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Are You A Winner? September 200 Club Draw Results - posted 25 September 2017

Break-ins - Be Vigilant: See Messageboard - posted 24 September 2017

Brackley Health Centre Update - posted 24 September 2017

Don't Miss The Last Running Of The Pimlico Light Railway This Sunday 24 September - posted 23 September 2017

Support The School's Macmillan Coffee Morning On Friday 29 September - posted 22 September 2017

Agenda And Papers For The Parish Council Meeting To Be Held On 27.09.17 - posted 21 September 2017

Parsons Green Tube Station Attack - posted 21 September 2017

No Bell Meal Tonight - posted 21 September 2017

Some Tickets Still Left For The Sara Spade Musical Evening: All Welcome - posted 21 September 2017

Advent Windows: Seven Volunteers Still Needed - posted 20 September 2017

Wave Of Prayer Service This Coming Friday 22 September - posted 19 September 2017

Shake It Up Baby: Norman Jopling At The Women's Club This Coming Wednesday 20 September: All Welcome - posted 18 September 2017

First Day Of The WEA Course On British Art History This Coming Tuesday 19 September: All Welcome - posted 17 September 2017

The Old School Bell (historical article no: 93) - posted 16 September 2017

Fancy A Breakfast Bacon Butty?  Have One Made For You This Sunday - posted 15 September 2017

Sign Up Or Miss Out: SNC Children's October Half-Term Holiday Activities - posted 15 September 2017

Gardening Club September News - posted 14 September 2017

Saturday 14 October Is Date Of Harvest Festival Supper - posted 13 September 2017

Result Of Special 200 Club Draw - posted 13 September 2017

Minutes Of Reading Room General Management Meeting Held On 21.08.17 - posted 12 September 2017

A 90th Birthday Celebration At The Fellowship - posted 11 September 2017

Interesting Early Postcard - posted 10 September 2017

The 200 Club Annual General Meeting On Tuesday 12th September - posted 10 September 2017

Shake It Up Baby: Norman Jopling At The Women's Club On Wednesday 20 September: All Welcome - posted 09 September 2017

Fresh Hearing Granted In Horton Hospital Case - posted 08 September 2017

Christmas Pantomime Adult Auditions - posted 08 September 2017

SNC To Have Say On Plan Helping To Shape District For The Next Fifteen Years - posted 07 September 2017

Sam Impresses On His Brackley Debut (press cutting) - posted 07 September 2017

Agendas For The Parish Council Planning And Finance Committee Meetings To Be Held On 11.09.17 - posted 06 September 2017

La La Land Is The Film Club Choice For Friday 08 September - posted 06 September 2017

Bell Special For Tomorrow Thursday 07 September - posted 06 September 2017

British Art History The Subject Of The WEA (Adult Education) Autumn Course: All Welcome - posted 04 September 2017

Your Blue Tesco Tokens Wanted For The School - posted 03 September 2017

Record Entries For Successful Flower & Produce Show - posted 03 September 2017

New SNC Directory Is Ready For Business - posted 02 September 2017

Minutes Of The Friends of The Church Annual General Meeting - posted 01 September 2017

What's Happening In The Village In September? Check Out The September Village Diary - posted 01 September 2017

Helmdon 200 Club AGM On Tuesday 12 September: All Welcome - posted 31 August 2017

Bell Special For Tomorrow Thursday 31 August - posted 30 August 2017

New Film Club Programme For Next Six Months: All Welcome - posted 29 August 2017

Are You A Winner? August 200 Club Draw Results - posted 28 August 2017

Encourage The Runners Tomorrow Bank Holiday Monday - posted 27 August 2017

Fun Quiz At The Bell Tomorrow Sunday 27 August: All Welcome - posted 26 August 2017

Helmdon Presents... Live Performance Of Sara Spade & The Noisy Boys: Hurry - Tickets Will Sell Fast - posted 26 August 2017

Catch The Pimlico Light Railway Running This Sunday 27 August - posted 25 August 2017

This Saturday 26 August Is The Flower & Produce Show: All Welcome - posted 24 August 2017

Tea Party For Fellowship Members Only On Friday 25 August  at 2.30 p.m. - posted 23 August 2017

Agenda For Planning Committee Meeting On Tuesday 29 August - posted 23 August 2017

Chicken Curry Special At The Bell On Thursday 24 August - posted 22 August 2017

Police Surgery In Brackley Tomorrow 23 August - posted 22 August 2017

Reading Room Management Meeting On Monday 21 August: Observers Welcome But Only Trustees Participate - posted 18 August 2017

News Of Gardening Club Events - posted 17 August 2017

Less Than Two Weeks To Go Before The Flower & Produce Show: Entries Needed Before 22 August - posted 16 August 2017

Sausages & Mash & Onion Gravy Is Bell Special This Thursday 17 August - posted 15 August 2017

Allied (A Second World War Film With Great Reviews) Is The Film Club Choice For Friday 18 August - posted 15 August 2017

Agenda For Reading Room Management Meeting On Monday 21 August - posted 14 August 2017

Have you Thought About Doing An Advent Window Yet For Christmas 2017? - posted 13 August 2017

No Tuesday Lunch Next Week Or Village Cafe But Post Office Open - posted 12 August 2017

Deadline 22 August For Flower & Produce Show Entries - posted 12 August 2017

New Book Of Local Interest For Railway Buffs - posted 11 August 2017

Family Fun At Stoke Bruerne - posted10 August 2017

Helmdon School Summer Term Newsletter - posted 09 August 2017

Tea Party For Fellowship Members Only On Friday 25 August - posted 08 August 2017

Slow Roast Ham & New Potatoes At The Bell on Thursday - posted 08 August 2017

Not Going On Holiday?  Get Your Fill Of Tuscany On Saturday 12 August - posted 07 August 2017

Save Your Postage Stamps For Cancer Research - posted 06 August 2017

Booking Now: Fellowship Trip To Moreton In Marsh Market & Batsford Arboretum In October - posted 05 August 2017

Recruiting Now: Garden Buddies Workers - posted 04 August 2017

WEA Weston Autumn Branch Course Announced - posted 03 August 2017

Home-Made Thai Green Chicken Curry At The Bell Tomorrow - posted 02 August 2017

Astwell Benefice PCCs Join Together In New Way Of Working - posted 02 August 2017

An Enjoyable Car Treasure Hunt Raises Nearly £200 For Friends Of The Church - posted 01 August 2017

What's Happening In The Village In August? Check Out The August Village Diary - posted 01 August 2017

"Lamas Day" On Sunday 06 August - posted 31 July 2017

Blakesley Show Next Saturday 05 August - posted 30 July 2017

Get Your Entries In For The Hemdon Hurler On Monday 28 August - posted 29 July 2017

Fellowship Garden Party On Friday 04 August: All Welcome - posted 28 July 2017

Communities From All Corners Cash In On Grant Funding - posted 27 July 2017

Friends Of The Church AGM On Tuesday 01 August: All Welcome - posted 26 July 2017

Home-Made Cottage Pie At The Bell On Thursday - posted 25 July 2017

Yes, It's Early But Your Help Needed For Advent Windows Christmas 2017 - posted 25 July 2017

Are You A Winner? July 200 Club Draw Results - posted 24 July 2017

WEA Autumn Discovery Walks: Open To All - posted 23 July 2017

Only A Few Spaces Left: Book Now For The Car Treasure On Sunday 30 July - posted 22 July 2017

'A Night In Tuscany' On Changed Date 12th August: All Welcome - posted 21 July 2017

Home-Made Lasagne & Chips Special At The Bell Tonight - posted 20 July 2017

Still Some Tickets Available For Acorns Music Fundraiser On Saturday 29 July - posted 20 July 2017

Agenda For The Meeting Of The Parish Council To Be Held On 26.07.17 - posted 19 July 2017

Church Patronal Feast Day This Sunday 23 July: All Welcome - posted 19 July 2017

Schoolchildren's Summer Activity Hubs - posted 18 July 2017

Gardening Club Summer Party This Thursday 20 July - posted 17 July 2017

A Very Successful Result For Coffee Morning In Aid Of Cancer Research - posted 16 July 2017

Watch The Wimbledon Singles Final On A Big Screen Tomorrow Sunday 16 July With Strawberries & Cream - posted 15 July 2017

Women's Club Summer BBQ On Wednesday 19 July - posted 15 July 2017

Fellowship Coffee Morning Next Wednesday 19 July - posted 14 July 2017

Bell Special Tonight: Chicken & Spinach Curry - posted 13 July 2017

Breakfast In The Church On Sunday 16 July - posted 12 July 2017

Hail Caesar Is The Film Club Choice For Friday 14 July - posted 11 July 2017

Annual Coffee Morning For Cancer Research On 12 July: All Welcome - posted 10 July 2017

