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WORLD War Two Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt had four major meetings in North America. Trips 1, 3 and 4 left from Faslane where Churchill's special train parked in the siding there. The second left from Stranraer.

Churchill left Faslane on the former LMS Glen Sannox-type fast turbine steamers, accompanied by his Chief of Staff.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 May 2010 22:47 )

 

From Hill House to Dumfries House

IN the summer of 2008 a Helensburgh woman made the leap from an historic architectural home to an historic stately home.

Charlotte Rostek Davis, who ran the Hill House as property manager and curator for the last six years, was appointed curator at Dumfries House in East Ayrshire.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 15:59 )

The Helensburgh I grew up in

This article, the product of an interview with Hilda Whitelaw Purvis, was written by Helensburgh journalist Fiona Howard for inclusion in a special Civic Week supplement in the Helensburgh Advertiser on May 9 1975 to mark the passing of the Town Council in the reform of local government in Scotland.

    HELENSBURGH at the start of the 20th century was an elegant place where life was simple and leisurely.

    It was a mecca for artists, a retreat for Glasgow merchants, and a haven for folk looking for peace.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 12 April 2013 14:32 )

    Hermitage Park and other local sport

    This article was written by Helensburgh shop owner Walter S.Bryden, former proprietor of the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times, for inclusion in a special Civic Week supplement in the Helensburgh Advertiser on May 9 1975 to mark the passing of the Town Council in the reform of local government in Scotland. Where necessary, up to date information is included in brackets in italics.

      ONE of Helensburgh’s most beautiful spots is Hermitage Park — yet how many local people walk or drive past without ever venturing in.

      Through the three gates on Sinclair Street, Victoria Road and Grant Street they will find a feast of flowers and shrubs, in fact a beauty which is only matched by its history.

      Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:56 )

      Helensburgh in the early 1900s

      This article was written by well known Helensburgh artist and author Gregor Ian Smith for inclusion in a special Civic Week supplement in the Helensburgh Advertiser on May 9 1975 to mark the passing of the Town Council in the reform of local government in Scotland. Where necessary, up to date information is included in brackets in italics.

      FOR a resident of over fifty years changes in the Burgh have been substantial. For those approaching the seventy mark, innovations and developments have been overwhelming.

      I recall my mother telling us how her great grandparents had complained about the growth of Helensburgh. They were watching the process from their croft — now obliterated by Low’s Supermarket (now Tesco), and weren’t altogether happy with what they saw.

      Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 15:53 )

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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 26 — Tam Ward: Recent Discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society
      • Wednesday March 26 — 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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