1849 – 1855
James Fowler posts the annual official advert to enable the burgh to establish ‘a general system of Police’ electing one commissioner in the place of one going out of office.
A meeting of the fishermen of Cellardyke was held for the purpose of taking into consideration the state of the families of Buckie and neighbourhood who lost their relatives and friends in the late storm there.. Mr Thomas Cunningham took the chair … resolutions were moved and carried to raise a subscription on their behalf, and a committee appointed for this purpose, A letter of condolence was also ordered to be sent along with such subscriptions as might be got.
Anstruther Police Commission – the meeting took into consideration the desirableness of appointing a sanitary inspector for the burgh. Provost Todd was authorised to speak with Mr George Watson, the Inspector for Nuisances for Cellardyke to undertake the same duties in Anstruther.
Providential escape of a boats crew _ the Cellardyke boats made a start from our harbour for the fishing ground, but in the course of the passage a gale sprung up from the North West. A heavy swell added greatly to the perilous position of the fishermen. A boat owned by James Gardiner was about 6 miles south easterly from the bell rock when she was struck by a heavy wave which split open one of the bottom planks. The crew only became aware when one went into the cabin to find it covered with water. The alarm was given and every exertion made by pumping, baling and by throwing the ballast stones overboard to keep the boat afloat. Four boats were in the vicinity and went to assist, additional hands put aboard, the boat was taken in tow and the mast and sails put down. Every effort was made to gain the harbour but as the wind was nearly offshore much time and labour was spent before this could be done. The accident happened at 8 in the morning, and with the flowing of the tide the steam lighter Hemaja put out and towed the little fleet and exhausted fisherman to safety.
The inhabitants of Cellardyke have made the movement for the purpose of having the advantages of a Post Office in their village. Mr Ellis MP has promised to aid them in the matter.
The Police Commissioners of Cellardyke in order to remove that very general subject of public complaint – the undue length of time which the manure heaps are gathered by the scavenger’s broom occasionally lie upon the streets from the want of a ready service to cart them away – have just sold their street manure for the ensuing year to Mr Macfarlane, farmer, Carhurlie for £52. Of late the street manure of Cellardyke made up to the great extent with mussel shells has been rising in value, and when sold in public roups may have yielded £109 a year. But as Mr Macfarlane is bound to cart the manure to the depot within a certain number of hours under a stringent penalty the loss in revenue from dung sales is squared by the saving in cartage.
One Cellardyke boat The Jessies belonging to Skipper James Brunton, it has been said made the best fishing ever reached by a Scottish crew, having earned at Lowestoft no less than £430. Several of our Cellardyke crews have earned from £300 to £400; but the average of the sixty Fife boats will be under £200, and in some cases it will not exceed 390, many have sustained considerable loss of gear during the severe storms.
All Yarmouth rung the other day with the daring feat of young Cellardyke fisherman John Watson, who kissed Britannia’s cheek as she sits with trident on the pinnacle of the lofty column 140 feet high. What invested the fearless act with peculiar interest was the terrible tragedy which occurred at the last attempt to scale the monument, ten years ago, ‘Marsh’ fell to his death while embracing the statue. But no squirrel was ever more at home on the shooting bough than our fife fisher seemed to be while swinging like one in mid-air at the top of the dizzy height. He will was seen in many a Yarmouth eye as the ‘hero of the hour’
The 50 crews at Yarmouth have netted an average of £200, so that in the course of the next fortnight a sum of £10 000 will be brought into the district.
1878 Mr Thomas Brown Runs Cellardyke Post Office
The Fishing boat KY 1666 Useful of Cellardyke returning from Yarmouth had gone ashore at Boulmer on the Northumberland coast. The crew of 7 were rescued by 3 fishermen in a coble. The boat was insured for £200 by the Fraserburgh Club. The James Innes of St Monans was also lost and crew saved.
John Pratt master of Cellardyke boat Confidence , grosses an unheard of £710 at Yarmouth, most vessels ranged between £300 and £400
Cellardyke residents who for years had no means of communication by public phone at night time , The call box is in the Local Post Office – are now to have a phone provided in one of the streets
1936, 19th Nov
Cellardyke church Choir held a variety entertainment in Cellardyke town hall last night. Items rendered by the choir included ‘Laughing Chorus’ and fantasia on songs of burns’
Solos were given by Mr Fredrick Chivers, while violin solos were played by Mr Walter Reekie Junior. Mr J Macleod, Mrs Hosie, Miss J Doig and Miss M Murray also contributed to the programme. A dancing display was given by Miss Georgie Telfer, Pittenweem. The accompanist was Mr Blair.
Two Sketches were performed by the following ‘Honest folk’ Misses Maggie Hodge, Kathleen Scott, Dora Murray, Martha Boyter and Mr Melville Hodges. ‘ Easy Osey’ – Mr D Jack, Mrs Hosie, Mr W Riddell, Misses Margaret Murray, Agnes Carstairs and Chrissie Anderson.