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From Hill House to Dumfries House

IN the summer of 2008 a Helensburgh woman made the leap from an historic architectural home to an historic stately home.

Charlotte Rostek Davis, who ran the Hill House as property manager and curator for the last six years, was appointed curator at Dumfries House in East Ayrshire.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 15:59 )

 

The Helensburgh I grew up in

This article, the product of an interview with Hilda Whitelaw Purvis, was written by Helensburgh journalist Fiona Howard for inclusion in a special Civic Week supplement in the Helensburgh Advertiser on May 9 1975 to mark the passing of the Town Council in the reform of local government in Scotland.

    HELENSBURGH at the start of the 20th century was an elegant place where life was simple and leisurely.

    It was a mecca for artists, a retreat for Glasgow merchants, and a haven for folk looking for peace.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 12 April 2013 14:32 )

    Hermitage Park and other local sport

    This article was written by Helensburgh shop owner Walter S.Bryden, former proprietor of the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times, for inclusion in a special Civic Week supplement in the Helensburgh Advertiser on May 9 1975 to mark the passing of the Town Council in the reform of local government in Scotland. Where necessary, up to date information is included in brackets in italics.

      ONE of Helensburgh’s most beautiful spots is Hermitage Park — yet how many local people walk or drive past without ever venturing in.

      Through the three gates on Sinclair Street, Victoria Road and Grant Street they will find a feast of flowers and shrubs, in fact a beauty which is only matched by its history.

      Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:56 )

      Helensburgh in the early 1900s

      This article was written by well known Helensburgh artist and author Gregor Ian Smith for inclusion in a special Civic Week supplement in the Helensburgh Advertiser on May 9 1975 to mark the passing of the Town Council in the reform of local government in Scotland. Where necessary, up to date information is included in brackets in italics.

      FOR a resident of over fifty years changes in the Burgh have been substantial. For those approaching the seventy mark, innovations and developments have been overwhelming.

      I recall my mother telling us how her great grandparents had complained about the growth of Helensburgh. They were watching the process from their croft — now obliterated by Low’s Supermarket (now Tesco), and weren’t altogether happy with what they saw.

      Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 15:53 )

      At a Wren's Degaussing Station

      This article is an excerpt from 'Birds of a Feather: A Wren's Memoirs, 1942-1945' by the late Patricia B.Farley, and tells of her life at Portkil, Kilcreggan, during the Second World War.

      AT the beginning of World War two, the Royal Navy was considered to be the finest of its kind. It ruled the oceans, literally. But not under the seas.

      The Germans had been masters of that area since the previous global struggle, World War One, and were intent on disabling their enemy's power by any means they could.

      Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 15:55 )

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      Second Winter Open Meeting

      Cleland-Sneddon-wThe next Winter Open Meeting will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on October 25. Cleland Sneddon will speak about childhood holidays in Rosneath. All welcome.

      Winter Talks 2017-18

      • Wednesday September 27 2017 — AGM; then Professor John Hume: History of local churches
      • Wednesday October 25 — Cleland Sneddon: Childhood holidays in Rosneath
      • Wednesday November 29 — David Bruce: Greatrex, Forger and Photographer

      • Wednesday January 31 2018 — Mike Thornley: The Glenarn Garden
      • Wednesday February 28 — Bruce and Nicola Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club
      • Wednesday March 28 — Richard Reeve: A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula

      Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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