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50 years of Helensburgh rugby

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rugby-club-logo-wMEMBERS of Helensburgh Rugby Football Club have begun planning for the club's 50th anniversary from August 23-25 next year.

A Friday evening reception will be followed by a match on the Saturday afternoon, then a Golden Jubilee Gala dinner for some 500 guests in a marquee at the Ardencaple ground in the evening.

It is hoped that former players will return to the town from all over the world to take part in a weekend of nostalgia and reminiscences. Past captains are being asked to take tables for their former players and partners.

A club history is being written, there will be a souvenir match programme, and top speakers will be lined up. A search for sponsors has begun and is progressing well.

A special section of the club website has been reserved for 50th anniversary details and stories, and anyone interested is asked to register to receive newsletters about the event.

Local journalist Calum McNicol, who is writing the history, is appealing for any old photographs of matches, teams and players. He said: "We've plenty of pix from the 90s onwards, but the 60s to 80s are pretty under represented so far." Calum can be contacted This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 September 2012 11:52 )  

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Final Open Meeting

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.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • 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
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

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Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
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