Helmdon Women's Club

Women's Club - An Introduction

The Women's Club was founded in 1970 as Helmdon Young Wives and Mothers' club by Elizabeth Humphrey, who was its first chairperson, with Mrs Jock Humphrey as president and Maud Pert as vice-president. It changed its name in 1992 and has since been known as Helmdon Women's Club.

The Women's Club still has a very active membership of all ages, and meets in the Reading Room on the third Wednesday of every month except August.

A friendly and relaxed atmosphere is created at all Women's Club meetings, with members not just from Helmdon but from other nearby villages. The 'young at heart spirit' is often reinforced wine and numerous giggles, although competitive rivalry always appears at the quiz evening. Activities from 'Kinky boots', cooking at 'Take Thyme' and visits to the wonderful gardens at Upper Tysoe, to a BBQ at a member's house in Helmdon are enjoyed by us all.

We would love to see any new members at our next meeting, please come along to the Reading Room or contact us via our contact form.

Women's Club Programme

(Wednesdays 8:00 p.m. in the Reading Room unless otherwise stated)

Women's Club Programme 2018-2019

17th October 2018

Annual General Meeting

21st November 2018

Barbara Parfitt presents the Food Bank Charity (Towcester branch)

12th December 2018

The Club's Christmas Party 2018

16th January 2019

A review of The Brackley Town Hall Restoration Project with Sally Munday-Webb

20th February 2019

20th February 2019, A history of Privies by Chris Bazeley

20th March 2019

Our Annual Quiz with John Coatsworth

17th April 2019

Tai-Chi - Demo and participation of this ancient Chinese soft martial art with Martin Edwards

15th May 2019

'Death in the Garden' poisonous plats myths and magic - Mike Brown warns that these plants may be growing in your garden"

19th June 2019

A visit to Blackpits - the workings of the Welsh Lane recycling centre with Ed Bastow Managing Director of the 'Material Change' company."

17th July 2019

The Women's Club Summer Party

18th September 2019

Brackley Belflair Chocolate: discover the secret of the cocoa bean and enjoy a sample tasting with Master Chocolatier Stefaan Moyaert. David Willatts talks of his travels to Burma.

16th October 2019

Annual General Meeting

Women's Club News

June Meeting & News – posted 17 June 2018

It is that time of year for our summer party on this coming Wednesday 18 June. It is being hosted at Danielle Jackson's house this year.

There will be a wide selection of meats with lots of delicious salads and potatoes and many desserts.
Pimms, Soft drinks ,Wine, lager and beer
Gluten free and Vegetarian options can be available ( please let us know any dietary requirements)
Price £5 members and £8 guests
Please let me, Danielle or Sue know if you are able to come and if you are bringing a guest.
There will also be a Raffle on the night

Bottle Stall At The Church Fete 30 June

Firstly thank you to all of you who have already donated bottles for our bottle stall, but we are still considerably short of our last year target of bottles in bags. So if you haven't donated any bottles yet...it's not too late; please either bring to the summer party and Sue can take them from you or deliver direct to Sue.

Can you also let us know if you are able to help on the stall, either set up or to man the stand for an hour...thank you in advance.

July 18th Womens Club - A visit to Dawn Law's Sasha Doll Museum in West Farndon

Sasha dolls were created by the late Sasha Morgenthaler (1893 - 1975), a Swiss artist and artisan. She was also a humanitarian and a keen observer of all the world's children.

If you are planning on coming to this event please can you let me or Sue know so we can confirm numbers to Dawn and organise transport.

Look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 20th June at 7.00pm onwards
Angela Goodall
On behalf of committee

Changed Subject For May Meeting – posted 09 May 2018

We have had a change to our published topic this month.

I am delighted to say we have Danny Moody talking to us about Local Government Changes.

This promises to be a very interesting and important subject, particularly with all that is going on in South Northants.

Look forward to seeing many of you next Wednesday 16th May at 7.30 pm...please come along and support the evening.

Preparation for the Church Fete on 30th June.

BRING THOSE BOTTLES TO THE MEETING

I know this is a little early but we will be running our bottle stall again this year, however it is such an attraction we sell out very early on, so please can we ask now for you to start collecting bottles of alcohol, soft drinks, bubble bath, olive oil, or anything else that comes in a "bottle" as well as attractive bottle / gift bags.

We will be happy to take these off your hands and store them from this month on-wards. Obviously we will remind you in May and June...thank you in advance. WE DO NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Angela Goodall
(on behalf of the committee)

April Meeting & Reading Room Survey – posted 10 April 2018

Dear Friends / Members

This Month's Talk

Our topic this month is on the Importance of Good Mental Health and is given by David Loyd Hearn,The Transformation Manager for Northamptonshire.

He is dedicated to making a difference to our communities across health, social care, education, the voluntary sector and commerce.

This promises to be a very interesting and important subject.

Look forward to seeing many of you next Wednesday 18th April at 7.30 pm...please come along and support the evening.

Reading Room Survey / Open Morning
Survey

The Reading Room Management committee are keen to make sure that the Reading Room is used to the maximum and to that end would ask you to fill in the following survey which closes on 1st May. Responses are invited from young and old. This is your chance to mould the future of the Reading Room, your village hall, so please don't waste it.

Read more and fill in the survey by using the link below:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/28WHHVY

All suggestions will be given due consideration and the result of the consultation will be on 27thMay (date to be confirmed)

However there are also hard copies available in the Reading room itself as well as the Church.

Open Morning

In addition we are opening the Reading Room this Saturday morning, 14th April between 9.30 am and Midday for those in the village who maybe unfamiliar with the venue. Please pass on this date to anyone you know that maybe interested in coming to look round.

There will be tea and coffee available.

Preparation for the Church Fete

BRING THOSE BOTTLES TO THE MEETING

March Is Quiz Night – posted 15 March 2018

Next Wednesday, 21st March at 7.30pm will see the return of Our Annual Quiz Night. Hosted by John Coatsworth.

Come along and exercise those little grey cells or just watch others doing it! Please bring a guest, the more the merrier.

Food will be available as usual, with a choice of Cottage Pie or Chilli. There will be wine and soft drinks

Please let me or Sue know if you are coming and your food preference so we don't over produce food.

Members £2.50 Guests £4.00

Look forward to seeing you all next Wednesday night
Best Wishes
Angela Goodall
On behalf of the committee

Interesting Subject For February Meting– posted 10 February 2018

Our second meeting of 2018 promises to be really interesting and is on a subject a great many of us "put off"!.

Our Speaker this month is Timothy Williams

He is going to talk to us on all you need to know about Wills and Power of Attorney

"Timothy is very good at explaining the intricacies of the legal system where finance pertaining to death is involved."

I'm sure we will all learn a great deal... as it is such a general interest topic.

Non Members welcome £2

The meeting will take place at our new start time of 7.30pm on Wednesday 21st February.

Please pass on these details to any members that do not have email.
Look forward to seeing you all at next week's meeting.
Angela Goodall (on behalf of the committee)

January Meeeting: How To Drive Safely – posted 10 January 2018

Our Speaker this month is Ken Merry from The Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM).

He is going to talk to us briefly on IAM Road Smart & the Banbury Group and how to drive safely. Then there will be some video clips on how the police teach their drivers and explain the driving requirements of the IAM in a more visual form.

I'm sure we will all learn a great deal.

The meeting will take place at our new start time of 7.30pm on Wednesday 17th January.

Please pass on these details to any members that do not have email.
Look forward to seeing you all at our first meeting of the year
Angela Goodall (on behalf of the committee)