Author: Richard Farquharson

Village Café welcomes Jess Gooding from ACRE / The Wellbeing Service - Tues 23rd Oct (10-midday)

Jess Gooding from the Charity Northampton ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) will be visiting the café on Tuesday 23rd October between 10.00am and 12.00. She is involved in a lottery funded programme called The Wellbeing Service whose aim is to reduce social isolation and loneliness in over 50's in rural communities. The charity is trying to talk to as many people as possible, so... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:00 by Richard

Tags: Café

Book Swap at Village Café

Not only tea, coffee, cakes and a chance to catch up with news from other residents and visitors - The Village Café (open Tuesdays 10-12) now has a book swap table. Please feel free to take a book to read.

Just paperback novels or similar at the present time. Please click here for more information.

Posted: Sun, 14 Oct 2018 08:00 by Richard

Tags: Reading Room, Cafe

Open to everyone: Screening of Blade Runner 2049 (15)

Open to everyone: Screening of Blade Runner 2049 (15)

Open to everyone: Screening of Blade Runner 2049 (15). Helmdon Reading Room, 7.30pm Thursday 29 November.

Some new film screenings are coming to Helmdon to complement the existing film club programme - We'll be showing a series of three films on a Thursday night during the winter months, starting with Blade Runner 2049 on 29 November 2018.

Relax with some popcorn and a beer/glass of wine and be surprised... Read More »

Posted: Sat, 13 Oct 2018 10:00 by Richard

Tags: Helmdon Presents

WEA Autumn Course Starts 18th Sept. 2018

WEA Autumn Course Starts 18th Sept. 2018

David Price is returning to Helmdon to present the adult education course "Behind the Iron Curtain: Life in Eastern Europe under Communism". Course enrolment & week 1 on Tues 18th Sept.

About this Course: How becoming part of the Soviet Bloc after the Second Word War affected people in East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.

Topics include the story of the Berlin Wall;... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:06 by Richard

Tags: WEA

The Web Site Is Dead, Long Live The Web Site!

After eighteen years serving the people of Helmdon (and far beyond!) the village web site,, will be closing down in its current form on 10 September 2018.

The web site will be replaced by two new sites: Helmdon Parish Council has set up a council and community site at, which will carry village news, an events calendar and information on active groups and... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 06 Sep 2018 09:38 by Richard

Tags: Community

Advent Windows 2018 - Volunteers Needed Please!

We are very much hoping to turn Helmdon into a Living Advent Calendar for a fourth 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. Click here... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 05 Sep 2018 11:55 by Richard

Tags: Advent

Flowers, Fruit and Flapjack!

Flowers, Fruit and Flapjack!

Today's the day. You've been nurturing your fruit and veg, or been baking away in the kitchen and now it's judging day!

The 9th Helmdon Flower & Produce Show takes place today, Saturday 25 August 2018, at 2:30 p.m. in the Reading Room, Church Street.

You can see all the categories here and prizes will be presented from 3:45 p.m. Then from 4:00 p.m. will be a sale of any exhibits that entrants wish... Read More »

Posted: Sat, 25 Aug 2018 12:55 by Richard

Tags: Produce Show

SNC Leader Not Happy

SNC Leader Not Happy

Following publication on Friday of the papers on proposals for the future arrangement of councils across Northamptonshire, the Leader of South Northamptonshire Council (SNC), Cllr Ian McCord, made the following statement:

"Let me make it crystal clear – I am beyond angry that we have been bounced into this position, all following Northamptonshire County Council's financial crisis.

"My heart wants... Read More »

Posted: Sun, 19 Aug 2018 by Richard

Tags: Council

Rule Change Reflects Recent Drought

Rule Change Reflects Recent Drought

It's just under 2 weeks to the Flower and Produce Show. The event supports some really good causes so please try to make as many entries as you can.

The show organisers know there has been a drought so they have adjusted the rules in the vegetable and fruit categories to encourage you not to give up! For entries that require 3 samples, the organisers will accept 2 and for entries that require more than... Read More »

Posted: Sun, 12 Aug 2018 by Richard

Tags: Produce Show

Church Street Closure

Church Street, Helmdon will be closed to through traffic on 2nd and 3rd July from 8am to 4pm.

Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2018 11:38 by Richard

Tags: Roads