On one of the many dreary wet days in May, Helmdon's Sports Club Committee convened to discuss how they were going to raise the thousands needed to keep the club running and repair the leaking roof.
Olympic Effort By Sports Club - posted 1 August 2012
Report by Joe Adhemar
Our chair, Karl Leitelmayer, came up with a cracker. A sports day for the kids with an Olympic theme. From this small spark, somehow in 9 weeks, Karl managed to organise an event that I think most would agree, was a resounding success.
So what happened at 6pm on Friday 27th of July?
There was a 'big screen' and a thunderous PA with a live feed from BBC HD showing Danny Boyle's astounding opening ceremony (constructed on Paul Duncombe's kindly donated lorry).
A Sports Day for the kids brilliantly shepherded by Andy Kirtland & Colin Wright, with the kids competing at Running Races, Backward Races, The Standing Jump, Helmdon Shotput (Welly Throwing) and Catherine Ruffley built and ran Gullivers Velodrome, over 60 children each won a special Helmdon 2012 Gold Medal.
5 hours of eye watering smoke for the Turnham and Stothard families manning the BBQ which needed more burgers at 9pm!
Helmdon's version of Statler and Waldorf, Eddie and Curly, running a bar that at 8:30 needed an emergency trip to Brackley to replenish the beer supply.
2 sets from Helmdon's band "The Autumn Buskers" and a great demonstration of Zumba Dance by Bryony.
And some great stalls run by local groups such as Friends of the Church, Acorns, Friends of Helmdon School and the Leitelmayer kids (all using equipment and marquees donated by The Carnival - Thanks to John Coatsworth and Bill England for their construction) as well as a couple of bouncy castles.
Perhaps the wind blew a little too hard as dusk drew in but after a few mercy runs to the fleece drawer back at the village, around 200 hardy souls stuck around to watch the start of the ceremony with events drawing to a close just after midnight.
Helmdon Sports Club would like to thank everyone for coming along. We really appreciated your support.
One final thank you for a couple of people who we hope you will agree are the most deserving of our thanks.
Firstly, David and Julia Toman who donated £1000 to help with the costs of setting up the event and Colin Hull at South Northants Council, who through the Community Games fund gave us a grant of £500. Thank you so much.
Finally, Karl Leitelmayer whose tireless efforts over the 9 weeks were really quite astounding. His committee mucked in, but without his guidance the event would have fallen well short of the mark. Thank you Karl (and you even sounded good on BBC Radio Northampton!).
Loads of other people helped to make this a great event and we hoped we thanked you all in the programme on the evening.
Thanks Everyone, see you at the next Sports Club event which will be our annual golf day, more information to follow.
Prizes From The Helmdon Olympics - posted 30 July 2012
Blue 178 – Bottle of
Blue 215 – Kempton Park Races Tickets
Yellow 465 – Northants
White 65 – London 2012 Ticket Holder
Yellow 450 – Bulldog
Blue 161 – Bliss Voucher
White 34 – Bottle of
Yellow 469 – PS3 Game
Yellow 453 – Michael Vaughan signed 2005
White 15 – Haircut and Blowdry
Live Band At The
Helmdon Olympic Opening Ceremony Carnival - posted 25 July
Helmdon Olympic Opening Ceremony
Live Showing of the
Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics
Kids Fun Olympics with
Live Band ' The
Have your photo taken with
a Real Olympic Torch
Bouncy Castles &
Lots of Stalls suitable
for all Ages
Tickets priced £3
Adults, £1 Kids or £5 for a Family ticket
Stalls Still Left For Olypmic Event - posted 09 July 2012
We have been getting a great response to
our Olympic Event on Friday 27th July. We do still have a couple stalls left if
any groups want to take one, remember no charge! just a suggested donation of
10% of what you take on the day.
The event has been well advertised and is even on the
London 2012 website!!!
Enter The Draw
For The Olympic Torch Ceremony Concert Tickets - posted 07 July 2012
The Olympic Torch is
coming to our Area on Monday. Anyone buying a ticket to our opening ceremony
event on Friday 27th July this weekend (before 5pm Sunday) will be entered into
a draw to win a pair of tickets to the sold out Oxford Torch Relay Event on
Monday which has Young Guns & Twist and Shout performing. Get your tickets
Tickets Now On
Sale For The Helmdon Olympics Opening Ceremony - posted 18
Plans for the Sports Clubs, London Olympic Opening Ceremony Carnival on
Friday 27 July are progressing well, with the Autumn Buskers booked, the Kids
Olympic races decided, commemorative gold medals ordered and our own Helmdon
Olympic Flame purchased!
The Sports Club has decided to hold an event to celebrate the once in a lifetime event that is the London 2012 Olympics.
It will be at the sports field on Friday 27 July at 6 pm. Stalls are available to raise funds for your group, advertise your business or sell your wares!! If you can’t take a stall, please still come down and have a great evening, tickets will cost £3 for Adults, £1 Kids or a Family Ticket for £5 and let your friends know about it!
Ticket Sales are now open and can be purchased at http://helmdonolympics.eventbrite.co.uk. Ticket numbers are limited, so please purchase in advance to avoid disappointment on the night.
All pitches are FREE... with just a suggested donation to the Sports Club of 10% of your takings at the event.... Stalls are limited and on a first come basis.... What ideas have you got for a Stall then????
Contact Karl Leitelmayer to book your stall asap.
The evening will include live showing of the opening ceremony, a Kids Olympics with medals for all (download entry form here), Live music from the Autumn Buskers, Bar, BBQ and hopefully lots of stalls. We want this to be a whole village celebration, and we want the local groups of the village to benefit by being involved and raising awareness and much needed funds for your group, we would like to offer you the opportunity to have a stall at the event, you can have all sorts of stalls, a few suggestions are:
Again, we emphasise there is no pitch fee, yes it is free, all we would ask is a donation to the sports club of say 10% of your takings on the evening to help us cover the costs of the event, so if you make nothing it costs you nothing! We hope that you think this is a good opportunity for your group to raise much needed funds, please contact Karl ASAP if you would like to run a stall, as places are limited. Any questions feel free to e-mail Karl or contact him 01295 760670.
- Guess the weight of the cake
- Bric a Brac
- Catch the Rat
- Guess how many sweets in the jar
- Coconut Shy
- Beat the Keeper
- Plant Stall
- Book Stall
- And lots more (some of the games used at the carnival are available to be used).