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Lunch For Christian Aid On Wednesday 28 February - posted 25 February 2018

"Home Safe" Help For SNC Residents - posted 23 February 2018

Bridge Players' AGM & Summer Play Auditions On Tuesday 06 March - posted 22 February 2018

Film Touching The Void In The Church Thursday 22 February - posted 21 February 2018

Manchester By The Sea Showing At Film Club In The Reading Room This Friday 23 February - posted 20 February 2018

Trading Standards Warning: Doorstep Fish Sellers - posted 19 February 2018

Important Talk On Wills & Powers Of Attorney At The Women's Club This Wednesday 21 February - posted 19 February 2018

Agenda For Reading Room General Management Meeting To Be Held On Thursday 22 February - posted 18 February 2018

Help Needed With Maintenance Of Pump And Memorial Gardens - posted 17 February 2018

Film The Shack In The Church Tomorrow 17 February - posted 16 February 2018

WI Programme For 2018 Published - posted 15 February 2018

Volunteers Needed For Katherine House Hospice - posted 15 February 2018

Bacon Butties On The Breakfast Menu Before The Family Service This Sunday 18 February - posted 14 February 2018

Lent Films And Lunches: All Welcome - posted 13 February 2018

Over Sixty Or Retired? Book For The Next Tuesday Lunch On 20 February - posted 12 February 2018

Prizes Available:  Enter The NCC Recycling Competition - posted 11 February 2018

A Travel Theme To WI Meeting Next Wednesday 14 February - posted 10 February 2018

Tickets Needed For The Acorns Food For Thought Quiz On Saturday 03 March - posted 09 February 2018

Council Tax Increase & Continuing Uncertainty Over Library Service & County Connect: NCC Final Budget Proposals 2018/2019 - posted 07 February 2018

Excellent Result From Music Quiz Benefits Church Fabric Maintenance Fund - posted 07 February 2018

Come & Enjoy A Pancake Breakfast In The Reading Room This Coming Saturday 10 February - posted 06 February 2018

St Patrick's Day Event: Sports Club Fundraiser - posted 05 February 2018

Immediate Spending Controls Put In Place By NCC - posted 05 February 2018

Confirmation Of Dates For Parents & Tots - posted 04 February 2018

Children's Half Term Activities - posted 03 February 2018

Come And Enjoy The Family Film Event On Sunday 04 February - posted 01 February 2018

Haggis, Neeps And Tatties, And A Scottish Piper At The Fellowship Burns Lunch - posted 31 January 2018

Are You A Winner? January 200 Club Draw Results - posted 30 January 2018

Tickets At The Door For Music Quiz On Saturday 03 February - posted 29 January 2018

Acorns Among Groups To Get HS2 Route Funding (press cutting) - posted 28 January 2018

Pancake Breakfast In The Reading Room On Saturday 10 February - posted 27 January 2018

Delving Into Helmdon's History: The Four Public Houses In Helmdon (historical article no.10) - posted 26 January 2018

Reminder: Some Thursday Afternoon Post Office Closures Including Tomorrow 25 January - posted 24 January 2018

Police Crackdown On Motorists Using Mobile Phones - posted 24 January 2018

Message Re Tove Valley Broadband On Message Board - posted 22 January 2018

The Eagle Huntress Showing At Film Club Next Friday 26 January - posted 21 January 2018

Apologies Erroneous Poster: No Bags2School Next Week - posted 19 January 2018

Agenda For The Parish Council Meeting To Be Held On 24.01.18 - posted 18 January 2018

Support A New Venture: A New Pub Name (The Fat Landlord) And A New Restaurant - posted 18 January 2018

Keep Northants Bus Services Alive - posted 17 January 2018

The Rainbows Need Help - Can You Give it? - posted 16 January 2018

Some Thursday Afternoon Post Office Closures - posted 13 January 2018

Learn How To Drive Safely At The Women's Club On Wednesday 17 January - posted 12 January 2018

Northants Police Relaunch Message Alert Scheme For Community Safety - posted 11 January 2018

Film Calendar Girls At WI Tomorrow 10 January: All Welcome - posted 9 January 2018

