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Historic tiles found in burgh pub

A FASCINATING piece of literary history was uncovered during renovations at a popular Helensburgh hostelry, the Ashton in West Princes Street, in December 2011.

The removal of panelling in the front of the public house to open up the windows revealed a set of ten sepia-toned ceramic tiles, each featuring characters from the Waverley Novels by Sir Walter Scott.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 January 2012 18:49 )


Images and information wanted

IT is fascinating researching Helensburgh and district history — and really rewarding when mysteries are solved or searches are successful. 

So to start 2012, here are a few areas of research the Trust website is involved in, and images we are seeking. The first concerns the image of a man and his dog (below), in fact Flying Officer Roy Henderson, of Dungoyne, Helensburgh, who destroyed a Messerschmitt 410 fighter bomber in a forward battle area in 1944.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 January 2012 17:28 )


New book on historic Loch Long yachts

THE long-awaited 'next chapter' in the story of the Loch Longs, the gutsy little racing yachts designed and built at McGruer and Company on the Gareloch, has been published.

Jamie Bruce Lockhart brings the story right up to date in his follow-up to “Loch Longs the First Fifty Years” which was published for the Golden Jubilee of the class with “Loch Longs, the third quarter century 1987 - 2012.”

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2012 19:29 )


Learning about Morlaggan excavations

AN OPPORTUNITY to find out all about the remarkable excavations at High Morlaggan, near Arrochar, was offered on Saturday January 14 at the Three Villages Community Hall. 

The Morlaggan Rural Settlement Group held a double event in celebration of the excavations, including a book launch, entitled ‘People, Pottery and the Past’.

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 January 2012 17:14 )


Kidston bandstand to be restored

THE announcement of plans to restore the bandstand on Helensburgh seafront at Kidston Park is good news from a heritage perspective.

Whatever the pros and cons of the controversial housing development at nearby Cumberland Avenue, the bandstand project is a significant ‘planning gain’ which will be welcomed by local people and visitors alike.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 December 2011 17:33 )


Burgh's flying cat honoured

THE exploits of a Helensburgh cat which joined an RAF crew during the Second World War have been recognised with a bravery award.

The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals charity awarded a special posthumous commendation to Pyro, which was adopted by Wallasey photographer Bob Bird when he was stationed at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment base at Helensburgh and Rhu.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 November 2011 18:57 )


Luss named as a city

LUSS has, for many years, been known as Scotland’s prettiest village ... but now it is Scotland’s first green city!

The Loch Lomondside village represented Scotland at the Green Pilgrim City Launch and Celebration at Assisi, Italy, at the start of November 2011.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 November 2011 18:21 )

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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 on the heritage aspects of the CHORD project in Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.

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