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All Aboard For The Pimlico Light Railway - Next Running Sunday 26 August 2018 - posted 20 August 2018

Have You Signed Up For The Helmdon Hurler Yet? - posted 18 August 2018

Bingo Is Back! - posted 18 August 2018

Book Now For The Stratford-Upon-Avon Trip - posted 17 August 2018

Some Great Summer Walking - posted 16 August 2018

The Rev'd Carole Is Leaving Helmdon For Pastures New - posted 15 August 2018

Next Film Club Film - Whiplash - This Friday at 7:30 p.m.  - posted 13 August 2018

Treasure Hunt Raises Funds For Friends Of The Church  - posted 12 August 2018

A422 Brackley To Banbury Road Closed Until End Of 2018  - posted 12 August 2018

The Blakesley Show Is On Saturday 04 August  - posted 24 July 2018

Are You A Winner? July 200 Club Draw Results - posted 24 July 2018

Mamma Mia! Film & Supper Saturday 28 July  - posted 23 July 2018

No Plaudits For Helmdon In This Year's Best Village Competition - posted 22 July 2018

Minutes Of The WEA AGM Held 08.05.18 - posted 20 July 2018

Agenda For The Parish Council Meeting To Be Held On 25.07.18 - posted 19 July 2018

All Welcome (Especially Children!) At The Pimlico Light Railway Open  This Sunday 22 July - posted 19 July 2018

Still One/Two Car Slots For The Treasure Hunt On Sunday 22 July - posted 18 July 2018

Fellowship Coffee Morning Wednesday 18 July: All Welcome - posted 17 July 2018

Still Time To Enter For the Flower Show Hanging Basket Competition: Judging on Thursday 19 July - posted 16 July 2018

Police Crackdown On Serious Crime  - posted 15 July 2018

Result For Coffee Morning For Cancer Research  - posted 14 July 2018

Tennis & Football Tomorrow (& Maybe Sunday) On Reading Room Big Screen - posted 13 July 2018

Please Note: Fellowship Cheese & Wine Evening Planned For Thursday 26 July CANCELLED - posted 13 July 2018

Make Sure Children Have A Safe Summer Holiday On Line  - posted 12 July 2018

All Change For The Helmdon Hurler (press cutting) On 27 August - posted 11 July 2018

Minutes Of Reading Room AGM Held On 07/06/18 - posted 10 July 2018

Friday  13 July Film Club Performance Is Murder On The Orient Express: All Welcome - posted 09 July 2018

Book Fun For All The Family: Car Treasure Hunt On Sunday 22 July - posted 08 July 2018

Coffee Morning For Cancer Research This Coming Wednesday 11 July - posted 07 July 2018

Mamma Mia! Film & Supper Saturday 28 July  - posted 06 July 2018

Thank you! Fete Result Better Than Last Year  - posted 05 July 2018

Local Residents Traffic Plan For Grand Prix This Weekend  - posted 04 July 2018

Have You Thought About Joining The Bellringers?  - posted 04 July 2018

Fellowship Summer Coffee Morning  - posted 03 July 2018

Musical Evening Raises Good Sum For MU Special Relief - posted 02 July 2018

New Rural Crime Reporting System  - posted 02 July 2018

New Reading Room Hire Charges From 01 July - posted 01 July 2018

Check Out The Events On The July Village Diary - posted 01 July 2018

Alert To Major Road Works In Towcester  - posted 30 June 2018

Book Early For The Car Treasure Hunt On Sunday 22 July: Some Would-Be Participants Disappointed Last Year - posted 29 June 2018

Tonight's MU Musical Evening Reminder - posted 28 June 2018

Another World Cup Big Screen Showing in The Reading Room Today 28 June - posted 28 June 2016

