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Players & Enthusiasts Wanted For The Summer Season - posted 02 April 2018

Helmdon Cricket Club are looking for new players, groundsmen, umpires or anyone who wants to get involved in a social, friendly level of cricket in any capacity.

Whether you’ve played before or not, we would love to welcome you to our Monday Net Practices at Sponne School at 7pm which began on Monday 26 March.

Please call Dan (07581 505224) or Geoff Bridger e-mail for more information.

St Patrick's Day Celebrations - posted  05 February 2018



The Sports and Social Club are delighted to announce that we will be running the St Patrick’s Day celebrations at the Reading Room on Saturday 24th March. After the great success and support received last year we look forward to seeing you all there again. More info on tickets will follow soon.


Players & Enthusiasts Of All Kinds Wanted For The Summer Season - posted 21 February 2017

Helmdon Cricket Club are welcoming new players and volunteers for the 2017 season. Ages 15 and up. Enthusiasts, umpires, former internationals and everyone between are welcome to join our social and occasionally competitive team.  Please join us at our net sessions at Sponne School on Thursday 6th April at 8 pm or call Dan on 07581 505224.

Congratulations Steve On Your 'Groundsman Of The Year' Award - posted 27 March 2016

Northamptonshire County F.A.:

 ‘Groundsman Of The Year’ award 2015/16

1st Steve Wheeler, Brackley Town FC Juniors. (Helmdon Sports Field)

2nd Tony Sanders, Earls Barton Utd.

3rd Mark Chambers, Kislingbury F.C.

‘Congratulations’ are extended to all who were nominated for the 2015/16 competition on the very high standard & condition of the pitches you prepare for the benefit of all Clubs, Players, Spectators who use the facilities. On behalf of the NFA, I thank you all most sincerely for the voluntary work and time you give to the game we all enjoy.

 Yours Sincerely

(signed) A. Pittam

N.F.A. Groundsman of the year Co-ordinator.

Players Wanted For The Summer Season - posted 24 February 2016

Helmdon Cricket Club are in need of players of all abilities and experience, ages 15+.
Net sessions start on Monday 7th March at Sponne school, 8 pm – 9 pm.  All kit is provided.
We are also looking for Umpires and people to assist with the ground, beers are provided. Contact me if you are interested in any of the above.

Geoff Bridger


Committee  Help Needed - posted 03 December 2015

Helmdon Sports Club needs you!

Helmdon sports club are on the look out for new committee members to join who have a keen interest in getting involved and increase the village sport.

We are especially looking to fill two vacant positions of secretary & treasurer which have recently been vacated by Joe Adhemar & David Bridger, who after many many years of service and involvement especially with the cricket team are focusing on other voluntary activities that we wish them the best of luck with and thank them for the effort and time they have given us.

If you would like to know more or express an interest in getting involved with the club please contact darron.worthy@btopenworld.com

Helmdon Sports Club

Darren Worthy

(01295) 768645


Sports Club AGM On Thursday 12 November - posted 14 October 2015

7.30 p.m. at the Sports Club pavillion.


  •               Apologies for Absence
  •               Minutes of last meeting
  •               Matters arising
  •               Secretary’s Report
  •               Chairman’s report
  •               Finance Report
  •               Ground Maintenance
  •               Premises
  •               Billiards    
  •               Cricket
  •               Election of Officers     
  •               Fundraising
  •               Any other business   


Cricket Club Recruiting For Summer 2014 - posted 05 February 2014

If you are a cricket enthusiast or player note that Helmdon CC are recruiting players for the upcoming season. We are a competitive and friendly side who win slightly more than we lose. Regardless of results you will always see us enjoying a drink in The Bell after a game.

Cricket nets for the upcoming season will commence Friday 21st February at Magdalen College School 18:30.

We welcome players of all abilities and experience.

If you are interested in coming along please contact the Team Captain, Geoff Bridger, on e-mail

Geoff Bridger

Advertising Opportunity For Helmdon Villagers - posted 09 December 2013

The sports and social club have acquired permission to erect advertising boards on certain fences around the sports field.

The sports field is fast becoming a busy place that is getting used all year round by two Brackley under 11 football teams and of course our own cricket team throughout the summer.

Anyone who has passed the sports field at the weekend will appreciate the attendances that the football teams receive and therefore would be great exposure for any business that at the same time would be making a valuable contribution to a village group that has big plans over the next year!

