some ways, having a dog or dogs jumping all over you is preferable to being ignored. Time and again when you knock on the door, you can hear the television, you can also hear someone shout,


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Community Council with fencing. Mr Forster the owner of the farm has secured the farm buildings and will carry out sporadic checks to try and keep the area secure. Children are apparently forcing off the wooden boards to gain access. If anyone sees it The landowners of areas bordering Quarry Road insecure please report this to Gavin Rae, are to have a meeting to find a way forward for Community Police and he will deal with it. the future. The road is in reasonable condition at present but Fife Council will not pay for any The response to the new Pharmacy Application more maintenance. Will report on this when has been excellent with over 90% completed and decisions have been made. returned – now we wait. Thank you to Cllr Taylor and the members of the public who attended out April meeting. The points discussed at that meeting were as follows.

Yellow lines will all be re-painted around the Mike Withers and Mike Collins have started to School including new double lines at street build a new website for our village. It will include a calendar of events and public junctions, in due course. meetings, articles of general interest, reports Cllr Taylor is looking into the possibility of a dog and minutes of groups, history of Balmullo, litter bin for Clay Road. photos etc. Have a look at Scottish Water will be occupying the site at We will keep you informed of their progress. Balmullo Farm as a storage area for some time Our next meeting is Monday 14th May at to come as a result they have secured the site 7.30pm in Burnside Hall.


Ina Cameron

Have been asked by our friendly policeman Gavin Rae if we could alert him of any street parties likely in this area during the festivities for the Jubilee, and also the Olympics and Torch procession. His only concern is to ensure that the Police can assist in keeping everyone safe and able to enjoy the spectacle.

week in meetings managed email as apologies

Paris I have not been able attend or take phone calls. I hope I have to include all articles sent to me by I came home to quite a bundle, so if I have missed something.

If anyone has not had horse manure delivered that they asked about could they phone me Since I have been away having a wonderful again as I have lost my little list of things to do!

BURNSIDE HALL CAR PARK - CAUTION The car park at Burnside Hall is being used as an off-road play area for children, riding bikes or scooters. The Hall Committee have no objection in principal to this, but are very concerned that a child may be hurt in an accident. The recycling area in the corner of the car park is visited frequently and at all times of day by residents in cars. It is also visited regularly by a large lorry which empties the recycling containers. Children can get absorbed in their games and fail to pay attention when speeding around the car park. Similarly, car and lorry drivers may be unaware of children playing in this area until

Community Council they suddenly appear and the driver has to brake suddenly or take avoiding action. We ask parents to be aware that their children may play here and make sure they are warned about the potential dangers. If there is a function or meeting on at the Hall, then the car park is in use with cars being parked and a lot of vehicle movement so playing is not allowed and any children playing will be asked to leave. When the car park is empty, children can play but should always be aware and look out for vehicles. None of us want an accident to a child in Burnside Hall car park.

BALMULLO BURNS CLUB (FOR INFORMATION) At the AGM the following Committee members were elected:-

Secretary Treasurer

Chairman Vice Chairman

Executive Members Mrs Rita Crush Mrs Grace Steven Ms Claire Barr

Mrs Mary Campbell Mr Andrew Falconer

Mrs Ann Falconer Mr Andrew Falconer






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7 BALMULLO GALA - SATURDAY 9TH JUNE 2012 The following are some of the activities that will be at the Gala:

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Arts & Crafts

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Teas/Coffee/ Cakes Cheerleaders

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Zorbs Magicians Bands

Dancing BBQ Bar Races & Hill Race Football Face Painting/ Tattoos

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Book Stalls Bouncy Castle Honda Goldwings Tractor Rides Balloons Fire Engines

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Garden Club Displays Popcorn Candy Floss Tombola Paintballing Artistic displays from Balmullo

This year we will also be inviting our Canine companions to a great day out. The main attraction will be a Terrier Racing Team – great fun – come and watch these speedy little beasts as they fly through the air, chasing after... well, only a piece of materials but they don’t know that. You will also have the chance to enter your dog in a similar race!! In addition we have a dog show! Entries include: Cutest Puppy competition (8 months & under); Happiest Dog; Dog & Owner look alike; Dog with waggiest tail; Most obedient dog; Most fashionable K9; Judge’s favourite dog; Overall Winner (1st, 2nd & 3rd from each category). Prizes are FANTASTIC also with Rosettes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places. Cost for dog show: £1 per dog per competition OR £3 per dog for all entries. Judge will be a regular (human) entrant to Crufts!! Entry on day or before – contact Sue on 870894 for any questions.

GALA SET UP – Friday 8th June & GALA CLEAR UP – Sunday 10th June PLEASE PLEASE come along and help in the setting up on the Friday and the clearing up on the Sunday – many hands make light work so come along and support YOUR GALA!! Future Balmullo Gala Committee Meetings 8pm start in Balmullo Inn are:Wednesday 28th March Thursday 19th April Thursday 3rd May Thursday 10th May

Thursday 17th May Thursday 24th May Thursday 31st May Thursday 7th June.

