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Restoring the Victoria Hall fencing

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THE five year project to restore gates and fencing to the Victoria Hall was described to members of Helensburgh Heritage Trust at their February 2011 open meeting.

Tony Dance, who led the project on behalf of the Friends of the Victoria Hall, gave a very well illustrated talk which demonstrated the complexity and the skills involved in the metalwork and stone masonry. The original fencing was removed in 1942 for the war effort.

He told members at Helensburgh Tennis Club that the idea was conceived in the summer of 2001 and launched in October of that year as a way of marking the burgh bicentenary in 2002, but because of the time it took to raise the £67,533 total cost it was September 30 2006 before the official opening took place.

He said that it could not have happened without a £10,000 donation from Dunbartonshire Enterprise and many other donations from local people and organisations. A time capsule was placed in the final stone pillar with the aim of giving a picture of life in Helensburgh in 2006.

The other work of the Friends, including some £60,000 of improvements to the Pillar Hall and the recent town Christmas lights project was illustrated with a photographic display.

Heritage Trust chairman Stewart Noble (left) is pictured with Mr Dance and his wife, Councillor Mrs Vivien Dance. Photo by Donald Fullarton.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 March 2011 16:55 )  

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Next Open Meeting

Parkhead-wIan McKellar will talk about Parkhead and its garden at Rosneath, which he has restored, at Helensburgh Tennis Club on Wednesday November 26 at 7.30pm. Non-members are most welcome.

Winter Talks 2014-15

  • Wednesday September 24 2014 — Peter McCaughey: Establishing Helensburgh's Open Air Museum
  • Wednesday October 29 — AGM at 7pm; Robert Layden: The 9th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in World War One
  • Wednesday November 26 — Ian McKellar: Parkhead and the Garden, Rosneath       

  • Wednesday January 28 2015 — Michael Gallagher: Reinventing Ruins — stories from Kilmahew and St Peter's Seminary
  • Wednesday February 25 — Tam Ward: Recent Discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society
  • Wednesday March 25 — Michael Davis: Curious Interconnections of the Mansions of Cowal

All meetings are in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm

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