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Trust launches purchase fund

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comet4 HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust has launched a fund so that it can purchase local artefacts.

The board of the Trust approved the plan at a meeting on Thursday August 14 2008, and already the fund has attracted a few donations.

Recently the Trust acquired two items felt to be part of the town's heritage so that they could remain available for local view.

The first was a bench from the old Helensburgh Station, which became available when the Church of Scotland closed Clyde View Eventide Home where the bench had provided a resting place in the garden for residents. It has now been lent to First Scotrail, refurbished, and placed in the ticket office foyer at the Central Station.

In the week that the new Hermitage Academy at Colgrain was officially opened on June 4 2008, a book about a much older Helensburgh school came to light and was bought by the Trust.

Antiquarian bookseller George Newlands, of McLaren Books in John Street, offered for sale a manuscript notebook about the establishment of Helensburgh's first school. The first page carries the note: “The Schoolhouse being ready and entered into upon July 3 1805.”

Said a Trust spokesman: “We want to be in a position where we can react quickly if appropriate items come on the market, so that when the day comes when we have a local Heritage Centre, they can be exhibited.

“This fund will help, and any donations will be most welcome. Anyone interested is asked to email our Company Secretary and Treasurer, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 May 2010 14:08 )  

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John Hume-wThe final Open Meeting of the season will be on Wednesday March 29 at 7.30pm at the Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh. Professor John Hume willl speak on the history of some West Dunbartonshire churches.

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  • Wednesday October 26 — The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dr Andrew Bicker: Recent Archaelogical Discoveries on the West Coast of Scotland
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