Author: Helen du Bois

We Need Your Help

We Need Your Help

Sadly during lockdown, and now, your churches have had a significant reduction in income, not only because we are unable to put on any fundraising events but also, and most importantly, no services means no collections.

All your churches rely on the generosity of all the parishioners, the collection monies go toward the running costs of these beautiful buildings. Those churches that do not have a high... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2020 18:53 by Helen du Bois

Tags: Church

Pressure on Anglian Water as Leaks Continue

The works to repair a leaking water main at the bottom of Church Street should be completed and the road re-opened by tomorrow, Thursday, at the latest.

The latest leaks, which have caused the road to be dug up four times in the past six weeks, are caused by a combination of factors, including the water pressure being too high in the water main that comes into Helmdon from Sulgrave. The measured pressure... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2020 09:38 by Helen du Bois

Tags: Community

An update on the school field play area

The Government has announced that outdoor play areas can be opened up again from Saturday 4th July, however, it has been agreed that the school field and play area will remain closed until the end of term. The school are working hard to ensure that they provide a safe environment for the pupils and it is felt that if the play area is opened up for public use outside of school hours, the Parish Council... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 18:44 by Helen du Bois

Tags: Helmdon School, Parish Council

Councillor Vacancy

The Parish Council has a Councillor vacancy - please see attached notice for more details.

After 12 years of service Paul Duncombe has resigned from the Parish Council. Chairman John Coatsworth says "Paul Duncombe has been a member of Helmdon Parish Council since 2007 and on behalf of the council, I wish to record my sincere thanks for his contribution throughout 12 years of continuous service, Paul's... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:21 by Helen du Bois

Tags: Council

An update from Brackley Community Hospital 2020 Trust

An update from Brackley Community Hospital 2020 Trust


The trustees of the recently formed charity were able to make a visit to the new building on 11 June. Excellent progress is being made, although the building is now understandably behind schedule, principally due to lockdown. Certain contractors have been able to continue to work throughout if they have been able to access the site and adequate materials and if their... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2020 06:43 by Helen du Bois

Tags: Community

How would you improve walking and cycling in the area?

How would you improve walking and cycling in the area?

Highways England want to hear YOUR ideas for making Northants a better place for cycling, walking & maintaining social distancing:

"As Government Covid-19 lockdown procedures are adjusted, we want to hear your ideas for making the streets in Northamptonshire better for walking and cycling.

Whether you are concerned about the ability to maintain social distance, want a new cycle route, or have ideas... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 10 Jun 2020 05:53 by Helen du Bois

Tags: Community, Roads

Appointment of Rector for Astwell Benefice

Appointment of Rector for Astwell Benefice

A letter from The Venerable Richard Ormston, Archdeacon of Northampton:


I am delighted to announce that following interview and with the agreement of Bishop Donald, the Patrons and the parish representatives the Revd Diane Whittaker, currently Rector of the South Cleley Benefice, has accepted the position of Rector of the Astwell Benefice.

The Institution and Induction date will... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 08 Jun 2020 11:33 by Helen du Bois

Tags: Church

Covid-19 lifeline extended for small business

The application process for the latest small business grant support for those impacted by COVID-19, will be opened by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) from Tuesday, 2 June 2020.

The scheme is intended to help small and micro businesses that were not eligible for Small Business Grants or the majority of other government Covid-19 support schemes.

Cllr Peter Rawlinson SNC's portfolio holder for finance... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 05 Jun 2020 10:56 by Helen du Bois

Tags: Community

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.

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

Posted: Mon, 11 May 2020 12:19 by Helen du Bois

Tags: Council, Recycling

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... Read More »

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

Tags: Community