Whittlebury Charity Shopping Fair - posted 27 June 2018

All The Fun Of The Fete This Saturday 30 June - posted 26 June 2018

Are You A Winner? June 200 Club Draw Results - posted 25 June 2018

Neighbourhood Watch: Beware! Burglary At Priory Farm - posted 25 June 2018

Recognition For The Church Kneeler Scheme - posted 24 June 2016

Summer Ball Prosecco Reception Start Time - posted 23 June 2016

Summer Activities Beckon After Half-Term Hit - posted 23 June 2018

Astwell & Whittlewood Local Election Results - posted 22 June 2018

Some World Cup Matches On The Reading Room Big Screen: First One This Saturday 24 June - posted 22 June 2016

Fine Weather Promised: All Welcome (Especially Children) At The Pimlico Light Railway Open  This Sunday 24 June - posted 21 June 2016

Friday  22 June Film Club Performance Is The Levelling: All Welcome - posted 20 June 2018

Syresham Scarecrow Festival This weekend, 23 and 24 June - posted 19 June 2018

Women's Club June Meeting On Wednesday 20 June & News - posted 18 June 2018

Neighbourhood Watch: Beware! Burglary In Station Road - posted 17 June 2018

Note: No Post Office This Thursday 21 June Because Reading Room Is Local Election Venue - posted 17 June 2018

The Church Fete Is Saturday 30 June: Note The Date - posted 16 June 2018

Wednesday 20 June Is The Last Date For Flower & Produce Show Entries 1 - 6: Judging 1 - 4 23 June - posted 15 June 2018

Pre-Order Your Drinks For The Summer Ball - posted 14 June 2018

There May Be Tickets Left  For When The Bridge Players Tread The Boards With Their Summer Plays This Friday/Saturday - posted 13 June 2018

Delving Into Helmdon's History: Health In Helmdon (historical article no.4) - posted 12 June 2018

Women's Tour Of Britain Comes To Wappenham - posted 11 June 2018

Thank You For All Your Help - posted 10 June 2018

Coffee Morning For Cancer Research On Wednesday 11 July: Keep The Date Free - posted 10 June 2018

Withdrawal Of County Connect Bus Service - posted 09 June 2018

Updated Agenda For Reading Room AGM On 07.06.18 - All Welcome - posted 05 June 2018

Please Help With The Footpath Clearing On Saturday 09 June - posted 04 June 2018

Reading Room AGM On Thursday 07 June: All Welcome - posted 03 June 2018

My Life As A Vicar's Wife At WI On Wednesday 13 June - posted 02 June 2018

All Change For The Hurler: The Latest Press Cutting In Our Press Cutting Resource - posted 01 June 2018

Check Out The Events On The June Village Diary - posted 01 June 2018

Enjoy The Syresham Fashion Show On Wednesday 24 June - posted 31 May 2018

Tickets Now Available For The Bridge Players' Summer Plays: Book Before They Run Out - posted 30 May 2018

No Post Office This Thursday Afternoon 31 May - posted 29 May 2018

Friends Of School Need Voting Help - posted 28 May 2018

Are You A Winner? May 200 Club Draw Results - posted 28 May 2018

Change Of Time For Parents & Tots - posted 26 May 2018

All Welcome (Especially Children) At The Pimlico Light Railway Open  This Sunday 27 May - posted 25 May 2018

Local Burglary - Be Vigilant: See Message Board - posted 25 May 2018

Draft Agenda For The Reading Room AGM on 07 June - posted 23 May 2018

Gascoigne Is New Name On Family History Researchers' List - posted 23 May 2018

Tickets Now Available For The Bridge Players' Summer Plays On 15 & 16 June - posted 23 May 2018

At Film Club On Friday 25 May - Lion - posted 22 May 2018

Evening Walks Start Today Monday 21 May - posted 21 May 2018

Some Tickets Still Available For Summer Ball On Saturday 07 July - posted 20 May 2018

Privacy Policy For Helmdon Presents - posted 19 May 2018

Agenda For The Annual Meeting Of Helmdon Parish Council To Be Held On 23.05.18 - posted 17 May 2018

See The Reading Room Questionnaire Responses Before The AGM On Thursday 07 June - posted 17 May 2018

Brackley's New Community Centre Scheduled For Opening This Autumn - posted 17 May 2018

