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Issue 10 Nov/December 2011

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Inco rporating Perth & Kinross 3 Welcome to Families Fife 4 Who, what, when, where Local news and updates 6 Smart money mum’s cut back Christmas 7 Sharon, our resident columnist and blogger On giving…and trying to fit Xmas in

Opening weekend 19th November 2011

8 A-Z of Christmas in and around the Kingdom

Stars from Alhambra Panto will also be in the Kingsgate on 19th November – come and meet Aladdin & Princess Jasmine.

12 Sound health advice from the Minor Ailment Service

11 Competitions and classes news

13 Synergy’s tips for mums-to-be on coping with the festive season 14 Out and About Must have dates for your diary. for updates up to Hogmanay

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Families Fife, PO Box 29205, Dunfermline, KY12 2BL Editor: Susan Kirkwood, Tel: 01383 735938 or 07734 289 143 Design: White Creative Circulation: 12,000 copies printed. Distributed free of charge throughout Fife, Perth and Kinross by kind permission of Fife Libraries, Fife Leisure Centres, antenatal clinics, health visitors, surgeries, community use schools, Theatres in Fife and Perth, places of historic interest, local attractions, selected shops and playgroups and play centres. Print: J Thomson. Due care was taken to source print and other services required to produce this magazine from within the local area.

NEXT ISSUE: JANUARY-FEBUARY Booking deadline: 02 December. Out 02 Jan. Families Fife© is a part of a larger group of magazines headed by Families SW London©. All franchised magazines are independently owned and operated under license. We take every care preparing this magazine, but the publishers and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers nor for the accuracy of the contents nor for any consequences. Any original materials submitted for publication are sent at owner’s own risk and, while every care is taken, neither Families nor its agents accept liability for loss or damage.

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i and welcome to the winter edition of your local Families magazine. This issue, although brought to you in November, has a distinctly festive flavour to it, as you’ll perhaps have noticed from our front cover. We’ve gone all theatrical. Oh no we haven’t, oh yes we have… you get the idea! There’s loads to see and do in the region over the next eight weeks. From swimming choirs, (sic) to cracking pantos, shopping galore or meeting Santa, Families has it covered. We’ve also got two lots of family tickets to see the brand new pantomime at the Carnegie to win; not to mention chance to win an overnight stay in London with tickets to see Shrek the Musical, dine out at the Rainforest Café and visit the delights of the capital with your London pass – see p11. Families Fife now has a facebook page. Keep up to date with what’s new on the Families website and what’s on for families around Perth, Fife and Kinross. Becoming

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a registered user on www. just takes minutes and being a Families facebook fan means you’ll get status updates on any activity on the Families website – special offers, discounts, events, new blog postings – you can also add your own intel. Join us on familiesfife . Go on you know that you’re barely alive if you’re not messaging/tweeting or texting at least 80% of the day. Happy festivities! Susan Kirkwood, Editor

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Classes in Perth, Kinross and Fife

f the answer is laughter, songs, magic, audience participation, (and lots of it), then Carnegie Hall’s brand new show Sergeant Cracker’s Christmas Quest will not disappoint. ON at Fife has teamed up with acclaimed writer and director Jonathon Stone to bring a visual treat to a young audience. Sergeant Cracker lives in an enchanted world where Christmas decorations come to life. Yes, truly. The decorations – led by lovable old Sergeant Cracker, together with his best pal Flora the Fairy, and the bonniest of baubles – just can’t wait to light up Christmas. But this year there’s a new decoration under the tree... To find out what you’ll have to join Sergeant on his magical quest to find out as the decorations race to see just who will sit on the top of this years tree – notwithstanding evil ‘Aye’-Pod’s attempts to scupper them all the way. ÊÊ Sergeant Cracker’s Christmas Quest runs at Carnegie Hall from Wednesday 30th November until Monday 26th December. Box Office: 01383 602302 ÊÊ Cinderella at Adam Smith Theatre runs from Wednesday 14th December until Saturday 14th Jan uary. Box Office: 01592 583302 

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News: Who, What, Where, When … Guilt free shopping!


s if we need an excuse! Fancy a fun Friday night out with a difference? Then grab some friends and get along to the Bellyeoman Parent & Toddler Group’s charity Christmas shopping event on Friday 18th November. Here is the perfect opportunity to indulge in some guilt-free shopping as it’s all in a good cause with funds raised on the night going to the Dunfermline Women’s Aid charity. From candles to chocolate and jewellery to gifts there really promises to be something for everyone. Pampering treats are also on the menu. As shopping is thirsty work, refreshments will be available and you might even win something in the raffle on the night. Venue: St Andrews Erskine Church, Robertson Road, Dunfermline. Doors Open - 7.30pm Tickets £1 on door. 

Switch onto nature


re you a switched on individual who values the natural world? If so, the Ecology Centre in Kinghorn would like to hear from you. The centre is recruiting new committee members who have the skills and experience to contribute to the governance of the organisation. Established in 1998, the centre provides education to over 6000 individuals annually, supporting over 4000 volunteer hours and welcoming around 20000 visitors to the site. The Ecology Centre uses direct experience of the natural world to change people’s lives. Young people with challenging behaviour build their self esteem and life skills through their programmes, children discover the natural world, sometimes for the first time and volunteers can improve their health, career chances, confidence and circle of friends through being involved at the Centre. 

