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New steamers history launched

A NEW history of the steamers, ferries and personalities — including Henry Bell — that have served the Clyde resorts since 1812 has just been published.

It is entitled ‘Pleasures of the Firth: 200 Years of Clyde Steamers’, and author Andrew Clark, a Financial Times journalist, tells the colourful story from the first steamer, Henry Bell’s Comet, in 1812 to the present day.

Last Updated ( Friday, 02 November 2012 14:09 )


Arrochar Vikings research project

A PROJECT to investigate the Viking history of the Arrochar and Tarbet area will begin next month. 

Entitled ‘The Hidden Heritage of a Landscape: Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers’, the project is community-led and will use popular interest in Viking history to involve local people.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 November 2012 16:05 )


400 pay tribute to John Johnston

OVER 400 people attended a Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving at St Michael and All Angels Church, Helensburgh, on Friday October 12 for the life of Helensburgh Heritage Trust's company secretary and treasurer, John W.P.Johnston, C.A.

Ever cheerful, smiling and helpful, John, of Rhu Arden, 1 Upper Sutherland Crescent, died at the Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria, on Thursday October 5 after a short illness.

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 October 2012 12:31 )


Bottles project — helpers wanted

A SEARCH took place in October to find a heritage treasure trove on the site of the car park for the Waitrose store which is to be built opposite Hermitage Academy at Colgrain — and helpers are wanted to clean what was found.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 November 2012 12:51 )


Town church looked back

HELENSBURGH'S St Michael and All Angels Scottish Episcopal Church looked back over the weekend from Friday to Sunday October 5-7.

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 October 2012 16:11 )


50 years of Helensburgh rugby

MEMBERS of Helensburgh Rugby Football Club have begun planning for the club's 50th anniversary from August 23-25 next year.

A Friday evening reception will be followed by a match on the Saturday afternoon, then a Golden Jubilee Gala dinner for some 500 guests in a marquee at the Ardencaple ground in the evening.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 September 2012 11:52 )


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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First 2016 Open Meeting

r.b.cunninghame-graham-wThe first Open Meeting of 2016 is on January 27 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm, when Lachie Munro will describe 'The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland'.

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

  • 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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