Help Needed! Footpath Clearing On Saturday 09 June - posted 16 May 2018

Spring Coffee Morning On Wednesday 30 May: All Welcome - posted 15 May 2018

Women's Club May Meeting To Have Different Speaker - posted 13 May 2018

Change Of Film On Friday 25 May - Now Lion - posted 12 May 2018

Book Now For The Henley Trip On 06 June - posted 11 May 2018

Two New Parish Councillors Sought - posted 10 May 2018

Autumn WEA Course Announced - posted 09 May 2018

Children's Summer Half-Term Activities - posted 08 May 2018

Agenda For The Parish Council Finance Committee To Be Held On 10.05.18 - posted 6 May 2018

WEA AGM This Coming Tuesday 08 May: All Welcome - posted 4 May 2018

Lois Weedon & Weston May Day Fair May Day Fair - posted 03 May 2018

Craft At WI May Meeting - posted 02 May 2018

Thursday Meetings For Parents & Tots Start This Week - posted 01 May 2018

Check Out The Events On The May Village Diary - posted 01 May 2018

Summer Walks Begin 21 May - posted 30 April 2018

Village Cafe News- posted 29 April 2018

Job Opportunity At Material Change - posted 28  April 2018

Special Film Club Screening Of NT Live Performance Of The Audience With Helen Mirren On Tuesday 01 May: All Welcome - Doors Open 6.45 Prompt Start 7 p.m. - posted 27 April 2018

Some Tickets Still Left For Trip To Ragley Hall On Wednesday 23 May - posted 26  April 2018

Charity Dog Walk - posted 25  April 2018

Delving Into Helmdon's History: Helmdon From Northamptonshire Within Living Memory 1992 (historical article no. 35) - posted 24  April 2018

Are You A Winner? April 200 Club Draw Results - posted 23 April 2018

Magazine Advertise Debt Alert - posted 22  April 2018

Pimlico Light Railway Opens  Tomorrow Sunday 22 April For The Summer Season: Children Especially Welcome - posted 21 April 2018

Have Fun At The Family Film Event Song Of The Sea On Sunday 22 April - posted 20 April 2018

St George's Day Supper & Quiz On Friday 20 April: All Welcome - posted 19  April 2018

A Spring Clean For Helmdon On Sunday 29 April - posted 18 April 2018

Visit Baa Baa Brackley On Saturday 21 April - posted 17 April 2018

Fellowship Summer Programme - posted 16 April 2018

Trip To Ragley Hall & Hiller Garden Centre - posted 15 April 2018

Online Market Place Fraud: Advice For Sellers - posted 14 April 2018

The Importance Of Good Mental Health At Women's Club On Wednesday 18 April - posted 13 April 2018

WEA AGM On Tuesday 08 May: All Welcome - posted 12 April 2018

Saturday 14 April Is Open Morning For The Reading Room - posted 11 April 2018

No Village Post Office Tomorrow Afternoon 12 April - posted 11 April 2018

Film Death Of Stalin At Film Club Friday 13 April: All Welcome - posted 10 April 2018

If Singing Is Your Thing The First Rehearsal Of The Rock-style Choir Is Wedneday 11 April - posted 09  April 2018

Tai Chi At The WI April Meeting On Wednesday April 11 - posted 08  April 2018

Book Your Tickets For The St George's Day Supper & Quiz On Friday 20 April - posted 06  April 2018

Delving Into Helmdon's History: Memories Of Richard Watson (historical article) - posted 06  April 2018

Sulgrave Manor Needs Volunteers - posted 05  April 2018

Don't Forget Friday's Messy Church For Children 4 - 10 Years - posted 04  April 2018

Cricketers & Helpers Wanted For the Summer Season - posted 03 April 2018

Reading Room Survey: Your Chance To Have Your Say - posted 01 April 2018

Check Out The Events On The April Village Diary - posted 01 April 2018

Message To Dog Owners - posted 31 March 2018

Pre-school's Delight At Outstanding Inspection Report - posted 31 March 2018

Have Fun At The Family Film Event Song Of The Sea On 22 April - posted 30 March 2018

