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stj_rondel_kHELENSBURGH and district members play a major part in the activities of St John Dunbartonshire, the local arm of the Order of St John in Scotland.

The Order has its origins in an 11th century hospital for pilgrims in Jerusalem, and has evolved into a charity caring for people in need through sickness, distress, suffering or danger in over 40 countries.

Police stationBY the middle of the 1800s Helensburgh Town Council — having obtained a Police Act along with a Harbour Act in 1846 — acquired what had been the old theatre, on the corner of Sinclair and East Princes Street, for use as the Municipal Buildings.

It would also be for the Police Station and the Police Court. According to the records, it was also used for some church services which was not what those arrested for being drunk wanted to listen to — a real captive audience.

bryden_thomsonHELENSBURGH Orchestral Society marked a very special anniversary at its spring concert in March 2008.

Fifty years earlier, in the Victoria Halls on the evening of Tuesday 18 March 1958, the orchestra made its first public appearance. The programme that night included Grieg’s ‘Norwegian Dances’ as it did again at the golden jubilee concert.

girl_guides_logoHELENSBURGH and District’s Girl Guides marked the organisation’s centenary on Wednesday October 20 2010.

Princess Louise opened the first local Guide unit at Rosneath, and the Helensburgh guide HQ in John Street was opened in 1925 by Lady Baden Powell.

sir_malcolm_colquhounTHE centuries-old rallying call of the Clan Colquhoun called all Colquhouns and Septs (Cowan, Kirkpatrick, Kilpatrick and McLintock) to the Annual Clan Gathering at Luss from Friday July 25 until Monday July 28 2008.

It was the tenth anniversary gathering since the re-establiment of the Clan Colquhoun Society of the United Kingdom. The two previous attempts to establish the Clan Colquhoun Society, in 1896 and 1966, ended after a few months.

Scout-hall-opening

ONE hundred years ago a Mr Lyle got together a patrol of local Helensburgh lads and formed the 1st Craigendoran Scouts.

It appears that this was quickly followed by groups from the middle of town and Larchfield School, and by the end of the First World War Helensburgh had a thriving Scout movement with both Scouts (aged 11-18) and the new Wolf Cubs (8-11).

scout_logo ONE of Helensburgh’s best known organisations, the Scout Movement, is now 100 years-old.

The Scout Association itself chose to celebrate its centenary in 2007, which was actually the centenary of the holding of an experimental camp on Brownsea Island, the largest of the islands in Poole Harbour, Dorset.

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