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Search for Auden poems

HELENSBURGH is the focal point of a search for missing verse from one of the greatest 20th-century poets.

The world's leading authority on W.H.Auden (left) has launched a hunt for missing early poems by the writer, written when, as a young schoolmaster in the early 1930s, he taught at Larchfield Academy prep school, also known as Larchfield School.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:15 )

 

Anderson Trust cards on sale

THE Anderson Trust launched a set of three cards of prints from the Trust collection in October 2008.

Says Trustee Mary-Jane Selwood: “Over the years, visitors to the Anderson Trust exhibitions have asked whether reproductions of any of the paintings were available in card form.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:15 )

Old Burgh manuscript found

A REMARKABLE relic of Helensburgh of days gone by has been unearthed by James Brown FSA Scot, a historical researcher based in Ayrshire.

It is a manuscript volume dated 1822, containing six poems and several small vignettes which depict sailing and loch scenes. If that was the date the manuscript was prepared, the picture of Helensburgh would be one of the earliest known.

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

Jungle epic written in Cardross

AN AUTHOR of international best sellers wrote his first book during the ten years he lived in Cardross.

Bernard Attenborough, who used the pen name James S.Rand, became world-renowned as the author of exciting novels, mostly based in Africa.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:19 )

Teachers set up theatre

TWO creative Helensburgh teachers played a major part in the formation of the Scottish Peoples Theatre, which flourished in Dumbarton from 1938 and through the Second World War.

The SPT, which welcomed guests actors such as Andrew Cruickshank and Molly Urquhart, even staged a concert at Shandon Hydro for recuperating servicemen in 1944. It became the more modestly-titled Dumbarton Peoples Theatre after the war.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:20 )

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Next Open Meeting

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Rosneath man Tam Ward will talk about recent discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society at Helensburgh Tennis Club on Wednesday February 25 at 7.30pm. Non-members are most welcome.

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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