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Mansion had many uses

THE handsome mansion Inverclyde at Cove — origi­nally Hartfield House — had a very colourful history.

Built by architect Campbell Douglas in 1859, it was used for a variety of purposes before being demolished.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 December 2014 13:30 )


Fresh Air Fortnight at holiday homes

THE Helensburgh district is a very attractive holiday destination — and has been for many years.

That is the reason the area had so many holiday homes — most involved in the Fresh-Air Fortnight scheme.

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 December 2014 18:51 )

Blairvadach and Broomfield

TIME is running out for Argyll and Bute Council’s imposing planning offices at Blairvadach, Shandon, overlooking the Gareloch.

Sometime in 2015 its staff will transfer to the bright and spacious new local council HQ being built on East Clyde Street, Helensburgh, overlooking the Clyde, as part of a community complex embracing the old Clyde Street School.

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 December 2014 19:23 )

Catalinas tested at Rhu

CATALINA flying boats were a familiar sight on the Gareloch off Helensburgh and Rhu throughout World War Two.

RAF Helensburgh — the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment — tested and modified all Catalinas types before new marks were assigned to operational squadrons.

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 December 2014 18:44 )

Mrs Pankhurst spoke in burgh

WHENEVER the topic of the Suffragettes crops up, one person’s name immediately springs to mind — Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst.

As the campaign for votes for women reached fever pitch in the years leading up to the First World War, the militant actions of Mrs Pankhurst and the Suffragettes were headline news up and down the country.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 December 2014 17:30 )

Lions Club roars about 50 years

ONE of Helensburgh and district’s best known service organisations, the Lions Club, had plenty to roar about in 2014.

It was the 50th anniversary of the formation of the club, and it is now the longest serving Lions Club in Scotland.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 December 2014 13:29 )

Clynder's four Holiday Homes

THE small village of Clynder once boasted four houses serving as holiday homes.

One was Hillside Holiday Home, while three others comprised The Grove Holiday Homes.

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Next Open Meeting

Fraser-Noble-wThe second of six Winter Open Meetings will be held on Wednesday October 28 at Helensburgh Tennis Club in Suffolk Street at 7.30pm, when Fraser Noble will talk about boatbuilding at McGruers. The AGM is at 7pm.

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 at 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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