Agenda For Meeting Of Finance Committee Of Helmdon Parish Council To Be Held On 11.01.18 - posted 07 January 2018

Save Brackley Library: Deadline 13 January - posted 07 January 2018

Towcester Rotary Young Writer Competition - posted 07 January 2018

Music Quiz On 03 February: Suitable All Ages,  Most Types Of Music, Guaranteed Enjoyment! - posted 05 January 2018

WEA Spring Walks Programme Announced: All Welcome - posted 04 January 2018

New Entry In Local Businesses Section - posted 03 January 2018

Dallas Buyers Club Is Showing At Film Club Friday 05 January: All Welcome - posted 03 January 2018

Deadline For School 2018 Reception Applications - posted 02 January 2018

Happy New Year! The 2018 Village Diary Is Already Event-Full: Take A Look - posted 01 January 2018

Have You Seen A Missing Cat? Notice On Message Board - posted 31 December 2017

Shall We Dance? Title Of Spring WEA Course: All Welcome - posted 30 December 2017

Return Of The Excellent Faith Dimension Gospel Choir On Friday 12 January - posted 28 December 2017

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

Safe Journeying And A Happy Christmas To All - posted 24 December 2017

'Thankyou!' Helmdon Firework Event Sends Acorns Fundraising Efforts Rocketing - posted 23 December 2017

Temporary Different Meeting Time For Parents & Tots - posted 22 December 2017

Thank You's All Round At The Christmas Tuesday Lunch - posted 21 December 2017

Check Out The Church Christmas Services: All Welcome - posted 20 December 2017

Post Office & Village Cafe Christmas Opening Arrangements - posted 19 December 2017

Fantastic Acorns Fireworks Display Result - posted 19 December 2017

Christmas Trees/Wreaths Still Available In The Village But Hurry - posted 18 December 2017

Sad News About Gardening Club But "Grand Finale" Next Thursday 21 December - posted 16 December 2017

New Messages On Message Board - posted 15 December 2017

Final Details Of Care Home Are Approved (press cutting) - posted 15 December 2017

Towcester Weekend Christmas Choral Society Concerts - posted 14 December 2017

Thursday's Bell Special - posted 13 December 2017

Messy Christingle Service On Sunday 17 December - posted 12 December 2017

NOTE: Change Of Venue For School Carol Concert & The Nativity Performances - posted 11 December 2017

Snow Hiccup: What To Do With Your Gift For Bulgaria - posted 11 December 2017

Please - Still Wanted: Your Used Postage Stamps For Cancer Research UK - posted 10 December 2017

Take Care: Northants Police Drug Drink & Drive Operation - posted 09 December 2017

Gift Service For Bulgarian Orphans This Sunday 10 December - posted 08 December 2017

Save New Date: Helmdon Summer Ball 2018 Is On Saturday 07 July - posted 07 December 2017

Bin Your Fear Of Too Much Recycling This Christmas - posted 06 December 2017

A Special Afternoon Event: Nativity In The Barn On Saturday 09 December - posted 05 December 2017

Join Elvis At The Bell On Saturday 09 December - posted 04 December 2017

Tickets Still On Sale For The Christmas Pantomime - posted 03 December 2017

Christmas Bin Collections - posted 02 December 2017

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

Result Of Very Successful Christmas Fair - posted 30 November 2017

A Few 200 Club Draw Places Vacant But Hurry - posted 30 November 2017

Thank You - The New Library/Well-being Room Will Benefit From The Tesco Blue Tokens - posted 29 November 2017

This Week's Bell Special - posted 28 November 2017

Abthorpe Christmas Fair - posted 28 November 2017

Now With An Additional Prize: November 200 Club Draw Results - posted 27 November 2017

Respite Carers Sought - posted 26 November 2017

The Enjoyable Safari Supper Raised A Great Sum For The Friends Of The Church Building Fabric Maintenance Fund - posted 25 November 2017

Christmas Trees, Mistletoe, Wreaths & More: Support The Helmdon Supplier - posted 24 November 2017

Today's Bell Special - posted 23 November 2017

Some Helmdon Cloth Workers (historical article No: 95) - posted 22 November 2017

Father Christmas Will Be At The Christmas Fair On Saturday 25 November - posted 21 November 2017

