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Architect who designed burgh

HELENSBURGH is renowned for its grid pattern design, which was the vision of one man.

William Spence is not a household name, unlike the town’s founder, Sir James Colquhoun of Luss, Baronet, after whose wife Helen the town was named.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 December 2013 17:48 )

 

Life in Shandon POW camp

GARELOCHSIDE was the home of three World War Two prisoner of war camps, two at Shandon and one at Whistlefield, which remained for several years after the end of the war in 1945.

A fascinating article on life in one of the camps was published in the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times in April 1947.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 December 2013 18:24 )

The day the 'Iron Lady' came to town

THE death of Baroness Thatcher on April 8 2013 led to the great and the good producing all their views and memories — some favourable, some not so — of the ‘Iron Lady’.

In Helensburgh thoughts turned to her visit to the town on April 18 1975, when the first woman to lead a British political party was given a rapturous welcome.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:33 )

Cove's Tin Hut Church demolished

A PIECE of Rosneath Peninsula and local religious history was demolished in March 2013.

It was not a surprise, but it was a sad day for many local residents when the ‘Tin Hut Church’ was pulled down.

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 May 2013 11:33 )

English soldiers built Fruin monument

A POPULAR attraction in Glen Fruin is the memorial stone commemorating the Battle of Glen Fruin.

The memorial was erected in 1968 at the west end of the glen, looking east over the area where the famous battle between the Colquhouns and the McGregors took place on February 7 1603.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 April 2013 17:53 )

Colonel paid for old folks flats

HELENSBURGH’S Abbeyfield supported housing for the elderly at 54 West King Street, Barclay Smith House, consists of eleven flats, and is named after its most generous local benefactor.

In the late 1960s Colonel Edward Alan Barclay-Smith, MA (Cantab), AMIMechE, AMIEE, a prominent figure in the then Helensburgh Town Council, sat down in his Suffolk Street villa, Khillanmorg, and wrote a cheque for £6,000 — the equivalent of some £80,000 today — to the Abbeyfield Society.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:43 )

Cupid also served at MAEE Rhu

BEHIND the dramatic stories about aircraft, bombs and depth charges worked on during World War Two by the Rhu-based Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment, there are also many personal stories.

Retired newspaper editor Robin Bird, who has written two books lifting the veil of secrecy over what was called, for security reasons, RAF Helensburgh, is just as interested in the people as he is the events, successful or tragic.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 April 2013 15:50 )

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Next Open Meeting

Parkhead-wIan McKellar will talk about Parkhead and its garden at Rosneath, which he has restored, at Helensburgh Tennis Club on Wednesday November 26 at 7.30pm. Non-members are most welcome.

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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