Over & Under The Hill: Canal Walk - posted 09 July 2017

A Very Successful Church Summer Fete - posted 08 July 2017

Agenda For The Meeting Of The Planning Committee Of Helmdon Parish Council To Be held On 11.07.17 - posted 07 July 2017

WI Summer Garden Party On Wednesday 12 July - posted 07 July 2017

A Big Thank You To The Youngsters Who Played At The Musical Evening - posted 07 July 2017

Ham, Egg & Chips At The Bell Tonight 06 July - posted 06 July 2017

WEA Trip To Piddington Museum & Roman Excavation - posted 06 July 2017

The Mothers' Union Meet An Old Friend In Litchfield - posted 05 July 2017

Watch The Wimbledon Singles Final On A Big Screen On 16 July With Strawberries & Cream - posted 04 July 2017

Messy Church Is On 09 July - posted 04 July 2017

Archaeological Dig Near Wellingborough - posted 03 July 2017

Something Different: A Car Treasure Hunt - posted 02 July 2017

Alerting All Gardeners: Chris Beardshaw at Middleton Cheney - posted 01 July 2017

What's Happening In The Village In July? Check Out The July Village Diary - posted 01 July 2017

Don't Miss The Church Fete Tomorrow - posted 30 June 2017

Wedding Fair A Great Success - posted 30 June 2017

Bridge Players Summer Plays Sold Out Friday: Still Some Saturday Tickets Left - posted 29 June 2017

Some Of Helmdon's Youngsters Playing At The Musical Evening Tonight: Do Come - posted 29 June 2017

Annual Coffee Morning For Cancer Research On 12 July: Please Note The Date - posted 28 June 2017

Do You Know Anything About The Old School Bell? - posted 28 June 2017

Fellowship Coffee Morning Tomorrow Wednesday 28 June: All Welcome - posted 27 June 2017

Sweet & Sour Chicken At The Bell This Thursday 29 June - posted 27 June 2017

Are You A Winner? June 200 Club Draw Results - posted 26 June 2017

Radstone Church News - posted 25 June 2017

Places Left On The Worcester Trip On Wednesday 05 July: All Welcome - posted 24 June 2017

Extended Deadline For Flower Show Hanging Basket/Patio Display Classes - posted 24 June 2017

Syresham Scarecrow Festival Is This Weekend - posted 23 June 2017

Bridge Players Summer Plays Are On 30 June/01 July: Still Some Tickets Left - posted 22 June 2017

Be on Your Guard: Break-ins in Field Way and Cross Lane - posted 21 June 2017

Brackley Morris Men Will Be At The Church Fete Saturday 01 July - posted 21 June 2017

Sausages & Mash At The Bell This Thursday 22 June - posted 20 June 2017

An Informal Evening Of Musical Items On Thursday 29 June - posted 20 June 2017

The Astwell Wedding Fair Is Next Weekend 24 and 25 June - posted 19 June 2017

Medical Detection Dogs Talk At Women's Club On Wednesday 21 June - posted 18 June 2017

Bottles Needed For Church Fete - posted 18 June 2017

Whitfield Fete Today Saturday 17 June - posted 17 June 2017

Gardens Open In Sulgrave Sunday 18 June - posted 16 June 2017

Donation Leads To New Garden Shed (press cutting) - posted 14 June 2017

Special Father's Day Breakfast On Sunday 18th June - posted 13 June 2017

Some Places Left On Garden Club Outing On 22 June But Hurry - posted 12 June 2017

Captain Fantastic Is The Film Club Choice For Friday 16 June - posted 12 June 2017

Musical Talk At WI This Wednesday 14 June: Visitors Very Welcome - posted 11 June 2017

Generous Giving On Rogation Sunday - posted 10 June 2017

A Date To Note: Fellowship Coffee Morning On Wednesday 28 June - posted 09 June 2017

Postponement Of June Messy Church - posted 08 June 2017

Steak & Chips At The Bell Tonight - posted 08 June 2017

The First Entry Deadline For The Flower & Produce Show Approaches - posted 7 June 2017

When Helmdon Had A Population Of 400 - Delving Into Helmdon's History: Helmdon Wills - posted 06 June 2017

Are You Over 60 Or Retired And Missing Out On An Excellent Lunch? Next One 20 June But Pre-Book - posted 05 June 2017

The Silverstone Classic Is On July 28-30 This Year - posted 04 June 2017

Visit To Worcester On Wednesday 05 July: All Welcome - posted 03 June 2017

Defibrillator Training On Monday 05 June - posted 02 June 2017

Bridge Players Summer Plays Are On 30 June/01 July: Get Your Tickets Early - posted 01 June 2017

What's Happening In The Village In June? Check Out The June Village Diary - posted 01 June 2017

Thai Green Curry At The Bell Tomorrow - posted 31 May 2017

Join Us For This Coming Sunday's Pentecost Walk Brackley To Helmdon: All Welcome - posted 31 May 2017

Are You A Winner? May 200 Club Draw Results - posted 30 May 2017

Musical Talk At The June WI Meeting: Visitors Very Welcome - posted 29 May 2017

Warning! Beware The Sulgrave Exchange Scammers Calling Residents Yesterday - posted 28 May 2017

A Thank You For 17 Years Of Hard Work Keeping The Reading Room As A Great Village Venue - posted 27 May 2017

Mixed Sausage Casserole At The Bell Tonight - posted 25 May 2017

The Pimlico Light Railway Is Running This Sunday 28th May: Children Especially Welcome - posted 25 May 2017

The Festival Of Open Gardens For The Katherine House Hospice Begins This Weekend - posted 24 May 2017

Delving Into Helmdon's History: Reminiscences Of Evacuation - posted 23 May 2017

Take A Look At The Local Businesses Section: Additions, Corrections, Deletions Welcome - posted 22 May 2017

WEA AGM Minutes 2017 - posted 21 May 2017

Agenda For Reading Room AGM & General Management Meeting To Be Held On Thursday 25 May - posted 20 May 2017

Summer Walks Begin On Monday 22 May: All Welcome - posted 19 May 2017

Agenda & Papers For The Meeting Of Helmdon Parish Council To Be Held On 24 May 2017 - posted 18 May 2017

Extra Green Bins Available - posted 18 May 2017

Sunday 04 June Pentecost Walk Brackley To Helmdon: All Welcome - posted 17 May 2017

Bell Special For Thursday 18 May - posted 16 May 2017

Silk On Sundays At Women's Club Tomorrow - posted 16 May 2017

Ransomware Cyber Attack - posted 15 May 2017

Talk & Plant Stall At Gardening Club This Thursday 18 May - posted 15 May 2017

Booking Lines Open For Half-Term Hubs - posted 14 May 2017

Acorns Pre-School: Limited Places Available September - posted 13 May 2017

Wedding Fair On Saturday and Sunday 24 and 25 June - posted 12 May 2017

Children Alert! Messy Church This Sunday 14 May - posted 11 May 2017

Bell Special For Today 10 May - posted 10 May 2017

WI Resolutions Meeting Tomorrow Wednesday 10 May - posted 09 May 2017

Defibrillator Training On Monday 05 June - posted 09 May 2017

Truth Is The Film Club Choice For Friday 12 May - posted 08 May 2017

Spring Foraging At Bay Tree Cottage - posted 07 May 2017

SNC Annual Residents' Satisfaction Survey - posted 05 May 2017

Delving Into Helmdon's History: Agricultural Matters In The C17 and C18 - posted 04 May 2017

Tonight's Special At The Bell - posted 04 May 2017

Agenda & Papers For The Finance Committee To Be Held On 09.05.17 - posted 03 May 2017

Art History At WEA (Adullt Education) Course For Autumn 2017 - posted 03 May 2017

St Mary's Barn Dance On Saturday 06 May - posted 02 May 2017

What's Happening In The Village In May? Check Out The May Village Diary - posted 01 May 2017

Green Light For Upgrade To Brackley Health Facilities - posted 30 April 2017

Brackley Wine Festival Tomorrow 29 April - posted 28 April 2017

June Gardening Club Visit To Two Lovely Gardens: Book Now - posted 28 April 2017

Lois Weedon & Weston May Day Fair - posted 27 April 2017

Alert! Van Broken Into Tonight - posted 26 April 2017

The Bell Thursday Special Is Back! - posted 26 April 2017

Banking Services At Our Post Office - posted 25 April 2017

Three Bicycles Discarded In School Grounds - posted 24 April 2017

Are You A Winner? April 200 Club Draw Results - posted 24 April 2017

Draft Agenda For Reading Room AGM - posted 23 April 2017

Summer Evening Walks Return - posted 22 April 2017

Charity Quiz At Syresham On Friday 28 April - posted 21 April 2017

Book Now! Trip To Spalding - Springfields Retail Outlet, Garden Centre & Gardens On Wednesday 03 May - posted 20 April 2017

The Pimlico Light Railway Starts Running On Sunday 23rd April: Chidlren Especially Welcome - posted 19 April 2017

