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Trust backs local VC winner

HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust is backing a campaign to ensure that a World War One hero from Cardross is not left out of official commemorations.

The government is to create memorials to Victoria Cross winners as part of next year's events to mark the centenary of the conflict. But Lieutenant Reginald Noble Graham, who served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, may be omitted as he was born in India.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 September 2013 16:11 )


Archaelogical Society starts first season

THE NEW North Clyde Archeological Society, which is based in Helensburgh and district, has begun its first winter season.

The society was formed this year with Tam Ward as chair, Sandra Kelly secretary, and Jamie Rogers treasurer.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 05 October 2013 10:43 )


New book on West Highland Line

A NEW book about the iconic West Highland Railway Line has just been published.

‘Great Railway Journeys Through Time — West Highland Line’, by John McGregor, contains many old pictures of stations on the line which passed through Craigendoran, Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead, and Arrochar and Tarbet.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 September 2013 13:53 )


History Hut opened at Waitrose site

A HISTORY Hut has been opened on the Waitrose store site at Colgrain.

Helensburgh archaeologist Fiona Baker (right) has created a temporary display of bottles and pots discovered during excavation work at the start of the development.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 September 2013 13:48 )


DVD tells Henry Bell story

HELENSBURGH'S first Provost Henry Bell deserves to be remembered not only today, but also by future generations. A new DVD will help to do facilitate that.

When Bell introduced his paddle steamer Comet on to the Clyde in 1812 this proved to be the catalyst for the enormous expansion in heavy engineering in the West of Scotland for the rest of the 19th century. Then, when Bell instigated the first steamboat services up the Western Highlands, he proved to be one of the pioneers of Scottish tourism.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 August 2013 11:14 )


TV featured Baird home

THE HASTINGS home of Helensburgh-born TV inventor John Logie Baird featured in an hour-long ITV documentary on Friday July 5 2013.

In the last of a five-part series entitled 'Britain's Secret Homes', Michael Buerk visited the house at 21 Linton Crescent in Hastings where Baird did his early TV experiments, and met the inventor's grandson, Iain Baird.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 July 2013 18:17 )


Cardross garden talk postponed

A PUBLIC talk hosted by the Invisible College project, which is working on improving the St Peter's College and Kilmahew area of Cardross, to be staged in the village this week has been postponed.

As part of the project's ongoing programme of activities, Professor Stephen Daniels of the University of Nottingham was to give a talk entitled 'Art of the Garden — Staging the Landscape' in Cardross Golf Club on Wednesday June 26 from 6-30-8pm. The new date is Wednesday September 18.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:24 )

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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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