A Thank You To All Those Who Organised Safari Supper: See The Messageboard - posted 20 November 2017

Their Finest Is Showing At Film Club Friday 24 November: All Welcome - posted 19 November 2017

Delving Into Helmdon's History: The Reminiscences of Elizabeth Monck (née Kirwan) - posted 18 November 2017

Brackley Job Club Road Show - posted 17 November 2017

Tickets Now On Sale For The Christmas Pantomime - posted 16 November 2017

Thursday's Bell Special - posted 15 November 2017

Make A Christmas Table Decoration At Women's Club Tomorrow 15 November - posted 14 November 2017

Rural Bus Service Likely To Be Axed Under Proposals (press cutting) - posted 14 November 2017

Rotary Young Musician Competition - posted 13 November 2017

Roll Of Honour Of Old boys Of Helmdon School Serving In The Great War (historical document no:4) - posted 12 November 2017

Helmdon's War Memorial - The Men Behind The Names (historical article no:82) - posted 11 November 2017

Agenda For Meeting Of The Planning Committee Of Helmdon Parish Council To Be Held On 16.11.17 - posted 11 November 2017

Helmdon Presents ... Family Film Event Spirited Away On Sunday 19 November - posted 10 November 2017

Remembrance Day Service - posted 09 November 2017

Saturday 25 November Is The Christmas Fair: Note The Date - posted 08 November 2017

Oxford Westgate Shopping Centre Trip Cancelled - posted 07 November 2017

Thursday's Bell Special - posted 07 November 2017

Off With A Bang! Spectacular Acorns Fireworks Display This Saturday 11 November - posted 06 November 2017

WI Talk By A Civil Airlines Pilot On Wednesday 08 May: Open Meeting All Welcome - posted 05 November 2017

Fellowship Coffee Morning On Thursday 16 November: All Welcome - posted 03 November 2017

Extra Monday Pilates Classes Commencing 06 November - posted 03 November 2017

Towcester HeartBeats Health Walks - posted 02 November


Fellowship Programme For The Coming Year Announced - posted 01 November 2017

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

Tomorrow's Bell Special - posted 01 November 2017

Save The Date: Helmdon Summer Ball 2018 - posted 31 October 2017

Result Of Highly Successful Craft Show - posted 30 October 2017

New Mothers' Union Programme For 2018 Announced - posted 30 October 2017

Agenda For The Meeting Of The Finance Committee Of Helmdon Parish Council To Be Held On 02.11.17 - posted 29 October 2017

Voter Registration Continues With Doorstep Campaign - posted 29 October 2017

Serious Assault And Theft In Weston Yesterday - posted 28 October 2017

A Time To Remember: Service On Saturday 04 November - posted 28 October 2017

New Women's Club Programme For 2018 Announced - posted 27 October 2017

Threat To County Connect Bus Service! - posted 26 October 2017

Oxford Westgate Shopping Centre Opened Today: Book For Fellowship Trip On Thursday 23 November (No Car Parking Hassle) - posted 25 October 2017

This Week's Thursday Bell Special - posted 24 October 2017

The Craft Day Is This Coming Saturday 28 November: Don't Miss This Always Very Successful Occasion - posted 24 October 2017

Be Vigilant! - posted 23 October 2017

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

New Fellowship Programme For 2017/18 - posted 22 October 2017

Brackley's Big Day Of Fun - posted 21 October 2017

Red October - posted 20 October 2017

Mental Health Consultation - posted 19 October 2017

More Bell Ringers Sought - posted 18 October 2017

This Week's Thursday Bell Special - posted 17 October 2017

Heritage Seed Library Talk At Gardening Club On Thursday 19 October: All Welcome - posted 17 October 2017

Alert For Women's Club Members: Support Your AGM On Wednesday 18 November - posted 16 October 2017

Living With Conservation - posted 15 October 2017

Have You Lost A Little Tortoiseshell Cat? - posted 14 October 2017

This Monday 16 October: Auditions For Junior Cast For This Year's Panto - posted 14 October 2017

Towcester Heartbeats: Your Local Heart Support Group - posted 13 October 2017

Book Your Place For The Safari Supper On Saturday 18 November - posted 12 October 2017

