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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.

9th Argylls at Ypres: A Soldier's Tale

This account is based mainly on details given in the autobiography of the Rev Charles L.Warr, “The Glimmering Landscape” (1960).

Charles Warr (1892-1969) was the second son of the Rev Alfred Warr, parish minister at Rosneath from 1887 until his death in 1916. When Charles graduated in arts from Edinburgh University in the summer of 1914, war was just about to break out.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 November 2014 19:02 )

Cumberland boy became Empress teacher

INFORMATION about the boys training ships Cumberland and Empress which were moored in the Gareloch is quite plentiful . . . but another strand of the story came to light in the autumn of 2014.

It links the two vessels, as it is the story of a ‘boy’ who was trained on the Cumberland and returned to be a member of the staff on board the Empress.

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 December 2014 17:14 )

Local hero became war hero

A YOUNG Helensburgh pilot died on active service at Flanders in World War One . . . and was hailed a hero.

Robert Martin lost his life in September 1917. His obituary stated: “He performed some heroic deeds in connection with the recent air raids worthy of the highest honour.”

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 November 2014 13:11 )

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February Open Meeting

The next Open Meeting is on February 24 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm. Sue Furness and Fiona Jackson will talk on 'Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers'.

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

  • 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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