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Town's Italian cafe culture

THERE were nine Italian Cafes in Helensburgh that I was aware of when I was a child.

Joseph Antonelli owned many of them. The Roma Café was furthest east at 11 East Clyde Street.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 September 2017 11:56 )


Childhood adventures at Ardencaple Castle

IN ANOTHER article, posted here on January 30 2017, I described how I, and several friends, were introduced to the Royal Navy, shortly after they had commandeered Ardencaple Castle. That was in 1942 when I was six years old.

When we discovered that we, the neighbourhood children, were welcome on the castle grounds we no longer had to approach them by sneaking through the Ardencaple Woods, or maybe they were the Castle Woods.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 February 2017 19:17 )

Ardencaple Castle and the Royal Navy

ALTHOUGH the Second World War came along shortly after I did and it extended through my younger years, I have only fond memories of that period in Helensburgh.

The fact is that I have always found it difficult to imagine a better childhood.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 04 February 2017 11:50 )

Craighelen's first junior members

IN EARLY 1946, shortly before my tenth birthday and through no effort on my part, I became one of the first junior members of Helensburgh’s Craighelen Tennis Club.

When my father announced my membership he said that it was a prestigious club and, while I was not sure what he thought that meant, I was pretty certain that the club members would be snobs. It turned out that there were a few, but very few.

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 January 2017 16:06 )

Isa's Memories of World War Two

By Isa McKinnon, as told and recorded by Doris Gentles.

I LEFT school and started work in 1940 — no teenage years for us.

I received my call-up papers aged eighteen. I wanted to join the WRNS but my parents did not want me to, as my brother was a Royal Marine Commando and they thought one member of the family in the navy was quite enough.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 February 2017 14:34 )

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Joint Open Meeting

Fiona-Baker-cutout-wA Joint Open Meeting with the North Clyde Archaeological Society will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday March 21. Fiona Baker will talk about Loch Lomond's Ellan Vhow and its Castle.

Winter Talks

Wednesday January 31 — Mike Thornley: The Glenarn Garden

Wednesday February 28 — Developing the Mackintosh Club: cancelled because of snow

Wednesday March 21 — Joint Meeting with the North Clyde Archaeological Society; Fiona Baker: Loch Lomond's Ellan Vhow and its Castle

Wednesday March 28 — Richard Reeve: A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula

 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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