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Helensburgh Heroes publishes Book celebrating the lives of 100 remarkable people


Helensburgh Heroes is delighted to announce that its book ‘Inspiring Lives: 1oo Remarkable People’ is now available to purchase from the Heroes Centre in Helensburgh. The book which was supported by the Coop Community Fund, is published as an A4 sized Hardback contains short biographies and pictures of 100 remarkable men and women with connections […]

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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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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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Why I’m backing the Heroes Centre Ambassador & Author Sam Wilding

Born in Braeholm in the sixties I spent many a weekend learning how to swim and control my shivering in Helensburgh’s outdoor pool. I enjoyed running along the promenade and visiting what was probably my first real bookshop. Now sadly closed, Bookworms was nothing short of an Aladdin’s Cave to me. It was there that […]

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