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brad-pitt-angelina-jolieFILM stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to Charles Rennie Macintosh's Hill House in Helensburgh on Monday August 22 2011.

The famous Hollywood couple, who are in Scotland as Brad shoot scenes for a zombie movie 'World War Z', arrived for a private tour which had been booked for 10 people.

A.J.Cronin_book_coverTHE new biography of Cardross-born author A.J.Cronin has been exclusively reviewed for this website by Helensburgh Heritage Trust president Malcolm Baird.

James_Kay_Tending_the_CowsA PAINTING by renowned Portincaple artist James Kay RSA RSW was offered for sale at £1,250 in May 2011, but did not find a buyer and was returned to its owner. 

The watercolour, signed and measuring about 9 by 13 ins, is entitled 'Tending the Cows, Arran' and was included in an exhibition of paintings of subjects in the Arran area for sale at Ewan Mundy Fine Art, 211 West George Street, Glasgow.

Mary-Batchelor-26.0.11-wONE of Helensburgh and district’s most commercially successful artists enjoyed the month of May 2011 painting in France — thanks to a Charles Rennie Mackintosh connection. 

Mary Batchelor, who lives in Rhu, was one of the first two Scottish lady artists to be offered the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Residency at Collioure in the Pyrénées Orientales in southern France.

A.J.Cronin_book_coverA BIOGRAPHY of Cardross-born author A.J.Cronin was published on Thursday June 2 2011.

The 384 page hardback 'A.J Cronin — The Man who Created Dr Finlay' is the work of Welsh author Alan Davies, and is published by Alma Books, price £20.

andy-savageMEMBERS of Helensburgh Heritage Trust were among those who attended a talk in the Victoria Hall on Tuesday May 17 by the executive director of the Railway Heritage Trust.

Andy Savage, who is based at Euston Station in London, was undertaking a small tour of Scottish stations and agreed to meet with some members of Helensburgh and Gareloch Horticultural Society and Helensburgh Model Railway Club to give a presentation about the history and function of the Railway Heritage Trust.

2._Rhu_Point_-_Harry_BarnesNEW YEAR blues are dispelled every year by the return of the Turners at the National Gallery in Edinburgh . . . and of the Anderson Trust paintings in Helensburgh Library.

This fine local collection, bequeathed to the town in 1980 by Annie Templeton Anderson, now numbers 90 paintings – too many to be displayed together, so a different selection is made each time.

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