Gardening Club Meets On Thursday 20th April - posted 18 April 2017

Private Visit To Historic Mapledurham House & Watermill On Monday 12 June - Sorry sold out - posted 17 April 2017

Police Contact Nos. - posted 16 April 2017

News Of This Year's Flower & Produce Show - posted 15 April 2017

Reminder: Tomorrow Is Blackpits Compost Shovel Day - posted 14 April 2017

Cafe Easter Raffle Raises Excellent Sum - posted 14 April 2017

STOP PRESS: £2m In Gold Bars Found In Kuwait Invasion Tank (local press cutting) - posted 13 April 2017

Gold Bullion Found In Iraki Tank In Helmdon (Mail Online posting) - posted 13 April 2017

Spring Coffee Morning 26 April: All Welcome - posted 13 April 2017

The Bell Opening Times - posted 12 April 2017

Talk On Beatrix Potter At WI Tomorrow 12 April - posted 11 April 2017

Blackpits Compost Shovel Day - posted 10 April 2017

Interesting Outings On The Fellowship Summer Programme - posted 10 April 2017

A Mel Gibson Easter Film This Tuesday 11 April - posted 09 April 2017

New Messages On Message Board - posted 08 April 2017

Some Places Left On WEA Niorthamptonshire Forum Summer Programme - posted 08 April 2017

Easter Bin Collection - posted 07 April 2017

Church Services In Holy Week - posted 06 April 2017

Scope House To House Collection - posted 05 April 2017

Cricket Club Meeting Thursday 06 April: Players, Volunteers & Enthusiasts Wanted for Summer Season - posted 05 April 2017

South Northants Challenges Hospital Consultation - posted 04 April 2017

Minutes Of The Parish Council Meeting Held On 22.03.17 - posted 04 April 2017

Easter Treasure Hunt - posted 03 April 2017

Queen Of Katwe Is The Film Club Choice For Friday 07 April - posted 03 April 2017

WEA Annual General Meeting This Coming Tuesday 04 April - posted 02 April 2017

What's Happening In The Village in April? Check Out The April Village Diary - posted 01 April 2017

Gardening Club's Outing To Swiss Garden & Steventon: Visitors Welcome - posted 31 March 2017

Village Litter Pick A Huge Success (press cutting) - posted 30 March 2017

Still Some Tickets Left For Poetry & A Slice Of Pie On Saturday 01 April: Support The Friends Of The Church - posted 29 March 2017

Are You A Winner? March 200 Club Draw Results - posted 28 March 2017

Booking Now - The WEA Summer Walks - posted 27 March 2017

Are You Up For The Challenge? Reading Room Steward Vacancy - posted 26 March 2017

Mothering Sunday - posted 25 March 2017

Bell Open Again Tomorrow Friday 24 March For Drinks - posted 24 March 2017

Booking Now: SNC Children's Easter Holiday Activities - posted 24 March 2017

Beware! Thieves About In Helmdon - posted 23 March 2017

Katharine House Hospice Gets Easter Novelties From The Stitichers - posted 23 March 2017

Youth Ambition Awards - posted 22 March 2017

The Fellowship Celebrate St Patrick's Day - posted 21 March 2017

The Radstone Chuch Bats & A Successful Bid To The Heritage Lottery Fund - posted 20 March 2017

Save The Horton Consultation Meeting This Coming Tuesday 21 March - posted 19 March 2017

"Your Computer Has A Virus" - posted 18 March 2017

Agenda For The Parish Council Meeting To Be Held On 22.03.17 - posted 17 March 2017

Agenda For WEA AGM On Tuesday 04 April - posted 17 March 2017

Family Service & Alternative Harvest Service This Coming Sunday 19 March - posted 16 March 2017

"Distinctive Containers" At The Gardening Club Meeting Tomorrow Thursday 16 March - posted 15 March 2017

Irish Folk Musical  "Once" at The Film Club On Friday 17 March - Just Right For St Patrick's Day - posted 14 March 2017

Matisse Evening At The Women's Club On Wednesday 15 March - posted 12 March 2017

List Of Dvds Available To Borrow From The Film Club - posted 10 March 2017

New Researcher On Helmdon Researchers' List - posted 10 March 2017

For The Children This Sunday 12 March: Messy Church - posted 10 March 2017

Help Keep The Village Tidy: Litter Pick This Sunday 12 March - posted 09 March 2017

Join In With The Acorns Quiz This Saturday  11 March - posted 08 March 2017

Tuesday 21 March Date Of Next Horton Hospital Consultation Meeting - posted 07 March 2017

Handy To Have By You: The 2017 Recycling Map - posted 06 March 2017

A Day In The Life of Time Team With Paul Blinkhorn At Fellowship On Friday 10 March: All Over 60s & Retirees Welcome - posted 05 March 2017

First Aid Talk At The WI Next Wednesday 08 March - posted 04 March 2017

Screening Of Film Bruce Almighty Tomorrow Saturday 04 March - posted 03 March 2017

Don't Forget The Bridge Players' Summer Play Auditions On Tuesday 07 March - posted 02 March 2017

Check Out The Dates In The March Village Diary -  posted 01 March 2017

Spring Lambing Weekends - posted 28 February 2017

Are You A Winner? February 200 Club Draw Results - posted 27 February 2017

You are Invited to Poetry & A Slice Of Pie On Saturday 01 April - posted 26 February 2017

Join The Church Lent Courses Beginning 04 March - posted 25 February 2017

Important Message To Parents On Message Board  Re Dangerous Tree Branch - posted 24 February 2017

New Film Club Programme For The Next Six Months - posted 24 February 2017

Urgent Police Appeal For Help This Afternoon In Road Clearing Effort - posted 23 February 2017

Talk On Dream Gardens At Sulgrave On Monday 06 March - posted 23 February 2017

Don't Forget The Breakfast Pancakes - This Saturday 25 February - posted 22 February 2017

Players And Enthusiasts Of All Kinds Wanted For the Cricket Season - posted 21 February 2017

Towcester Relief Road Public Meeting Announced - posted 20 February 2017

Thank You Rex Jessett - posted 19 February 2017

Final Hurdle Approaches for Town's Replacement For Cottage Hospital (press cutting) - posted 18 February 2017

Acorns Food For Thought Quiz On Saturday 11 March - posted 17 February 2017

Talk On Anaethesia At The Women's Club Today Wednesday 15 February - posted 16 February 2017

New Pilates Class Begins Wednesday 22 February - posted 15 February 2017

New Messages On Message Board - posted 15 February 2017

February Family Service On Sunday 19th - posted 14 February 2017

Comedy/Romance Bread & Tulips Is The Film For Friday 17 February -  posted 13 February 2017

Pancake Breakfasts On Saturday 25 February: Get Your Tickets Now - posted 12 February 2017

Evenley Wood Visit On 22 February - posted 11 February 2017

New Medical Facility In Brackley? - posted 10 February 2017

Bridge Players' AGM & Summer Play Auditions On Tuesday 07 March - posted 10 February 2017

Women's Club February News - posted 09 February 2017

St Patrick's Day Celebration On Saturday 18 March: Limited Ticket Availability - posted 08 February 2017

Save The Horton - posted 07 February 2017

Are You Losing Out On An Excellent Lunch? Sign Up For The Next On Tuesday 21 February - posted 06 February 2017

Not Finding What You Want On The Village Website? - Help Is Here - posted 05 February 2017

Delving Into Helmdon's History: Helmdon Wills 1603-1760 (historical article no:3) - posted 03 February 2017

Car Boot Sale At Lois Weedon On Saturday 04 February - posted 02 February 2017

Check Out The Dates In The February Village Diary -  posted 01 February 2017

Minutes Of The Parish Council Meeting Held On 25 January 2017 -  posted 31 January 2017

WEA Membership Survey -  posted 31 January 2017

Holiday Photography At The WI On Wednesday 08 February -  posted 30 January 2017

(Helmdon) Competition Winner Hungry To Learn (press cutting) - posted 29 January 2017

Book For Gardening Club Visit To Evenley Wood -  posted 28 January 2017

SPLAT Holiday Activities For Half-Term - posted 26 January 2017

A Car Boot Sale To Look Forward To On Saturday 04 February - posted 26 January 2017

Amazon Spoof Emails - posted 25 January 2017

Thriller Eye In The Sky Is Film For Friday 27 January -  posted 24 January 2017

Are You A Winner? January 200 Club Draw Results - posted 23 January 2017

Don't Forget the Fellowship Coffee Morning This Coming Wednesday 25 January: All Welcome - posted 22 January 2017

Road Investment For South Northants - posted 21 January 2017

Helpers Needed For Rainbows - posted 20 January 2017

Agenda For The Parish Council Meeting To Be Held On 25.01.17 - posted 19 January 2017

Threats to The Horton Hospital: Brackley Public Meeting On Monday 30 January - posted 19 January 2017