To be part of this organisation please contact the centre on 01592 891567 or email

Bellyeoman Parent & Toddler Group presents:

charity Christmas shopping event on Friday 18th November

At: St Andrews Erskine Church, Robertson Rd, Dunfermline. Doors: 7.30pm Tickets £1 on door Proceeds to Fife Women’s Aid

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be sent to the secretary by post. Mr Peter Leigh, 12 Valley Grove Leslie KY6 3BZ or can be posted in a competition entries box in the Rothes Halls. 

For budding young artists there the event is being opened on is also a competition to make Saturday 26th by Councillor a card to commemorate the Fiona Grant. Choose from association’s 25th Anniversary. face painting, free jewelleryThe age categories for the making workshops or have competition are Age up to 6 and a go at making a keyring or from Age 7-11. Entries should working with wood and glass.

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ave you seen the new teddy charms from Smallprint, the original local silver keepsake company? The charms have been introduced to the range locally, by Abi Green who will be donating £5 from the sale of each of the teddy charity charms to chosen charity, the BBC Children in Need appeal. These delightful little charms feature a child’s teddy bear who’s tummy can be imprinted with your child’s own fingerprint, thus making it truly unique. They can then be worn as a necklace, bracelet or given as a Christening gift. 

For more information and to view Smallprint’s exciting range of unique keepsakes, log on to http://www. or call Abi on 0774 7707527


he NipperGrip is a unique ski harness for children with a handle on the FRONT and BACK and detachable reins. Essential for skiing with children up to the age of 8, you can pick them up whichever way they fall, help them on and off chairlifts safely as well as control their speed and direction on the slopes.  Order online at www.nippergrip. com and enter the discount code FF1112 for a 20% discount.

Activitity dates that don’t cost the earth... …can be found at the Umbrella Fife. Holding events at various venues, they run activities such as ceramic painting, chocolate making, cookery classes, storytelling and arts and crafts. The Umbrella also works with business and community groups to provide reasonably priced activities for their customers and members. All team workers are trained and experienced in working with people with special needs and all ages and abilities. For more information on working with Umbrella see website Next date: 5th November in Dunfermline.  See Out and About for details.

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nyone, myself included, who has a child born between 1st Nov and the 31st December will know how difficult it is to focus on a birthday party whilst rushing around preparing for Christmas. This is where Rocking Rascals come in. They can deliver, dazzling, fun-filled parties tailored to your requirements, for boys or girls between 4-8. Let their trained team of highly energetic and lively entertainers manage the whirlwind of games, party-tunes and dances, ensuring even the quietest children have the best of times. Their service includes invitations, colourful table settings, premium party favours and engaging activities. There’s cake decorating, tattoos, dressing up and team games galore. Give them a call on 07818 687066. Now you can get back to the Christmas list… 

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Education and Childcare

Classroom without walls

The smart money mum


orest Kindergarten is a favourite activity for the preschool children at Building Blocks Childcare Nursery in Rosyth. Whatever the weather, children are encouraged to play outdoors, explore and learn in the natural environment. We all see it as the classroom without ceilings and walls, that helps preschool children to appreciate, understand and care for our natural heritage. Building Blocks currently has spaces available for young babies – 5 years olds. Ensure your child enjoys the Forest Kindergarten experience and goes home happy, fulfilled and with the valuable skills needed to give them the best possible start in life! 

Christmas doesn’t have to be a big spend Nicole Diamond is founder of The Jack & Jill Market, the quality nearlynew baby & children’s market where Smart Mums Sell and Save. See Out and About for next markets near you

Here are five top tips to keep your purse in one piece this festive season. ÊÊ Don’t shop in December – the most expensive moth of the year! Christmas shopping in January will easily save you 50% on gifts, 70% or more if you’re getting Christmas cards. ÊÊ Second Hand Santa– Kids don’t care if someone else had a chance to play with something awesome first. Buy toys and games at nearly-new markets, second-hand shops and websites, and save a fortune. ÊÊ Post Early enough to make the 2nd class deadline and your savings will add up, especially with international items. The UK date for 2nd class is the 17th December, international dates start from 4th December. See the Last Posting Dates Tool at: www2. ÊÊ Decorate late. Start a new family tradition and wait until the last weekend before Christmas to buy your Christmas tree, when traders are giving them away. You can chop at least 50% off the price. ÊÊ Avoid luxury wrapping. Get the kids to potato-print on brown paper, or glue and glitter newspaper and magazine pages for a cheap and unique option. Wishing you fun, debt-free Christmas! 

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If you are a mum or a carer with little ones in Glenrothes, with free time on Tuesdays or Thursdays? Then why not toddle along to the friendly group at Cadham Community Centre. A warm welcome is assured and they’ve got ride-on toys, a trampoline and a slide as well as a craft area for the bigger ones – plenty to keep everyone amused. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided for adults, snacks for kids. 


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Birth Baby and Beyond Better beginnings with the Synergy Centre Being pregnant at Christmas doesn’t mean that you can’t join in the fun Here are 5 tips to help you get the most out of the period. 1 Reduce stress The run up to Christmas and of course the day itself can be a whirl of preparation and pressure. If you are pregnant you may have the added issues of tiredness and aching back/hips which creates increased stress in the mum to be, and of course the baby. Try to minimise it by enlisting as much help with jobs as possible, get the family involved, do shopping in advance or online and stick with simple food. Your inner Nigella might just have to sit it out this year! 2 Sit down, feet up Socialising and shopping mean extra time on your feet which may result in swollen ankles. Take seated breaks when out shopping and demand a seat at parties. Support tights can aid circulation and it helps to get your feet higher than your hips. 3 Watch your back The changes in your body during pregnancy such as softened ligaments, extra weight and strain on muscles

