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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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Mike-Thornley-wThe first 2018 Open Meeting will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday January 31. Mike Thornley will talk about the Glenarn garden at Rhu. Anyone interested most welcome.

Winter Talks 2017-18

  • Wednesday September 27 2017 — AGM; then Professor John Hume: History of local churches
  • Wednesday October 25 — Cleland Sneddon: Childhood holidays in Rosneath
  • Wednesday November 29 — David Bruce: Greatrex, Forger and Photographer

  • Wednesday January 31 2018 — Mike Thornley: The Glenarn Garden
  • Wednesday February 28 — Bruce and Nicola Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club
  • Wednesday March 28 — Richard Reeve: A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula

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