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Second Memorabilia Night

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THE centenary of Guiding in Helensburgh formed a major part of Helensburgh Heritage Trust's second Memorabilia Night at Helensburgh Lawn Tennis Club on Wednesday September 30.

District Commissioner Lisa Summers and Isobel Stirling provided a display of pictures and newspaper cuttings charting the progress of the organisation in the area.

hh-memorabilia-1-09.09-whh-memorabilia-2-09.09-wLisa said that Princess Louise opened the first local guide unit at Rosneath, and the Helensburgh Guide HQ in John Street was opened in 1925 by Lady Baden Powell.

The meeting, the first of this winter's season of public meetings, was chaired by Trust chairman Stewart Noble and was well attended.

Stewart himself brought a Helensburgh t-shirt from some years ago and a tie marking the centenary of the West Highland Railway, and Alastair Macbeth (left) showed an old painting of the Cloch lighthouse by a relative.

Former Rhu man Howard MacDonald presented an account of wartime trips by Churchill and other leaders from Faslane, while Chrissie Clow showed two photographs of 1930 Sunday School outings to Balmaha.

Also on display was an original copy of 'Annals of Garelochside' by W.C.Maughan, signed by the author on December 27 1898 and dedicated to a great aunt of Heritage Trust director Donald Fullarton.

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Next Open Meeting

Fraser-Noble-wThe second of six Winter Open Meetings will be held on Wednesday October 28 at Helensburgh Tennis Club in Suffolk Street at 7.30pm, when Fraser Noble will talk about boatbuilding at McGruers. The AGM is at 7pm.

Winter Talks 2015-16

  • Wednesday September 30 2015 — Melissa Simpson: Hermitage Park: past, present and future
  • Wednesday October 28 — AGM at 7pm; Fraser Noble of McGruers: My family has been building boats since the 11th Century
  • Wednesday November 25 — Sir Malcolm Colquhoun and James Pearson: The Clan Colquhoun and the History of Helensburgh (to be held at the Loch Lomond Golf Club at Luss)

  • Wednesday January 27 2016 — Lachie Munro: The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland
  • Wednesday February 24 — Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson: Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers
  • Wednesday March 30 — Fiona Baker: Boutcher's Banks — the Genesis of Helensburgh?

Meetings are normally in the upstairs room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm.

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