Staff Vacancy Acorns - posted 18 January 2017

Fellowship Coffee Morning on Wednesday 25 January: All Welcome - posted 18 January 2017

Successional Planting At The Gardening Club On Thursday 19 January - posted 17 January 2017

Wednesday 18 January: Revd. Carole Peters Will Talk At Women's Club About Her Career - posted 16 January 2017

Gospel Choir At Syresham Next Saturday 21 January - posted 15 January 2017

Please Collect Your Used Stamps For Cancer Research UK - posted 14 January 2017

Starts Tuesday 17 January From Les Miserables To The Belle Epoque, The WEA (Adult Education) Spring Course - posted 12 January 2017

Delving Into Helmdon's History: Cross Lane Reminiscences Article No: 49 -  posted 12 January 2017

Agenda For Meeting Of Parish Council Finance Committee To Be Held On 16.01.17 -  posted 10 January 2017

Acorns Pre-School September Reservations -  posted 10 January 2017

Christmas Tree Recycling - posted 09 January 2017

WI Programme For 2017 -  posted 08 January 2017

M&S Or Sainsbury's Will Take Your Old Christmas Cards - posted 07 January 2017

'Monte Carlo Or Bust' At WI On Wednesday 11 January - posted 07 January 2017

Be Alert! Message Re Church Street Car Break-in - posted 06 January 2017

Help Needed For The Brackley Dippers - posted 06 January 2017

Minutes Of The Reading Room General Management Committee Held On 13/12/16 -  posted 05 January 2017

Energy Advice Essentials From The Citizens Advice Bureau - posted 04 January 2017

Check Out The New 2017 Village Diary:  Have you Any Dates To Add? -  posted 03 January 2017

The Comedy Dean Spanley With Peter O'Toole Is Film For Friday 06 January -  posted 02 January 2017

Happy New Year ... Now Get Fit For Free In January - posted 01 January 2017

MU Programme For 2017 Published - posted 31 December 2016

Silverstone Plans Set To Supercharge South Northants Economy - posted 29 December 2016

Don't Forget The Waste Collection Arrangements For The Holidays - posted 28 December 2016

Christmas Eve Services: All Welcome - posted 23 December 2016

'Tuesday Lunches' Serve Up A Very Enjoyable Christmas Meal - posted 22 December 2016

Boxing Day Brackley Morris Men - posted 21 December 2016

Rotary Young Musician Competition - posted 20 December 2016

Are You A Winner? December 200 Club Draw Results - posted 19 December 2016

From Les Miserables To The Belle Epoque: Title Of WEA Spring Course - posted 18 December 2016

Christmas Volunteers Still Wanted - posted 17 December 2016

Christmas Arrangements For The Village Cafe & Post Office - posted 16 December 2016

New Messages On The Messageboard - posted 15 December 2016

This Coming Weekend: Candlelit Service & Messy Christingle - posted 15 December 2016

Gardening Club Tomorrow: Talk  On Madeira Garden of the Atlantic To Go With The Mulled Wine & Mince Pies - posted 14 December 2016

Christmas Drink Drive Campaign - posted 14 December 2016

Still Available In The Village: Christmas Trees, Wreaths & Mistletoe - posted 13 December 2016

Women's Club Party Tomorrow 14 December - posted 13 December 2016

Bridge Players' Christmas Panto Report & Photos - posted 12 December 2016

Christmas Novelties Knitted Once Again For The Katherine House Hospice - posted 12 December 2016

Course Members Were "entertained and informed"  At The WEA Course The History Behind The Musicals - posted 11 December 2016

Minutes of The Parish Council Meeting Held On 23.11.16 - posted 10 December 2016

Gardening Club Programme For 2017 - posted 10 December 2016

Nativity In The Barn Tomorrow 10 December: All Welcome - posted 09 December 2016

Carol Singing Round Village For The Children's Society On Monday 12 December: Singers & Collectors Urgently Required - posted 08 December 2016

Helmdon's Favourite Carols: Your Choice - posted 08 December 2016

The Bell Christmas Opening Times - posted 07 December 2016

Acorns Staff Vacancy - posted 06 December 2016

Put Out Bins In Time This Christmas - posted 06 December 2016

Excellent Results For The Quiz And Christmas Bazaar - posted 05 December 2016

Hurry! Tickets For Dick Whittington Selling Fast: Thursday & Saturday Evening Sold Out - posted 05 December 2016

The Reading Room General Management Committee Meeting Is On Tuesday 13 December - posted 04 December 2016

An Extra Recycling Bin Is Not Just For Christmas - posted 03 December 2016

Just  Time To Choose Your Favourite Carols For Sunday 04 December - posted 02 December 2016

Christmas Trees For Sale In The Village From Today - posted 01 December 2016

Check Up On Dates In The December Village Diary - posted 01 December 2016

Father Christmas Will Be At The Christmas Bazaar On Saturday 03 December - posted 30 November 2016

Christmas Shopping Evening At The School On Thursday 01 December - posted 29 November 2016

Are You A Winner? November 200 Club Draw Results - posted 28 November 2016

Take Advantage Of The School Christmas  Shopping Evening And The Church Bazaar This Week To Get Toys/Gifts For Bulgarian Children - posted 27 November 2016

WEA Spring Walks Programme Published - posted 25 November 2016

County Connect Buses: Use Them Or Lose Them - posted 24 November 2016

Stay Safe This Black Friday - posted 23 November 2016

Nativity In The Barn: Saturday 10 December - posted 22 November 2016

Hurry To Get Your Tickets: The Saturday Pantomime Performance Is Sold Out - posted 21 November 2016

The School Christmas Shopping Evening Is On Thursday 01 December - posted 20 November 2016

Give The Gift Of Christmas - posted 19 November 2016

Christmas Shopping Event Saturday 26 November - posted 18 November 2016

Agenda For Parish Council Meeting To Be Held On 23.11.16 - posted 17 November 2016

Posted 21 September 2017
Calling All Budding Photographers


 
The Helmdon Advent Windows project has been a great success over the past two years. All the windows around the village are photographed and displayed on the web site, more or less on the day they are revealed.

The photographer behind the excellent images, Charles Binns, is unfortunately not available this year, so a new person is required.

If you might be interested you should:

Be available in the village every evening, or almost every evening, throughout December.
Relish the prospect of going out on cold, dark and sometimes wet evenings!
Be able to get home having taken the shots and send them to by e-mail to the webmaster for uploading on the web site.
Have sufficiently advanced camera equipment to be up to the job, as it requires a long telephoto lens and very quick shutter speed to take the images in the dark from a distance.

If you think you might be up to the challenge and would like to get involved then Charles has offered to pass on his tips and tricks for how to get the best images. Please contact the Helmdon Advent Widows project organiser, Ann Netten for further information.

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Posted 20 September 2017
Clean Bill Of Health For Parish Council Accounts


 
Helmdon Parish Council has received a clean bill of health on its accounts and annual return for the year ending 31 March 2017. The external auditor, BDO LLP, raised no comments or questions.

The accounts are available for inspection on appointment between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Contact the Clerk, Helen du Bois, if you wish to make an appointment.

You will also find copies of all the financial information for the year ending 31 March 2017 on the web site.

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Posted 14 September 2017
Mysterious Pole On Station Road


 
No, we're not talking about an enigmatic eastern european, it's an actual grey, metal pole that has just appeared in the verge near 47/49 Station Road, Helmdon.

Actually, it is not a mystery at all. The pole has been installed by Northamptonshire Highways in readiness for the Speed Indicator Device (SID) that Helmdon Parish Council is in the process of procuring.

The SID will detect passing motorists and display their speed and a message: "Thank you!" or "Slow down!".

The council will be deciding on the final details of the project at its meeting to be held on Wednesday 27 September 2017 in the Reading Room, Helmdon and all members of the public are invited to attend.

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Posted 12 September 2017
Notice Of Road Closure


 
Northamptonshire Highways will soon be carrying out carriageway repairs near the turn to Astwell Castle off the Wappenham Road.

To undertake these works safely will require that the road is closed from 18 September to up to five days between 09:30 and 15:30.

A plan showing the closure and diversion can be viewed here https://roadworks.org?tm=176824.

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Posted 06 September 2017
Helmdon Hurler Running Well


 
The 8th Helmdon Hurler took place on bank holiday Monday, 28 August 2017.

One hundred and forty four runners were under starter's orders outside the Bell on Monday morning for the 4.3 mile race up Church Street, around the Astwell Track and back along Wappenham Road.

The winner this year was Mark Palser who finished in 24 minutes 57 seconds.

Photos and the full race results are available in the Hurler section.

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Posted 18 August 2017
It's Not To Be Sniffed At


 
Helmdon Parish Council is considering the possibility of purchasing and installing two or three new bins for dog waste. But are they needed and, if so, where?

The council would be interested to hear from dog walkers and any other interested parties as to where any new bins might be installed.

