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The work of the Trust is supported by ‘Friends of CRCT’.  It you would like to consider becoming a Friend of the Trust, click here for a Friends Information Brochure and please fillin and return the application form for consideration.

Work days building ‘Woodland Rise’ path, but it is not all hard work; the seal pup count on Inchkeith.

The annual ‘Come & Try’ Day held in May and open to all.

Would you like to become a Friend of CRCT:

Study the Information Brochure.

Please fill in and return the application for consideration.

A poem inspired by a very busy Sunday at Craigencalt and Kinghorn Loch in mid-January (2018) in the ice and the snow.

A walk up Rodanbraes

Walking up Rodanbraes

On a snowy winters day

A dedicated jogger

Slipping along his way

Two ladies amble by

Sipping their hot coffee

Wrapped against the bitter cold

Enjoying what they see

Three boys swinging

On a rope from a tree

Noisy and immune to cold

Swinging high and free

Four mountain bikers

Fly down Woodland Rise

Easily gripping the frozen ground

Beneath the snow-filled skies

Five racing bikers

Swiftly leave the ridge

The friendly troll, smoking his pipe

Beneath his homely bridge

Six couples with their dogs

Chatting as they go

They do this walk often

But not in freezing snow

See seven goldfinches

Munching at the seed

Hear soaring buzzards, mewing,

Keeping warm is their need

Eight dogs sniffing in the snow

Their noses find snowdrops

Silly gorse with yellow flowers,  

Icy crystals on their tops

Nine birders in the hide

Big lenses set to go

Snapping the kingfisher’s every move

On twigs coated in snow

Ten times two out in skiffs

Brave the freezing loch

Breaking through the creaking ice

The bow takes the shock

Not a breath of wind

And a café on the way

A treat for all at Craigencalt

On a snowy winters day

By Sian Edwards

January 2018

The ‘Friends of CRCT’ are vital to the welbeing of the Trust.  Not only do the Friends contribute £5 or more each to help with the administration (which just for insurance exceeds £560 a year) but willingly volunteer to be out on a cold, wet February day to put out the barley straw on the rafts to keep the water quality in excellent condition and maintain this special environment.  There is no doubt that Friends and visitors alike  consider Craigencalt and Kinghorn Loch to be a very special place, giving a wide variety of walks, hummocky hillsides, water and the massive array of wild flowers and birds.  It was not surprising that on a ‘Bumble Bee’ walkabout, we found all the eight common bumble bees just in the garden of Craigencalt Farm, together with a ‘Cuckoo’ bee and a lot of flies pretending to be bees.  The history of Craigencalt, with one mill going back at least to the sixteenth century and the ‘new’ mill (from 1790) intrinsically linked with the development of whisky in Scotland - the Burntisland Grange Distillery of William Young, who helped form The Distillers Company. Presentations on this  part of its history and the industrial history of the Burntisland Oil Shale Works at Binnend help to keep the interest up.  Further to this is the past pollution of Kinghorn Loch which up to 1985 was “dead” and its fantastic recovery since; something that we and Alcan Aluminium (UK) Ltd can take great pride in having achieved virtually single handedly since my work in the 1980s and then us, as Kinghorn Loch Users Group from 1998 to 2011, then amalgamating with the Pathways Group into Craigencalt Trust and continuing to work with Alcan.  

By Ron Edwards, Company Secretary.

Take a look at Sian’s first novel, published in March.  It is a tale of friendship and bravery intended for anyone from young teenager to adult.  The scene is set at Craigencalt with the diary of a young lady embroiled in the times of Covenanters and Civil War Britain, but moves to other worlds in a science fiction fantasy adventure.  Read the first chapter.  ‘Crossed Stars in Varren’ is available from Lulu Books and Amazon or as a Kindle eBook.  It’s book 1 of a trilogy so start collecting!

This page is described as a blog - but has not got there yet!

We want articles or promotions from all our Friends , or any posts that you want to share with others.  For the moment please submit by email and we’ll be sure to post it here.

Annual Meeting and Photo Competition.

The Annual Meeting this May was in the Kinghorn Community Centre and proved to be a good success and enjoyed by all.  The business format was changed to give more time for more enjoyable activities.

There were three quizzes, one being identifying places around the area which needed a few clues! The food was good and everyone could relax.  

The annual photo competition this year was conducted over the web and by email wherever possible and this led to a big increase in entries and a very high standard.  The thought was that people should provide extra information about their photographs and make it more interesting. It certainly worked.  After two rounds a winner was chosen, which was a photograph of Inchkeith over North Overgate by Mike Gilbert.

Mike Gilbert’s winning photograph of Inchkeith over North Overgate.  Mike being presented with the cup by Alasdair McIver, then Company Secretary.