Bacon Rolls For Breakfast? Yes, In The Church Sunday 15 October - posted 11 October 2017

This Week's Bell Special For Tomorrow 12 October & Karaoke This Coming Saturday - posted 11 October 2017

Still Some Tickets Available For The Harvest Supper & Produce Auction On Saturday 14 October - posted 10 October 2017

Film Club Showing This Coming Friday Is Called Loving - posted 09 October 2017

Fellowship AGM & Talk On Friday 13 October - posted 08 October 2017

Draft Minutes Of The Parish Council Meeting Held On 27.09.17 - posted 07 October 2017

Policing Locally - posted 07 October 2017

Don't forget: Your Green Tesco Tokens Wanted By The School - posted 06 October 2017

Change Of Time For Parish Communion Service This Coming Sunday 08 October - posted 05 October 2017

The Craft Show Is 28th October:  All Welcome - posted 05 October 2017

Harvest Messy Church This Coming Sunday 08 October - posted 04 October 2017

Bell Special For Thursday 05 October - posted 03 October 2017

New Day & Location For Brackley Country Market From This Saturday 07 October - posted 03 October 2017

November 11 Is The Date For This Year's Acorns Bonfire & Firework Display - posted 03 October 2017

HS2 Meeting At Sulgrave On Thursday 12 October - posted 02 October 2017

Bats & The Pilot Scheme At Radstone Church - posted 01 October 2017

Crime prevention - posted 01 October 2017

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

Auditions For Junior Cast For This Year's Panto - posted 27 September 2017

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

Posted 23 February 2018
Making Waves In Brackley

The new new swimming pool at Brackley Leisure Centre is taking shape. Much progress has been made over the last few months, with the works scheduled for completion later this summer.

When complete, visitors will be able to make use of a wealth of new facilities including a fabulous new 25 meter six lane swimming pool, learner pool and wet side changing village. In addition there will also be a new reception area, café, meeting room, refurbished dry-side changing facilities, bespoke spinning studio and a new 100 station health and fitness suite.

Details of the grand opening will appear on the South Northants Council web site in due course.

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Posted 19 February 2018
Take Notice!

Don't be alarmed if you notice that the notice boards are missing!

You may notice that the notice boards near Field Way and The Green have disappeared but it's all above [notice]board. The notice boards and benches in the village are being refurbished and will soon be replaced!

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Posted 08 February 2018
What's The Craic?

If there's one thing "to be sure" of it is that Helmdon enjoys a jolly good party, and thankfully there are plenty of opportunities to do just that!

Following the success of last year's inaugural event, the Helmdon Sports and Social Club is putting on a St Patrick's night party on Saturday 24 March 2018 in the Reading Room on Church Street. It is advised to book tickets to avoid disappointment! Contact Geoff Bridger on 07964 799842 or via Facebook.

And for something just as fun, if not slightly posher, we can start to look forward to warmer weather and the HYHO Summer Ball, which takes place on the school field on Saturday 7 July 2018. The event sold out last year with all the tickets going within three days of going on sale! However, if you are desperate to go, don't despair... contact the organiser Christian Wakefield via Facebook to see if there's anything he can do for you.

There's always something going on in Helmdon and there's something for every taste. Check out the Village Diary to see what's on.

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Posted 01 February 2018
Save The Date!

The date has been set for the Annual Village Meeting. It will take place in the Reading Room, Church Street, Helmdon on Wednesday 25 April 2018 starting at 7:30 p.m.

All residents of Helmdon are invited to attend and it is a great opportunity to catch up with all that's going on the village.

This year's programme will include the unveiling of the winning flag in the Flag for Helmdon competition, having been put to the public vote in February/March. There will also be updates from the district and county councillors for Helmdon. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions or even provide their own updates on village activities.

Please save the date in your diary. Further details will be published nearer the time.

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Posted 27 January 2018
Free, Local Exercise!

Dog mess left anywhere is unsightly and anti-social, but recently there has been an increase in dog fouling in the churchyard. This is particularly upsetting for visitors and it causes a problem for the volunteers that look after the churchyard.

