Events


AN EVENTS PROGRAMME TO CELEBRATE THE PAST & INSPIRE THE FUTURE

Helensburgh Heroes Centre Events Programme

Fun, Vibrant & Engaging Events

A wide ranging events programme ensures that the Heroes Centre caters for the whole community as it seeks to deliver an inspirational and creative learning space.

Importantly, the Heroes Centre will cross age barriers with younger people introducing and engaging with older people leading to an atmosphere of inclusion, value and respect.

The Charity believes that the contributions and experiences of role models can inspire current and future generations of Scots to do great things by placing technology, arts, education and innovation at the heart of its communities.

Tales from the Big Chair

Tales From The Big Chair is a series of events designed to help, inspire and encourage people to believe in themselves and their ideas.

Hosted by Helensburgh Heroes, we invite each guest speaker to discuss their lives and experiences in a ‘Actors Studio’ format select and they are also asked to nominate their own personal hero and share two pieces of advice – one that was given to them and one that they would like to pass on to others. Each event closes with a short Q&A session.

We hope that the resulting stories of problems, solutions, obstacles and opportunities, told in a fun and innovative way will help inspire.

Each event will take place in front of a small audience at the Heroes Centre, 28 Sinclair Street, Helensburgh, G84 8SU. Timings may differ, but each event will usually commence at 19.00 and will last for approximately one hour.

Tickets are FREE for the first event and available on a First Come First Served Basis. The event is suitable for all ages and we are particularly keen for our younger members of the comunity to attend.

THURSDAY 12th APRIL 6.30 PM – 8.30 PM HUCKSTERS CAFE – ERIC THOMPSON MBE


Eric Thompson Tales from The Big Chair Helensburgh HeroesEric Thompson MBE is a former naval officer who specialised in submarines and rose to become Commodore in charge of the Clyde Submarine Base at Faslane. He now concentrates on writing, speaking and trying to make people laugh. He has published three books of comic verse – Colquhounsville-sur-Mer, Democracy for Birds and Love Songs for the Romantically Challenged. The more serious human story of his life in the Submarine Service during the Cold War, On Her Majesty’s Nuclear Service, has recently been published. Eric now lives in a former gamekeeper’s cottage on a hillside near Helensburgh.

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EqualiTea Debate

FRIDAY 22nd JUNE 6.30 PM – 9.00 PM FOLLOWING IN EUNICE’S FOOTSTEPS

90 years ago UK Parliament passed the Representation of the People Act 1928, which gave all men and women over 21 the equal right to vote. One leading campaigner who spent her life fighting for equal rights was Cardross born suffragette and activist Eunice Guthrie Murray, who in 1918 had become the first woman to stand for a Scottish Parliamentary seat. Nearly a century later and we seek to invoke the spirit of Eunice and others like her, by posing the question – Are We Equal? Join us for a lively debate with special guests,  Alison Thewlis, MP Glasgow Central and Brendan O’Hara, MP Argyll & Bute.

Tickets will be offered to our Members first and are then available on a first come first serve basis. The event is Free to attend.

  • Helensburgh Heroes Member Pre Sale – Wednesday 16th May 2018
  • General Sale – Monday 21st May 2018

THURSDAY 12th JULY 6.30 PM – 8.30 PM HUCKSTERS CAFE – ROBIN LLOYD JONES

Robin LLoyd Jones - tales from the Big Chair at the Helensburgh Heroes Centre

Robin Lloyd Jones is an award-winning writer of novels, short stories, non-fiction and radio drama. Robin has lived in Scotland for most of his adult life, having spent his childhood in India. Robin moved to Scotland to work as an Education Adviser for Strathclyde Region and soon became part of the vibrant Scottish writing scene, serving as President of the Scottish Association of Writers (1993-1996) and President of the Scottish Branch of PEN International (1997-2000), and chairing the Writers in Prison Committee which campaigns on behalf of persecuted writers. He was for several years a tutor in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. His latest book ‘Autumn Voices‘ examines creativity in later life. Between 2015-17 Robin  interviewed Scottish writers over 70 who were still actively writing. The twenty-one established writers who speak through this book  show that productivity and creativity can be extended well into later life and provide role models for future generations.

Tickets will be offered to our Members first and are then available on a first come first serve basis. The event is Free to attend.