The AGM will take place by Zoom on 23rd March 2021 at 7pm. Login details for Zoom will be in the papers sent out with the 2020 Annual Report. We have booked additional bandwidth, so all of us will be able to join our virtual AGM. Members wishing to ask questions will be asked to submit them 7 days in advance.
Because of COVID-19 our usual series of visits has been postponed, as have our plans celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Society. All will be resumed in due course. You can see below some of the visits members have undertaken in recent years.
First of all I do hope that you have managed to keep well during this very unsettled period.
As with so many organisations our plans for this year have had to be put on hold. Our planned AGM in Earlsferry Town Hall had to be called off. At that meeting you would have been asked to elect Jane Forbes who is standing as Secretary of the Society in succession to Maia Sheridan who has stood down after giving a great many years of service. Jane has therefore been co-opted into this position and will stand for formal election at next year’s AGM. We will also ask you to approve the accounts for 2019 (which were circulated in the Annual Report). Our next AGM will also be an opportunity for us all to thank Maia for her outstanding work.
Professor Ian Bradley had agreed to speak after the meeting and I hope very much that he will be able to do so next year.
Unfortunately our visit to Sandford House had to be postponed and we hope that this can be re-arranged for 2021; we also have plans for a visit to Largo which should have taken place this year.
2021 will be an important year for the Society as it will be our 60th anniversary and we have plans for a summer reception which Jane and Graham Forbes have very kindly offered to host in the garden of the The Priory, Pittenweem. Let’s hope that by then we are able to hold larger gatherings.
The committee met recently by Zoom and will be doing so again in early September and below are some key points:
Anstruther – it was noted that the current Life Boat Station is the subject of two planning applications. The existing Station is to be demolished and although it is one of only two in the country it is not listed. The Society has objected to its demolition and hopes that it might be retained within the new plans. Very favourable comments have been made about the restoration of the old Smugglers Inn development.
Cellardyke and Kilrenny – an application has been made to demolish Backfield Cottage, Cornceres. Whilst we are not objecting to this it was noted that the building is of historical note as it marks the spot where a bomb was dropped in World War 2.
Kilconquhar and Colinsburgh – the recently restored Kinneuchar Inn is now open and has been receiving a good deal of press coverage.
Elie and Earlsferry – the Society has submitted an objection to the proposed development at the site of the former telephone exchange. Our objections were on the grounds of access. It was noted that SEPA has withdrawn their objections to the proposed developments at Wadeslea and the Grange.
Landward – the new golf course at Dumbarnie Links is now open and receiving excellent reviews.
Largo and Lundin Links – Largo Communities Together is working to restore the historic pier which has been deteriorating for a number of years. The wall at Largo and Newburn parish church has not yet been restored although materials are now in place and it is to be hoped that work will be done before the winter.
Pittenweem – the West Braes project has been approved with various conditions. This exciting development will see the restoration of the open air sea pool, including the restoration and upgrade of access routes and balustrades and the re-profiling of banking.
St Monans – it was noted that some re-painting and re-tiling had been carried out within the conservation area and all to be commended.
Milestones – it has been noted that a number of these are missing their ‘caps’ and the Society has asked Fife Council about this.
The Treasurer reported that the Society’s finances were in good shape.
I am so sorry that we have not been able to meet this year and want to say how much we value your support. And do please remember that we are always keen to hear of any projects which might need the Society’s support.
Finally – if you would like to become involved in the work of the Society do please get in touch with me. We are always in need of help and of people who feel that they would like to assist the Society as it goes forward for, hopefully, another sixty years.
Next Committee Meeting will be at 7pm on Tuesday 20 Augustl 2019
If you wish to send comments or questions for discussion by the Committee, please send these to your local Representative.
Visits for members 2019
Pittenweem Priory 1st June 2019 at 3pm.
Elie 7th September 2019. Meet at 1:30pm at Wynd House, Rankeillor Street, KY9 1DJ.