can all make your back more vulnerable to injury. Try to avoid lifting too much by getting things delivered or enlisting help bringing things in from the car. If lifting is unavoidable, remember to bend your knees and split things into lighter loads where possible. 4 Be kind to yourself Don’t try to do it all, make sure you get enough rest, taking naps if necessary during the day, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Take some time for yourself and when possible try to maintain some exercise such as walking, swimming and pregnancy yoga. Keeping yourself fit will help energy levels, boost stamina for labour and may help with getting back into shape after the birth. 5 Let others treat you When people ask for gift suggestions for you, suggest pregnancy specific body products, or a specialist treatment voucher from Synergy Yoga and Therapy Centre. A voucher can be bought for single or multiple sessions, allowing the recipient to choose from pregnancy yoga classes or several treatments - massage or shiatsu can relieve backache and stress, manual lymphatic drainage can ease fluid retention and they all help both you and the baby relax. 

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A to z of christmas

he A-Z of Christmas brings you ideas for things to do, things to think about, unusual gift ideas and places to visit during the festive season – all sourced, found or produced locally. Read on for ideas, inspiration and information. Remember, you found it first in Families.

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Aladdin and Princess Jasmine from the Alhambra Panto will be making a special appearance at the Kingsgate Shopping Centre in Dunfermline for the opening of the Christmas Grotto on 19th November.

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Breakfasts with Brewster Santa At Dunfermline’s Brewers Fayre. All you can eat & drink buffet breakfast £7.99 per family (1 adult & 2 kids) (£2 per additional child). Plus gift and play in the Fun Factory. 18th & 24th December 10am-11.30am. Bring Your Camera! BOOKINGS ONLY www.brewersfayre.

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Creativity at the Ceramic Experience Children love making things for Christmas and the lovely thing is that these items can then become a treasured part of the celebration every year. The Ceramic

Experience in Dunfermline has plenty of Christmas themed items to choose from. From Santa and snowmen plates and bowls to little figurines and baubles. Baubles are ideal for inexpensive presents for friends and siblings – these are also perfect for capturing a baby’s hand or footprint. Older children will enjoy decorating a plate with their own design – why not jazz one up with reindeers to leave out for Santa on Christmas eve?

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Decorations Make these with the kids – okay these can go at the back of the tree – but fills a fun morning. Or create something a bit more lasting at a ceramic café – it’s somehow comforting to see the same old favourites come out year after year.

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Eves Happy Hogmanay Family Party night Celebrate the bells at the Fun Factory! On the eve of the New Year why not enjoy a seasonal 3 course Hogmanay dinner, followed by a disco, with a Piper at the Bells. The Crooked Glen, Brewers Fayre, Dunfermline www. See N for Christmas Eve inspiration.

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remember last winter’s weather? Will you ever forget it? Make sure your most precious assets are totally protected this winter with a trip to Funky Rascal. They now stock one of the most comprehensive children’s outdoor clothing ranges in the UK, protecting everyone from newborns to teens. Moreover, they now stock women’s coats – at last, mums can look as cool and feel as warm as their children – hurrah! Don’t forget their everyday clothing either as it is quite unique. If you are looking for something for Christmas that’s really different then treat them to something from Dutch brand 4funkyflavours, check it out - it’s the height of cool.

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Glühwein Perhaps it’s all that time I spent in Germany, but I can’t see past some warm,



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Hampers at Hopetoun Farm Shop The gift of food is always well received and Hopetoun Farm Shop offers a great selection of hampers from just £12. Choose from a the preassembled range or create your own from the delicious items available in-store including fresh meats from the Hopetoun Estate, fine wine and whisky, delicious conserves and Hopetoun branded gifts. The shop is located on the A904 – follow the signs for New Hopetoun Gardens not Hopetoun Farm Shop.

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Icicles! Do you remember the icicles we had last year? They looked astounding but caused untold damage. And snow. It’s fantastic stuff. Children love it. But after the last couple of years, adults fear it. Whatever you do, make sure you are prepared this year. Buy everyone wellies, get yourselves a couple of snow shovels, have an emergency survival kit in the car with water, nappies [if likely to be required!], some food, well chocolate anyway, a torch and so on.

spicy wine at this time of year. I guess gingerbread is the nearest children can get to a traditional Christmas treat with a bit of kick. Or treat them to Dutch Speculaas from a well known local German supermarket. Or Stollen. Come to think of it Germans do Christmas very well… A should perhaps be for A- - -!

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Jack and the Beanstalk, Perth Theatre

Fee Fi Fo Fun – get ready for an adventure of Giant proportions... all your shouting and cheering and a fair bit of singing along too is required. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Panto. From Friday 9th December to Saturday 7th January. 01738 621 031

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Kingdom Whether it’s the Kingsgate Shopping Centre in Dunfermline or the Kingdom Shopping Centre in Glenrothes, there is plenty to offer shoppers around this important time in the Kingdom. The Kingsgate is hosting a Grotto this year with Santa in residence from 19th November. The Kingdom Shopping Centre kick starts their Christmas Shopping evenings on 1st December with Kingdom FM and guest stars too. And their grotto opens on 24th November.

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Lights on in our town centres 20th November is the date to remember for Town centre lights on in Dunfermline (6pm), Perth (2pm) and Glenrothes between 1pm and 4pm in Lyon Square, with entertainment from Diva Fever, In Kirkcaldy the lights go the following week on Sunday 27th. Rumour has it that there may be surprise visits from the cast of Cinderella too.

