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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.

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

We're All In This Together

We're All In This Together

The staff of Helmdon Primary School have been busy putting their performance skills to the test creating these videos to let their pupils know they're thinking of them. You can view the videos on the link below.

Posted: Fri, 22 May 2020 17:24 by Robert Duncombe

Reminiscences of Helmdon

The first contributions to the 2020 Village Reminiscences project can be read on www.helmdonhistory.com, and very evocative they are too. More will be added shortly.

Many thanks to all those who have contributed so far. Walking down memory lane can be a pleasant occupation and a reminder in this strange period of our lives that the good times will, indeed must, come back. More »

If you feel that you have a memories to add, however long or short in length, the editor@helmdonhistory.com would be very pleased to have them. » Less

Posted: Sun, 17 May 2020 11:30 by Richard

Fat Landlord - Menu for week of 20th May - Takeaway or Home Delivery

EVENING menu available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
BREAKFAST takeaway only on Saturday, 9-11am
LUNCH on Sunday, 12-3pm
DRINKS available including bottled beer

Please click here to see this week's menu More »

We welcome orders for collection from Brackley, and the surrounding area.
We are happy to continue offering delivery within the village of Helmdon only.
You can order by telephone 01295 768155 » Less

Posted: Mon, 11 May 2020 16:10 by Richard

Household Waste Recycling Centres to open from Monday 18th May

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) remain closed but will open for essential use only from Monday 18 May, subject to the following rules enforced due to coronavirus restrictions:

You should only visit a HWRC if the waste you are storing at home represents a health and safety risk. More »

You should not visit HWRCs under any circumstances if any of the following applies:

  • you are in self-isolation
  • you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • you live with someone who has symptoms

It is not advisable for a member of the public who is considered to be "vulnerable" to COVID-19 to use HWRC services because of the risk of increased exposure to the virus.

When will HWRCs be open?

From Monday 18 May, the recycling centres will be open during their normal operational hours.

Some sites may have to close at short notice due to operational issues such as staff shortages or queues blocking neighbouring roads.

What will I need to know before I travel to a HWRC?

  • If any households have had COVID-19 symptoms then the waste should be left for 72 hours before being brought to site and the waste should be double-bagged
  • No medical waste should be brought to the HWRC for disposal
  • You should bring a document (e.g. a bill) that displays your name and address which must be shown to site staff if requested

Unacceptable or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated under any circumstances and the site staff reserve the right to ask to leave the HWRC without depositing your waste.

Will there be any restrictions?

  • The number of vehicles on-site will be restricted and vehicles will be allowed access on a one in, one out basis
  • Only one person should leave a vehicle to deposit waste
  • Traffic management will be in place at all sites and due to safety concerns queueing outside of the site will be restricted, residents may be asked to leave and return at a later time
  • The HWRC e-permits system will remain in force, which will restrict access for commercial type vehicles

How will social distancing be enforced?

Social distancing will be strictly enforced on-site, which means:

  • You must follow the instructions from site staff regarding the one-way systems for pedestrians that are in place
  • Unfortunately, no assistance for unloading can be provided
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Posted: Mon, 11 May 2020 12:19 by Helen du Bois

Recycling Presentation from the Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting held on the 6th May included an interesting presentation from Phillip Ward on Recycling. Along with facts and figures about National and District Council recycling, it re-emphasises important messages about our own recycling and things we can each do to improve how we recycle. More »

The presentation is a series of Powerpoint slides; a link to the slides can be found by clicking on the following:

Parish Council Recycling page.

On that page look for the heading Recycling Presentation - May 2020 (during Coronavirus lockdown) and click on the blue highlighted link to open the presentation.

Please Note: You will need to have the Microsoft Powerpoint application to be able to view these slides » Less

Posted: Thu, 07 May 2020 19:16 by Ross Vicars

VE Day 75 national celebrations

VE Day 75 national celebrations

Everyone is being invited to participate in VE Day 75 on Friday 8 May 2020 from the safety of their own home. There are a number of ways people can take part in the celebrations:

  • The Royal British Legion has announced a programme of activities including:
    • National moments of Remembrance and thanksgiving, including a Two Minute Silence at 11am
    • A live VE Day 75 livestream at 11.15am
    • A VE Day learning pack for children aged 7-14 years
    • A UK-wide singalong to Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again' at 9pm
    • An evening of memories and music in partnership with the BBC from 8pm on BBC One

Access the activities at www.rbl.org.uk/veday75 and on social media using #VEDay75 and #VEDay75Live during the livestream. More »

  • The BBC will have dedicated programmes across television, radio and BBC iPlayer. At the heart of the commemorations will be a special address from Her Majesty The Queen broadcast at 9pm - the exact time her father spoke to the nation three quarters of a century ago.