Any suggested locations would be subject to survey and other considerations, but the council would like to see if there are any particular spots where a good number of people think a new bin would be useful.

Please send your suggested location to the Parish Clerk. The council will be considering the matter at its next meeting, to be held on 27 September 2017.

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Posted 13 August 2017
Who's Running Helmdon?


 
It's just two weeks to go until the 8th Helmdon Hurler! The Hurler takes place on bank holiday Monday, 28 August 2017 starting at 11:30 a.m. from the Bell Public House.

Some people race the 4.3 mile course, whilst others just enjoy a fun jog along a very scenic route. Why not give it a go yourself this year? You'll find the entry form on the Hurler page.

But a word of warning if you have been inspired by Mo Farah - don't try to run it at his pace as he would clock around 18 minutes - wow!

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Posted 08 August 2017
Don't Miss Out On Free Childcare


 
From September 2017 many families with three and four year old children will be able to benefit from additional childcare help.

Eligible parents will be able to benefit from 30 hours free childcare a week, up from 15 hours a week under the current scheme. Working parents who earn a minimum of the equivalent of 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage could be eligible, as well as some lone parent families.

County council cabinet member for children and families Cllr Matthew Golby said: “The 30 hours free childcare scheme is a fantastic way for working families to benefit from additional early years education.

“These extra free hours for eligible parents will not only ease pressures on family finances but also help to ensure children are more ‘school ready’, enabling them to benefit from the learning, development and social skills that early years education can offer.


Further information on the additional hours scheme is available at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/earlyyears.

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Posted 05 August 2017
A Chance To Have Your Say


 
South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) will soon be consulting on its Part 2 Local Plan.

The plan includes planning policies that set out the general criteria against which planning applications should be judged, a hierarchy of development sites which groups together towns and villages according to their ability to sustain more development, housing policies that allow for the development of new housing to meet local and specialist needs, as well as a policy approach to help meet the shortfall in the delivery of housing within Northampton.

The Plan includes employment policies, including proposals for new employment development including sites near Towcester and Old Stratford. It proposes that all new houses should include charging points for electric cars, and safeguards a route for the A361 Chipping Warden Bypass. The Plan also seeks to make the most out of local canals and includes protection for the district’s heritage, landscapes and community green spaces.

The consultation, which will be open to any member of the public to comment on, will go live at the end of August. The Helmdon Parish Plan Group is meeting on 22 September to consider the implications for Helmdon and will make its recommendations to Helmdon Parish Council at its meeting on 24 September.

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Posted 31 July 2017
All Hands To The Pump


 
Work is underway at the Pump Garden on Church Street to tidy up the area and improve access.

The Pump Garden, which is owned and maintained by Helmdon Parish Council, is the site of one of the two remaining hand pumps in the village (the other being on Wappenham Road) that used to be the primary source of drinking water until mains water was installed in the village in 1954.

In 2002 a bench was installed at the site to commemorate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

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Posted 27 July 2017
Two Hundred Mowers


 
Sheep are busy "mowing" the disused railway cutting in Helmdon this week. The area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because it is rare Jurassic limestone grassland which supports a range of grasses and a rich butterfly fauna.

In order to maintain a species-rich sward and its associated insects and other invertebrates, calcareous grassland requires active management and this is traditionally achieved by grazing.

Sheep are particularly good because they don't poach the land as cattle might, and their light trampling helps create small bare soil patches to encourage seed germination.

To learn more about Helmdon's SSSI visit the Natural England Designated Sites register.

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Posted 22 July 2017
What's On The Agenda?


 
The next meeting of Helmdon Parish Council takes place on Wednesday 26 July 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Reading Room, Church Street, Helmdon.

It's a packed agenda this time and one of the first items is to install a brand new councillor to fill the current vacancy.

The Helmdon Sports & Social Club will be delivering a presentation on the proposed refurbishment of the sports pavilion and there is an item on the Local Plan, which is the document that specifies housing development in villages.

To see all the items, along with associated paperwork, check out the parish council section.

All meetings of the parish council are open to members of the public, so why not come along and find out what's going on in your village!

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Posted 16 July 2017
Bag It, Bin It


 
The parish council is considering the possibility of purchasing and installing some new bins for dog waste. But are they needed and, if so, where?

Helmdon Parish Council would be interested to hear from dog walkers as to where any new bins might be installed.

Any suggested locations would be subject to survey and other considerations, but the council would like to see if there are any particular spots where a good number of people think a new bin would be useful.

Please send your suggested location to the Parish Clerk. The council will be looking at the initial suggestions at its next meeting on 26 July 2017.

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Posted 11 July 2017
Be A Councillor

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Have you ever thought about being a parish councillor? If so, now's your chance! Helmdon Parish Council has a vacancy and if you're over 18 you could apply!

The vacancy will be filled at the next meeting of the council, which takes place on Wednesday 26 July 2017.

Visit the parish council section to find out who the other councillors are, what the council does and how it works. Feel free to speak to any of the councillors about the role.

Expressions of interest should be submitted to the Clerk, Helen du Bois, by Friday (14 July 2017).

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Posted 10 July 2017
Gearing Up For British Grand Prix


 
It's that time of year again; the week leading up to the British Grand Prix.

As with previous years, the A43 will be closed to through traffic from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. Full traffic information is available here.

In light of recent events there will be enhanced security this year, so if you're going allow a little extra time to get through the bag checks.

The weather for Grand Prix weekend looks settled and dry so at least the campers should be OK!

Follow all the Silverstone news on Twitter or Facebook.

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Posted 02 July 2017
An English Village Weekend


 
The Helmdon church fete took place on Sunday at the church and Manor Farm.

Unusually, the rain held off and fete-goers were able to browse the stalls and attractions whilst drinking a glass of Pimms or orange juice.

The Brackley Morris Men entertained the crowds with music and dancing and there was horse shoeing and sheep shearing demonstrations. Tea and cake was served in the church.

The fete raises money for the church but more than that, it provides the village with the most typically English of weekends!

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Posted 30 June 2017
World Wide Web Of Helmdon


 
The Helmdon web site is approaching twenty years old, and it's time to do a review of it to ensure it continues to meet the village's needs for the next twenty.

For example, when the Helmdon web site was first created Facebook hadn't even been invented! Now it would be good to integrate social media into the web site so that users can get all they need from one place.

There is a web site team meeting on Tuesday 4 July 2017 at 7:45 p.m. and if you are a budding web designer, a professional web content manager, or an eager online journalist you would be welcome to join us.

The web site team is looking for new blood to help lead the site forward for the future. If you might be interested and would like to find out more about the meeting or how to get involved please contact the webmaster, Danny Moody, for more details.

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Posted 27 June 2017
Police And The Fireman


 
Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner (pictured above) has launched a public consultation regarding proposals for the governance of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service to transfer from the Fire Authority which currently sits in Northamptonshire County Council, to the Police and Crime Commissioner, who would therefore become the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

The government wants emergency services to work much more collaboratively and has recently changed the law to allow this to happen.

A leaflet has been produced and a short animated film to describe the proposal.

There is an online survey to capture people’s views, which can be accessed at www.northantsfireproposals.co.uk (a postal survey and easy read version are also available on request).

The survey closes on Tuesday 1 August 2017. Please share the link with friends and family because the PCC would like as many people to have their voice heard as possible.

For further information or if you having any questions please contact Sam Ward, Involvement Officer at: samantha.ward@northantspcc.pnn.police.uk. Views will be collated and will inform a business case that will be sent to the Home Office in mid August.

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Posted 21 June 2017
It's A Nice Day For A White Wedding


 
Are you or anyone you know planning a wedding? If so, the Astwell Benefice Wedding Fair is an event not to be missed!

The Astwell Wedding Fair takes place on Saturday 24 (11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) and Sunday 25 June (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.). Choose one of five beautiful medieval churches set a wonderful English countryside, including St Mary Magdalene church in Helmdon.

Browse a selection of local wedding specialists who can offer everything you need for the big day. From marquees and country venues to dresses, cakes, flowers, bridal beauty and catering for every budget, it's your one stop shop for your perfect English country wedding!

Start your exploring in Wappenham Church then pop over to Helmdon and Syresham to enjoy a free glass of fizz, homemade cakes and teas as well as an exhibition of village wedding dresses down the years.

For more information contact Judith Elkington on 01295 760438 or judithelkington@gmail.com, or Barry King on 07836 768454 or barry.towcester@gmail.com.

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Posted 14 June 2017
An Opportunity To Be A Councillor

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Have you ever thought about being a parish councillor? If so, now's your chance! Helmdon Parish Council has a vacancy for a councillor due to the recent resignation of Liz Hart.

The vacancy will be filled at the next meeting of the council, which takes place on Wednesday 26 July 2017.

Visit the parish council section to find out who the other councillors are, what the council does and how it works. Feel free to speak to any of the councillors about the role.

