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The Helmdon Mantle-Piece - 12 July 2024

A definitive account after a two hundred year long debate.

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Tributes As Racing Legends Mourned - 05 July 2024

One of whom was one of the top racing car drivers in the 70s dies in crash.

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Documents Relating To Helmdon At Worcester College, Oxford - 28 June 2024

Worthy of more attention if you are researching early Helmdon history.

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Cowboys And Indians Spotted In Helmdon - 21 June 2024

It seems like another age!   

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Falcutt house - 14 June 2024

Some notes from Charlotte Sandilands.

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Anger In Helmdon Over Proposal For New Industrial Estate - 07 June 2024

Thank goodness it never came to fruition!

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Helmdon School Layout (1976) and School Maintenance Documents (1908/1909) - 30 May 2024

In 1909 the combined teachers' salaries amounted to £240.10s.3d.

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Military Funeral For A Member Of the Home Guard - 15  May 2024

Gunner Alfred Humphrey R.A.  died in a military hospital.

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A Life Remembered - 10 May 2024

Tony Smith, farmer.

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Blackpits Comes Into Being - 03 May 2024

The first organic waste facility in England opens.

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All Good Things Come To An End - 26 April 2024

The Closure of The Helmdon Fellowship Of Retired People.

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Website Wins Major Award  - 19 April 2024

Set up in 1999 it won several awards in those early years as www.helmdon.com, covering village events.

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Helmdon Stores - 12 April 2024

Run and stocked from Sulgrave 200 years ago.

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When The Prince Of Wales Came To Astwell - 05 April 2024

There is not much chance of that ever happening again!

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A Life  Remembered - 29 March 2024

Phil Watson, a truly "gentle man".

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The Reading Room Is 135 Years Old - 21 March 2024

.. and still thriving, the centre of much village life.

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A Night To Remember - 14 March 2024

Denise Powell's Reminiscences of a Cross Lane Millennium Party  - and the Cross Lane Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

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A Life Remembered - 29 February 2024

Vera McHardy, a friend to so many over the years.

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When Developers Crossed Paths With Residents - 23 February 2024

No hands went up in favour of the proposed wind farm.

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The Residents Of South View, 71 Wappenham Road - 16 February 2024

A photograph sparked off a quest.

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A Public House & Museum In One - 09 February 2024

Here you could find a witch doctor's stick and other very interesting items..

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A Craftsman's Notebook - 02 February 2024

A precious little book now in the Northamptonshire Record Office.

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The History Of The Old Manor House, Cross Lane - 26 January 2024

Built from stone from the old Helmdon quarry.

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The Time When Helmdon Had Two Stations - 23 January 2024
The memories of Elizabeth Kirwan (nee Monck).

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Record Of Documents Held At Magdalen College, Oxford - 12 January 2024

For researchers of early Helmdon history.

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Shortgrove Woods Between The Wars - 05 January 2024

Also called Parrott Wood.

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THE WEBSITE TEAM WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR  

Plucking Turkeys At Field View - 15 December 2022

Mary Turnham's reminiscences.

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Carnival Day 1995 - 08 December 2023

When "Health & Safety" and insurance allowed the fun of the carnival floats.

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Murders In The Bull Family - 01 December 2023

An intriguing tale from David Bennett  about two members of his family, two wives who poisoned their husbands shortly after marriage ....

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Success For Helmdon - 24 November 2023

... in the village of the Year Competition.  Were you in the photograph?

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Rapped On the Knuckles For Talking In Class - 17 November 2023

Minnie Watson, a Life Remembered

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The First World War Project - 10 November 2023

This 2014 body of work commemorates the history behind the names of the servicemen on the Helmdon War Memorial.

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When The Fifth Earl Ferrars Sought to Sell Astwell & Falcutt After The Fourth Earl Was Hanged At Tyburn For Murder - 26 October 2023

1774 - 1778 Complicated aristocratic financial matters.

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Dancers Get Strictly Bug - 19 October 2023

Our local dancers raised an enormous sum for charity.

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Extracts From Talkabouts, Helmdon's Newsletter - 13 September 2023

These from 1984 - 1986.

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Eleven Years Ago It Was Mooted. Could HS2 Bring It To Fruition? - 06 October 2023

The cycle route from Brackley to Helmdon.

