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A SILHOUETTE of Henry Bell’s Comet which stands beside the car park of the Waitrose store at Colgrain was formally presented by Helensburgh Heritage Trust to the store today (Wednesday August 31).

Built by apprentices from Babcock Engineering at Faslane to a design by burgh architect Ian Plenderleath, it was first display as part of the Comet bicentenary celebrations in Helensburgh in 2012.

Helensburgh-Parish-ChurchHELENSBURGH Parish Church, which has stained glass windows dedicated to the inventor of television and a former British prime minister, is undergoing a near £300,000 makeover.

The project at the B-listed former West Kirk in Colquhoun Square follows awards of £190,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland.

Baird Switchover-1-27.04.11-wHELENSBURGH Heritage Trust records with deep regret the death of Diana Richardson, daughter of TV inventor John Logie Baird.

Mrs Richardson, whose brother Professor Malcolm Baird is president of the Trust, died suddenly but peacefully at Monklands General Hospital on Saturday July 2.

Archaeology Society logoLOCAL people will have the chance in July to look at some fascinating finds made by members of the burgh-based North Clyde Archaeological Society in their quest for relics of days long gone by.

Their searching has been rewarded with some fascinating finds, and the society will be staging displays of finds made during recent excavations and field-walking surveys, the first on Saturday July 9 at Cove Burgh Hall and the second at Helensburgh Civic Centre in East Clyde Street on Saturday July 23, both from 11am-4pm.

Hinterland-award-pic-wIT HAS been a fantastic year so far for the Kilmahew/St Peter's project at Cardross, and last week brought more good news — Hinterland won the Judges' Choice Award at the first ever Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards.

The Judges’ Choice Award acknowledged a cultural event, artist or performance which provided “that feeling that you are in exactly the right place at the right time … when the stars collide and you know that the play, or dance performance, or gig is something truly exceptional”.

Kenneth-Crawford-wHELENSBURGH Heritage Trust records with the deepest regret the sudden death on Monday of Trust Newsletter editor and former director Kenneth N.Crawford, FInstLEx, MCIM.

A director for many years, he retired from the board in February but carried on editing the newsletter — a task he took over in 1998.

NVA-St-Peters-06.16-wA DROP-IN Information Session to report progress on the NVA project to reclaim St Peter's Seminary and the surrounding landscape will be held in Cardross Parish Church Hall on Wednesday June 29 from 2-7pm.

An NVA spokesman said: "Please come along, ask us questions, and find out what happens next following the confirmation of £4.2 million in funding to take forward NVA's ambitious proposals."

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