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Mercat. The Mercat shopping centre is a must for seasonal shoppers with children. From Sunday 27th of November, Santa will be in his grotto EVERY DAY at Just Kiddin. Just Kiddin is the recently opened children’s play area in the Mercat that offers a fun and safe play environment for under 8’s, a cafe and a very handy crèche facility - even more handy at Christmas time.

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Noël. Every family has it’s own way of celebrating Christmas and the build up to Noel is very much part of the pleasure. Now you have your own children it’s time for you to make your own traditions. Whether it’s a trip to the local Christmas service on Christmas Eve, or a day of Christmas baking before the festivities begin, it’s up to YOU to create your traditions. Sarah Butters from Families Leeds suggests a Christmas Eve hamper. This should be filled with goodies to enjoy on the night before Christmas. In it are festive pyjamas for the children, [why stop at them I say?] new toothbrushes, a mug to make hot chocolate and a DVD for the family to watch.

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Opening hours These are extended in all local shopping centres ensuring that mums and dads do have time to shop without little eyes seeing everything…. Kingdom Centre in Glenrothes is open till 8pm every Thursday from 8th -22nd December. Kingsgate Shopping Centre in Dunfermline is also open from 8am to 8pm on Thursday nights for late night shopping as of 14th November, and from w/c. 12 Dec, the centre is open till 8pm on Thursday/Friday/Sat until Friday 23rd December. At the Mercat the shops will be open extended Sunday hours too as well as Thursday evenings from 27th Nov.

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Printed Panels from Becky Roche Another lovely gift idea. Treat someone special to a personalised name panels. These pretty panels are presented on a chunky canvas and are completely handmade to order with own colours, name, date of birth or meaning of name. Prices start from £25.00. Commissions ready for Christmas. See more creations at: http://beckyroche-artwork.  

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Quiet time It is really important to get this over the festive period particularly. See website for tips on how to survive the run up to Christmas with the help of Alisa

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from Nutritionalise’s article, Countdown to Christmas

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Reindeer Parade Make a date with a Reindeer on Sunday 27th November! At noon, Santa will be pulled on his sleigh from Thistle Street by his team of reindeer through the centre of Kirkcaldy. They will be led through the town by the Kirkcaldy and District Pipe Band before dropping off Santa at his Grotto at Just Kidding in the Mercat Centre. Free Antler hats will be available to children throughout the day.

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Smallprint Abi from Smallprint makes fine silver jewellery featuring your child’s fingerprint, each one personally engraved (see picture below). The fabulous ranges include everything from fingerprints to drawings and doodles, hand and footprints, even a handwritten name. Choose from a wide range of pendants, cufflinks, charms, keyrings and more; all polished to a beautiful finish. These make wonderful gifts that are really personal. Catch Abi at Hettie’s Tea Room, Perth, on the 1st or the 20th November or on the 6th November at the The Bump & Baby Fair 11am-4pm The Dalmahoy, Kirknewton, Edinburgh where she’ll have a full display of items and will be taking prints and orders. See ad for contact details.

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Turkeys Northern Fifers should look up KellyBronze for their old fashioned tasting turkeys. The farm has now moved over the water to Dundee but the taste remains the same. There will be a pick up point in Fife at Pittormie Farm Shop near Dairsie for Fife feasters. Order through the website or call: 01382 504 637. Southerners should look up from Hopetoun Farm Shop where you can order your estate bred bird as well as many other trimmings for a fine festive feast. www. farmshop

u is for For truly cool gift ideas logon to Urban Cuckoo’s website. Families particularly loves the ‘Place head here’ rabbit’pillowcase and the Animal alphabet prints for children (pictured right).

There are lots of ideas here, birdy jewellery stands to tidy mum’s tangled necklaces, funky flasks for dad or why not treat gran to a new luxury throw?


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Visiting At this time many of us develop a hibernation-like mindset. But it will actually do you the power of good to get out of the house and get visiting. If you’ve had your fair share of seeing family and friends, then visit places. So many attractions are still open over Christmas and New Year and actually need your support even more at this time to boost their visitor numbers.

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Wrapping paper. You will need loads of this so do stock up. A great company to use that has a sound ethical policy and has many local representatives is Phoenix Trading. They have gorgeous cards and wrap not to mention lovely calendars all at good prices. Order from the seller then pick up. for Kirkcaldy pickups or clairejohnston for Dunfermline pickups.

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Xcitement! Free Fun Night on Christmas Eve. For those near Dunfermline, Brewers Fayre, has Christmas Eve sorted. Get along to the Free Fun Night on Christmas Eve. Get the children to put on their pyjamas – yes pjs. Then let them run off steam in the Fun Factory between 5-8pm. Meanwhile you can relax with a meal or a quiet drink in the lounge whilst the Fun Factory staff tire out your excited offspring with games and activities galore. Then home, treats out for Santa and straight to bed. Fantastic!

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Yuletide It seems that Yuletide comes from Yule or Jul, an indigenous midwinter festival celebrated by the then pagan Scandinavians and other Germanic peoples. The fact that for centuries, people have felt a need to celebrate and feast at this time when winter is at it’s height, should perhaps lend us some comfort, should we be feeling that the Christianity has all but disappeared from Christmas. Licence to celebrate and overindulge …

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ZZZZzzzzz Remember Santa doesn’t come till you’re tucked up in bed and sound asleep on the night of the 24th.

Merry Christmas one and all!

