COASTAL PAGTH CHARITY WALK..
14 July 2022

WE ARE PLANNING TO ONCE AGAIN ORGANISE THIS POPULAR EVENT TO TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2022. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE UNDER 'COASTAL WALK' ON THE LEFT HAND MENU

AGM..
27 June 2022

The club meeting of 27th June was the AGM. President Eric Govan (on the right in the photo below) concluded two years in office and Ian McBain was thanked and congratulated as he took on the role. Following AGM businerss Eric gave an illustrated presentation looking back over two very different years, with Covid restrictions causing disruption to our normal club life. As for everyone, a difficult and stressful time with advice, guidelines and regulations changing continuously as more was learned of the Covid virus. 

However it was interesting to recall just how much was possible and how much was achieved, with Zoom meetings and some projects such as 'Exercse to Educate' a car treasure hunt, a Zoom whisky tasting event and a sponsored walk. £2500 was raised for local causes and another £2750 for Roitary's response to the war in Ukraine.

the club expressed warm thanks to Eric for all that he had done and for the leadership provided.

 

Pittenweem Salt..
30 May 2022

After a meal and business the club heard the story of interesting research into the production of salt in Pittenweem. This was by club member Prof Tony Lodge, who has a particular interest in local history.

The history of salt production at St Monans is well documented, with remains of the salt pans being preserved. In comparison far less in known about Pittenweem - and no significant evidence remains. Tony concluded that the site, which would have been extensive, was washed away in a known heavy storm. One remaining physical scar is on a chart of the area and shown as ‘Pan’s goat’ - a man made channel leading in from the sea and which may have been access for ships taking away the salt cargo.

Tony’s research led him to conclude that salt production was carried on from the 16th to the 18th centuries - much earlier than at St Monans - with 9 pans in use. Each plot would have been around 15 x 9 metres. Seawater was evaporated in lead pans using local coal. We saw samples of clinker collected from the foreshore, which he suggested was slag left from burning low-grade coal from the area around what is now Coal Farm.

We heard that considerable evidence had been found in historical records, Including Pittenweem Priory Charter Book, and showing land ownership and transactions. John Rule, the Prior of Pittenweem was mentioned as being an investor in the pans as was John Wemyss of Lathokar along with a number of other local families. 

Altogether a fascinating insight into an important industry of those times past.

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