The cost of advertising at the sports field is £250 for the first year and this includes the sign and graphics, thereafter the board will cost just £100 per year.

We have had great interest in the space so far from a number of companies but the sports and social club committee would really like to put the offer out to local businesses in and around Helmdon first to claim the prime spots!

If you are interested in purchasing a board please call Darron Worthy 768645 or


Helmdon Cricket Club Awards 2013 - posted 28 October 2013


cricket club winners


Left is a photo of this year's award winners for Helmdon Cricket Club.

From left to right:

George Stubbs won 2 awards. Most 6's in the season and the coveted 'Players player' voted by club members.

Chris Lipson. Player of the year. With a batting average of over 40 and 50 wickets in the season. He was once again the star of the team.

Dan Gabbitas. Captain's player of the season. A well deserved accolade for Dan. Chosen by Geoff Bridger, our 2013 skipper.

Alfie Adhemar. Gulliver award winner. Alfie's contribution as Helmdon's youngest player were duly recognised by our Captain. His fielding this year described as 'Ninja-like' by his team mates.

Out of shot : Matt Sleath, whose Groundskeeping efforts keep the club alive, was also worthy of an award too.

Joe Adhemar

Summer BBQ 2013 - posted 23 May 2013

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Fundraising Result For 2012 - posted 15 February 2013

Fundraising events are essential to cover our outgoings; the Olympic Evening which coincided with the Opening Ceremony was a great success, raising just over £4,000. This could not have been done without the help of madny volunteers and we had a fantastic response from the village.

New Youth Football Team - posted 08 February 2013

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Sports Club Annual General Meeting - posted 28 October 2012

The Annual General Meeting of Helmdon Sports Club will take place at Sports Ground Pavilion on Thursday 15th November 2012 at 7.30 pm.

Olympic Effort By Sports Club - posted 1 August 2012

Report by Joe Adhemar

Ready, set, go!
On one of the many dreary wet days in May, Helmdon's Sports Club Committee convened to discuss how they were going to raise the thousands needed to keep the club running and repair the leaking roof.

Our chair, Karl Leitelmayer, came up with a cracker. A sports day for the kids with an Olympic theme. From this small spark, somehow in 9 weeks, Karl managed to organise an event that I think most would agree, was a resounding success.

So what happened at 6pm on Friday 27th of July?

There was a 'big screen' and a thunderous PA with a live feed from BBC HD showing Danny Boyle's astounding opening ceremony (constructed on Paul Duncombe's kindly donated lorry).

A Sports Day for the kids brilliantly shepherded by Andy Kirtland & Colin Wright, with the kids competing at Running Races, Backward Races, The Standing Jump, Helmdon Shotput (Welly Throwing) and Catherine Ruffley built and ran Gullivers Velodrome, over 60 children each won a special Helmdon 2012 Gold Medal.

5 hours of eye watering smoke for the Turnham and Stothard families manning the BBQ which needed more burgers at 9pm!

Helmdon's version of Statler and Waldorf, Eddie and Curly, running a bar that at 8:30 needed an emergency trip to Brackley to replenish the beer supply.

2 sets from Helmdon's band "The Autumn Buskers" and a great demonstration of Zumba Dance by Bryony.

And some great stalls run by local groups such as Friends of the Church, Acorns, Friends of Helmdon School and the Leitelmayer kids (all using equipment and marquees donated by The Carnival - Thanks to John Coatsworth and Bill England for their construction) as well as a couple of bouncy castles.

Perhaps the wind blew a little too hard as dusk drew in but after a few mercy runs to the fleece drawer back at the village, around 200 hardy souls stuck around to watch the start of the ceremony with events drawing to a close just after midnight.

Helmdon Sports Club would like to thank everyone for coming along. We really appreciated your support.

One final thank you for a couple of people who we hope you will agree are the most deserving of our thanks.

Firstly, David and Julia Toman who donated £1000 to help with the costs of setting up the event and Colin Hull at South Northants Council, who through the Community Games fund gave us a grant of £500. Thank you so much.

Finally, Karl Leitelmayer whose tireless efforts over the 9 weeks were really quite astounding. His committee mucked in, but without his guidance the event would have fallen well short of the mark. Thank you Karl (and you even sounded good on BBC Radio Northampton!).

Loads of other people helped to make this a great event and we hoped we thanked you all in the programme on the evening.