It will form the centrepiece of an evening event that will feature some of Britain's biggest talent including Katherine Jenkins, Adrian Lester and Beverley Knight. Presented by Sophie Raworth, the programme will culminate with the nation coming together to sing the iconic, and fitting, World War II favourite 'We'll Meet Again'.

On radio, Jeremy Vine will discuss the pivotal moments that led to the end of the war in Europe on BBC Radio 2, and BBC Radio 3's Words And Music will share fascinating diary extracts from 1945 with interludes of poetry and music themed around gratitude. On BBC Radio 4, Dr Rowan Williams on Sunday Worship will reminisce on the meaning of VE day to reflect on how our nation can rise to its present challenges, and BBC Radio 4 Extra will present an adaptation of Stephen Lowe's Touched.

BBC Local Radio will be asking the nation to come together by decorating their front windows with special bunting to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day https://www.veday75.org.

  • Northampton Borough Council has created a virtual programme of events to mark VE Day 2020.

The celebrations will be streamed throughout the day and will continue into the evening, with the town's Looking Glass Theatre Company performing a one-off, interactive VE Day Virtual Mystery Tour at 6.30pm. A Town Crier will call for peace around the world at 6:55pm, then the bells of All Saints' church will ring at 7pm, followed by a Jive Zoom Party, performed by the Step by Step Dance School at 8pm. Northampton's iconic National Lift Tower will be illuminated to the sounds of Vera Lynn's 'We Will Meet Again' at 9pm, bringing the day to a grand finale.

A full timetable of events can be found on the Mayor's Facebook page and on Northampton Borough Council's website https://www.northampton.gov.uk/news/article/3110/northampton-s-ve-day-2020-goes-virtual » Less

Posted: Thu, 07 May 2020 06:25 by Helen du Bois

This year's Annual Parish Meeting is going to Zoom!

The Parish Council have decided that rather than let Covid-19 cancel this year's Annual Parish Meeting, we are going to take it online. We are going to use www.zoom.us to bring everyone together - it will be on Wednesday 6th May at 7:30pm and we would be delighted if you could join us. More »

Our presenters on the evening include Caryl Billingham, Chairman of Brackley Community Hospital Trust, County Councillor Ian Morris and local resident Phillip Ward who will be presenting ideas to help us recycle more.

Anyone with a computer or a telephone can join the meeting, you do not need to buy any software or pay any fees. To join the meeting from an Internet-enabled device click: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88010620555?pwd=ei9VODhLSkVlZVAzMVVpMlhXS1hzdz09.

You can also join by telephone, dial 0203 481 5240

When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 880 1062 0555 and the Password: 416407

If you are new to Zoom and want to know more you can click here to watch a tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting. » Less

Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2020 16:08 by Helen du Bois

Supermarkets offer a volunteer card/voucher scheme

The Co-op, ASDA, Sainsbury's and M&S are offering a volunteer card/voucher scheme. These can be purchased online by residents who are self-isolating and given to their family, friends or volunteers who are helping them with shopping. These are available to purchase online so won't be an option for all our residents. However, it's a good way to safeguard both residents and volunteers where possible as these are cashless transactions and avoid the need to share bank cards/details etc. More details can be found on the supermarket websites:
The Co-op's card can be accessed via a dedicated phone line on 0800 029 4592

Posted: Tue, 28 Apr 2020 11:25 by Helen du Bois

200 Club Results for April

The 200 Club draw for April took place on Sunday 22nd in The Reading Room, results can be found here. Congratulations to all winners...

Posted: Sun, 26 Apr 2020 20:18 by Ross Vicars

The Silver Line - free helpline and friendship service for over 55s

The Silver Line operates the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year.

We also offer telephone friendship where we match volunteers with older people based on their interests, facilitated group calls, and help to connect people with local services in their area. More »

The Silver Line Helpline – 0800 4 70 80 90

The Silver Line is the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK open every day and night of the year. Our specially trained helpline team can

  • offer information, friendship and advice .
  • link callers to local groups and services.
  • offer regular friendship calls.
  • protect and support older people who are suffering abuse and neglect.

The Silver Line is a helpline and friendship service for people aged 55 and over.

For more information on The Silver Line please click here » Less

Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2020 12:18 by Helen du Bois

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