In 1995 John Raybould tutored a course entitled "The Changing
Village". It covered the last hundred years, and focused
on Helmdon. His enthusiasm lingered after the course was
over, whetting the appetite for further historical research,
and several members of the original class formed themselves
into a local studies group. At the beginning, Val and Stewart Moir, Judy Cairns,
Audrey Forgham (fomerly Harwood), Jean Spendlove and the late Will Watson were the main members. In Spring 2000 two new members,
Danny and Kate Moody, joined the group, both very interested
in the difficult-to-unravel early history of Helmdon. From
the outset, the group felt that what was researched should
be recorded in some way and so, steered by Ross Vicars in the early years, and then by Audrey Forgham, Aspects
of Helmdon 1 was published, followed later by Aspects
of Helmdon 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
all this, under the direction of Val Moir, the churchyard
were recorded. In 1999 the idea of the Helmdon web site was mooted and this is now a joint venture between Danny Moody and Audrey Forgham. Early in 2000 there were showed two showings of Will Watson's film "A Year in the Life of a Village" at the Reading Room. It was
produced with posterity in mind and a dvd was deposited
at the Northampton Record Office.
November 2014 saw the completion of the the war memorial project which traced the history of the war memorial and all the servicemen on the war memorial who had served in the First World War. Research was done by Ross Vicars, Cec Harrold, Danny Moody, Audrey Forgham and Judy Cairns, Charles Binns restored some of the old photographs and Danny Moody prepared the work for the website. It was produced in book form and a display of artefacts and photographs was mounted in the church.
In 2016 a project was completed which updated the churchyard inscriptions for the new arm of the churchyard to the left of the path. The rows have been re-numbered due to the its repositioning. Judy Cairns did the bulk of this work, Bill Elkington made a new map, and the project was typed by Audrey Forgham.
A joint project between the church and the WEA has recorded the 150 or so church kneelers. Jenny Overson and Mary Nash did the research, Colin Nash took the photographs, and it was typed by Audrey Forgham.
studies group is open to anyone interested in local history
or geography, or indeed any other aspect of local life.
It is not "closed group". You do not have to be an attendee
at a WEA class to belong. We welcome new members at any
time. Please contact the WEA secretary Richard Farquharson 01295 760079 or e-mail