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HELENSBURGH has plenty of licensed premises these days . . . but in the 19th century the town and district had early links to the Temperance Movement.

The launch of the movement in the 19th century reflected a growing awareness that society was being blighted by a culture of excessive drinking, and that some form of grassroots action was desperately needed.

Major-Crum-olderA KEY figure in the early days of scouting is buried in the old part of the graveyard at Rosneath Parish Church.

Major Frederick Maurice Crum, who died after a colourful life on October 8 1955 at his home at Kenmuir, Rosneath, at the age of 82 from heart disease, is remembered for his service to the movement in Scotland.

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THE OLD saying that if you go down to the woods today you are sure of a big surprise certainly rings true for a very successful Helensburgh and district group of enthusiasts about the area’s heritage.

Actually members of the burgh-based North Clyde Archaeological Society more of than not go up to the woods and indeed the summits of local hills in their quest for relics of days long gone by.

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THE FIRST Girl Guide company in Helensburgh formally came into existence 100 years ago — and an account of its early days came to light recently.

Margaret Morrison, chairperson of the local Friends of Guiding, made the discovery.

A CLYNDER author, publisher and businessman is best known as a major benefactor of the Scouting movement.

William Frederick de Bois Maclaren bought and presented the Gilwell Park estate near the Epping Forest to his friend Robert Baden-Powell, founder and first Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts Association, for use as a scouting centre.

BB-logo-wMEMBERS, past members and friends of the 1st Helensburgh Boys Brigade had plenty to celebrate on Tuesday October 25 2016 — the centenary of the formation of the company.

It was not the district’s first company, but it has certainly been the longest lasting.

ONE of Helensburgh and district’s best known service organisations, the Lions Club, had plenty to roar about in 2014.

It was the 50th anniversary of the formation of the club, and it is now the longest serving Lions Club in Scotland.

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