Expressions of interest should be submitted to the Clerk, Helen du Bois, by Friday 14 July 2017.

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Posted 13 June 2017
Get Ready For More Disruption


 

Station Road, Helmdon has sprung another leak. It's been several months since Anglian Water last dug up the road to repair the mains pipe, so it was probably due!

The leak at the junction of Station Road and Church Street started about a week ago and is getting steadily worse. An Anglian Water technician inspected the leak today and optimistically sprayed some blue paint around.

There's been no formal notification yet, but expect the road to be dug up, probably with three-way traffic light control, over the next few days.

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Posted 10 June 2017
Englands' Heirs


 

Bill and Doreen England (pictured above) have stepped down as chairman and steward respectively of the Reading Room in Helmdon.

After seventeen years as chairman Bill hung up his gloves at the Reading Room AGM held on 25 May 2017. In his final report he said "It has been an interesting journey over the last 17 years, when I took over, sometimes it was easy going, but sometimes it was a damn hard slog, but over those years, I realise how many people out there were always up for it, helping out, raising funds, and generally just being supportive."

Cec Harrold also retired as vice chairman meaning that there is a whole new team in place, with Morag Underwood in charge as the new chairman.

In his speech Bill said "if I can offer a bit of advice to the new regime, learn how the Reading Room works... [it] is actually owned by the people in the area of benefit, in other words us... remember the members of the parish make the decisions... I wish whoever takes over, success, and hope you are afforded the support and friendship that we have been."

Anyone who has had anything to do with the Reading Room as a hirer or visitor will know that taking care of the building and operating it for the good of the village is a monumental task, so to do it successfully for such a long period of time is a huge achievement. Well done to Bill and Doreen, the village owes you a huge debt of gratitude for all you have done.

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Posted 09 June 2017
Election Blues

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It's been a disastrous night for the Conservative Party nationally, but closer to home Andrea Leadsom MP has been re-elected with an increased share of the vote compared to 2015.

The turnout was an incredible 76%, so well done to the people of Helmdon, of whatever political persuasion.

Andrea Leadsom (Con) won 40,599 votes (62.5%), with runner up Sophie Johnson (Lab) winning 17,759 (27.3%).

The Conservatives held all seven of the seats in Northamptonshire.

The full local and national election results are available on the BBC's 2017 Election site.

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Posted 01 June 2017
Cash For Local Groups


 

Helmdon Parish Council has awarded grants totalling £1,350 to local groups and organisations.

The Small Grants Scheme is open to any group whose area of benefit includes Helmdon. This year applications totalled £2,159, so it wasn't possible to give every group what they asked for.

The grants awarded included £240 to the Friends of Helmdon Churchyard for a wheeled trimmer, £100 to the Gardening Club for new banners promoting the Flower and Produce Show, and £250 to the Friends of Helmdon School to build an outside library. The full list of grants awarded will appear in the parish council minutes.

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Posted 26 May 2017
Keep On Runnin'


 

The 8th Helmdon Hurler takes place on Monday 28 August 2017, which sounds like a long way off but it is only 13 weeks. And that's not long at all if you're currently a couch potato in need of some serious training!

Actually, the Hurler suits people of all ages and abilities... you can even walk round if you want! It is a fun and convivial way to end the August bank holiday.

So dig out your trainers, put on your lycra and get out there! To register visit the Helmdon Hurler section.

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Posted 24 May 2017
First Impact


 

As part of the design development of the railway, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd needs to undertake ground investigation surveys near to and along the proposed line of route.

These surveys will help HS2 gather essential data on the condition of the ground. HS2's ground investigation contractor, Structural Soils Ltd, intends to take a small number of core samples from Radstone Road. This work will be carried out under the supervision of HS2 Ltd. So that Structural Soils Ltd can take these core samples, Radstone Road will be closed on Tuesday 30 May 2017 between 09.30 and 16.30. Diversions will be in place during this period and these will be clearly signed.

You may notice a small amount of additional traffic in the area during the works, as HS2's contractors move equipment to and from survey locations.

If you have any questions or concerns about these works you can contact the HS2 helpdesk. This is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phoning 020 7944 4908 or by emailing hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

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Posted 22 May 2017
Report It!


 

If there's something strange, in your neighbourhood, who ya gonna call? Well it depends on what the problem is!

Residents of Helmdon can now use a new reporting tool to report issues with streetlights, highways, footpaths or odours.

Simply click on the "Report It!" image on the left hand side and choose the problem you wish to report.

Reports about streetlights go to the parish clerk, reports about highways go to Northamptonshire Highways, reports about footpaths go to the Parish Paths Warden and reports about odours go to the Blackpitts Monitoring Group.

You are the eyes and ears of the community, so if you see it, please report it!

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Posted 18 May 2017
Picnic In The Park


 

It may not feel like it just yet, but summer is nearly here, and to get ready the parish council has installed two new picnic benches on the school field near the play equipment.

The benches were surplus to requirements at the school and so the parish council has repurposed them as picnic benches to replace the old wooden one that had seen better days.

The parish council rents the school field outside school hours for the benefit of the whole village, so if you want to take a picnic down to the field in the evenings or at weekends then feel free!

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Posted 13 May 2017
Flower Power and Flour Power!


 

It's Gardener's World and The Great British Bake Off all rolled into one. Yes, it's time to start preparing for the annual Helmdon Flower and Produce Show!

The show itself is on Saturday 26 August 2017 in the Reading Room, but judging for certain categories (e.g. best cottage garden) takes place as early as 17 June 2017.

A full list of all the categories, a copy of the entry form and the all-important recipes for the cake categories can be found on the Helmdon Gardening Club news page.

Good luck!

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Posted 10 May 2017
Droning On


 

Recent advances in drone technology have meant that we can get a whole new perspective on the place we live.

Drone-mounted cameras have reached a point now where even relatively inexpensive rigs can produce very stable ultra-HD images.

There are some very good amateur videos online, such as a fly over of Helmdon village and a good view of the viaduct, complete with a guest appearance from a Red Kite (with thanks to Ross Vicars for the correct identification!).!

Businesses are turning to professional drone photographers too, and Material Change is one such example when it commissioned these very interesting pictures of its Anaerobic Digestion plant at Blackpits on the Welsh Lane.

So what with Google Maps and Streetview and now all these drone cameras everywhere you better make sure you're not doing anything in your back garden that you shouldn't be!

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Posted 05 May 2017
The Results Are In!


Cllr Ian Morris (left) and Chairman of
Helmdon Parish Council, Cllr John Coatsworth,
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Councillor Ian Morris has been returned as the county councillor for the Silverstone Division, which includes Helmdon.

Cllr Morris increased his share of the vote from 48.29% in 2013 to 71.34% of the vote this time.

The votes cast were: Anna MILLS (Liberal Democrat) 652, Ian MORRIS (Conservative) 2,766, Adrian SCANDRETT (Labour) 459.

Overall the Conservatives increased their majority on the county council, gaining 7 seats to move to 43. Labour are in opposition with 12 seats, whilst the Liberal Democrats have 2. There are no Independents and UKIP lost all three of the seats they held previously.

The full results, with all the details are available on the Northamptonshire County Council web site.

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Posted 04 May 2017
Capture Your Community


 
After the success of the Helmdon Snapshot Project in 2011 we know that Helmdon is full of budding photographers. And now there's a chance to show off your talents across the county.

The Northamptonshire Community Foundation (NCF) is running a competition to Capture Your Community and would like residents in the county to send in a photo capturing the community of Northamptonshire.

What does community life in Northamptonshire mean to you? Send in your photos showcasing the amazing people, activities and places that are at the heart of our community.

Anyone can enter, whether you have a DSLR, digital camera or a camera phone, get snapping and show NCF what Helmdon means to you. You can enter through the NCF Facebook page or by email. The competition opens on Monday 1 May 2017 and closes on Wednesday 14 June 2017. For competition entry details visit Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s website.

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Posted 03 May 2017
Get Ready For Polling Day


 
The good people of Helmdon are once again off to the polling station, this time to elect a county councillor for the Silverstone Division, which includes the village of Helmdon.

The polling station is in the Reading Room and it will be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Thursday 4 May 2017.

There are three candidates to choose from: Anna MILLS (Liberal Democrat), Ian MORRIS (Conservative) and Adrian SCANDRETT (Labour).

The count will take place from 2:00 p.m. on Friday 5 May 2017, with the final results expected from 5:00 p.m. The election results will be available on the Northamptonshire County Council website.

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Posted 26 April 2017
Cash For Village Groups


 
Helmdon Parish Council's Small Grants Scheme 2016 was officially launched at the annual village meeting.

Small grants are available to any group or organisation that benefits the community of Helmdon and are typically in the order of £50 - £250 pounds (although there is no set limit).

Applications must be made using the form, which is available to download here in Word or PDF format.

The closing date for applications is 17 May 2017 and the grants will be awarded at the parish council meeting to be held on 24 May 2017.

