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Burgh naval officer key figure at Faslane

ONE of Helensburgh’s best known navymen, Captain Ernest Turner, CBE, DSO, DSC, DL, RN, was involved in setting up the Clyde Naval Base at Faslane, and had several other claims to fame.

After his childhood in the burgh he went on to have a distinguished career in submarines in World War Two, was a key figure in preparing for the introduction of Polaris missiles at Faslane, and was Vice Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 February 2017 12:36 )

 

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 )

Place names reflect churches history

I ENJOYED listening to the story-tellers of the older generation relating the fascinating history of our surrounding countryside. So much history of the area had been handed down to them in the days before the great upheaval of World War Two, television and the electronic age.

It helped that many of the sites were available to visit, such as Glen Fruin which was once heavily populated. The large green mound in the glen was a familiar sight to us children.

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 February 2017 18:05 )

K-13 Submarine Disaster: part three

ONE of the saddest events in the history of the Gareloch is the K.13 submarine disaster, which took place on January 29 1917.

What follows is the third of three accounts of the tragedy, found recently by Rhu man Alan Dundas. It is a long and fascinating article by Alastair Borthwick illustrated with sketches.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 March 2017 18:11 )

People Power and Local Religion

A FRIEND once said to me: “Never underestimate the power of the individual." Since then I have taken her advice.

Not only the good but the great served the faith exemplified by the Roman Emperor Constantine 1 in 324 and Vladimir 1 of Rus in 988, both of whom brought Christianity to their peoples as did Saint Mahew here.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 February 2017 18:41 )

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 )

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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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