|N.B. Extract from
a longer article instancing conditions in many Banburyshire
Village Communities Hit The Hardest By Downpour
People in Helmdon were forced out of their homes by
waist-high waters and had to take shelter in Helmdon Reading
Room a Victorian hall used for village functions and
Flooding at the Bell Inn, Church Street, caused several thousands
of pounds worth of damage to the cellar, kitchen and
newly-refurbished letting rooms.
Landlord Richard Phillips had spent 18 months renovating the
rooms but had to cancel the fist booking due for Saturday.
Residents and regulars helped him out by forming a line and
passing buckets of water out of the pub. It was so refreshing
to have so many people offering to help especially
the youngsters, said Mr Phillips.
Another couple returned from holiday to find sofas at their
home in Station Road submerged in water.
The Banbury Guardian July 26th 2007