It is a criminal offence if a person who is in charge of a dog fails to pick up and dispose of its faeces. A very small minority of people give other responsible dog owners a bad name.

Don't be a mucky pup. Clean it up!

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Posted 21 January 2018
The Man From The Flag Institute

Philip Tibbetts and Audrey Forgham by the flagpole.
The Communities Vexillologist from the Flag Institute, Philip Tibbetts, visited Helmdon on Friday to help judge the entries in the Flag for Helmdon competition.

The judging panel consisted of Philip Tibbetts, Audrey Forgham for the Helmdon WEA Local Studies Group, Geoff Abbey, Helmdon's Flagmaster and parish councillors Danny Moody and Steve Wheeler.

Twelve entries were submitted by the deadline, including the school's official entry which had been chosen from more than one hundred entries submitted last year by the school children.

As one might expect, the viaduct, the church, the railways and Helmdon stone featured on many of the designs. The panel whittled the entries down to four design concepts, which will be drawn up professionally by Philip Tibbetts before being put to the public vote in March.

It is hoped that Helmdon's new flag can be unveiled at the Annual Parish Meeting to be held on 25 April 2018.

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Posted 17 January 2018
Where's Wall-E? In the Reading Room!

As the next film in a season of family films in the Reading Room, Helmdon Presents… will be showing Wall-E (U), the story of a lovable robot who embarks on an adventure to save the earth.

The family film event will take place in the Reading Room at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday 4 February 2018.

Relax with a hot drink while the children enjoy a craft activity and watch a film with their friends. Entry is only £2 per child (adults are free) and this includes snacks, robot craft activity, and hot drinks for grownups. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please contact Emma Gray (ejgray30@gmail.com or 07817 070535).

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Posted 14 January 2018
Small Increase Proposed For 2018

The finance committee of Helmdon Parish Council met on Thursday evening in the Reading Room to discuss the budget for 2018/19 and it was agreed to recommend to the council an increase in precept equivalent to £2.75 per household per year.

The increase will take the Band D tax rate for Helmdon Parish Council from £42.87 in 2017/18 to £45.61 per household per year. The average tax rate for parish councils in England for 2017/18 is £61.03.

In 2018 the parish council is planning to complete the installation of a Speed Indicator Device (SID) on Station Road, carry out repairs to masonry on the War Memorial, install three additional dog waste bins in the village, design and purchase a flag for Helmdon, provide a new water pump at the allotments and finalise the transfer of open space land at Station Road and The Green from South Northants Homes (SNH) to the parish council.

The committee's recommendation will be presented at the full council meeting to be held on Wednesday 24 January 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Reading Room. The meeting is open to members of the public and there is an open forum where any member of the public can speak and ask questions.

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Posted 05 January 2018
Just Flagging Up The Deadline For Entries

Entries are starting to come in for the competition to design a flag for Helmdon.

The deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday 17 January 2018.

Other villages in Northamptonshire and around the country have their own flag and it would be great to add Helmdon to the growing list.

You don't have to be an expert artist to take part. Whatever your design skills are it is the concept that is as important as the artwork.

To find out more, including how you can take part, visit the Flag for Helmdon competition page.

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Posted 04 January 2018
Hope You've Bin Listening

Every New Year residents get caught out by the change to recycling bin collections. South Northants Council published details of the Christmas and New Year bin collections in November and they were posted on the village web site on 2 December:

This Friday, 5 January 2018, SNC will collect blue bins and silver food caddies only. Next Monday, 12 January 2018, its black bin and silver food caddy. On 19 January 2018 green waste collection starts again, so its green AND blue wheelie bins and silver food caddies.

On 19 January real Christmas trees can be put out for collection in or next to the green bin, making sure all decorations are removed.

The full collection calendar for 2018 is available to download from the SNC web site.

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Posted 03 January 2018
Happy New Year!

A very Happy New Year from the web site team.

2018 promises much. For sports fans, after the misery of the 2017/18 Ashes series, maybe the Winter Olympics in February in PyeongChang, South Korea, will provide new hope for British sport. And what would you give for the Men's senior football team to emulate their U17 counterparts at the FIFA World Cup in Russia from 14 June to 15 July.

