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Fifty years of burgh rugby

AN RBS West League One side with a splendid clubhouse and a stand opened by royalty . . . Helensburgh Rugby Club has come a long way in fifty years.

That was celebrated right royally over the weekend of August 23-25 2013 with a full programme of golden jubilee events and matches.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 September 2013 10:38 )

 

Ashes cricket has burgh link

THE ASHES series — the dramatic encounters between England’s cricket team and the Australians — has a link with Helensburgh.

Only cricket buffs will know of Australian wicket keeper Stan Sismey, but he served as a test pilot at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at RAF Helensburgh during World War Two.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 August 2013 09:39 )

Olympic swim star made burgh his home

A 1964 Olympic silver  medalist swimmer spent his infant years in Helensburgh and returned in his 40s to make his home in the town.

But contrary to what is stated on a number of websites, Robert Bilsland McGregor MBE was not born in the burgh — he was actually born in Glasgow on April 3 1944.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 April 2012 11:46 )

Goddesses are pride of the Gareloch

ONE of the most famous classes of small yachts in the world is the Gareloch class — known to all as the Gareloch Goddesses.

The Gareloch Yacht Club was founded after the First World War to encourage yachting in and around the Loch. Originally this was on a handicap basis.

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 January 2014 19:05 )

Burgh football star is popular pundit

ONE of Scotland’s best-known football celebrities made his home in Helensburgh in 1983 and has lived in the burgh ever since. 

Former player and manager, now a football pundit, Murdo MacLeod is one of the most likeable, popular and respected figures in the game today.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 September 2012 15:42 )

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Next Open Meeting

ASH badgeRobert Layden will talk about the 9th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in World War One on Wednesday October 29 at 7.30pm. All welcome. AGM at 7pm.

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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