A mammoth fundraising effort during 2016 raised sufficient funds to adopt the disused village telephone box, purchase and install a defibrillator for the village
Since the village shop closed in 2016 the Community Association has been exploring the possibility of running it as a community enterprise.
Maintained by community volunteers, the herb garden provides a free source of common and not so common herbs for culinary and medicinal uses.
Every year a dedicated group of volunteers plant and maintain plots and planters around the village, making it a beautiful place to stay or visit.
There's a lot goes on in the village despite its small size. Here are some of the regular and occasional events in the last year:
|Childrens' Christmas Party||Film Nights|
|Seniors' Christmas Lunch||Book Club|
|Seniors' Bus Trip||Keep Fit Classes|
|Village Fete||Dancing Classes|
|Lollipop Race||Gym Classes|
|Author Evenings||Coffee Club|
For full details about all of the above events, please click HERE
Look out for full details of upcoming events in the Village Noticeboard, here on the website Latest News and Upcoming Events sections.
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We've done it! Well done Dunshalt, and specially members of the Shop Committee. The final grant application to Leader was approved last week, and building work should begin within the next few weeks. Shop open for summer........
Dog fouling is once again becoming a serious problem in the village. The Community Association has recieved numerous complaints of dog mess left on pavements around the village, and in particular in the play park. Whilst so many villagers give of their time to make and keep the village a clean and tidy place it is disappointing that a few irresponsible dog owners who refuse to pick up their dog's mess can do so much to undermine this. It is particularly disconcerting to see frequent fouling in the play park near the play equipment which is used regularly by children of all ages. Bags and bins are readily available in the village, so there is really no excuse for not clearing up.
The Association has invited the Community Dog Warden to attend a future meeting to discuss the issue, but the quickest answer is for anyone witnessing this behaviour to report the dog / owner directly (see details below) or indirectly through any member of the Community Association.
Dog owners have a legal duty to clean up every time their dog fouls in a public place. It is an offence if you do not clean up after your dog and may result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80.
To report dog fouling
Click Report Dog Fouling and complete the relevant details.
Telephone - 03451 550022
Many older maps have now become available online, and a study of maps of Dunshalt dating back to 1636 provides a fascinating insight into the development of the village over almost 400 years. Of particular interest is how the name of the village itself has changed over that period, appearing variously as Dunshalt, Dunshelt, Denshelt, Dunshill and Dunsherley.
It is interesting to note how the eventual draining of Rossie Loch in 1805 changed life in the Howe of Fife. Prior to that the entire area between what is now Dunshalt and Falkland is marked out as Falkland Park(e), clearly a hunting playground for Palace residents. The River Eden of this period also meandered over large areas, indicating water moving slowly over an undrained landscape. The exit of Rossie Loch to the River Eden is also shown much nearer to Wester Kilwhiss, so perhaps local references to a harbour in the village refer to traffic on this slow moving water course and into Rossie Loch, which was reported at the time to be 'abounding with pyke and perch'..........
The table HERE provides easy links to (almost) all the available maps, both in snippet (the small area surrounding the village) and full map forms.
The Share Offer proved an outstanding success, with 225 people contributing a total of £31,770. Share certificates have now been printed and distributed to shareholders.
Discussions are currently taking place with the Post Office Network Operations Manager to discuss the re-introduction of a Post Office counter in the new shop.
Prince's Countryside Trust
We've just heard that we've been awarded £25,000 by the Prince's Countryside Trust. This will contribute to the fitting out of the shop and staffing costs.
Fife Council has approved the Building Warrant application for the extension and refurbishment of the shop. A contractor has been identified and work should start soon.
The Leader funding team have asked for further clarification on a number of issues. This is now the final hurdle before work can begin.
Following the loss of the dance and fitness classes disappointed participants have taken up the challenge and started the DIY Dance and Fitness Club. Run by members using DVD and the Hall's audio visual system (DVD player, projector, amplifier and speakers), the group meets at 4pm every Thursday and is already proving a great success. Keep fit, great fun, no travel - what more to ask!