We are always looking for new members and helpers. GALA BOOK STALL - Do you have any spare adult or children’s books that you want rid of? Please contact Sue (870895) or anyone from the Gala and we will collect. All proceeds from the Gala Book Stall will go towards the next Gala – thanks. CLAIRVOYANT NIGHT

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The Balmullo Gala have secured the services of 3 mediums who have informed us that they are going to hold a Clairvoyant evening on the 17 th of May in the Balmullo Inn. Tickets will be £8 and are avaible from Daz or Lynne Moore call 07733 116631 for more details. BALMULLO BURNS CLUB

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Our April event was the Billy Anderson Ceilidh, which was an excellent evening, as always. Billy was in great form on the accordion, ably backed by Kenny on drums and son Ian on guitar. The jokes flowed freely between dances and most of the company took to the floor. A special guest with Billy was Deborah Lunan from Kingsbarns, who played flute and penny whistle, both solo and backed by the band. Her deft touch and choice of music delighted the company. The children who won the Primary School Burns competition in January came along and repeated their winning pieces. Lucy, Neil and Robert performed confidently in front of a large audience, and later joined us in the dancing. Our next event is a music night in the Balmullo Inn on 22 June. Bruce Davies, singer, songwriter and guitarist makes a welcome return with his blend of Scottish and Folk music. Tickets will be available from Committee members nearer the time.


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BALMULLO S.W.R.I. Ann Falconer President Mrs. Ann Falconer welcomed members to the meeting on Thursday 5th April. Our guests for the Inter-Institute visit were members of Creich SWRI, who entertained us with a demonstration of painting on acetate. This formed the basis for making some very original greetings cards. We also enjoyed a culinary quiz which was illuminating but very testing. Our Sales Table proved very successful, with a wide variety of cakes and candies - thanks to all who donated and bought. All present had a most enjoyable evening and Wilma Mackie gave our visitors a vote of thanks. Competition winners: Empire biscuits 1st Evelyn Erskine 2nd Jacqueline Stockton 3rd Rita Crush

Paper Tiara 1st Marjorie Pasley 2nd Penny Wiles 3rd Betty Gough

Flower of the month Grace Steven

The next meeting will be on Thursday 3rd May which will be held in Balmullo Inn. Our speaker will be Ann Dickenson who will give a talk on Mercy Ships. The competitions will be a Favourite Animal Photograph, 3 Cheese Scones and Flower of the month. New members are always welcome. N.B. On 19th May, we are holding a Soup and Pudding Lunch in Burnside Hall from 11:30 – 14:00. Tickets are £5 from any member or pay on entry. This is a fund-raising event as part of our Diamond Jubilee Celebrations and we hope to see a large turnout. New members are always welcome. CHURCH ACTIVITIES

Rev Caroline Taylor

Coachhouse Week at the Church From Monday 30th April, Leuchars: St Athernase Church is offering a range of activities and entertainment at the Coachhouse (next to the church) open to the whole community. There will be free tea and coffee and a Fair Trade stall and a chance to talk to the minister. More details are under “What’s on” or contact Caroline (870038 or Guided tours of the church (12 th Norman apse and chancel) are also being offered. See Page 3 for event dates and times.




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CALLING ALL CREATIVE GARDENERS IN BALMULLO As part of the Balmullo Gala we are hosting a gardening competition where by we invite children to make a garden in a shoe box and adults are invited to do a floral display in a shoe (one you won’t wear again). All of these that enter will be on display within the Tea & Coffee tent and the winner will be judged by a member of the Gardening Club. Wild about Wildflowers The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 will see many special events and celebrations. The Royal Horticultural Society launched Britain in Bloom earlier this month and as part of that, packs of wildflower seeds were made available to local communities and “In Bloom” groups. We applied successfully for a pack of seeds, which includes Corn Poppy, Cornflower, Corn Marigold, Corn Chamomile and Corn Cockle, giving a nice range of red, blue, yellow and white colours. The seeds have been sown in small beds between the young trees on the flood bank in the park at Burnside Hall. This area is in full sun and is not liable to be trampled on or disturbed. Now we just have to wait for the seeds to grow and hope for a real splash of colour which should look natural and be attractive to bees and butterflies and wildlife generally.

Looking for an activity for your little one? Balmullo Under 5’s have immediate places available We meet on Monday & Wednesday mornings 9:15am – 11:15am In Burnside Hall We have a Baby & Toddler group And Playgroup for children over 2 years For more information please call Fiona on 07932 161474

Balmullo Under 5’s Avon Party Friday 18th May 7:30pm Balmullo Inn This fundraiser is open to everyone and all proceeds are in aid of the Balmullo Under 5’s Group

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Well, it’s been nearly eight months since I took up my position as manager. It depends who you ask as to what my official title is. Correspondence from my employers, CJ Lang and Sons Ltd, just calls me the Post Office Manager. When I applied for the job, I was told I was taking on the roll of ‘Officer in Charge’. For the purposes of applying for car insurance, I have to refer to myself as a Sub-Postmistress. But if all of that’s a bit too confusing, feel free to just call me Hannah! Having moved up here from my home town of Skipton, North Yorkshire to study Modern Languages and Linguistics at St Andrews, I have to admit to being a little surprised by my eventual career choice. I graduated in June 2011 but didn’t manage to make it to my graduation ceremony – I was getting married in New Zealand that same week. After only a couple of weeks in the Post Office, I was approached by a teacher from Balmullo Primary School, telling me that the P1 pupils were doing a project on the Post Office. Keen to get more involved, I agreed to go down to the school to following week and talk to the children about just what we do behind that counter (something I wasn’t 100% on myself at that time – some would argue that not much has changed!). Feeling just a touch of trepidation, I managed to enlist the help of my colleague Chris. It wasn’t long before we’d decided we would need the help of just one more person – that stalwart of the postal services, Postman Pat! Where we didn’t prove too inspirational with our talk of letter sizes, delivery options and the Penny Black, Postman Pat stepped in to save our bacon and was a resounding success! Anyone who’s been in the Post Office since September will no doubt have seen our gallery of the children’s Postman Pat colourings - more exciting than a blank wall if you ask me! I’m hoping that we can make our visit to the school an annual event so watch this space for a whole new exhibition!

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