Jane Parfitt

Toys Galore

Toys Galore

At the end of March a group of Strathblane Heritage members set up a mini pop-up museum in the Thomas Graham Community Library. They were there to show off the toys they played with as children to the pupils of P4 from Strathblane Primary School. After an introduction...

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Website Quiz Winners

Website Quiz Winners

The winners of our Website Prize Quiz were announced at or AGM on Monday 19th March. Congratulations are due to all those who completed the quiz. We hope you enjoyed exploring the website to find the answers. Three people tied for first place, each with a magnificent...

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Second World War Project Launched

Second World War Project Launched

The Second World War Group of Volunteer Researchers Strathblane Heritage has launched a project to research the lives of the community’s Second World War heroes.  The names of six of them appear on the local War Memorial, but little is known about their lives or...

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Hot Off the Press

Hot Off the Press

Strathblane Heritage have launched a range of Notelet Cards and Postcards as part of a new fund raising enterprise. They will be for sale at our AGM on 18th March and thereafter at the Thomas Graham Community Library in Strathblane. We are very grateful for the...

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Website Prize Quiz

Website Prize Quiz

The quiz was launched at our meeting on Monday 19th February. There are 20 questions in the quiz. Find all the answers somewhere on our website: www.strathblaneheritage.org Return your sheets with your answers to Strathblane Library by 5pm on Friday 1 March. A list of...

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Dumbrock Works

Dumbrock Works

Members of the Muir family in their garden at 27 Glasgow Road, showing the chimney and part of the Dumbrock works in the background. The illustrated essay Dumbrock Mills and Bleachfields has been extended to include the Dumbrock Works. Dumbrock Mills and Bleachfields

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Summer Knickers – A New Addition to the Website

Summer Knickers – A New Addition to the Website

Memoir Summer Knickers – a Scottish Wartime Childhood by Sarah Paton Wiseman A chance conversation at a party in January 2024 was behind the latest great addition to the Reminiscences section of Strathblane Heritage. That’s how co-chair Anne Balfour heard about an...

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Chalking up a Century!

Chalking up a Century!

We welcomed our 100th member at our last meeting on November 20! Carol Craig, of Dumbrock Road signed up to join our swelling ranks. It’s wonderful to know that so many people are enjoying our presentations and our website.

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New Talk Added for our February Meeting

New Talk Added for our February Meeting

Fig 19. The keep at Duntreath dates from the 15th century Due to a change of programme our meeting on 19th February will be "The History of Duntreath Castle and Estate" More information here :Events

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Water of Life – 160 Years of Water to Glasgow

Water of Life – 160 Years of Water to Glasgow

Katy Lamb and Roger Doubal - 20 November 2023 The Victorian engineering marvel that is the Loch Katrine water supply system for Glasgow was unfolded at our last meeting on November 20. Katy Lamb and Roger Doubal made the trip over from Kinlochard Local History Group...

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Fundraising Success

Fundraising Success

The draw for the framed £100 note took place at the Village Club on Monday 20th November at the end of a packed-out meeting. David and Mary Frood, who donated the £100 note helped to draw the winning number tiles. The winer of the framed £100 note held the number 76....

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What’s New on the Website

What’s New on the Website

Follow the red links to find the latest additions to the website. Follow this link to read about the fascinating history of distilling in the Blane Valley. Whisky A research project has been launched to find out about the men named on the Strathblane War Memorial who...

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Explore the Website at the Library

Explore the Website at the Library

Strathblane Heritage and the Thomas Graham Library jointly invite you to a free session to explore this Strathblane Heritage website The Thomas Graham Library Saturday 4th November  10am - 12noon Come along to the library at 10am for a short presentation on how...

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Prize Draw for £100 note

Prize Draw for £100 note

To enter our prize draw come along to one of our meetings, or contact us through this website, and buy one or more of 100 numbered squares for £5 a square. The star prize is the £100 note and there will be another £100 worth of other prizes. Jim Neill has been having...

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Our Class Photos from the Old School

Our Class Photos from the Old School

Here are some wonderful class photographs sent to us for the website, with the contributor's comments below each. We won't be posting full lists of the pupils with each each picture, but some comments identify the contributor's family members in the older photos. Do...

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Our Memories of the Old School

Our Memories of the Old School

In July 2023 we posted on the local Strathblanefield FACEBOOK group asking people to share their memories of the old school. Here are some of the responses: It’s so nice to create a bit of history about the old school. I was only there my first two years of school...

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School (1716 – 1966)

School (1716 – 1966)

Though the first Strathblane parish schoolmaster was appointed in 1716, it was many years before the school was housed in a permanent schoolhouse. This was finally built in 1781 at Thorn of Cuilt, at Netherton, which is the area now known as Blanefield.  This...

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Ladies Scottish Climbing Club

Ladies Scottish Climbing Club

The Ladies Scottish Climbing Club was founded in 1908, by these three women, at a boulder near the Lix Toll in Perthshire. https://www.ladiesscottishclimbingclub.org/history/ At our vintage film night in January 2023 we showed a film made in 1958 to commemorate the...

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The Campsies and the Land of Lennox by Iain C Lees

The Campsies and the Land of Lennox by Iain C Lees

Extracts from The Campsies and the Land of Lennox by Iain C Lees, describing walks around Strathblane. (Blackie & Sons, Glasgow, 1933) Secrets of the Campsie Fells The rich valley of the Blane, which can be traced to its junction with Strathendrick, is the finest...

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Local Hero: Private James Norval Paul MM & Bar

Local Hero: Private James Norval Paul MM & Bar

On 2 May 1919 the people of Strathblane gathered to honour a local hero. They presented an inscribed gold watch to local gamekeeper James Norval Paul “in recognition of his gallantry”.  Around 115,000 non-commissioned men who fought in the First World War were...

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