Thanks Everyone, see you at the next Sports Club event which will be our annual golf day, more information to follow.

Usain Bolt's record was under threat all evening...

Unclaimed Raffle Prizes From The Helmdon Olympics- posted 30 July 2012


Blue 178 – Bottle of Barcardi
Blue 215 – Kempton Park Races Tickets
Yellow 465 – Northants Cricket Tickets
White 65 – London 2012 Ticket Holder
Yellow 450 – Bulldog Skincare Products
Blue 161 – Bliss Voucher
White 34 – Bottle of Prosecco
Yellow 469 – PS3 Game
Yellow 453 – Michael Vaughan signed 2005 Ashes Poster
White 15 – Haircut and Blowdry

Karl Leitelmayer

Live Band At The Helmdon Olympic Opening Ceremony Carnival - posted 25 July 2012

Helmdon Olympic Opening Ceremony Carnival

Live Showing of the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics

Kids Fun Olympics with Medals

Live Band ' The Autumn Buskers'

Have your photo taken with a Real Olympic Torch



Tea Room

Bouncy Castles & Games

Lots of Stalls suitable for all Ages

Tickets priced £3 Adults, £1 Kids or £5 for a Family ticket

                                            click for poster


Stalls Still Left For Olypmic Event - posted 09 July 2012

We have been getting a great response to our Olympic Event on Friday 27th July. We do still have a couple stalls left if any groups want to take one, remember no charge! just a suggested donation of 10% of what you take on the day.

The event has been well advertised and is even on the London 2012 website!!!

Please let me know asap or if you can't take a stall tickets are available at www.helmdonolympics.eventbrite.co.uk

Karl Leitelmayer

Enter The Draw For The Olympic Torch Ceremony Concert Tickets - posted 07 July 2012

The Olympic Torch is coming to our Area on Monday. Anyone buying a ticket to our opening ceremony event on Friday 27th July this weekend (before 5pm Sunday) will be entered into a draw to win a pair of tickets to the sold out Oxford Torch Relay Event on Monday which has Young Guns & Twist and Shout performing. Get your tickets at http://helmdonolympics.eventbrite.co.uk

Karl Leitelmayer

Tickets Now On Sale For The Helmdon Olympics Opening Ceremony - posted 18 June 2012

Plans for the Sports Clubs, London Olympic Opening Ceremony Carnival on Friday 27 July are progressing well, with the Autumn Buskers booked, the Kids Olympic races decided, commemorative gold medals ordered and our own Helmdon Olympic Flame purchased!

Helmdon 2012!
The Sports Club has decided to hold an event to celebrate the once in a lifetime event that is the London 2012 Olympics.

It will be at the sports field on Friday 27 July at 6 pm. Stalls are available to raise funds for your group, advertise your business or sell your wares!! If you can’t take a stall, please still come down and have a great evening, tickets will cost £3 for Adults, £1 Kids or a Family Ticket for £5 and let your friends know about it! Ticket Sales are now open and can be purchased at http://helmdonolympics.eventbrite.co.uk. Ticket numbers are limited, so please purchase in advance to avoid disappointment on the night.

All pitches are FREE... with just a suggested donation to the Sports Club of 10% of your takings at the event.... Stalls are limited and on a first come basis.... What ideas have you got for a Stall then????

Contact Karl Leitelmayer to book your stall asap.

The evening will include live showing of the opening ceremony, a Kids Olympics with medals for all (download entry form here), Live music from the Autumn Buskers, Bar, BBQ and hopefully lots of stalls. We want this to be a whole village celebration, and we want the local groups of the village to benefit by being involved and raising awareness and much needed funds for your group, we would like to offer you the opportunity to have a stall at the event, you can have all sorts of stalls, a few suggestions are:

  • Tombola
  • Guess the weight of the cake
  • Bric a Brac
  • Catch the Rat
  • Guess how many sweets in the jar
  • Coconut Shy
  • Beat the Keeper
  • Skittles
  • Plant Stall
  • Book Stall
  • And lots more (some of the games used at the carnival are available to be used).
Again, we emphasise there is no pitch fee, yes it is free, all we would ask is a donation to the sports club of say 10% of your takings on the evening to help us cover the costs of the event, so if you make nothing it costs you nothing! We hope that you think this is a good opportunity for your group to raise much needed funds, please contact Karl ASAP if you would like to run a stall, as places are limited. Any questions feel free to e-mail Karl or contact him 01295 760670


Thinking About Joining The Cricket Club? - posted 01  April 2012

The cricket season is almost here! Woohooo! First game is away at Dunchurch on 28th April. We are starting cricket practice from Thursday 12th April at the sports ground; there are a few changes this year including new practice facilities which are awsome.

