Tuesday 11 February 2020

Outdoor Sea Pool - Exciting Times Ahead

After 6 years of hard work the pool project is now moving forward and we are Happy to say we have put in for planning permission, marine licence and have had the application for the common good successfully go through at Dundee Sheriff Court.   This week we have sent out Tender letters to various companies to see who would like to tender for the work.  So all going to plan we should start in April/May 2020.

What else is happening
We are absolutely delighted to have 83 Glasgow school of Art (Architect) students coming on the 21st of February 2020 to listen to a talk on the pool developments and the history of the pool.  The students will also go down to the pool (maybe have a swim) and get ideas to put together mock drawings on the pool and future projects.  This is exciting to be able to collaborate with the students and support them in their work.

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Pittenweem Pool and Fife Leader Funding

Yesterday the project received word that we have been successful in our application for funding from Fife Leader. Combined with funds the project has raised itself and money pledged by Fife Environment Trust, this means the restoration plan for the pool is fully funded and will be going ahead soon.

This is wonderful news for Pittenweem, as it will provide a unique and valuable facility for locals and visitors to enjoy, as well as attracting tourists to the area.

Below is a statement from David Thomson, Chair of The West Braes Project 07/05/2019:

"On behalf of the West Braes Project I would just like to announce that we have today received confirmation from Fife Leader that we have secured the final amount of funding needed to start the restoration of our beloved Pool project. The final amount from Fife Leader will be £218000 along with the £50000 already secured from Fife Environment Trust and £2000 coming from The West Braes Project. This gives us the £270000 needed for the project.

Many people from Pittenweem will never of heard of John Addison but I would like to take this opportunity to say a few words about him. John has been at the forefront of this for the last few years as our specialist in structural engineering. When we contacted John 3 years ago he jumped at the chance to work with the community to restore the pool as he had great vision in seeing it restored. John had worked on the pool for the last few years helping us secure the different funding pots needed to proceed with the project and attended meetings travelling down from his home near Banff at no cost to the project to help push through this last piece of funding. It is with great sadness that John passed away a few weeks ago just before our funding deadline. We were all devastated at the loss to the project but this made us even more determined to push on and succeed in John's memory.

I would also like to thank each and everyone of our volunteers who has had a hand in the process especially Bill and Pam Watson, Nicola Thomson, Caroline Blackler , Lynne Steen and Alison Graham. Also a big thank you to all who support the project.

Also councillors Bill Porteous and John Docherty."

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Sensory Garden Public Consultation 2019

The West Braes Project would like to invite you to come along and have your say on what you would like to see in our community Sensory Garden at the West Braes Park.

  • View provisional plans and projected costings
  • Have your say
  • Volunteer to join the Sensory Garden Team! (Are you good with design, do you have green fingers, or you interested on helping out?)

We need your input to make this a Sensory Garden that meets the needs of everyone!

Tea and coffee will be provided

Saturday 26th January 2019 and Sunday 27th January 2019 12:00 - 16:00

Church Hall, Pittenweem KY10 2QN

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Monday 14 January 2019

The West Braes Charity Auction

Charity Auction/Online Bids

Up date:

Huge thank you to Everyone who supported our charity auction on Saturday Evening. It was a huge success. We are Currently sitting at over £2000 raised so far which is fantastic.

You Can Still bid online till the 1st March on the following Lots:

  • Phil Jupitus Qi Tickets - You and a friend get yourself to London where Phil will arrange to meet you and take you to the BBC recording studio to watch QI being filmed. You will go to the green room and meet other celebrities taking part in the show.  This is a rare chance to be a guest for the evening with Phil Jupitus.  (Travel/Accommodation not included) Film dates to be confirmed by Phil.   Highest Bid so far £220

  • Phil Jupitus Brunch - Phil will discuss with the winner what they would like him to cook for brunch and he will supply the ingredients and come to your home and cook for you and up to 3 friends.  (East Fife Area only).  Highest Bid so far £300

  • Microlight Flight by Jim Crosby- You will meet Jim at Perth Airport in Scotland and Jim will take you  up in his microlight to where you have discussed with him you would like to fly.  This is a unique opportunity to see part of Scotland from the sky and take Photographs from the air. Dates are flexible and can be discussed with Jim.  Highest Bid so far £100

  • Original Painting by Donald M Shearer - Dated 1975. - Painting is valued at between £300 - £500 so a reserve of £250 has been placed on this painting.

