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Major boost for Hermitage Park

ARGYLL and Bute Council, working with the Friends of Hermitage Park, has secured a £2,087,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to regenerate Helensburgh's historic Hermitage Park after a successful stage one application.

An initial fund of £169,700 has been made available to cover the development phase of the project. This initial phase will end with the submission of an application for a full grant, which includes developing a series of detailed plans to take the regeneration of the park forward.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 August 2014 17:08 )

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Burgh featured in World War Two novel

A NEW novel partly set in Helensburgh and the surrounding area in World War Two was published recently.

 

'Rue End Street’, by Sue Reid Sexton, is also set in Greenock, Glasgow and Carbeth, and follows the journey of Lenny Gillespie, a young girl looking for her father.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 August 2014 15:44 )

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Help wanted with research

THE story of Helensburgh GP Dr Fordyce Messer has attracted the attention of London-based Anne Hunter and her sister Helen Murden who are researching their family history.

A well known figure with his fine flowing beard, Dr Messer has a double claim to fame.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 August 2014 13:24 )

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Actress came home for Games

HELENSBURGH-BORN Morven Christie was back in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

She starred in the opening event for ‘The Tin Forest Festival’ for the National Theatre of Scotland in the South Rotunda courtyard.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 August 2014 13:01 )

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Engraving lent for exhibition

ONE of the works featuring in the current ‘Glasgow Girls: Artists and Designers 1920-1960’ exhibition in Kirkcudbright has been lent by Helensburgh’s Anderson Trust Collection.

 

It is a wood engraving entitled ‘The Emperor and the Nightingale’ by local artist, Elizabeth Odling (1924-2003).

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 July 2014 17:42 )

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Sir Jackie is 75

WEDNESDAY June 12 2014 was yet another milestone in the extraordinary journey through life of Sir Jackie Stewart, one of the greatest Grand Prix drivers of all time and a man with many Helensburgh connections, when he celebrated his 75th birthday.

A back number of the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times weekly newspaper provided this image from another of the great days of his life . . . his wedding to Helensburgh girl Helen McGregor.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 March 2015 09:54 )

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Aussie search for burgh forebears

AN AUSTRALIAN airport engineer is searching for information about his Helensburgh and district forebears.

Ian Scott has been doing his research from his home in Melbourne, Victoria, since he retired in 1996, and has been interested in family history research for 25 years.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 June 2014 11:09 )

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Winter Open Meetings 2015-16

A new series of six Winter Open Meetings will begin on Wednesday September 30 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm.

Further meetings will be held on the last Wednesdays of October, November, January 2016, February and March.

The speakers programme will be published as soon as it is available.