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A NEW exhibition from the Anderson (Local Collection) Trust opens to the public in Helensburgh Library in West King Street on Saturday January 11.

The exhibition, which will remain open until June, encompasses two interests very close to the heart of its donor, Nance Anderson MBE: music and art.

Very best wishes to all for a happy and healthy 2020 from Helensburgh Heritage Trust!

A DVD made by Helensburgh Heritage Trust in 2014 to record memories of local people who were living in the area During World War Two was shown at a well attended meeting of the University of the Third Age in the Helensburgh Parish Church large hall on Monday December 9.

The DVD was made jointly by Stewart Noble of the Trust and Robert Bell of West Highland Photography, and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund under its 'All Our Stories' programme.

Stewart introduced the showing, and said that Robert could supply copies of the DVD. It featured, among others, Dennis Royal, Michael Wilson, Cecilia Dunlop, Jenny Sanders, Gordon Burgess, Willie Lamond and Bobby Brodie.

HER Royal Highness Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria, had a huge impact on Helensburgh and Garelochside, where she lived in Rosneath Castle and loved the beauty and quietness of the Gareloch.

The area provided a haven for her in her later years after a fascinating and busy earlier life inevitable for a daughter of Britain’s longest serving monarch from 1837-1901.

HELENSBURGH has always prided itself that a Prime Minister came from the burgh, despite the fact that he is known as “The Unknown Prime Minister”.

A Conservative, the Rt Hon Andrew Bonar Law MP occupied 10 Downing Street for just 209 days in 1922-23, succeeding the much better known Liberal, David Lloyd George, who had served from 1916-22.

A HELENSBURGH man who served as a County Councillor for 23 years was a First World War hero who won the Victoria Cross, the top award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

Colonel George de Cardonnel Elmsall Findlay was born on August 20 1889 in Cardross and died suddenly at his burgh home, Drumfork House, on June 26 1967 at the age of 77.

MANY a long-time Helensburgh resident will remember elephants parading along East Princes Street . . . an unusual spectacle heralding the arrival in the burgh of a circus.

The travelling circus had an association with Helensburgh going back over many years, and quite a number of the most prominent of them visited the town.

A LEADING Helensburgh businessman of the 1980s and 90s was lucky to survive on board a ship which was torpedoed during World War Two.

Footballer and athlete Jack Quinlan went on to run several local businesses in the district and was very well known for his charitable work.

A PROMINENT Helensburgh man who died on January 21 1918 at the age of 94 was one of the world’s most famous children’s doctors.

Professor Gavin Arneil, who had a home in the district for nearly 60 years, had a huge impact on child health in Glasgow and the West of Scotland, earning many honours, and his advice was sought by fellow paediatricians in countries far and wide.

A Religious Heritage Exhibition set up by Helensburgh Heritage Trust is on show in the main hall of the Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street.

It was organised by Trust director Nigel Allan and will be on display until March.

THE HISTORY of the golf courses in Helensburgh and district was to the fore at the November open meeting of Helensburgh Heritage Trust on Wednesday evening.

The speaker at the third meeting of the winter series in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street was the Trust’s chairman, keen golfer the Rev David Clark.

THE STREET names in Helensburgh have origins which come from a diverse list of sources.

Sandy Kerr revealed some of the sources when he was the speaker at Helensburgh Heritage Trust’s second open meeting of the winter season in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre on Wednesday October 30.

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2019-20 Winter Open Meetings

Wednesday September 25 — Kirsty Millican: Scotland from the Air
Wednesday October 30 — AGM; then Sandy Kerr: Origins of Helensburgh street names
Wednesday November 27 — David Clark: History of Golf Clubs in Lennox
Wednesday January 29 — Suzie Reid: National Trust work at Hill House
Wednesday February 26 — Trust members: brief talks on artefacts from the past
Wednesday March 25 — Tony Belk: Coastal defences of the Upper Clyde
Meetings, open to all, in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, 7.30pm.

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