Out and About:

A ten year triumph! T

en years ago, in 2001, the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy whispered into being with a new Principal, Barbara Brett, and now it shouts a celebration of a decade of speaking, acting, learning, developing and growing in confidence - and in numbers! The Academy which started 2 years ago with 70 students now has over 350 in many venues across the region. There are currently classes in Kinross, Kirkcaldy, Cupar [adults too], St Andrews, Newport on Tay, Dunfermline and Perth. Classes are for all primary aged children and in recent years, older children have continued on to form the Youth Theatre. ‘In the past year four students have celebrated ten years with the Academy, along with me”. laughs Barbara. A further class for adults has also been established, and welcomes students of all ages who are looking for a fun activity, to make new friends, to boost their confidence, and to learn some presentation skills. Ten years have seen many changes  - the world has altered. Barbara insists however that although the curriculum has been revised to accommodate changes in our lifestyles, the


Panto tickets!

Families Fife has 2 lots of family tickets to see Sgt Crackers Christmas Quest at Dunfermline’s Carnegie Hall on Sunday 18th December. Just answer the following question.

basic aims of the Academy remain the same – to provide a supportive, non-competitive environment where students of all ages can develop their potential, enjoy speaking and stretch their imaginations. Constantly encouraged by pupils who are grateful for the support that they’ve gained from drama study and parents who recognise the impact on their children’s confidence levels, Barbara is pleased to report that they are all looking forward to the next ten years!  Tel : 01382 330052 Email: tayforth@

Q. Who is out to spoil Christmas for Sergeant Cracker and the other decorations? To enter, simply login to www. to complete an online entry form. Good Luck!

NEWS FLASH! WINNER UPDATES – Winner names for all competitions are now posted on our facebook page.


Win a New Year treat for your family!

One lucky family will win a fairy tale weekend in London worth over £1,000! Your weekend will include four fantastic tickets to see Shrek The Musical, an overnight stay in the 4* Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury, four London Passes - giving you access to over 50 London attractions, so you can take in the sights. Then finish it all off with a meal at the world famous Rainforest Cafe.

To enter, go to and use the code: TRIP-SHREK Full terms and conditions:

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Energy and Wellbeing

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s well as dispensing prescriptions, did you know that your local community pharmacy offers expert advice and information on using the correct medicines for many common conditions and ailments like coughs and colds; hay-fever; stomach upsets; pain and inflammation; minor eye infections; high temperature, fever and head lice? They can also offer general information on healthcare. Local pharmacies provide a wide range of services including the Minor Ailment Service (MAS), a free service where help is available to those who are eligible. Children aged between 0 to16 years can visit the pharmacy along with their parent or guardian for advice and if

necessary, treatment without the need for a prescription or a doctor’s appointment. Available at every community pharmacy, the pharmacist under the Minor Ailment Service can help with conditions which affect many children such as: ÊÊ Head Lice ÊÊ Earache ÊÊ Eczema and Allergies ÊÊ Hay fever ÊÊ Sore Throat ÊÊ Threadworms ÊÊ Warts and Verrucae MAS enables eligible individuals to be registered with and use a local pharmacy as the first port of call for advice and free treatment for many common conditions. In most cases, you don’t have to make an appointment, and can go along at a time that suits you. MAS enables the Pharmacist


You can get advice and treatment for minor ailments from any local community pharmacy without the need for a prescription or doctor’s appointment. Available at every community pharmacy, the service provides free advice/treatment for illnesses such as: x

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The Minor Ailment Service is available to eligible groups. Simply ask if you can register at your local community pharmacy.

to issue over-the-counter medicine following a consultation for a minor illness or ailment. Registration is simple and free. You can use the NHS Minor Ailment Service if; you are registered with a GP surgery in Scotland, and you are under 16 or under 19 and in full-time education; you are 60 or over; You have a valid maternity exemption certificate, medical exemption certificate, or war pension exemption certificate; you get

Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Incomerelated Employment and Support Allowance, or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, or you are named on, or entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate or a valid HC2 certificate. You can’t use the NHS Minor Ailment Service if you live in a nursing home.  You can find out more about the Minor Ailment Service at your local pharmacy.

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ook at these lovely nappy sets. Wouldn’t these make the perfect present for a new mother this Christmas? Available in funky designs for both boys and girls and include 2 reusable bamboo nappies 2, (small or large option) 1 bamboo flush-able liner in the waterproof bag. £30. Matroeska design – shown here, other designs available including funky cow design. BabyBambusa specializes in reusable bamboo nappies, bamboo biodegradable liners, swim nappies, bodysuits and more. And what’s even better – they are a local company and able to offer free local demonstrations and delivery. Tempted? Then use the offer code FAMILY11 for a 20% discount. Valid 01/11/11 to 31/12/11. See products at 

style & image consultancy F i n d Yo u r G o r g e o u s

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Family Life Families Five Minute Qs with

Families’ Life

A joy to give, a pleasure to receive

Find your gorgeous


his Christmas as always, I am going to dig out my Good Housekeeping Nov 2003 edition hopefully in October (not sure about divulging this vice, I’m not a hoarder, just a bit of a recipe collector!) to start making the homemade chutney; Clementines in Grand Marnier syrup and pecan pralines. I’ve already got my Phoenix snowflake cellophane and my pretty bargain ribbon from McEwan’s summer sale. This year, Christmas 2011, I am actually going to DO the homemade edible gifts that are “A joy to give, a pleasure to receive” apparently – I wouldn’t know. The chutney has a 1 month maturing date and a 3 month life expectancy so, hopefully, as you are reading the Christmas issue, my chutney should be wax topped, prettily ribboned and lovingly labelled in my kitchen cupboard. I will be cringing as I know that, since Nov 2003, I have planned to do this, that’s 2 years pre-children, and it is, at the time of writing, yet to happen. I have friends who are bought and wrapped by Halloween. I just can’t do it. I can’t get organised for Christmas before Christmas Eve. Honestly we have a family tradition of decorating our tree on Christmas Eve! Like most traditions, this happened out of necessity as I don’t get round to buying the tree until the 23rd! If you can brave it, it’s great - you get the biggest tree ever for a knock down price - just be prepared not to see out the window until New Year! So I’m enrolling my two little helpers