Excellent Result From Cafe Easter Raffle - posted 29 March 2018

Families Invited To Go Wild This Easter - posted 28 March 2018

Are You A Winner? March 200 Club Draw Results - posted 27 March 2018

Easter Openng Hours & Bin Collections - posted 26 March 2018

Do You Enjoy Singing? Formation Of New Rock-style Choir - posted 25 March 2018

False Claims Of Telephone Preference Service - posted 24 March 2018

Agenda For The Parish Council Meeting To Be Held On 28.03.18 - posted 23 March 2018

April Messy Church - posted 23 March 2018

New Village Cafe Easter Draw Date - posted 22 March 2018

Pimlico Light Railway Schedule For the Summer Announced - posted 21 March 2018

How To Stop Doorstep Crime - posted 20 March 2018

Fellowship Spring Coffee Morning On Wednesday 21 March: All Welcome - posted 19 March 2018

Film The Gospel Of Mark In New Venue Thursday 22 March - posted 18 March 2018

Blackpits Compost Shovel Day Is Saturday 31 March - posted 17 March 2018

Acorns Now Booking For September - posted 16 March 2018

Quiz At Women's Club On Wednesday 21 March - posted 15 March 2018

Minutes Of The Reading Room Management Meeting Held On 22.02.18 - posted 14 March 2018

Film Evan Almighty In The Church Saturday 17 March - posted 12 March 2018

Film Hidden Figures At Film Club Friday 16 March - posted 12 March 2018

Fellowship Spring Coffee Morning On Wednesday 21 March: All Welcome - posted 11 March 2018

Film Club Programme For The Next Six Months: All Welcome - posted 10 March 2018

Tales And Legends Of Northamptonshire At The WI On Wednesday 14 March - posted 08 March 2018

Acorns Have Outstanding Ofsted Report - posted 07 March 2018

Piano Wanted (See Message Board) - posted 07 February 2018

Film The Way In The Church Thursday 08 March - posted 06 March 2018

Great Result From Acorns Quiz Night - posted 05 March 2018

Today's Film Les Miserables & All Church Services On Sunday 04 March CANCELLED - posted 03 March 2018

Don't Forget The Bridge Players' AGM & Summer Play Auditions On Tuesday 06 March - posted 03 March 2018

Messy Church This Sunday 04 March CANCELLED - posted 02 March 2018

Check Out The Events On The March Village Diary - posted 01 March 2018

Film Les Miserables In The Church Saturday 03 March CANCELLED - posted 28 February 2018

Interesting Message  On Message Board - posted 28 February 2018

How Are You On Food & Drink? The Acorns Food For Thought Quiz Is On Saturday 03 March - posted 27 February 2018

Are You A Winner? February 200 Club Draw Results - posted 26 February 2018

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 19 August 2018
SNC Leader Not Happy

Credit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-northamptonshire-35696145
Following publication on Friday of the papers on proposals for the future arrangement of councils across Northamptonshire, the Leader of South Northamptonshire Council (SNC), Cllr Ian McCord, made the following statement:

“Let me make it crystal clear – I am beyond angry that we have been bounced into this position, all following Northamptonshire County Council’s financial crisis.

"My heart wants desperately to join the protests against this way forward, but my head recognises that something has to be done.

"The best interests of local residents and businesses always come first for me, and that is why I am with huge regret minded to use my vote so we can sit round the table and positively influence the future, rather than instead voting to protest from the outside and leaving the voice of local interests unheard in the rooms where the big decisions are being taken.”

SNC Councillors will make the decision when they meet on 30 August 2018, ahead of the Government’s deadline for submissions on the 31 August. Full details of these proposals are available online at www.southnorthants.gov.uk/LGR.

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Posted 12 August 2018
Rule Change Reflects Recent Drought

It's just under 2 weeks to the Flower and Produce Show. The event supports some really good causes so please try to make as many entries as you can.

The show organisers know there has been a drought so they have adjusted the rules in the vegetable and fruit categories to encourage you not to give up! For entries that require 3 samples, the organisers will accept 2 and for entries that require more than 3 samples the organisers will accept two less than the stipulated number e.g. 4 instead of 6. Entries by 22 August 2018 please. You can email Phillip Ward and pay on the day, or see him at the village cafe on 21 August.