If you would like to place a bid for any of the items above get in touch with us by:
thewestbraesproject@gmail.com or by Facebook @ TheWestBraes

Happy Bidding!!!!

Monday 7 January 2019

West Braes Auction 2019

The West Braes Project wish to invite you to our 2019 Auction!

Date: 12th January 2019

Time: 7.00-10.00 pm (Doors open at 6.30)

Where: Church Hall, James Street, Pittenweem

Bring your own bottle and Live Music by David Behrens

Link to PDF of Leaflet

Come along to our auction and bid on some fantastic auction lots. 

You can also bid online if you can’t make it. Just send us your maximum bid, and we'll bid for you. Message us on Facebook (@TheWestBraes) or email thewestbraesproject@gmail.com.
Online Bids need to be received by 17:00 on 12th January. Any items that do not meet their reserve will then run until 1st March 2019.

1. Qi Ticket - Get yourself to London and be Phill Jupitus guest for the day.
2. Brunch for 4 in your own home cooked by Phill Jupitus (East Fife Area Only)
3. Microlight flight from Perth Airport courtesy of Jim Crosby.
4. 2 x Cinema Passes for NPH Cinema St.Andrews.
5. Family Pass for Dynamic Earth Edinburgh: (2 adults and 3 children).
6. 2 x All day wrist bands for M&D's Theme Park.
7. Four Ball at Elie Golf Course.
8. Four Ball at Anstruther Golf Course.
9. Lunch and drink for two at The Clocktower Cafe, Pittenweem.
10. £30 Voucher for The Dory Bistro, Pittenweem.
11. £15 voucher for Hams Hame St. Andrews.
12. A  voucher for guided tour from head brewer and 6x bottles of beer & bottle opener afterwards  from Ovenstone brewery 109.
13. Complementary Therapy voucher for BWELL WITH ALISON - Pittenweem.
14. Shellac Nail Treatment at Get Nailed, Anstruther.
15. Hair voucher for £50 @ Halo Hairdressers, Anstruther.
16. Painting by Marlene Patrick.

17. Painting by Sheila Mitchell.

18.Aurora Print by David Thomson
19. Print of Pittenweem by Andrew Graham

20. A Donald M Shearer Painting - donated by Janice Christianson

A painting by one of Scotland's favourite landscape artists

21. Watercolour Painting of Pittenweem Pool by local artist Caroline Blackler

The image is 7.5 x 9.5 inches and the cream mount is cut to 11 x 14 inches. The item comes mounted, backed and wrapped in cellophane.

22. Eden Mill Table Lamp from The Pop In, Pittenweem.
23. Tour for two at Darnley's Gin Distillery, Kingsbarns.
24. Framed print by Tim Cockburn.

25. Celtic Knot x3 Stained Glass by Graham Steen. (Auctioned Separately.)
26. £15 voucher for The Cocoa Tree, Pittenweem.
27. Voucher for The Iron Lady - Basket up to 25 items
28. Voucher for weekend stay for 2 @ https://www.facebook.com/Madeira-In-Fife-529723680423330/
29. Voucher for £25.00 @ http://www.dreeltavern.co.uk/. Booking Advised.
30. 3 Months Gym Membership @https://www.stuartbartonphysiotherapy.com/gym-facilities/ Valued at £75.00).
31.Mounted Print of The Reaper by J. Mackinnon
32.Meal for 4 with bottle of wine @ The Larachmhor Tavern
33. Lunch for 2 @ Funky Scottish Cafe
34. Main Meal for 2 @ Around - Cupar Golf Club (Craig Trewern)

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Tuesday 14 November 2017

Public Consultation on the Restoration of Pittenweem Pool


As plans have developed for the Restoration of Pittenweem Pool, we have been involving the public through surveys and discussions. 

The weekend of the 18th-19th November 2017, we will be at the Old Men's Club (The Gyles Centre) The Gyles, Pittenweem, inviting the public to come in and see the plans, ask questions and provide feedback.

Please pop into see us, have a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit, have a look at the plans, and make sure you have your say on the plans for the restoration of Pittenweem Pool.

We want to get your feedback and hear your ideas about what you'd like to see happen.

You can also find out about further opportunities to get involved.

The Gyles Centre, Pittenweem

Saturday 18th November 11am - 5pm
Sunday 19th November 12pm - 4pm

John Addison and Krystyna Pytasz of John Addison Conservation and Design, Edinburgh, will be available to chat to and ask questions on the plans.

Hope to see you all there.