As this is written preparations for Christmas and New Year are well under way in the village.
Last Saturday all the school age children in the village enjoyed Christmas parties, with Santa dropping in on his travels.
Thanks to the benevolence of the Ferguson Trust every older villager has once again received their £10 Christmas present, and they’re all now looking forward to Christmas lunch on Sunday 13th January.
The Hogmany Boogie will see out the old year and usher in the new, which we hope will be a happy and prosperous one for the village. The highlight of the year ahead promises to be the re-opening of the village shop, which everyone is looking forward to with great anticipation.
From further afield we’ve had an enquiry from Mark Cranston who operates a website and archive devoted to the history of brick manufacturing in Scotland. Find it at www.scottishbrickhistory.co.uk.
Wishing all our readers and everyone in the village a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.
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.
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!
Fife Council have confirmed that additional traffic calming measures are to be installed in the village and this will happen over the coming months. Fife Police have also been promoting the Community Speedwatch initiative, and eight villagers have volunteered to be trained in time for next summer.
The village playpark is beginning to look a bit tired and the first steps have been taken for it to receive a facelift. An initial meeting with Fife Council proved very positive and over the coming months there will be a series of events to allow villagers of all ages to contribute to plans.
Great news recently received that once again the village has retained it's Silver Gilt status. Many thanks and congratulations are due to our team of volunteers who plant, maintain and repair all the flower beds and planters in all weathers throughout the year. The judges this year were particularly impressed by the involvement of young people in the chimney pot painting and we will be looking at other opportnities for their involvement next year.
Could this be from Dunshalt Brick and Tile?