The Cellardyke Echo – 17/03/2022 – Issue 331


FIFE TEACHERS TO PESTER M.P. Campaign Against Economy- Circular.

The colossal building programme with which they are faced is being submitted by the Fife Education Authority to the Scottish Education Department at the latter’s own request. It understood that the figure in connection with the building scheme is somewhere in the region of £500 00o embraces the erection of eight new schools and substantial additions to about twelve others.

The decision of the Educational Institute of Scotland to organise a campaign against the economy circular of the Education Department was intimated at a meeting of Fifeshire branch of the Institute in Cupar on Saturday, when Mr J. Calder, Kelty, presided.

Mr R. Munro, Cellardyke, the Treasurer of the branch, reported on a special meeting of Edinburgh, Leith, Lothians and Fifeshire officials held in Edinburgh the previous evening, and stated that the campaign against the circular would last four or five weeks They were to arrange a system of pestering the local M.P., whereby 100 postcards should reach him every week for the next five weeks. (Laughter.)

The whole question won raised by the General Committee, whose report stated that they could not get a move on the salary question until they cleared the air with their demonstrations. That propaganda was promoted in aid of the salaries campaign.

Mr J. Robb, Kirkcaldy, dial not think teachers were acting wisely in pushing such propaganda at present. It would lead to large dilution of their ranks.

Mr Munro stated they had no choice, as it was the work of the headquarters.

Asked how many teachers had left Fife, Mr Munro said the number was considerable but not greater than they expected. All the teachers that were coming to Fife were coming from Orkney and Shetland.

 The meeting refused to love anything to do with the E.I.S. Promotion.. Committee’s minute condemning it as a waste of paper.



The following candidates from Cellardyke Navigation Classes were awarded certificates at the Board of Trade examination held at Anstruther Skippers—William Muir, 28 James Street; David Parker. 19 West Forth Street: John Tarvit, 22 Fowler Street: David Tawse. 63 George Street: Alex. Thomson. 24 George Street: and James Watson. 9 Burnside Terrace, Cellardyke; Fergus Hughes, 9 Abbey Park, and James Anderson, 21 Mid Shore, Pittenweem. Second Hands—James Barclay. 8 Fowler Street; David Gourlay, 9 Dove Street; John Stewart, 16 James Street; David Christie, 26 Rodger Street: Thomas Corstorphine, 41 John Street: Alex. Doig. 12 West Forth Street: Alex. Gardner, 20 James Street; David Henderson. 51 James Street; Alex. McRuvie 20 James Street.


HERRING FISHING. ANSTRUTHER. Thursday. – Lighter returns, only about 150 crans being landed. Highest shot. 30 cran- from Cellardyke steam drifter Cromorna Demand poor. Prices from 9s to 15s per cran! Three drifters returned from West Coast fishing.

 A few days later

HERRING FISHING HARVEST IN THE EAST NEUK. Last year the herring fishing season in the East of Fife continued until April 26, and there is every likelihood that, this season it will also be extended well into next month. Compared with the present season, prices last year were much higher. Up to yesterday the crans landed at Anstruther, Pittenweem, St Monans, and Crail totalled 8280, representing value of £9634, while for the same period last year 9500 crans were discharged and fetched a sum of £14,300. Yesterday’s fishing was fair, over 200 crans being delivered. The Cellardyke steam drifter Cromorna had the highest shot (35 crans). Prices were from 18s 24 6d per cran.


In the absence of their husbands at the fishing, Cellardyke women, accompanied in most cases by younger members of the family, paid tribute by their presence yesterday at the funeral to the late Rev. G. S. Anderson, minister of the parish of Kilrenny for the past 47 years.

The remains were interred in Kilrenny Churchyard with full Masonic honours. About 30 brethren and companions of Lodge St Ayle (No. 95), Anstruther, of which deceased was Past Master, and Dreel Castle Royal Arch Chapter preceded the coffin, which was conveyed by hearse from the manse to the churchyard gates. Members of the Kirk Session, the Presbytery of St Andrews, and the general public followed. The service in the house was conducted by Bro. Rev. J. R. Lee, Chaplain of Lodge St Ayle. Six brethren and companions representing the Lodge and Chapter carried the coffin to the graveside, where the Masonic service was performed Bro. C. H. Maxwell, R.W.M., assisted by Companion R. Sime, M.E.Z., and Bro. Lee. The depositing of sprig of heather by the brethren and companions completed a most impressive service.


HERRING FISHING. ANSTRUTHER, Wednesday.-The largest herring for the season was landed Anstruther by the Cellardyke steam drifter Abdiel (skipper Lock Horsburgh), which put out total 85 crans approximately 92,000 herrings. The bulk of the catch realised 20s per cran, the remainder realising 19s per cran. The fleet was well fished, about 400 in all being discharged. Other shots note were from the steam drifters Venus (22 crans). Scot (16) Daisy (16). Cromorna (12): Pittenweem motor boats Margaret (15) and Courageous (12): and BK. motor boat Tweedale (10) Prices ranged from 12s – 22s per cran.



Mr J. Duncan Millar, K.C., prospective Liberal candidate for East Fife, spoke in the Town Hall, Cellardyke, on Saturday. Provost J. Mitchell occupied the chair, but, contrary to expectation. Sir Robert Hamilton, M.P. for Orkney and Shetland, was not present. Mr Millar said that until business relations were again opened with Russia the fishermen on the Fife coast could not expect a speedy return to pre-war conditions. Instead of attempting to open up trade with Russia the present Government were closing all doors. The Government were spending millions on the mud flats at Singapore while they could be doing a great deal towards the alleviation of unemployment at home if they would take in hand home harbours. Cellardyke possessed a fine harbour, which could be made a prosperous centre if the Government would give up their policy of false economy. The fishermen had not received fair treatment at the hands of the Government.

When the country was faced with a crisis the Liberals were generally called upon to take over the reins and hoped that East Fife would soon return to its old position as Liberal constituency.


Man Missing.-John Bett, a Cellardyke fisherman, has been missing since last Tuesday evening. Bett was last seen the 13th inst. between nine and ten in the evening, as if on his road home. His description is:—Height, 5 feet or 4 inches, fresh complexion, and fair hair turning grey. When last seen he was wearing a brown suit, blue jersey, and light cap. His initials, J. B., are tattooed on his left arm.


CELLARDYKE LANTERN LECTURE. Rev. J. R. Lee presided over a gathering of the congregation of Cellardyke Parish Church, when Mr W. Cecil Collinson gave a lantern lecture on Mission Work in Algeria.” Mr Collinson is honorary secretary of the Algerian Mission.

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