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Ashes cricket has burgh link

THE ASHES series — the dramatic encounters between England’s cricket team and the Australians — has a link with Helensburgh.

Only cricket buffs will know of Australian wicket keeper Stan Sismey, but he served as a test pilot at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at RAF Helensburgh during World War Two.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 August 2013 09:39 )

 

German POW decided to stay

A SHANDON prisoner of war during and after World War Two liked the area so much that he decided to stay.

Indeed Ulrich Behrendt — who will soon be 89 and is now in a care home in Cathcart, Glasgow — is probably still remembered by some Garelochside residents.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:15 )

Tragedy inspired Provost's generosity

THE MOST generous benefactor in Helensburgh’s history believed that divine intervention had saved his life, and giving was his way of expressing his gratitude.

Not only did Provost Andrew Buchanan pay for the King George V Silver Jubilee beakers and sweets given to town schoolchildren in 1935, but he is best remembered for donating the outdoor swimming pool.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 January 2014 18:06 )

Prominent villager was shipowner

A LEADING Cardross resident for nearly 40 years was one of the owners of the world’s largest private steamship company . . . which is said to have been the inspiration for the popular 'Onedin Line' TV drama series in the 1970s.

Shipowner Claud Allan was a member of the Allan family of Scotland and Canada, founders of the Allan Steamship Line.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 July 2013 17:58 )

The 22 Boer War heroes

A PICTURE has been found of all twenty two soldiers from Helensburgh and district who served in the Boer War between 1899 and 1901 and who received clocks from the Town Council to mark their service.

Because of poor logistics, disease, and clever and determined Boer fighters, the South African campaign was very demanding for the British soldiers, and this was recognised at home.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 July 2013 18:25 )

King's tribute to Boer War veteran

ONE of the 22 Helensburgh soldiers who received carriage clocks in recognition of their service in the Boer War went on to win praise from the King of Albania.

A Lieutenant at the time of the clocks presentation in 1901, John Maxwell Gillatt rose to become a Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded the DSO and OBE.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 May 2014 13:32 )

Princess presented Cumberland prizes

A VERY special prizegiving took place aboard the Training Ship Cumberland moored in the Gareloch in 1871.

Not only were the prizes presented by a daughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Louise, who spent much of each year at her Scottish home, Rosneath Castle, but also the event was pictured and reported on in the Illustrated London News.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 July 2013 17:18 )

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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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