After our long Covid enforced break, the LHS lecture season got off to a great start on 14th September 2022 with our first speaker Robert Ryan. Robert took us on a fascinating and most informative pictorial tour around the islands of Loch Lomond and he even brought along his own canoe as a most effective visual accompaniment!
We were delighted to see how well attended this talk was and it was great to meet up again with friends both old and new.
For details of our next speaker on 12th October, please see the flyer below.
The Lennox Heritage Society is a local community group that has been meeting for many years. The main aim of the group is to study and celebrate the rich culture, heritage and history of West Dunbartonshire and beyond.
We meet on a monthly basis from September to April and host talks and presentations by invited speakers. Meetings take place in the Concord Centre in central Dumbarton (next to the Denny Civic Theatre) and start at 7.30 pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available from about 7 pm at the cost of 40p per person.
New members are always welcome but if you prefer not to become a member, individual sessions may be attended at the cost of £2 per talk.
Doors Open Day 2022 in West Dunbartonshire is well advanced with venues opening up all over the county. We have several exciting events including fire and rescue displays, inspirational walks and even cycle rides. Whilst DOD generally involves gaining entrance into usually inaccessible buildings, outdoor events open the spectrum up and are all the more suitable within the remaining Covid considerations.
The main day of Doors Open will take place on Saturday 10th September but as some of you will likely wish to attend more than one event, a few other events have been spread across the preceding week. One event to note is a guided exploration of the Carman Hillfort above Renton under the knowledgeable leadership of a qualified archaeologist.
More details of Doors Open Days across Scotland can be accessed via the following link. For further details of venues and activities in West Dunbartonshire, simply go to the "Regions" section after clicking the DOD link and select West Dunbartonshire and click "Search".
Other items of interest: Jeremy Watson's website EXPLORE WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE continues to grow. Click the link
The Shipyard Trust has a lot of fascinating information on shipbuilding on the Clyde, including the Leven. If you register with them, you will receive their newsletters. Click the link to The Shipyard Trust
Several of our members research, record and collate the history and heritage of our area. Occasional outings and walks are arranged. We are currently focussing on topics such as the Antonine Wall, where it passes through West Dunbartonshire and recording the Starfish decoy system in the hills above Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven.
Lennox Heritage Society Spring Outing to Glenarn Gardens May 2019
On 7th May 2019, a small group of LHS members went on a very interesting and enjoyable trip to the beautiful Glenarn Gardens in Rhu. After a rather inauspicious wet start to the day, the sun did eventually come out for us and we were met by Glenarn's highly knowledgeable owner, Mike Thornley. Mike gave us a very comprehensive tour of the gardens as well as providing us with some of their history and information about previous owners. Glenarn Gardens have been in the care of Mike and his wife Sue since 1982 and they have completed major restoration work to bring the gardens up to the wonderful condition they are in now. Their work is, of course, very much an ongoing labour of love.
HAVOC at HAVOC HOLE
The sea cliff that edges Brucehill was formed of sandstone set down during the Devonian era approximately 375 – 360 million years ago, and would have been deposited at a time when the area we know as the British Isles was part of a large continent. At its lower edge is Havoc Meadow, home to a myriad of species and beyond that the tidal feeding grounds of many birds on the Clyde. Above it is the now vacant site of Notre Dame School. There is still the derelict chapel and within the horseshoe shaped site there is Craigend, nunnery.
As can be expected the site is now ripe for redevelopment and plans are now in to build houses on it.
What is not being appreciated in the application is the cliff face itself. This is an extraordinary geological feature. On its upper edge are many mature trees, several of which are quite ancient. And these form a valuable habitat and corridor for a variety of wildlife too. From a historical point of view, the most important feature is Havoc Hole. This is a fissure forming a small cave associated with Bruce and Wallace and witches and faeries.
The planning application includes severe interventions on the cliff which would greatly weaken it to a point where it is unlikely to remain standing in its current form; in fact, a note on the submission drawings include reference to it being excavated for infill material elsewhere on the site. This would mean the end of Havoc Hole and the cliff in this area and with that the end of its historical connotations and rich environmental setting. All this because the developers wish to build a SuDS rainwater attenuation pond at this point - rather than elsewhere on the site.
Your Lennox Heritage Society has lodged an objection. It is far from being alone as many others have done so too. A petition is currently running and you can add your voice directly through it.
As a consequence of the conditions imposed by the current Coronavirus pandemic, the Lennox Heritage Society has been unable to hold its usual AGM for 2 years running. The AGM will now take place before our first meeting of 2022 on 14th September but in the meantime, could members please have a look at the Chairman's draft report? The report can be viewed by clicking here. Any comments or suggestions to Jeremy please.