Opening of the Town Hall after renovation
Bronze freeze on the Alexander III monument
Kinghorn’s association with ancient kings is well known and bestowed it as an ‘Royal and Ancient Burgh’. Kinghorn held this status proudly for over 800 years until Regionalisation was introduced in 1973. The status was lost for reasons we do not understand. Places like David 1st Street, Queen Margaret Street and Alexander III Street all refer to Kinghorn’s long and important past, and of course there is the memorial to Alexander III which looks over Pettycur Bay where he fell to his death when returning to his Queen who was in Kinghorn.
Over last year, a group of local residents, together with the Historical Society, have gained popular support for Kinghorn to have the title of Royal Burgh reinstated. They took their petition to the Community Council who agreed to support it. All parties met with Kirkcaldy Area Committee of Fife Council and it was agreed that Kinghorn should have new signage to recognise its important past.
The Lord Lyon has now granted the change of name for the Community Council to be known as The Royal Burgh of Kinghorn Community Council Kinghorn and Fife Council has altered the road signage to include the Royal Burgh designation.
This fully funded project received planning consent in November 2012 and by March 2013 Fife Council had agreed to project manage the build, requiring only the signatures of the community council. The opportunity was there to proceed apace with this wonderful project. However, inexcusable prevarication by the community council now means that the project is not likely to proceed.
The planning application had been held up for two years while the stability of the cliff face was investigated but those concerns (relating to the viewpoint) are resolved. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has proven to be keen on this development within the geological SSSI and so is Fife Council Community Services. The service is now keen to see the viewpoint built and the whole area finished (they completed the steps in the earlier phase).
Our busy year continues with a lot of good work already completed on the upgrade of the Rodanbraes path. In June, a valiant group of friends willingly turned up over two weeks to clear and lay the disabled section at the path. This is nearing completion with the installation of a very smart bridge. It is hoped that a wooden troll can be carved to guard the bridge and add an element of mystery and fun for youngsters. This is our biggest project to date, and I would like to express thanks to the landowners, funders and Friends for their continued help and support. The Rotary Club of Burntisland and Kinghorn have gifted the Trust an attractive seat to go on this pathway, so once everything is in place it will be a lovely place to visit and relax.
Kinghorn Loch Users Group (KLUG) continues to thrive. Since 2003 the management group has worked with loch users to improve the environment for wildlife, sailors, canoeists, carp fishermen, bird watchers, open water swimmers and all visitors to the loch, so everyone can continue to enjoy this wonderful area.
The Walking Group goes from strength to strength and has done fortnightly walks this season. Walks have included the Grangehill and Banchory Circuits, the Binn hill and an excellent walk via Banchory Farm and Tyrie and returning by the Coastal Path.
The walking programme will continue next year and the Trust will welcome new people to come along and join this happy group. We would particularly like to hear from anyone who would like to lead walks from time to time.
A new edition of our highly successful Pathways booklet with all the walks around Kinghorn and the surrounding area is being printed and will be available soon.
For information on organised walks please see the website: www.CraigencaltTrust.org.uk.
CRCT thanks the Rotary Club of Burntisland and Kinghorn for the
gift of this beautiful bench to be placed
The Burnside Path which was upgraded by Trust volunteers during the cold, snowy weather in March, continues to be appreciated by walkers and cyclists. The extension work to the Burnside Path that crosses the main road, now comes out at the sluice beside the loch and should be completed very soon. This will provide a safe route from Kinghorn to the lochside which we believe will prove a big asset to folk. We have already received very positive feedback from walkers and runners. Making our information board at the lochside, with a map of walks in and around Kinghorn is progressing well and should look very nice once installed. This will be in place soon and our flower cards, booklets and other information will be on display.
For all the latest visit www.craigencalttrust.org.uk
Birdwatching After a long winter, summer brought much activity to Kinghorn Loch and Danny Wallace who carries out regular bird surveys, reported a large number of nests on land and water, which produced juvenile Great Tit, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Robin and Blackbird. While Swallows swooped over the water snatching flies, on the water there were record numbers of young Mallard ducklings, Coot and (for those who looked hard) you could also spot Great Crested Grebes and a brood or two of Tufted Duck. Now the Swallows have left for the warmer climate of Africa for the winter. Over the winter there will always be a variety of birds to observe and a walk up to the bird hide always adds interest to a walk by the loch.
If you wish to support the aims of Craigencalt Rural Community Trust ( CRCT) and be involved either as a volunteer helper or as a supporter, then become a Friend of the Trust. Contact Richard on 01592 872852 or email info@CraigencaltTrust.org.uk
Newsletter of CRCT, October 2013.
|Gibson Golf Clubs|
|From Celtic Origins|