For Royalists there are (at least) two big events to look forward to, with the expected arrival in April of the Cambridge's third child and the Royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May.

In politics prepare for Brexit Boredom, with occasional jaw-dropping interludes from the other side of the pond. In September details of the 2018 Parliamentary Boundary Review will go before parliament. No changes are proposed - yet - for South Northamptonshire, but watch this space.

Locally, expect some traffic disruption as two big infrastructure projects gather pace, namely HS2 and the massive expansion of the Croughton US Air Force base.

And on sombre note, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and Helmdon Parish Council has plans to mark the event with a beacon lighting later in the year.

Whatever your hopes and dreams are for the year, let's hope it is a safe and happy year for us all.

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Posted 24 December 2017
Happy Holidays Helmdon!!

Happy Holidays Helmdon!!
It's the most wonderful time of the year. It's the hap-happiest season of all.

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, and whoever you are doing it with, the web site team wishes everyone a happy holidays and here's to 2018 and whatever it brings!

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Posted 19 December 2017
Enjoy The Wonderfully Festive Advent Windows

Are you enjoying the Advent Windows? Festive windows are being opened - one each day - all around the village.

The designs range from the religious, to the evocative to the distinctly irreligious!

The Advent Windows project is a wonderful showcase of the artistic talent in the village and you can see all the windows by clicking on the advent calendar over on the left of this page or via the interactive online advent calendar, or in a simple list view.

And to see the windows for real in all their glory you can download and print out a map of the village showing the location and dates of all the windows.

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Posted 15 December 2017
Helmdon School Rated A Cut Above

School league tables published by the Department for Education (DfE), show that Helmdon school is well above average for reading standards, with 100% of children meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and maths against a county average of 57%. The results put Helmdon school in the top 10% nationally for reading.

25% of pupils achieved a higher than expected standard in reading writing and maths against a county average of 7% and a national average of 9%.

Helmdon School Business Manager, Clare Hedley, said "We are delighted to confirm that Helmdon Primary School was ranked 1st in Northamptonshire and 20th nationally in the Primary School league tables of KS2 SATs results from May 2017. (source: The Times and The Telegraph newspapers, 15 & 16 December 2017)."

The results for approximately 16,000 primary schools are available and data for one school can be compared against another (and yes, Helmdon does beat Syresham and St Loys!).

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Posted 10 December 2017
Tights, Camera, Action!

It's been quite a weekend. Jesus was born in a stable between Weedon Lois and Wappenham, Elvis Presley was at the Bell last night and King Arthur has been at the school since Thursday!

Yes, it's Christmas time and this year's Panto, the Sword in the Stone, lived up to its hype.

From thigh-slapping humour to puns so dreadful they should have been reported on 101, there was entertainment galore for all ages.

To read all about it and to see a gallery of photos, visit the Bridge Players section of the web site.

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Posted 10 December 2017
Oh, The Weather Outside Is Frightful...

... but the fire is so delightful. Yes, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Helmdon.

The village awoke to about four inches of snow, and there's no sign of it letting up yet. The forecast is for snow until late this evening combined with freezing temperatures, so it looks like there may be travel disruption tomorrow.

Children are out with their toboggans, dogs are bouncing around in the snow drifts, and the population of snowmen is soaring!

[UPDATE: Helmdon Primary School and Magdalen College School have announced that they will be CLOSED tomorrow, Monday 11 December 2017. Check school web sites for further details.]

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Posted 03 December 2017
A Flag For Helmdon

The flag pole in the middle of the village proudly flys the Northamptonshire Flag, but Helmdon Parish Council would like there to be a flag for Helmdon.

Other villages in Northamptonshire and around the country have their own flag and it would be great to add Helmdon to the growing list.

You don't have to be an expert artist to take part. Whatever your design skills are it is the concept that is as important as the artwork.

To find out more, including how you can take part, visit the Flag for Helmdon competition page.

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Posted 28 November 2017
The Advent Of Something Wonderful

Get ready for the opening of the Helmdon Advent Windows for 2017.

This is the third year of Advent Windows in the village. One window, somewhere in the village, will be revealed each night from Friday up until Christmas Eve.

