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Another new chapter for church tower

HELENSBURGH’S seafront Clock Tower was put up for sale last year by owners VisitScotland, who used it as a tourist information office, and it was bought recently by a local firm.

It will be the start of the fourth chapter in the life of what began as the Old Parish Church.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 January 2018 18:45 )

 

Architect had delicate touch

THE WORK of one of Helensburgh’s outstanding architects of years gone by can still be admired around the town.

Robert Wemyss FI Arch (Scot), LRIBA, is not as well-known as his contemporaries Charles Rennie Mackintosh and William Leiper, but he contributed a great deal to the look of the town centre and other areas.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 January 2018 17:20 )

Short life of burgh theatre

WHY the infant town of Helensburgh came to have a theatre is a mystery.

One source which does offer a few clues is the book “A Nonogenarian’s Reminiscences of Garelochside and Helensburgh and The People who Dwelt Thereon and Therein”, written by Donald MacLeod (1883).

Last Updated ( Sunday, 31 December 2017 16:13 )

Did Suffragettes set fire to yacht?

SUFFRAGETTES were blamed for setting fire to a huge luxury yacht in the Gareloch in 1913 . . . but did they?

The steam launch Beryl, owned by the 3rd Lord Inverclyde, was moored for the winter in Rosneath Bay and was gutted by a blaze five days before Christmas.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 31 December 2017 15:15 )

Garelochhead 100 years ago described

A BOOK which gives one man’s fascinating memories of Garelochhead was published late in 2017.

Entitled “Recollections of Garelochhead 100 Years Ago”, it is based on the memoirs of William Hamilton, who was born in the village in 1889, edited by his nephew Graham.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 July 2018 17:52 )

Book recalls Bobby Brown's great days

ONE of the good guys of Scottish football in years gone by was a well-known Helensburgh man.

This was reaffirmed with the release in 2017 of a new account of the life of Rangers and Scotland goalkeeper and Scotland manager Bobby Brown.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 December 2017 13:23 )

Rugby tribute to burgh pilot

A PHOTO of a military man found in a shop in Inverness in 2012 sparked a search which led to Helensburgh — and to a tragic First World War tale.

Now the same man is featuring again in a new search for information.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 December 2017 14:48 )

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2018-19 Open Meetings

MacKintosh Club logoA new programme of Winter Open Meetings begins at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 26 with a talk by Bruce Jamieson on developing the Mackintosh Club.

Winter Talks

Wednesday September 26 — Bruce Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club

Wednesday October 31 — AGM; then David Clark: How Helensburgh ended the Great War

Wednesday November 28 — Eric Thompson: Helensburgh and the Peace Movement

Wednesday January 30 — Trust members: brief talks on images of the past

Wednesday February 27 — Robert Ryan: Loch Lomond islands by canoe

Wednesday March 27 — Jon Reid: The Royal Northern Story


 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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