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Library Hours

Our Library hours on a Tuesday have been extended and are now 10am - 6.30pm. Our Wednesday and Saturday times remain 10am - 3pm.

WW1 Sailor Story to Aid Lifeboats

RNLI APPEAL: 100 for a Century?

WW1 Sailor Story to Aid Lifeboats

In support of the RNLI May-Day Appeal, mother and daughter

team Alison and Meg are aiming to sell over 100 copies of a

First World War story "Memories of a First World War Sailor"

for RNLI during the month of May.

Available at Amazon on Kindle (£2.99) and paperback (£5.99)

- proceeds from the book will go directly to the Anstruther

Lifeboat Station, Fife.

Monday May 15th 2017 is the 100th Anniversary of WW1 Battle of Otranto,

remembered by WW1 Sailor J. M. Smith, aboard the Craignoon KY279. The battle is

being commemorated with a display at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther,

where signed copies can be bought from 3PM (while existing stocks last!).

About "Memories of a First World War Sailor"

In May 1917, a fierce battle plays out on the Adriatic Sea. Austro-Hungarian destroyers have their sights on

the annihilation of an Allied naval barrage, and they won't go home disappointed.

The barrage is made up of fishermen and fishing boats gathered from fishing villages all over Britain and

given over to the war effort, fishing nets put aside in order to fight. On board one such drifter is naval

engineer John Smith, hailing from the East Neuk of Fife.

The fisherfolk of the East Neuk of Fife were used to harsh and dangerous times and being dependent on

the sea, so when war arrived in 1914, although dreadful, it was a further extension of their day to day

struggles. But for some men and crafts, this battle, hundreds of miles from their native coasts, would be

their last struggle.

But for John, it's only the beginning of the tale he shares with us - a tale of courage and resilience, told

with modesty and quiet humour.

To enhance the picture of John's world and life, this edition also features research notes, family history and

recollections, shedding further light on John's naval career, family and experiences.

Bumbaleerie

Do you remember playing peevers? Traditional games and family fun at the Fife Folk Museum, Ceres near Cupar on 20 May. Come along and join the fun.

 

Scotland's Places

Last night (14 Feb 2017) we had a great turnout for our meeting. An excellent talk was given by Kim Beasley, an Archivist working with Scotland's Places. She showed us examples of all the records that they hold. These include photographs, maps, valuations rolls, name books and a great selection of Tax records, including window tax, clock & watch tax, horse tax, dog tax, and servants tax. A lot of these are 18 century records. Access to this site is FREE and well worth looking through. A great tool for expanding your family history. Have a look at their website. http://www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/

Holiday Closure

The library in Cupar is closed from 1pm Sat 24 Dec re-opening on Thursday 29th Dec. at 9.30am
Closed from 5pm Saturday 31 Jan and re-opens on Thursday 5 January 9.30am.
Our Fife FHS Library therefore will be closed on the following days:

Saturday 24 Dec - closed
Tuesday 27th Dec closed
Wednesday 28th Dec closed
Saturday 31 Jan 2017 - closed
Tuesday 3rd Jan - closed
Wednesday 4th Jan - closed