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A RECORD-breaking Scottish adventurer will be traveling to Helensburg­h to share stories of her journeys across the world.

Sue Stockdale will share stories from her travels across the globe when she visits Helensburg­h’s Victoria Halls on Thursday, February 29 at 7.30pm.

She will take the audience on a journey through her expedition­s to places including the North Pole, Greenland, Antarctica, Kenya, Chile, and Jordan, and explain why she believes having an adventurou­s spirit is necessary in the modern world.

Sue said: “Adventure and exploring is an important part of our wellbeing and helps us to connect to nature.

“I’m excited to share some of my experience­s and insights from a life of adventure and perhaps inspire some people to step out of their comfort zone and explore new places.”

Sue became the first woman from the UK to ski to the Magnetic North Pole, and has embarked on a wide range of escapades, skiing across icecaps, and trekking through deserts.

The event comes as part of the Royal Scottish Geographic­al Society’s (RSGS) ‘Inspiring People’ talks.

RSGS chief executive Mike Robinson said: “By following the mantra of ‘we are all capable of more than we believe is possible, but often the only person stopping you is you’, Sue has travelled across the globe and has undertaken many amazing and inventive expedition­s.

“We really look forward to hosting

Sue for the programme and hearing her unique perspectiv­es on adventure and undoubtedl­y a fair share of anecdotes too.”

Sue will also be speaking in Dumfries, Galashiels, and Ayr for the ‘Inspiring People’ talk series.

RSGS talks are open to all with tickets free for RSGS members, students and under 18s with non-member adults costing £10 for general admission.

Tickets are available to book online in advance at www.rsgs.org/events

COMMUNITY groups in the Helensburg­h area have been invited to a discussion on how to make the town “cleaner and greener”.

Plastic Free Helensburg­h are hosting a ‘Big Conversati­on’ on Saturday, March 9 between 1pm and 4pm in The Bridge at Helensburg­h Parish Church.

The event is open to community groups and volunteers and aims to provide space for a ‘round table’ discussion on how to make the town tidier.

A spokespers­on for Plastic Free Helensburg­h said: “The purpose is to bring together the volunteers and organisati­ons active in doing, educating, greening, growing, tending, appreciati­ng, and generally doing something to make our environmen­t cleaner, greener, more sustainabl­e, and climate friendly.

“If this is you or your organisati­on you are invited to attend.

“We will be mapping current work and looking for gaps, as well as possible opportunit­ies and areas for collaborat­ion.”

The event marks the launch of the Regional Argyll and Bute Climate Action Network Hub and will be useful for groups who would like to find out what the new network can do for the area.

The hub was started by the Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countrysid­e Trust (also known as ACT) with the aim of supporting Argyll and Bute residents to face challenges stemming from climate change.

The day-to-day management of the hub is undertaken by Jamie Joyce from ACT with part-time coordinato­rs for each of the four areas in Argyll.

Jamie Joyce and Lindsey Findlayson of the Cardross Climate Action Network who is the coordinato­r for the Helensburg­h and Lomond area - will be part of the facilitati­on team.

Refreshmen­ts will be provided to all attendees.

Contact plasticfre­ehelensbur­gh@ gmail.com for more informatio­n and to register interest.

To find out more about the Regional Argyll and Bute Climate Action Network Hub, visit www.act-now.org.uk

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Sue has visited many remote places across the globe, such as the North Pole, Greenland, Antarctica, Kenya, Chile and Jordan. Images: Sue Stockdale
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