ONE of the sadder sights on Helensburgh seafront has been the magnificent mansion Cairndhu boarded up and starting to deterioriate.

But now a new use a new use has been found for this former home, wartime degaussing base, hotel and then care home.

HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust is seeking a new chairman.

The chairman for the past four years, the Rev David Clark, retired from the post and as a Trustee at the end of March 2020.

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.

AS PART of Helensburgh's Winter Festival, Helensburgh Heritage Trust offered Town Centre Walks on Saturday November 30.

The walks started from outside the Victoria Halls at 10.30am, led by Stewart Noble, and at 2pm, led by Nigel Millar.

Stewart said: "It gave people a chance to see Helensburgh through a different pair of eyes!"

THE IMAGE GALLERY on this Helensburgh Heritage Trust website has now reached a new milestone . . . its 2,000th image.

Website editor Donald Fullarton says that it has taken ten years, and it is now — like the main website — a huge resource of images of local people and places of years gone by.

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.

THE SCOTTISH Place Name Society held its annual conference at the Three Villages Hall in Arrochar on Saturday November 2.

One presentation was about mountain names around Arrochar — based on Pont's early map — one of which is Ben Arthur, or the Cobbler.

Scottish Place-Name Society
Comann Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba

1000–1055  Registration and coffee/tea
1055–1100  Welcome
1100–1150  Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson and Elizabeth Carmichael: Arrochar Place-names and the Hidden Heritage Project
1150–1240  Ronald Black: Place-names in the Dewar Manuscripts
1240–1255  Simon Taylor: Introducing Place-names of the Aird and Strathglass, Inverness-shire, by Simon Taylor with Ronald Maclean and Jake King
1255–1355  Lunch and book launch
1355–1420  Peter Drummond: The Cobbler and his Neighbours: Some Mountain Names around Arrochar
1420–1445  Alison Grant: The Nicolaisen Archive
1445–1515  Alan Cameron: The Place-names in the Poem Flory Loynachan
1515–1545  Bill Stephens: Sneaky Swans: Ealaidh in Place and Tradition
1545–1600  Closing Discussion

  • Photo by Brian Kay.

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