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How did Lukes Close Get Its Name? - 29th September 2023

A possible explanation!

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The Day The Floods Came - 21st September 2023

It was 2007, and a great shock for some villagers.

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When Helmdon Lost Its Chapel - 15 September 2023

For so many years a place of worship and centre of village activities.

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Poems & Prose About Helmdon - 08 September 2023

An on-going collection.  Can you make an addition?

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Morris Dancing At The Fete - 01 September 2023

We had morris dancing at the fete this year but Morris dancers possibly put on a show in Helmdon as early at the mid-1850s.

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Those Were The Days - 25 August 2023

When Helmdon was the Best Kept Village In Northamptonshire

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He Pushed A Handcart Around Helmdon Selling Fresh Milk - 18 August 2023

Remembering John James Jessett

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The Second World War - 11 August 2023

A compilation of memories.

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Crafts In Action - 04 August 2023

Photography, calligraphy, bread making, pottery, needlework ..... a news cutting of yesteryear describing the show in the church in aid of charity.

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A Station With Many Flowerbeds, A Sundial, Bird-bath, Goldfish Pond And An Ivy-covered Imitation Well - 28 July 2023

Where else, but Helmdon?

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New Great Central Railway Plan On The Cards - 21 July 2023

The threat that Central Railways posed with an opening up of the line from Lille to Liverpool via Brackley

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Two Rectors Of Helmdon & Their Links With Wales - 07 July 2023
Historian Edward Parry is intrigued by this Connection.

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Campaigner's Delight - 31 June 2023
The Wind Farm Victory was 8 years ago.

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Some Names Are Of Families Still In The Village Today - 09 June 2023
A name index taken from the Helmdon Council School Admission Record from March 9th 1904 to 1941.

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The Baptist Chapel Closes Its Doors - 02 June 2023
Press cutting documenting its closure nearly ten years ago.

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Why Is Hintons Close So Called? - 17 May 2023
Read why it got its name.

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He Worked On The Great Central Railway - 12 May 2023
Jim Tugwood was as a porter and later a signalman for the company.

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"Helmdon For Sulgrave" - 05 May 2023
Memories of the Great Central Railway.

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As The Prince Of Wales Passed Through Helmdon The School Flag Was Hoisted - 28 April 2023
Geoff Ipgrave's wonderful resume of old school logbooks has a wealth of fascinating facts.

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Christmas Gifts To The Poor - 20 April 2023
... from a nonagenarian, a real friend of Helmdon.

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My Early Years In Helmdon - 14th April 2023
Reminiscences from Ann Smith, part of the Lowdown, Lockdown Project.

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The Origins Of The Reading Room - 07 April 2023
Did you know it was opened in 1888? 

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The Shape, A Ghost Story - 30 March 2023
From  the reminiscences of Kay Bristow, nee Pettifer, who lived at a small cottage now incorporated into Butts Cottage, Wappenham Road.

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Dancers Get The Strictly Bug - 23 March 2023
in 2010, and raise over £7,000 for local charities.

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The Blacksmith Was Also The Dentist - 17 March 2023
Not a great thought!

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Those Were The Days - 09 March 2023
The year is 2005, when the Carnival raised a magnificent sum - £7,562 - for village organisations.

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WHEN THE VILLAGE WAS HALF THE SIZE IT IS TODAY - 02 March 2023
... but was self sufficient with its baker, grocer, draper, blacksmith, etc.

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TURBINE WOULD HAVE BEEN TWO AND A HALF TIMES THE HEIGHT OF NELSON'S COLUMN - 24 February 2023
The village unites to see off the proposed wind turbine.

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A SECOND WORLD - 17 February 2023
Joan McCann recalls her happy days in Helmdon.

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FOUNDER MEMBERS ATTEND 35TH ANNIVERSARY - 10 February 2023
The anniversary in 2005 being that of the Women's Club, which has lately changed its name into Helmdon Together.

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THE TIME WHEN HELMDON HAD TWO TRAIN STATIONS - 03 February 2023
The memories of Elizabeth Kirwan (nee Monck)

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MEMORY CORNER - 27 January 2023
A press cutting from 1953 which instances the village in 1871 as having 656 inhabitants.

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