Q. So what is Find Your Gorgeous?

A. FYG is an

image and styling consultancy offering a range of ways to support anyone, male or female, at any age to make more of their appearance Q. Why did you set up the consultancy? A. The idea behind Find your Gorgeous is that everyone has ‘a gorgeous’ to find, it’s just a case of unearthing it. The vast majority of people tend to wear the same things all the time and really lack confidence in putting together a look that suits them. I really enjoy clothes and shopping and creating that look so it just made sense to offer this as a service. Q. Do you see yourself as the Nicky Hambelton Jones of the Fife area? A. Ha! I’m a blend of Nicky, Trinny, Susannah, Gok….all of them. They all have their own style and quirks but central to all of their work is showing their clients how fantastic they can be, helping them realise that they can look and feel great without a huge amount of effort or cost. The main difference is that I can do that locally. I’m here in person, in Fife or Edinburgh, or the Borders. Q. Who could benefit from a consultation? A. If you have ever felt ‘I wish that Gok would come and sort me out’, then this is for you. Anyone who is fed up with their wardrobe, feels they don’t know where to start with what to wear, feels frumpy and lumpy and dowdy, then I can help you discover what styles, colours and shapes suit you and your lifestyle. Q. What are your credentials as a fashion fixer? I gained my BSc Clothing at Herriot Watt’s Faculty of Textiles. This exposed me to technology and design aspects of the clothing industry. After graduation I moved to London where I worked in design and in buying for companies like Burberry and Principles before returning to Scotland to settle down as a family. Textile, colours/ pattern/image/style/clothing are my true passions.  Combined with her style consultancy business, Karen Naysmith runs fun shwopping events in Edinburgh and Fife. See Out and About for details

this year. I can then delegate ribbon tying and thankfully, now Gabe can write, labelling too (although I’m not sure how sterile the jars will remain)… But regardless of our flaws, I‘m sure that if we actually deliver our hand-wrapped, handmade pleasures by Christmas, they WILL be joyfully received. I’ve set myself a hard task –remember this is the woman who spends part of Dec 23rd shopping for Christmas dinner and a tree and the other part on the phone all evening to her cousin and friends to wish them a Merry Christmas and apologise for missing the last post again! I have a collection of M&S Christmas cards for the past 10 years half written in the attic – NY Resolution 1: recycle! I wish you all a joyous Christmas and thank you so much for sharing my blog with me this year. Sharon x p.s. I’ll let you know if the cellophane and ribbon make it out the cupboard in our NY issue!


of Karen Naysmith from What is a Shwop? Brainchild Find Your Gorgeous, the shwop is a ….


fun, girly night out combining swapping and shopping with drinks, nibbles, a little light hearted entertainment and a chance to win a lovely prize in the charity raffle in aid of CHAS.  SWAP For this part, bring at least 3 items of good quality, clean, pressed and ready to wear ladies clothing, accessories or footwear.  Clothing should be on hangers.  No budget or supermarket brands. Swap your pieces for tokens which you then redeem against other items. It’s fast and fun, and you’ll take home a few ‘new to you’ finds. SHOP For the shop part there will be stalls** from lots of local, independent businesses, selling a great mix of jewellery, decorations, candles, home accessories, clothing, cards and wrap – great gift items too! When: Thursday 1st December, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Doors open at 6.30pm for set up. Where: The Vine Church, Garvock Hill, Dunfermline.  Tickets: £10. Or head start tickets: £15 (5 mins ‘first pick’ earlier entry). To book tickets for this event email: Karen Naysmith. Details below. 

For more details, to buy tickets or to book a stall for the SHWOP event, contact Karen on 07545 717267 or email: **Stalls cost £20 plus donation for the charity raffle.   

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Out and About: November 2011 Tuesday 1st November

The Incredible Swimming Choir - Cowdenbeath Swimming Pool, 10.30am www.onfife. Age 0 – 4 Diving Belle - Carnegie Hall,10.30am & 1.30pm Clydebuilt Puppets, Age 3 – 7.

Wednesday 2nd November This Workshop Sucks - Carnegie Hall, 1.30pm

Thursday 3rd November This Workshop Sucks Rothes Halls1.30pm see Wed 2nd for details The Sea King’s Surprise Carnegie Hall 10.30am & 1.30pm Age 3 – 5. www.

Friday 4th November This Workshop Sucks Adam Smith Theatre Kirkcaldy 1.30pm see Wed 2nd for details Cardenden Bonfire and Fireworks Display Wallsgreen Park 7pm With torch lit children’s procession. Free car parking . Collection on night. Ceres Bonfire and Fireworks Display - Bow Butts St Andrews Road. 6pm Free.

