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Deborah Kerr's jewellery sold

JEWELLERY owned by Helensburgh film star Deborah Kerr was sold at auction by Bonhams in London on Thursday December 4 2008 — and the prices exceeded all expectations.

Deborah Kerr, who was born in 1921 and died in Suffolk in October 2007, starred in more than 50 films over four decades, most memorably appearing in From Here to Eternity, with Burt Lancaster (1953), The King and I, with Yul Brynner (1956) and An Affair to Remember, with Cary Grant (1957).

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 17:58 )


Landscape artist's work in demand

ONE of the most commercially successful of the current generation of Helensburgh and district artists is Mary Batchelor.

Mary’s very colourful works adorn art galleries throughout Britain and fetch high prices at art sales and auctions. She is inspired by Scottish landscapes and she matches its magical presence with vital colour and broad brush work.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 July 2012 18:15 )

Anderson Trust buys Gareloch painting

A PAINTING by Helensburgh artist Erskine Beveridge, “After Sunset, The Gareloch”, has recently been acquired by the Anderson Trust — and provides another artist’s interpretation of a familiar view.

It is also a welcome addition to this growing collection of paintings inspired by this area, many by artists who at some time lived and worked here.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:05 )

Painting found at old mill

AN ATTRACTIVE painting by a Helensburgh artist turned up in the summer of 2008 . . . in a disused mill in Oldham, Lancashire, now used as a secondhand furniture store.

The 28 x 20 inch oil on hardboard painting by Jan Stirling is entitled ‘The Town of Mostar’, and it immediately caught the eye of John Crabbe, from nearby Todmorden.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:06 )

W.H.Auden — Larchfield teacher

FAMOUS poet W.H.Auden spent two years teaching at Helensburgh boys prep school Larchfield Academy (later School) in his early twenties.

Wystan Hugh Auden was born in York, North Yorkshire, in 1907 as the son of George Augustus Auden, a distinguished physician, and Rosalie (Bicknell) Auden.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:07 )

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First 2016 Open Meeting

r.b.cunninghame-graham-wThe first Open Meeting of 2016 is on January 27 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm, when Lachie Munro will describe 'The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland'.

Winter Talks 2015-16

  • Wednesday September 30 2015 — Melissa Simpson: Hermitage Park: past, present and future
  • Wednesday October 28 — AGM at 7pm; Fraser Noble of McGruers: My family has been building boats since the 11th Century
  • Wednesday November 25 — Sir Malcolm Colquhoun and James Pearson: The Clan Colquhoun and the History of Helensburgh

  • Wednesday January 27 2016 — Lachie Munro: The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland
  • Wednesday February 24 — Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson: Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers
  • Wednesday March 30 — Fiona Baker: Boutcher's Banks — the Genesis of Helensburgh?

Meetings are normally in the upstairs room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm.

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