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100 Years of Helensburgh Scouts

ONE of Helensburgh’s best known organisations, the Scout Movement, is now 100 years-old.

The Scout Association itself chose to celebrate its centenary in 2007, which was actually the centenary of the holding of an experimental camp on Brownsea Island, the largest of the islands in Poole Harbour, Dorset.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 December 2011 18:29 )

 

Chattie's sporting dynasty

A DISTINGUISHED sportswoman who died in Helensburgh in 1966 at the age of 96 was not only arguably the first female Olympic gold medallist of the modern era — she was also the founder of an incredible sporting dynasty.

Charlotte Cooper won five Wimbledon singles tennis titles, her daughter played tennis for Britain, one grandson played rugby for Scotland and another chaired the Royal and Ancient Golf Club’s championship committee, and a great grandson holds a school javelin record and played rugby league for Scotland.

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 December 2016 17:41 )

Modern Shandon shipbuilding boss

A LEADING Clyde shipbuilder who lived for many years in Shandon — as did shipbuilding pioneer Robert Napier over a century earlier — died peacefully of cancer at home on October 10 2008 at the age of 85.

Sir Robert Easton, CEng, FIMechE, FIMarE, FRINA, chairman of Yarrow Shipbuilders and pioneer of naval design, lived with his wife Jean at Stuckenduff, and was best known for steering the Clyde operation through the 1970s and 1980s — its most turbulent period.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:44 )

Couple dedicated to tennis

A COUPLE who were key figures in Helensburgh Lawn Tennis Club for several decades taught hundreds of local youngsters to play tennis and played the game themselves into their eighties.

William Steuart-Corry, known to all as Will, and his wife Margaret, of 9 Kennedy Drive, were honoured by both the Lawn Tennis Association and the Scottish Sports Council (now sportscotland) for their service to the sport.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:19 )

Museum buys Baird receiver

ONE of the earliest receivers for Helensburgh inventor John Logie Baird's Television Company sold at Bonhams in Knightsbridge, London, on Tuesday November 18 2008 for £12,000 … four times more than its pre-sale estimate.

The rare wireless, which was able to receive some of the world's first television programmes, was bought by the National Museum of Scotland.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:42 )

The Clyde family shops

HELENSBURGH’S famous Clyde family had two branches — the actors and the shopkeepers.

The acting branch included Andy, David and Jean Clyde, three of the six children of touring theatre company boss John Clyde, who was born in Rattray, Blairgowrie, on November 20 1860 and died in Helensburgh on November 1 1920.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:54 )

Fashion boss runs own business

A HELENSBURGH-born businesswoman who is one of the key figures in the world of British fashion is highly positive about the future . . . after three years running her own business.

The second of four children of a Welsh mum and an English dad, brought up near Portsmouth – where her father was based with the Royal Navy — she was born in the burgh on March 11 1959.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 29 November 2015 15:44 )

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2018-19 Open Meetings

comet4A new programme of Winter Open Meetings for 2018-19 will begin at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 26. Details will be published when available.