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Lisa Anderson

Lisa Anderson, who was in 6th year in 2000, was awarded a prestigious scholarship by the Rotary Club of the Howe of Fife. She was selected as one of 30 pupils from all over Scotland to take part in Euroscola. She went to Strasbourg in March to attend a convention in the European Parliament with schoolchildren from all over Europe. To take part, Lisa had to write an essay on a topical European subject, and her choice was the European currency (brave girl!). She also had to give a CV and a letter saying why she felt she would benefit from the experience.

Lynn Anderson

Lynn Anderson (1980s) and her fiancé (now husband), Nairn Black, completed a marathon tramp of 54 miles in 24 hours in 2004. They were taking part in the ‘State Street Caledonian Challenge’ which involves teams of 4, each of which may represent a company or may simply be a group of people who have chosen to take part. The challenge is to walk 54 miles of the West Highland Way within a 24-hour period from Fort William to Loch Lomondside. The money raised goes to support a variety of community activities and also the Scottish Community Foundation, which provides an accessible grant-making service for small local charities and community groups. Lynn herself is a human resources consultant in Edinburgh, having graduated from Glasgow University. She and Nairn were married shortly after this event in St. John's Church, Cupar.

Margaret B Anderson


CUPARIANS have been paying tribute to Miss Margaret Anderson (1939), former infants' teacher and church stalwart, who died peacefully in Ninewells Hospital after a very short illness on 7th February 2009 at the age of 79.

Although born in East Wemyss, Miss Anderson lived in Cupar for most of her life and became a highly-respected figure in the community She was aged just five when her father, a former miner, became the sub-station master of the then Fife Electrical Power Company and the family moved to the house in Drum Road that went along with the job. She attended the old Castlehill School before going up to Bell Baxter, where she made her mark as an accomplished tennis player, then on to teachers' training college in Dundee. Miss Anderson began her teaching career in a nursery school in Dundee, but returned to the Cupar area after three years to teach in Springfield (1953-56) and Dairsie (1956-57). She then took up a post at Castlehill Infants School, where she remained until retiring in 1985.

A popular and much-loved teacher, she taught several generations of Cupar children and was known for her patience and encouragement. Beyond her work at school, Miss Anderson devoted her life to the church. She first began attending Cupar Old Parish Church in the early 1930s with her family, and her father was an elder.

Her commitment deepened as time went on and for many years she worked with the children and young people of the congregation in the Sunday School as well as conducting the church's youth choir. She was also heavily involved in the church's women's groups, especially the Knitters' Circle, House Groups and the Guild, and in 1982 she became an elder of the Kirk, later becoming a Presbytery elder. Miss Anderson was also a key figure in the church's twinning with the First Presbyterian Church, Amentown, Pennsylvania, and last summer she performed the official re-opening and re-dedication of Cupar Old Parish Church following an extensive refurbishment.

Devoted to her family, Miss Anderson lived with her parents, Alf and May, in Upper Dalgairn and cared for them when they became ill and frail. She is survived by her older brother, Bill, his wife Mary and their children and grandchildren.

Mary Anderson

Mrs Mary Paterson entered BBS in 1948. She lived in Dundee and was a Clerkess, Housewife, Factory Worker and Sheltered Housing Warden.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson (1997) was aboard the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Gloucester when it took part in the rescue of British citizens from Lebanon in July 2006. He is a marine engineer and celebrated his 21st birthday aboard the ship.

Morris Anderson

From Issue 8 of the FPA Newsletter:

Morris Anderson (1930s) of Cupar was a recent contestant in the "Countdown" Quiz programme, screened on Channel 4 by Yorkshire Television. Morris was the successful competitor twice, but he was defeated in the third round. Previously, he had taken part in "15 to One".

He was an Administrative Assistant in N.E. Fife District Council's recreation department. His main interest is bridge, in which he is a two star Scottish Master.

Morris figured in the Sunday Telegraph in 2002 as the winner of the Cryptic crossword. Some of us are just glad to get within 3 or 4 - or 6 or 7 - clues of finishing it!

Ruth Anderson

Dennis Beattie, president of the Rotary Club of the Howe of Fife, presented Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) to Bell Baxter High School pupils Nathan Brown and Ruth Anderson following their talk to members. Both the young people had thoroughly enjoyed their experiences at the week long RYLA camp at the Abernethy Trust Ardeonaig in July 2009 when they had learned much about teamwork and leadership skills while participating in various activities, both physical and intellectual.

Physical activities included canoeing, kayaking, gorge-walking, abseiling and climbing, whilst intellectual aspects included team task exercises, evening talks and discussions.

Both Nathan and Ruth agreed that their self-confidence had grown during the week, a fact that had been readily proved, Dennis commented, by the pair's polished presentation to Rotarians.

William B Anderson

Entered BBS in 1935. MA (Hons.) St Andrews, Dip Ed; served as captain in Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders; taught in Kirkcaldy High, Buckie High and was Principal Teacher of English in Musselburgh Grammar School; became Headmaster of Kingussie Senior Secondary School then Rector, Inverness High School. Retired to St Andrews. Died in October, 2013.

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