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Images and information wanted

IT is fascinating researching Helensburgh and district history — and really rewarding when mysteries are solved or searches are successful. 

So to start 2012, here are a few areas of research the Trust website is involved in, and images we are seeking. The first concerns the image of a man and his dog (below), in fact Flying Officer Roy Henderson, of Dungoyne, Helensburgh, who destroyed a Messerschmitt 410 fighter bomber in a forward battle area in 1944.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 January 2012 17:28 )


New book on historic Loch Long yachts

THE long-awaited 'next chapter' in the story of the Loch Longs, the gutsy little racing yachts designed and built at McGruer and Company on the Gareloch, has been published.

Jamie Bruce Lockhart brings the story right up to date in his follow-up to “Loch Longs the First Fifty Years” which was published for the Golden Jubilee of the class with “Loch Longs, the third quarter century 1987 - 2012.”

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2012 19:29 )


Learning about Morlaggan excavations

AN OPPORTUNITY to find out all about the remarkable excavations at High Morlaggan, near Arrochar, was offered on Saturday January 14 at the Three Villages Community Hall. 

The Morlaggan Rural Settlement Group held a double event in celebration of the excavations, including a book launch, entitled ‘People, Pottery and the Past’.

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 January 2012 17:14 )


Kidston bandstand to be restored

THE announcement of plans to restore the bandstand on Helensburgh seafront at Kidston Park is good news from a heritage perspective.

Whatever the pros and cons of the controversial housing development at nearby Cumberland Avenue, the bandstand project is a significant ‘planning gain’ which will be welcomed by local people and visitors alike.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 December 2011 17:33 )


Burgh's flying cat honoured

THE exploits of a Helensburgh cat which joined an RAF crew during the Second World War have been recognised with a bravery award.

The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals charity awarded a special posthumous commendation to Pyro, which was adopted by Wallasey photographer Bob Bird when he was stationed at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment base at Helensburgh and Rhu.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 November 2011 18:57 )


Luss named as a city

LUSS has, for many years, been known as Scotland’s prettiest village ... but now it is Scotland’s first green city!

The Loch Lomondside village represented Scotland at the Green Pilgrim City Launch and Celebration at Assisi, Italy, at the start of November 2011.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 November 2011 18:21 )


Conroy study sold

A PAINTING of particular interest to Helensburgh and district was on show and for sale at the Christmas Exhibition at Ewan Mundy Fine Art in Glasgow from November 28 to December 22. 

'Nude Study', by highly regarded Helensburgh artist Stephen Conroy, is an 18 x 14 inches charcoal drawing on paper which was originally purchased at the Glasgow School of Art Degree Show in 1987, the year it was drawn.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 February 2012 12:11 )

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First 2015 Open Meeting


Michael Gallagher of Glasgow University will discuss 'Reinventing Ruins — stories from Kilmahew and St Peter's Seminary' at Helensburgh Tennis Club on Wednesday January 28 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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