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New book on Clyde piers

A NEW publication brings together a selection of photographs of the Clyde Coast piers from the late 19th century to the present day, including Helensburgh, Kilcreggan, Coulport and Arrochar.

Alistair Deayton, author of several books about the Clyde and about steamers, relates the history of the piers and shows the variety of vessels that called.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 January 2011 18:10 )


Burgh actress in TV drama

HELENSBURGH-born actress Morven Christie appeared in Alan Bleasdale's The Sinking of the Laconia, a wartime drama screened on BBC TV on Thursday and Friday January 6 and 7.

October 2004 was when writer Alan Bleasdale first heard about the fate of the RMS Laconia during World War Two and now his dream of telling the story of the merchant vessel has become a reality in a two-part dramatisation on BBC2.

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 January 2011 18:39 )


Artist's work exhibited in New York

SOME of the work of celebrated Helensburgh-born artist Stephen Conroy is on show in New York throughout December.

Over 30 oils on canvas are on display at the Marlborough Gallery where he previously had an exhibition in 2007.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 December 2010 18:34 )


Haiku at Helensburgh Library

HELENSBURGH Library hosted an exhibition called 'Morning Glory', based on the book of Haiku — a form of Japanese poetry — by Alan Spence, illustrated by celebrated artist Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, in November.

The exhibition, which also featured Haiku jewellery by Sheana Stephen, opened on Saturday November 13 and continued until Tuesday November 30. All three were at the West King Street premises for the opening ceremony.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 December 2010 13:47 )


Lectures on Luss history

LUSS Parish Church arranged a season of six weekly historical lectures to end the Year of Celebration to mark its 1,500th year.

The free one-hour lectures began in the church on Wednesdays evening November 17 2010, covering the events of the last 1,500 years around Loch Lomond. Three of the talks had to be rescheduled to January 12, 19 and 26 because of the bad weather in December.

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 February 2011 10:42 )


Madeleine Smith mansion for sale

THE historic B-listed Rhu mansion which was home to Madeleine Smith — the socialite accused of murder — has been put up for sale.

Invergare, originally named Rowaleyn, was built in 1855 to the design of architect James Smith, Madeleine's father, to be his family's summer home. It is now on the market with Clyde Property Helensburgh at offers over £1.2 million.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 November 2010 18:34 )


Ex-Lomond pupil exhibits in London

A FORMER pupil of Helensburgh’s Lomond School opened her fifth solo art exhibition at the Portland Gallery in London’s Mayfair on Thursday November 11 2010.

Kirsty Wither, who was a boarder at the burgh school while her Army officer father and his wife, a potter, moved from posting to posting, is now a very successful artist with work varying from flowers to nudes to landscapes.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 December 2010 12:42 )

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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 26 — Tam Ward: Recent Discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society
  • Wednesday March 26 — 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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