Royal Burgh of Kinghorn - for residents and visitors alike

See the attached poster for details of how the Club works and how it helps our Community Centre.

Press releases from RNLI Press Officer:

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteers have had another record-breaking year at their annual Halloween Spooky Walks, however they were called out just hours later on a rescue mission.

The annual Spooky Walks, now in their seventh year, were the most spectacular on record, with a record-breaking £2,463 raised for RNLI funds and new features such as a maze and spooky stories.The money raised will be spent equipping the station with new lifejackets, due on station in January 2012.

Twenty spooky walks took place over three nights with nearly 400 people taken on tours of Kinghorn’s dark past.

Lifeboat helmsman Keith Hay continues, “We have been overwhelmed with the success of the Spooky Walks this year. We have raised another record sum, and this year the money will be spent on new lifejackets for the station.

“These new lifejackets have been designed for the RNLI, and will provide our volunteer crews with the best equipment to keep them safe and help them carry out their lifesaving work.

“I would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who supported us, as well as all the lifeboat crew, fundraisers and friends who helped in the preparation and running of this very successful event. We will now start planning for next year’s walks, to make them even better!”

The lifeboat crew had little rest though; the lifeboat was called out just after 5am on Sunday morning to assist with an incident near Leith docks, where a distressed male was spotted on the western breakwater. The lifeboat stood by for around an hour, until the person was taken into the care of the police.

The lifeboat fundraising committee are now making preparations for a Christmas Shopping event, which is being hosted by the Kingswood Hotel, on Friday 11th November. Proceeds from this event will also go towards the new lifejackets, which are to cost around £4000. Tickets for the event are available from the Kingswood Hotel, Kinghorn Community centre and the Dragon’s Den.

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat Fundraising Branch and the local Kingswood Hotel completed their Christmas Shopping on Friday 11th November, raising over £3,351.00 for Kinghorn lifeboat in the process.

The Kingswood Hotel owners Kathryn and Rankin Bell decided to celebrate 25 years at the hotel with an exciting shopping event, in aid of the RNLI.

The hotel hosted a Christmas shopping event, with 17 stalls offering a wide variety of gifts including jewellery, handbags, beauty products, chocolates, handmade gifts, and children’s party clothing. There was also flower arranging demonstrations and a raffle.

Kinghorn lifeboat fundraising committee member, Gina Fisher said, “We were delighted when the Kingswood approached us looking to host an event for the RNLI. The shopping evening was a hugely successful event, attended by over 200 people.

“The hotel provided all guests with a glass of wine and a selection of beautiful canapés. A star prize of dinner, bed and breakfast at the hotel was also won by a lucky guest.

“We had a magnificent response from everyone who attended, with many glowing compliments.

“The funds raised at this event will go towards new lifejackets for the crew at Kinghorn. These new lifejackets are being introduced across the whole country, and have been designed by the RNLI and the manufacturer. They have incorporated new design features which will aid volunteer crewmembers at sea.

”We must thank the Bell’s for their generosity with hosting this event, they put a huge effort in, and making the evening the great success it was.”

The next fundraising event will be the Christmas fayre, which will be held on Saturday 26th November in Kinghorn Church hall.

The bonfire rose high in the sky Fireworks display by 21cc Fireworks Fireworks display by 21cc Fireworks

More than 8000 people, families in the main, turned up for the annual event on 5th November on the Links in Burntisland.  The weather was ideal and the fire roared into massive shapes in the flames.  A great time had by all.

It is a massive thanks to the many volunteers from Kinghorn who helped to steward the event and make it such a success.  I do not know how many Kinghorn families went, but the crowd was from everywhere - Edinburgh to Leven and even Australia.

See the News page.

Kinghorn Loch Users Group

We are presently undertaking a number of projects to improve the ecology of the loch.  

This year there has been no blooms of blue-green algae on the loch at all. Last year there was a strange little occurrence of a globular blue-green algae in October but not this year.  Since the mid nineteen nineties, when blooms were rife, the treatment of the loch using six rafts of barley straw, the problem has decreased steadily.  The increased sunlight reaching the sediment has encouraged rooted weed which deprives the algae of the nutrients it requires.  So now we have a lot of peripheral weed growth and clear water.

This winter we are going to build two floating nesting islands for the to give the swans secure nesting.  

Let us know if you would like to help.  There is lots to do, so come and help.

Pathways Group

The Pathways Group is entering an exciting time, in conjunction with Alcan, to improve the Rodanbraes Pathway which was opened up last year.

The group will be surveying the path to see if the path can become one of a rare few disabled accessible pathways in Fife.  This would allow wheelchair and other walkers to experience the wonderful views that abound on this path.  There is more clearance to do and we intend to put in grassy picnic areas and a more formal picnic area near the top.  The intention is to put in signage and interpretation boards for the flora and fauna and also for the volcanic geology of hundreds of millions of years ago and the more recent ice age  landform.

There is a lot to do so if you would like to help please let us know.

Edinburgh and Pentland Hills from Rodanbraes pathway Swan on Kinghorn Loch

What do you know about St Leonard, the patron saint of Kinghorn and its Royal Burgh status dating from the thirteenth century?  See the History page on St Leonard.