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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.

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Latest News

Bridge Players Update: Pantomime Cancelled 2020

It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Helmdon Bridge Players pantomime. Our upmost priority is to ensure the safety of our cast, crew, and audience. Whilst we are all eager to tread the boards this December, we do not feel that a socially distanced pantomime would have quite the same impact, and although we would be able to host a small audience, restrictions on audience participation would make "it's behind you!" much less fun! We hope to be back in 2021 with both a summer production and pantomime. In the meantime, if you are interested in joining us onstage or off, we would love to hear from you. We are a very friendly company and always welcome new members. Details can be found on the Bridge Players contact page.

Posted: Tue, 15 Sep 2020 17:22 by Robert Duncombe

Cafe unaffected by the recent changes to COVID 19 rules.

The Village Cafe will be open as normal on Tuesdays from 10.00 to 12.00.

Face masks need to be worn on entering and leaving the Reading Room.

Customers should exit the Reading Room by the rear door.

Posted: Fri, 11 Sep 2020 12:11 by Ross Vicars

COVID-19 in Northamptonshire - Community Engagement

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC), and all our partners who are working together on the coronavirus pandemic, want to hear from members of our communities.

We want to gather feedback to understand your views on the spread of coronavirus in the county and to identify what might be helping or stopping people from following guidance. More »

We will ask you about getting tested, about social distancing (keeping 2 metres apart) and self-isolation (staying at home if you have symptoms or a positive test) so that we can identify ways of making all of these things easier for our residents.

Please note that your answers to this survey are anonymous and the results of all responses will be analysed by NCC public health and engagement teams with the overall findings being shared with our incident response team and Oversight and Engagement Board.

Have your say

Please give us your views by completing our online questionnaire.

The consultation closes at midnight on 5 October 2020. » Less

Posted: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 06:47 by Helen du Bois


Despite COVID 19 we are very much hoping to turn Helmdon into a Living Advent Calendar for the sixth time this year with windows throughout the village decorated and 'opened' each evening between 1 December and Christmas Eve. In order to ensure everyone knows their date in good time to plan, we need to be clear by mid-October that we have enough participants so we would be very grateful for quick responses.
You can see what was done in previous years on the village website (https://www.helmdonparishcouncil.gov.uk/advent-windows-archive.html) and if you Google 'Advent windows' you can find the wide range of ideas and ways that people have decorated their windows elsewhere. There is no need to be religious or arty and there is no 'theme', the aim is for each window to be a surprise as it is revealed. We would like to include windows through the whole village and hope, as in previous years, to show photos of the windows on the new website(s) and Facebook page.
If you:
- live in a house that has a window that can clearly be seen from the street without people coming on to your property
- are happy to keep the window illuminated each evening after it is 'opened' until after Christmas and
- are interested in participating or are prepared to act as a standby if we have problems recruiting enough people
please let Ann Netten (01280 851168 apnetten@hotmail.com) or Jenny Overson (01295 760677 oversonjenny@gmail.com) know:
- your name and address
- your email address and
- any preference you have about dates
Please be aware that in agreeing to participate you are also agreeing to have your address identified on the website and map so people can look for your window. No names or email addresses will be shared without your permission.
We look forward to hearing from you. Please let us know by 16th October 2020.

Posted: Mon, 07 Sep 2020 12:30 by Richard

200 Club AGM

The AGM of the 200 Club will be held in the Reading Room at 7pm on Monday 14th September.

All members of the Club would normally be entitled to attend, but this year obviously numbers attending will have to be restricted. More »

There will be room for a few members of the Club in addition to the Committee members; it would be helpful if you could let me know if you wish to attend.

We do always welcome comments and any new volunteers to join the Committee.

hughwalmsley@hotmail.co.uk » Less

Posted: Fri, 04 Sep 2020 13:16 by Ross Vicars

Councillor vacancy on the Parish Council

Are you interested in local current affairs? Do you wish to serve your community? Could you provide a voice for residents?

We have a Councillor vacancy on Helmdon Parish Council due to the recent resignation of Cllr Paul Duncombe. More »

To qualify you must be at least 18 years old and you must not be debarred from standing as a Councillor.


  • your name must appear on the current register of the Voters List for Helmdon OR
  • you should have resided in or within three miles of the parish during the whole of twelve months preceding 13th September 2020 OR
  • your only place of work during the whole of the twelve months preceding 13th September 2020 was in the parish.

Please contact the Parish Clerk with any questions or for further information about the role – you can find more information about the Parish Council at here.

Applicants should apply in writing/email to the Parish Clerk by 13th September 2020. » Less

Posted: Sun, 30 Aug 2020 13:03 by Helen du Bois

Village Café to reopen on Tuesday 8th Sept.

Now that we have clear Government Guidelines for Village Halls and pop-up Cafés we shall be trialing the reopening of the Village Café commencing Tuesday 8th Sept from 10.00 -12.00.

There will be Social Distancing and the requirement to wear a face covering on entering and leaving the Reading Rooms. More »

All customers will be served at their table and names recorded for track and trace.

We hope to see you on the 8th Sept.
Please click here for more information about the Village Café. » Less

Posted: Mon, 24 Aug 2020 10:30 by Ross Vicars

200 Club Draw for August - Results are in...

The 200 Club draw for August took place today, Sunday 23rd August, results may be found here. Congratulations to all winners...

Posted: Sun, 23 Aug 2020 20:00 by Ross Vicars

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.

Your village needs you! » Less

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

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