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DVD tells Henry Bell story

HELENSBURGH'S first Provost Henry Bell deserves to be remembered not only today, but also by future generations. A new DVD will help to do facilitate that.

When Bell introduced his paddle steamer Comet on to the Clyde in 1812 this proved to be the catalyst for the enormous expansion in heavy engineering in the West of Scotland for the rest of the 19th century. Then, when Bell instigated the first steamboat services up the Western Highlands, he proved to be one of the pioneers of Scottish tourism.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 August 2013 11:14 )

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TV featured Baird home

THE HASTINGS home of Helensburgh-born TV inventor John Logie Baird featured in an hour-long ITV documentary on Friday July 5 2013.

In the last of a five-part series entitled 'Britain's Secret Homes', Michael Buerk visited the house at 21 Linton Crescent in Hastings where Baird did his early TV experiments, and met the inventor's grandson, Iain Baird.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 July 2013 18:17 )

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Cardross garden talk postponed

A PUBLIC talk hosted by the Invisible College project, which is working on improving the St Peter's College and Kilmahew area of Cardross, to be staged in the village this week has been postponed.

As part of the project's ongoing programme of activities, Professor Stephen Daniels of the University of Nottingham was to give a talk entitled 'Art of the Garden — Staging the Landscape' in Cardross Golf Club on Wednesday June 26 from 6-30-8pm. The new date is Wednesday September 18.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:24 )

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Tales of a Cardross family

A BOOK which features the lives of a well known 20th century Cardross family, “The Allan Family: they left the world a better place”, was officially launched in Helensburgh on June 6.

Maureen Borland’s fourth book tells the story of the Allan family of Scotland and Canada, shipowners and founders of the Allan Steamship Line, the world’s largest private steamship company — said to be the inspiration for the Onedin Line 70s TV drama series.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:24 )

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Argylls painting visited burgh

A DRAMATIC newly-commissioned painting commemorating the role of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders in the victory at the Battle of Longstop Hill in North Africa in 1943 was on display in early June on the balcony in Helensburgh Library in West King Street.

It is being taken round the main towns in Argyll and Bute and was in Helensburgh until Saturday June 15, and it then moved on to Inverary. Its final home will be the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum at Stirling Castle.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 June 2013 17:33 )

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Cronin classic on dvd

THE first twelve episodes of the very popular 1960s medical drama Dr Finlay’s Casebook — based on stories by the Cardross-born and Helensburgh and Dumbarton-educated best-selling author A.J.Cronin — have just been released on dvd.

The dvd is available from Simply Home Entertainment, tel 0844-848 2000, website www.simplyhe.co.uk, price £24.99.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 May 2013 16:52 )

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Expert spoke to Tree Trust

HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust members were invited to a talk given at the AGM of the Helensburgh Tree Conservation Trust on Tuesday May 14 2013.

The Tree Trust AGM consisted of a brief business meeting, followed by a talk by Tom Christian, Keeper of the National Tree Collections of Scotland at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Tom visited Helensburgh recently and was very interested in the town's street trees.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 May 2013 14:10 )

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First Winter Open Meeting

Melissa-Simpson-wA new series of six Winter Open Meetings will begin on Wednesday September 30 at Helensburgh Tennis Club in Suffolk Street at 7.30pm, when Melissa Simpson will talk on 'Hermitage Park: past, present and future'.

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 (to be held in the Loch Lomond Golf Club at Luss)

  • 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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