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Hucksters 50s Cafe Opens in Helensburgh Heroes Centre


Hucksters, the cafe at the new Helensburgh Heroes Centre, is now officially open and completes the Charity’s refurbishment plans. The ‘Bubblegum Pink’ 50s themed cafe – dedicated to actress Deborah Kerr – opened for business on Saturday 30th December. Named in honour of Deborah Kerr’s breakthrough American movie ‘Hucksters’, Hucksters offers great tasting classic cafe fayre – […]

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Heroes Centre Opens in Helensburgh


Helensburgh Heroes is delighted to announce that it’s long awaited Heroes Centre has opened at 28 Sinclair Street, Helensburgh, on Saturday 2nd December. The ‘ribbon cutting’ opening ceremony was performed by Miss Laura Conley, grand daughter of Jean Baird, John Logie Baird’s sister, and Professor Michael J Baker, Chairman of the charity. The premises contains […]

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History Maker!

This weekend saw Heroes Centre Ambassador Gordon Reid make tennis History. On Sunday 10th July, Gordon became the first man to win the inaugural Wimbledon Men’s Wheelchair Singles Title when he beat Sweden’s Stefan Olson 6-1 6-4 to clinch his second singles Grand Slam. Prior to the event, Gordon had stated that he grew up […]

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Remembering Ron Low

One of the more rewarding aspects of working on the Heroes Centre project is receiving enquiries and communications from  organisations and people seeking or providing information about the men and women that we have included within our Hall of  Fame.  Over the years we have put long lost friends in touch with each other, provided […]

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Digital teaching is stuck in an educational minefield

Have you watched your children play Minecraft? Teachers at a school in Sweden have and decided the block-building computer game was so intellectually engaging that it should be compulsory. Here in the UK we’re still stuck in an educational minefield where computing is concerned. I’ll declare my hand here as I’m involved in a project […]

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Award Winning UK Computer Game Veteran and Author appointed Heroes Centre Ambassador

Digital Creator backs Digital Skills Academy One of the UK interactive entertainment industry’s most well known and influential content creators has joined a Scottish Charity’s bid to create a digital academy in Helensburgh, birthplace of John Logie Baird, as a Project Ambassador. A campaign to raise £2 million to build the Heroes Centre, which aims […]

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Lottery invests in Heroes Centre plan

 Digital skills academy plan secures £10,000 grant from BIG Lottery Fund Plans to establish a digital skills academy and entertainment complex in the Scottish birthplace of the father of television John Logie Baird have been given a major boost with the news that the charity behind the project has secured almost £10,000 in Lottery funding. […]

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The Last Helensburgh Picture House

It seems hard to believe that 2014 will represent the 30th anniversary of the last admission of a paying Helensburgh resident into a local cinema. The cinema was the La Scala on James Street and the film was ‘Tank’ starring James Garner, Shirley Jones and C Thomas Howell. What is probably even more unbelievable is […]

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Digital skills academy for Scotland gets backing from Hollywood and Holyrood

‘Hunted’ star and Scottish Government support £2 million fundraising campaign Hollywood and Holyrood have come together to support a £2 million fundraising bid to establish a digital skills academy to be known as the ‘Heroes Centre’ in Helensburgh, the birthplace of John Logie Baird the founder of television. Actor Lex Shrapnel, who starred in the […]

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Why Heroes?

One comment which we hear from time to time is why ‘Heroes’ why the ‘Heroes Centre’? Is there not scope for confusion with similarly named Military charities and campaigns? The simple answer is Yes there could be, but it is a risk we are prepared to take. We have thought long and hard about this […]

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