If you have any questions about the Small Grants Scheme please contact the Clerk, Helen du Bois.

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Posted 20 April 2017

Annual Village Meeting - All Welcome


 
The 2017 Annual Village Meeting takes place on next week, on Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Reading Room, Church Street, Helmdon. It is a public meeting and all residents of Helmdon are invited to attend.

The meeting is a great opportunity to hear about all that has happened in Helmdon over the past year, and all that is planned to happen in the coming year. Did you know there is going to be a flag pole in the village? Come along and hear all about it. Do you know what Helmdon Parish Council achieved in 2016/17 (and what it spent)? Come along and hear all about it.

The county councillor for Helmdon, Cllr Ian Morris (pictured above) will be in attendance to give a report and answer questions about roads, schools, the re-organisation of the county council and what the future holds.

Light refreshments will be available from 7:15 p.m. and all residents are very welcome.

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Posted 17 April 2017
Astwell Track Closed For A Day


 
The Astwell track will be closed to traffic on Tuesday 18 April 2017 from 9:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. for minor carriageway works.

The national road works web site warns that "delays are very likely", so to all the thousands of people that use that route on a daily basis, please allow extra time for your journey!!

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Posted 12 April 2017
Have An Eggcellent Weekend


 
It's Easter and a time to relax and unwind - unless you're a vicar!

The weather forecast for Helmdon is OK but not great; certainly nowhere near as warm as last weekend.

If you're out in the garden don't forget the offer of free compost from Blackpits.

If you're a church-goer you'll find details of all the weekend's services in the Village Diary.

Whatever you're doing the web site team wish you a hopping good time!

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Posted 10 April 2017
Community Fund Could Be Just The Ticket


 
HS2 Ltd has launched a £40 million fund to help offset the impact of the construction of HS2 from London to Birmingham.

There will be two funds available for local communities to help with the disruption that will be caused by the construction of Phase one of HS2. These are the Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF).

If your group, organisation or business will be impacted by HS2 then find out more on the fund website or you can meet Lydia Smith, Engagement Manager at HS2 Ltd, at a series of local meetings. The Next one is on Thursday 20 April 2017, 14.00 pm – 16.00 pm, Volunteer Centre, Whittons Lane, Towcester NN12 6YZ organised by SNVB.

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Posted 02 April 2017
Two Men Went To Mow


 
The mowing season has started so yesterday there was a working party at the churchyard; the first of 2017. Unfortunately only two men were able to attend this time.

To keep on top of it requires a lot of work, and churchyard stalwart Rex Jesset (pictured above) hung up his mowing boots last year, so new blood is needed.

The churchyard is a wonderful place to work (great views!) and when it is kept on top of it is a great place for wildlife, both flora and fauna.

If you would like to get involved and can spare a few hours a month please contact the Friends of Helmdon Churchyard. You would be most welcome!

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Posted 26 March 2017
Project Brings Village To Its Knees


 
If you've ever been to St Mary Magdalene Church in Helmdon you will have noticed a wonderful collection of well over one hundred hand-stitched kneelers.

The Kneeler Project started in 1993 and many of the kneelers commemorate the village and its people.

In 2014 the mammoth task of researching, recording and photographing each one began and this work has now been completed.

A hard-copy list and photographs will soon be available in the church, but the entire collection is also available on this web site. You can search for your family, your house, or why not simply browse through the kneelers and choose a favourite?!

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Posted 23 March 2017
It's All Go


 
At the meeting of Helmdon Parish Council held last night in the Reading Room several updates on current projects were provided.

A grant for repairs to the war memorial is almost secured, a grant for a makeover of the Pump Garden on Church Street has been received and works will soon commence, graffiti on the bench in the school field has been sanded off, the flooding alleviation works on Grange Lane have been completed and certificates have been presented to the school children who helped with the village litter pick.

The council also gave the go ahead to two more projects: the purchase of a village flag pole and the transfer of land on Station Road and at The Green from South Northants Homes to the parish council. These projects will be implemented in the coming months.

To keep up with all that the parish council is doing, and to contribute your thoughts, ideas and opinions, please see the parish council section for all the latest news, agendas and minutes.

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Posted 16 March 2017
It Must Be A Sign


 
The entry sign coming into the village from Wappenham has received a makeover, courtesy of Helmdon Parish Council.

The sign, which is the old-fashioned stamped-metal type, has been completely refurbished and restored to its former glory.

The sign was cracked and bent (see bottom photo above) and the only other option was to replace it with a printed plastic one.

The standard of the refurbishment is amazing; you wouldn't believe it was the same sign! Having seen the standard of the work, which cost around £100, the parish council will now look to see if the one on the way in to the village from Sulgrave can be similarly restored. The ones from Brackley and Falcutt are the plastic type, so they just need an annual clean.

The village is rightly proud of its achievements in the Best Village competition, and now the village entry signs will look the part too.

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Posted 12 March 2017
How Did It Go? Rubbish!


 
The Community Litter Pick 2017 was a huge success, thanks to all the volunteers who gave up some of their Sunday afternoon to help out.

Over forty people turned out, and many hands made light work. Around twenty bags of litter were collected, plus a few bits of car bumper, an old sand bag and the obligatory traffic cone!

Thanks go to the village school for providing a meeting and collection point and to Dianne Thorpe and her sister (and husbands) for putting on a lovely tea for all the pickers.

Helmdon is not a bad village for litter thankfully, but now it is even better than usual!

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Posted 11 March 2017
Calling All Wombles


 
Just one day to go until the Community Litter Pick 2017.

All volunteers should meet at 2:30 p.m. at Helmdon Primary School for instructions and to collect equipment. Refreshments will be served for litter pickers in the school hall in return for a bag of rubbish!

Many hands make light work, so please get into the community spirit and help out. It will be a lot of fun and will make a big difference!

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Posted 07 March 2017
What Are Your Values And Principles?


 
Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) is putting a process in place to help it make decisions about what to prioritise – that is, how it shares out resources to achieve the best outcomes for residents.

To do this NCC needs to be clearer what it, residents and partners think is important to bear in mind when deciding between competing priorities. NCC needs your help to clarify its values and principles, which will then be used to develop a framework for prioritising.

You can help in two ways – by completing a survey and/or by attending one of four workshops being held between 13 and 20 March 2017.

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Posted 04 March 2017
An Extra Fiver Per Year


 
The share of council tax that goes to South Northants Council (SNC) is going up by £5 per year for a Band D property.

SNC met on 27 February 2017 and approved a budget of £12.4 million to deliver services to the district. That equates to an annual charge of £180.37 for the average band D household, up from £175.37 last year.

Cllr Peter Rawlinson said "We want to make it clear that SNC is in a sound financial position and continues to deliver quality services. The budget and business plan sit hand in hand to ensure we keep up that track record of quality services, while laying a fertile territory for existing and new businesses to grow."

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Posted 25 February 2017
School Report


 
Helmdon Primary School has maintained its position as an Ofsted-rated good school according to a report published on 24 February 2017.

Schools in England can be judged "outstanding", "good", "requires improvement", or "inadequate".

The Ofsted Inspector's Report which is addressed to the Headteacher, Julie Crouch, says "The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You and your staff have ensured that Helmdon continues to be a very happy school where everyone gets along together and the pupils work hard. Parents value the school highly and every one of the 66 parents who responded to the Ofsted questionnaire indicated that they would recommend the school to other parents. The pupils I met were utterly delightful; polite, welcoming and keen to tell me about all the things they love about their school."

The school is a real asset to the community and it is wonderful to hear that it is doing so well. Well done to all staff, pupils and parents!

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Posted 22 February 2017
A Date For Your Diary


 
Helmdon Parish Council is organising a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 12 March 2017, and everyone's welcome!

South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) will provide bags and litter pickers and will collect all the rubbish from the school car park on the Monday.

Thankfully Helmdon is not a bad village for litter - but it's surprising how much there is lurking in hedgerows and roadsides.

The event kicks off at 2:30 p.m. at Helmdon Primary School, and refreshments will be provided for litter pickers in return for a bag of rubbish!

Many hands make light work, so please get into the community spirit and help out. It will be a lot of fun and will make a big difference!

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Posted 19 February 2017
Keep It Going!

 


 
The people of South Northamptonshire are leading the way in recycling, with January 2017 setting new records for the amount of blue bin and food bin waste collected.

The recycling rate is just over 60 per cent so far for 2016/17 compared to a national average of 43%. In 2015/16 SNC was 12th out of 351 recycling authorities in the UK with a 59 per cent recycling rate, so it looks like South Northants is on track to climb even higher up the league tables this year!

If anyone in Helmdon needs a second blue bin to recycle even more then please contact South Northants Council on 01327 322344 and get an extra bin for a one-off cost of just £30.

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Posted 12 February 2017
What Is Going On Up Grange Lane?