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Visit to Pittenweem Priory was held 1st June 2019 .
Visit to Wester Balcormo, by Upper Largo KY8 5QF was held on Saturday 6th October 2018.
A chance to view this house which was constructed in recent years.
Guided tour of St Athernase Church, Leuchars, KY16 0EL
was held on Saturday 26th May 2018 at 3pm
This is the best preserved Romanesque parish church in Scotland according to Professor John R Hume, though the nave was replaced in the nineteenth century. It displays remarkable exterior decoration in the form of blind arcading while inside chevron decorated arches draw the eye to the apse and beyond. Many mason's marks can be seen, of which several are identical to some in Durham cathedral. Distinctive corbels of human and animal form are found inside the apse and in a course outside the chancel.
Visit to the gardens of Wormistoune House, by Crail KY10 3XH
was held on Saturday 30th June 2018 at 3pm
By permission of Baron and Lady Wormistoune
The gardens and grounds have been painstakingly restored over the last 20 years. The walled garden is a series of ‘rooms’ including a wildlife meadow, productive potager, magical Griselinia garden, wildlife ponds and rill and recently planted mid and late season perennial borders. We will be given an introductory talk by Head Gardener Katherine Taylor. The visit will conclude with drinks and canapés.
It is also open to the public on other occassions
Wormistoune is 1 ½ miles north of Crail by the A917 Crail/ St Andrews road.
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The 58th Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 26th March 2019 It was followed by an illustrated talk by James McCallum on Wormistoune House.
2018: The Annual General Meeting 2018 was held on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at Kellie Castle. Our speaker was David Jones, leading furniture historian speaking on Mackintosh’s Regional Influences. David Jones is an expert on Scottish furniture and partly retired lecturer in Art History at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of The Edinburgh Cabinet and Chair Makers’ Books of Prices 1805-25 (2000) and editor of the journal Regional Furniture.
Autumn Newsletter 2017
Summer Visit - Balcaskie
On Saturday 4 July 2015 at 3.00 pm, the summer visit of the Society was made to Balcaskie Estate, St Monans.
Twenty eight members of the Society enjoyed a memorable visit.
Toby Anstruther proved a genial host and gave a brief history of Balcaskie.
The torrential rain of the morning gave way to a glorious afternoon in time for the visit.
There was a conducted tour of house but with ample time to explore the terraced gardens which are aligned to the Bass Rock.
Balcaskie was built before 1629 and was the home of Sir William Bruce, Architect, from 1665. In 1698 it became the home of the Anstruther Family.
Balcaskie July 2015
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Even Older Items
Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plans
Anstruther Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan - Text Only
DRAFT Cellardyke Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan
Colinsburgh Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan on Fife Council Web Site.
ELIE & EARLSFERRY CONSERVATION AREA APPRAISAL and CONSERVATION AREA MANAGEMENT PLAN
Kilconquhar Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan
Lower Largo Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan
Pittenweem Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan
St Monans Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan on Fife Council's web site from 24 June2013.
Upper Largo Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan
For Appraisal of other Fife Conservation Areas or to ensure you have the latest version, see the Fife Council web site Click here.
(Some of these files are large and may take some time to download)
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Visit to Balgonie Castle
Sunday 25th September 2011
The ENFPS visited BalgonieCastle near Markinch by kind permission of the Laird, Lady and Younger of Balgonie. Members were given a guided tour by the Laird. The visit was arranged by John Beaton. Click here
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50th Anniversary Summer Reception at Balcarres.
10th June 2011
The Society's 50th anniversary celebrations continued on Friday 10th June with a Summer Reception hosted by Lord and Lady Balniel at Balcarres, Colinsburgh. It was a fine Summer's evening and about 100 members enjoyed canapés and wine on the top terrace of Balcarres' wonderful garden.
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AGM and 50th Anniversary March 2011 Click here
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