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Posted 28 July 2018
The Race Is On!

I hope your training is going well?! Here's a message from the Helmdon Hurler Organisation Committee...

"This year is the 9th Helmdon Hurler, a UK Affiliated Road Race which has become a regular event in many local running clubs’ race schedules.

As many of you know this event, which attracts between 120 and 140 Runners, is well supported by the village residents and activity groups who have benefited from donations resulting from the event totalling well over £3,000.

The start/finish location has changed this year and will take place at Manor Farm directly opposite the Church.  This location will minimise the impact on local traffic as the usual pre-race announcements and post-race presentations will take place off-road in Manor Farm driveway.

The Northants neighbourhood police have reviewed the Event Management, Marshalling and Safety-First arrangements and are satisfied with the procedures put in place.

The race begins at 11.30am and the course will take the runners from Manor Farm to Falcutt around the Astwell Track then join the Wappenham to Helmdon road at Astwell and proceed back to Helmdon.

By the time the participants have reached the Wappenham Road they are sufficiently spread, and, with the help of signage and the 20 Marshals, they will negotiate the roads along with any traffic.

The final stage takes the runners up Church St and back to Manor Farm. The leaders should complete the race in 25 minutes and the final runners should be at the Finish by 12.30pm.

The disruption to local residents has been kept to an absolute minimum however, for safety reasons in Helmdon, the plan is to hold traffic between the Welsh Lane to Falcutt Road from 11.25 to 11.40am to allow the bunched runners on to the Astwell Track.

The Hurler Marshals will all be wearing yellow hi-viz vests and if there is a particular problem with access during the event please make contact with them.

Thank you very much for your co-operation and help in making this popular village event a success.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Bob Lenton, Helmdon Hurler Organisation Committee on 01295 768264 or by e-mail."

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Posted 21 July 2018
Schooools Out, For, Summer!

It was the last day of the school year yesterday at Helmdon Primary School, with another cohort of Year 6 children leaving to go to "big school".

An emotional Leavers' Assembly took place on Thursday with all the children sharing thoughts of their time at Helmdon school. They were then presented with awards, a Year Book each and an '18 Leavers fleece.

Although the school itself is now closed until September, the parish council pays for the school field to remain open for all Helmdon residents to enjoy responsible recreation on. It is a lovely area of green space (although a bit brown at the moment) so please enjoy!

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Posted 17 July 2018
Need Help Getting To An Appointment?

Have you used the Brackley Area Volunteer Car Service to get to a medical appointment?

The service is run by South Northants Volunteer Bureau (SNVB) and provides transport for those people, particularly the elderly and disadvantaged, who find it difficult to get to essential medical or social care appointments.

If your doctor’s surgery is in Brackley then you can use this service so please call 01280 841099 for further information or visit www.snvb.org.uk.

Passengers must register with the service and pay an annual membership fee of £25.00. Journeys must be booked at least 3 days in advance and passengers pay the driver 45p per mile (the driver will calculate the cost for you).

The drivers are all volunteers and they will remain nearby for up to 2 hours to take you home again. This service is only available for people going to medical appointments such as doctors, dentist and physio.

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Posted 08 July 2018
Dry July

There hasn't been any rain in Helmdon since mid June and the whole village is tinder-dry. And looking at the long range weather forecast it doesn't look like there will be any rain in the near future either.

The week ahead looks to be slightly cooler than the past week, but there's no sign of any precipitation. It's a time to be really careful when out and about, particularly because there are several fields of long grass very close to the centre of the village. One cigarette butt, such as the one above found discarded on the viaduct at the end of last week, is all it would take to start a serious fire.

The London Fire Brigade, which has attended over twenty grassland fires so far this month, says that the most common causes of grass fires are discarded cigarettes or glass bottles which can concentrate the suns rays onto dry grass and shrubbery.

