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Reading Room - Presentation Published Today

A copy of the presentation explaining the reasoning behind our proposed new constitution, plus the proposed new constitution itself, can be be downloaded from this page (please click).

Final views on the constitution are required by 21st August 2020 when this consultation period will end.

Posted: Sat, 01 Aug 2020 22:49 by Richard

Agenda for Reading Room AGM

The AGM 2020 Agenda can be read by clicking this link
The Proposed New Constitution can be read by clicking this link.

Free tea and cake in the Reading Room - Saturday 10am - 12:30pm...

The Reading Room is re-inventing itself as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), with limited liability and an appropriate 21st century constitution. This has been prepared by the Reading Room Trustees and Trustees have voted in favour of the new Constitution. More »

There will be an Open Morning for villagers to express interest in becoming a Trustee and to submit their questions and comments. This will take place immediately following the Reading Room AGM on Saturday August 1st starting at 10am in the Reading Room.

As we are limited to a meeting of 30 people (Covid-19) we need a throughput of people rather than a mass meeting. The Reading Room will therefore be open to all from 10am until 12.30pm with Trustees present and a short presentation available to view. There will be free tea and cake available...

Four New Trustees will be needed to help run the Reading Room after the Charity Commission have approved our application and the CIO comes into existence. We are looking for people with skills in marketing/legal/facilities management/fundraising/ and any others required to run and rejuvenate a public building. There will also be additional committees to help make things happen – those need enthusiastic people too.

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Posted: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 10:30 by Richard

Reading Room - Proposed New Constitution - Saturday 1st August

Free Tea and Cake!

The Reading Room is re-inventing itself as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), with limited liability and an appropriate 21st century constitution. This has been prepared by the Reading Room Trustees and Trustees have voted in favour of the new Constitution. More »

The proposed Constitution can be read by clicking this link.

We are proposing an open morning for villagers to express interest in becoming a Trustee and to submit their questions and comments. This Open forum will take place immediately following the next Reading Room AGM, which will be held in the Reading Room on Saturday August 1st starting at 10 am. As we are limited to a meeting of 30 people (Covid-19) we may need to organise a throughput of people rather than a mass meeting! The Reading Room will therefore be open to all from 10am until 12.30pm with Trustees present and a short presentation available to view. There will be free tea and cake available...

4 New Trustees will be needed to help run the Reading Room after the Charity Commission have approved our application and the CIO comes into existence. We are looking for people with skills in marketing/legal/facilities management/fundraising/ and any others required to run and rejuvenate a public building. There will also be additional committees to help make things happen – those need enthusiastic people too.

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Posted: Sun, 26 Jul 2020 22:18 by Ross Vicars

200 Club Draw for July 2020 - results are in...

The 200 Club draw for July took place on Sunday 26th July, results may be found here. Congratulations to all winners...

Posted: Sun, 26 Jul 2020 09:04 by Ross Vicars

The playground is now open!

The Parish Council requests that all users adhere to the following Government guidance:

  • Wash hands or apply hand sanitiser before and after using the play area.
  • Maintain social distancing within the play area, in accordance with the government's latest advice. If the play area is too busy for effective social distancing, please do not enter.
  • There should be only one child on each piece of equipment at any one time.
  • Where possible there should be only one adult accompanying a child in the play area.
  • Adults are encouraged to clean/wipe the touch parts of equipment such as swing chains and slide bars before use.
  • Please dispose of all litter in the bins provided.

Although the Parish Council has taken steps to ensure that the play area is a safe environment, users use the play area and equipment at their own risk. More »

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Posted: Sat, 18 Jul 2020 06:19 by Helen du Bois

The Helmdon Hurler

In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic The Helmdon Hurler committee have been advised by England Athletics (event insurer) to seriously consider running this year's event. In such a dynamic and changing situation the committee have held this final decision until the last minute. More »

Unfortunately, even with strict social distancing rules, the risks associated to over 120 runners (young and old) is too great. Sporting events are important however, the health and wellbeing of the Hurler participants takes ultimate precedence.

It is with deep regret that this year's event is cancelled.

We hope that you have used this time to keep fit and that we will see you in August 2021

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Posted: Fri, 17 Jul 2020 10:43 by Helen du Bois

Next meeting of the Parish Council - Wednesday 22nd July 2020

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held online on Wednesday 22nd July at 7:30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend, please click here for the Agenda and the joining instructions for the Zoom meeting.

Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:21 by Helen du Bois

Services at St Mary Magdalene Parish Church

Details of the services being held at the Church this month:
Sunday 19th July 10am: Prayer & Praise
Sunday 26th July 10am: Morning Worshi
All Wednesdays 12-3pm: Private Prayer

Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 06:50 by Helen du Bois

Summer Reading Challenge

Every year Northamptonshire Libraries deliver the Summer Reading Challenge, which challenges children to read 6 books during the summer holidays. It has been proven that children who don't continue reading during the summer have a lower reading age when they return to school in September than that before the summer. Please see attached poster for more details or visit their website or facebook page.

Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 06:41 by Helen du Bois

PIMLICO LIGHT RAILWAY

It is with the greatest regret that we have decided to stop running trains for the public so sadly our open afternoons which we have been running for the last 20 years will come to and end. We were thinking of stopping anyway in a couple of years or so as we're not getting any younger and the virus has simply brought things forward. More »

We do want to thank all our loyal supporters, many of whom come from Helmdon, who have encouraged us over the years by their presence chiefly, but also by their financial support which as well as helping to keep the trains running have donated a total of over £10,000 to the charity Send a Cow.

The model engineering club will continue and trains will be run but it will very much be a club activity for members only and for invited guests. When that will be able to happen is anyone's guess at the moment.

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Posted: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:51 by Ross Vicars

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