Residents can follow a printable map around the village as the windows open or can see them on the web site via the online Advent Calendar, or as a scrolling list.

To get in the mood, why not take a look and remind yourself of last year's wonderful windows.

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Posted 23 November 2017
Deputy Flag Master Wanted

Would you be prepared to spend a few hours per year helping to look after Helmdon's flagpole and flags? Helmdon Parish Council is looking to recruit a volunteer Deputy Flagmaster to assist the Flagmaster, Geoff Abbey.

The Flagmaster's duties are to look after the equipment and to fly flags in accordance with the council's flag flying policy. The Deputy Flagmaster steps in to assist if the Flagmaster is unavailable.

If you think the position of Deputy Flagmaster might interest you then please contact the Clerk to the Council, Helen du Bois, to express your interest. There won't be a selection process, so it's first come, first appointed!

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Posted 19 November 2017
Flooding Resilience Project

Helmdon has successfully applied to be part of the Pathfinder II Flooding Resilience Project run by the county council. The project aims to assist community-led improvements in resilience and preparedness for communities who are risk of surface water flooding.

The money for the initiative has been made available from the Anglian Eastern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and follows on from the initial Pathfinder I scheme, which was launched two years ago.

Helmdon will benefit from a flood survey undertaken by civil engineers, training for flood wardens and support in developing community action plans and longer term solutions. The project will also help communities to increase their preparedness for all emergency situations such as extreme weather and power cuts. There will be community events to keep you up to date with the project and to discuss the findings from the survey. In return, Helmdon will need to identify community members to be flood wardens and assist the council in organising and promoting the events.

There will be opportunities to bring together all community organisations under the Pathfinder II banner, as existing local groups have the knowledge and contacts to bring people together to support one another in any emergency situation. Colleagues from Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service, NCC Highways and other key partners are also committed to supporting the scheme and community engagement events.

Cllr Ian Morris, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “What’s great about the Pathfinder scheme is that flood prevention measures are tailor-made for the individual communities by mixing historical experience with information from a professional survey. Quite often it is some very basic measures that are needed to make a significant difference".

The project has a new Facebook group where you can keep up to date with the scheme’s progress and use this platform to share best practices and chat with other communities. There is also a regular newsletter called the Pathfinder Update. If you would like to receive these newsletters, any further information or to be involved with the project please contact Nancy Baines.

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Posted 16 November 2017
What's On The Agenda?

The next meeting of Helmdon Parish Council takes place on Wednesday 22 November 2017, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Reading Room, Church Street.

All members of the public are invited to attend and there is an Open Forum session where anyone can speak to the council and ask questions.

To see the full agenda, or to read the minutes of previous meetings please visit the parish council section of the web site.

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Posted 12 November 2017
Helmdon Remembers

One hundred and fifty people gathered around the war memorial in Helmdon this morning for the Remembrance Sunday service, led by Lay Preacher, Karin Smith.

It was the first year with the flagpole, which looked resplendent with the Union flag flying at full mast according to Royal command.

The names of the Helmdon men lost during the war were read out, along with the names of the USAAF airmen who died when their B17 bomber crashed in Astwell in 1943.

We will remember them.

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Posted 11 November 2017
Whizz, Pop, Bang!

The Helmdon Acorns pre-school put on yet another stunning extravanganza of fireworks and fun this evening.

All 500 tickets sold out before the event and those lucky enough to be there were treated to a traditional roaring bonfire and a spectacular pyrotechnics display.

The Acorns hope to make good money on the night, with all funds raised going towards outdoor equipment for the children.

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Posted 08 November 2017

Yesterday evening a coach was reversing around the war memorial green when it went off the road in the dark onto the grass. In trying to get back off it's back wheels dug a bit of a hole.

A local tractor owner came to the rescue and pulled the coach back onto the road.

The parish council will liaise with the coach operator over repair works.

It is Sod's Law in full operation that this should happen the week before Remembrance Day, but at least it is the top end of the war memorial surround and shouldn't have too much impact on proceedings.

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Posted 04 November 2017
Two Hundred Years Of Marriages

Imagine all the marriages that have been celebrated in St Mary Magdelene Church since the 14th century. Almost all of the very earliest ones are lost in the mists of time.

