|Helmdon Thanks Couple For 26
The Helmdon Health Service - that's what you could call
Mr Charles Gibbons and his wife Ellen, who for more than
a quarter of a century have played a vital part in the medical
services available to folk living in Helmdon and surrounding
For 26 years their home at 15 Church Street, Helmdon has
been a distribution centre for doctor's prescriptions.
A different sort of prescription for Mr Charles
Gibbons (right) and his wife Ellen - a cheque for
£85 from parish councillors Mr. Eric Humphrey
(left) and Mr. Jim Jessett as a reward for 26 years'
service running Helmdon health.
Villagers unfortunate enough to have to visit the doctor
for any sort of treatment would simply call round at the
Gibbons' house the next day , and their medicine would be
waiting for them, delivered there by the chemist who received
the prescription straight from the doctor.
The scheme has always been entirely voluntary, and started
when the railway from Helmdon to Brackley closed down many
The service has been taken over by the Bell Inn at Helmdon
since January, and on Tuesday Mr and Mrs Gibbons were presented
with a cheque for £85 from Helmdon parish council
thanking them for all their help.
The council chairman, Mr Eric Humphrey, thanked the couple
for their help over the years, and pointed out that for
farmers and farm workers in remote cottages a trip into
town to see a doctor, followed by another to fetch the medicine
was often impossible.
Banbury Guardian - 17th March 1977