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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - IN NEED OF HELP?
Some residents in Helmdon may feel alone during this time whether due to self-isolation or because they fall into a higher risk category. Helmdon Parish Council would like to help during this time.

We have volunteer help available. You may need assistance such as help with groceries, collecting medicines or other errands such as walking your dog, a chat on the phone or just help with your bins. If you need help, or you know of anyone else who needs help, please contact the Parish Clerk

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Latest News

Vacancy at Helmdon Primary School

There is a vacancy for a Temporary Teaching Assistance and Lunchtime Supervisor at the school. Please see attached notice for more information about the position.

Posted: Fri, 04 Dec 2020 15:07 by Helen du Bois

Santa to visit Helmdon with the Round Table - 6pm on 3rd Dec.

Santa's sleigh will be visiting Helmdon Thursday 3rd December 6pm.

Please read the info below on how to donate this year. Donations will be going towards Friends of Helmdon School. Many thanks for all your support. More »

Map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer… From Map Legend select 3rd Dec. to see route through Helmdon.

Copy of Facebook post dated 12 Nov 2020:
We have completed our planning and Santa has agreed to visit Brackley and the surrounding area, before his busy night! Our Covid safe procedures have been accepted and they will be in place to protect ourselves and the community.

We will not have collectors with Santa this year. We will have our tracker posted via this page each night he is out.

We must ask that you do not approach the sleigh and you MUST not gather in groups waiting for Santa. Where possible please remain on your own property.

If groups were to gather, we will be forced to terminate that route immediately and potentially cancel any remaining routes.

+ Hands + Space + Face + Donate +

Text BRACKLEY 3 to 70490 to donate £3
(change the 3 to any number to donate that amount)
Texts cost value of donation plus one standard rate message
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Posted: Thu, 03 Dec 2020 14:05 by Richard

No Post Office on 3rd December

Please note there will be no Post Office service in the Reading Room on Thursday 3rd December - the Post Office is expected to resume as normal from Tuesday 8th from 10.00 - 12.00.

Posted: Tue, 01 Dec 2020 16:29 by Ross Vicars

Helmdon Advent Windows opening at 4:30pm

Helmdon Advent Windows opening at 4:30pm

See them here (photos courtesy of Chris Mount)

We are very pleased to announce that the map and list showing where and when people will be 'opening' their Advent Windows for 2020 is now available here* (PDF 813KB) and on the noticeboards around the village.
(or click here* for address-only list, PDF 100KB) More »

We are not distributing hard copies this year but you can download and print copies from the website – please let us know if you know of someone who would like one but is unable to get a copy (email: apnetten@hotmail.com).

Chris Mount has kindly agreed to take photos of the windows to put up on the website (here).

You might be interested to know that a recent contact from someone interested in doing Advent Windows was so inspired by Helmdon (which came top of a Google search) that she is using a link to our website to provide ideas and encourage people to volunteer in her own village. In the past four weeks: two of our Advent Windows webpages have had over 2000 'hits' each.

We do hope you enjoy this activity that we can carry on doing despite Covid 19

Happy Advent!
Ann and Jenny

* Clicking the blue links above will display or download (depending on your browser settings). You should be able to print from the displayed item, or open and print the downloaded file (with e.g. Adobe Acrobat reader).

For regular updates to see the photos, just click on Advent Windows (Map+Photos) main menu item - on left - or 3 bars at top. Image courtesy of PinClipart.com » Less

Posted: Sun, 29 Nov 2020 13:00 by Richard

Helmdon Parish Clerk - new postal address, same telephone number

Helmdon Parish Clerk - new postal address, same telephone number

The postal address for the Parish Clerk has changed but the contact telephone number (01295 768588) and the clerk's email address (clerk@helmdonparishcouncil.gov.uk) remain the same, as does the Clerk!. The Clerk's new postal address can be found here.

Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 11:25 by Helen du Bois

New drop off points for village notices

New drop off points for village notices

Village groups or event organisers who wish to have a poster displayed on the Parish Council noticeboards should deliver 3 copies to either Cllr John Coatsworth (83 Wappenham Road), Cllr Chris Thorpe (The Old Post Office, Station Road) or Cllr Steve Wheeler (25 Church Street). Please ensure that you drop off notices at least 7-10 days before the event.

Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 11:06 by Helen du Bois

200 Club Results for November...

The 200 Club draw for November took place on the 22nd - and here are the results.

Results may be found here.

