THE IMAGE GALLERY on this Helensburgh Heritage Trust website has now reached a new milestone . . . its 2,000th image.

Website editor Donald Fullarton says that it has taken ten years, and it is now — like the main website — a huge resource of images of local people and places of years gone by.

THE FINAL Winter Open Meeting of the 2019-20 season has been cancelled because of the advice being given in the current coronavirus crisis.

Tony Belk was to speak on 'Coastal defences of the Upper Clyde' in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre on Wednesday March 25, and he will be invited instead to speak during the 2020-21 season.

A DVD made by Helensburgh Heritage Trust in 2014 to record memories of local people who were living in the area During World War Two was shown at a well attended meeting of the University of the Third Age in the Helensburgh Parish Church large hall on Monday December 9.

The DVD was made jointly by Stewart Noble of the Trust and Robert Bell of West Highland Photography, and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund under its 'All Our Stories' programme.

Stewart introduced the showing, and said that Robert could supply copies of the DVD. It featured, among others, Dennis Royal, Michael Wilson, Cecilia Dunlop, Jenny Sanders, Gordon Burgess, Willie Lamond and Bobby Brodie.

THE SCOTTISH Place Name Society held its annual conference at the Three Villages Hall in Arrochar on Saturday November 2.

One presentation was about mountain names around Arrochar — based on Pont's early map — one of which is Ben Arthur, or the Cobbler.

Scottish Place-Name Society
Comann Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba

1000–1055  Registration and coffee/tea
1055–1100  Welcome
1100–1150  Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson and Elizabeth Carmichael: Arrochar Place-names and the Hidden Heritage Project
1150–1240  Ronald Black: Place-names in the Dewar Manuscripts
1240–1255  Simon Taylor: Introducing Place-names of the Aird and Strathglass, Inverness-shire, by Simon Taylor with Ronald Maclean and Jake King
1255–1355  Lunch and book launch
1355–1420  Peter Drummond: The Cobbler and his Neighbours: Some Mountain Names around Arrochar
1420–1445  Alison Grant: The Nicolaisen Archive
1445–1515  Alan Cameron: The Place-names in the Poem Flory Loynachan
1515–1545  Bill Stephens: Sneaky Swans: Ealaidh in Place and Tradition
1545–1600  Closing Discussion

  • Photo by Brian Kay.

A NEW exhibition from the Anderson (Local Collection) Trust opens to the public in Helensburgh Library in West King Street on Saturday January 11.

The exhibition, which will remain open until June, encompasses two interests very close to the heart of its donor, Nance Anderson MBE: music and art.

AS PART of Helensburgh's Winter Festival, Helensburgh Heritage Trust offered Town Centre Walks on Saturday November 30.

The walks started from outside the Victoria Halls at 10.30am, led by Stewart Noble, and at 2pm, led by Nigel Millar.

Stewart said: "It gave people a chance to see Helensburgh through a different pair of eyes!"

THE ORIGINS of Helensburgh street names was on the agenda at Helensburgh Heritage Trust's second Winter Open meeting, held at Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street on Wednesday October 30.

The meeting began with the Trust AGM conducted by chairman the Rev David Clark, then former Trust director Sandy Kerr provided an insight into the rich diversity of names given to streets in the burgh.

Writing on the subject in the Trust book '200 Years of Helensburgh', published in 2002, Sandy stated: "There are almost no street names for which we can be sure of an origin as the minutes of the Town Council and successor bodies simply record the decisions and not the reasons behind them.

"In some cases there are a number of perfectly possible justifications for the choice of a name. The real joy of attempting to explain the origins of the names lie in the many unsuspected connections that turn up."

Helensburgh's last Provost, the late Norman M.Glen, in front of the street named after him.

Photo by the late Kenneth Crawford.

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