 
There may be some disruption this week as works continue in Grange Lane, Helmdon. The activity is all to do with reducing the likelihood of flooding in the centre of the village.

There is a very large water catchment area in the fields above Helmdon, and when it rains the surface water funnels down to a point just beyond the Grange Lane tunnel. The idea of the works is to prevent the water from coming down Grange Lane and through the village, and instead divert it into the brook and away from houses.

The works include tree removal, ditching, clearing of culverts and the construction of a bituminous bund (a bit like a sleeping policeman) to encourage surface water to go in the right direction.

Grange Lane is due to be closed entirely on Thursday 16 February 2017 and there may be other minor disruption at other times whilst the works are ongoing.

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Posted 09 February 2017
Demystifying Home Computing


 
Almost every household in Helmdon has a computer and access to the Internet, but using a computer effectively is still a daunting or confusing task for some people.

Through the Village Networks project, funded by The Big Lottery, snvb (South Northants. Volunteer Bureau) is able to offer a limited number of free 1-2 hour sessions of basic computer training in your own home.

The sessions can help you with using word processing (letters, invitations, greetings cards, etc.), sending, receiving and managing emails, online shopping, using a webcam (Skype), and much, much more.

So if you need help – or you know someone locally who might need help – phone Nick King at the Towcester Volunteer Centre on 01327 358264 and grab the opportunity!

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Posted 04 February 2017
Parish Council Puts On Less Than Two Pounds


 
Helmdon Parish Council has set a precept of £17,074 for 2017/18.

The council’s budgeted expenditure for 2017/18 is £24,724. The difference will be made up from income from grants for specific projects and earned income, e.g. allotment rents.

The parish council provides ongoing services such as street lighting and grass cutting but is also working on a number of projects, including the installation of a Speed Indicator Device (SID), repairs to the war memorial, flood protection measures and the provision of extra bins for dog waste.

The precept is collected through the council tax and is equivalent to £42.87 per Band D property per year. This year's increase is less than two pounds (£1.84) per property per year.

To find out who the councillors are and to follow all the council’s activities please visit the parish council pages on the web site.

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Posted 31 January 2017
Grave Matters


 
A project to refresh and update the list of memorial inscriptions in the village has been completed.

Every headstone in the churchyard at St Mary Magdalene, Helmdon has been recorded and the information put online.

The old part of the churchyard was first recorded in 1997/98 but now this work has been updated to include all the burials in the past twenty years. A new plan has been made of the churchyard to show the location of the headstones.

The project has been a labour of love and has taken many, many hours of painstaking work, both in looking at old headstones and in going through the archive records matching names and dates. It is now a wonderful local history and genealogical resource.

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Posted 26 January 2017
Extra Money To Be Poured Into Potholes


 
The Department for Transport has found an extra £1 million from the Pothole Action Fund to be spent in South Northamptonshire.

It sounds like a lot of money but it won't go far, and certainly won't mean that all the roads in South Northamptonshire are repaired.

Do you know of a pothole in South Northamptonshire that really needs attention? Report it via Street Doctor.

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Posted 21 January 2017
What's On The Agenda?


 
The next meeting of Helmdon Parish Council takes place on Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Reading Room.

The January meeting is the one where the budget is agreed and the precept is set for the following financial year.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and to have a say in the open forum part of the meeting.

To see the full agenda click here.

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Posted 18 January 2017
Consultation On Local Hospital Services

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Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a consultation on the future of Oxfordshire's healthcare services, which includes the Horton hospital.

The consultation is part of the Oxfordshire Transformation Programme and will look specifically at critical care services at the Horton.

Meanwhile the Keep the Horton General campaign group is organising petitions and marches to protest against any proposed cuts and a Save Our Horton Facebook page has been set up where members of the public can find out about the latest activities.

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Posted 14 January 2017
It's Bin A While


 
There seems to have been more confusion than usual this year regarding the Christmas tree recycling arrangements, with several trees left out for collection on 6 January and again on 13 January.

There were no green bin collections over Christmas, although blue bin and food caddy waste was collected as normal on 6 January.

The first green bin collection of 2017 is this coming Friday, 20 January 2017 and real Christmas trees (without decorations) can be chopped up and left inside or beside the green bins for recycling.

The recycling calendar for the year was sent by SNC to every household and the collection arrangements were posted twice on the web site in the run up to Christmas and again on Monday last. We do try our best to keep you informed!

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Posted 10 January 2017
Verging On The Rediculous


 
At this time of year the road verges are very soft. It's not warm enough to dry them out or cold enough to freeze them solid. Consequently any vehicle driving over them will cause damage.

The images above were taken on the Falcutt road between the church and the Welsh Lane. This area seems particularly badly affected.

Cars mounting the verges is bad enough, but vans, lorries and agricultural machinery can cause a lot of damage. Sometimes it is unavoidable, but often damage can be avoided by vehicles waiting in a passing place for oncoming vehicles to pass without having to go on the verge.

Light damage does recover remarkably well in the spring, but deep ruts such as the ones shown above will not repair, so it just gets worse over time.

The message is simple: Please keep off the grass!

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Posted 08 January 2017
Flying The Flag For Helmdon


 
Have you thought of getting involved in something new and different for 2017. Perhaps doing something community minded?

Helmdon Parish Council is looking at the possibility of having a flag pole for the village and is searching for a small team of volunteer Flag Masters.

According to the Department for Culture and Media and Sport, there are 17 occasions in the year when the Union Flag is flown for formal occasions. It can also be flown at half mast to mark events such as the death of a monarch.

The parish council will likely purchase a range of flags to mark different occasions, and there may even be an opportunity to design a very special Helmdon flag.

Being first or reserve Flag Master is not intended to be an onerous job. You will look after the flags and flag pole and will operate according to a policy that has been agreed by the parish council. It is an opportunity to do something very visual for the village and maybe even bring a smile to peoples' faces (who remembers the birthday flags at Leedon Tye?!).

If you are interested in being Helmdon's first official Flag Master, or you would just like more details, please contact the Clerk to Helmdon Parish Council, Helen du Bois, by e-mail at parishcouncil@helmdon.com.

The council will be discussing the project at its next meeting on 25 January 2017.

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Posted 05 January 2017
Be First For Wellbeing


 
Have you made a raft of New Year's resolutions? Are you determined that 2017 will be the year that you really make a difference to your health and fitness?

From stopping smoking or cutting down on alcohol, First for Wellbeing can help.

At this time of year lots of us think about getting healthier and making a few changes to our lifestyles. First for Wellbeing offers a wide range of support to help improve your wellbeing, including quitting smoking, losing weight, drinking less alcohol, managing anxiety and stress and much more.

Get 2017 off to a great start by visiting the First for Wellbeing website and filling in their free online assessment.

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Posted 02 January 2017
Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year to Helmdonites past and present. Out with 2016 and in with 2017 and all that she may bring!

It's going to be a dynamite year in politics, with the inauguration on 20 January 2017 of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, and the likely triggering of Article 50 by the end of March 2017.

It's another big milestone too for HM The Queen, who on 6 February 2017 celebrates the 65th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

For sports fans it's going to be another massive year. The 2017 Lions Tour kicks off on 3 June 2017 with a warm up match ahead of the 1st Test on 24 June. And for cricket lovers the majority of next Christmas will be spent watching the 2017-18 Ashes Series, with the 1st Test starting on 23 November at The Gabba, and the 4th Test starting on Boxing Day at the MCG.

In local politics the Reading Room will be your polling station once again when Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) holds all-out elections on 4 May 2017.

Who knows what 2017 has in store for us, but what better place to live through it than in Helmdon!

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Posted 27 December 2016
How Safe Is Bricks n' Mortar in Helmdon?

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House values in Helmdon increased 4.51% in 2016 according to property web site Zoopla.

There were thirteen house sales in the year and the average price paid was £341,996. The current "average" home in Helmdon (all properties) will set you back £487,764.

Estimated house values in a village like Helmdon are always to be taken with a pinch of salt because of the variety of stock, from multi-million pound grand mansions, to terraced cottages for a much more "modest" £250k. In fact, terraced houses in the village increased in value relatively more than detached houses over the past twelve months (11.39% v 3.69%).

The houses that are sold most frequently are on Bell Close, where nearly 60% of houses have been sold at some point in the past five years. The average figure for Helmdon is just under 20%.

With its primary school that performs in the top 10% of schools in the country and its central location in the heart of England with excellent road links, Helmdon continues to be a "very desirable and sought-after village", as the estate agents would say!

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Posted 24 December 2016
Wassail!


 
Here's wishing everyone a very merry Christmas. The web site team hopes you have a warm and safe Christmas with plenty of festive cheer to keep you going.

Have you seen the Advent Windows? You can see all the windows on the online Advent Calendar. We hope you have enjoyed seeing the windows, whether on your travels around the village or on the web site, and well done to all the window makers who put on a really splendid show this year!

Merry Christmas Helmdon!

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