If you see a grass fire, don't attempt to put it out yourself as grass fires can travel very quickly and change direction without warning. Call the fire brigade on 999 and give the location and then keep well away.

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Posted 01 July 2018
Our Survey Said...

The Reading Room Management Committee conducted a survey of Helmdon residents in April 2018, and the results make interesting reading.

Over one hundred people responded to the survey and lots of ideas were generated. The survey showed that the exisitng facilities in the Reading Room are valued, but also some new ideas were put forward. The Management Committee will take some of the ideas forward, subject to establishing sufficient support and funding.

The results were put on display for the Reading Room AGM and are still up on boards if anyone wants to have a look.

If you have any comments, questions or suggesttions please get in touch with a member of the committee.

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Posted 24 June 2018
New District Councillor For Helmdon

Councillor Paul Wiltshire is the new district councillor on South Northamptonshire Council for the Astwell Ward, which covers the parishes of Helmdon, Syresham, Crowfield, Radstone and Whitfield.

Cllr Wiltshire was elected in the bye-election caused by the resignation of previous incumbent Simon Marinker.

The election result was: Richard Edward Solesbury-Timms, Labour Party – 96 votes, Paul Henry Wiltshire, The Conservative Party – 319 votes Spoilt: 3 Turnout: 26.3 per cent.

Cllr Wiltshire is a retired Police Inspector and he has lived in Brackley for over twenty years. He is also a councillor on Brackley Town Council. He can be contacted via South Northants Council.

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Posted 20 June 2018
Local Government In Northamptonshire

A consultation on the future of local government in Northamptonshire has been launched.

All residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the county are invited to respond to the consultation, which runs from 18 June 2018 until 22 July 2018.

Have your say by going online to complete a questionnaire at www.futurenorthants.co.uk where you will also find a detailed consultation document that fully explains the proposal.

Alongside the consultation web site, copies of the consultation document and the questionnaire will also be available in libraries and local council offices from Monday, 25 June 2018.

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Posted 14 June 2018
Notice Of Public Rights

Helmdon Parish Council has published a notice of public rights and publication of its Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR).

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the AGAR, the accounting records for the financial year to which it relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records are available for public inspection.

The records will be made available until Friday 20 July 2018. If you wish to inspect them please contact the parish council.

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Posted 06 June 2018
Time To Get Growing

To all the green-fingered and artistic people out there, the competition is now on!

The Show Schedule for the 9th Annual Flower and Produce Show has been published! It sets out the various classes and specifications and sets out how to enter.

So if you think you can grow the longest runner bean or bake the perfect Victoria Sandwich, now is the time to start preparing!

For further details see the Flower & Produce Show section.

Good luck!

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Posted 02 June 2018
Council Shake-Up

Local councils in Northamptonshire are being re-organised in the wake of a government report that concluded that Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) could not carry on in its present form.

The government has asked all principal councils in the county to come up with plans for a "unitary" structure, where the county and district councils are merged together. It means that South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) would be dissolved in favour of creating a new council covering a much larger area.

One immediate impact is the termination of the relationship between SNC and Cherwell District Council. SNC Leader, Cllr Ian McCord, said "The Local Government Review in Northamptonshire has required the Leader and the administration of Cherwell District Council to reflect upon its future and consider what is best for its residents. As a result they are ‘minded to’ formally end the successful partnership with South Northamptonshire Council. We fully understand and accept Cherwell District Council’s decision, and emphasise that the separation is totally amicable. The exact details and process for this separation have yet to be worked out but please be assured that all decisions will be taken with the best interests of residents at their heart. Both myself and Barry Wood at Cherwell regret that external circumstances have forced this split. The Chief Executive of both Cherwell and South Northamptonshire councils, Yvonne Rees, has written to staff saying that there will be no immediate changes and reassures residents that all service delivery will continue as normal."

Further updates will appear on this web site as the situation develops.

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Posted 22 May 2018
Calling All Women Of Helmdon!

Helmdon Parish Council held its annual meeting on 23 May 2018 and John Coatsworth was re-elected as Chairman of the Parish Council for a fourth year.

