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Rhu artist had several talents

Charles Blatherwick's painting entitled 'The Coast Road' — perhaps the old Helensburgh pier from the east, with the Rosneath Peninsula beyond.

A LEADING Scottish artist of his time spent the final thirty years of his life enjoying living on the shores of the Gareloch.

Dr Charles Blatherwick, whose daughter Lily also was a well-known painter and printmaker, spent three decades at Dunaivon, Rhu, prior to his sudden death from a burst blood vessel in the brain at Fish House, Kirkcudbright, on September 17 1895.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 October 2017 17:27 )

 

The story of historic Rosneath School

PENINSULA residents are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the present Rosneath Primary School . . . but its history goes much further back than that.

Staff, parents and pupils — assisted by Cove Park’s Dawn Youll and artist Linda Florence — are busy organising appropriate events under the supervision of head teacher Mrs Emma McDermid.One of Linda’s aims is to produce an artwork which will reflect input from the children, including feedback from a recent question and answer session which included parents.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 July 2018 18:20 )

Highball bombs raised from loch

THE RAISING from Loch Striven of three Highball bombs — tested by the Rhu-based Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment — hit the headlines in July 2017.

It happened around the time of the unveiling of a memorial stone at Kidston Park to commemorate the war time activities at RAF Helensburgh, home of the MAEE.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 October 2017 17:54 )

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 )

Clyde has history of rock art

PAINTING of coastal rocks to enhance an existing feature is a particular form of artistic and cultural expression — and one of the great examples is ‘King Tut’ on the shore at Kilcreggan.

Painting rocks happens elsewhere, but there is a remarkable concentration and variety on the Clyde Coast.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 August 2017 11:08 )

Waldie's story began in 1820s

ONE of Helensburgh’s longest-running businesses was Waldie’s Garage, now a branch of Arnold Clark.

The first Waldie in business in the burgh was Adam Waldie, who had established a coach service by around 1820.

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 August 2017 11:39 )

New appeal 24 years after murder

A 2017 APPEAL for information to solve the mystery of the murder in Germany of a former pupil of Helensburgh’s Lomond School in 1993 received massive traditional media and social media coverage.

Christina Menzies, who was 16, was attacked and strangled near the British military airfield RAF Gütersloh after attending a disco in Club 47 at the base on June 12.

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 July 2017 17:09 )

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First 2019 Open Meeting

LocalHistory-wAt the first Open Meeting of 2019 at Helensburgh Civic Centre on Wednesday January 30 at 7.30pm Trust directors will tell the stories relating to several local images from bygone years.

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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