The Bill Gilpin Memorial Fund
Bill Gilpin was the owner of Clydeside Models, a company making 1/1200 waterline models and the FLOTILLA naval, air & land wargame system. Beginning as a hobby while he was an art student, his models were first produced in 1978, as simple, one-piece, wargame models and the range rapidly expanded to over 200 models, including WWI, WWII & modern warships, and 37 Clyde steamers.
After leaving school Bill attended night school classes and gained the qualifications needed to get a place at the Glasgow School of Art, where he made some lifelong friends. He then became an art teacher at Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow where he spent the whole of his teaching career.
Once retired, he relocated full time to Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae where he spent many holidays in his youth and he spent the rest of his days there.
A lifelong learner, Bill spent his retirement teaching himself many new skills including Gaelic, CAD design and 3D Printing
Before his sudden death in 2020 Bill talked about creating a fund to support community groups in memory of his mother Winifred, who was also an artist, and other family members who enjoyed being part of community groups and understood the importance the arts can have in supporting positive wellbeing.
Bill had planned to name this fund G.O.D.D in memory of his family (Gilpin, O'Donnell, Duffy and Divers) after his father William Gilpin, his mother Winifred Gilpin nee O'Donnell, his paternal grandmother's family the Duffys and his much loved Aunt and Uncle, Bill and Diana Divers.
Bill was a huge supporter of the Walk With Destiny Project and we are very proud to launch The Bill Gilpin Memorial fund in honour of Bill and his family, supporting small community groups in Scotland.
One of Bill's paintings, 1971
Bill Gilpin and Walk With Destiny Founder, Aileen Malone
Bill visiting Millport as a young boy with his mum and dad and cousin Charles. The start of his lifelong love of the Island.
Bill with his cousins at a family gathering in 2019
Bill as a small child with (L-R) his Father, William Gilpin, his Mother, Winifred Gilpin, Aunt Diana Divers and Uncle Bill Divers.
Bill visiting Millport as a young boy with his Granny O'Donnell and cousin Charles.
Bill at a family gathering in 1966