It would be great to get more people involved as it’s a good laugh, good food (always done by the wives) and always a good session down the rubberdubdub after. If you're interested please email helmdonskipper@gmail.com

Unclaimed Raffle Prizes At Cricket Tournament - posted 31 August 2011

After a great day at Helmdon Sports Field, 3 prizes remained unclaimed from the Raffle.
Ticket numbers 199, 290 and 356.
Plase contact  Joe Adhemar  (on behalf of the sports club committee)


Race Night - posted 20 March 2011

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"Nets" Have Started - posted 13 March 2011

"Nets" have started for the cricket club to be held every Friday until the beginning of the season.

The location is Winchester House Sports Hall, Brackley, and they start at 8 pm and finish at 9.

The subscription will be £3 per session and the cricket club welcome any villagers to join their friendly team.

Joe Adhemar

(01295) 760853


Sports Club Raffle Prizewinners - posted 17 October 2010

































The Sports Club raised £677.00 in their recent raffle.

































The prizes were distributed as follows:

































Weekend for Two in a Yorkshire Hotel - Joy Porlock

A Week in a holiday cottage in Scotland - Jeff Burnett

DVD Player - Jo Turnham

Spa Day for Two (Whittlebury) - Graham Humphries

Spa Day for Two (Whittlebury) - Mrs L Flower

Bottle of Wine - Richard Phillips

Bottle of Wine -  M Johnson

Golfing Cap - Geoff Crook

Golfing Cap - M Ferrett

Results Of 1st Annual Helmdon Sports Club Golf Day - 11 October 2010

The first annual Helmdon Sports Club Golf Day, sponsored by Macintyres Estate Agents, was held at a sunny Cherwell Edge golf course on Friday 3rd October. With the course in excellent condition, 32 golfers went out to win the competition.

With some great play the following were the winners:
































Individual Winner – S. Waldron – 37pts

































Team Winners – Tuesday Nights (J. Wilson, K. White, A. Hodges, D. Gascoigne) – 85pts
































Nearest the Pin – A. Abbotts
































Longest Drive – P. Talbot
































Worst Player – J. Bridger (on count back)

































































The overall individual rankings are as follows:
S. Waldron – 37pts
J. Conroy – 36pts
A. Abbotts – 36pts
D. Gascoigne – 34pts
S. Ford – 33pts
N. Tooby – 33pts
J. Wilson – 32pts
L. Hunt – 32pts
C. Lipson – 32pts
D. Bourton – 30pts
P. Talbot – 30pts
A. Hawkins – 29pts
B. Davis – 28pts
A. Hodges – 28pts
L. Woodward – 28pts
N. Phillips – 28pts
J. Turnham – 27pts
D. Snow – 26pts
K. White – 26pts
R. Vicars – 25pts
J. Adhemar – 24pts
C. Page – 24 pts
R. Bliss – 23pts
R. Newman – 23pts
K. Leitelmayer – 22pts
D. Phillips – 20pts
G. Bridger – 19pts
A. Hall – 17pts
B. Lenton – 14pts
W. Taylor – 11pts
J. Swain – 10 pts
J. Bridger – 10 pts

The golf day raised a much need £764 for the Helmdon Sports Club, The club would like to thank our main sponsors Macintyre Estate Agents and our hole & prizes sponsors Clive Turnham, John Wilson, Argos, Paul Duncombe, Steve Valentine, DHL, Cherwell Edge Golf Club, Woodward Glazing, Mercross Electrical, Peter Burns, Geoff Crook, LloydsTsb & The Bell Inn.

We look forward to seeing everyone for next year’s competition.

1st Annual Helmdon Sports Club Golf Day - 17 September 2010

Helmdon Sports Club are looking to raise much

needed funds for the upkeep of the sports ground,

please support this event

                  Sports Club Golf Day

































           Friday 8th October at 12pm

































            Cherwell Edge Golf Course

                         Call Karl Letelmalyer 01280 850028

                                         or e-mail


































































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