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Who's that with Stewart Noble!

HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust chairman Stewart Noble is set for a TV appearance with political pundit and railway enthusiast Michael Portillo.

Recently he travelled to Port Glasgow where he was interviewed by the former government minister for one of his 'Great British Railway Journeys' BBC TV programmes.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 September 2014 17:47 )


James Kay paintings were on sale

AN EXHIBITION of paintings by one of the Helensburgh and district’s most distinguished artists was held in a Glasgow gallery in August 2014.

Cyril Gerber Fine Art said that this was the first James Kay RSA RSW exhibition to take place in the city, although his works are held by most of the major public collections in Scotland.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 September 2014 16:13 )


Remembering World War One

THE ever-active Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui Heritage Group has just published an excellent World War One commemoration booklet.


It includes profiles of villagers known to have died in the ‘Great War’ and gives a glimpse of village life at the time.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 August 2014 18:20 )


Major boost for Hermitage Park

ARGYLL and Bute Council, working with the Friends of Hermitage Park, has secured a £2,087,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to regenerate Helensburgh's historic Hermitage Park after a successful stage one application.

An initial fund of £169,700 has been made available to cover the development phase of the project. This initial phase will end with the submission of an application for a full grant, which includes developing a series of detailed plans to take the regeneration of the park forward.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 August 2014 17:08 )


Burgh featured in World War Two novel

A NEW novel partly set in Helensburgh and the surrounding area in World War Two was published recently.


'Rue End Street’, by Sue Reid Sexton, is also set in Greenock, Glasgow and Carbeth, and follows the journey of Lenny Gillespie, a young girl looking for her father.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 August 2014 15:44 )


Help wanted with research

THE story of Helensburgh GP Dr Fordyce Messer has attracted the attention of London-based Anne Hunter and her sister Helen Murden who are researching their family history.

A well known figure with his fine flowing beard, Dr Messer has a double claim to fame.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 August 2014 13:24 )


Actress came home for Games

HELENSBURGH-BORN Morven Christie was back in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

She starred in the opening event for ‘The Tin Forest Festival’ for the National Theatre of Scotland in the South Rotunda courtyard.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 August 2014 13:01 )

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Next Open Meeting

Fraser-Noble-wThe second of six Winter Open Meetings will be held on Wednesday October 28 at Helensburgh Tennis Club in Suffolk Street at 7.30pm, when Fraser Noble will talk about boatbuilding at McGruers. The AGM is at 7pm.

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 (to be held at the Loch Lomond Golf Club at Luss)

  • 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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