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Navy bell returns to town

A MYSTERY bell inscribed with 'Helensburgh' and discovered in an antique shop in the south of England made its way back to the town where it is believed to have originated.

Andrew Joyne, who lives near Canterbury, was given the bell by a friend who used to run an antique shop in Ramsgate, Kent. It is inscribed 'NLSCC/Helensburgh/AJAX DIVISION'.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 October 2012 10:08 )

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New book launched on steamer

AUTHORS Iain Quinn and Alistair Deayton signed copies of their new book '200 Years of Clyde Paddle Steamers' — which started with Henry Bell's Comet — aboard the paddle steamer Waverley on a trip from Glasgow to Rothesay on Friday August 10.

In the book Deayton and Quinn look at the two centuries of Clyde paddle steamers, illustrating the most famous, such as the Columba, Jeanie Deans and Waverley, — as well as the piers they sailed from, from Rothesay to Helensburgh and from Loch Goil to Loch Long.

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 September 2012 13:52 )

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Rhu artist's latest work on show

NEW paintings by celebrated Rhu artist Mary Batchelor are on show at an exhibition of her work which has opened on the island of Islay.

The exhibition has been staged by Petra Pearce at her Outback Gallery at Sanaigmore, and it is Mary's first work since returning from a study visit to Collioure in France last year.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 August 2012 16:09 )

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Comet Bicentenary Events Timetable

Comet Bicentenary Celebrations — Helensburgh, Saturday August 4

Organiser Stewart Noble, chairman of Helensburgh Heritage Trust, has announced that the following events will be taking place in the vicinity of Helensburgh Pier in the afternoon (timings to be confirmed - see below):

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 July 2012 18:30 )

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Search for history of portrait

AN art collector who has just bought a second painting by ‘Glasgow Girl’ Bessie MacNicol would like to find out more about its Helensburgh history.

Last year Jim Smith bought Bessie’s 1904 work, ‘Lady with a Fan’, a portrait of a model known only as Deborah. Early in June he learnt that another painting by her, entitled ‘Margaret’, was going under the hammer at Great Western Auctions in Glasgow — and he made a successful bid.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 July 2012 11:51 )

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August 4 is Comet bicentenary big day

ON Saturday August 4 Helensburgh will be celebrating one of the most important events in its history, and indeed in the history of the West of Scotland.

The first voyage of Henry Bell's Comet took place in August 1812 — this was the first commercial steamship in Europe, while Henry Bell himself was the first recorded Provost of Helensburgh.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 July 2012 11:58 )

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Who were these MAEE staff?

DO you recognise anyone in this Second World War photo, taken about 1942-3 at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Rhu, which was officially known as RAF Helensburgh for security reasons?

Retired Merseyside local newspaper editor Robin Bird, whose father Bob was a photographer at MAEE and took this picture, has written and published one book about the top secret establishment, ‘Top Secret War Bird of World War Two’ — and he is hoping to find out who is in the picture for his next book.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 July 2012 14:00 )

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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 by Peter McCaughey on setting up of the CHORD Open Air Museum in Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.

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

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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