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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 23 June - 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 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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