Saturday 5th November Perth Farmers Market King Edward Street and St John’s Place, Perth, from 9am to 2pm St Andrews Farmers Market Argyle St Car Park St Andrews KY16 9BX, 9am - 1pm Limekilns Bonfire and firework display - Scout Hall Capernaum, Brucehaven Road. 7pm £2.50 organised by 81st Fife Scouts. Burntisland Bonfire and Fireworks Display Links 6.15 - 8.30pm Collection on the night. Dunfermline Fireworks Display Pittencrieff

Where Smart Mums Sell & Save

The Jack & Jill Market

Park, 6pm, Free Saline and Steelend Bonfire & Fireworks Display - West Road Park 7pm Free Daft for Crafts Workshop at The Craft Fair Dunfermline, Carnegie Conference Centre, 10am - 2pm Daft for Crafts Workshop at The Craft Fair - Limekilns Hotel & Bistro, 38 Main Street, Limekilns, 11am - 3pm Melody Makers at Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Dunfermline. Live Music on 1st floor in aid of Help for Heroes. Umbrella Fife Family Fun Day, Carnegie Conference Centre, 11am – 2.30pm Spectacular Storytelling chocolate making Fantabulous cakes and candies Pampering Treatments, hairbraiding, facepainting stalls Daft for Crafts raffles, games and fun galore.

Sunday 6th November World Premiere The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean 3pm Adam Smith Theatre Shona Reppe Puppets presents a brand new highly visual show for ages 6+. Daft for Crafts at The Christmas Fair Queensferry Hotel

Monday 7th to Wednesday 9th November Christmas decoration install at Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Dunfermline.

Monday 7th to Sunday 13th November Music and Instrument promotion in event area at Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Dunfermline.

Thursday 10th November Nutrition for Children Giving your child a great start Talk for mums by Alisa Wilson of Nutritionalise 7.30pm- 8.30pm Kinross, Venue: Kinross Community Campus. Cost: £5 Call Alisa on 08896 213312 to book a place.

Friday 11th November The Presents - Carnegie hall 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm £4.50 Age 4 – 18 months.

Saturday 12th November

40 stalls bursting with quality nearly-new baby & kids clothes, toys, buggies, cots, car seats, and all the rest (0-9 yrs). Indoor markets. 0-9 Entry £1 adults. year s

Dunfermline Farmers Market Glen Gates Bridge Street Dunfermline KY12 8AQ 9am - 1pm Fame Fever! - Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes 12-3pm, Lyon Square.

Sunday 13th November

All markets 10.30 am—1.30 pm

Jack and Jill Market Glenearn Community Campus, 10:30am- 1:30pm Baby & Kids markets (0-9 years). Book a stall to sell your items, or come along to market day for great bargains. 01721 725879

Kinross-shire Music Festival A long weekend

Perth Glenearn Community Campus Dunfermline The Vine Venue

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Sun 13 Nov Sat 3 Dec

17th - 20th November

packed with live music of all styles and genres will take place in Kinross and Milnathort on 17-20 November 2011. There will also music and dance workshops for children. Try out different instruments or take part in a Glee workshop! For more information go to:

Friday 18th November Bellyeoman Parent & Toddler Group’s charity evening Christmas shopping event St Andrews Erskine Church, Robertson Road, Dunfermline. Doors Open - 7.30pm Tickets £1 on door.

Saturday 19th November Cupar Farmers’ Market Crossgate Cupar 9am -1pm Fantasia’ Family Concert Perth Concert Hall 7.30pm Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Berlioz The Carnival of the Animals, Mussorsgsky Pictures at an Exhibition KIDS GO FREE 01738 621 031 Kingsgate Grotto opening! Alhambra Panto Characters – Aladdin & Princess Jasmine will be in the Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Dunfermline.

Sat19th and Sun 20th November Dunfermline Town Centre Christmas LIVE weekend with light switch on taking place at 6pm on Sunday 20th Nov.

Sunday 20th November Glenrothes Christmas Fever Lights Switch On! Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes. Last year’s X Factor finalists Diva Fever will help get us all in the festive spirit! 1-4pm, Lyon Square. Hosted by Kingdom FM.

Monday 21st November to Thursday 24th Christmas Cash Cracker - Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes Take part in the Kingdom Centre’s Christmas Cash Cracker promotion for your chance to win a Christmas Cracker stuffed with £500 cash inside!

Thursday 24th November Make a date with Santa! Santa’s grotto in the Kingdom Shopping Centre opens Thursday 24th November 2011. Opening times: Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays 12-4pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm

Saturday 26th November Kirkcaldy Farmers Market Town Square, Wemyssfield Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XW, 9am - 1pm Umbrella Fife Arts & Crafts day. 10.30am-1.30pm

Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th November Dunfermline Art Club Exhibition in the Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Dunfermline.

Saturday 26th Nov: 9am + Sunday 27th Scottish Brass Band Festival Weekend Perth Concert Hall. Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships, Scottish Open Brass Band Championships. A great weekend of brass band music with around 40 youth bands and 17 senior bands from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland


❅ taking part. 01738 621 031

Sat 26th and Sun 27th November Fife Craft Association Craft Gala day at the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes. See page 4

Mon 28th Nov to Sun 4th November Christmas Market in the event area - Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Dunfermline each day. Daft for Crafts Workshops between 9am - 5pm each day.

December 2011 Thursday 1st December ChildLine Christmas Concert, 7.30pm, Perth Concert Hall. 01738 621 031 Late night shopping celebration evening: Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes.

Wed 30th November – Mon 26th December

See Santa Free

At Rejects. Ssssh – don’t tell everyone… But you can see Santa in his Grotto at Rejects for free between Sat 11th December until the 17th. He’ll arrive on Saturday by horse and carriage before taking up residence in the grotto. All visitors will be given free antlers and a gift. What better Christmas photo opportunity? Rejects run their free grotto to hope to raise money, by voluntary donation, for the Cash for Kids charity which is then used to help children in the Lothians and Fife.