Congratulations to all winners

Posted: Mon, 23 Nov 2020 20:04 by Ross Vicars

A message from Northamptonshire County Council's Director of Public Health

A message from Northamptonshire County Council's Director of Public Health

Dear Residents,

I am writing to you directly, as we enter the winter period, to inform you of the current situation relating to Coronavirus in Northamptonshire and specifically the areas in which you live. I'm also hoping to share some key tips to help you and your families stay safe during the winter period and how to access support if you need to self-isolate, if you become unwell, or if you require help with shopping, medication or loneliness. More »

We are currently seeing the largest rise in cases in Northamptonshire since the first national lockdown. Positive cases range across all age groups, but significantly are largest in the age groups from 10-59. We know that these age groups are amongst the most sociable, go to school, university or work, and may be involved in the care of others, children and/or older people.

Worryingly, we are also seeing a rise in cases amongst those aged over 60. This age group is the group that are most likely to become severely unwell should they get Coronavirus, they may need to stay in hospital and sadly, as we are starting to see once again, more of this age group are likely to die from the virus.

Transmission can easily spread within families, especially where children and parents mix with grandparents and particularly in indoor settings. Whilst we recognise the importance of social interaction, we would recommend that if you have to work with or care for someone who is older or more vulnerable, or if you ordinarily mix with grandparents, that you consider reducing your social contacts elsewhere, or move your interactions with those older, more vulnerable contacts to an online format where possible during the winter period.

The introduction of recent national lockdown guidance will help us to reduce community transmission of the virus. Community transmission is where the virus spreads in households with people mixing in indoor spaces in particular. We would recommend that where anyone enters your home, or you theirs, for example for childcare purposes, that everyone wears a face covering, maintains a two metre social distance, and keeps interactions as short as possible. Continue to wash your hands regularly and clean any surfaces or contact points such as door handles, cupboard handles and taps.

If you have any concerns about whether you may have COVID-19, how to get a test, how to get more support for someone who is vulnerable or the current guidance and what you can and cannot do, visit the County Council website here.

We all need to work hard to ensure that case numbers reduce in our local area, to ensure that we keep the people we love safe, and so that we can return to a more normal way of living as soon as possible when the national measures come to an end. We are all in this together and all of our actions contribute to the outcomes we face. Let's continue to work together, to wash our hands regularly, to wear our face coverings and to keep two metres from others.

Lucy Wightman
Director of Public Health, Northamptonshire County Council" » Less

Posted: Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:59 by Helen du Bois

Questionnaire on proposed routes for the Farthinghoe Bypass

A message from SNC Healthy Community Services:

The A422 through the village of Farthinghoe currently suffers from sub-standard geometry, a narrow carriageway and high traffic volumes making it difficult for large vehicles to pass each other. These issues are expected to be made worse by the level of development proposed in Banbury and Brackley which will lead to increased traffic through the village. More »

Since January 2020, Northamptonshire County Council have been developing northern route options to address some of the feedback received during the 2015 consultation exercise and engagement with statutory consultees.

For further information about the consultation and proposed bypass routes, please visit the A422 Farthinghoe Bypass webpage.

A questionnaire has been developed for the A422 Farthinghoe Bypass consultation. It aims to ascertain the views of residents and other interested parties on 4 proposed routes to identify a Preferred Route to be taken forward for further development.

If you have any questions or enquires about the A422 Farthinghoe Bypass – Preferred Route Consultation, please contact farthinghoe@kierwsp.co.uk.

Give Us Your Views

Please give us your views by completing our online questionnaire.

This questionnaire closes at midnight on Sunday 3 January 2021.

With kind regards

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Posted: Fri, 20 Nov 2020 15:34 by Helen du Bois

An update from Brackley Community Hospital Trust

An update from Brackley Community Hospital Trust

The Brackley Medical Centre GP practice is now fully operational from the new healthcare facility on Wellington Road.

The Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust's "outpatient" services – for example physiotherapy and podiatry – are expected to come onstream within the next four weeks or so, as they continue to fit out some of their parts of the building. It is anticipated that the intermediate care beds on the second floor will be populated gradually with effect from January 2021. More »

BMC patients have all been notified of the move, and BMC has created a video, a virtual tour, of the building because visits in person are not permitted at the moment. Although this video concentrates principally on the parts of the building which BMC patients will access and need, it does give a good overview of the entire building. Click here to view the video

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Posted: Fri, 20 Nov 2020 15:30 by Helen du Bois

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