Helmdon Sports and Social Club, which has been in existence since 1969 was formed from the cricket team and the football team (previously quite independent of each other). The cricket team used to play on a field on the far side of the railway line bank at the end of Grange Lane.
Photo: Phil Bridger
The present sports field with its small pavilion up the Wappenham Road is outside the perimeter of the village, about a quarter of a mile on the left-hand side. It was originally rented from the Gulliver family and then bought by the Sports Club with the help of a loan. When the loan was called in, South Northants Council agreed to buy the field and rent it out to the Sports Club.
In 1969 the Mercury and Herald newspaper in Northampton agreed to sponsor a cricket cup, known as the Mercury and Herald and Helmdon cricket cup. It was a knock-out competition and originally thirty to forty took part but this is now down to eight. In the beginning the competition raised money for the Merry Comrades, which the newspaper sponsored with the aim of raising money for hospitals, but recently the money has gone to the Brackley Cottage Hospital.
The football team has had a sporadic history and has played in various leagues. Whilst the village does not presently have a football team the ground is used by Brackley Athletic FC junior sides during the winter months. It is hoped that the village will be able to resurrect an adult side in the near future and anyone interested should contact a committee member.
Helmdon Sports Club has approximately fifty members (many of whom come from outside of the village). The club holds fund raising events throughout the year such as golf days and race nights in an effort to improve the facilities for all groups that use the ground during the year.
For further information please contact a member of the committee.