Fri 9th December – Sat 7th January Jack and the Beanstalk Perth Theatre Fee Fi Fo Fun – get ready for an adventure of Giant proportions... 01738 621 031

Friday 9th December

Sergeant Cracker’s Christmas Quest Carnegie Hall Christmas Show 2011 A brand new, fun-filled, musical adventure. See p2 for details.

Saturday 3rd December Perth Farmers Market King Edward Street and St John’s Place, Perth, from 9am to 2pm St Andrews Farmers Market Argyle St Car Park, St Andrews, KY16 9BX, 9:00am - 1:00pm www. Jack and Jill Market Vine Church, Dunfermline, 10:30am - 1:30pm Baby & Kids markets (0-9 years). Book a stall to sell your items, or come along to market day for great bargains. 01721 725879

Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th December The Singing Kettle present Christmas Fancy Dress Party Rothes Hall Glenrothes. Christmas Fancy Dress Party

Kilgraston Christmas Carol Evening, 7pm, Perth Concert Hall Start the festive season in style and join Kilgraston School as they celebrate with a traditional family Christmas Carol Concert. KIDS GO FREE 01738 621 031

Saturday 10th December Dunfermline Farmers Market Glen Gates, Bridge Street, Dunfermline, KY12 8AQ 9am - 1pm

Sunday 11th December Christmas Community Showcase - Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes Come along and enjoy our community carnival day with loads of great local acts performing in the Centre. Rothes Square, 12-3pm. Hosted by Kingdom FM.

Wed 14th December – Sat 14th January Cinderella Adam Smith Kirkcaldy The most magical of all pantomimes. A long time ago in a land NOT very far away... Fife’s favourite Pantomime is back with an extra special Scottish retelling of the most magical of all fairy tales.

Saturday 17th December Umbrella Fife presents Storydress 10.30am, Gillespie Church Hall, Dunfermline A gentle, Christmas themed performance especially for under 5’s. Puppets, rhymes and stories for little ones, this performance is full of little surprises. Run by Ailie Finlay from the Flotsam & Jetsam Theatre Co. Perth Farmers Market King Edward Street and St John’s Place, Perth, from 9am to 2pm www. Cupar Farmers’ Market Crossgate Cupar 9am 1pm

Sunday 18th December Kirkcaldy Farmers Market Town Square, Wemyssfield Kirkcaldy KY1 1XW, 9am - 1pm The Bethlehem Experience: 3.30pm and 6pm, Perth Concert Hall. A popular and entertaining festive event with camels, costumes and carols rekindling the traditional meaning of Christmas. This event is always popular so get your tickets early to make sure there’s room at the inn for you! £3; children £1 01738 621 031

Wednesday 21st December Perth Action of Churches Together Carol Service: 7.30pm, Perth Concert Hall. Perth Action of Churches Together is a group of 26 churches and Christian communities from the Perth area who started projects such as CATH and Home Starter Packs. Join them tonight as they sing their favourite carols and share the Christmas message with one and all. Free with a collection taken for local charities www. 01738 621 031

Fri 23rd and Sat 24th December The Singing Kettle Christmas Fancy Dress Party 11am + 2pm, Perth Concert Hall. Audience participation, non-stop favourite songs and amazing costumes offer the perfect treat to get everyone in the festive spirit.www.singingkettle. com 01738 621 031

Book now for a magical Christmas treat!

Fife’s favourite Pantomime is back with an extra-special Scottish re-telling of the most magical of all fairy tales.

Wed 14 December – Sat 14 January Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy 01592 583302

A brand new, fun-filled musical adventure packed with laughter, songs, magic and excitement!

Wed 30 November – Mon 26 December Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline 01383 602302

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18th & 24th December 10am-11.30am All you can eat & drink buffet breakfast £7.99 per family (1 adult & 2 kids) (£2 per additional child) Plus gift and play – Bring Your Camera! BOOKINGS ONLY

 Celebrate the bells at the Fun Factory! Enjoy a seasonal 3 course Hogmanay dinner, followed by a disco, with a Piper at the Bells.

   THE CROOKED GLEN

Under 5s eat FREE, Ages 5-12 £14.99/£9.99

Brewers Fayre, Fife Leisure Park, KY11 8EX Tel: 01383 840070

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Saturday 12th November FAME FEVER!

Talent show hosted by Kingdom FM. 3 finalists will go on to perform ahead of Diva Fever at the Lights Switch on with the winner receiving £500 cash! 12-3pm, Lyon Square.

Sunday 20th November CHRISTMAS FEVER LIGHTS SWITCH ON! Last year’s X Factor finalists Diva Fever will help get us all in the festive spirit! 1-4pm, Lyon Square. Hosted by Kingdom FM.

21st November – 24th December

Make a date with Santa

From Thursday 24th November Santa’s grotto in the Kingdom Shopping Centre opens Thursday 24th November 2011. Opening times: Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays 12-4pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm


Kick starting the Thursday late night shopping evenings. Hosted by Kingdom FM with special guest entertainers, 3-7pm.


CHRISTMAS CASH CRACKER Take part in the Kingdom Centre’s Christmas Cash Cracker promotion for your chance to win a Christmas Cracker stuffed with £500 cash inside! Pick up a loyalty card from the Information Desk or download one from, and for every 8 visits with purchase you can enter into our prize draw!

Come along and enjoy our community talent showcase with loads of great local acts performing in the Centre. Rothes Square, 12-3pm. Hosted by Kingdom FM.

Festive Opening Times We are open until 8pm every Thursday from the 1st-22nd of December to ensure that you have lots of time to do your Christmas shopping. Follow us on

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