In 1538 Cromwell ordered that all births, deaths and marriages should be recorded but it wasn't until the Marriage Act and the Births and Deaths Registration Act of 1836 that records became more formalised. Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths, in England and Wales, started on 1 July 1837.

The marriage records for Helmdon are a rich source of local history and genealogy. One day they might all be available electronically, and as a start you can now look through a transcript of the register of marriages from 1837 to 1848.

The very first entry was the marriage on 19 September 1837 of George Scriven, Yeoman and Ann Elizabeth Adkins, Gentlewoman.

Another recently added record is a list of people voting in Helmdon from 1702 to 1833. You can find these and many more fascinating records in the Helmdon History Resources section.

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Posted 29 October 2017
Death By A Thousand Cuts

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) is planning to cut several important rural services, including the County Connect bus service and the mobile library.

NCC has more outgoings than it has income, and something has to give. The council has a budget shortfall of £40 million in this financial year alone and the latest round of cuts are designed to shave £10 million off that.

If you, or someone you know, uses County Connect or the local library services (including Brackley library, which is also under threat) then now is the time to make your voice heard if you think these services should be saved.

A "Phase 1" consultation has started and will be live until 1 December 2017. If you don't want to read all the background and technical documentation you can also just send your thoughts to consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk or comment on the county council's Facebook page.

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Posted 21 October 2017
Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle... race!

The Northamptonshire leg of the Wiggle Hawker Hurricane Sportive takes place on Saturday 28 October 2017; and its coming through Helmdon!

There are three routes available for cyclists, the "Epic" route, which is 80 miles, the "Standard" route, which is "only" 55 miles, or for complete lightweights, the "Short" route, which is a mere 26 miles.

The event starts in Turweston with small groups being set off at intervals from 7:45 a.m. and the Epic route will see riders come from Weston into Helmdon and then turn right opposite Priory Farm and on to Sulgrave.

To find out more (or to enter!!) visit UK Cycling Events.

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Posted 18 October 2017
Northamptonshire Day

Most people will have noticed the Northamptonshire County Flag proudly flying from the flag pole. And there will be no prouder day to fly it than Northamptonshire Day!

Northamptonshire Day is 25 October – the feast day of Saint Crispin. The county is famously a centre of the shoe making industry and Saint Crispin is the patron saint of cobblers, or shoemakers. Northamptonshire Day is new, having been celebrated only since 2014.

This year the big celebration takes place on Sunday 22 October at one of Northamptonshire's finest country piles, Holdenby House.

Northamptonshire Day is all about celebrating the best of our County including Food & Drink, Crafts, Live Music, Sports, Talks, Family Activities, Culture, Demonstrations, and Falconry. And you can do it all at Holdenby.

Entry to the event is free with a small charge for parking of £3. Entry to the house is separate and is £2.

For all the details please visit www.holdenby.com.

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Posted 14 October 2017
Calling Budding Performers

Aged 9-13? Can you act, sing or dance?! - Helmdon Bridge Players is after talented youngsters to fulfil roles in this year's Pantomime The Sword in the Stone, which will be staged on 7, 8 and 9 December 2017.

Pantomime auditions for the Junior Cast will be held on Monday 16 October at the School Hall at 6.00pm. So if you are aged 9-13 years old and would like to take part please prepare a small audition piece. It could be reading a poem/monologue, singing a song or dancing, it's up to you!

If you can’t make the auditions but would like to be involved, please contact Zoe Dyndor (zoe@dyndor.com) or see Mrs Leitelmayer at school.

Auditions should finish by approximately 7.00pm.

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Posted 07 October 2017
An Opportunity To Learn About HS Choo

Construction of HS2 has been given the go ahead and although specific timetables have not been announced there could be impact locally in the near future.

To learn more, an open event has been organised for Thursday 12 October 2017 at Sulgrave Manor. It is a drop-in event with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. and closing at 7:30 p.m.

On hand to explain all will be a team from HS2 Ltd, as well as Tommy Gilchrist from Andrea Leadsom’s office and County Councillor Ian Morris.

There are no talks - it is purely an opportunity to look at maps and traffic routes and a time line, to question the professionals and to voice any concerns.

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