The council has two vacancies, one of which dates back to January. It is the first time in recent years that the parish council has not been able to fill its vacancies immediately.

All of the existing councillors are men, which cannot be a good thing! Where are all the women?! There must be 300 – 400 women in the village over 18 years of age, so it is incredible that not a single one has put themselves forward to serve on the council.

In 1912 a correspondent wrote to the National Association of Local Councils to protest against women being allowed to stand for election as parish councillors "for fear that they should swoon under the pressure of making important decisions"! But times are a bit different now!

Being a parish councillor is not an onerous job… maybe one evening meeting per month on average and a bit of reading and training in between. It is an opportunity to help keep Helmdon a brilliant place to live and to get involved in things that go on in the village.

So come on ladies – don’t let the men have all the say! Get in there!!

(If you might be interested please contact the Clerk to Helmdon Parish Council, Helen du Bois. The vacancies are of course open to men and women, but it would be good to have a bit of gender balance please!).

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Posted 22 May 2018
All Invited - It's Your Community Building

The Annual General Meeting of the Reading Room is being held on Thursday 7 June 2018 in the Reading Room, Church Street, Helmdon.

This meeting is of all people in the area of benefit - so that's everyone in the village!

There will be opportunity to see the results of the Reading Room User Survey from 7:15 p.m. and the meeting proper will start at 8:00 p.m.

If you require further information please contact a member of the Reading Room Management Committee.

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Posted 15 May 2018
Here We Go Again!

The traffic lights are back on Station Road, Helmdon. Once again the water main that runs under the road in front of the school has burst. It is just two months since the last repair was completed by Anglian Water (see below!).

How long this one takes depends on what they find at the bottom of the hole. Today the "dig the hole" crew has been on site, then will come the "inspect the problem crew", followed by the "fix the leak crew", and finally the "fill the hole in again crew". Presumably these people are getting to know Helmdon quite well.

Any new information will appear on the web site. For now, it's not "Love Every Drop", but "Loath Every Leak".

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Posted 13 May 2018
It Could Be You!

If you can keep your head whilst all about you are losing theirs, then why not think about becoming a parish councillor!

Helmdon Parish Council has two vacancies currently which will be filled at the council meeting to be held on Wednesday 23 May 2018.

If you love Helmdon and want to help do brilliant things for the community then being a councillor is a great way to make a contribution. To find out more about the role see The Good Councillor's Guide.

If you might be interested and would like to know more please contact the Clerk to the Council, Helen du Bois, by Friday 18 May.

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Posted 05 May 2018
Run, Jog Or Walk - It's The Helmdon Hurler!

Why not use this bank holiday weekend to kick start your training for the August bank holiday Monday and the 9th Helmdon Hurler?!

The sun is out and the evenings are long, so what better way to get yourself fitter and enjoy the countryside than going for a training run!

The Annual Helmdon Hurler began in 2010 but this year there are a few changes. Firstly, the start is being moved to Manor Farm near the church. It means the Church Street hill will be at the end rather than the start, so leave a little bit in the tank towards the end! Secondly, all runners are encouraged to enter on line rather than on the day. See the Helmdon Hurler page for more details.

It is a 4.3 mile (6.92 km) community fun run, so whilst serious runners attend from all over and treat it as a proper race (the record time is 23 minutes 53 seconds) many people enter just for fun and to help raise money to support village groups.

To keep up with Helmdon Hurler news check out the Facebook page. See you on 27 August!

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Posted 29 April 2018
How Will You Be Affected?

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) is faced with cutting more and more services as its financial situation continues to bite!

Helmdon's County Councillor, Ian Morris (pictured above), attended the Annual Village Meeting on Wednesday to face questions about the loss of bus services and local libraries and the poor state of the county's roads.

The reality of the situation means that these and other important public-facing services are likely to disappear over the coming months.

Will you or someone you know in the village be affected by the loss of local services? If so, please let Helmdon Parish Council know, stating which service you are concerned at losing and how it will affect you. The parish council can pass your concerns on or it may be possible to see what can be done to make up for the lost services. Alternatively you can contact Cllr Morris directly.

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