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MAEE author researches in district

RETIRED local newspaper editor Robin Bird, who is writing his second book about the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Helensburgh, Rhu and Glen Fruin, visited the district in August 2010.

Robin, whose late father Bob was a photographer at the MAEE, also known as RAF Helensburgh, when it was in the district during World War Two, is the man who has lifted the veil of secrecy about the establishment in recent years.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 October 2010 18:25 )


New focus on Deborah Kerr

HELENSBURGH’S iconic film star Deborah Kerr, who died in 2007, is once again the focus of media attention this autumn.

She is the subject of a retrospective at the British Film Institute on London‘s Southbank in partnership with the Independent newspaper from September 1 to October 13, and a new biography will be published on October 20.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 September 2010 09:26 )


Trust website research led to visit

THIS Helensburgh Heritage Trust website attracts many inquiries from abroad — usually about family history.

One email inquiry early in 2010 came from Karen Ondrasek, a financial controller in Dayton, Ohio, and in early August she took it a step further by coming to stay for two nights at Rhu’s Rosslea Hall Hotel as she researched her roots.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 February 2011 10:19 )


Morven read story on radio

HELENSBURGH-born actress Morven Christie was the reader for episode 3 of the BBC Radio 4 programme Opening Lines on Thursday August 19 2010.

Opening Lines gives emerging short-story writers their radio debut, and Morven read the final story in this series, 'Kiss' by Heather Reid.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 August 2010 14:44 )


Blackie home in Rhu on sale

A RHU house occupied for five years by the son of publisher Walter W.Blackie — who commissioned the building of Hill House in Helensburgh by Charles Rennie MacKintosh — has been put up for sale.

Offers over £495,000 are being invited for The Moss in Pier Road by agents Rettie & Co. of 147 Bath Street, Glasgow. It was bought by Walter G.Blackie in January 1941, and he and his family lived there until 1945 when they moved to Auchengower, James Street, Helensburgh.

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 August 2012 12:12 )


Glasgow Girls work on show

THE Glasgow Boys exhibition on view in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum — which features works painted around the Helensburgh area and by local artists — has been well attended and highly acclaimed. But the gender balance was redressed! 

An exhibition of paintings, decorative and applied art by the Glasgow Girls (1890–1930) opened in Kirkcudbright Town Hall on Saturday July 3 and ran until the end of August.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 04 September 2010 18:19 )


Painting on sale online

A PAINTING of the Gareloch by an eminent Scottish artist is currently being offered for sale on Ebay. The asking price was £1,250, but it has now been reduced to £550.

The 15 inches by 9 inches watercolour by Sir James Lewis Caw (1864-1950), who was the director of the Scottish National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery from 1907-1930, is entitled 'Gareloch, Helensburgh'.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 July 2010 11:58 )

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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 on the heritage aspects of the CHORD project in Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.

Non-members are always welcome, and tea and coffee is served at the end of the meeting.