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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 )

 

Bookshop find led to research

AN 1899 copy of John Bunyan’s ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ found in a Glasgow bookshop was donated to Helensburgh Heritage Trust . . . and led to a flurry of research by two of the directors.

The book was presented by the finder, Glasgow man Michael Bar-Lev, who was interested in the Helensburgh background.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 January 2017 14:17 )

Joys of being barefoot

BAREFOOT children on the street, as happened in Helensburgh and district in years gone by, is a sight which exemplifies the squalor and poverty of the bad old days.

There must have been instances where the straightened circumstances of some children left them with little alternative.

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2017 17:27 )

Art world mourns burgh artist

A HELENSBURGH man was not only one of the West of Scotland’s leading artists . . . he also taught thousands of young people to love art.

Bill Wright RSW, who lived at 16 Craigendoran Avenue for 51 years, died peacefully on November 8 2016 at the age of 85 after a long period of ill health.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 December 2016 18:29 )

New era awaits Municipal Buildings

IT IS hard to imagine what was arguably Helensburgh’s most important building becoming a delicatessen and restaurant . . . but that is what is going to happen.

Glasgow-based grocery chain Peckham’s have been given the go-ahead by Argyll and Bute Council to convert the B-listed former Municipal Buildings at the corner of East Princes Street and Sinclair Street.

Last Updated ( Friday, 23 December 2016 14:29 )

Slates amidst the Bracken

LUSS: AN OLD SCOTTISH SLATE QUARRY

The Scottish slate industry was much overshadowed by its Welsh counterpart, though the primary centres of the industry about Ballachulish and the Slate Islands, of which the most important was Easdale, enjoyed a certain amount of prominence.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 December 2016 16:35 )

Finding relics of the past

THE OLD saying that if you go down to the woods today you are sure of a big surprise certainly rings true for a very successful Helensburgh and district group of enthusiasts about the area’s heritage.

Actually members of the burgh-based North Clyde Archaeological Society more of than not go up to the woods and indeed the summits of local hills in their quest for relics of days long gone by.

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 December 2016 19:06 )

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First 2018 Open Meeting

Mike-Thornley-wThe first 2018 Open Meeting will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday January 31. Mike Thornley will talk about the Glenarn garden at Rhu. Anyone interested most welcome.

Winter Talks


  • 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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