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Rhu artist's latest work on show

NEW paintings by celebrated Rhu artist Mary Batchelor are on show at an exhibition of her work which has opened on the island of Islay.

The exhibition has been staged by Petra Pearce at her Outback Gallery at Sanaigmore, and it is Mary's first work since returning from a study visit to Collioure in France last year.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 August 2012 16:09 )

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Comet Bicentenary Events Timetable

Comet Bicentenary Celebrations — Helensburgh, Saturday August 4

Organiser Stewart Noble, chairman of Helensburgh Heritage Trust, has announced that the following events will be taking place in the vicinity of Helensburgh Pier in the afternoon (timings to be confirmed - see below):

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 July 2012 18:30 )

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Search for history of portrait

AN art collector who has just bought a second painting by ‘Glasgow Girl’ Bessie MacNicol would like to find out more about its Helensburgh history.

Last year Jim Smith bought Bessie’s 1904 work, ‘Lady with a Fan’, a portrait of a model known only as Deborah. Early in June he learnt that another painting by her, entitled ‘Margaret’, was going under the hammer at Great Western Auctions in Glasgow — and he made a successful bid.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 July 2012 11:51 )

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August 4 is Comet bicentenary big day

ON Saturday August 4 Helensburgh will be celebrating one of the most important events in its history, and indeed in the history of the West of Scotland.

The first voyage of Henry Bell's Comet took place in August 1812 — this was the first commercial steamship in Europe, while Henry Bell himself was the first recorded Provost of Helensburgh.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 July 2012 11:58 )

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Who were these MAEE staff?

DO you recognise anyone in this Second World War photo, taken about 1942-3 at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Rhu, which was officially known as RAF Helensburgh for security reasons?

Retired Merseyside local newspaper editor Robin Bird, whose father Bob was a photographer at MAEE and took this picture, has written and published one book about the top secret establishment, ‘Top Secret War Bird of World War Two’ — and he is hoping to find out who is in the picture for his next book.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 July 2012 14:00 )

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A.H.Turner work sold at auction

A PAINTING by a well known Kilcreggan artist was sold at auction in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on Wednesday June 13.

Entitled 'Boatyard at Buckie, Scotland', it is the work of Arthur Henry Turner who specialised in scenes relating to sailing and the sea, and it was sold by Robert Perera Fine Art of Lymington, Hampshire, at the Woolley and Wallace auction to an unknown buyer for £150.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 June 2012 14:58 )

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Nance Anderson — Collector

AS this year's Anderson Trust Collection exhibition in Helensburgh Library enters its final few weeks, it is an appropriate time to look at the work of the late Nance Anderson MBE JP as a collector.

The current exhibition upstairs in the West King Street library — adjacent to the new Heritage Room set up by Helensburgh Heritage Trust — includes almost all the pictures which formed the original Anderson Trust Collection following my aunt's death in 1980.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 May 2012 10:03 )

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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.