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Colonel paid for old folks flats

HELENSBURGH’S Abbeyfield supported housing for the elderly at 54 West King Street, Barclay Smith House, consists of eleven flats, and is named after its most generous local benefactor.

In the late 1960s Colonel Edward Alan Barclay-Smith, MA (Cantab), AMIMechE, AMIEE, a prominent figure in the then Helensburgh Town Council, sat down in his Suffolk Street villa, Khillanmorg, and wrote a cheque for £6,000 — the equivalent of some £80,000 today — to the Abbeyfield Society.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:43 )

 

Colonel changed village's name

THE historic village of Rhu has been home to many famous people over the years . . . but only one man changed its name.

‘Mr Rhu’ for decades was Colonel Kenneth Barge, DSO, MC, DL, and he had another historic title — late of the Bengal Lancers.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 June 2014 10:26 )

Prof marks 80th birthday with new books

A PROFESSOR of politics who is a long-time Helensburgh resident marked his 80th birthday this year with the publication of his 41st and 42nd books.

'Representing Europe: A Pragmatic Approach', published by Oxford University Press and written by Professor Richard Rose, charts how the European Union has a democratic imbalance — not enough chances for citizens to influence Brussels, but lots of chances to influence national governments whose decisions in Brussels they dislike.

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 November 2013 18:18 )

Tribute to John Johnston

Iain Hope penned this tribute to his brother-in-law, Helensburgh Heritage Trust company secretary and treasurer John Johnston, who died on October 5 2012.

JOHN JOHNSTON first came to live in Helensburgh in 1945 when his parents, Jack and Muriel Johnston, chose to move their young family from the London area to his father’s ancestral town.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 December 2012 14:01 )

Dynasty includes smugglers, playwright

A YOUNG couple emigrated to the United States from Helensburgh in the 1890s . . . and founded a dynasty which included several smugglers and is now spearheaded by a playwright.

He is Isaac Rathbone, whose World War One tragic comedy ‘Captain Ferguson’s School for Balloon Warfare’ was performed in the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 October 2012 13:53 )

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2014-15 Winter Talks

The 2014-15 series of Winter Talks begins on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 7.30pm in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club with a talk by Peter McCaughey on setting up of the CHORD Open Air Museum in Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.

Non-members are always welcome, and tea and coffee is served at the end of the meeting.

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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