The Fellowship

The Fellowship - An Introduction

Summer Tea Party 2016
From left to right: Geoff Robinson, Ann Harman, Pat Woodhams, John Woodhams and Sheila Somerton

The Helmdon Fellowship of Retired People came into being in the 1950s as a village group for retired people mainly through the efforts of Harold Gulliver, supported by Jim Jessett, Connie Storer, Eric Humphrey, Nora Nichols and Harold and Jean Seckington. It became affiliated to a county-organised association known as Old People's Welfare, and at that time was linked very loosely with Age Concern.

The name was changed to The Fellowship in the mid-1990s and is open to those over sixty, whether retired or not. The Fellowship's "get- togethers" were on every second Friday afternoon of the winter months.

It also ran fund-raising events, coffee mornings, afternoon tea parties, fish and chip lunches and other events to raise funds to support its members and subsidise coach outings, which ran in the summer.

Te final event was a tea party in September 2022 - see the entry in Helmdon Villager's Facebook group for photos (you need to be a member of the group to see the photos)

See also:

The Fellowship - Activities Programme

All events are held in Helmdon Reading Room, Church Street, unless otherwise stated.

Helmdon Fellowship Programme 2021 / 2022




12 November 2021

Get Together with talk - "The Women's Land Army"


10 December 2021

Christmas Party


14 January 2022

Get Together with talk - "Walking Helmdon's Pathways"


11 February 2022

Spring Lunch


11 March 2022

Get Together with talk - "Helmdon's History"


23 March 2022

Coffee Morning at Acres End

10:00am - 12:00 noon

8 April 2022

Get Together with Talk - "From Garden to Vase"