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St Andrews in focus • shopping • eating • events • town/gown • people and more

From the Editor Home for me is St Andrews. I’ve asked many different people what it is about this town that draws us all so strongly. Is it the kindness of its citizens? Is it the sense of its long history? Is it the architecture (when you can see it behind the cars!)? Is it the sea, with the mountains calling on the horizon? Or the green fields all around? It must surely be some magical, harmonious combination of all these things. Change can’t be stopped, any more than the tides; nor is it desirable. But it can and should be sensitive, gradual change, in tune with the spirit of place, and the wishes of its citizens. Alas, bureaucracy is immune to all that. Money and directives rule. All the more reason we should support that brave St Andrean, who cares about the town with every fibre of her being, and who, on her own initiative, has lodged a Legal Challenge in an effort to prevent St Andrews being transformed into just another grey industrial zone attached to an historical theme park and a university. Can people power work here? I think we should give it a try, wouldn’t you agree? Let’s make 2010 the year we all unite together for this town we love. Let’s make it truly a Happy New Year for all of us!! Flora Selwyn

******** The views expressed elsewhere in this magazine are not necessarily those of the Editor. JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2010 EDITOR Flora Selwyn Tel: 01334 472375 Email: DESIGNER University of St Andrews Reprographics Unit PRINTER Trendell Simpson DISTRIBUTER Elspeth’s of Guardbridge PUBLISHER (address for correspondence) Local Publishing (Fife) Ltd., PO Box 29210, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9YZ. Tel: 01334 472375 Email: SUBSCRIPTIONS St Andrews in Focus is published 6 times a year. Subscriptions for 6 issues are: £12.50 in the UK (post & packing included). Please send cheques to: Local Publishing (Fife) Ltd., PO Box 29210, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9YZ. £22 overseas (post and packing included). Please use PayPal account: NOTE: please pay with a Personal Bank Account, as credit cards incur a 3.9% charge. REGISTERED IN SCOTLAND: 255564 THE PAPER USED IS 80% RECYCLED POST-CONSUMER WASTE


Contents FEATURES • Toonspot • Bletchley Park Veteran • The Light • Sandy Rutherford at 91 • Solution to Cee’s crossword • Harry Anquetil • Reviews – The Ball Game – We Waved to the Baker • Return to Labrador

ORGANISATIONS • Help for Heroes • Clifford Hughes – congratulations! • Jazzercise • Meditation • Launch of Partnership SHOPS & SERVICES • Safeguards for taxpayers • Chris of Bridges Butchers • From behind the counter • Towry Law in St Andrews • Roving Reporter

TOWN/GOWN • Student volunteering • Past, Present, Future • East coast town of Poetry

EVENTS • Purple Pinkie Week • The Cambo Estate • The World of Frank Buckland • Selected Events

OUT AND ABOUT • Horticultural Achiever • Fife Heritage Paths • Environmental News • The Botanic Garden’s St Andrews Sunday

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NEXT ISSUE – Mar/Apr 2010 COPY DEADLINE: STRICTLY 28 JANUARY All contributions welcome. The Editor reserves the right to publish copy according to available space. ‘An Eye for Detail’ – Cover image and photography by Helios Internet Systems of St Andrews (Website design and internet services) Tel. 01334 472 081

Pier Wall 1. Millers Knitwear, Church Street 2. Byre Theatre, Abbey Street 3. The Raisin 4. Gargoyle on the south side of Holy Trinity Church in Church Square 5. Owl above portico, south side of South Street, opposite Psyche’s Garden 6. Gargoyle on the south side of Holy Trinity Church in Church Square 7. Carving below gargoyles on the south side of Holy Trinity Church in Church Square 8. Byre Theatre, Abbey Street 9. Entrance at the junction of Hope Street/Market Street


DESIGNER University of St Andrews Reprographics Unit JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2010 PUBLISHER (address for correspondence) Local Publishing (Fife)...

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