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We are very much hoping to turn Helmdon into a Living Advent Calendar for the fifth 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 by clicking the link here 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 13th October.

Posted: Sat, 07 Sep 2019 12:13 by Ross Vicars

All welcome to the 200 Club AGM

All welcome to the 200 Club AGM

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Helmdon 200 Club will be held on Tuesday 3rd September at 7.30pm in the Fat Landlord.

Anyone who is interested in seeing how this village charity is run would be most welcome. More »

Roger Miles (Chairman) » Less

Posted: Mon, 02 Sep 2019 20:10 by Richard

Harvest Festival at Helmdon Church, 15 Sept, 11:15 onwards - All Welcome

Harvest Festival at Helmdon Church, 15 Sept, 11:15 onwards - All Welcome

All are welcome to this year's Harvest Festival Service at Helmdon Church on 15th September at 11:15am

The Service will be followed by a 2-Course Lunch at 12:30 (£5), followed by Auction of Produce and Promises More »

Contact Bill Elkington or Wiggy Smith for more information.

If you would like to offer a 'Promise for Auction' then these will be gratefully accepted - please contact Bill Elkington or Wiggy Smith » Less

Posted: Tue, 27 Aug 2019 13:40 by Richard

2019 Helmdon Hurler - The Bank Holiday Event!

2019 Helmdon Hurler - The Bank Holiday Event!

The 10th Helmdon Hurler took place on Monday 26 August 2019 with 128 runners completing the event.

First Male and First Under-18 Male was Fergus Scott in a time of 23:53. This is the second year that Fergus has won both categories. More »

First Female was Louise Balloch in a time of 30:02.

First Under-18 Female was Josie Clarke in a time of 42:54.

Congratulations to all who took part in this 10th Anniversary event.

Please click here for more photos » Less

Posted: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 21:45 by Richard

200 Club Results for August - have you won?

The 200 Club for August took place on Sunday at The Fat Landlord, results can be found here. Congratulations to all winners...

Posted: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 10:17 by Ross Vicars

Helmdon Hurler - Bank Holiday Monday

Helmdon Hurler - Bank Holiday Monday

The Tenth Helmdon Hurler will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August. This 4.3 mile event starts (at 11.31) and finishes by the Fat Landlord pub in Church Street, NN13 5QJ.

The Fat Landlord is very pleased to be supporting the Helmdon Hurler.
Open from 0930 serving breakfast baps and hot and cold drinks until 12 and then staying open throughout the day, with all your BBQ favourites available from 12 - 3pm. More »

50p from each food item sold will go to the Helmdon Hurler committee in support of village charities.

Please note that Station Road Helmdon is closed between the B4525 and Church Street due to water mains works.

For information about this event please visit www.resultsbase.net/event/4994 » Less

Posted: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 22:30 by Richard

TADD: Volunteer drivers needed

TADD: Volunteer drivers needed

TADD is a long-established local charity operating a door to door community transport service for people in our parish and across the SNC area. The service enables the elderly and disabled to attend medically related appointments and services, is affordable and helps retain independence in the absence of suitable public transport and avoid reliance on family, friends and neighbours. More »

This year, TADD have been actively appealing for more volunteer drivers and, whilst this has met with some success, more are still needed to enable them to meet demand and to enable them to extend the service to more users.

There are many people who rely on TADD in the parishes so if you have a little spare time and are a driver please consider volunteering to help your neighbours. You never know when you might need to use the service yourself!

Drivers need to have access to a car, be available on a fairly regular basis complete a DBS check. Mileage is reimbursed at the HMRC rate, insurance premiums are not effected and journeys are allocated weekly by mutual agreement.

To learn more about volunteering for TADD visit www.towcesterareadoor2door.com or email volunteer@towcesterareadoor2door.co.uk » Less

Posted: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 09:29 by Helen du Bois

Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan: Join the conversation and have your say

Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan: Join the conversation and have your say

In January 2019 the NHS launched its Long Term Plan, which sets out its ambition to make sure everyone has the best start in life, receives world-class care for major health problems and gets the support they need to age well. More »

Locally, our county's health and care organisations are working together through Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership (NHCP) to shape our local response to this, called the Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan. This plan represents the commitment between health and care providers in Northamptonshire and the members of the local Health and Wellbeing Board to work together on a plan for our county.

Together our vision for the future of Northamptonshire's health and care is to have a positive lifetime of health, wellbeing and care for all those in our community.

Whether it's your opinion on the plan's priorities, or how you and your family get health advice, support and services we want you to join the conversation. You're at the heart of everything we do, so we want to make sure your voice is heard.

You can give us your feedback by visiting www.northamptonshirehcp.co.uk/join-the-conversation and completing the short online survey. » Less

Posted: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 09:20 by Helen du Bois

From this week: changes to the bus stops for the Thursday Banbury bus

From this week: changes to the bus stops for the Thursday Banbury bus

Due to the current closure of Station Road, the Thursday bus to Banbury will only be able to stop at one location in the village which will be at the entrance to Hintons Close - the bus is not able to come further into the village. More »

For this week and next [22nd & 29th August], Cheney Coaches are also providing an additional mini bus which will visit the two usual pick up points at the top of Cross Lane/Field Way, and the bottom of Church Street, to collect any passengers who have not been able to get to Hintons Close - pick up times will be as normal. This minibus is only available to us for the next two weeks though - once the school term starts the minibus is not available.

Ongoing, whilst Station Road is closed (likely until end October) the Thursday bus will only be collecting and returning passengers to Hintons Close. Any queries, please contact the Clerk

For information, such as standard pick up and return times, please click here » Less

Posted: Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:24 by Helen du Bois

Dark Road & The Last Visitor Gallery

Dark Road & The Last Visitor Gallery

The gallery for Helmdon Bridge Players summer production 2019 of Dark Road and The Last Visitor is now live and can be found:

Dark Road & Last Visitor Gallery

Posted: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 20:40 by Robert Duncombe

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