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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

Brackley Medical Centre: new GP practice to open on 16th November 2020

Brackley Medical Centre have announced that its new custom-built GP practice will open in Wellington Road, Brackley on Monday 16 November 2020. Washington House Surgery and Brackley Health Centre will be closed for appointments from this date. More »

The new site will also be home to Lowick Pharmacy and the new Brackley Community Hospital.

Wellington Road, Brackley NN13 6QZ Tel 01280 702436 www.brackleymedicalcentre.co.uk » Less

Posted: Sat, 31 Oct 2020 09:34 by Helen du Bois

200 Club - Still Time to Join

Spaces are still available for anyone wishing to support the 200 Club in 2021. If you would like to join in, please contact Roger Miles (01295-768964) or by completing the application form here.

The Helmdon 200 Club began life in 2010 to support two of Helmdon's most important buildings, St Mary Magdalene Parish Church and the Reading Room, both in constant need of funds for care and repair. More »

Limited to 200 tickets, a monthly draw is held (see rules) and after paying out prize money, the committee has been able to pay out £1300 in each year to each of the Reading Room and the Friends of St Mary Magdalene.

The usual monthly draw has prizes of £100, £40, £25, £15 and £10. Depending on how many memberships are sold, the Committee may be able to add extra prizes; the October 2020 draw, for example, included 12 additional prizes of £10. » Less

Posted: Wed, 28 Oct 2020 20:46 by Ross Vicars

200 Club Results for October - including annual Bonus Draw

The 200 Club draw for October took place today Sunday 25th - this month also included the Annual Bonus Draw with twelve additional winners each receiving £10.

Results may be found here.

Congratulations to all winners...

Posted: Sun, 25 Oct 2020 20:47 by Ross Vicars

A lighter, brighter future for Helmdon

A lighter, brighter future for Helmdon

The Parish Council are pleased to announce that the village no longer glows orange at night - thanks to the white light given out by new bulbs in our streetlights we will be able to see more clearly around the village in the evenings. The lanterns of all 29 of our streetlights have been cleaned and the old sodium lightbulbs have been replaced with more efficient LED bulbs. These new bulbs will reduce the amount of electricity the streetlights use by approximately 50%, reducing our usage by up to 3600 kwh per annum. More »

As usual, if you spot a problem with any of the streetlights please report it to the Parish Clerk. » Less

Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2020 14:07 by Helen du Bois

No Post Office Thursday 15th October

Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no Post Office service in the Reading Rooms this afternoon, Thursday 15th October

Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2020 12:10 by Ross Vicars

Harvest Festival service 25th October - donations needed please

Harvest Festival service 25th October - donations needed please

There will be a Harvest Festival service at the church on 25th October 2020 at 10:00am.

We are asking for your help to make this a really lovely event during this time of Covid19….

We are kindly asking for contributions of dried food including pasta and rice, packet cereals, tinned fruit, meat and fish, flour, tea, coffee etc., cooking oil, fruit juice (bottled or boxed), biscuits, treats - all of which will be given to one of the local food-bank(s), either in Brackley, Towcester or Banbury. More »

Could you please drop your offerings off at the church PRIOR TO THE SERVICE in the boxes provided, either in the porch or at the rear belfry door.

THANK YOU! CONTACT: Judithelkington@gmail.com » Less

Posted: Wed, 14 Oct 2020 10:02 by Helen du Bois

AGM of the 'Friends of St Mary Magdalene'

The AGM of the 'Friends of St Mary Magdalene' will be held in the Church at 11am on Sunday 25th October, after the morning service.
Anyone interested in raising funds for the maintenance of the Church is welcome to attend.
Social distancing will be observed. More »

For more information please click here to contact Hugh Walmsley (by email). » Less

Posted: Tue, 13 Oct 2020 19:20 by Richard


Many thanks to all those who have volunteered their windows to form part of this year's Helmdon Living Advent Calendar.

However, at the time of writing we still need a few more volunteers – could you help? More »

The aim is to have decorated and illuminated windows 'opened' from the beginning of December so, by Christmas Eve, 24 windows are regularly lit up every evening. As well as the windows from previous years (https://www.helmdonparishcouncil.gov.uk/advent-windows-archive.html), a Google search on 'Advent windows' will show you ideas and ways that people have decorated their windows in other villages in the past. 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 to have photos of the windows on the village website and Facebook pages.

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
please get in touch with Ann Netten (01280 851168 apnetten@hotmail.com) or Jenny Overson (01295 760677 oversonjenny@gmail.com) by 16 October so we can give people good notice of their date by letting them know in early November.

We look forward to hearing from you. » Less

Posted: Fri, 09 Oct 2020 15:28 by Ross Vicars

Volunteers needed for bulb planting around the village

Volunteers needed for bulb planting around the village

Would you have some spare time to help plant bulbs around the village to help Helmdon look its best next spring? If yes, please contact Sue Lidgley on 01295 768170 for more details.

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 15:12 by Helen du Bois

Post Office closing earlier on 6th October

If you are planning to visit the Cafe and Post Office in The Reading Room on Tuesday 6th October, please be aware that the visiting Post Office will be closing earlier than usual and will only be open between 10.00am and 11.15am. More »

The cafe will be open from 10.00 to 12.00 as usual. » Less

Posted: Sat, 03 Oct 2020 11:22 by Ross Vicars

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